Russian Politician Assesses Repeat Changes to Department of State’s Report as Success of Azerbaijan Diplomacy
Azerbaijan, Baku / corr. Trend A.Gasimova / Russian politician, Head of the Political and Economic Department of Kommersant newspaper, Azer Mursaliyev, considers that making changes to the report of the US Department of State on Human Rights is a success of the Azerbaijani diplomacy.
On 6 March the Department of State published a report regarding situation of human rights. The report reflected the fact of occupation of the Azerbaijani territory of Nagorno-Karabakh and seven surrounding Azerbaijani territories by Armenia. On 20 April changes were made to the provision reflecting the occupation fact. Due to it, the Azerbaijani Government had postponed a visit of the Azerbaijani delegation to Washington for bilateral security talks, scheduled for April 23-24. On 25 April the Department of State restored the initial variant of the report.
Mursaliyev said that Washington was not expecting such a reaction by Azerbaijan to the changes by the Department of State. "The situation and relations with Azerbaijan would be even without this success, but Armenia needed to satisfy and actively attract them due to the forthcoming parliamentary elections in the country. And 20 April changes were trial gesture to Armenia. The logic is clear here. Now Armenia does not hope for anywhere, but Azerbaijan needs to satisfy," Mursaliyev said, adding that the Department of State achieved it with its changes on 25 April.