Azerbaijan, Baku / Тrend corr S. Ilhamgizi / Huseyn Turkelli, a member of the Movement for National Awakening of South Azerbaijan, who had resigned, declared on 2 May the end of his political involvement. He reported that he made this decision due to the risk of a split in the Movement. He intends to continue his activities in the human rights protection field.
Turkelli accused the leader of the Movement, Mahmoudali Chohraganli, of establishing a dictatorship in the organization and other falsifications. Chokhraganli, in his turn, demanded that Turkelli, who was the director of the organization's official site, to leave the office. Turkelli noted in his statement that he, together with other opponents of Chokhraganli, had stopped the conflict and accusations. He stressed that he had put an end to all disagreements in order to prevent the split of the organization, from which their rivals could benefit. He voiced his hope that the opposing side would take after him.
Notably, a member of the administrative board of the Movement, the former chairman of the American and Canadian Movement Organizations, Huseyn Turkelli, and a group of other activists resigned in protest against the actions of Chokhraganli.
The Movement of National Awakening of South Azerbaijan was founded in 1995 to defend the rights of Azerbaijanis residing in Iran. Resting on the international law and principles, the organization demands the restoration of the rights of South Azerbaijan (Iranian province) to decide its own fate.