Ago Group’s Visit Program to Azerbaijan Announced
Azerbaijan, Baku, 28 March / Trend corr. A.Maharramli / The Council of Europe's monitoring AGO Group's visit to Azerbaijan starts from 2 to 5 April, Christophe Poirel, CE Ministers Committee Deputy Secretary stated to Trend on 28 March.
The current composition of the mission will be broader and include the permanent representatives of Permanent Swedish representative to the Council of Europe Per Sjogren, as well as ambassadors from France, Germany, Latvia, Romania, Sweden, Georgia, Austria and Russia," he said.
Poirel stated that discontinuous visits of Ago group were connected with the fact that Azerbaijan has been under mandate of this structure. "The situation in media, fulfillment of obligations taken by Azerbaijan before Council of Europe, work of judicial and penitentiary systems, solution of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, as well as issues concerning political prisoners, upcoming presidential elections, particularly, will be discussed within the framework of Ago group's visit to the country. The report developed as a result of Ago group's visit to Azerbaijan will be submitted the Committee of Ministers of Council of Europe," Poirel said.
Within the framework of the visit Ago group will meet with officials, representatives of civil society, political parties and press.
On 3 April, the special representative of Council of Europe General Secretary will hold meetings with representatives of NGOs, political parties, press, CE member-countries ambassadors, as well as Task Group for political prisoners. A round table dedicated to the situation of media in Azerbaijan will be held. The meeting will be attended by Ali Hasanov, head of Azerbaijani President's Office socio-political department, Nushirvan Maharramli, chairman of National Council of Television and Radio Broadcasting, Ramiz Rzayev, chairman of Supreme Court, Iman Nagiyev, chairman of Appeal Court and others.
On 4 April, Poirel will meet with the President Ilham Aliyev, as well as Ramiz Mehtiyev, chief of Presidential Administration, Fikrat Mammadov, Minister of Justice, Oktai Asadov, Speaker, members of Azerbaijani Delegation to PACE and Elmar Mamadyarov, Foreign Minister.
Poirel stated the Ago group would pay a visit to Armenia from 29 to 1 April and Georgia from 1 to 2 April.
The AGO group was established in January 2001 and is responsible for monitoring Azerbaijan and Armenia's fulfillment of commitments to the Council Europe.