Baku, Azerbaijan, March 14
By Elchin Mehdiyev - Trend:
Holding of the Baku 2015 European Games in Azerbaijan contradicts the plans of anti-Azerbaijani forces, Azerbaijani MP Aydin Mirzazade told Trend March 13.
He was commenting on the event, planned to be held by Freedom House and a number of similar international organizations dealing with the freedom of press and civil society in Azerbaijan and Turkey.
He said that these forces have tried to discredit Azerbaijan on the international arena and link the country with the events not happening there.
"Azerbaijan's success achieved in the domestic and foreign policy, the actions taken in the field of human rights protection, have been recognized by the international community," he said. "Azerbaijan is a country developing and actively involved in the processes on the international arena. Of course, this greatly concerns the foreign circles chasing the certain political and economic interests in Azerbaijan."
Mirzazade said that the success of Islamic countries and their turning into influential countries are not in the interests of certain circles in Europe.
"Turkey, which has gained credibility worldwide, and Azerbaijan, taking its rightful place in the world community, are not in the interests of these circles," he said. "However, regardless of what theysay, Islamic countries will continue to develop."
Baku 2015 is the first ever European Games, an exciting and innovative multi-sport event for the continent which will take place from 12 - 28 June 2015.
There will be a total of 20 sports at Baku 2015: 16 Olympic sports and four non-Olympic sports. More than 6,000 athletes from across Europe will be representing their nations over 17 days of competition.
Baku was awarded the Games by the European Olympic Committees (EOC) in December 2012.