Baku comments on statement issued on behalf of EU Commissioner concerning freedom of expression and assembly in Azerbaijan

Baku comments on statement issued on behalf of EU Commissioner concerning freedom of expression and assembly in Azerbaijan
# 20 April 2011 13:15 (UTC +04:00)
Baku – APA. “I regret to say that the statement issued by the spokesperson of the Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle concerning the 17 April demonstration is based on some inaccurate reports, it does not reflect the reality and does not demonstrate fair position on the processes,” chief of foreign relations department of the Presidential Administration Novruz Mammadov told APA while commenting on the statement issued on behalf of the Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle concerning the state of freedom of expression and assembly in Azerbaijan.

Mammadov said Azerbaijan had no problems with the freedom of expression and assembly. “There are no restrictions on the work of the journalists and they fully use their rights. Baku Mayor’s Office showed relevant locations for the assembly and peaceful actions of the opposition within the law and issued official statement on that. Azerbaijan is loyal to its commitments before the international and regional organizations and fulfills these commitments. It should be noted that the expressing inadequate positions on the processes in the country is against the spirit of cooperation between the European Union and Azerbaijan”.
The spokesperson of the Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle issued the statement concerning the April 17 action in Azerbaijan, which expressed concern about the developments in Azerbaijan regarding freedom of assembly and expression. The statement encourages the Azerbaijani authorities to allow the peaceful demonstrations to take place in relevant locations and call on the country to fully respect its OSCE and Council of Europe commitments in the fields of democracy and human rights.
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