Terry Davis: Azerbaijan has a number of achievements in democratization

Terry Davis: Azerbaijan has a number of achievements in democratization
# 23 November 2008 19:53 (UTC +04:00)
He said he have many expectations and would travel to Azerbaijan to attend the event.
“I am always glad to visit Azerbaijan. Azeri people always welcome me well. You nation has very rich culture that interests me very much. During my visit, I will go to museums,” he added.
He also expressed satisfaction with the level of tolerance and good attitude towards national minorities in Azerbaijan.
“Also, I think there is good attitude to Azeri minority community in Georgia. As you know, I attach great importance to how national minorities are being treated. My philosophy is very simple - we are equal as we are different. My main concern about Azerbaijan is to do with freedom of press and expression. I will highlight these issues during my visit. I know President Ilham Aliyev well and commend him. He is doing much work for modernization and democratization in Azerbaijan. I look forward to meeting with him as part my visit,” he told reporters.
He also answered a question about the recent presidential election in the country, saying he has no doubt that Ilham Aliyev won a landslide victory.
“But, I think Azerbaijan could have organized elections much better. This would have served interests of both Azerbaijan and the President. One of the most important issues in democratic societies is the attitude towards political rivals. Of course, legislation is necessary too. My father is very interested in both football and politics. He said to me once: “Don’t forget, the most important thing in both politics and football is to play well with the ball not the player”. His saying was very wise and reasonable. It is necessary to take into account the fact that the things one party thinks is incorrect may be correct. Azerbaijan has today gained a number of achievements in democratization. It is necessary to work further,” he added.
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