Political Affairs Committee of PACE calls for “the withdrawal of Armenian armed forces from Nagorno-Karabakh and the other occupied territories of Azerbaijan” reports MP Suleymanov
What follows is a recent, firsthand account of momentous developments at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, which we are pleased to present as they unfolded.
In its hamfisted policy, Europe is making a darker future, even while Baku tries to create a brighter one.
International Election Observers: Azerbaijani Parliamentary Elections “Free, Transparent, Democratic”
International observers concluded Monday that Azerbaijan’s parliamentary elections were generally in accord with internationally-accepted standards.
Voters are broadly happy with the direction of the country, even those casting votes for opposition or unaligned candidates.
The effect Nagorno-Karabakh will have on the elections stands in stark contrast to its place in the Western imagination.
There are reasonable doubts and facts proving that some international spheres are trying to discredit the next free and democratic elections in Azerbaijan, even before they take place.
Baku is the one island of stability on which Europe can count — yet even this is in danger if Europe cannot keep its attention focused on real concerns.
The resolution of the ongoing Armenian war crime in Nagorno-Karabakh and its surrounding territories remains Azerbaijan’s most obvious need.
No state is perfect; a reform movement suggests not just a need for change, but a desire for it. We should applaud and encourage those nations that actually try, rather than focusing on their failings and ignoring their successes.
Two years ago, it would have seemed that Baku was a favored ally; today, with Washington’s lurching friend-is-foe approach to policy, the ground appears less certain.