Márton Gyöngyösi asks question from Azeri president

Márton Gyöngyösi asks question from Azeri president

Azerbaijan rejects double standards in international relations - this is how the press service of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe summarised Azeri president Ilham Aliyev's speech in Strasbourg on Tuesday. The country has often been criticized in terms of human rights issues.

Responding to a politician's question at the assembly of the European organization consisting of Parliamentary representatives from 47 member states, Aliyev stated that there were no political prisoners in his country, such charges were based on false information and they serve the interest of certain identifiable geopolitical forces whose goal is to smear Azerbaijan and undermine its international credibility.

Aliyev told the participants that his country was working to ensure that everybody could live in a better world in peace and dignity. Azerbaijan took over the chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe in May. The president emphasized in Strasbourg that Azerbaijan had had to undergo public unrest, economic crisis, military defeat, loss of territory and a civil war after the disintegration of the Soviet Union, but it has seen a rapid transformation and development by now, forming a bridge between cultures and religions.

Azerbaijan is ready to meet its international obligations, implement reforms in order to modernize the country and to render its development sustainable, with special regard to anti-corruption measures and the promotion of education - reports the assembly's press release about Ilham Aliyev's address. Aliyev also underlined that his country was dedicated to the principles and guidelines of international law. He considers the chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers as an opportunity for Azerbaijan to contribute to the common values of democracy and fundamental human rights as well as to eliminate the double standards applied against the country.

 Jobbik's Hungarian MP Márton Gyöngyösi wanted to ask a question from the president, but the time frame of the session was too short, so Gyöngyösi sent his question to Aliyev in writing. Gyöngyösi wanted to know what in Ilham Aliyev's opinion could prompt the international community to take practical steps instead of issuing communiqués, so that the international conflict on Nagorno Karabakh could be moved out of the current stalemate.