Azerbaijani Politics 14 november — 12:24

Attacks on Azerbaijan before Ilham Aliyev's visit to Brussels

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BY RAMIZ MAMMADOV, POLITICS SECTION

A few days before the EU Eastern Partnership summit in Brussels, 47 members of the European Parliament sent a letter addressed to the leadership of Azerbaijan, which, as Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) notes, calls for the release of a 'journalist' (our quotes - Ed), Afgan Mukhtarli.

The activity of some MEPs, among whom, as is known, there are people who visited the occupied territories of Azerbaijan, is not accidental. As noted by RFE/RL, in a week, during the Eastern Partnership summit in Brussels, it is expected that President Ilham Aliyev will meet with EU leaders. To create a negative background before the visit of the Azerbaijani president is the task of the politically committed deputies of the European Parliament.

There is no sense in speaking at all about Afgan Mukhtarli and his alleged kidnapping by special services in Georgia on May 29 and his further secret transportation to Azerbaijan. No data, including recordings from video cameras, confirm this. About which repeatedly reported even the Georgian law enforcement agencies.

But back to the letter. It notes that 'the release of Afghan Mukhtarli and other political prisoners ... would show a genuine commitment of Azerbaijani authorities for the further cooperation and partnership with the European Union prior to the forthcoming Eastern Partnership Summit...'

Well, do you know what will happen, if Baku follows the 'good advice' of the MEPs? Azerbaijan will be accused of releasing radical islamists, who constitute around 70 per cent of people on the list of some 'human rights activists'. The Washington Post, which regularly criticises Azerbaijan, so far calls them simply 'believers.'

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