Azerbaijani News Wires: Turan News Agency
November 11, 2005
AMBASSADOR OF EU STATES AND U.S. MET WITH OPPOSITION BLOCS' LEADERS
BAKU/11.11.05/TURAN: Leaders of opposition blocs Liberty, National Unity and New Policy have met today with Ambassadors of EU member-states and head of American diplomatic mission in the British embassy.
Sardar Jalaloglu, first deputy chairman of Azerbaijan Democratic party, told journalists that results of parliamentary elections and voting irregularities were discussed at the meeting. The question on Rasul Guliyev has been also discussed, he added.
Then consultations between opposition leader continued in Popular Front of Azerbaijan party's headquarters.-0-
OPINION OF MARMARA GROUP DOES NOT REFLECT POSITION OF OFFICIAL ANKARA
BAKU/11.11.05/TURAN: Turkish embassy in Baku has released the statement about monitoring elections in Azerbaijan by Istanbul-based Marmara Group. The delegation did not represent official Ankara and its participation in monitoring was "a private initiative."
Deputies of Turkish parliament from the group of friendship with Azerbaijan had the similar status at the elections, reported embassy.
The both Turkish delegations said that parliamentary elections on November 6 corresponded to democratic norms and caused strong protests of Azerbaijani democrats. At the demonstration on November 9 Musavat party's chairman Isa Gambar reproached Premier Teyyip Erdogan of support of anti-democratic government of Ilham Aliyev.
Turkish embassy reported that visit of the above-mentioned delegations was their private initiative. But members of Marmara Group, who monitored polling stations where Ilham Aliyev voted, were irritated by the fact that were not allowed to Azerbaijan President who "has invited them to Azerbaijan."
As far as Ankara's official observers are concerned, about 60 people worked in the OSCE short-term and long-term observation missions and as international parliamentary observers.-0--
IS ALI HASANOV PEACEKEEPER?
BAKU/11.11.05/TURAN: International observers claim that elections were conducted "normally" in Azerbaijan, but blatant violations at polling stations constituted almost 15-20%. President Ilham Aliyev intends to "restore justice" and serious measures are taken to eliminate violations, Ali Hasanov, chief of presidential administration's public-political department, told journalists. He expressed hope that after elimination of violations all the facts will be included in the final report of international observation mission. Hasanov added that necessary measures will be taken against those who violated Electoral Code and presidential resolutions.
"Those who are responsible for violations will be dismissed from their positions. Those committed crimes will be arrested," he added. Ali Hasanov claims that such a position of official Baku is positively taken by world community and Azerbaijani population.
Usually irreconcilable Ali Hasanov attempted to act as a peacekeeper. He assured that authorities are ready to dialogue with opposition and that goal of the ruling party's demonstration was not to persuade opposition of its defeat. "At present we need to put an end to disagreements and think together about future of Azerbaijan and act together. Authorities and opposition are children of one and the same society," said Hasanov.
Speaking about opposition's refusal to recognize election results, Hasanov said euphoria will pass soon. There are many constructive people in opposition and their opinion will prevail over radicals, said Hasanov.
He added that authorities will authorize all opposition's demonstrations and expressed hope that opposition will not take illegal steps.-0-
DEPUTY CHIEF OF BAKU POLICE DEPARTMENT SAYS INSTALLATION OF TENTS DURING AUTHORIZED DEMONSTRATIONS ILLEGAL
BAKU/11.11.05/TURAN: Staging of sit-down actions of protest and installation of tents for this purpose is not stipulated by Azerbaijani legislation and such actions will be prevented by law enforcement agencies, Yashar Aliyev, deputy chief of Baku Main Police Department, told TURAN.
He added that his words were distorted in today's issue of Yeni Musavat daily, which cited APA Agency. He did not say that during authorized demonstrations opposition activists could install tents and scan any slogans. Aliyev called this report "misinformation" and warned about taking legal actions in case if such "provocations" continue in mass media.-0--
EXPERTS OF OSCE/ODIHR OBSERVATION MISSION TO CONTINUE MONITORING POST-ELECTION SITUATION AND ADMINISTER COMPLAINTS
BAKU/11.11.05/TURAN: Geert Ahrens, head of OSCE/ODIHR observation mission, and other mission members will depart from Azerbaijan on November 13.
Only several mission's experts will stay in Baku to continue administering complaints and monitoring post-election situation, a source from the mission told TURAN.-0-
ASIM MOLLAZADE REJECTS CHARGES OF FALSIFICATION ELECTIONS IN HIS FAVOR
BAKU/11.11.05/TURAN: At yesterday's press conference Asim Mollazade, chairman of Democratic Reforms party, denied statements about falsification of voting results in Nasimi region electoral district No 22 in his favor. He interpreted such assertions as "smear campaign" launched by his rivals Murad Sadaddinov and Yagub Mamedov.
Mollazade said these people were themselves engaged in falsifications. Mollazade added on the election day they used "carousel" method and even openly bribed electors and members of commissions. Mollazade said that his rivals used "carousel" method even during exit poll.
According to the exit poll held by U.S. PA Consulting company, candidate from Azadlig bloc Murad Sadaddinov won elections in this district.-0-