“Closing down OSCE office in Baku raises a concern” – AIDHR

Ahmad Shahidov: ”OSCE plays an important role in ensuring democracy in Azerbaijan and peaceful solution of Nagorno Kharabakh conflict”

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan has issued a letter to OSCE headquarter in Vienna on June 3. The letter says: “The government of Azerbaijan has reported that there is no need for more activities of the OSCE Project Coordinator in Baku. Therefore, the Government of Azerbaijan considers the “Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Azerbaijan and the OSCE on the OSCE Project Coordinator in Baku,” signed September 24, 2014, null and void as of yesterday June 4, 2015. The government provides the OSCE one month to complete the technical issues that arise in such a situation.”

Lamberto Zannier, OSCE Secretary General has already informed OSCE participating countries on recent development. As for information, the OSCE office in Baku was downgraded to the office of a project coordinator, reportedly at Azerbaijan’s request.

Azerbaijani Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (AIDHR) acknowledges outstanding contribution of OSCE to ensuring human rights in Azerbaijan as well as peaceful solution of Nagorno Kharabakh conflict. Besides that, OSCE Baku office supported a series of projects, provided NGOs representatives, journalists and activists with opportunities to attend groundbreaking international conferences and by this contributed to their development. The recent decision with respect to closing down OSCE Baku office will harm future collaboration between Azerbaijan and the Organization; ultimately it will weaken Azerbaijan’s international support. Throughout its operation AIDHR collaborated with various institutions of OSCE and we are determined to continue working with OSCE.

08 June 2015
Baku, Azerbaijan

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“Closing down OSCE office in Baku raises a concern” – AIDHR

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Ahmad Shahidov: ”OSCE plays an important role in ensuring democracy in Azerbaijan and peaceful solution of Nagorno Kharabakh conflict”

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan has issued a letter to OSCE headquarter in Vienna on June 3. The letter says: “The government of Azerbaijan has reported that there is no need for more activities of the OSCE Project Coordinator in Baku. Therefore, the Government of Azerbaijan considers the “Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Azerbaijan and the OSCE on the OSCE Project Coordinator in Baku,” signed September 24, 2014, null and void as of yesterday June 4, 2015. The government provides the OSCE one month to complete the technical issues that arise in such a situation.”

Lamberto Zannier, OSCE Secretary General has already informed OSCE participating countries on recent development. As for information, the OSCE office in Baku was downgraded to the office of a project coordinator, reportedly at Azerbaijan’s request.

Azerbaijani Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (AIDHR) acknowledges outstanding contribution of OSCE to ensuring human rights in Azerbaijan as well as peaceful solution of Nagorno Kharabakh conflict. Besides that, OSCE Baku office supported a series of projects, provided NGOs representatives, journalists and activists with opportunities to attend groundbreaking international conferences and by this contributed to their development. The recent decision with respect to closing down OSCE Baku office will harm future collaboration between Azerbaijan and the Organization; ultimately it will weaken Azerbaijan’s international support. Throughout its operation AIDHR collaborated with various institutions of OSCE and we are determined to continue working with OSCE.

08 June 2015
Baku, Azerbaijan

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