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Oqtay Asadov: "European integration is the main priority of official Baku's external policy"

07 February 2008 [15:15] - TODAY.AZ
PACE co-rapporteurs Andres Herkel and Eugenia Zhivkova highly evaluated official Baku's integration with the Europe and its cooperation with the Council of Europe.

The due announcement was made during the meeting of co-rapporteurs with Milli Medjlis speaker Oqtay Asadov.

According to Novosti-Azerbaijan during the meeting the speaker of the parliament informed the co-rapporteurs about the work carried out in the sphere of human rights protections, improvement of legislative basis and development of democratic principles in Azerbaijan.

"European integration is the main priority of official Baku's external policy. Therefore, Azerbaijan has fulfilled most commitments, undertaken before the Council of Europe. The parliament also ratified a number of conventions, amendments have been introduced to several laws to bring them in conformity with the European standards. Several issues take time, some of them are connected with national minorities. 20 out of 47 CoE member-states have not been able to settle this issue yet", Asadov noted.

The Milli Medjlis speaker also announced that two draft laws regarding the aforementioned issues, have been developed in Azerbaijan and sent to the due structure for expertise.


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