Elkhan Suleymanov, Chairman of Azerbaijani delegation to the EURONEST Parliamentary Assembly has addressed a letter to Euronest PA co-chairs and Bureau members, SIA reports.
The letter says:
The Secretariat suggests in its recent letter to attribute reports of two Committees to the EP component Secretariat, and the other two reports to EaP component Secretariat.
Although “fair” distribution of reports is proposed in the Secretariat’s letter, it’s stated that EP component Secretariat has taken the report of Political Committee. Thus, we would like to state that both components of the EURONEST PA have equal rights. The EP and EaP countries are equal parties.
We believe that this decision of the EP Secretariat should be evaluated as the EP’s effort to preserve its influence on EaP countries. We’ve repeatedly witnessed such kind of pressure and discrimination.
For example, although the EP assessed the Presidential elections of 2013 in Azerbaijan as fair and transparent, this institution decided not to send a monitoring mission to the elections in 2015 with different biased excuses. Moreover, MEPs are also prohibited to observe the elections in Azerbaijan in their personal capacity.
In this context, the Azerbaijani delegation definitely objects to the preparation of the draft report in Political Committee by the EP component Secretariat. If this objection is ignored, the Azerbaijani delegation states that it will not attend the meetings of Political Committee and discussions of that report in the Assembly.”