A non-constructive attitude by the director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) not to observe the upcoming parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan is unacceptable, said the statement of the Permanent Mission of Azerbaijan to the OSCE dated Oct.29.
According to the statement, despite such a disrespectful attitude displayed by the ODIHR, at the last Council meeting on October 22, the Azerbaijani Delegation expressed its hope that the ODIHR director will reconsider his position and re-engage in good faith in consultations to find a way out of the situation until the elections held.
“Last weekend we consulted again with the ODIHR and suggested them considering a deployment of a limited number of ODIHR experts to render a specific form of election related assistance to the Azerbaijani authorities on the eve of elections and on November 1, Election Day. Regretfully, ODIHR once again refused to the request of the Azerbaijani side to provide assistance in upcoming election,” said the statement.
Azerbaijan’s approach to the ODIHR has always been constructive and cooperative, said the permanent mission.
“Almost on every stage of our interaction with the ODIHR in the aftermath of the Director Link decision to cancel election observation mission we have kept the Permanent Council informed about the process and encouraged ODIHR to engage in good faith in consultations,” said the statement.
The Azerbaijani side reiterated that if the assistance requested by the Azerbaijani
Government in accordance with the OSCE decisions and based on the ODIHR mandate is not rendered on the Election Day, the Delegation of Azerbaijan will reconsider relevance of the ODIHR for OSCE.