''Azerbaijan Democracy Act', presented by Chairman of US Helsinki Commission, Congressman Chris Smith is fully of anti-Azerbaijani nature and unacceptable,'' Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry's spokesman Hikmatr Hajiyev stated on December 17, SIA reports.
The initiator of the document Congressman Chris Smith is known for his pro-Armenian position and acts under the influence of the Armenian lobby in the US, added Hikmat Hajiyev.
There is no doubt that this bill which is aimed against Azerbaijan was prepared by the Armenian lobby in the US on the eve of congressional elections. However, they groundlessly claim that this document was prepared for protection of US national security and economic interests, authors seek to cast a shadow over successful cooperation between US and Azerbaijan in energy security, combating terrorism, economy and other fields.
“Claiming human rights and freedom of press are violated in Azerbaijan without reference to any investigation and facts, and calling people arrested on criminal charges “political prisoners” is nothing but a deliberate bias,” the spokesman noted.
Draft document proves again that independent policy of Azerbaijan, playing great role in realization of strategic projects as Baku-Tbilisi-Kars, TAP/TANAP gas pipelines, reconstruction of Great Silk Road and country of stability and security in difficult geopolitical area, based on will of its people seriously concerns certain anti-Azerbaijan circles.
'The rule of Law, independence of judiciary power, protection of fundamental rights and liberties as well as freedom of press in are fully preserved in Azerbaijan Republic', added the Ministry's spokesman.