Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 19
By Elchin Mehdiyev – Trend:
An anti-Azerbaijani bill submitted to the Congress by the Chairman of the US Helsinki Commission Chris Smith, was sharply criticized at a plenary session of the Azerbaijani parliament December 18.
Azerbaijani MP Sahib Aliyev said that the comprehensive cooperation was established between Azerbaijan and the US, which is valuable not only for both countries but also plays an important role in the stability of the whole region and beyond.
"Unfortunately, under the influence of certain forces, some US officials want to harm this cooperation,” he said. “Such actions are contrary to the US interests.”
Azerbaijani MP Fazail Agamali said that proceeding from the content of the bill, it is clear that the Armenian lobby influences Chris Smith.
"It is necessary to prepare such a bill against Armenia because human rights are regularly violated there,” he said. “The representatives of the criminal regime, governing Armenia now, were directly involved in the act of genocide not only against the citizens of Azerbaijan, but also inhibit the citizens of their own country."
Agamali said that Smith and his colleagues do not speak about the events taking place in Armenia.
Samad Seyidov, the chairman of the committee on international and interparliamentary relations, said that Smith’s bill pursues provocative goals.
"While delivering speech December 16, Smith said that the Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland decided to send an investigative commission to Azerbaijan,” he said. “He mentioned that the US should work in this direction together with the Council of Europe. This testifies to the fact that the bill has been prepared in advance. The bill is a veiled provocation against Azerbaijan. They expect us to react aggressively. But we will not succumb to this provocation, as we understand that this is a position of a certain group of people, rather than the US as a whole."
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