Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has cancelled his meetings at the Bundestag because of the German Parliament’s resolution on the Armenian Genocide.
RFE/RL reports, citing APA that Aliyev neglects the protocol, quitting his intention to hold the scheduled meetings at the Bundestag, including the meeting with the members of the Germany-Azerbaijan Inter-Parliamentary Friendship Group.
To recall, during the June 3 joint press conference with the Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim in Baku, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said that Azerbaijan condemns the German parliament’s “unfair and biased resolution, which is based on the historical lie”. Ilham Aliyev noted that this is injustice, a manifestation of double standards and distortion of history. “We can’t stand it. Our diaspora organizations are instructed to act in coordination with Turkish diaspora organizations.
We should demonstrate solidarity in the region and the world,” APA quoted Aliyev as saying. The Azerbaijani president stressed that the Bundestag’s resolution is a political order. “It has political sides. They probably want to force Turkey into something or affect Turkey’s independent foreign policy. The Armenia issue is only a pretext, which is a card in the hands of big states,” he said. He noted that Azerbaijan is facing a similar situation too. “In 12 June 2015, the German parliament passed a resolution based on lies against Azerbaijan. They claimed that human rights are violated in Azerbaijan, which is clearly a lie,” Ilham Aliyev said. “Democracy is flourishing in Azerbaijan, whose people enjoy free access to the internet. How could freedom of speech be violated where there is free access to the Internet? Azerbaijan ensures freedom of assembly. We see today how peaceful demonstrators are insulted in Europe.” The head of state recalled that during the opening of the first-ever European Games in Baku the German parliament passed an anti-Azerbaijani resolution. “Those who adopted these resolutions against Azerbaijan and Turkey made a big historical and political mistake. The provocations devised against us showed that the only way we can be strong is through unity. Turkey-Azerbaijan unity is a factor, which no one can deny,” he said.
By: Naira Badalyan