EXPERT: WEST DUE TO IMPOSE SANCTIONS AGAINST AZERBAIJANI OFFICIALS

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19:14 07/10/2014 >> REGION

United States and European countries are getting ready for imposing
sanctions against Azerbaijani officials, reports the head of the
Institute for Cooperation with NATO Farrukh Mammadov who is in Germany,
the Azerbaijani news portal "Haqqin.az" reads.

According to Farrukh Mammadov, the West has given time to the
Azerbaijani government to release the political prisoners, and this
time is already running out.

"The Azerbaijan government was given time to stop the repressions
and to release all political prisoners. Though this time expires,
the government is not taking any steps in this direction. Institute
for Cooperation with NATO has already received advance information
about the officials who fall under these sanctions," said Mammadov,
while refusing to give more details.

On the eve the head of the international human rights organization
Freedom House, David Kramer and ex-US ambassador to Azerbaijan Richard
Kozlarich called on applying sanctions against Baku.

"Aliyev's regime has imprisoned about a hundred political prisoners -
this is more than in Belarus and Russia taken together. Azerbaijani
authorities turn to harder methods of pressure on their critics.

Statements of concern and criticism from Western and international
officials and organizations are not heard in Baku. Even the recent
criticism of President Obama on the situation of NGOs in Azerbaijan,
had no effect. On the contrary, the Azerbaijani authorities plan to
arrest journalist Khadija Ismailova. The best way to try to change
the situation is using sanctions against Baku's pressure towards
their own people," their statement reads.

Source: Panorama.am



From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress