02 March 2012, 17:58
Azerbaijani ambassador: Kazakh president is right to criticize OSCE
ASTANA. March 2. KAZINFORM The criticism of the OSCE's "double standards" voiced during Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev's speech at an annual meeting is correct, Azerbaijani Ambassador to Astana Zakir Hashimov said, Kazinform has learned from Trend Azerbaijan news agency.
"I think that today's speech was very informative and helpful," he said. "Each of us, the diplomats who were present at the meeting, got a comprehensive answer to the question. And everyone understood the president's speech."
In particular, the criticism voiced by the Kazakh leader to the OSCE observation mission was constructive.
"Not only Kazakhstan, but also other CIS countries, are indignant at the policy in the OSCE activity," he said. "There were observers from Azerbaijan and other CIS countries in the last parliamentary elections in Kazakhstan. They all spoke positively about the electoral process in Kazakhstan. But the OSCE observers had other point of view. Although we all saw the real situation."
The ambassador said not only the behavior of the OSCE observation mission, but also its other bodies deserve criticism.
"It is not a secret that Azerbaijan has comments on the passive position of the OSCE Minsk Group on Nagorno-Karabakh," he said. "This issue has not been resolved for more than 20 years."
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