Azeri Ambassador to Ukraine Talyat Aliyev calls the reason of deportation of sixteen Ukrainian observers. He states they were not registered as observers and suspected to interfere into the internal affairs of the country.
“It was not a deportation…They were politely proposed to return to Ukraine because hey were not official observers for the elections,” mentioned Azeri Ambassador.
According to him, fifteen Ukrainians were barred from Azerbaijan: Sergey Taran, Zolotarev and thirteen students.
“They were banned to enter Azerbaijan by a mere reason: they have not handed any application to monitor the elections or registered officially as observers for parliamentary elections,” added Aliyev.
Ambassador Aliyev declared PORA repeatedly sent propaganda to Azerbaijan and assisted Azeri opposition to prepare mass outrage. So, official Baku could not let such persons come to the country, the Ambassador concludes.
As a reminder, Sixteen Ukrainians who traveled to Azerbaijan to monitor its parliamentary elections were barred from the country and sent home on Sunday, the day of the vote, Turkish Daily News reported referring to AP. The would-be observers were told at the airport in the Azerbaijani capital, Baku, that they were not wanted, Serhiy Taran, director of the Kiev-based Institute of Mass Information.
Amid tension between Azerbaijan's government and its opponents, who have warned of protests if they consider the vote to be marred by violations, the government has vowed not to allow unrest or let foreign nations interfere.
Taran said Azerbaijani authorities are "particularly wary of Ukrainian citizens, who have the image of revolutionaries" because of Ukraine's Orange Revolution -- the protests last year that ushered an opposition leader to power and gave hope to opponents of governments in other ex-Soviet republics.
"The (Azerbaijani) authorities are in a panic, they just don't know how to avoid democracy in their country," Taran said. He said he was invited to observe the elections by Isa Gambar, leader of the opposition Musavat Party.
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