STATEMENT on the necessity of Azerbaijan’s integration with the European Union


On the necessity of Azerbaijan’s integration with the European Union

EU AZERBAIJANWe, the signatories of this statement, politicians, intellectuals, civil society activists, and representatives of the independent press, the young activists, based on the fact that

– even at the beginning of 20th century the founders of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic identified the modernization of our society as one of the main directions of development; that our state is built on the basis of democratic values ​​and principles which have penetrated from Europe;

– currently the European Union (EU) has opened a wide range of opportunities for the development of the member countries of the structure, as well as signatories to the Association Agreement it is not posing a threat to their independence;

– at the same time the European Parliament adopted resolutions on Karabakh conflict in support of the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, the EU’s commitment in rapid resolution of the conflict by peaceful means and in conformity with the principles of international law;

– besides, the Eastern Partnership Program Association Agreement proposed the EU participants, could accelerate the political, economic and legal reforms in these countries,

                                                 WE STATE :

1. The Association Agreement with the EU is fully consistent with the wishes of our people to build a democratic state. This agreement will create favorable conditions for ensuring human rights and freedoms in Azerbaijan, development of free trade and the economy as a whole, strengthen social protection, the formation of an independent judiciary, democratic elections, to get closer to the existing EU high standards in many areas, from education and medicine to customs and tax services, banking organizations, etc.

2. The document on Strategic partnership proposed the European Union by the Azerbaijani government for modernization can not replace an Association Agreement, although it still controls the strategic partnership between our country and the EU.

3. While making geopolitical choice of our country the most important thing should not be the interests of any individuals and groups, or other countries, but the protection of the independence of our state, achieving freedom and prosperity to our people in the long term. From this point of view, Russia’s desire to involve Azerbaijan by various ways in the Eurasian Economic Community concerns us. We declare that this association, which does not promise long-term political and economic benefits, is created mostly to ensure the interests of the current Russian leadership. Azerbaijan’s joining this community could undermine its independence, its slow political and economic development. Therefore, Azerbaijan cannot participate in this association.

4. Azerbaijani authorities should put an end to the tradition of the preferences of their personal and group interests to general public interest; taking into account the fundamental interests of our people, it should announce that the Association Agreement with the EU will be signed for this purpose to intensify the ongoing negotiations with the EU;to ending, at last, negotiations artificially prolonged for 18 years, should ensure that the country’s membership in the World Trade Organization; to release political prisoners in the country as quickly as possible; to start a comprehensive political reforms that open for Azerbaijan the way to Europe.

  1. Agil Samadbayli, chairman of Central Council of The Whole Azerbaijan Union
  2. Ali Abbasov, Professor
  3. Arif Hajili, Head of the executive apparatus of Musavat Party
  4. Ali Karimli, Chairman of Azerbaijan Popular Front Party
  5. Arzu Abdullayeva, Co-Chair of National Committee of Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly
  6. Aslan Ismayılov, Lawyer
  7. Aygun Panjaliyeva, Board Member of NIDA Civic Movement
  8. Aytakin Imranova, Head of Control Committee of Historical-cultural and natural heritage protection Public Union
  9. Azer Mehtiyev, Support for Economic İnitatives
  10. Bakhtiyar Hajiyev, Former prisoner of conscience
  11. Beybala Abil, Deputy chairman of Classic Popular Front Party
  12. Jeyhun Mammadzada, Board Member of Free Youth Organization
  13. Jamil Hasanli, Chairman of National Council of Azerbaijan
  14. Jesur Mammadov, “Doctrine” Journalists’ Military Research Center
  15. Elchin Sadigov, Lawyer
  16. Eldaniz Guliyev, Film-director
  17. Elmira Muradaliyeva, Professor
  18. Elnur Astanbayli, Journalist
  19. Elton Quliyev, Advocate
  20. Emin Husenli, Raphael Lemkin Center
  21. Emin Milli, Former prisoner of conscience, Managing Director of “Meydan” TV
  22. Afgan Mukhtarli, Journalist
  23. Alovsat Aliyev, President of Azerbaijan Migration Center Public Union
  24. Annaghi Hajibayli, Azerbaijan Lawyers Association
  25. Abulfaz Gurbanly, deputy-chairperson of Popular Front Party of Azerbaijan
  26. Asabaly Mustafayev, Democracy and Human Rights Resource Center
  27. Fuad Aghayev, Lawyer
  28. Fuad Hasanov, Chairman of Democracy Monitor
  29. Fuad Qahramanli, Deputy chairman of APFP
  30. Gozal Bayramli, Deputy chairman of APFP
  31. Gultakin Hajibayli, Former parliamentarian
  32. Gunay Ismayılova, Lawyer
  33. Hafiz Hasanov, Law and Development Public Union
  34. Hasan Karimov, Chairman of the Supreme Assembly of APFP
  35. Hikmat Hajizada, Economic and Political Researches Center
  36. Ibrahim Ibrahimli, Member of Coordination Center of the National Council of Azerbaijan
  37. Intigam Aliyev, President of Legal Education Society
  38. Isa Gambar, Chairman of Musavat Party
  39. Kamil Vali Narimanoghlu, professor
  40. Leyla Aliyeva, National and International Researches Center
  41. Leyla Yunus, human rights defender, Institute for Peace and Democracy
  42. Latafat Malikova, Regional Human Rights and Education Center
  43. Mahmud Hacıyev, Member of National Council of Azerbaijan
  44. Mehman Aliyev, Director of Turan Information Agency
  45. Mehriban Vazir, writer-publicist
  46. Malahat Nasibova,  human rights defender
  47. Matanat Azizova, Women Crisis Center
  48. Mirali Huseynov,  Democracy Learning Public Union
  49. Mirmahmud Miralioghlu, chairman of Classic Popular Front Party
  50. Mirvari Gahramanli, Oil Workers Rights Protection Organization
  51. Muzaffar Bakhishov, chairman of “Legal state” Research Fund
  52. Namizad Safarov, lawyer
  53. Natig Jafarli, REAL Movement
  54. Natig Karimov, Chairperson of Nardaran Elderly Peoples’ Council
  55. Narmin Rahimli, Positive Changes Youth Movement
  56. Nuraddin Mammadli, Doctor of Science
  57. Nuraddin Mustafayev, member of Coordination Center of the National Council of Azerbaijan
  58. Ogtay Gulaliyev, Society for Democratic Reforms
  59. Galandar Mukhtarli, member of National Council of Azerbaijan
  60. Gubad Ibadoghlu, Economic Research Center
  61. Gulu Maharramli, professor (there is a note)
  62. Rafig Manafli, Chairman of the Supreme Assembly of the CSP
  63. Rahim Hajiyev, “Freedom” newspaper editor-in-chief
  64. Rasim Garaja, writer
  65. Razi Nurullayev, Chairman of the “Region” International Analytical Center (RİAC)
  66. Rasul Jafarov, Human Rights Club
  67. Rashad Shirinov, political scientist
  68. Rashid Hajili, Media Rights Institute
  69. Rovshan Almuradli, director
  70. Rovshan Ahmadov, former first-deputy at Islamic Party of Azerbaijan, chairperson of The Committee for Protection of Islamist Prisoners’ Rights
  71. Rovshan Hajiyev, journalist
  72. Rustam Ibrahimbeyov, film director, screenwriter, dramatist
  73. Sabir Rustamxanli, chairman of Civil Solidarity Party (there is a note)
  74. Samir Kazimli, Election Monitoring and Democracy Studies Center
  75. Sulhaddin Akbar, Free Democrats Party
  76. Vidadi Mirkamal, lawyer
  77. Xalid Aghaliyev, lawyer
  78. Khadija Ismayıl, journalist
  79. Shahin Hajili, Najaf Najafov Foundation
  80. Shahvalad Chobanoghlu, journalist
  81. Shahla Ismayıl, Womens Association for Rational Development
  82. Ulvi Hasanli, Board Member of NIDA Civic Movement, member of National Council of Azerbaijan
  83. Yegana Hajiyeva, political scientist
  84. Zamin Haji, journalist
  85. Zafar Guliyev, political scientist

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