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by David Stepanyan
Unfortunately, members of various groups, representatives of PACE and OSCE Parliamentary Assembly came forward from the pro-government position and made non-professional statements about the results of the presidential election in Azerbaijan, the head of the Centre for Election Monitoring and Democracy Teaching, Anar Mamedli, said in an on-line interview.
"They did not estimate the quality of the electoral process. It is clear that they are also members of different political groups and parties in their own countries, and they were acting within the frames of this logic. Nevertheless, I should say that the people which have shadow relations with the present government of Azerbaijan are involved in these missions. We can gain more information about these relations through the "caviar" diplomacy", - the expert said.
At the same time, Mamedli said that the fact that Department of State and Helsinki Commission of US Congress confessed that the presidential election in Azerbaijan were not in line with international standards, have already negatively affected the American-Azerbaijani relations. He thinks that all these fair estimates will undoubtedly have a negative effect upon the reputation of Azerbaijani government and Aliyev personally. Perhaps, the third term of presidency will be the key factor for understanding of the democratic transition and the situation in human rights in Azerbaijan, he said.
"Naturally, the results of the presidential election were not in line with the laws of Azerbaijan and international standards. Serious fraud, such as ballot stuffing, voting at the ballot stations where voters were not registered, etc. give a full ground not to consider the election legal", - Mamedli said.