CZECH FOREIGN MINISTER NOT INTENDED TO APOLOGIZE TO PRESIDENT ILHAM ALIYEV FOR CALLING HIM DICTATOR
18:48 25/04/2013 » REGION
“Czech media write a lot about the scandal about the statement of
the Foreign Minister of the country, Karel Schwarzenberg, who called
the ruling regime in Azerbaijan “dictatorship.” According to some
reports, the authorities of Azerbaijan sent Schwarzenberg a message
that he should apologize for such a statement; otherwise it will not
be invited to Baku,” the Azerbaijani news agency Turan writes.
As the agency notes, the scandal started on March 4 after a speech
of Schwarzenberg given in Prague at the ceremony of awarding the
Azerbaijani human rights lawyer, Intigam Aliyev. The Minister said
that the West should not behave like an ostrich and hide head in the
sand against the human rights violations in Azerbaijan.
“I will not apologize for the truth,” newspaper of Prague Pravo quoted
Schwarzenberg was to visit Baku in April, but he was not invited
there. However, he visited Yerevan, as Turan writes.