YEREVAN (Armenpress)—The Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) Director Michael Georg Link delivered a speech on October 13 about the activities of the ODIHR at a regular session of the OSCE Permanent Council. Head of the Permanent Delegation of Armenia to the OSCE, Ambassador Arman Kirakosyan focused on Azerbaijani media reports about Link’s visit to Baku and his announcements and assessments about it.
According to the Armenian Foreign Ministry, Kirakosyan noted that among those assessments, Azerbaijan was presented as an excellent example of inter-religious relations, as well as a positive position on the constitutional referendum in Azerbaijan was expressed. In this regard, Kirakosyan expressed concern that Link has become a tool for Azerbaijani propaganda.
Kirakosyan stated that organizing an event in Baku on tolerance and non-discrimination under the auspices of the ODIHR and glorification of positive phenomena not existing in Azerbaijan will negatively impact the reputation of the ODIHR as an institution fostering the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms. In this context, Kirakosyan stated that Azerbaijan commits hate crimes and leads a policy of intolerance on an official level.