The Public Chamber, as a rule, always refuses the sites allocated for holding mass actions to all parties by Baku executive power. It wants to hold its rally where it wants. Thus, the Public Chamber wants special benefits, Deputy Chairman, Executive Secretary of the ruling "New Azerbaijan" Party Ali Ahmadov said in an interview with Trend today.
"Why must any party conduct the rally where it wants?" he said. "The rally can not be conducted in just any place, because, on the one hand, few people living in the area participate in it, and the rest experience a number of disadvantages. On the other hand, any mass action must be accompanied by security measures to prevent provocations."
He said that some opposition parties from time to time hold mass rallies to remind the public of their existence. They do not see any other way. The so-called Public Chamber also wants to tell the public about its existence.
"If a political party talks about its desire to come to power and at the same time violates or does not respect the law, this testifies to the fact that its activity contradicts the law," he said.
"They said that their rally will demand the dissolution of the Parliament," he said. "The reason for this is a scandal over a video with former MP Gular Ahmadova and former rector of the Azerbaijan International University Elshad Abdullayev. This is a completely unjustified reason for the mass action. I think that the public will not support the Public Chamber rally."
He said that the ruling party is still ready for a dialogue with the opposition.
"Our statements have never been declarations," he said. "They have always strived for understanding."
He said that some opposition parties and the ruling party supported the protest against the European Parliament's unjustified resolution on Azerbaijani officer Ramil Safarov. This shows that all Azerbaijani political forces can come together on questions of national interests.
"This is like a first step toward a dialogue for common goals," Ahmadov said. "But its participants must respect each other for this dialogue to take place."