HERKEL CONSIDERS JOURNALISTS’ RELEASE IMPORTANT

March 19th, 2008
PACE Monitoring Committee conducted a meeting in Paris yesterday.

PACE co-rapporteurs on Azerbaijan Andreas Herkel and Yevgeniya Jivkova talked about their visit to Azerbaijan in February. In an interview to “Echo” Newspaper, Herkel stated that he and Jivkova will present the report on Azerbaijan at the end of June and the report will cover the latest situation in the country. According to him, the matter about political prisoners was discussed in yesterday’s meeting, “We are waiting for news about the pardon decree for the upcoming Novruz holiday. I made it clear that the journalist brothers (Ganimat and Sakit Zahidovs), as well Eynulla Fatullayev must be released immediately. I sincerely want the political prisoner problem find its answer soon, because there are other issues waiting for resolution.”