EurasiaNet.org received the following letter from the European External Action Service, the European Union's diplomatic corps, in response to a December 18, 2012 letter to the editor from Azerbaijani writer and dissident Emin Milli and British-Azerbaijani political activist Murad Gassanly. The letter called for the resignation of the head of the European Delegation to Baku, Roland Kobia, after making comments which the writers charge indicated support for Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev's reelection in 2013.
The head of delegation in Baku answered questions from journalists about the October 2013 presidential elections in Azerbaijan in the margins of a diplomatic event. In his main message, he clearly emphasized the importance of "political pluralism in Azerbaijan," the need for an "open space for the elections" and "enabling the participation of as many candidates as possible in the elections." It is regrettable that this part of the comments, the most important, went largely unreported.
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