Azeri Opposition Parties Set Up Resistance Movement

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–Several opposition parties in Azerbaijan signed a protocol in Baku on Tuesday about the creation of a resistance movement. The loose grouping is composed of Azerbaijani People’s Front–Musavat party–Democratic party and some other minor parties and organizations.

As reported by the BBC–the main goal of the new grouping will be resisting the Azerbaijani leadership "not to allow it to sign a treacherous armistice over the Karabakh conflict," commented one of the opposition leaders.

The initiative of setting up the resistance movement belongs to ex-president Elchibey. Vice-chairman of Azerbaijani People’s Front Ghazanfaroghlu is quoted as saying that "it is not accidental that the resistance movement was created at the decisive stage of the Karabakh conflict regulation process. We must demand from the government not to take treacherous steps. In the future when our army becomes stronger and more efficient–our occupied lands must be liberated through military means."

A senior official from the presidential staff Mirzazade is quoted as saying–"The Karabakh issue is used by the opposition to obtain power and it cannot create serious problems for current authorities." Local experts are also pessimistic about the new grouping’s future. They note that the National Independence Party–one of the leading opposition parties has not joined.

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