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August 25, 2005

C.I.A. style NGO's?

"I sensed that the government agrees with allowing all NGOs ensuring transparency of their funding to monitor the poll. The Council of Europe is ready to provide its assistance in this area", said Rene van Der Linden, president of PACE.
Linden said that one of the key objectives is to punish those who gave way to violations of law during the 2003 presidential elections in Azerbaijan. "The issue should be solved prior to the elections to raise public trust on the poll." He emphasized that the independence of media should be ensured and favorable conditions provided for opposition's access to television. The democracy army at work.

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