3rd Meeting of Heads of Anti-Corruption Organizations and Ombudsmen of ECO Member States kicked off in Baku

Baku, June 5, AZERTAC

The 3rd Meeting of Heads of Anti-Corruption Organizations and Ombudsmen of ECO Member States has kicked off in Baku

The event brought together representatives of prosecutor offices from Turkey, Iran, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, as well as members of the international organizations.

Addressing the event, Azerbaijan`s prosecutor general, Zakir Garalov said fight against corruption is a priority for the country, and stressed the importance of holding this ECO event in Baku.

“Azerbaijan has an effective mechanism to combat corruption,” said prosecutor general, Zakir Garalov.

Calling the ECO a “bridge” connecting various cultures, Garalov noted that Azerbaijan actively participates in organization’s events.

“As a result of the Armenian occupation, over a million of Azerbaijanis became refugees and internally displaced. Stability was ensured and legal reforms were carried out in the country thanks to national leader Heydar Aliyev, This course is successfully continued by President Ilham Aliyev”, he said.

Garalov said the strengthening of anti-corruption measures is in the limelight.

He added Azerbaijan has joined all conventions of international and regional levels, improved legislation in this area, and established a working mechanism.

“Three national action plans have been realized in this area. The Commission on Combating Corruption and the Anti-Corruption Department under Prosecutor General are working in this area successfully. The role of ASAN Service in combating corruption, is highly important, which completely rules out corruption. ASAN Service is also offered to other countries on an international level. We have an effective mechanism to combat corruption,” the prosecutor general said.

Head of Department for Work with Law-Enforcement Bodies at the Presidential Administration Fuad Alasgarov read out President Ilham Aliyev`s appeal to the event participants.

Deputy Secretary General of the Economic Cooperation Organization Alavi Sabzevari thanked the Government of Azerbaijan for high-level hosting the event.

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