Politics

06 December 2005 [18:02]

Ilham Aliyev leaves Baku for Saudi Arabia

President Ilham Aliyev leaves for Saudi Arabia today.
06 December 2005 [11:21]

Azeri Minister of Defense meets with deputy assistant of his American colleague

Defense Minister Safar Abiyev today received deputy assistant of the US Defense Minister Jim McDougal.
06 December 2005 [11:13]

Elected oppositionists probably will attend parliamentary sessions

"There is no specific decision whether parliamentarians from "Azadliq" bloc will attend or not the parliament," said Panah Huseyn - head of Central Election Headquarters of "Azadliq" bloc.
06 December 2005 [10:21]

Ex-minister waits in prison for Russian doctors to determine if he needs a surgery

Former Finance Minister Fikret Yusifov who is detained in the jail ward of the Ministry of National Security has sent an inquiry to Moscow where he had surgery two decades ago.
06 December 2005 [10:17]

Elmar Mammadyarov and Vardan Oskanyan meet in Ljubljana

Yesterday OSCE Minsk Group co-chairmen-Steven Man (USA), Bernar Fasie (France) and Yuri Merzlyakov (Russia) met with Azerbaijani and Armenian Foreign Ministers - Elmar Mammadyarov and Vardan Oskanyan one by one in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
05 December 2005 [20:49]

OSCE official states that 2005 has shown progress in settlement of Karabakh conflict

"Progress for peace had also been made in 2005 in the framework of the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict," Trend reports quoting Dmitrij Rupel, the OSCE chairman in-office, the Slovenian Foreign Minister, stating it in Vienna on Monday.
05 December 2005 [20:45]

EU commissar states about possible progress in Nagorno-Karabakh issue

"We will be able to witness a big progress in the regulation of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in the nearest future," Benita Ferero-Valdner, EU Commissar on Foreign Relations and European Policy on Neighborhood, said to a meeting of OSCE Council of Foreign Ministers in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
05 December 2005 [20:04]

Mahmudlu and Alizade make a statement against accusations of some opposition members

Vidadi Mahmoudlu-secretary of the CEC from opposition side and a member of the CEC Arzukhan Alizade held a press conference Saturday where they responded accusations made by some opposition members.
05 December 2005 [18:43]

Term for implementation of new elections in 10 constituencies is not known

Secretary of the CEC told APA news agency that the stipulate term of re-elections in 10 constituences is solely right of the President of Azerbaijan and therefore, it is not known exactly when the re-elections will be held.
05 December 2005 [18:23]

New CEC staff will be formed by the end of December

New staff of Central Election Commission might be formed by the end of December, said Natig Mammadov, the CEC secretary.
05 December 2005 [11:19]

Opposition states: Azerbaijan will not get mandate to PACE for the next year

The leaders of "Azadliq" bloc stated that the mandate of Azerbaijani delegation will not be confirmed at the winter session of the PACE due to falsifications of the parliamentary elections.
03 December 2005 [19:23]

Actions of Azeri authorities are approved on Friday and condemned on Saturday by US officials

United States are condemning the use of force against peaceful protestors in Azerbaijan but at the same time is pleased by the attempts of President Ilham Aliyev and his government to address shortcomings in recent parliamentary elections, reads a statement by the US Department of State.
03 December 2005 [19:14]

Guidance group of National Association of Local Authorities to assemble in Baku

A meeting of the first guidance project group on establishment of the National Association of local authorities will be held in Baku on December 8, the PACE Secretariat in Strasbourg told Trend.
03 December 2005 [19:09]

PACE Committee on Refugees will discuss refugee situation on South Caucasus

The PACE Committee on Refugees will consider reports on the state of refugees in Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia in Paris on December 9, the CE Secretariat in Strasbourg told Trend.
03 December 2005 [18:54]

Azerbaijan raises again issue of complete abolishment of Section 907 of Freedom Support Act

The Azerbaijani side again raised the question on speeding complete abolishment of the Section 907 of the Freedom Support Act [prohibiting US financial assistance to Azerbaijan] at the meeting of the US-Azerbaijani Working group on Economic Cooperation held in Washington.
03 December 2005 [18:22]

Arzukhan Alizade: "Probably, the party leadership will absolve me for signing this document"

Opposition may punish its renegate members of the Central Election Commission who signed final protocol on the election results.
03 December 2005 [18:14]

Elmar Mammadyarov met with Ukrainian Foreign Minister

The minister of foreign affairs Elmar Mammadyarov participated in the Forum of the "Democratic choice union" held in Kiev yesterday.
03 December 2005 [11:23]

Mazahir Panahov met with Gross, Herkel and Platvoet

Yesterday the chairman of the Central Election Commission Mazahir Panahov met with PACE co-rapporteurs on Azerbaijan Andreas Gross and Andres Herkel, head of CE observation mission Leo Plavoet.
03 December 2005 [10:52]

"Azadliq" promises that it will continue to strive for nullification of November 6 elections

"Azadliq" bloc spread a statement on the decision of the Constitutional Court concerning confirmation of Parliamentary election results.
03 December 2005 [10:36]

Azerbaijani observers leave for Astana

Members of the Central Election Commission of Azerbaijan left for Astana today to observe the Presidential elections in Kazakhstan scheduled for December 4.
03 December 2005 [10:30]

Offical Baku takes statement of US Embassy as a positive evaluation of November 6 elections

"The Azerbaijani authorities consider normally this position of the US embassy and expressed their satisfaction on such a constructive position concerning the parliamentary elections held in Azerbaijan," said the director of the socio-political department of the President’s Apparatus Ali Hasanov commenting on the statement of the US embassy on the decision of the Constitutional Court.
03 December 2005 [10:19]

President dismisses head of Saatli Executive Power

President dismissed head of Executive Power of Saatli district.
02 December 2005 [19:43]

Parliamentarians elect new speaker and appoint heads of parliamentary commissions

Ex-speaker Murtuz Aleskerov who presided at the fist sitting of the newly elected Parliament nominated Ogtay Asadov to the position of the speaker.
02 December 2005 [19:33]

Herkel, Gross and Platvoet meet with leaders of "Azadliq" oppositional bloc

The Information Office of the Council of Europe (CE) hosted a meeting of the co-chairs of "Azadliq" bloc and CE officials on Friday.
02 December 2005 [19:23]

Ilham Aliyev states that "orange revolution" has no chances in Azerbaijan

"There is no conditions for an orange revolution in Azerbaijan. I stated it even before the elections and the November 6 poll anew confirmed the loyalty of the Azerbaijani people to the policy of the ruling party," said Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev in his address to newly elected deputies of the Parliament.
02 December 2005 [19:17]

Ilham Aliyev: "Our patience is not infinite"

"Nagorno-Karabakh conflict can and ought to be resolved on the base of the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan," said Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev in his address to the first sitting of the new Parliament.
02 December 2005 [19:07]

"Reporters Without Borders" calls MIA to ensure safety of journalists covering opposition demonstrations

Reporters Without Borders condemned the violence used by police against at least 12 journalists working for various mass media while dispersal of the opposition demonstration on November 26 in Baku.
02 December 2005 [18:54]

US welcomes Constitutional Court decisions and steps taken by the government of Azerbaijan

The United States Embassy welcomes the decision of the Constitutional Court of Azerbaijan to annul the results in additional constituencies that have been affected by electoral fraud during the November 6 Parliamentary elections, the US embassy announced on Friday.
02 December 2005 [18:29]

Lala Shovkat refuses from her mandate in the new Parliament

The leader of the National Unity Movement, Lala Shovkat, who was elected to the new Parliament decided to refuse from her mandate.
02 December 2005 [12:46]

December 2 - day of the first session of newly elected Parliament of Azerbaijan

The first sitting of the newly elected Milli Majlis [parliament] started on Friday noon under the chairmanship of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev.
02 December 2005 [12:25]

Azeri authorities reply to US Helsinki Assembly

Head of the Foreign Relations Division of the Azerbaijani President’s Apparatus proposed foreign human right organizations to give advises to their own governments.
02 December 2005 [12:18]

Akig Nagi: Karabakh Liberation Organization will not give up

"We will continue protest actions till OSCE Minsk Group countries get rid of their pro-Armenian positions," stated the head of Karabakh Liberation Organization (KLO) Akif Nagi.
02 December 2005 [12:00]

Full letter of HRH and NHC to Azerbaijani President condemning the brutal use of violence in Baku

The Human Rights House Foundation and the Norwegian Helsinki Committee ask Azerbaijani authorities to initiate an immediate and impartial investigation of the violent outcome of the demonstration Saturday the 26th of November. In a letter sent to the Azerbaijani President today the organisations strongly condemn the brutal use of police violence against demonstrators.
02 December 2005 [11:01]

EU urges Azeri authorities to investigate police actions on November 26 and punish responsible

"The European Union is concerned about disperse of the 26 November oppositional rally by the security forces," reads a statement of the European Union spread by the embassy of Great Britain to Azerbaijan.
02 December 2005 [10:53]

"Azadliq" postpones its December 3 rally

Leaders of "Azadliq" bloc decided to postpone December 3 rally after Baku City Executive Power proposed "Motodrome" as a place for the demonstration.
01 December 2005 [19:56]

Gross, Herkel and Platvoed collect information for a report on post-election situation in Azerbaijan

Andreas Herkel informs that the PACE post-election mission will develop a report after visiting Azerbaijan and it will be discussed at a meeting of PACE Monitoring Committee on December 15.
01 December 2005 [19:47]

Minister of Health continues structural changes in the ministry

Minister of Health, Ogtay Shiraliyev made a new structural change in the Ministry of Health creating an Innovation and Supply Center of the Ministry of Health.
01 December 2005 [19:39]

Azadliq will rally on December 10 and 17

"In compliance with the resolution of the united opposition rally committee the next protest rally will be held at Galaba square on December 10 and 17," said Nureddin Ismayilov, the spokesman for Azadlyg bloc.
01 December 2005 [18:43]

December - busy month for Azeri Minister of Foreign Affairs

Press service informs that the Minister of Foreig Affairs of Azerbaijan Elmar Mammadyarov has very busy schedule in December with plenty of visits to be paid.
01 December 2005 [18:29]

Ilham Aliyev allegedly will attend meeting of Organization of Islamic Conference

According to APA news agency President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev intends to leave Baku for Mecca to participate at extraordinary summit of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) December 7-8.
01 December 2005 [16:06]

Results of November 6 elections in Azerbaijan officially valid starting today

Constitutional Court of Azerbaijan presided today to review and confirm results of Parliamentary Elections 2006.
01 December 2005 [14:45]

CIS Council of Defense Ministers adopted a draft agreement on establishment of a unified system on radiation intelligence

The routine meeting of the CIS Defense Ministries Council attended by Azerbaijan's Minister of Defense Safar Abiyev was held in Moscow yesterday.
01 December 2005 [14:10]

"Azadliq" political bloc does not intend to hold rallies in regions of Azerbaijan

Although "Azadliq" bloc declared that after the elections it will hold protest rallies not only in Baku but also in regions, the bloc leadership now seems to forget completely about its promise.
01 December 2005 [13:59]

Panah Huseyn: December 3 rally of opposition will not turn into sit in

A meeting of the Rally Committee of the "Azadliq" bloc was held in the headquarters of the Democratic Party of Azerbaijan (DPA) today.
30 November 2005 [04:26]

Mammadyarov visits South Korea

Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov paid an official visit to Southern Korea yesterday evening.
30 November 2005 [04:22]

Azeri and Iranian Presidents will meet in Nakhchivan during a ceremony on implementation of a gas project

Natural gas is delivered to the Autonomous Republic of Nakhchivan through Iran starting early November of this year.
30 November 2005 [04:15]

Azerbaijan and Turkey refuse to grant visa to leader of South Azerbaijan National Revival Movement

Azerbaijan and Turkey refuse to issue a visa to leader of South Azerbaijan National Revival Movement (SANRM) Mahmoudali Chohraganli.
30 November 2005 [03:52]

KLO plans to hold picket in front of embassy of one of OSCE Minsk group countries

Karabakh Liberation Organization (KLO) plans to hold today a picket in front of an embassy of one of the OSCE Minsk Group member states.
30 November 2005 [03:45]

OSCE disclosed agenda of its Foreign Ministers meeting in Lublana

The 13 sitting of the OSCE Foreign Ministers Council will be held in Lublana, Slovenia on December 5-6.
30 November 2005 [03:33]

Chairman of Entrepreneurs Council plans to make changes in council's structure

Vice-chairman of the Entrepreneurs Council Gudrat Kerimov who at the moment acts as its chairman told APA correspondent that the council is about to pass reforms in its structure.
30 November 2005 [03:21]

PACE President calls opposition and authorities to stay calm

Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly President Rene van der Linden expressed his concern on violent dispersement of a peaceful opposition demonstration in Baku on November 26.
29 November 2005 [23:15]

Herkel, Gross and Platvoet will visit Baku on December 2

Parliamentary Elections conducted in Azerbaijan on November 6 will be discussed again at the next sitting of the Monitoring Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe on December 15 in Paris.
29 November 2005 [22:20]

Mominat Omarova is elected deputy chairman of CE Committee on Gender Equality

Deputy chairman of the State Committee on female problems of Azerbaijan Mominat Omarova has been elected deputy head of the Council of Europe Committee on gender equality (CDEG), Trend reports.
29 November 2005 [22:13]

Azeri delegation takes part in conference organized by International Organization for Migration

Representatives of the Azerbaijani embassy in Switzerland participate in two-day discussions by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) that started in Geneva on Tuesday.
29 November 2005 [22:11]

Abiyev left Baku for Moscow to attend meeting of CIS Defense Ministers

"On Tuesday, Safar Abiyev the Azerbaijani Defense Minister, left for Moscow with business visit," Ramiz Malikov, the head of the press service of the Minsitry, told Trend.
29 November 2005 [13:50]

Azadliq will discuss with NGOs its plans for farther mass protest actions on Wednesday

Board chairmen of "Azadlig" bloc held a meeting yesterday where they discussed the results of the November 26 rally and assessed them to be positive.
29 November 2005 [12:59]

Greek Cyprus delegation acknowledged deep concern over relationships of Azerbaijan and Turkish Cyprus

The consultations conducted between Azerbaijan and Greek Cyprus in Baku last week were useful for the both sides," said Khalaf Khalafov deputy of the Foreign Minister who held a press conference yesterday.
29 November 2005 [12:49]

Opposition was not permitted to hold protest picket in front of Constitutional Court

Fuzuli regional organization of Musavat Party applied to Baku Mayor’s Office for holding a protest action in front of constitutional Court on November 29 as a sign of protest to the results of elections held in Constituency Election commission #84.
29 November 2005 [10:39]

Maurizio Pavesi expressed his deep concern over the Saturday violance

BAKU, 28 November 2005 - The Head of the OSCE Office in Baku has expressed his deep concern over police violence against demonstrators, after the authorised opposition rally on 26 November, and has urged all political forces in the country to avoid a new season of confrontation.
28 November 2005 [20:01]

Police chief tosses responsibility for Saturday violance from police onto opposition

"Seems that some people have planned to cause confrontation in such extreme way. It seems, that reports on such things taking place were not groundless. Ali Karimli and others were indifferent to the legal requirements of the police," said the head of the Main Police Department of Baku (MPDB), lieutenant-general Maharram Aliyev in an exclusive interview with correspondent of APA.
28 November 2005 [19:56]

Newly elected Supreme Assembly of NAR held today its first meeting

Newly elected Supreme Assembly of Autonomous Republic of Nakhchivan held today its first meeting.
28 November 2005 [19:52]

OSCE schedules monitoring of front line between Azerbaijani and Armenian forces for tomorrow

The next OSCE monitoring will be held on Tuesday at the contact line of the Armenian and Azerbaijani armed forces in Garakhanbayli village of Fuzuli district.
28 November 2005 [19:06]

Azerbaijan speaks for continuation of talks on the Caspian Sea status

"We advocate continuation of the talks between Azerbaijan and Iran on the status of the Caspian Sea in both two-sided and five-sided format," said Deputy Foreign Minister, head of the Azerbaijani delegation on defining legal status of the Caspian Sea Khalaf Khalafov.
28 November 2005 [18:56]

Azeri and Iranian Foreign Ministers hold a joint press conference

"Azerbaijan and Iran can be compared with a spirit inside of two bodies," said Manuchekhr Mottaky, the Iranian Foreign Minister, at a news conference on the results of the negotiations with his Azerbaijani counterpart Elmar Mammadyarov.
28 November 2005 [18:45]

January meeting of Presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia is not confirmed yet

"There is no reply from Azerbaijan and Armenia on a proposal of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairmen, particularly, on organization of the next meeting of the Azerbaijani and Armenian Presidents in January," said Yuriy Merzlyakov, the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairman from Russia in an exclusive interview with Trend.
28 November 2005 [18:17]

Azeri military representatives will attend several international training courses

"The representatives of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces participate in several military trainings," the press service of the Defense Ministry told Trend.
28 November 2005 [12:42]

Iranian Foreign Minister is on a day-visit to Azerbaijan

Manuchohr Mottaki, the Iranian Foreign Minister, paid a day-visit to Baku on Monday. The visit started with a tribute at the Cemetery of Martyrs, Trend reports.
28 November 2005 [12:01]

Ukraine is ready to facilitate meeting of the presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia

"Official Kiev is interested in the regulation of Karabakh conflict," said the Ukrainian Foreign Minister, Boris Tarasyuk during a meeting with, chairman of Armenian Parliament, Artur Bagdasaryan visiting Kiev.
28 November 2005 [11:47]

Rauf Arifoglu plans to appeal to Constitutional Court against decision of Court of Appeals and against its judge

On November 26 the Court of Appeals reviewed a complaint of Rauf Arifoglu, Musavat Party deputy chief, candidate for deputy from Sabunchu election constituency III #26.
28 November 2005 [11:27]

KLO plans to dispatch its followers out on the streets of Baku starting this week

The Karabakh Liberation Organization (KLO) is planning to start this week demonstrations against steps of international organizations and some countries that provide Karabakh separatists legal grounds.
26 November 2005 [21:05]

US Embassy released a statement condemning police actions against opposition on November 26

Embassy of the United States of America to Azerbaijan condemned police actions against the protest action of the opposition on November 26.
26 November 2005 [19:58]

President sets objective for Cabinet of Ministers to allocate 70 billion manats for road development program in Azerbaijan

The Azerbaijani President, Ilham Aliyev, signed a decree on measures for construction and repair of motor ways. The decree notes that Azerbaijan takes wide-ranging measures aimed at speeding-up social-economic development of the country, the integral part of which is restoration, renovation and development of road infrastructure.
26 November 2005 [19:26]

CEC reviewed and discarded several complaints today

Today the Central Election Commission of Azerbaijan discussed complaints for Khatai constituency N33, the second Nizami constituency N25 and the third Binagadi constituency N10 and som other finding that they are baseless and thus made a decision to discard them.
26 November 2005 [19:03]

Azeri expert was elected a member of one of Council of Europe expert committees

Jahar Musayev, the representative of the Azerbaijani Foreign Affairs Ministry, was elected member of Council of Europe Expert Committee Bureau on Legal Aspects of Territorial Refuge, Refugees and Apartheid.
26 November 2005 [18:55]

CE helps Azerbaijan to facilitate exams for judges

"There will be judges of a new level and quality in Azerbaijan," said a special representative of the Council of Europe Secretary General Matts Lindberg, who observed testing of candidates for judge positions.