Politics

24 May 2006 [15:18]

Ex-CIA agent: "The West should recognize Iran as nuclear power"

The USA should officially recognize Iran as a nuclear power and stop threatening the country, former CIA agent Robert Baer is quoted as saying by ATV TV-channel (Azerbaijani) citing Iranian sources.
24 May 2006 [15:11]

U.S. may allocate $43 million for reconstruction of military airfields in Azerbaijan

Pentagon requested the U.S. Congress for $43 million for the reconstruction of four military airfields in Azerbaijan and organization of anti-missile defense and radio-electronic intelligence, reported Express Baku-based newspaper citing sources within Pentagon.
24 May 2006 [14:13]

Ahmadinejad: "U.S. will fail to provoke ethnic differences"

Iran's president accused the United States and its allies on Wednesday of "hatching plots" to provoke ethnic tensions and destabilize Iran, a day after the government closed a state-run newspaper for publishing a cartoon that sparked riots by ethnic Azeris.
24 May 2006 [10:44]

National Security Minister pays official visit to Austria

Azerbaijani National Security Minister Eldar Mahmudov was on an official visit to Austria from May 15 to 19 at the invitation of Austrian Interior Minister.
24 May 2006 [10:41]

KLO denouncing Minsk Group co-chairs' next visit to the region

Karabakh Liberation Organization (KLO) issued statement denouncing Minsk Group co-chairs' next visit to the region.
24 May 2006 [10:18]

Musavat MP group preparing draft law "On status of ex-presidents"

Musavat deputy group acting in Parliament has prepared draft law "On status of ex-presidents".
24 May 2006 [09:26]

President Bush to appoint new US Ambassador to Armenia

President George W. Bush today announced his intention to nominate Richard E. Hoagland to serve in his Administration.
24 May 2006 [09:20]

PACE rapporteur's visit to Azerbaijan and Armenia postponed

PACE rapporteur on monitoring of cultural monuments, Edward O’Hara, British MP, visit to Azerbaijan and Armenia postponed, Azerbaijani delegation member to PACE, Rafael Huseynov stated.
24 May 2006 [09:10]

Elmar Mammadyarov: "Nagorno Karabakh problem should be settled in three stages"

On May 24, Russian, French and US OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs Yuri Merzlyakov, Bernard Fassier and Steven Mann, as well as Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin will visit Baku.
24 May 2006 [08:58]

President Aliyev considers relations of his country with Russia to be constructive

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev believes that his country's relations with Russia have been developing constructive for the last time.
24 May 2006 [08:33]

CSTO adopts document to avert new threats and challenges

The High Level Group of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) met in Moscow yesterday.
24 May 2006 [08:11]

ICPS: "198 prisoners per 100,000 of the population in Azerbaijan"

The International Center for Prison Studies (ICPS) has announced the latest world prison population list.
23 May 2006 [22:09]

Protest outside Iranian Embassy in Baku

The members of the South Azerbaijan National Revival Movement (SANRM) and the United Azerbaijan Union (UAU) staged a protest action outside Iran's Embassy in Baku with regard to the killing of Azerbaijani protesters and detaining of more than 100 of them in Tabriz, Iran, on May 22.
23 May 2006 [21:48]

Robert Simmons: "NATO doesn't object to Russian base in Armenia"

NATO has nothing against the Armenian wish to have a Russian military base on its territory, special representative for the South Caucasus and Central Asia Robert Simmons said on Tuesday.
23 May 2006 [21:28]

Iranian opposition in exile calls for nationwide solidarity with anti-government protests

Government buildings torched, many arrested during uprisings in three northwestern Iranian provinces.
23 May 2006 [21:20]

Train carrying hardware pulled out from Georgia moves to Azeri border

A second train, loaded with military hardware and property withdrawn from the Russian military base Akhalkalaki in Georgia, left for Russia from the railway terminal of Palka in Georgia at 9.00 a.m. Moscow time Tuesday.
23 May 2006 [21:18]

Moldovan President: "GUAM's work aimed at solving problems four countries face"

The activities of the GUAM alliance of Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Moldova are not aimed against anybody, but expected to solve problems the four countries face, Moldovan President Vladimir Voronin said after the GUAM summit on Tuesday.
23 May 2006 [21:15]

Armenia, NATO discuss cooperation prospects

Armenian President Robert Kocharian and the NATO Secretary-General's Representative for the North Caucasus and Central Asia, Robert Simmons, have discussed Armenia-NATO cooperation, the Armenian presidential press service told Itar-Tass on Tuesday.
23 May 2006 [20:53]

Yushchenko, Aliyev, discussed energy cooperation

Victor Yushchenko has met with Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev, according to the Ukranian President's press-office.
23 May 2006 [19:36]

Azerbaijani Education Minister Calls on VP

Visiting Azerbaijani Education Minister Misir Mardanov conferred with the Iranian first Vice-President Parviz Dawoodi here on Tuesday.
23 May 2006 [19:31]

20 Azerbaijanis killed in Tabriz, protest action dispersed

Azeri Embassy in Tehran does not respond.
23 May 2006 [15:26]

Russian Deputy FM: "GUAM not anti-Russian group"

A Russian deputy foreign minister said Tuesday Russia saw no anti-Russian sentiment in GUAM, a regional organization uniting four of its former fellow Soviet republics.
23 May 2006 [15:23]

Azerbaijan leader says energy security boosts GUAM independence

Energy security of GUAM, a regional organization of four former Soviet republics, is vital for the independence of its member countries, Azerbaijan's president said Tuesday.
23 May 2006 [14:53]

Ukraine says GUAM must focus on cooperation with EU, NATO

GUAM, a regional organization of four former Soviet republics, should focus on cooperation with the European Union and NATO, Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko said Tuesday.
23 May 2006 [14:47]

GUAM leaders adopt charter for group's new incarnation

Leaders of GUAM, a regional organization of four former Soviet republics, adopted Tuesday a charter changing the group's status and renaming it the GUAM Organization for Democracy and Economic Development.
23 May 2006 [13:45]

MM Speaker meets State Secretary of Vatican

Speaker of Milli Majlis of the Azerbaijan Republic (Azerbaijan Parliament) met with the State Secretary of Vatican for Relations with States archbishop Giovanni Lajolo, 22 May.
23 May 2006 [13:36]

26-30 May 2006 NATO PA spring session

Some 340 parliamentarians from North America and Europe are expected to attend the NATO Parliamentary Assembly's Spring session which will be held in Paris, France from Friday May 26 to Tuesday May 30.
23 May 2006 [12:34]

OSCE: De Gucht discusses Nagorno Karabakh, frozen conflicts

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's chairman-in-office, Belgian Foreign Minister Karel De Gucht, is in Prague for the OSCE's 14th Economic Forum on May 22-23.
23 May 2006 [12:31]

US official urges reform in oil producer countries

With energy security quickly moving up on its agenda, the US administration is putting pressure on oil- and gas-rich countries to open up their economies and initiate political reforms.
23 May 2006 [11:03]

Mikhail Saakashvili: "Georgia may be forced out of CIS without clothes"

Georgian President regretted on Tuesday that Georgia may be forced out of the Commonwealth of Independent States.
23 May 2006 [10:38]

Senator Sam Brownback: "US should seek negotiated Karabakh settlement"

The Bush administration's new strategy on the Caspian region is known, said US Senator Sam Brownback, who authored the draft law on supporting the South Caucasus and Central Asian states in the US Senate.
23 May 2006 [09:18]

Co-chairs and their FM officials to have talks in Baku May 24

OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs Yuri Merzlyakov (Russia), Steven Mann (US) and Bernard Fassier (France), deputy Russian Foreign Minister Grigori Karasin, US Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Daniel Fried as well as French Foreign Ministry director for political affairs Stanislas D’Labule will have talks on the settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict in the Azerbaijani capital, Baku, on May 24.
23 May 2006 [09:16]

US to aid $5 million to the alleged "Nagorno Karabakh Republic" in 2007

US Congress House of Representatives committee for military aids adopted a decision to preserve parity in rendering military assistance to Azerbaijan and Armenia.
23 May 2006 [09:14]

Ali Hasanov: "There is no danger to Azerbaijan from PACE Summer Session"

"Azerbaijan does not expect any danger from the Summer Session of the Council of Europe Parlaimentary Assembly," head of Presidential Administration's socio-political department Ali Hasanov told journalists.
23 May 2006 [09:03]

President Aliyev: "Kyiv Summit will give strong impetus to current cooperation among GUAM states"

Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev told journalists at the Borispol airport in Kyiv today that energy issue will be the priority in the cooperation among GUAM member states.
23 May 2006 [09:00]

Education Minister visits Iran

On May 22 delegation led by Education Minister, Misir Mardanov, left for to Islamic Republic of Iran.
23 May 2006 [08:50]

Contact line of Armenian and Azerbaijani troops to be monitored

A monitoring is due to be held near Kurapatkino village of Azerbaijan's region Khojavend, in the contact line of troops in accordance with the mandate of personal representative of OSCE Chairman-in-Office.
23 May 2006 [08:44]

Samad Seyidov: "There is no problem between Azerbaijan and CE"

Head of the Azerbaijani delegation to the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) Samad Seyidov stated that there was no problem between Azerbaijan and CE.
23 May 2006 [08:41]

Talks on Aliyev-Kocharian meeting to be held during OSCE MG co-chairs' visit to the region

At the proposal of the Council of Europe, OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs organized the meeting of Foreign Ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia Elmar Mammadyarov and Vardan Oskanyan within the 116th session of the Council of Europe Committee of Foreign Ministers in Strasbourg on 19 May.
23 May 2006 [01:27]

UN Security Council powers to hold key Iran meeting Wednesday

Senior diplomats of the five permanent U.N. Security Council member countries plus Germany will convene in London Wednesday to discuss next steps in the confrontation over Iran's nuclear program.
23 May 2006 [00:14]

GUAM not going to compete with CIS

GUAM is not a competitor for the CIS, but it turned out to be more effective than the Commonwealth, according to the GUAM foreign ministers who gathered in Kiev on Monday.
22 May 2006 [20:17]

GUAM foreign ministers synchronize watches ahead of Kiev summit

The GUAM alliance comprising Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Moldova will be transformed into a full-fledged organization that contributes to stability and security, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Boris Tarasyuk said at a meeting of the GUAM foreign ministers on Monday.
22 May 2006 [20:08]

China, Russia Foreign Ministers discuss Iran in Beijing

The foreign ministers of Russia and China met in Beijing on Tuesday where how to resolve the standoff over Iran's nuclear program is likely to be high on the agenda.
22 May 2006 [19:38]

Iran aims becoming Shanghai Collaboration Organization active member

Iran is willing to become a full-fledged member of Shanghai Collaboration Organization (SCO) and this aspiration is not connected with its nuclear program, Romin Mehmonparast, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Iran to Kazakhstan, has said at press conference in Almaty.
22 May 2006 [17:20]

Azerbaijan participates in US START program

Deputy Chairman of the parliamentary commission on economic policy Azer Amiraslanov will be on visit in Washington from May 20 to June 4.
22 May 2006 [15:59]

President visits Ukraine

May 22, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev left for Ukrainian capital Kiev to participate in the meeting of heads of GUAM member states.
22 May 2006 [13:45]

President Aliyev receives Vatican Secretary for External affairs

On May 22, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev received a delegation of the Vatican led by its Secretary for Relations with States, Archbishop Giovanni Lajolo.
22 May 2006 [08:40]

TurkishPress: "Messages for conspiracy theorists"

Spring has come to Washington as well as to Turkish-American relations.
22 May 2006 [08:31]

The Guardian: "With Turkey in the club, Europe can forge a fresh engagement with Islam"

Madeleine Bunting of The Guardian writes on the issue of Turkey's acceptance to the EU.
22 May 2006 [07:40]

"European New Neighborhood Policy: relations with the South Caucasus energy policy" seminar to be held

European Union will organize seminar named "European New Neighborhood Policy: relations with the South Caucasus-energy policy" for media representatives in Brussels and Sofia.
21 May 2006 [22:18]

Robert Kocharyan not to run for third term

"Armenian President Robert Kocharyan will not stand for the third term, it is impossible," Presidential Adviser on National Security Garnik Isagulyan said on May 20 during a news conference.
21 May 2006 [21:24]

Israeli Premiere: "Iran's atomic bomb not far off"

Iran is just a few months away from acquiring the technological know-how that will allow it to build an atomic bomb, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said in an interview broadcast Sunday.
21 May 2006 [20:18]

Peter Semneby: "A more active interest of the EU in resolving the conflicts"

Q&A with Peter Semneby, the EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus.
21 May 2006 [18:25]

Secretary Rice: "US not asked to give Iran security guarantee"

European powers have not asked the United States to provide security guarantees to Iran as part of a package the West is preparing to offer the Islamic republic to curb its nuclear programs, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Sunday.
21 May 2006 [18:18]

Hosni Mubarak surprisingly criticises US policies

The Egyptian president has opened the World Economic Forum in a Red Sea resort with a surprisingly tough speech that signals deepening strains in relations between Cairo and Washington.
21 May 2006 [17:20]

Iran to continue uranium enrichment work

Iran will not end uranium enrichment, even despite the latest proposal by European states, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said Sunday.
21 May 2006 [13:59]

Abdulkadir Ates names Iran the most influential power in region and calls for regional security initiative

Iran has drastically increased its leverage in the Middle East and across the wider Muslim world thanks to the U.S.-led war in Iraq and now is the most influential actor in the region where Turkey stood out as a key political and military power, said Abdulkadir Ates, Turkish an opposition MP who heads the Political Affairs Committee at the Council of Europe.
20 May 2006 [22:07]

Iran rejects plan floated by UN Security Council

World powers are considering dropping U.N. Security Council discussion of Iran's nuclear program if Tehran agrees to suspend uranium enrichment, but could push for sanctions backed by the threat of force if the Islamic state refuses, diplomats said Saturday.
20 May 2006 [21:41]

Russia's FM Lavrov: "Iran problem can only be solved by direct talks"

Only direct talks can settle a long-running dispute around Iran's controversial nuclear program, Russia's foreign minister said Friday, adding that talks were currently fraught with problems.
20 May 2006 [20:17]

Explosion sounds heard in occupied villages of Aghdam

Starting from evening hours of May 19, explosion sounds heard in occupied villages of Aghdam.
20 May 2006 [20:03]

Azerbaijan made a protest against former OSCE MG Co-Chair's statement

Chief of the presidential administration's international affairs department, Novruz Mammadov held a press conference related to the recent statements on Azerbaijan made by former Russian co-chair (until 1996) of OSCE Minsk Group Vladimir Kazimirov.
20 May 2006 [19:49]

Georgia and Ukraine quitting the CIS won't have serious impact on Azerbaijan's position

"Though Georgia and Ukraine are reported to quit the Commonwealth of Independent States soon, officials of these states have not yet made any statements with this regard.
20 May 2006 [19:46]

New public-political movement established in Azerbaijan

A large movement involving local and international organizations will be established in Azerbaijan.
20 May 2006 [12:25]

U.S. concurs with monitors on Azerbaijan re-run elections

State's Finley welcomes improvements, but cites concerns about irregularities.
20 May 2006 [12:17]

CEC prepares list of candidates withdrawn their candidacy after taking financial aid

The term on presenting a report to Constituency Election Commission on financial aid in Election constituencies in re-run parliamentary elections on May 13 re-run lections, completes today.
20 May 2006 [12:07]

Egyptian Presidential Aide: "Official Cairo fully supports Azerbaijani efforts to publicize invasion fact"

"The Arab Republic of Egypt has broad knowledge of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict and Cairo fully supports Azerbaijan's efforts to publicize the occupation fact to the international community," said Usae Ilbaz, political aide to Egypt's President Hosnu Mubarak at a meeting with Azerbaijani delegation at Egyptian Foreign Ministry.
20 May 2006 [11:53]

Leo Platvoet presents report on Azerbaijani by-elections to PACE Monitoring Committee

The Monitoring Committee of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) held a hearing May 13 partial re-run of the Parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan.
20 May 2006 [11:44]

Azerbaijani delegation will participate in NATO PA session

Delegation of Milly Majlis in the organization will participate in the next session of NATO Parliamentary Assembly (PA), which will be held May 30 in Paris.
20 May 2006 [11:31]

US Embassy organizes round table on Middle East problem

The author of several projects with regard to Palestenian-Israel conflict settlement, Muhammad Dajani will visit Baku May 22, the visit organized by the Embassy of the USA in Azerbaijan.
20 May 2006 [11:10]

Ganira Pashayeva: "Ramil Safarov has no health problem and gets ready"

Parliamentarian Ganira Pashayeva who is on her visit in Hungary, met with Azerbaijani officer Ramil Safarov detained in Budapest prison for killing Armenian officer.
20 May 2006 [10:50]

GUAM Foreign Ministries heads met in Strasbourg

GUAM (Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Moldova) countries foreign affairs ministries held meeting in Strasbourg.
20 May 2006 [10:46]

Milli Majlis expertise economic legislation norms

Azerbaijani parliament plans to affirm several laws with the aim of improving business and investment environments in the country in the near future.
19 May 2006 [19:14]

Mehdi Safari: "Iranian gov't ready to broaden cooperation with Baku"

Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister and special envoy to Caspian Sea affairs Mehdi Safari said here on Friday that the government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is determined to fully expand cooperation with Azerbaijan.
19 May 2006 [17:05]

First Deputy PM Abbas Abbasov resigned from his post

First Deputy Prime Minister of Azerbaijan Abbas Abbasov yesterday sent in his resignation to President Ilham Aliyev.