Politics

07 March 2007 [14:40]

Venice Commission sends draft on Electoral Code to Azerbaijan for amendments

The draft prepared by Azerbaijani government basing on the recommendations on Electoral Code of the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe was studied by the commission and again sent to Azerbaijan for amendments, Sergey Kuznetsov, the officer of Venice Commission Elections and Referendums Division told.
07 March 2007 [14:18]

Adil Geybulla: "I do not join Musavat's statement on Ali Insanov"

"To defend the person like Ali Insanov does not favor anyone. That is why I do not join Musavat's statement on Ali Insanov," the member of Musavat's Divan, the chief of medical commission of the party Adil Geybulla said.
07 March 2007 [13:25]

Erdogan due in Azerbaijan

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will leave for Azerbaijan on March 8 to attend the First Forum of World Azerbaijani and Turkish Diaspora Organizations.
07 March 2007 [13:03]

ANAMA clears Azerbaijani territories from mines and ordinances

2074785sq.m areas of Azerbaijani territory were cleared from mines and unexploded ordinances (UXO) and 33565 UXO have been rendered harmless in February, Azerbaijani National Agency for Mine Actions (ANAMA) told.
07 March 2007 [09:18]

Ali Karimli's appeal to be considered today

The appeal of the chief of Azerbaijan People's Front Party Ali Karimli on getting national passport will be considered today.
07 March 2007 [09:13]

Visitors arrive in Baku to attend 1st forum of Azerbaijan and Turkish Diaspora

Some of the visitors invited to the first forum of Azerbaijan and Turkish Diaspora Organizations to be held March 9 have already arrived in Baku.
07 March 2007 [09:11]

2006 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices in Azerbaijan

Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor of U.S. Department of State released annual report on human rights practice in Azerbaijan.
07 March 2007 [09:09]

The visits of Turkish high ranking officials to Azerbaijan has no connection with Iran-US relations

"Recent visits of high ranking officials of Turkey, one of the active members of NATO has no connection with Iran and the US relations," Turkish Land Forces Commander, General Ilker Basbug visiting Azerbaijan said.
07 March 2007 [08:38]

APFP discussed Azadliq alliance activity

Azerbaijan Popular Front Party held discussions on Azadliq alliance's activity in the conference of executive board of the Party.
07 March 2007 [08:32]

President Aliyev receives credentials of newly-appointed ambassadors

Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev received credentials of newly-appointed ambassadors.
07 March 2007 [08:24]

Independent, opposition media in Azerbaijan sue after being barred from Ali Insanov's criminal trial

Independent and opposition newspapers in Azerbaijan have filed a lawsuit, demanding that officials allow journalists from non-state-run media to cover the high-profile trial of a former health minister accused of abuse of office and other crimes, activists said Wednesday.
07 March 2007 [08:09]

Oskanian discusses Armenian polls, Karabakh with Rice

Armenia's Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian met with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in Washington on Monday to discuss Armenia's upcoming parliamentary elections, efforts to resolve the Nagorno Karabakh conflict, and other issues of mutual interest.
07 March 2007 [07:57]

Mayor's Office rejects ANIP's appeal for picket

Baku executive power rejected the appeal of the Azerbaijan National Independence Party to place a picket outside the Iranian embassy.
07 March 2007 [07:56]

Azerbaijani and Russian interior troops press services to meet in Moscow

The press services of Azerbaijani and Russian interior troops will meet in Moscow from March 12 to 17.
06 March 2007 [23:30]

Ombudsman presents annual report to Parliament

Ombudsman's annual report was debated in today’s sitting of Azerbaijani parliament.
06 March 2007 [23:25]

President receives Turkish Land Forces commander

President Ilham Aliyev today received the delegation led by the Turkish Land Forces commander, Army General Ilker Basbug.
06 March 2007 [23:19]

Vasili Istratov: "We are not informed about US negotiations with the South Caucasian countries to deploy missile defense system"

"We do not have any information that the US is negotiating with Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia to deploy its missile defense system," Russian Ambassador to Azerbaijan Vasili Istratov told.
06 March 2007 [23:07]

EUCOM and Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry develop Work Plan

U.S. European Command and Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry are working on a Work Plan.
06 March 2007 [22:41]

Serdar Jalaloglu: "Returning to Azadliq alliance is out of question"

"The reason of Azerbaijan Democrat Party's (ADP) dismissal from Azadliq alliance is the party's insisting on the dialogue with the government," member of Board of Chairs of the Azadliq alliance, leader of the Citizen and Development Party Ali Aliyev told.
06 March 2007 [17:53]

Report on Nagorno Karabakh to be submitted to European Parliament

Cem Ozdemir, Member of European Parliament and Bundestag does his best to draw up a report on the Nagorno Karabakh conflict.
06 March 2007 [17:07]

ADP dismissed from Azadliq alliance

The Azerbaijan Democratic Party has been dismissed from the Azadliq alliance in today's conference.
06 March 2007 [16:56]

Turkish Land Forces commander visits Azerbaijan

Turkey's Land Forces Commander, Army General Ilker Basbug is visiting Azerbaijan.
06 March 2007 [16:53]

Russian Ambassador does not support military solution of NK conflict

"Rordyuja's statement is not to be regarded as the position of Moscow, as he is not representing Russia, but Collective Security Treaty Organization," Russian Ambassador to Azerbaijan Vasili Istratov said when commenting on the statement of Nikolay Bordyuja, Secretary General of CIS Collective Security Treaty Organization.
06 March 2007 [16:51]

Ukraine and Azerbaijan to cooperate in geodesy and cartography

Ukraine's Cabinet of Ministers has ratified an agreement between the Ukrainian Government and the Government of Azerbaijan on cooperation in the geodesy, cartography and the Earth remote sensing areas.
06 March 2007 [16:50]

US to present New Black Sea strategy to Azerbaijan

Washington will present New Black Sea strategy to the Azerbaijani government soon.
06 March 2007 [16:01]

European Court of Human Rights dismisses former Azerbaijani Defense Minister's appeal

European Court of Human Rights dismissed the appeal of former Azerbaijani Defense Minister Rahim Gaziyev.
06 March 2007 [15:50]

Iran apologizes to Azerbaijan for airspace violation

Iran apologized to Azerbaijani side for violation of airspace with helicopters, Deputy FM Khalaf Khalafov told the journalists.
06 March 2007 [14:42]

Ogtay Asadov: "Parliament considers proposals on amnesty act"

Parliamentarian, chairman of Umid party Igbal Agazadeh proposed to adopt amnesty act in today’s sitting of the parliament.
06 March 2007 [13:49]

Armenians violate ceasefire in Tovuz

Armenians violated ceasefire again.
06 March 2007 [12:37]

Georgia, Azerbaijan discuss border delimitation

Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister Giorgi Manjgaladze will meet his Azerbaijani counterpart Khalaf Khalafov in Baku on March 6-7 to discuss border delimitation issues, the Georgian Foreign Ministry reported.
06 March 2007 [12:35]

Russia ready to review radar contract with Azerbaijan

Russia is ready to study Azerbaijan's potential proposals to reexamine the rent contract for the Gabala radar, Russian Ambassador to Baku Vaisly Istratov said.
06 March 2007 [09:40]

Der Spiegel: "The New Great Game: Opportunities for Trans-Atlantic Cooperation in the Caspian Region"

Natural resources in the Caspian region are vital to the European Union's future energy policy. Though the United States has been focusing on the region since the 1990s, European decision-makers have largely neglected its strategic importance.
06 March 2007 [09:35]

Azeri side departing for Geneva with deep anxiety

"Official Baku expects the upcoming Geneva meeting of the Armenian and Azeri Foreign Ministers with deep anxiety," said Azeri Deputy FM Araz Azimov.
06 March 2007 [09:25]

US ready to assist Turkmenistan in developing fuel & energy sector

The United States is ready to assist Turkmenistan in the development of the fuel and energy sector.
06 March 2007 [09:20]

Armenia concerned about fate of proposed genocide resolution in U.S. Congress

Armenia's foreign minister says he is worried about high-level Turkish lobbying against a proposed congressional resolution that would recognize as genocide the early 20th century killings of up to 1.5 million Armenians.
06 March 2007 [08:55]

Azerbaijan National Front Party decides to hold a conference in the middle of 2007

Azerbaijan National Front Party will start to hold conferences in the local organizations to prepare for the Party conference.
06 March 2007 [08:50]

Mazahir Panahov attends annual meeting of UK Election Officials Association

Mazahir Panahov, the head of the Central Election Commission (CEC) visited the UK at the invitation of the UK Election Officials Association from 25 February to 3 March.
06 March 2007 [08:40]

Negotiations are being held with the owners of the lands on Baku-Tbilisi-Akhalkalaki-Kars railway route

"Necessary measures are being taken for construction of Baku-Tbilisi-Akhalkalaki-Kars railway project," Turkish Ambassador to Azerbaijan Huseyni Avni Garsioglu told.
06 March 2007 [08:35]

Kamal Kerincsiz: "The evidences we have collected are enough to accuse Robert Kocharian and 78 terrorists"

Turkish Lawyers Association Chairman Kemal Kerincsiz sued Armenian President Robert Kocharian and 78 people in connection with Khojaly genocide, Kamal Kerincsiz told.
06 March 2007 [08:30]

Vasili Istratov: "Russia will react, if US Eastern Europe Missile Defense System is against Russia"

"US intention to install radar system in the Caucasus in the frame of Eastern Europe Missile Defense system plan has no relation with Russia," Ambassador of Russia to Azerbaijan Vasili Istratov claimed on the statement of the official representative of Pentagon, Lieutenant-General Henry Oberg.
06 March 2007 [08:25]

Novruz Mammadov: "US does not negotiate with Azerbaijan on installation of radar system in the Caucasus"

"I do not have any information about US installation radar system in the Caucasus in the frame of Eastern Europe Missile Defense system plan," head of President's Office International Relations Department Novruz Mammadov stated.
06 March 2007 [08:20]

Nazim Ibrahimov: "Action Strategy of Diaspora organizations will be adopted in Forum of Azerbaijani and Turkish Diasporas"

"Preparation to the forum of Azerbaijani and Turkish Diasporas to be held on March 9 in Baku is already completed. A part of the delegations had already come to Azerbaijan. The opening ceremony of the forum will be held in the Palace named after Heydar Aliyev and conference part in "Park INN" hotel. Over 500 representatives from 48 countries will partake in the conference," the chief of the State committee working with Azerbaijani Living Abroad Nazim Ibrahimov told.
06 March 2007 [08:15]

Azerbaijani President receives credentials of newly-appointed ambassadors

President Aliyev received credentials of newly-appointed ambassadors to Azerbaijan.
06 March 2007 [07:25]

Turkish and Azerbaijani Health Ministers to sign cooperation memorandum

Health Minister Ogtay Shireliyev is on official visit to Turkey at the invitation of Turkey's Health Minister Rajab Agdol.
06 March 2007 [07:15]

Voters' lists being submitted to Central Election Commission

The constituencies finished specifying voters' lists and they are being submitted to the Central Election Commission (CEC), the head of the "Elections Information Centre" Igbal Babayev told.
05 March 2007 [23:56]

Armenia Shows No Interest for U.S. anti-aircraft radar in Caucasus

Col Gen Mikael Harutyunyan, Deputy Defense Minister, chief of the Republic of Armenia armed forces general staff, said that Armenia has not received any proposals on installation of U.S. anti-aircraft system elements on its territory, said.
05 March 2007 [23:43]

Peter Semneby: "Visit to Nagorno Karabakh is my priority"

"I have not made up my mind to visit Nagorno Karabakh this month. I have a lot of work in Brussels, but I may visit the conflicting zone," Peter Semneby, EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus, told.
05 March 2007 [17:35]

US military spending accounts for 40% of global expenditure

World military expenditure in 2006 is estimated to have reached $1.2 trillion and this corresponds to 2.5 per cent of world GDP, Stockholm International Peace researches Institute report says.
05 March 2007 [17:12]

Bernard Fassier to visit Azerbaijan March 8

OSCE Minsk Group French co-chair Bernard Fassier will be on visit to Azerbaijan March 8-9.
05 March 2007 [16:28]

3 military camps to be abolished by the end of the year

The last three military camps in Azerbaijan will be abolished by the end of the year, Senan Huseynov, the officer of the State Committee on Work with Refugees and IDPs told.
05 March 2007 [16:06]

Polish President to visit Azerbaijan March 30-31

Poland's President Lech Kaczynski will be on official visit in Azerbaijan on March 30-31, councillor of Polish Embassy in Azerbaijan Voychekh Guretski told.
05 March 2007 [15:22]

Romanian President intends to develop relations with Azerbaijan

Romanian President Trayan Basescu intends to develop relations with Azerbaijan.
05 March 2007 [14:06]

Azerbaijani rights defenders to appeal to US Embassy for monitoring Guantanamo

Chairman of Azerbaijani Committee against Tortures Elchin Behbudov and chairman of Detention Place Observation Social Unity Kamil Selimov will appeal to the US Ambassador to Azerbaijan Anne Derse for monitoring Gunatanamo, Elchin Behbudov stated.
05 March 2007 [13:57]

Zurab Gumberidze to deal with energy cooperation between Georgia and Azerbaijan

Georgian Ambassador to Azerbaijan Zurab Gumberidze ends his diplomatic mission to Azerbaijan.
05 March 2007 [13:47]

Infrastructure rehabilitation in Armenia-occupied Azeri lands needs $60bn

Prime Minister Artur Rasizade has met with Kori Udovicki, Assistant Secretary-General and UNDP Director of the Regional Bureau for Europe and Commonwealth of Independent States.
05 March 2007 [13:28]

Azerbaijan to open Embassy in Syria

Azerbaijan's Embassy will be opened in Syria, Nazih Gassub, Azerbaijani honorary consul to Lebanon told.
05 March 2007 [13:23]

Parliament to discuss Gebele Radar rental

The parliament will again discuss rental of Deryal radar in Gebele, MP Zahid Oruj informed.
05 March 2007 [13:08]

Azerbaijan Interior Troops Commander to visit Turkey

Commander of Azerbaijan Interior Troops, lieutenant-general Zakir Hasanov will visit Turkey in April.
05 March 2007 [13:04]

Turkey Land Forces Commander to visit Azerbaijan

Commander of Turkish Land Forces, Army General Ilker Bashbugh will pay visit to Azerbaijan tomorrow, Turkey's Embassy in Baku informs.
05 March 2007 [08:58]

CIS IPA Council to hold session in St. Petersburg

On Monday in Saint Petersburg in the headquarters of CIS IPA is to be held a session of the Permanent Council of the Inter-parliamentary Assembly (IPA) of the CIS member states for culture, information, tourism and sport, Kazinform refers to the press service of CIS IPA.
05 March 2007 [08:47]

Azerbaijan Society of America hosts discussion for members of U.S. Congress

The Azerbaijan Society of America (ASA) hosted a lunchtime discussion for members of the U.S. Congress and Congressional staff members on Thursday, March 1 in Washington, DC.
04 March 2007 [14:49]

Armenian election officials register 29 parties to take part in May poll

Armenian election authorities on Saturday finalized the list of parties and candidates that will take part in the May parliamentary vote, paving the way for the start of the election campaign, officials said.
04 March 2007 [14:40]

Israeli Foreign Minister and top U.S. official on Iran to meet

A senior U.S. official who oversees efforts to clamp down financially on Iran was slated Sunday to hold talks with Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, a spokesman said.
04 March 2007 [14:31]

Mammadyarov: I'd like to believe that Armenia will demonstrate a political will

GUAM summit in Baku will focus on the solution of the 'frozen conflicts,' ways of preventing threats to the maintenance of stability, said Azerbaijan's Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov in his interviewed to APA.
04 March 2007 [14:00]

Major powers fail to settle Iran differences

Major powers failed on Saturday to settle all their differences over a second U.N. sanctions resolution against Iran for its nuclear work but remain committed to passing one soon, the United States said.
04 March 2007 [13:51]

EU endeavors for Armenia's participation in regional projects and opening of Turkish borders

EU Special representative in South Caucasus Peter Semneby and Armenian Premier Andranik Markarian discussed a number of issues on relations between the EU and Armenia, forthcoming parliamentary elections, regional cooperation and settlement of Nagorno Karabakh conflict.
04 March 2007 [13:26]

Rasim Musabekov: Iranian missiles threaten not the USA or Russia, but Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan's southern neighbor is working under its nuclear program and missile manufacturing that pose danger not to the USA or Russia, but directly to Azerbaijan, political analyst Rasim Musabekov said commenting on a statement of director of the US Missile Defense Agency Henry Obering that in the framework of deploying the air defense in Eastern Europe, the USA plans to place a radar system in the Caucasus.
04 March 2007 [13:24]

Belarus opposition leader invited Asim Mollazade for March 25 Celebration

The leader of the Belarusian opposition Alexander Milinkevich has invited the chairman of the Democratic Reforms party of Azerbaijan, a former PACE Rapporteur on Belarus Asim Mollazade to visit Belarus on March 25 to take part in the celebration on Freedom Day.
04 March 2007 [13:02]

U.S. radar deployment plan in Caucasus threatens Russia's security

U.S. plans to deploy an anti-missile radar in the Caucasus affect Russia's national security, former commander of the Russian Air Force Anatoly Kornukov said Friday.
04 March 2007 [12:53]

Russia's susceptibility to Western interests in Caucasus irritates, Markedonov says

Russia should demonstrate a sober approach to the possible installation of American anti-missile defense system in the Caucasus, said Sergey Markedonov, the head of the department of international relations at the institute of political and military studies.
04 March 2007 [12:47]

Azeri Agriculture Minister to visit Tehran

Deputy Agriculture Jihad Minister for international affairs and development of cooperation with Africa, Farid Ejlali, said on Saturday that the third OIC agriculture ministers meeting will be held in Tehran on March 17.
04 March 2007 [12:44]

National Security Minister urges Iran to continue efforts to settle Karabakh crisis

Azerbaijan's National Security Minister Eldar Mahmudov on Saturday called on Iran to continue its efforts to settle the Karabakh crisis.
04 March 2007 [12:36]

Tehran reminds Azerbaijan to keep distance from Washington

On February 22, Azerbaijani media outlets reported that Iranian helicopters had violated the air space of Azerbaijan and by flying over the southern town of Astara for over 20 minutes.