Politics

18 October 2006 [09:31]

Azerbaijani and EU delegations to meet Oct. 26

Azerbaijani and European Union delegations will meet in Brussels October 26.
18 October 2006 [09:28]

Azerbaijani new council to Istanbul to take over his assignment this weekend

Azerbaijani new council to Istanbul Sayyad Aran will take over his assignment at the weekend.
17 October 2006 [20:50]

Vahid Erdem:"UN and NATO peacekeepers can be placed in the conflict zone"

Vahid Erdem, head of delegation of NATO Parliament Assembly Future Defense Planning Subcommittee held a press conference on the results of his visit.
17 October 2006 [20:18]

Agreements and contracts signed between Azerbaijan and Belarus

Azerbaijani and Belarusian presidents signed intergovernmental agreement on socio-economical cooperation for ten years in Minsk.
17 October 2006 [19:00]

President Aliyev meets President Lukashenko

Belarus is ready to provide the infrastructure needed to pump Caspian oil via pipelines to the Baltic states and Poland, President Alexander Lukashenko said Tuesday before the launch of talks with officials from oil-rich Azerbaijan.
17 October 2006 [18:03]

Turk PM in hospital after fainting during Ramadan

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan was taken to hospital on Tuesday after fainting while keeping the Muslim fast of Ramadan, but doctors said there was no need for concern.
17 October 2006 [17:57]

Azeri Armed Forces Main Inspection Office to be established

Azeri Armed Forces Main Inspection Office will be established at Supreme Commander-in-chief.
17 October 2006 [17:56]

Reporters Without Borders: "Threat to retransmission of BBC, Voice of America and Radio Liberty/Radio Free Europe"

Reporters Without Borders today called on the Azeri government not to implement a 13 October decision by the National Council for Television and Radio to stop local radio stations Antenn and ANS and the Azeri state radio from retransmitting BBC, Voice of America and Radio Liberty/Radio Free Europe programmes from 1 January. The ban also affects Voice of America TV programmes.
17 October 2006 [16:56]

Venice Commission delegation to visit Azerbaijan on the amendments in law of freedom of assembly

Legal document was adopted about Azerbaijan at the plenary meeting of Council of Europe Venice Commission.
17 October 2006 [15:51]

Important changes to American visa application process

The American Embassy announces two important and fundamental changes to the visa application process, which are intended to take advantage of digital technology available to ease the application process and reduce the application time.
17 October 2006 [15:37]

President Aliyev ratifies visa-free travel law with Belarus

Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev ratified a law on visa-free travel between Azerbaijan and Belarus.
17 October 2006 [13:34]

Khojali tragedy to be discussed by Turkish Parliament

"Khojali tragedy will be discussed in Turkey Parliament," Turkey PM Selaheddin Beyribey told to Hasan Zeynalov, Azerbaijani consul to Kars.
17 October 2006 [13:28]

Armenia Armed Forces fires on Azerbaijani positions

Armenian Armed Forces continue to violate the ceasefire, Azerbaijani Defense Ministry press service informs.
17 October 2006 [13:04]

Azerbaijan to spend US $900m on defence

The defence expenditure of the Azerbaijan's State Budget was planned at AZN 796.8412m (approximately US $900m).
17 October 2006 [13:02]

President Aliyev visits Belarus

Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev starts two-day visit to Belarus.
17 October 2006 [09:21]

10 accords to be signed during Azerbaijan leader's visit to Belarus

Up to ten bilateral documents are expected to be signed during the official visit to Belarus by Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev, which begins on Tuesday.
17 October 2006 [08:58]

Akif Muradverdiyev's trial starts

The criminal case of former chief of Administrative Department of the President's Office Akif Muradverdiyev was separated from the case of other former officials and sent to the court.
17 October 2006 [08:56]

Oskanian visited occupied Azerbaijani regions

Armenian Foreign Minister Vardan Oskanian visited occupied Azerbaijan regions on October 15.
17 October 2006 [08:54]

OSCE to train Azerbaijani police

OSCE Office in Baku holds workshop for the officers of law enforcement bodies to raise awareness of police during mass riots.
17 October 2006 [08:53]

Ali Ahmadov: "Opposition parties use dialogue problem to get political dividend"

"YAP always supported the dialogue and we declare again the dialogue is more useful than standoff. Unfortunately, while speaking of dialogue, the members of some opposition parties try to use it to get political dividend," Ali Ahmadov, the YAP deputy chief and Secretary General told journalists.
16 October 2006 [20:47]

NATO PA delegation meets Ziyafet Askarov and Samad Seyidov

Ziyafet Askarov, first deputy Milli Majlis chairman, head of the delegation of Azerbaijan in the NATO Parliamentary Assembly met with the NATO delegation led by Vahit Erdem, Chairman, NATO PA Sub-Committee on Future Security and Defense Capabilities.
16 October 2006 [20:39]

Defense Minister meets NATO PA delegation

Minister of Defense, Col. Gen. Safar Abiyev met with the delegation led by Vahit Erdem, NATO PA Chairman of Sub-committee on Future Security and Defense Capabilities.
16 October 2006 [19:53]

Vatican officially confirms Pope trip to Turkey

The Vatican on Monday officially confirmed that Pope Benedict will visit Turkey at the end of November, a trip that had been put into doubt by Muslim anger over controversial comments he made about Islam.
16 October 2006 [19:26]

President Aliyev receives US rep at WTO

President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev on October 16 received Ambassador Peter Allgeier, US Representative at World Trade Organization (WTO).
16 October 2006 [19:15]

NATO PA delegation visits Azerbaijan

As was earlier reported, a delegation led by Vahit Erdem, NATO PA Chairman of Sub-committee on Future Security and Defence Capabilities is on official visit in Azerbaijan.
16 October 2006 [19:00]

Agshin Mehdiyev appointed permanent representative to UN

Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev issued a decree on calling back Azerbaijan permanent representative to COE Agshin Mehdiyev.
16 October 2006 [18:53]

Rafael Huseynov: "I told Edward O'Hara that there was not Armenian crosses in Nakhchivan"

"The delegation organized by COE General Secretary Terry Davis is more reliable, because it includes different experts from different fields. They will investigate cultural heritage of Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia," Rafael Huseynov, the member of Azerbaijani delegation to COE told journalists.
16 October 2006 [16:01]

Israeli president urged to quit over sex scandal

President Moshe Katsav faced mounting pressure on Monday to quit after police recommended he be charged with rape in a sex scandal tarnishing a public office Israelis cherish as being above their rough-and-tumble politics.
16 October 2006 [14:49]

GUAM Parliamentary Assembly signed communique on settlement principles of "frozen" conflicts

GUAM Parliamentary Assembly signed communique on activating the settlement of "frozen" conflicts in its third meeting in Chisinau.
16 October 2006 [13:20]

Azeri and Turkish Diaspora protest outside France Embassy in Prague

The participants, who tied their mouth with ribbon symbolically, hit hands together for 15 minutes.
16 October 2006 [13:16]

Azerbaijani Diaspora argues in Canada

Canada-Azerbaijan Circles Federation held meeting in Toronto on October 15, Azerbaijan Educational and Cultural Center press service in Canada informs.
16 October 2006 [12:42]

Oskanian says he aims to normalize relations with Turkey

The Armenian foreign minister describes the Turkish government's offer to set up a joint commission of historians to examine the killings as 'dishonest.'
16 October 2006 [11:43]

Armenian Armed Forces fired on Azerbaijani positions

Armenian Armed Forces violated ceasefire for 20 minutes beginning from 16.50, October 15.
15 October 2006 [23:08]

Burdzhanadze seeks GUAM support in opposition with Moscow

Georgian Parliament Speaker Nino Burdzhanadze urged Georgia's GUAM partners (Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Moldova) to give active support to Tbilisi in the confrontation with Moscow.
15 October 2006 [19:53]

GUAM likely to ask for mandate to conduct peacekeeping operations

The GUAM committee for political issues launched an initiative to this effect within the third meeting of the GUAM Parliamentary Assembly, held in Chisinau, Moldova, on Sunday.
15 October 2006 [18:38]

"Armenian Genocide" monument stolen in France

A bronze monument erected in 2002 in the village of Chaville near Paris commemorating the "Armenian genocide" was stolen.
15 October 2006 [18:36]

Chirac says sorry to Turkey for bill

French leader Jacques Chirac has told Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan he is sorry French lawmakers approved a bill making it a crime to deny Armenians were victims of "genocide" at the hands of Ottoman Turks.
15 October 2006 [18:24]

Azeri envoy meets Jordanian Islamic Affairs Minister

Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs Abdul Fatah Salah met on Sudany Azeri Ambassador Elman Arasli in Amman.
15 October 2006 [15:07]

U.N. sanctions North Korea

The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously to impose financial and weapons sanctions on North Korea for its claimed nuclear test in a resolution that Pyongyang's envoy swiftly rejected as "gangster-like".
15 October 2006 [14:50]

Chief of Azerbaijan Community of Nagorno Karabakh appealed to world Azerbaijanis

Nizami Bahmanov, the chief of Azerbaijan Community of Nagorno Karabakh and head of Shusha Executive Power held a press conference.
15 October 2006 [14:43]

Nizami Bahmanov: "The number of Armenians living in Nagorno Karabakh is not more than 80.000"

Russia as OSCE Minsk Group co-chair has pro Armenian position from the first day if its activity and showed its interest to place military units in Azerbaijan, Nizami Bahmanov, the chief of Azerbaijani Community of Nagorno Karabakh, head of Shusha Executive Power told at the press conference.
14 October 2006 [16:47]

Mammadyarov not going to be "too optimistic" in Karabakh issue

Azeri FM Elmar Mammadyarov expects that during a meeting with Armenian FM Vartan Oskanian the parties will have an opportunity to find common points in most complicated matters of settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict.
14 October 2006 [16:22]

Novruz Mammadov: "France should try not to put its activity in OSCE MG under suspicion"

"We should be patient with the measures against France Parliament’s decision. There is no need to hurry," Novruz Mammadov, the President's Office International Relations Department chief told journalists.
14 October 2006 [13:23]

KLO denounced law enforcement bodies for preventing their protest actions outside French Embassy

Karabakh Liberation Organization (KLO) made a statement on denouncing Azerbaijan law enforcement bodies which prevented the protest action of the organization outside France embassy for French Parliament's decision.
14 October 2006 [12:33]

EU slams French bill on Armenian deaths

The European Union on Friday condemned a French bill making it a crime to deny that the World War I-era killing of Armenians in Turkey was genocide, calling it unhelpful at a critical stage in the Muslim country's EU entry talks.
14 October 2006 [11:26]

Malaysian envoy says U.S.-based Muslim diplomats should dispel misperceptions of Islam

Malaysia Diplomats from Muslim nations who are based in the United States should create a grouping to help correct misperceptions about Islam and curb anti-Muslim sentiment, Malaysia's ambassador said.
14 October 2006 [11:22]

Azeri, Chinese lawmakers vow to enhance cooperation

Azerbaijan's top lawmaker held talks with visiting senior Chinese lawmaker Xu Jialu here on Friday and both sides expressed the hope to enhance cooperation between their parliaments.
14 October 2006 [10:46]

Natig Aliyev receives Belarusian ambassador

Azerbaijani Industry and Energy Minister Natig Aliyev has today received Nikolay Pastkevich, Belarusian ambassador to Azerbaijan.
14 October 2006 [01:41]

General Assembly appoints Ban Ki-moon as next U.N. secretary-general

The 192-member General Assembly appointed South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon as the next U.N. secretary-general by acclamation on Friday and the veteran diplomat who grew up during a war that divided his country pledged to "dispel the disillusionment" about the United Nations.
14 October 2006 [01:01]

Turkey studying measures against France

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday Turkey was studying retaliatory measures against France following the approval of a law making it a crime to deny Armenians suffered genocide at the hands of Ottoman Turks.
14 October 2006 [00:57]

Turkish army accuses Armenia, tensions rise

Turkey's military said on Friday Armenian soldiers fired into its territory two days ago amid an escalation in tensions after France's passage of a law making it a crime to deny Armenians suffered "genocide" by Ottoman Turks.
14 October 2006 [00:44]

Parliament discusses draft law on private guard activity

During a session of the Milli Mejlis (parliament) deputies started discussion and adopted in the first reading the bill "On private guard activity," which was submitted to parliament by the president as a legislative initiative.
13 October 2006 [23:35]

Mammadyarov meets Chinese delegation

Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan Elmar Mammadyarov met October 13 with the delegation headed by Vice-Chairman of the 10th China's National People's Congress (CNPC) Standing Committee Xu Jialu.
13 October 2006 [23:22]

Rovshen Mustafayev: "Patrick Devechian knows Jacque Chirac's family secrets"

Rovshen Mustafayev, the head of National Academy of Science Human Rights Institute, held press conference on a law would make it a crime to deny false Armenian genocide.
13 October 2006 [23:18]

Azeri Councul in Kars held ceremonies on occasion of 85th anniversary of Kars contract

Several ceremonies were held on the occasion of 85th anniversary of Kars Contract.
13 October 2006 [23:14]

OSCE, UN experts end fact-finding trip to occupied Azeri lands

A team of international experts has ended a fact-finding trip to the zone of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict aimed at investigating the causes of massive fires reported in Armenian-occupied territories of Azerbaijan in recent months.
13 October 2006 [20:02]

Constitutional questions for Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Montenegro and Ukraine

The Council of Europe's Venice Commission – renowned for its work with constitutions worldwide – is to assist in the preparation of the constitution for Montenegro, which became Europe's newest country after voting for independence from Serbia in a referendum held in May 2006.
13 October 2006 [19:54]

Parliament objected to France Parliament's decision

Azerbaijan Parliament issued statement on France Parliament's decision.
13 October 2006 [19:34]

President Aliyev meets Xu Jialu

On 13 October, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev received delegation headed by Vice-Chairman of the 10th China's National People's Congress (CNPC) Standing Committee Xu Jialu
13 October 2006 [19:22]

Suleyman Demirel: "Kocharyan said Armenia suffers neither Azerbaijan, nor Karabakh, but Turkey"

Turkey 9th president Suleyman Demirel's exclusive interview to APA Turkey bureau.
13 October 2006 [19:12]

Military attaches to Pakistan and Kazakhstan called back

Lieut. Gen. Talib Mammadov and Maj.Gen. Gabil Mammadov, Azerbaijan's military attaches to Pakistan and Kazakhstan, respectively, were called back.
13 October 2006 [19:09]

President Aliyev to visit Belarus

Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev will pay an official visit to Belarus on October 17, APA reports quoting Belta agency.
13 October 2006 [19:04]

Delegation of China's National People's Congress visits Azerbaijan

On 12 October, a delegation headed by Vice-Chairman of the 10th CNPC Standing Committee Xu Jialu has arrived in Azerbaijan to hold consultations related to development of political, economic and cultural relations between two countries.
13 October 2006 [15:25]

French Ambassador: "Senators are more far-sighted than MPs"

"I regret that France Parliament adopted the law that would make it a crime to deny false Armenian genocide by first reading," Bernard Amaudric du Chaffaut, French Ambassador to Azerbaijan told journalists.
13 October 2006 [15:16]

Delegation of General Prosecutor's Office attends international conference

The delegation of the General Prosecutor's Office led by Prosecutor General of Azerbaijan Zakir Garalov was from October 9 to 11 in Austria to attend the third Session of the Conference of the Member-States of the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and hold a number of official meetings.
13 October 2006 [15:14]

Mammadyarov meets German representative in PACE

Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov met with Germany's representative in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Rainder Steenblock, press service of the Ministry said.
13 October 2006 [12:04]

Turkey sets election date, ends rumours

Turkey's parliament agreed on Thursday that general elections should be held a year from now, quashing long-running speculation that the ruling AK Party would call snap polls.
13 October 2006 [12:00]

Foreign Ministry issues official statement on French parliament's decision

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan has issued a statement concerning the French parliament's decision on a bill which would make "genocide" denial punishable.
13 October 2006 [09:30]

Deputy Foreign Minister: "Discussion of the "genocide" bill is absurd"

Officials in Azerbaijan denounced the vote at French Parliament on a bill making it a crime to deny that the mass killings of Armenians in the final years of the Ottoman Empire was "genocide."
13 October 2006 [09:11]

Ganja Automobile Plant announces tender on import of auto parts

Ganja Automobile Plant announces tender for importation of auto parts from China, Plant press service said.
13 October 2006 [09:05]

Tahir Taghizade: "Raise of issue on removing France from OSCE Minsk group is under president's authority"

"Raise of issue on removing France from OSCE Minsk group is under president's authority," said Tahir Taghizade, Foreign Ministry Press and Information department chief.
12 October 2006 [19:46]

France wants to continue dialogue with Turkey

After the French parliament backed a bill that would punish those who deny the alleged Armenian genocide, which has caused a deal of great tension between Turkey and France, Paris stated that it wanted to continue its dialogue with Turkey.
12 October 2006 [19:28]

Azeri MP proposes to expel France from co-chairing the OSCE MG

Zahid Oruj, an Azeri MP representing Ana Vatan government leaning party, proposed to expel France from co-chairing the OSCE MG for Nagorno Karabakh settlement.
12 October 2006 [19:25]

Protest actions in front of French Embassy in Baku

October 12 the first protest action was held in front of the French Embassy in Baku. However, police dispersed the unsanctioned rally, a few persons were detained.
12 October 2006 [19:19]

Romanian President visits Heydar Aliyev Foundation

On October 12, Romanian President Traian Basescu and his accompanying delegation arrived at the Heydar Aliyev Foundation.