31 May 2006 [23:31]

US offers to join Iran talks, crude oil futures fell about $US1.50 a barrel

The US, in a major policy shift toward Iran, said today it would join key European powers in talks with Tehran if it suspended its nuclear enrichment program.
31 May 2006 [22:13]

Axis Information and Analysis: "Israeli MP assisted Iran on the Caucasus"

Deputy Head of the Israeli Government, Minister of Foreign Affairs Tsipi Livni was going to visit Azerbaijan in the near future, but all of a sudden this week the preparations for her visit were terminated. This was announced by a well-informed diplomatic sources in Tel Aviv.
31 May 2006 [22:02]

Iranian Supreme Supervisory Council meets to confront popular uprisings

On Monday, a meeting of the Supreme Supervisory Council to find ways in dealing with uprising in Azeris provinces titled "Examination of Ethnic Problems" was convened in the mullahs' Majlis (parliament), the state-run news agency, IRNA, reported.
31 May 2006 [21:21]

The visit to Paris ends

President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, taking part in spring session of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Paris, May 31 has left for home.
31 May 2006 [21:00]

YAP issued protest against Andreas Gross' statement

The ruling Yeni Azerbaijan Party (YAP) issued statement protesting against co-rapporteur of Monitoring Committee from the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE), Andreas Gross' harshly insulting Azerbaijan.
31 May 2006 [20:44]

Afshar Suleymani: "No one was killed in the latest events in Iran"

"The forces wanting Iran to face interior problems are seeking their benefits not just the people’s. Who can claim that America really intends to serve for the national benefit of Iranian people? It is not so! The United States has made many mistakes due to its national interests. I can prove it from historical background. They, however, will not succeed and will not be able to create problems for Iran," Iranian Ambassador to Azerbaijan Afshar Suleymani stated.
31 May 2006 [18:14]

Konstantin Kosachev: "Russia to back any decision on Karabakh"

Russia will uphold any decision on Nagorno-Karabakh that will meet the interests of Armenia and Azerbaijan, said Konstantin Kosachev, chairman of the State Duma Foreign Affairs Committee.
31 May 2006 [17:45]

Treaty on strategic partnership between Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan approved

On Wednesday the deputies of the Majilis of the Parliament of Kazakhstan have approved a bill on "On ratification of the Treaty on strategic partnership and allied relations between Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan".
31 May 2006 [17:41]

Azeri Defence Minister on possible particpation of Ukraine in the Karabakh settlement

Defence Minister of Azerbaijan Safar Abiyev does not rule out that the peacekeeping corps of ODED-GUAM may engage a peaceful settlement mission in Nagorny Karabakh. He has revealed it Wednesday at a press conference after a session of CIS Defence Ministers' Council.
31 May 2006 [15:32]

Third phase of Turkey-Armenia unofficial talks yields no result either

Since a letter that Turkey's Prime Minister Rajab Tayyib Erdoghan sent to Armenia's President Robert Kocharian diplomats from both states have had three private meetings.
31 May 2006 [15:30]

European Commission: "Companies and organizations liaising with Nagorno Karabakh may face sanctions"

"Northern Cyprus and Nagorno Karabakh conflicts should not be put into the same position, because these problems are quite different from each other," said Emma Udwin, Special Representative of The European Union (EU) New Neighborhood Policy Programme Commissioner.
31 May 2006 [15:21]

Committee of Support for South Azerbaijan National Movement set up

A meeting on establishment of the Committee of Support for South Azerbaijan National Movement took place on Wednesday.
31 May 2006 [15:16]

Prime Minister receives CIS Defense Ministers Board delegation

Azerbaijan's Prime Minister Arthur Rasizadeh today received the delegation of the Board of Defense Ministers of the Commonwealth of Independent States.
31 May 2006 [15:11]

Sergei Ivanov: "Russian proposals to Iran still on table"

Russia's offers to help solve the long-running controversy around Iran's nuclear program are still on the negotiating table, the Russian defense minister said Wednesday.
31 May 2006 [15:08]

Sergei Ivanov: "Stationing of Russian military equipment in Armenia cannot break stability in the region"

"Russia's small amount of military equipment, mainly military property withdrawn from the military base in Georgia is taken to Russian military base in Gumru, Armenia.
31 May 2006 [15:02]

EU could assume Caucasus peacekeeping role

The European Union's new special representative for the South Caucasus sees an enhanced role for the EU in conflict resolution.
31 May 2006 [14:57]

Russia backs Turkey's bid for non-permanent member in UN Security Council

Russian Foreign Minister voiced support for Turkey's bid to join the UN Security Council as a non-permanent member in 2009-2010.
31 May 2006 [14:49]

Anatoly Hrytsenko: "Ukraine's military cooperation with Armenia won't harm other partner states"

"Ukraine recognizes sovereignty and territorial integrity of Azerbaijan," Ukraine's Defense Minister Anatoly Hrytsenko told following the meeting of the CIS Board of Defense Ministers in Baku today.
31 May 2006 [14:48]

Russian Ambassador: "I'll do my best to strengthen Russia-Azerbaijan relations"

Russia's President Vladimir Putin issued decree on appointing Vasili Istratov Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Azerbaijan.
31 May 2006 [14:45]

CIS defense council sets down guidelines to 2010

Defense ministers from former Soviet republics set priorities for the next four years at a meeting of the CIS Defense Council in the capital of Azerbaijan, Russia's defense minister said Wednesday.
31 May 2006 [13:58]

Azerbaijani Defense Minister calls on his CIS counterparts to call Armenia aggressor

Today Baku is hosting the 50th meeting of Board of Defense Ministers of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).
31 May 2006 [13:53]

Sergei Ivanov: "I do not rule out the possibility of peacekeepers appearing in the Karabakh conflict zone"

A long-running dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the Nagorno Karabakh region should be resolved by the two countries themselves and not by third parties, Russia's defense minister said Wednesday.
31 May 2006 [12:56]

Steinar Gil ends his diplomatic mission in Azerbaijan

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Norway to Azerbaijan, Steinar Gil's diplomatic mission ends, Norway Embassy in Azerbaijan informs.
31 May 2006 [11:01]

CIS defense ministers to discuss military cooperation in Baku

Defense ministers from the Commonwealth of Independent States will discuss the scope of future military cooperation at a meeting Wednesday in Azerbaijan's capital, Baku.
31 May 2006 [10:42]

Chirac urges settlement of Karabakh conflict

French President Jacques Chirac urged Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev to push for a peaceful settlement of its conflict with Armenia over Nagorno Karabakh.
31 May 2006 [10:37]

The Washington Times: "Iran's military plans for invasion by U.S."

Iran, apparently anticipating an American invasion, has quietly been restructuring its military and testing a new military doctrine that calls for a decentralized, Iraqi-style guerrilla campaign against an invading force.
31 May 2006 [10:28]

The Power and Interest News Report: "Iran's territorial disputes with its Caspian Sea neighbors"

US Vice President Dick Cheney's May visit to Kazakhstan and his subsequent criticism of Russia spotlight the rebirth of a centuries-old "Great Game" of geopolitical maneuvering by outside powers for control of Central Asia.
31 May 2006 [10:19]

Gulf News: "Why some parts of Iran are beyond Ahmadinejad's reach"

One of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's election promises was that he and his ministerial team would visit all of Iran's 30 provinces within their first year in office.
31 May 2006 [10:15]

Ukraine suggests setting up GUAM peacekeeping unit

GUAM deputy chiefs of staff will discuss the establishment of a joint peacekeeping unit in the middle of June, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry press service said on Tuesday.
31 May 2006 [08:25]

Armenian officials refuse to attend meeting in Azerbaijan

Armenian defense officials refused to attend a meeting of military chiefs from ex-Soviet republics in neighboring Azerbaijan, saying officials there could not guarantee their safety, an Armenian official said Tuesday.
31 May 2006 [08:21]

Constitutional Court to make public final decision on by-elections

Azerbaijan's Constitutional Court will make public its final decision on the results of the 13 May partial re-run of the parliamentary elections this week.
31 May 2006 [08:13]

Azerbaijan not to send special delegation to UN Human Rights Council

"Azerbaijan will not send either special representative or delegation to the first gathering of the UN Human Rights Council."
30 May 2006 [20:33]

Azerbaijanis in Europe protest against recent events in Iran outside COE building

Azerbaijanis living in different parts of Europe staged a protest action outside the Council of Europe building in Brussels related to the recent violent suppression of Azerbaijani demonstrators in Tabriz, South Azerbaijan.
30 May 2006 [20:28]

Ukraine, Azerbaijan creating joint peacemaking subdivision

Defense Minister of Ukraine Anatoliy Hrytsenko and Azerbaijani Defense Minister Safar Abiyev talked over the opportunity of setting up a joint peacemaking subdivision within the framework of the Organization for Democracy and Economic Development – GUAM.
30 May 2006 [20:24]

Impact of possible military attack on Iran: An Iranian Perspective

The arrangement of effective elements in the debate over Iran's nuclear case has now entered a new phase.
30 May 2006 [20:20]

Azeri MPs, Mger Shahgeldiyan and Vladimir Zhirinovski clashed during NATO PA

In the Parliamentary Assembly of NATO session operating in London for Conflicts and new state organization center director Denis Summut has dealt with Nagorno Karabakh problem and conflicts in Georgia, in his report dedicated to conflicts in South Caucasus.
30 May 2006 [20:14]

Black Sea countries to convene in Romania

Black Sea countries will convene in Romania next month within the framework of "Black Sea Partnership and Dialogue Forum," sources said on Monday.
30 May 2006 [20:12]

Iran's officials denounce Azeri speaking Iranians as foreign agents

In a meeting with his top lieutenants on Monday, Judiciary Chief Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi denounced Iranian Azeris as being 'discredited' and 'defeated counter-revolutionary elements that infiltrate through specific channels'.
30 May 2006 [20:01]

GUAM International Cooperation Council of NGOs to be established

The International Cooperation Council (ICC) of NGOs of GUAM states (Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, and Moldova) will be established at the initiative of the National Non-Governmental Organizations' Forum (NNGOF).
30 May 2006 [16:38]

Karabakh conflict to be considered in context of transformation of Black Sea region

Black Sea Forum for Dialog and Partnership will be held in Bucharest (Romania) June 4-5.
30 May 2006 [16:22]

President Ilham Aliyev meets Jacques Chirac today

President Ilham Aliyev today met with France's President Jacques Chirac in France.
30 May 2006 [15:47]

Jh. Tuymebaev: "Azerbaijan is of great importance for Kazakhstan"

The Azeri-Kazakh interstate relations are high level: Azerbaijan is of great importance for Kazakhstan, the Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Russia Jhanseid Tuymebaev stated.
30 May 2006 [14:21]

Azerbaijani MPs to attend Tallin summit

The Tallinn summit of parliament speakers of the European Union member states commences May 30.
30 May 2006 [13:25]

Transitions Online: "The gum in GUAM"

Does the new GUAM have sticking power, or is its new reincarnation just an addition to the region's alphabet soup?
30 May 2006 [13:17]

Next sitting of CIS Defence Ministers in Baku

Next sitting of the Commonwealth of Independent States Council of Defense Ministers will commence in Baku on 31 May, press service of the Defense Ministry said.
30 May 2006 [12:42]

President shares grief on human loss in Indonesia

President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev sent a message of condolence to President of the Republic of Indonesia Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to share grief on heavy human loss and destructions in this country as a result of quakes.
30 May 2006 [11:58]

President Aliyev opens new Embassy building in Paris

President of Azerbaijan Republic Ilham Aliyev attended May 29 the opening ceremony of the new building for the Azerbaijan Embassy in Paris.
30 May 2006 [09:00]

Iranian Interior Minister: "We will not tolerate chaos"

Iran will not allow anybody to create chaos in the country, Iranian Interior Minister Mostafa Purmohammadi said.
30 May 2006 [08:57]

Shah's son urges action on Iran

The exiled son of Iran's late shah on Monday called on the Bush administration to put action before rhetoric in ousting Tehran's Islamic regime, which he said has long been the source of global instability.
29 May 2006 [21:17]

EU to open accession talks with Turkey on June 12

The European Union is poised to open actual accession talks with Turkey on June 12, a Turkish Internet website reports on Monday.
29 May 2006 [19:56]

Turkey tells ally Israel it opposes Iran nukes

Turkey reassured its ally Israel on Monday that it opposed Iran, arch-foe of the Jewish state, acquiring nuclear weapons and said it wanted to see the whole Middle East region freed of the atomic threat.
29 May 2006 [19:24]

OIC chief due in Iran Wednesday

Secretary-General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu is to pay an official three-day visit to Iran on Wednesday, Iranian Ambassador to the OIC Mohammad-Kazem Khansari said on Monday.
29 May 2006 [19:23]

Armenia, Azerbaijan report fatalities in disputed border clash

Armenia and Azerbaijan both claimed fatalities after a shootout between soldiers in the region of Nagorno Karabakh, and accused each other of breaching a ceasefire agreement Monday.
29 May 2006 [19:14]

MP Akram Abdullayev: "Key to solving Nagorno Karabakh is in Russia's hands"

Azerbaijani parliamentarian Akram Abdullayev said that the Nagorno Karabakh problem is a legacy of the Soviet Union to Azerbaijan and Armenia and therefore the key to a solution rests in Russia's hands.
29 May 2006 [19:09]

Ukraine's Foreign Ministry delegation visited Azerbaijan

May 25-26, the Foreign Ministries of Azerbaijan and Ukraine held consultations on consular matters.
29 May 2006 [19:04]

Azeri activists in Istanbul protest Iran over offensive caricature

A group of Azeris held a demonstration outside the Iranian Consulate General in Istanbul on Sunday, protesting an offensive caricature published in a state-run Iranian daily.
28 May 2006 [23:10]

Russia revives Turkish-Israeli strategic partnership

Quite probably, this week Moscow will achieve a large geopolitical success in the Middle East. This will happen if Tel Aviv would manage to reach an agreement with Ankara on the deliveries of Russian oil to Israel by the Baku-Ceyhan oil pipeline...
28 May 2006 [23:07]

Four killed in Iran ethnic unrest

Four people were killed and 43 others injured in northwest Iran during protests over a cartoon in a government newspaper deemed insulting to ethnic Azeris, the ISNA news agency quoted a police official as saying Sunday.
28 May 2006 [23:06]

Iran: U.S. Will Fail to Spark Unrest

Iran's supreme leader said Sunday the United States would fail to provoke ethnic strife in the Islamic republic after several days of protests over a cartoon that insulted the country's largest minority.
28 May 2006 [17:34]

Larijani, Ivanov confer on Iran's nuclear issue Tehran

Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Larijani and his Russian counterpart Igor Ivanov in a meeting here Sunday held their first round of talks.
28 May 2006 [17:33]

Ahmadinejad felicitates Azerbaijan's National Day

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in a message to Elham Aliev extended congratulations to his Azeri counterpart, government and nation on the country's national day.
27 May 2006 [21:17]

Turkish Daily News: "US envoy to Armenia fired over 'genocide' claims"

The U.S. administration has fired ambassador to Armenia John Evans, after the diplomat deviated from U.S. policy and called Armenian killings during World War I "genocide", sparking uproar among pro-Armenian lawmakers at the House of Representatives.
27 May 2006 [21:11]

Ahmadinejad threatens Europe

Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was quoted on Saturday as saying European nations should stand by his country in the dispute over its nuclear programme or suffer damages.
27 May 2006 [18:38]

Abbasali Hasanov: "No intervention in Iran's affairs by Azerbaijan"

Azerbaijani Ambassador to Tehran Saturday stressed that his country has not intervened in Iran's domestic affairs.
27 May 2006 [17:16]

New York Times: "U.S. is debating talks with Iran on nuclear issue"

The Bush administration is beginning to debate whether to set aside a longstanding policy taboo and open direct talks with Iran, to help avert a crisis over Tehran's suspected nuclear weapons program, European officials and Americans close to the administration said Friday.
27 May 2006 [15:54]

Iranian Azerbaijanis prepare for protest actions May 28

Iranian Azerbaijanis are going to visit Tehran in order to hold a protest action there on the Republic Day.
27 May 2006 [15:42]

Final protocol of repeat parliamentary elections to Constitutional Court

Azerbaijan's Central Election Commission (CEC) in today's sitting prepared the final protocol on the 13 May partial re-run of the parliamentary elections and sent to the Constitutional Court. CEC Secretary Natig Mammadov reported about the results of the elections.
27 May 2006 [13:59]

US hopes for agreement between Kocharian and Aliyev in Romania

The hope would be that the Presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia might at that point be able to come to closure on some of the issues that divide them within the context of settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict, stated Sean McCormack, an official of the US Department of State.
27 May 2006 [13:56]

Working Group discuss political prisoner problem with participation of Andreas Gross and Andres Herkel

On May 27 in Milli Majlis government representatives and NGO's representatives working group held discussion on political prisoner problem.
27 May 2006 [13:03]

Ettelaat arrests Swedish-Azerbaijan Federation head's brother in Ardabil

"My younger brother Husein Sababi was arrested by the officers of Iranian Ministry of Intelligence and National Security (Ettelaat) in his office in Ardabil on 25 May.
27 May 2006 [12:57]

CIS Defense Ministers Council to discuss cooperation issues in Baku

On May 31 Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) Defense Ministers Council will hold the next meeting.
27 May 2006 [12:55]

West Azerbaijan's Governor's Office bans all demonstrations

On the fifth day of uprisings in the Azeri speaking provinces of Iran, the West Azerbaijan's Governor Office announced that any protest in the province was illegal and would be dealt with severely.