Politics

29 September 2006 [19:09]

National Independence Party of Azerbaijan rallies for Azeris in Iran

Parliamentary elections in November 2005 brought severe negative consequences for the Azerbaijani opposition.
29 September 2006 [19:01]

Emergencies Ministry and French Embassy sign letter of intent

Minister of Emergency Situations Col. Gen. Kamaladdin Heydarov has received French ambassador to Azerbaijan Bernard Amaudric du Chaffaut.
29 September 2006 [18:56]

Vartan Oskanian: "UN Security Council's decisions are binding"

"Armenia can start war only after Azerbaijan's attack," Vartan Oskanian, Armenian Foreign Minister stated at the press conference.
29 September 2006 [18:42]

Azeri Foreign Minister visits Cuba for the first time

Azerbaijan's Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov and his Cuban counterpart Felipe Perez Roque are due to sign Friday in Cuban capital of Havana an inter-ministerial accord for the exemption of visas.
29 September 2006 [15:33]

OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs to visit Azerbaijan

Co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group Mathew Bryza (US), Bernard Fasier (France) and Yuri Merzlyakov (Russia), who are mediating in the settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict, will visit Azerbaijan on October 2 this year, Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry spokesman Tahir Taghizadeh told.
29 September 2006 [15:20]

Russian envoy to Georgia blasts espionage charges

Russia's ambassador to Georgia continued Moscow's diplomatic attack on Tbilisi Friday dismissing espionage charges brought against four officers stationed in the capital.
29 September 2006 [15:18]

Russian MP urges vigorous action against Georgia over scandal

A senior Russian MP launched a vitriolic attack on the Georgian leadership Friday and called on Russia's government to use every available lever to pressure Tbilisi over an acrimonious espionage scandal.
29 September 2006 [14:43]

Custom's Chief meets US Ambassador

Chairman of the State Customs Committee of Azerbaijan, Lieut. Gen. Aydin Aliyev met September 28 with US Ambassador to Azerbaijan Mrs. Anne Derse.
29 September 2006 [14:29]

Azeri official rejects Armenian FM's accusations

On September 27, representative of Azerbaijan exercised the Right of Reply on the last day of the general debates at the 61st session of the United Nations General Assembly to make some things clear about the statements made by Armenia's Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian at the General Assembly.
29 September 2006 [14:26]

Azeri envoy meets Kazakh official

Latif Gandilov, Azerbaijan's Ambassador to Kazakhstan met with S. Abdurrahmanov, Chairman of the Committee for International Affairs, Defense and Security of the lower chamber of Kazakhstan Parliament (Majlis).
29 September 2006 [14:22]

Kazakhstan President discussed Caspian gas pipe construction with US Energy Secretary

"Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of Kazakhstan, at a meeting with Samuel Bodman, US Secretary of Energy, discussed construction of a Caspian gas pipeline and peaceful atom development," Karim Massimov, Vice Premier, Minister of Economy and Budget Planning has stated this at a briefing for journalists.
29 September 2006 [14:03]

Former Azpetrol president Rafig Aliyev faces new accusations

Former president of Azpetrol Group of Companies Rafig Aliyev faced new accusations on September 28, Jamil Hasanli, Rafig and Farhad Aliyevs' Rights Defense Committee chief told journalists.
29 September 2006 [13:59]

Farhad Aliyev appeals to intellectuals and MPs

Azerbaijani imprisoned ex-economic development minister Farhad Aliyev appealed to intellectuals and parliamentarians.
29 September 2006 [13:54]

Farhad Aliyev's real estates seized

Ex-minister of economic development Farhad Aliyev's real estates including the properties registered as those of some legal entities were seized by a court decision, State Real Estate Registration Service chairman Arif Garashov said.
29 September 2006 [13:52]

Russia will not turn Pichugin over to Georgia

Russian Ambassador to Georgia Vyacheslav Kovalenko has confirmed that Lieut. Col. Konstantin Pichugin is staying at the headquarters of the Group of Russian Troops in the Transcaucasia in Tbilisi.
29 September 2006 [13:49]

Georgia says 1 Russian released, 4 charged with espionage

The Georgian Interior Ministry said Friday that one Russian serviceman has been released and four officially charged with espionage in a scandal that threatens to wreck already tense bilateral relations.
29 September 2006 [13:46]

Iran says again: no uranium enrichment moratorium

Iran's foreign minister reiterated Friday the Islamic Republic's position that it does not see any reason to announce a moratorium on its uranium enrichment program.
29 September 2006 [13:43]

Pentagon apologizes for "Kurdistan" map incident in Rome

The US Department of Defense at the Pentagon has apologized to Turkey for an incident in which an American lieutenant colonel used a map showing 18 different cities in Turkey inside an area labeled "Kurdistan" during a seminar at the Rome-based NATO Defense College.
29 September 2006 [13:38]

President Aliyev to address Parliament

Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev will address the first sitting of Milli Majlis autumn session on October 2.
29 September 2006 [13:31]

President Aliyev to pay a two-day working visit to Latvia

Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev is scheduled to arrive in Latvia for a two-day working visit next Wednesday [Oct. 4], a spokeswoman for Latvian President Vaira Vike-Freiberga said.
29 September 2006 [10:16]

Azerbaijani appeals court upholds conviction of opposition activists

An appeals court on Thursday upheld the conviction of three Azerbaijani opposition youth activists on charges of attempting to stage a coup, but reduced a prison term for one of them.
29 September 2006 [10:14]

Robert Kocharyan: "We accept both independence and inclusion of Nagorno Karabakh into Armenia"

"We accept both Nagorno Karabakh's independence and its inclusion into Armenia," Armenian President Robert Kocharyan said in his interview to Al-Jazeera TV channel.
29 September 2006 [09:58]

Portugal squad for Azerbaijan match

Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has called up two uncapped defenders to his squad for next month's Euro 2008 qualifier against Azerbaijan.
29 September 2006 [08:53]

Asim Mollazadeh meets with Russian ambassador to Azerbaijan

Leader of Democratic Reforms Party (DRP) Asim Mollazadeh met with Russian ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to Azerbaijan Vasili Istratov.
29 September 2006 [08:09]

Armenian Minister insults Jewish people

Armenian Environment Protection Minister Vardan Ayvazyan made insulting remarks against Jews which angered the Jewish community of the country.
28 September 2006 [16:23]

Baku to host 1st Forum of Azerbaijani and Turkish Diaspora organizations

The State Committee for Azerbaijanis Abroad (SCAA) prepares for the first Forum of Azerbaijani and Turkish Diasporas to be held in Baku in March next year, SCAA chief Nazim Ibrahimov told the press conference.
28 September 2006 [16:09]

Udo Burkwolder: "Azerbaijan needs tolerance and time to solve uncontrolled border problems"

Press conference was held in Baku devoted to the end of the meeting of the heads of border departments' working group of the International Border Issues Conference (SIOFOK Conference).
28 September 2006 [16:07]

President Aliyev receives Vladimir Rushaylo

Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev received chairman of Executive Committee of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)-Executive Secretary Vladimir Rushaylo.
28 September 2006 [15:57]

Baku considers comparison of Karabakh issue with Kosovo future model groundless

Azeri Deputy FM, Special Representative of Azeri President on NK Araz Azimov considers linking the Nagorno Karabakh settlement with the future model of self-determination of Kosovo population groundless.
28 September 2006 [14:54]

Arif Babayev: "Bringing up Farhad Aliyev's health 'problems' is deliberate"

Lawyers for the imprisoned ex-development minister Farhad Aliyev have many times appealed for inviting doctors, specialists for treatment of the ex-minister.
28 September 2006 [13:47]

EU trio mission to visit Azerbaijan

The mission of European Union trio will visit Azerbaijan on October 3.
28 September 2006 [13:44]

Georgia demands surrender of Russian officer accused of spying

Georgia's Foreign Ministry demanded Thursday the surrender of a Russian intelligence officer accused of espionage.
28 September 2006 [13:40]

Over 40 international terrorism suspects detained on Azerbaijani borders

Over 40 international terrorism men suspects have been detained on Azerbaijan borders, Elchin Guliyev, chief of the State Border Service (SBS) said.
28 September 2006 [13:35]

Armenian Armed Forces fire at Azerbaijani positions in Aghdam

Armenia continues violating the ceasefire.
28 September 2006 [13:33]

EP adopts Turkey report without genocide clause

The European Parliament (EP)adopted a critical report on Turkey's accession to the European Union on Wednesday afternoon.
28 September 2006 [13:13]

Jacques Chirac: "Co-chairs" proposals quite balanced and fair"

"The proposals offered by the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group for the settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict is quite balanced and fair," said French President Jacques Chirac while commenting on current situation in the settlement of the Nagorno Garabagh conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
28 September 2006 [09:17]

Dagestani media carry out anti-Azerbaijan propaganda

Media in Dagestan are carrying out propaganda against Azerbaijan under the head of "Chernovic" newspaper published in Mahachkala.
28 September 2006 [00:19]

Fall session of Milli Majlis Oct. 2

Fall session of Milli Majlis of third convocation is to resume on October 2.
28 September 2006 [00:15]

Azeri FM meets President of 61st Session of UN General Assembly

Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov participating in the 61st session of the United Nations General Assembly in New-York met September 26 with Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa, President of the 61st session.
28 September 2006 [00:12]

Azeri Omb meets CoE experts

Ombudswoman Elmira Suleymanova has me with experts of the Commission against Racism and Intolerance of the Council of Europe (ECIR) Clause Stoltenberg, Claude Lamm and Christian Achlund.
28 September 2006 [00:09]

Interior Ministry, OSCE expand relations

Minister of Internal Affairs of Azerbaijan Republic, Col. Gen. Ramil Usubov has met with the deputy head of the OSCE Baku Office Robin Seward, September 27.
28 September 2006 [00:06]

Deputy PM meets U.S. Ambassador

Deputy Prime Minister of Azerbaijan Elchin Efendiyev met September 27 with U.S. Ambassador to Azerbaijan Anne Derse.
28 September 2006 [00:01]

President Aliyev meets participants of SIOFOK Conference

President Ilham Aliyev on September 27 at Presidential Palace received the delegates of meeting of the heads of border departments' working group of the International Border Issues Conference (SIOFOK Conference).
27 September 2006 [23:57]

Oskanian 'reassured' by Karabakh mediators over UN role

International mediators have all but dispelled Armenian concerns about the United Nations’s involvement in the Nagorno Karabakh peace process sought by Azerbaijan, Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian said after meeting them late Tuesday.
27 September 2006 [23:01]

Iranian MPs protest against insulting of mosque in Nagorno Karabakh

Eight members of Iranian parliament protested against insulting of a mosque in Nagorno Karabakh province of Azerbaijan.
27 September 2006 [16:44]

Baku hosts working group meeting of International Conference on Border Affairs participants

The working group of heads of border services of the countries participating in the International Conference on Border Affairs hosted by Baku held a meeting today.
27 September 2006 [15:52]

President gives interview to Al-Jazeera

President Ilham Aliyev gave an interview to the correspondents of Qatar's Al-Jazeera broadcasting corporation Abdulmunim Salim Adil and Huda Khalil Rahme, who are visiting Azerbaijan.
27 September 2006 [15:20]

Isa Gambar: "I do not agree to the expression of any conflict in Musavat Party"

"Musavat Party's authoritative bodies are formed after the congress. Different statements made by the sides of electoral process within the party cannot be regarded as conflict among the party members. Musavat's Assembly members have rights to stand for or against the candidates to the chairmanship post in the Assembly," Musavat Party leader Isa Gambar told that while commenting on the groups within party making allegations against one another on the eve of the Musavat Assembly's sitting scheduled for 30 September.
27 September 2006 [14:58]

President receives Ambassador of India

27 September, President Ilham Aliyev received Ambassador Plenipotentiary and Extraordinary of India to Azerbaijan Jyoti Svarup Pande as he is completing his diplomatic mission in the country.
27 September 2006 [14:43]

Gulsun Bilgehan: "Turkish people will never accept false "Armenian genocide"

"Turkey will face pressures for the false "Armenian genocide" till Armenia gives up its groundless claims. The main thing here is Turkey's demonstrating decisiveness and rejecting the baseless claims once and for all," member of Turkish parliamentary delegation to PACE, CHP parliamentarian Gulsun Bilgehan told.
27 September 2006 [14:23]

President decrees on raising salaries in enterprises at over 1 200 meters altitude sea level

President Ilham Aliyev issued a decree on raising the salaries of those working at over 1 200 meters altitude for stimulating their activity and strengthening social protection.
27 September 2006 [14:04]

Iran's Larijani arrives in Berlin for talks with EU's Solana

Iran's top nuclear negotiator has arrived in Berlin to discuss Iran's nuclear research program with the European Union's foreign policy chief, Iran's Supreme National Security Council said Wednesday.
27 September 2006 [13:52]

Contact line to be monitored

Contact line Azerbaijani and Armenian troops will be monitored near Borsunlu village of Azerbaijani region of Geranboy tomorrow in accordance with the mandate of personal representative of OSCE Chairman-in-Office.
27 September 2006 [13:50]

Co-chairs met with Azeri and Armenian foreign ministers

Co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, who are mediating in the settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict, are expected to visit the region soon.
27 September 2006 [13:48]

Leo Platvoet: "Cooperation between all stakeholders is a basic condition for finding the missing"

"In my report I will do proposals to investigate in the case that there is concrete evidence that missings are still alive.
27 September 2006 [13:45]

YAP to nominate Ilham Aliyev's candidacy in 2008 elections

The ruling Yeni Azerbaijan Party (YAP) started preparations for the 2008 presidential elections.
27 September 2006 [10:17]

Anne E. Derse: "US industrial companies ready to cooperate with Azerbaijani ones"

Industry and Energy Minister Natig Aliyev received Anne E. Derse, US ambassador to Azerbaijan.
27 September 2006 [10:09]

OSCE mission to assess Armenian arsons in occupied Azerbaijani lands

OSCE Mission will visit the region in October for assessing Armenian arsons in occupied Azerbaijani territories to prepare an environmental operation in accordance with the UN relevant resolution, Azerbaijan Foreign Ministry told.
27 September 2006 [10:07]

Constitutional Court chief receives Russian ambassador to Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan Constitutional Court chief Farhad Abdullayev received Russian ambassador to Azerbaijan Vasili Istratov yesterday.
27 September 2006 [09:54]

President decrees on substitution of heads of executive powers of Yasamal and Khatai districts

President Ilham Aliyev issued an executive order on dismissal of heads of executive powers of Yasamal and Khatai districts of Baku.
27 September 2006 [08:48]

UN General Assembly to discuss GUAM "frozen conflicts" November 6

The issue "GUAM conflicts, their impact on international peace and security" has been included into the agenda of the 61st session of the UN General Assembly by the joint initiative of GUAM member states.
26 September 2006 [23:36]

Yagub Eyyubov visits Iran

In a meeting with visiting Azeri deputy prime minister on Tuesday, first vice President Parviz Davudi said the accomplishments of Iran belong to all friendly neighboring countries.
26 September 2006 [20:25]

President Aliyev congratulates new Japanese Premier

President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan has sent a message of congratulations Shinzo Abe on his election Prime Minister of Japan.
26 September 2006 [20:08]

EU debates 'fair but tough' Turkey report

The European parliament insists controversial conclusions on Turkey's EU membership bid are "fair but tough."
26 September 2006 [19:56]

Interior Troops' special forces suitable for military operations in Karabakh

Commander of Interior Troops Zakir Hasanov: "I advocate public and democratic control on the Army."
26 September 2006 [19:47]

Farhad Aliyev: "Alihuseyn Shaliyev thought self-murder the only way out"

Chief of the Azerbaijan Committee against Torture Elchin Behbudov met with former economic development minister Farhad Aliyev and former health minister Ali Insanov, held in National Security Ministry jail.
26 September 2006 [16:45]

Leo Platvoet: "Progress can be achieved in finding missing persons in the South Caucasus"

"We can achieve progress in finding the persons missing as a result of the conflicts in Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia," said Leo Platvoet, PACE rapporteur on prisoners of war and missing persons.
26 September 2006 [16:31]

Vartan Oskanian: "We have agreed to each of the core principles of the framework agreement on the settlement of the conflict"

One cannot blame Armenia for thinking that Azerbaijan is not ready or interested in a negotiated peace, Armenian Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian stated at the 61st session of the UN General Assembly.
26 September 2006 [14:39]

Russian strategic bombers to fly over Caspian

Russian strategic bombers will practice cruise missile launches and aerial bombardment during a four-day annual combat readiness inspection, an air force spokesman said Tuesday.
26 September 2006 [14:00]

Azeri FM at UN: "Armenian occupying forces have to withdraw from the occupied territories"

Speaking at the General Assembly of the United Nations on September 25 in New York Elmar Mammadyarov, Foreign Affairs Minister of Azerbaijan, informed about the UN GA resolution on arsons commited in Azerbaijani territories occupied by Armenians.
26 September 2006 [13:57]

Iranian newspaper: "Shiite land and the world's second Palestine-Karabakh is under Armenia's occupation for fifteen years"

"Following Roman Pope Benedict XVI's anti-Islam remarks, Armenians began to use Azerbaijani historical heritage-mosque in occupied Agdam village as stable and pigsty. Other historical mosques in Nagorno Garabagh have been destroyed by Armenians," writes Iran's "Cumhuriyyi Islam" (Islamic Republic) newspaper in today's issue.
26 September 2006 [13:34]

GUAM's Secretary General elected

The Foreign Ministers from GUAM member states – Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, and Moldova – who met in New York on September 25 on the sidelines of the 61st Session of the UN General Assembly, decided to intensify efforts for the formation of GUAM peacekeeping forces and civilian police units, according to Civil Georgia.
26 September 2006 [13:32]

Azeri Embassy expresses protest to Iranian Foreign Ministry

Azerbaijan's Embassy in Iran expressed an official protest to the Foreign Ministry in connection with some Iranian businessmen's establishing relations with the alleged regime in Nagorno Karabakh province of Azerbaijan.
26 September 2006 [13:30]

PACE's co-rapporteurs to visit Azerbaijan Oct. 29

The Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) Monitoring Committee co-rapporteurs on Azerbaijan Tony Lloyd and Andres Herkel will visit the country from October 29 till November 4 this year.