Politics

09 February 2007 [16:42]

Iranian envoy Afshar Soleymani: "Kidnapping diplomats in Iraq terrorist act"

Iran's ambassador to Azerbaijan said on Friday that abducting Iranian diplomats in Iraq by the US troops is considered being a terrorist act and violation of international regulations.
09 February 2007 [16:35]

Lennmarker: "Main aim is to end occupation and create peaceful relations between Azerbaijan and Armenia"

"My report on the Nagorno Karabakh conflict will cause numerous discussions. Some may agree and some disagree. Yesterday, I met with Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov. He seemed to agree with some points in the report," President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Goran Lennmarker told reporters.
09 February 2007 [16:16]

Kosovo independence will open up Pandora's box - Russia's Ivanov

Russia's defense minister said granting independence to the Serbian province of Kosovo may set a dangerous precedent, triggering disintegration of other states across Eurasia.
09 February 2007 [16:14]

Azerbaijan to host GUAM summit

The next summit of the Organization for Democracy and Economic Development-GUAM (Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Moldova) will be held in the Azerbaijani capital, Baku in June this year.
09 February 2007 [16:07]

President Aliyev to visit Kiev

Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev is expected to visit Kiev on March 17.
09 February 2007 [16:04]

Conflict can be settled in 2007; no Kosovo model to be used, top OSCE official says

"The settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict is very important both for the whole region and from the aspect of the region's integration into Europe.
09 February 2007 [15:57]

President Aliyev receives ECO Secretary General

On February 8, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev received Khurshid Anwar, a Secretary General of the Economic Cooperation Organization, who is in Baku to attend the International Conference on Fight Against Counterfeit Drugs.
09 February 2007 [15:56]

President Aliyev receives Georgian Justice Minister

On February 8, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev received Minister of Justice of Georgia Giya Kavtaradze.
09 February 2007 [15:46]

Azeri FM meets ECO Secretary General

Azerbaijan's Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov met with Khurshid Anwar, a Secretary General of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO), who is in Baku to attend the International Conference on Fight against Counterfeit Drugs.
09 February 2007 [14:29]

Tahir Tagizadeh: "The Nagorno Karabakh conflict means aggression against sovereign country"

"The Nagorno Karabakh conflict means neither a separatist regime nor internal conflict. It is the aggression of an internationally recognized sovereign country against another one," spokesman of Azerbaijan's Foreign Ministry Tahir Tagizadeh stated.
09 February 2007 [11:24]

Iran warns U.S. it will retaliate if struck

Iran stepped up its warnings to the United States, with the nation's supreme leader saying Tehran will strike U.S. interests around the world if his country is attacked.
09 February 2007 [11:01]

U.S. invites Georgia to enter NATO

The U.S. Senate is considering a bill supporting Georgia's bid to enter the NATO. The Congress bill is to pass the bill as it already did last fall.
09 February 2007 [10:52]

The Mistakes of Armenia and the Success of Azerbaijan

Armenia and Azerbaijan have become independent countries just like other former Soviet Republics after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
09 February 2007 [10:39]

Armenian security strategy approved

Armenia's President Robert Kocharian has approved country's comprehensive national security strategy that declares democracy and good governance a top priority and reaffirms the "complementary" foreign policy pursued by his administration.
09 February 2007 [10:28]

Azerbaijan, Pakistan to cooperate in defence industry

Pakistan expressed its readiness to share its experience in creating a defence industry in Azerbaijan.
09 February 2007 [02:19]

Ambassador of South Korea visits north regions

Yesterday, the Ambassador of South Korea to Azerbaijan has visited the northern regions of Azerbaijan.
09 February 2007 [02:15]

Baku to host I Forum of Azerbaijani and Turkish Diaspora organizations

The I Forum of Azerbaijani and Turkish Diaspora organizations will be held in Baku.
09 February 2007 [02:13]

Conference on "Armenian claims are false" to be held in London

The teacher of Istanbul University Mehmet Rerinchak will make report on "Truths and imperialist falsehood in Russian and Armenian documents" in City University, London on February 25, Talat Pasha Movement Coordination Center stated.
09 February 2007 [02:08]

Pakistan condemns Armenian aggression against Azerbaijan

President Aliyev received Economic Cooperation Organization Secretary General Khurshid Anvar Feb 8.
09 February 2007 [02:05]

President receives Head of OSCE PA

President Ilham Aliyev received the delegation led by the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly President Goran Lenmarker.
09 February 2007 [01:53]

President receives Italian International Trade Deputy Minister

President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev received delegation leaded by Italian International Trade Deputy Minister, senator Milos Budin.
09 February 2007 [01:04]

High ranked officer appeals to MNS and General Prosecutor's Office

Azerbaijani Armed Forces officer Lieutenant-Colonel Rasim Muradov has appealed to the Ministry of National Security and General Prosecutor's Office of unlawfulness in Security brigade and peacekeeping party of Defense Ministry, Muradov stated.
09 February 2007 [00:39]

Nagorno Karabakh conflict not discussed at Mammadyarov-Lennmarker meeting

Foreign Minister and OSCE Parliamentary Assembly President did not discuss Nagorno Karabakh conflict during their meeting, the President told journalists.
09 February 2007 [00:36]

Azerbaijani and Georgian Justice Ministers sign Cooperation program

Georgian Justice Minister Gia Kavtaradze is on visit to Azerbaijan, Justice Ministry informs.
09 February 2007 [00:06]

British Ambassador: "Azerbaijan has taken serious steps in fighting against terrorism, human traffic and illicit drugs"

Today British Ambassador to Azerbaijan Laurie Bristow visited Euroatlantic Center.
08 February 2007 [23:56]

Azerbaijan negotiates with USA & EU on removal of double taxation

Azerbaijan intends to sign international agreement with a number of countries on removal of double taxation, Taxes Minister Fazil Mammadov stated.
08 February 2007 [22:47]

CE Committee of Ministers adopts resolution on protection of national minorities of Armenia

Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe adopted resolution on the protection of national minorities in Armenia and Germany.
08 February 2007 [17:22]

Coup counts against former senior officials separated from other charges

The investigation of criminal case against former Health Minister Ali Insanov, former Finance Minister Fikret Yusifov, former Ganja Police chief Natig Afandiyev former President's office department chief Akif Muradverdiyev on Article 29, 278 (coup d'etat) of the criminal code is under way.
08 February 2007 [17:11]

Bryza: "Right to self-determination and territorial integrity possible to be combined"

"I'd like Armenia also to participate in regional projects. But I understand that now our friends, who realize Baku-Tbilisi-Kars project, are not ready to include Armenia. But it is a political fact," stated OSCE MG American Co-Chair Matthew Bryza.
08 February 2007 [15:48]

Zori Balayan confesses Armenians' genocide against Turks in Khojali

There are a lot of facts confirming involvement of Zori Balayan, one of ideologists of "Great Armenia", in Khojali.
08 February 2007 [15:05]

OSCE MG wants Azeri and Armenian FMs to meet in March, Russian co-chair says

"I think Goran Lenmarker did not mean concluding of peace agreement between Azerbaijan and Armenia, but reaching an agreement on the core principles of the settlement," said Yuri Merzlyakov, Russian co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group.
08 February 2007 [14:40]

Vartan Oskanian: "Nagorno Karabakh issue not a subject for bargaining"

"If the Nagorno Karabakh conflict is settled it will significantly lighten our task in the issue of gas usage, which will pass through the Trans-Caspian gas pipeline in future.
08 February 2007 [13:59]

Rasul Guliyev: "Decisions of Organizing Committee for Congress have no legal basis"

"Akif Shahbazov's order to annul the Assembly's January 27 decision on constructive dialogue with the government is right step," the chief of Azerbaijan Democrat Party Rasul Guliyev told the APA while commenting on the Shahbazov's order.
08 February 2007 [13:40]

Lennmarker hopes for agreement between Azerbaijan and Armenia until OSCE PA meeting in July

"I hope Azerbaijan and Armenia will reach an agreement until the meeting of OSCE Parliamentary Assembly in July in Kiev, where the report on Nagorno Karabakh will be discussed.
08 February 2007 [13:39]

Turkish PM to visit Azerbaijan

Turkish Prime Minister Rajab Tayyip Erdogan will pay a visit to Azerbaijan in early March.
08 February 2007 [12:27]

GUAM condemns Abkhazia polls

Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Moldova condemn local self-governance and parliamentary elections in breakaway Abkhazia scheduled for February 11 and March 4, respectively, Ukraine said in a statement made at the session of the Council of Europe (CoE) Deputy Ministers' Committee on behalf of GUAM-member states on February 7.
08 February 2007 [10:44]

Armenias violates ceasefire

08 February 2007 [10:42]

Georgian Justice Minister to visit Azerbaijan

Georgia's Justice Minister Gia Kavtaradze will pay an official visit to Azerbaijan at the invitation of his Azerbaijani counterpart on February 8.
08 February 2007 [10:26]

ANIP appeals for picket

Azerbaijan National Independence Party (ANIP) has set the date of the picket to be held outside of Iranian Embassy.
08 February 2007 [10:25]

Deputy Assistant U.S. Secretary of State: "US recognizes Azerbaijan's territorial integrity"

"The United States recognizes Azerbaijan's territorial integrity. The clue to the solution of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict is peaceful settlement. I hear these words from Azerbaijani government as well," Colleen Graffy, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs U.S. Department of State stated at the meeting in State Management Academy at Azerbaijani President's Office.
08 February 2007 [10:20]

OSCE PA winter session to be held Feb.22-23

OSCE Parliamentary Assembly (PA) winter session will start in Vienna on February 22-23.
07 February 2007 [22:49]

Gul warns against alleged Armenian genocide Bill

Turkey's foreign minister said Tuesday a proposed resolution in Congress to condemn as genocide the early 20th century killings of up to 1.5 million Armenians would harm Turkish-American relations if it passes.
07 February 2007 [22:33]

Azeri FM meets Japanese delegation

Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan Elmar Mammadyarov met with the delegation headed by Harada Chikahito, Director-General, European Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.
07 February 2007 [22:27]

Top OSCE officials visit Baku

The visit of President of OSCE Parliamentary Assembly (PA) Goran Lenmarker and Secretary General of OSCE PA Spenser Oliver has started.
07 February 2007 [22:24]

Armenia, Azerbaijan 'very close' to peace deal, Bryza says

Armenia and Azerbaijan are "very close" to hammering out an agreement on Nagorno Karabakh before their presidential elections due next year, Washington's chief Karabakh negotiator said on Wednesday.
07 February 2007 [22:18]

Turkish Premier: "Turkey will not open its borders to Armenia unless Karabakh conflict is solved"

Azerbaijan's Defence Minister, General Colonel Safar Abiyev ended his two-day visit to Turkey.
07 February 2007 [22:16]

Matthew Bryza: "US support of BTC and Shah Deniz projects does not mean that we should support all projects"

"The inauguration of the Economic Partnership Commission between the United States and Azerbaijan in Baku will deepen the relations between the two countries," Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Matthew J. Bryza told journalists.
07 February 2007 [22:09]

ADP rejects Rasul Guliyev's formula for National Forum

The Organizing Committee held an extraordinary meeting on the preparation forthe 9th Congress of Azerbaijani Democrat Party (ADP).
07 February 2007 [21:28]

Aliyev, Saakashvili, Erdogan meet in Tbilisi

Azerbaijani, Georgian and Turkish leaders had a trilateral meeting at Georgian Parliament.
07 February 2007 [21:25]

Baltic states share military reform experience with Armenia

Strengthening of civil control over the army is one of the fundamental stages of the armed forces' reformation, Dr Horst Schmalfeld, the deputy director of the George C. Marshall Fund, said in Yerevan.
07 February 2007 [21:15]

Arif Yunusov describes Putin's statement as "lame joke"

"Russian President Vladimir Putin's news conference clearly hinted on cooling in Azeri-Russian relations," said Arif Yunusov, the director of the department of conflictology at the institute of peace and democracy.
07 February 2007 [21:05]

Pakistan fully supports Azerbaijan's territorial integrity

Pakistan's Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz has said his country fully supports Azerbaijan's territorial integrity and favours an early resolution of the Nagorno Karabakh issue.
07 February 2007 [17:07]

Iranian FM rejects secret talks with US over nuclear case

Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki Tuesday dismissed the idea of holding secret talks between Tehran and Washington to settle their differences over Iran's peaceful nuclear activities.
07 February 2007 [16:55]

Deputy Assistant of US Secretary of State: "Azerbaijan is a splendid example of tolerance"

"I am deeply impressed by the level of tolerance between ethnic and religious groups in Azerbaijan. It is a splendid example of tolerance", Colleen Graffy, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs U.S. Department of State said at the meeting in State Management Academy at Azerbaijani President's Office.
07 February 2007 [16:04]

EU officials to urge creation of Serb govt that would reconsider rejection of UN Kosovo plan

Senior European Union officials are to visit Serbia Wednesday to urge the formation of a pro-democracy government that would reconsider its outright rejection of an U.N. plan for Kosovo.
07 February 2007 [16:03]

Russia's defense minister lays out ambitious plans for new nukes purchases

The Russian military will sharply increase the number of new intercontinental ballistic missiles to be deployed this year as part of an ambitious weapons modernization plan, Russia's defense minister said Wednesday.
07 February 2007 [15:51]

Russia not to have problems with Caspian projects, Russian official says

Russia will not get problems with draft production sharing agreements in the Caspian region like it had on Sakhalin, Minister of Industry and Energy Viktor Khristenko said.
07 February 2007 [15:45]

Akif Shahbazov invalidates ADP decision on dialogue with the government

Chief of Azerbaijan Democrat Party Supreme Assembly Akif Shahbazov issued an order to annul the Assembly's January 27 decision on constructive dialogue with the government.
07 February 2007 [15:43]

Kocharian shuns top OSCE official

Armenian President Robert Kocharian declined on Tuesday to meet with a visiting high-level official from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe who planned to discuss his government's conduct of the upcoming parliamentary elections.
07 February 2007 [15:41]

OSCE observers to arrive in Armenia half a month prior to elections

OSCE long-term mission on observing the parliamentary elections in Armenia, which will be held May 12, will arrive half a month prior to voting.
07 February 2007 [15:40]

Azerbaijani President visits Georgia - UPDATED

President Ilham Aliyev's visit to Georgia starts.
07 February 2007 [14:17]

Condoleezza Rice promises Gul to do their best to prevent Armenian genocide bill

Turkey's Foreign Minister Abdulla Gul met with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in US.
07 February 2007 [13:49]

Matthew Bryza: "No deep discrepancy exists between the parties"

Co-chairs of the OSCE Minks Group Matthew Bryza (US) and Bernard Fassier (France), mediators in the settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, will meet in the framework of International Energy conference in Paris next week.
07 February 2007 [10:30]

The International Herald Tribune: "Wrong war, wrong time"

As the drumbeat for war with Iran grows more insistent, the search for a "casus belli" compelling enough to calm a newly assertive Congress and convince an increasingly questioning American public intensifies.
07 February 2007 [10:25]

Turkish FM meets Cheney, Rice

Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul is expected to discuss cross-border operations, Iran, Iraq, Cyprus and alleged Armenian resolution.
07 February 2007 [10:00]

Azerbaijan's delegation to meet with Pakistani Premier

On Wednesday Azerbaijani delegation participating in the 4th meeting of Azerbaijani-Pakistan intergovernmental commission will meet with Prime Minister of Pakistan Shovket Aziz.
07 February 2007 [09:55]

Roald Sagdeev: "Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan are leaders in ongoing democratic and economic changes in the region"

Professor of the University of Maryland, academic Roald Sagdeev delivered a lecture "Development of relations between the US and post-Soviet countries: Viewing from Washington" for the officials of Azerbaijan's Foreign Ministry, Diplomatic Academy and other state bodies.
07 February 2007 [09:50]

Asadov: "Azerbaijan-US cooperation elevates to strategic partnership"

Milli Majlis Speaker Ogtay Asadov received the delegation headed by Thomas C. Adams, Coordinator of U.S. Assistance to Europe and Eurasia.
07 February 2007 [09:45]

Azerbaijan, Turkey Defense Ministers meet

Azerbaijani Defense Minister Safar Abiyev, visiting Turkey met with Turkish counterpart Vecdi Konul.
07 February 2007 [09:35]

Roald Sagdeev: "Multilateral format should be applied in settlement of Nagorno Karabakh conflict"

"Sudden occurrence of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict put the country leadership in bad conditions, and the taken measures were not effective," said the member of the former USSR president Mikhail Gorbachev's team, Professor of University of Maryland, academic Roald Sagdeev.
07 February 2007 [09:10]

China's police delegation to visit Azerbaijan

Chinese People's Armed Police delegation will pay a visit Azerbaijan in late March or early April.
07 February 2007 [09:00]

Musavat Party member sentenced to four years

Sabail district Court finished the trial of Musavat Party member Mehdi Mehdiyev.
07 February 2007 [08:30]

Russia warns EU over ex-Soviet sphere of influence

Russia warned the European Union on Tuesday not to tread on its toes in ex-Soviet areas that Moscow regards as being within its sphere of influence.
07 February 2007 [03:11]

Video of U.S. friendly fire unleashes storm in UK

U.S. and British officials denied trying to bury details of a "friendly fire" incident on Tuesday when a cockpit video was leaked in which U.S. pilots are heard weeping after mistakenly killing a British soldier in Iraq.
07 February 2007 [03:01]

Blair says no military action on Iran

Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair told lawmakers Tuesday that no military action is planned against Iran, but that international opinion is hardening against Teheran's nuclear ambitions and what he described as its interference in conflicts across the Middle East.