Politics

22 May 2006 [20:17]

GUAM foreign ministers synchronize watches ahead of Kiev summit

The GUAM alliance comprising Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Moldova will be transformed into a full-fledged organization that contributes to stability and security, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Boris Tarasyuk said at a meeting of the GUAM foreign ministers on Monday.
22 May 2006 [20:08]

China, Russia Foreign Ministers discuss Iran in Beijing

The foreign ministers of Russia and China met in Beijing on Tuesday where how to resolve the standoff over Iran's nuclear program is likely to be high on the agenda.
22 May 2006 [19:38]

Iran aims becoming Shanghai Collaboration Organization active member

Iran is willing to become a full-fledged member of Shanghai Collaboration Organization (SCO) and this aspiration is not connected with its nuclear program, Romin Mehmonparast, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Iran to Kazakhstan, has said at press conference in Almaty.
22 May 2006 [17:20]

Azerbaijan participates in US START program

Deputy Chairman of the parliamentary commission on economic policy Azer Amiraslanov will be on visit in Washington from May 20 to June 4.
22 May 2006 [15:59]

President visits Ukraine

May 22, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev left for Ukrainian capital Kiev to participate in the meeting of heads of GUAM member states.
22 May 2006 [13:45]

President Aliyev receives Vatican Secretary for External affairs

On May 22, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev received a delegation of the Vatican led by its Secretary for Relations with States, Archbishop Giovanni Lajolo.
22 May 2006 [08:40]

TurkishPress: "Messages for conspiracy theorists"

Spring has come to Washington as well as to Turkish-American relations.
22 May 2006 [08:31]

The Guardian: "With Turkey in the club, Europe can forge a fresh engagement with Islam"

Madeleine Bunting of The Guardian writes on the issue of Turkey's acceptance to the EU.
22 May 2006 [07:40]

"European New Neighborhood Policy: relations with the South Caucasus energy policy" seminar to be held

European Union will organize seminar named "European New Neighborhood Policy: relations with the South Caucasus-energy policy" for media representatives in Brussels and Sofia.
21 May 2006 [22:18]

Robert Kocharyan not to run for third term

"Armenian President Robert Kocharyan will not stand for the third term, it is impossible," Presidential Adviser on National Security Garnik Isagulyan said on May 20 during a news conference.
21 May 2006 [21:24]

Israeli Premiere: "Iran's atomic bomb not far off"

Iran is just a few months away from acquiring the technological know-how that will allow it to build an atomic bomb, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said in an interview broadcast Sunday.
21 May 2006 [20:18]

Peter Semneby: "A more active interest of the EU in resolving the conflicts"

Q&A with Peter Semneby, the EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus.
21 May 2006 [18:25]

Secretary Rice: "US not asked to give Iran security guarantee"

European powers have not asked the United States to provide security guarantees to Iran as part of a package the West is preparing to offer the Islamic republic to curb its nuclear programs, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Sunday.
21 May 2006 [18:18]

Hosni Mubarak surprisingly criticises US policies

The Egyptian president has opened the World Economic Forum in a Red Sea resort with a surprisingly tough speech that signals deepening strains in relations between Cairo and Washington.
21 May 2006 [17:20]

Iran to continue uranium enrichment work

Iran will not end uranium enrichment, even despite the latest proposal by European states, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said Sunday.
21 May 2006 [13:59]

Abdulkadir Ates names Iran the most influential power in region and calls for regional security initiative

Iran has drastically increased its leverage in the Middle East and across the wider Muslim world thanks to the U.S.-led war in Iraq and now is the most influential actor in the region where Turkey stood out as a key political and military power, said Abdulkadir Ates, Turkish an opposition MP who heads the Political Affairs Committee at the Council of Europe.
20 May 2006 [22:07]

Iran rejects plan floated by UN Security Council

World powers are considering dropping U.N. Security Council discussion of Iran's nuclear program if Tehran agrees to suspend uranium enrichment, but could push for sanctions backed by the threat of force if the Islamic state refuses, diplomats said Saturday.
20 May 2006 [21:41]

Russia's FM Lavrov: "Iran problem can only be solved by direct talks"

Only direct talks can settle a long-running dispute around Iran's controversial nuclear program, Russia's foreign minister said Friday, adding that talks were currently fraught with problems.
20 May 2006 [20:17]

Explosion sounds heard in occupied villages of Aghdam

Starting from evening hours of May 19, explosion sounds heard in occupied villages of Aghdam.
20 May 2006 [20:03]

Azerbaijan made a protest against former OSCE MG Co-Chair's statement

Chief of the presidential administration's international affairs department, Novruz Mammadov held a press conference related to the recent statements on Azerbaijan made by former Russian co-chair (until 1996) of OSCE Minsk Group Vladimir Kazimirov.
20 May 2006 [19:49]

Georgia and Ukraine quitting the CIS won't have serious impact on Azerbaijan's position

"Though Georgia and Ukraine are reported to quit the Commonwealth of Independent States soon, officials of these states have not yet made any statements with this regard.
20 May 2006 [19:46]

New public-political movement established in Azerbaijan

A large movement involving local and international organizations will be established in Azerbaijan.
20 May 2006 [12:25]

U.S. concurs with monitors on Azerbaijan re-run elections

State's Finley welcomes improvements, but cites concerns about irregularities.
20 May 2006 [12:17]

CEC prepares list of candidates withdrawn their candidacy after taking financial aid

The term on presenting a report to Constituency Election Commission on financial aid in Election constituencies in re-run parliamentary elections on May 13 re-run lections, completes today.
20 May 2006 [12:07]

Egyptian Presidential Aide: "Official Cairo fully supports Azerbaijani efforts to publicize invasion fact"

"The Arab Republic of Egypt has broad knowledge of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict and Cairo fully supports Azerbaijan's efforts to publicize the occupation fact to the international community," said Usae Ilbaz, political aide to Egypt's President Hosnu Mubarak at a meeting with Azerbaijani delegation at Egyptian Foreign Ministry.
20 May 2006 [11:53]

Leo Platvoet presents report on Azerbaijani by-elections to PACE Monitoring Committee

The Monitoring Committee of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) held a hearing May 13 partial re-run of the Parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan.
20 May 2006 [11:44]

Azerbaijani delegation will participate in NATO PA session

Delegation of Milly Majlis in the organization will participate in the next session of NATO Parliamentary Assembly (PA), which will be held May 30 in Paris.
20 May 2006 [11:31]

US Embassy organizes round table on Middle East problem

The author of several projects with regard to Palestenian-Israel conflict settlement, Muhammad Dajani will visit Baku May 22, the visit organized by the Embassy of the USA in Azerbaijan.
20 May 2006 [11:10]

Ganira Pashayeva: "Ramil Safarov has no health problem and gets ready"

Parliamentarian Ganira Pashayeva who is on her visit in Hungary, met with Azerbaijani officer Ramil Safarov detained in Budapest prison for killing Armenian officer.
20 May 2006 [10:50]

GUAM Foreign Ministries heads met in Strasbourg

GUAM (Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Moldova) countries foreign affairs ministries held meeting in Strasbourg.
20 May 2006 [10:46]

Milli Majlis expertise economic legislation norms

Azerbaijani parliament plans to affirm several laws with the aim of improving business and investment environments in the country in the near future.
19 May 2006 [19:14]

Mehdi Safari: "Iranian gov't ready to broaden cooperation with Baku"

Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister and special envoy to Caspian Sea affairs Mehdi Safari said here on Friday that the government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is determined to fully expand cooperation with Azerbaijan.
19 May 2006 [17:05]

First Deputy PM Abbas Abbasov resigned from his post

First Deputy Prime Minister of Azerbaijan Abbas Abbasov yesterday sent in his resignation to President Ilham Aliyev.
19 May 2006 [16:18]

Azerbaijan, USA discuss military cooperation

Azerbaijani Defense Minister Safar Abiyev and Commander of U.S. Air Forces in Europe Tom Hobbins met here on Friday to discuss military cooperation, the press service of the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry reported.
19 May 2006 [14:01]

Azerbaijan-Iran talks on Caspian Sea status took place in Baku

Azerbaijan-Iran talks on legal status of the Caspian Sea were held in Baku yesterday.
19 May 2006 [13:11]

President Aliyev: "Iran-Azerbaijan ties not to be affected by a 3rd party"

Not a third country can derail the Tehran-Baku "friendly and cordial" ties, said Azeri President Ilham Aliyev on Thursday.
19 May 2006 [13:08]

Turkish Daily News: "US cold to 'Turkish mediation' on Iran"

US refuses to give security guarantees to Iran in return for quitting nuclear program.
19 May 2006 [10:32]

Milli Majlis to end spring session May 26

Azerbaijani Parliament - Milli Majlis will hold its next sessions May 23-26.
19 May 2006 [10:02]

International donors applied to Halo Trust company

The British government reacted ordinarily to the protest lodged by Azerbaijan government and National Agency for Mine Action (ANAMA) with regard to the British company Halo Trust mineclearance in Nagorno Karabakh.
19 May 2006 [10:00]

Institute for War & Peace Reporting: "Azerbaijan faces Iran dilemma"

Baku uncomfortable as its major ally confronts its southern neighbour.
19 May 2006 [09:36]

Elmar Mammadyarov and Vardan Oskanyan to meet in Strasbourg

Azeri Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov is in Strasbourg, France, to attend the 116th session of the Council of Europe Committee of Foreign Ministers scheduled for 18 and 19 May.
19 May 2006 [08:44]

World Azerbaijani Congress applied to Azerbaijani media

Today World Azerbaijani Congress has applied to Azerbaijani media to give support to campaign "Turks existence".
19 May 2006 [08:25]

CE: Armenians' claims as if Azerbaijanis destroy their graveyards sound unpleasant

Council of Europe delegation led by Domenico Ronkoni, Head of culture division of Directorate General IV on Education, Culture and Heritage, Youth and Sport will visit the South Caucasus countries in June.
18 May 2006 [20:30]

Human rights and cooperation between CoE and EU on foreign ministers agenda

The Committee of Foreign Ministers from the 46 member states of the Council of Europe will hold its 116th session on Thursday 18 and Friday 19 May in Strasbourg.
18 May 2006 [20:28]

President Aliyev congratulates Romano Prodi

President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has sent a message of congratulations to Romano Prodi on his appointment as President of the Italian Council of Ministers.
18 May 2006 [20:19]

Ukranian President Yushchenko: "GUAM will acquire the status of an international organization May 23"

Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko has spoken about a number of problems in Ukrainian foreign and domestic policies in an exclusive interview with Interfax, including the upcoming GUAM Summit.
18 May 2006 [19:59]

Elbrus Tahmazov: "Liberation of Lachin region cannot be separate issue in negotiating process"

"The liberation of Azerbaijan's Lachin region from Armenian occupation cannot be discussed separately during the negotiating process for the settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict," Lachin governor Elbrus Tahmazov told journalists.
18 May 2006 [19:52]

Allied Air Component Commander General William T. Hobbins visits Azerbaijan

Allied Air Component Commander HQ Ramstein William T. Hobbins will pay a visit to Azerbaijan on May 18-19 to Azerbaijan.
18 May 2006 [19:19]

Front Page Magazine: "America's New Ally?"

Article by Frederick W. Stakelbeck Jr. on U.S.-Azerbaijan relations, published in Front Page Magazine online edition.
18 May 2006 [18:58]

Russian Army to get new weaponry in 2006

The Russian Armed Forces will get a large procurement of new weaponry by the end of this year, a deputy defense minister said Thursday.
18 May 2006 [18:45]

President Aliyev to attend GUAM Summit in Kiev

"On May 22-23 President Ilham Aliyev will attend the GUAM summit in the Ukrainian capital," said Novruz Mamedov, chief of the presidential administration's international affairs department.
18 May 2006 [18:36]

President Aliyev receives Iranian Special Envoy for Caspian Sea Issues

On May 18, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev received at the Presidential palace Iranian Special Envoy for the Caspian Sea Issues Mehdi Safari.
18 May 2006 [18:32]

OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs to visit Azerbaijan first

OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs together with their states high ranking Foreign Ministry officials are expected to visit the South Caucasus.
18 May 2006 [18:25]

Mahmud Mammadguliyev: "Azerbaijan doesn't consider quitting the CIS"

"Azerbaijan government thinks that the CIS and regional organizations have not yet achieved their aims and they need to be reformed."
18 May 2006 [18:23]

Sardar Jalaloglu: "All steps of Musavat directed to defense of authority"

"While comparing the votes with 6 November parliamentary elections, Arif Hajili has mentioned my name and Ali Karimli's. He would better include Isa Gambar's name into that list and compare himself with him."
18 May 2006 [18:18]

Azerbaijani interference caused change of Shusha's name in Armenian variant in CE recommendations

Next meeting of Paris Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe (PACE) on science, education, culture committee held on May 17-18 in Paris.
18 May 2006 [16:11]

Arif Yunusov: "Baku has unofficially agreed to take part in anti-Iranian coalition"

"The USA is main initiator of various ways of Nagorno Karabakh conflict settlement, as well as most active mediator of the negotiation process," said Azerbaijani analyst Arif Yunusov.
18 May 2006 [15:20]

NATO PA Head's visit postponed

The NATO Parliamentary Assembly President Pierre Lelouche's visit to Azerbaijan earlier planned for this month has been postponed till September, First Vice-Speaker Ziyafat Asgarov told journalists.
18 May 2006 [10:26]

GUAM might be renamed

GUAM alliance (Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Moldova) might be renamed as Organization for Democracy and Economic Development.
18 May 2006 [10:05]

PACE rapporteur to visit Azerbaijan

Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe (PACE) rapporteur Edward O'Hara will visit Azerbaijan May 28 aimed at conducting monitoring of cultural places.
18 May 2006 [09:41]

Abulfaz Garayev: "Photos of occupied Nagorno Karabakh lands at tourism exhibition in Moscow is a part of ideological fight against Azerbaijan"

Photo-stands reflecting Azerbaijani lands occupation by Armenians have been displayed in tourism exhibition held in Moscow.
18 May 2006 [09:37]

ANIP congress will be held May 21

Azerbaijani National Independent Party (ANIP) IX congress will be held May 21, ANIP propaganda and press service secretary Ali Orujov informs.
18 May 2006 [08:51]

Israeli Ambassador to visit Ismayilli region

Israeli Ambassador to Azerbaijan Arthur Lenk will visit Ismayilli region May 23.
18 May 2006 [08:44]

Occupation of Lachin region by Armenia commemorated in Baku

The anniversary of the occupation of Azerbaijan's Lachin region by Armenian military groups May 17, 1992, was commemorated at the Martyr's Alley yesterday. The commemorative event was organized by the Azerbaijani Way Political Movement (AWPM).
18 May 2006 [08:39]

OSCE election observation mission leaves Azerbaijan

Members of the Limited Election Observation Mission from the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) are leaving Baku.
18 May 2006 [08:13]

Armenian cease-fire violation kills one more Azerbaijani soldier

Armenian armed forces today violated the cease-fire again and killed Azeri Army soldier.
17 May 2006 [22:02]

European ministers to discuss gender issues

June 8-9, VI conference of ministers of the countries of the Council of Europe takes place in Stockholm to discuss issues of equality between women and men.
17 May 2006 [21:53]

New project presented in Ministry of Labor and Social Security of population

May 16 presentation of the project "Reform of the system of social protection in Azerbaijan", the program of the European Union (TACIS), took place in the Ministry of Labor and Social Security of Population of Azerbaijan.
17 May 2006 [21:43]

State comission on prisoners of war, hostages and missing people reports

The State Commission on Prisoners of War, Hostages and Missing Persons regards widespread recently in mass media by the coordinator of the "International working group on release of POWs, hostages and missing citizens" in Azerbaijan messages on arrest of the persons released from captivity and, ostensibly, prosecution of relatives of the persons sent to the third countries, as the action directed on public opinion.
17 May 2006 [14:46]

Mahmud Ahmadinejad: "Iran will continue enriching uranium"

Iran's president said Wednesday that the Islamic Republic would not suspend its uranium enrichment program.
17 May 2006 [14:42]

Peter Semneby: "Three South Caucasian states move in different directions"

The three South Caucasian states move in different directions, EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus Peter Semneby stated.
17 May 2006 [13:24]

Prosecutor-General's Office received four appeals on repeat elections

Prosecutor-General's Office has received four appeals from the Central Election Commission (CEC) and Precinct Election Commissions (PEC) related to the 13 May repeat parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan.
17 May 2006 [13:10]

Council of Europe names new envoy

The Council of Europe Secretary General Terry Davis has appointed his new special representative on Azerbaijan.
17 May 2006 [13:02]

Belarus appoints ambassador to Azerbaijan

Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko has named his country's ambassador to Azerbaijan.