Politics

13 December 2005 [11:03]

Azerbaijani Minister of Economic Development will travel to Egypt to broaden co-operation and understanding between Baku and Cairo

Second meeting of the Azerbaijan-Egypt intergovernmental commission will be held in Cairo on December 25-26.
13 December 2005 [10:56]

"Azadliq" prepares final report on November 6 elections

The Central Election Headquarters of the "Azadliq" bloc prepares a final statement on the November 6 parliamentary elections.
13 December 2005 [10:40]

Azerbaijan is certain in his wish to enter WTO

Azerbaijan continues its efforts on admission of the country to the World Trade Organization.
13 December 2005 [10:23]

Azerbaijan continues active participation in NATO's events

Training course "Evaluation of operation opportunities and opinion program" is held in Gotzendorf (Austria) on 12-16 December in the framework of the NATO "Partnership for Peace" Program, initial planning conference of "Cooperative Mako-2006" will be held in Neapol (Italy) on 13-14 December.
13 December 2005 [10:12]

Azerbaijan and EU start dialogue on New Neighborhood program

Yesterday, building of the Foreign Affairs Ministry hosted the first stage of EU - Azerbaijan dialogue on European Policy of New Neighborhood program.
12 December 2005 [18:55]

Recently appointed minister Natik Aliyev announces that he will do some changes in the ministry

"Some changes will be applied in the Ministry of Industry and Energy and its Board," said Natik Aliyev, the Minister for Industry and Energy.
12 December 2005 [18:45]

Babayev prepares new changes in the Ministry of Economic Development

Minister for Economic Development, Heydar Babayev continues reforms in the ministry planning some deep structural reforms.
12 December 2005 [11:44]

Mammadyarov left for Brussels to start consultations with EU Council

The Council of EU and Azerbaijan cooperation will meet in Brussels on 13-14 December, the Foreign Ministry told Trend.
12 December 2005 [11:28]

EU and Azerbaijan start talks on European Neighborhood Policy today

Azerbaijan and the European Commission start discussions under the EU’s European Neighborhood Policy in Baku today.
12 December 2005 [10:51]

In the nearest future "Azadliq" may face a single oppositional party constituted out of those who did not join the bloc

"Azadliq [Freedom] election bloc did not accept the initiative of the National Survival Movement on consolidation of the opposition in a single center neither before nor after the elections," said Faraj Guliyev, the leader of NSM.
12 December 2005 [10:42]

Civil Solidarity Party decided to unite Azeri youth in "Democratic Revival" movement

On Friday, December 10 the Civil Solidarity Party announced creation of "Democratic Revival" youth movement.
10 December 2005 [19:48]

EU plans to exert pressure on Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia to improve human rights situation in the region

Human Rights Watch calls European Union to exert pressure on Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan for them to improve protection of human rights and condition of freedoms.
10 December 2005 [19:32]

"Azadliq" plans to take Baku Executive Power to court

"Azadliq" bloc decided to take Baku Executive Power to Court since it did not authorize the opposition's rally on December 3 and 10 that was planned to be held on the "Gelebe" square.
10 December 2005 [18:58]

President of Azerbaijan sets date for re-elections in constituencies where results were previously abolished

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev signed a decree on conduct of repeated parliamentary elections in some constituencies.
10 December 2005 [18:52]

Natig Aliyev appointed Minister of Industry and Energy

President Ilham Aliyev signed order discharging Majid Karimov from the post of Minister for Industry and Energy and signed another giving the minister's chair to Natig Aliyev.
10 December 2005 [18:44]

CEC is going to distribute mandates at the next session of Parliament

The Central Election Commission is going to distribute mandates to newly elected parliamentarians at the next sitting of the Parliament.
10 December 2005 [11:32]

USAID will implement three new projects in Azerbaijan having total budget of more than $26 million

US Ambassador to Azerbaijan Reno Harnish announced on Friday about the commencement of three projects of the USAID in Azerbaijan.
10 December 2005 [11:24]

Harnish gives opposition three arguments on why to participate at sessions of Parliament is good

"The oppositional "Azadliq" bloc must decide whether to participate in the work of the Milli Majlis [Parliament] of the third convocation, but presence in the Parliament has own positive factors," stated Rino Harnish, the U.S. Ambassador to Azerbaijan.
10 December 2005 [11:19]

Ilham Aliyev dismissed head of Garadagh district Executive Power

On Friday, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev signed a decree dismissing Yagub Aliyev from the post of the head of the Garadagh district Executive Power.
10 December 2005 [11:07]

Some political parties decided to abandon "YeS" bloc

Central Election Headquarters of "Yeni Siyaset" bloc has stopped its activity.
10 December 2005 [10:27]

Azadliq accuses US of not fulfilling its promise to watch over fairness of November 6 elections

First deputy chairman of the Democratic Party of Azerbaijan Sardar Jalaloglu stated that, the US did not assist to conduct democratic elections in Azerbaijan: "America stated before the elections that it will support democracy. The post-election processes proved that America told a lie. The US has never participated in the parliamentary elections close enough for the elections to be democratic".
09 December 2005 [18:46]

Parliamentary sitting is re-scheduled for December 13

A parliamentary sitting, originally scheduled for Friday, has been adjourned, informed Parliament's press service, however, not pointing a reason for the delay.
09 December 2005 [18:32]

Harnish preaches that 2006 will provide unique opportunities for solution of Karabakh conflict

"2006 will be a window in the solution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and will provide unique opportunities for its settlement," said Reno Harnish, the US Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador to Azerbaijan at a meeting with students of the Khazar University on Friday.
09 December 2005 [18:19]

"Azadliq" postpones its rally scheduled for December 10

Baku Mayor Office responded positively to the appeal of "Azadliq" bloc and allowed to hold a rally, nevertheless changing its place, date and time. Opposition already decided to postpone the rally because it is not satisfied with the offer.
09 December 2005 [18:10]

UNESCO delegation will visit Azerbaijan next week

UNESCO delegation is going to visit Azerbaijan on December 13-17 to discuss implementation of procedures mentioned in the Memorandum of Mutual Understanding signed between the Education Ministry of Azerbaijan and UNESCO.
09 December 2005 [17:14]

Georgian Ombudsman visits Azerbaijan

Public defender of Georgia Sozar Subari is paying visit to Azerbaijan.
09 December 2005 [10:14]

Azerbaijan is crossed out from the list of CE member countries that possibly host CIA's secret prisons

"Special group was formed in the Council Europe (CE) to investigate whether there is any confidential prisons of the US Central Intelligence Agency in the Council of Europe member countries and the group checks this information at present," said special representative of Council of Europe Secretary General to Azerbaijan Mats Lindberg.
08 December 2005 [19:27]

Mandates of newly elected deputies of Azerbaijani Parliament are ready for distribution

The Central Election Commission completed the preparation of mandates of newly elected parliamentarians.
08 December 2005 [19:11]

OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs to visit region of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict on December 14-17

The OSCE Minsk Group co-chairmen will pay a visit to the region of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict from 14 to 17 of December," Yuriy Merzlyakov, the Russian co-chairman of the OSCE Minsk Group, told Trend exclusively.
08 December 2005 [19:01]

Baku police fights loud explosive toys sold in the city

Ministry of Internal Affairs informs that due to numerous concerns of population police removed a great number of highly loud explosive toys from the market.
08 December 2005 [11:21]

After two months of silence UPAF members decide to meet on December 14

"The Union of Pro-Azerbaijani Forces (UPAF) will discuss its further activities at a member meeting of the UPAF Council on December 14," said Rovshan Ahmadly, the deputy chairman of the Islamic Party, also co-constitutor of the UPAF.
08 December 2005 [11:14]

Ali Karimli called to Baku Prosecutor Office to testify on November 26 incidents

Ali Karimli, the chairman of the Popular Front Party of Azerbaijan (reformist wing), also a co-constitutor of "Azadliq" [Freedom] election bloc, was called to the Baku city Prosecutor Office on Wednesday to testify on November 26 events.
08 December 2005 [11:09]

KLO states it will not let the Minsk Group co-chairmen to visit Azerbaijan

"The Karabakh Liberation Organization (KLO) will hinder the Minsk Group co-chairmen from the visits to Azerbaijan," Akif Nagi, the chairman of the organization, told Trend.
08 December 2005 [11:03]

"Movement for Azerbaijan" organizes several photo exhibitions to show Europeans Armenian brutality during Karabakh war

"Nagif Hamza, the representative of the Movement for Azerbaijan in Turkey, is on a visit to France to organize a photo exhibition revealing Armenian brutality in Nagorno-Krabakh," Asli Khalilgizi, the coordinator of the Movement, told Trend.
08 December 2005 [10:49]

Azerbaijani local authorities will meet in December in order to create association

The first meeting of the working group will be held from 8 to 9 December in Baku within the project on establishment of the National Association of Local Authorities (NALA), the CE Baku Information Office told Trend.
08 December 2005 [10:44]

Next meeting of Azerbaijani - Georgian Intergovernmental Commission will be held in early 2006

"The next meeting of the Azerbaijani-Georgian Intergovernmental Commission on Economic Cooperation will be held in early 2006," Ramiz Hassanov, the Azerbaijani Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador to Georgia, told Trend.
08 December 2005 [10:23]

US ambassador meets with oppositional "Azadliq" bloc leaders in Baku

On Wednesday the US Ambassador to Azerbaijan, Reno Harnish, met with the opposition leaders at the headquarters of the Popular Front Party of Azerbaijan (PFPA). Attending the meeting were co-chairs of "Azadliq" elections bloc: Isa Gambar, Ali Karimli, Sardar Jalalogly, as well as the leader of the National Unity Movement, Lala Shovkat.
08 December 2005 [10:07]

Pavesi says that opposition and authorities should have political will to start dialogue

"I called on the authorities and the opposition to sit at the table of negations over 20 times. The sides will be able to continue serious dialogue with or without my participation, but there should be political will, as well as determination for issues to be discussed during the dialogue," said Mauricio Pavesi, the head of the OSCE Baku Office.
07 December 2005 [17:55]

Harnish expresses dissatisfaction with Platvoet's statement on US applying double standarts for Azeri democracy

"It is unpleasant to accuse America of applying double standards in attitude to democracy," told journalists the US extraordinary and plenipotentiary ambassador to Azerbaijan Reno Harnish.
07 December 2005 [17:41]

Foreign Ministers of GUAM countries decided to meet in December to sign constituent documents of GUAM

The meeting of the GUAM (Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Moldova) national coordinators is planned in late December.
07 December 2005 [17:34]

Mammadyarov warns that Azerbaijan's patience is running thin

"The state of status-quo in the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict zone will lead to tension," Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyraov, stated while addressing to the 13th meeting of the OSCE Council of Foreign Ministers in Ljubljana.
07 December 2005 [17:30]

Three Azerbaijani drivers missing in Iraq

"There is no detailed information about the location of the wounded Azerbaijanis in Iraq," said Arshad Omar Ismayil, the Iraqi Ambassador to Azerbaijan.
07 December 2005 [16:38]

Only 52 of the former parliamentarians were re-elected

"Elections" Information center of the CEC informs that the Constitutional Court confirming the results of the elections has made some changes in the results proclaimed by the Central Election Commission.
07 December 2005 [16:32]

KLO expresses its dissatisfaction with Ljubljana meeting of Azerbaijani and Armenian Foreign Ministers

Karabakh Liberation Organization (KLO) spread a statement condemning the results of the meeting of OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs with Azerbaijani and Armenian Foreign Ministers in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
07 December 2005 [16:21]

Arif Hajili plans to apply to European Court on Human Rights

Constitutional Court did not satisfy complaint of the deputy chief of Musavat Party Arif Hajili concerning restoration of parliamentary elections result held in Zagatala Election Constituency #110 on November 6.
07 December 2005 [11:25]

Turkish Minister of Education is expected to visit Azerbaijan in December

Turan Morali, ambassador of Turkey to Azerbaijan announced that Education Minister of Turkey Huseyn Chelik will visit Baku this month.
07 December 2005 [11:14]

Oppositional party decides to participate in re-elections

Whole Popular Front Party of Azerbaijan (WPFPA) made decision on participating in re-elections to be held in the election constituencies where results were annulled.
07 December 2005 [11:10]

Azadliq's December 10 rally is under question mark

Baku Mayor Office has not yet responded to the appeal of "Azadliq" bloc to allow a rally on December 10.
07 December 2005 [10:52]

In case conflict is solved Azerbaijan will assist communities of Nagorno-Karabakh to restore infrastructure and bring investments to the region

“The status of Nagorno-Karabakh should be defined on legal, peaceful and democratic principles and should not be based on ethnic cleaning" - Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov said in his speech at the summit of OSCE Foreign Ministers Council in Ljubljana.
07 December 2005 [10:38]

Azerbaijani military participate in NATO's trainings scheduled for December

Azerbaijan will take part in several events held in the framework of NATO program "Partnership for Peace".
07 December 2005 [10:35]

Committee against Tortures holds monitoring in Gobustan prison

Head of the Committee against Tortures Elchin Behbudov held a monitoring on living condition of prisoners in Gobustan prison.
07 December 2005 [10:26]

General Prosecutor says that none of ex-ministers will be exempted from imprisonment

"The humanist step taken in regard to the ex-president of National Academy of Science Eldar Salayev will not applied to the other detainees," said to the journalists Prosecutor General Zakir Garalov.
07 December 2005 [10:18]

Zakir Garalov: President of "Azerkimya" has never been arrested

"President of "Azerkimya" State Company Fikrat Sadigov has never been arrested, simply a decision was passed on canceling his deputy immunity," stated Prosecutor General Zakir Garalov.
06 December 2005 [19:17]

Baku-Tbilisi-Akhalkalaki railroad will be constructed in spite of all obstacles created by Armenia

The Baku-Tbilisi-Akhalkalaki railway road project will be constructed despite the obstacle put by Armenia, Turan Moraly, the Turkish Ambassador to Azerbaijan, told Trend.
06 December 2005 [19:13]

Turkey hopes for break through solution to come for Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in 2006

"Turkey hopes for break in the regulation of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in 2006," Nabi Shensoy, the Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister, said to a meeting of the OSCE Council of Foreign Ministers in Ljubljana, Trend reports referring to Mediamax.
06 December 2005 [18:35]

Mammadyarov: Liberation of occupied territory of Azerbaijan is preliminary term for defining Nagorno-Karabakh status

"The Nagorno-Karabakh status can be resolved only within the framework of the legal, peaceable and democratic process, which cannot be based on ethnic cleansing," Elmar Mammadyarov, the Azerbaijani Foreign Minister, said in his address to a meeting of OSCE Foreign Ministers in Ljubljana.
06 December 2005 [18:27]

CEC will publish results of November 6 elections within 6 months

Results of the Parliamentary elections will be published in "Khabarlar" publication of the Central Election Commission (CEC) within 6 months.
06 December 2005 [18:22]

Statement on regulation of Karabakh conflict to be adopted in Ljubljana

The statement on regulation of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is expected to be adopted in Ljubljana on Monday, Trend reports referring to ANS TV.
06 December 2005 [18:19]

Azeri-Russian intergovernmental commission on border delimitation meets in Baku

The meeting of working groups of Azerbaijani and Russian state commissions on delimitation held in Baku today.
06 December 2005 [18:02]

Ilham Aliyev leaves Baku for Saudi Arabia

President Ilham Aliyev leaves for Saudi Arabia today.
06 December 2005 [11:21]

Azeri Minister of Defense meets with deputy assistant of his American colleague

Defense Minister Safar Abiyev today received deputy assistant of the US Defense Minister Jim McDougal.
06 December 2005 [11:13]

Elected oppositionists probably will attend parliamentary sessions

"There is no specific decision whether parliamentarians from "Azadliq" bloc will attend or not the parliament," said Panah Huseyn - head of Central Election Headquarters of "Azadliq" bloc.
06 December 2005 [10:21]

Ex-minister waits in prison for Russian doctors to determine if he needs a surgery

Former Finance Minister Fikret Yusifov who is detained in the jail ward of the Ministry of National Security has sent an inquiry to Moscow where he had surgery two decades ago.
06 December 2005 [10:17]

Elmar Mammadyarov and Vardan Oskanyan meet in Ljubljana

Yesterday OSCE Minsk Group co-chairmen-Steven Man (USA), Bernar Fasie (France) and Yuri Merzlyakov (Russia) met with Azerbaijani and Armenian Foreign Ministers - Elmar Mammadyarov and Vardan Oskanyan one by one in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
05 December 2005 [20:49]

OSCE official states that 2005 has shown progress in settlement of Karabakh conflict

"Progress for peace had also been made in 2005 in the framework of the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict," Trend reports quoting Dmitrij Rupel, the OSCE chairman in-office, the Slovenian Foreign Minister, stating it in Vienna on Monday.
05 December 2005 [20:45]

EU commissar states about possible progress in Nagorno-Karabakh issue

"We will be able to witness a big progress in the regulation of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in the nearest future," Benita Ferero-Valdner, EU Commissar on Foreign Relations and European Policy on Neighborhood, said to a meeting of OSCE Council of Foreign Ministers in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
05 December 2005 [20:04]

Mahmudlu and Alizade make a statement against accusations of some opposition members

Vidadi Mahmoudlu-secretary of the CEC from opposition side and a member of the CEC Arzukhan Alizade held a press conference Saturday where they responded accusations made by some opposition members.
05 December 2005 [18:43]

Term for implementation of new elections in 10 constituencies is not known

Secretary of the CEC told APA news agency that the stipulate term of re-elections in 10 constituences is solely right of the President of Azerbaijan and therefore, it is not known exactly when the re-elections will be held.
05 December 2005 [18:23]

New CEC staff will be formed by the end of December

New staff of Central Election Commission might be formed by the end of December, said Natig Mammadov, the CEC secretary.
05 December 2005 [11:19]

Opposition states: Azerbaijan will not get mandate to PACE for the next year

The leaders of "Azadliq" bloc stated that the mandate of Azerbaijani delegation will not be confirmed at the winter session of the PACE due to falsifications of the parliamentary elections.
03 December 2005 [19:23]

Actions of Azeri authorities are approved on Friday and condemned on Saturday by US officials

United States are condemning the use of force against peaceful protestors in Azerbaijan but at the same time is pleased by the attempts of President Ilham Aliyev and his government to address shortcomings in recent parliamentary elections, reads a statement by the US Department of State.
03 December 2005 [19:14]

Guidance group of National Association of Local Authorities to assemble in Baku

A meeting of the first guidance project group on establishment of the National Association of local authorities will be held in Baku on December 8, the PACE Secretariat in Strasbourg told Trend.
03 December 2005 [19:09]

PACE Committee on Refugees will discuss refugee situation on South Caucasus

The PACE Committee on Refugees will consider reports on the state of refugees in Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia in Paris on December 9, the CE Secretariat in Strasbourg told Trend.
03 December 2005 [18:54]

Azerbaijan raises again issue of complete abolishment of Section 907 of Freedom Support Act

The Azerbaijani side again raised the question on speeding complete abolishment of the Section 907 of the Freedom Support Act [prohibiting US financial assistance to Azerbaijan] at the meeting of the US-Azerbaijani Working group on Economic Cooperation held in Washington.
03 December 2005 [18:22]

Arzukhan Alizade: "Probably, the party leadership will absolve me for signing this document"

Opposition may punish its renegate members of the Central Election Commission who signed final protocol on the election results.