Politics

06 September 2006 [21:21]

Preliminary investigation on Azerbaijani former high ranking officials to end this month

The preliminary investigation on Azerbaijani former high ranking officials is expected to be completed by the end of this month.
06 September 2006 [16:11]

Armenian opposition editor-in-chief assaulted

Editor-in-chief of the key pro-opposition newspaper "Iravnuk" Ovannes Galajyan has been assaulted by unidentified persons.
06 September 2006 [15:16]

Samad Seyidov: "The arsons will be discussed at PACE Subcommittee meeting"

Head of the Azerbaijani parliamentary delegation to the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) Samad Seyidov commented on the Council of Europe's statement that it will not monitor the arsons committed by Armenians in the occupied Azerbaijani lands.
06 September 2006 [14:46]

Documents and photos of monuments in occupied Azerbaijani lands to be presented to Council of Europe

The Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) is forming a fact-finding mission of professional international experts to monitor the cultural heritage in the Armenian-occupied Azerbaijani lands.
06 September 2006 [14:11]

Mikhail Zabelin: "We should invite those taking negative stance on us to Azerbaijan to convince them they are wrong"

"I was pleased that Russian prominent politicians did not attend the latest events in Khankendi (Stepanakert)," Azerbaijani parliament member, head of Russian community of Azerbaijan Mikhail Zabelin stated.
06 September 2006 [14:02]

President receives credentials from Moldovan Ambassador

President Ilham Aliyev today received the credentials from Moldovan Ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to Azerbaijan Ion Robu.
06 September 2006 [09:58]

UNGA's meeting over the arsons on occupied territories postponed

Nagorno Karabakh, one of the world most frozen and forgotten conflicts, surfaced at the UN on Tuesday, if only for ten minutes.
06 September 2006 [09:25]

Rene van der Linden: "We strongly support our Turkish friends in their fight against terrorism"

Following the bomb blast that hit the Turkish region of Van last night, killing at least two people and injuring about twenty, Rene van der Linden, President of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE), conveyed his sympathies to the families of the victims and expressed his solidarity with all those injured or affected.
06 September 2006 [08:53]

Egypt Technical Cooperation Fund secretary general to visit Azerbaijan

Secretary General of Egypt's Fund for Technical Cooperation with the CIS, Ambassador Vahid Jalal will visit Azerbaijan on September 10, Egyptian embassy in Azerbaijan told.
05 September 2006 [22:11]

Watchdog warns of 'judicial harassment' of Iranian journalists

Paris-based Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has expressed concern at what it calls "increasing judicial harassment" of Iranian journalists.
05 September 2006 [20:59]

Turkey to vote on troops for Lebanon force

The Turkish parliament is expected to decide today whether to contribute Turkish troops to the strengthened UN force for southern Lebanon.
05 September 2006 [20:53]

Arrested Russian denies spying for Azerbaijan

A Russian man who was arrested in Armenia late last year for allegedly spying for Azerbaijan protested his innocence and claimed to have been brutally mistreated in custody as he went on trial on Tuesday.
05 September 2006 [20:40]

CEC conducts trainings

Central Election Commission in connection with preparation for municipal elections has conducted in Beylagan district constituency number 81 training for members of district and local election commissions.
05 September 2006 [20:22]

Azerbaijan's consul-general to Istanbul fired

President Ilham Aliyev issued an executive order on dismissal of Ibrahim Nabioglu from the post of Azerbaijani consul-general to Istanbul.
05 September 2006 [20:21]

Hungarian court to sentence Ramil Safarov November 17

Hungarian court today held next trial hearing on jailer's claim against Ramil Safarov, Azerbaijani Army officer, who was sentenced to life in prison for murdering Armenian lieutenant Gurgen Markarian in Hungary
05 September 2006 [20:11]

Turkish PM: "It is a daydream to expect Turkey to recognize the alleged 'Armenian genocide'"

It is a daydream to expect Turkey to recognize the so-called Armenian genocide.
05 September 2006 [17:04]

NGOs due to leave 16-storied building in three days

Non-Governmental Organizations, newspapers and news agencies have been warned to leave the 16-storied building located at 85 Salatin Asgarova Street.
05 September 2006 [15:03]

Official Baku protests against Yerevan's new conditions on Karabakh conflict

"Statements of Armenian FM Vartan Oskanian regarding the terms of Yerevan's further participation in the Nagorno Karabakh peace talks cause at least surprise of official Baku, stated Head of the Information Department of the Azeri MFA Tahir Tagizade.
05 September 2006 [14:57]

Ramiz Mehtiyev: "Baku does not want war, but does not rule out its resumption"

"Azerbaijan does not wish resumption of the war with Armenia, however, in case peace talks on the Nagorno Karabakh settlement fail it will have to consider other ways to solve the issue of territories controlled by the NKR Defense Army," stated head of Azeri President's Administration Ramiz Mehtiyev.
05 September 2006 [14:32]

CE won't probe into Armenian arsons in Azeri lands

The Council of Europe is not credible to investigate the arsons Armenians committed in the occupied lands of Azerbaijan.
05 September 2006 [14:20]

The Committee for the Defense of Farhad and Rafig Aliyevs appeals to embassies and OSCE Office

The Committee for the Defense of the Rights of Farhad and Rafig Aliyevs has appealed to the foreign embassies and the OSCE Office in Baku.
05 September 2006 [13:51]

Vice-president of CE Congress of Local and Regional Authorities to visit Azerbaijan

The coordination group for establishing the Association of Local Authorities in Azerbaijan will hold its first meeting in Baku on 7 September this year.
05 September 2006 [13:31]

Halo Trust continues mine clearance in occupied Azerbaijani lands despite official Baku protest

The Halo Trust Mine Clearance Organisation registered in Britain is still functioning in Armenian-occupied Azerbaijani lands despite the Azerbaijani government's protest.
05 September 2006 [12:46]

MEPs back Armenia 'genocide' clause in Turkey report

Turkey should recognize the Armenian 'genocide' as a condition for its EU accession, MEPs argue in a highly critical report adopted by a broad majority in Strasbourg on Monday (4 September).
05 September 2006 [12:43]

Romanian Defense Minister visits Armenia

A Romanian delegation headed by Minister of Defense Teodor Atanasiu is to arrive for a 3-day visit to Armenia on September 6, 2006.
05 September 2006 [11:34]

OSCE Office concerned about violations of the presumption of innocence in criminal proceedings in Azerbaijan

A report on Azerbaijan's adherence to the principle of presumption of innocence, released today, suggests that the country's journalists, police officers, prosecutors and judges often treat suspicion of guilt and proof of criminal behaviour as if they are the same thing.
05 September 2006 [09:13]

Joseph Shagal: "Israel will express his position on Karabakh conflict after Azerbaijan's comment on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict"

"My comments on the Nagorno Karabakh conflict, which I made during the visit to Baku in May this year, have been distorted," said Israeli parliamentarian Joseph Shagal to journalists.
05 September 2006 [09:01]

NGO International Cooperation Council in GUAM+4 to be established

Working Group has been set up for establishing NGO International Cooperation Council in GUAM+4.
05 September 2006 [08:57]

Trainings for local election to end soon

Azerbaijan's Central Election Commission's Training Group experts held four more trainings for repeat, additional, new and first time local elections.
05 September 2006 [08:53]

FIEP delegation to arrive September 7

The delegation from the Association of the European and Mediterranean Police Forces and Gendarmeries with Military Status (FIEP) is due to arrive in Baku on 7 September.
05 September 2006 [08:48]

Vienna's Police chief visits Baku

On Monday, the chief of the Federal Police Department of Vienna Peter Stiedl arrived in Baku.
05 September 2006 [08:41]

Turkish Ambassador: "Azeri peacekeepers can serve jointly with Turkish forces in Lebanon"

Azerbaijani peacekeepers can serve jointly with Turkish forces in Lebanon as in Kosovo and Afghanistan, said Turkish Ambassador to Azerbaijan Turan Morali.
04 September 2006 [20:10]

Aladdin Boyukkaya: "The OSCE Minsk Group delays the solution of the Karabakh conflict with groundless reasons"

"It is difficult to comment on the Turkish Parliament's decision to be made tomorrow on deploying peacekeeping forces to Lebanon."
04 September 2006 [20:06]

President Aliyev to attend UN General Assembly meeting

The United Nations General Assembly will meet in New York from September 19 till 22 this year.
04 September 2006 [19:35]

Ali Abbasov: "The EU is becoming a new force able to balance the Russian and US pressure"

Ali Abbasov, doctor of philosophic sciences, head of department of the Institute of Philosophy and Political-Legal Research of the National Academy of Science of Azerbaijan (NASA), have an interview to Regnum news agency.
04 September 2006 [19:34]

Armenia rejects UN role in Karabakh talks

Armenia will refuse to hold further peace talks with Azerbaijan if the latter persists in trying to get the United Nations to deal with the Nagorno Karabakh conflict, Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian indicated on Monday.
04 September 2006 [16:48]

PACE co-rapporteurs Tony Lloyd and Andres Herkel to visit Azerbaijan

Tony Lloyd, new co-rapporteur of the Monitoring Committee from the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE), vice-president of PACE and another co-rapporteur Andres Herkel will arrive in Baku early in November this year.
04 September 2006 [16:28]

Russia intends to participate in building Azerbaijani defense establishment

Russia also wants to participate in forming Azerbaijan's defense establishment, Russian Ambassador to Azerbaijan Vasili Istratov told.
04 September 2006 [16:24]

Over 20,000 appeals submitted to UN on violation of Azerbaijanis' property rights in Armenia

Documents were submitted to the European Court of Human Rights for restoration of property rights of Azerbaijanis, who have been deported from Armenia.
04 September 2006 [16:23]

OSCE mission to visit Azerbaijan

OSCE mission led by Miklos Haraszti, OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media will arrive in Azerbaijan this week.
04 September 2006 [16:06]

Iran allows banned paper to publish again

Iran has given the green light for a government newspaper that was banned for printing a cartoon that led to ethnic riots to publish again after its chief editor was acquitted.
04 September 2006 [13:40]

President Aliyev meets Turkish PM

Visiting Turkey President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev met at Dolmabahce Palace in Istanbul with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to exchange views on a wide range of issues concerning Azerbaijan-Turkey bilateral relations.
04 September 2006 [13:35]

OSCE asks Azerbaijan's President to help stop new wave of prosecution of journalists, urges legal reform

The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Miklos Haraszti, has expressed concern over recent cases of prosecution of journalists in Azerbaijan and proposed a legal reform as a way out of the situation.
04 September 2006 [13:28]

Araz Azimov: "Russian TV's report damages bilateral relations"

Official Baku protested against the report dedicated to the 15th anniversary of the "Nagorno Karabakh Republic's" 'independence' that was shown Saturday by the Russian Television, said Azeri Deputy Foreign Minister Araz Azimov.
04 September 2006 [13:13]

European Parliament to debate Turkey report

Members of the European Parliament are set to vote on a report highly critical of the slow pace of reforms and freedoms in European Union-aspirant Turkey.
04 September 2006 [13:08]

Azerbaijan to participate in NATO training

Exercise Cooperative Marlin 2006, a NATO command post exercise to provide interoperability training with partner nations, will take place in Sevastopol, Ukraine from 19 - 28 September 2006.
04 September 2006 [10:39]

President Aliyev attended a ceremony inaugurating the headquarters of OIC's Youth Forum

The forum's headquarters were formally inaugurated by Turkish Parliament Speaker Bulent Arinc who at the same time launched the "Youth Alliance of Civilizations" project – an initiative designed to promote friendship between youths from the Muslim world and Western societies.
03 September 2006 [21:25]

Iran wants talks but won't freeze enrichment

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Sunday Iran wanted to find a negotiated solution to its nuclear dispute with the West but would not freeze uranium enrichment ahead of any talks.
03 September 2006 [12:55]

Russian Navy's Caspian Flotilla inducts new stealth-capable gunboat

A state-of-the-art gunboat was handed over to the Russian Navy in St. Petersburg Friday.
03 September 2006 [12:48]

Iran's Defense Minister: "Iran exports military equipment to 57 countries"

Defense Minister General Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar said Iran is currently exporting military equipment to 57 countries in the world.
02 September 2006 [13:53]

Defense Minister meets Greek Ambassador

On September 1, Minister of Defense of Azerbaijan, colonel-general Safar Abiyev has met the ambassador of Greece in country Temistokles Dimidis, the former military attache of the Armed Forces of this country in Azerbaijan, general Johannes Solias and the new attache, colonel Seokharis Militiades Kollatos.
02 September 2006 [13:49]

Iran starts 3rd stage of 'Blow of Zolfaqar' war games

The third stage of the extensive war games codenamed 'Blow of Zolfaqar' was started by the Iranian air force on Saturday.
02 September 2006 [11:23]

Armenian official discusses Kars-Akhalkalaki-Baku railroad project with Chinese Ambassador

Togran Torosian, Speaker of Armenian National Assembly and Chinese Ambassador Zuo Xueliang, Ambassador of China, discussed the issue of China's participation in the construction of Kars-Akhalkalaki-Tbilisi-Baku railroad.
02 September 2006 [10:26]

UN to consider Armenian arsons in occupied Azerbaijani lands next week

"Negotiations are being held at the United Nations and the OSCE related to the arsons the occupied Azerbaijani lands committed by Armenians. The UN will consider this issue separately next week," Azerbaijan's Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov told journalists.
02 September 2006 [10:23]

Foreign Minister to visit Uzbekistan

Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov will visit Uzbekistan, the Minister told journalists.
02 September 2006 [09:40]

Onur Oymen: "The international community should exert pressure on Armenia not Azerbaijan"

"Turkey can face undesirable conflicts if it deploys peacekeeping forces to Lebanon. As the West comments, the developments in Lebanon is the practice of the possible conflict, military operations between U.S and Iran," deputy leader of main pro-opposition Republic People's Party, parliamentarian Onur Oymen told.
02 September 2006 [09:35]

President Ilham Aliyev congratulates Vietnam and Qatar heads of state

President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev congratulated the President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam Nguyen Minh Triet on his country's Independence Day.
02 September 2006 [09:22]

Serj Sarkisyan: "Allahshukur Pahsazadeh did not say such a word in fact"

"It is impossible to live without faith and hope. But we cannot hope for more. Because, the failure of hopes causes tragedy," Armenian Defense Minister Serj Sarkisyan said while commenting on the Nagorno Karabakh problem.
01 September 2006 [22:19]

Ali Hasanov: "We are ready to accept Venice Commission's proposals"

"We think the proposal on amendments to the Electoral Code are not topical," Ali Hasanov, President's Office Socio-political Department chief told journalists.
01 September 2006 [22:11]

British Ambassador: "Azerbaijan has right to liberate its territories"

Defense Minister, Col.Gen. Safar Abiyev received British Ambassador to Azerbaijan Laurie Bristow.
01 September 2006 [22:00]

German Deutsche Welle radio to broadcast program about the so called Nagorno Karabakh Republic

Deutsche Welle radio will broadcast program about so called Nagorno Karabakh Republic, which is integral territory of Azerbaijan.
01 September 2006 [15:12]

GUAM appeals to UN General Assembly

GUAM alliance (Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Moldova) re-appealed to the UN General Assembly.
01 September 2006 [12:06]

Azeri FM: "Some of the 'road map' principles have been agreed

Azerbaijan's Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov commented on the 'road map' offered by Matthew Bryza, U.S co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group, which mediates for the settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict.
01 September 2006 [12:00]

Russian Ambassador: "Armenia is responsible for the arsons"

"Armenia is responsible for the fires that broke out in Nagorno Karabakh and around it. Because, Armenia controls these territories," Russian ambassador to Azerbaijan Vasili Istratov told journalists.
01 September 2006 [11:57]

US Ambassador to Armenia: "I do not retract my words on the 1915 Armenian genocide"

"I assessed the 1915 'Young Turks' government's actions against Armenians as genocide and I do not retract this statement," said John Evans, the outgoing U.S. ambassador to Armenia"
01 September 2006 [11:53]

Romanian President to visit Azerbaijan

Romania's President Traian Basescu will pay a two-day official visit to Azerbaijan on October 11.
01 September 2006 [09:30]

Azerbaijan-Poland intergovernmental commission to meet in Warsaw

Azerbaijan-Poland intergovernmental commission's first meeting will be held in Warsaw on September 11-13, Vochekh Guretski, representative of the Polish Embassy in Azerbaijan told.
01 September 2006 [09:20]

Georgian Ambassador: "Threatening papers in Marneuli should not be taken serious"

"Azerbaijanis living in Georgia realized there is no need to worry about the threatening papers distributed in Marneuli region. These are declamations written by unknown persons," Zurab Gumberidze, Georgia’s extraordinary and plenipotentiary Ambassador to Azerbaijan told journalists.
31 August 2006 [23:35]

RFE/RL: Third opposition party falls victim to infighting

The Democratic Party of Azerbaijan is the third opposition party to be rent by infighting this year. By the end of the year, it seems, its leader will have left to found a new movement.
31 August 2006 [22:05]

UN body says Iran fails to meet deadline

Iran failed to stop nuclear work by a Thursday deadline, the U.N. atomic watchdog said, clearing the way to possible sanctions by the Security Council due to Western fears Tehran could be trying to make atom bombs.
31 August 2006 [21:24]

OSCE official calls for cooperation between Armenia, Azerbaijan

Cooperation between Azerbaijan and Armenia is essential in order to put an end to fires in occupied Azeri territories, said the OSCE acting chairman's personal envoy Andrzej Kasprzyk.
31 August 2006 [21:14]

President Aliyev meets Ukrainian Deputy PM

Ukraine's Vice-Premier Andriy Kliuyev and Azerbaijan's president Ilham Aliyev have discussed the prospects for stepping up the bilateral cooperation, in particular in energy sector, and the forthcoming visit of Ukrainian President Viktor Yuschenko to Baku.
31 August 2006 [21:01]

Azeri opposionist's trial held in Georgia

Georgia has denied refugee status to an Azerbaijani human rights opposionist, despite claims that he will suffer persecution if he is returned home.