Politics

08 July 2005 [09:03]

Council of Civil Watch on Political Prisoners made statement related PACE Resolution on political prisoner matter in Azerbaijan

Council of Civil Watch on Political Prisoners made statement related to the Resolution of Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe (PACE) on political prisoner matter in Azerbaijan.
08 July 2005 [09:00]

ARTICLE 19 expressed its concern in regard with delay of adoption of law on "On Obtaining Information"

Executive Director of ARTICLE 19 Dr Agnes Callamard, chairman of Yeni Nesil Union of Journalists Arif Aliyev, president of the National Center of Environmental Forecasting sent letter to Mr Ramiz Mekhtiyev - Chief of the Presidential Administration, Mrs Elmira Suleymanova- Commissioner on Human Rights, Mr Rizvan Jabiyev-MP, Head of the Parliamentary Working Group, and Members of the Milli Mejlis.
08 July 2005 [08:56]

Mahmud Mammedguliyev: "Azerbaijan can't remain outside of World Trade Organization"

Deputy Foreign minister Mahmud Mammedguliyev today held press conference regarding the negotiations on Azerbaijan's joining the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva on 27 June till 1 July.
08 July 2005 [08:54]

Karabakh Liberation Organization appeals international organizations to declare Armenia as agressor

The Intensification of the international organizations in the solution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict evolves serious danger for Azerbaijan, the address of the Karabakh Liberation Organization (KLO), adopted on Thursday, says.
08 July 2005 [08:52]

Ramil Usubov received Interior Minister of Pakistan

Interior Minister, colonel-general Ramil Usubov today received Interior Minister of Pakistan Mr.Aftab Ahmad khan Sherpao who is on a visit to our country.
08 July 2005 [08:50]

Musavat , ADP and APFP(r) signed a treaty

Meeting of heads of "Azadlig" bloc was held in the headquarters of Azerbaijan Popular Front Party (APFP)(r) yesterday.
08 July 2005 [08:44]

Ilham Aliyev: "Fair elections shold be held in Azerbaijan"

2005 assumes special importance for Azerbaijan.
08 July 2005 [08:41]

Azay Guliyev: "Opposition and authority were unanimous regarding the mater of NGOs remaining outside the election"

"Public Union" (PU) Union held roundtable on "Coordination of activity NGOs' blocs and coalitions in the elections" in the International Press Center.
07 July 2005 [19:23]

London was attacked by terrorists today

Near 9:00 am there was a series of bomb attacks in the Subway and in the city buses. 30 dead and near 200 injured.
07 July 2005 [09:26]

Major opposition bloc hints at regional meeting campaign

The Azadlyg (freedom) election bloc expects a mass rally of 50,000 protesters at its upcoming march-meeting on July 10.
07 July 2005 [09:17]

Isa Gambar met National Democracy Institute representative in Azerbaijan

Musavat Party leader Isa Gambar met National Democracy Institute representative in Azerbaijan Christi Kverk in the headquarters of the party yesterday.
07 July 2005 [09:15]

PACE rapporteur holds meetings in regions of Azerbaijan

Andreas Gross, the co-rapporteur of the Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe (PACE) Monitoring Committee, visited Shaki and Gabala regions under a tour of the western regions of Azerbaijan on Wednesday, the Information Office of the CE in Baku told Trend.
07 July 2005 [09:01]

President received European Union special representative on the South Caucasus Heike Talvitie

President Ilham Aliyev today received European Union special representative on the South Caucasus Heike Talvitie.
07 July 2005 [08:57]

Caspian status should not put shadow on Azeri-Iranian relationships, Iranian AMB

The issue of definition of the Caspian status should not put a shadow on bilateral relationships between Azerbaijan and Iran, Afshar Suleymani, the Iranian Ambassador to Azerbaijan, said. He was commenting on the position of the new authorities of Iran.
07 July 2005 [08:51]

OSCE come up with recommendations on unified standards for observation missions

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has come up with a recommendatory proposal on the introduction of unified standards for the activity of international observation missions of OSCE during the monitoring of the election process.
07 July 2005 [08:41]

Party of Democratic Reforms holds inaugural meeting of political council

The forming of the chairman’s office, as well as the participation in the upcoming parliamentary elections and socioeconomic situation in the country have topped the agenda of the first meeting of the Party of Democratic Reforms’ Political Council, on July 6.
07 July 2005 [08:39]

?SCE to hold workshops on topics "Fighting money laundering and ‘financing terrorism’ in Azerbaijan"

The Organization on Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) jointly with the UNO Office on Drugs and Criminality (UNODC) will hold a number of workshops in Baku on the topics “Prevention of money laundering facts” and “Fighting the terrorism financing”.
07 July 2005 [08:37]

Foreign Affairs Ministry of Romania denounces election held by separatist regime in Nagorno Karabakh

The Foreign Affairs Ministry of Romania (FAM) spread information for the press in connection with the fake elections in Nagorno Karabakh held by the separatist regime occupied the lands of Azerbaijan.
07 July 2005 [08:35]

French ambassador at OSCE Minsk group expected

French Ambassador Bernard Facie, the OSCE Minsk Group co-chair, will arrive in Baku on 9 July, the French embassy in Baku told Trend.
07 July 2005 [08:33]

IFES to implement two projects related to the parliamentary elections

IFES will implement two projects related to the parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan.
07 July 2005 [08:24]

Human rights activists of Azerbaijan to discuss ‘political prisoners’

The issue of clarification and stepping forth from the single position towards ‘political prisoners’ will be submitted for discussion to human rights activists and other participants of the July 7 meeting at the Committee on Democracy and Human Rights (DIHK).
07 July 2005 [08:22]

USA to allocate $ 38 mln aid for supporting democracy in Azerbaijan

USA will allocate for Azerbaijan $38 million aid in 2006 for realization of the programmes of support to democracy, economic reforms and pre-eminence of law.
07 July 2005 [08:16]

Safar Abiyev received USA ambassador

Defense Minister, colonel-General Safar Abiyev received USA ambassador in Azerbaijan Reno Harnish.
07 July 2005 [08:11]

Terry Davis: “Armenia occupied the territories of Azerbaijan”

“If one of the sides of the Karabakh conflict starts military operations it will quit the Council of Europe”- stated Council of Europe Secretary-General Terry Davis.
06 July 2005 [10:02]

Al-Kaeda gang neutralized in Baku

As a result of carried out by the Ministry of National Security investigations had been exposed and neutralized especially dangerous criminal group in structure of citizens of the foreign countries, intended to organize acts of terrorism.
06 July 2005 [10:00]

57 countries, OIC members support Azerbaijan unanimously in Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict

57 countries, members of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC), have unanimously supported the position of Azerbaijan by adopting 3 resolutions at the next 32-th conference of the Foreign Ministries (FM) heads of the OIC member-countries, which took place in the Yemen’s capital city, Sana, head of the II territorial Administration of the Azerbaijan’s FM, Azer Husseyn told the briefing on 5 July, Trend reports.
06 July 2005 [09:57]

Members of PACE Monitoring Committee held press-conference devoted to results of visit

Closed meeting of the Monitoring Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe was held in Baku yesterday.
06 July 2005 [09:56]

Elmar Mammedyarov: “I am not going to meet Vardan Oskanyan for the time being”

OSCE Minsk Group co-chairmen Yuri Merzlyakov (Russia), Steven Mann (the USA) and Bernar Fasie (France) will come to Baku on 11 July. Foreign Minister Elmar Mammedyarov told journalists yesterday.
06 July 2005 [09:43]

President Ilham Aliyev to pay a visit to regions

President Ilham Aliyev will pay one day visit to Agdash region on July 07.
06 July 2005 [09:33]

Monitoring in the contact line held without incident

In accordance with the mandate of personal representative of OSCE Chairman-in-office, monitoring was held in the territory of Karmirvan village of Terter region in the contact line of troops yesterday.
06 July 2005 [09:29]

Ilham Aliyev received chairman of PACE Monitoring Committee

The president Ilham Aliyev received the chairman of the Monitoring Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) George Frunda yesterday.
06 July 2005 [09:24]

Ilyas Ismailov: “Unification of Azeri oppositional elective blocks out of question”

The Great Creation party and the Adalyat party, having signed bilateral agreement on cooperation at the parliamentary elections, may enter the unified election block.
06 July 2005 [09:09]

Andreas Gross: “There is hope, but there is no confidence in elections to be held democratically in Azerbaijan”

There is hope, but there is no confidence, that the forthcoming parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan will be held democratically, the rapporteur on Azerbaijan, the deputy from Switzerland, Andreas Gross told journalists at the briefing, staged on 5 July after the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) monitoring committee sitting in Baku.
06 July 2005 [09:06]

Member of ruling party: “Mass actions unable to change correlation of political forces”

The organization of mass actions by the opposition parties during the election campaign testifies for their aspiration to civil methods of struggling and it actually pleases us, MP Aydin Mirzazada, a member of the political council of the ruling New Azerbaijan Party, told Trend.
06 July 2005 [09:00]

Reno Harnish: “Holding free and fair elections will be a step taken towards democracy”

“Azerbaijan and USA feel pride in many-sided and strategic collaboration between them. Our relations are based on the general and developed interests, purposes and values and continue to more strengthen. We are here today and will be here tomorrow, because we take care of your nation, country and future”.
05 July 2005 [09:52]

Prominent oppositionist Lala Shovkat quits ‘New Policy’

The leader of the National Unity movement, Lala Shovkat has moved away from the New Policy (YeS) election bloc.
05 July 2005 [09:48]

53% of Armenians against integration to NATO

43 % of the Armenian citizens consider that the integration of the country to the North Atlantic bloc is important.
05 July 2005 [09:45]

Ambassador of Iran in Azerbaijan held press-conference

The ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Azerbaijan Afshar Suleymani held a press-conference yesterday.
05 July 2005 [09:36]

109 Azerbaijani peace-makers left for Iraq

109 soldiers and officers of the Armed Forces of Azerbaijan left for Iraq in the morning today for accomplishing the peaceful mission.
05 July 2005 [09:33]

Parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan set for 6 November

The elections to Milli Mejlis of Azerbaijan will be held on 6 November. The respective Decree has been signed today by the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev.
05 July 2005 [09:31]

Party of Democratic Reforms hold constituent Congress

The Party of Democratic Reforms held its Constituent Congress on July 4, approving the members of the credentials committee, as well as drafting committee and counting committee.
05 July 2005 [09:28]

Azeri servicemen attend NATO courses

In accordance with individual program signed between NATO and Azerbaijan Republic, course on “NATO peace supporting measures” in Oberammergau city of Germany on 4-8 July in the frame of “Program of Partnership for Peace”.
05 July 2005 [09:27]

New opposition party vows to play active role in upcoming elections

The Party of Democratic Reforms (PDR) will be very active in the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled for November, according to PDR chairman.
05 July 2005 [09:25]

International seminar on “Population displacement in South Caucasus” started its work in Baku

A joint seminar organized by the Committee on Migration, Refugees and Population of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, sub-committee on refugees and Milli Majlis was held in the “Hyatt Regency” hotel yesterday.
05 July 2005 [09:25]

Goran Lenmarker: «Brilliant chance appeared for conflict solution on conception of “victory-victory”»

“There is a brilliant chance for the solution of the conflict on the conception of “victory-victory, if this chance is realized Armenia and Azerbaijan will go out from this situation with minimum loss”.
05 July 2005 [09:24]

Helsinki commission co-chairman calls on Azerbaijan to hold free, fair elections

(Washington) - Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), Co-Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, met with Azerbaijani parliamentarians to urge that Baku hold free and fair parliamentary elections this November.
05 July 2005 [09:19]

Ilham Aliyev congratulated the USA President on Independence Day

President Ilham Aliyev congratulated the USA President George Bush on Independence Day of this country.
05 July 2005 [09:12]

Azerbaijan pending new tanker from Russia

Russia’s Krasnoye Sormovo shipyard, in the regional city of Nizhniy Novgorod, on July 3 launched the Shah Ismayil Khatai tanker, in the framework of the project #19619, envisioning the building of three vessels for the Caspian Shipping Company (Kaspar).
05 July 2005 [08:45]

Parties being members of “Azadlig” bloc held actions in different regions

The parties being the members of the “Azadlig” bloc held actions in the different regions last saturday.
05 July 2005 [08:44]

Ashraf Mehdiyev: “In any case opposition will not achieve real result”

“We are preparing not to take part in this election but to boycott it. Because, in this situation participation in the election means cheating of the people. It is necessary to change the authority first then to hold election. Because I have once taken part in the election and I have tried it”.
05 July 2005 [08:43]

Azerbaijan to carry out appraisal of 10 big oil and gas fields by 2007

“The appraisal of 10 biggest oil and gas fields in Azerbaijan by 2007 under the State Program on development of fuel and energy complex in Azerbaijan (2005-2015)”, the Ministry of Fuel and Energy told Trend.
02 July 2005 [09:55]

Working group on human rights to meet

A working group comprised of representatives from the law-defense organizations of Azerbaijan plan to hold the next-in-turn meeting on 8 July, Samad Seyidov, the head of the Azerbaijani parliamentary delegation at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, told a news conference held at the headquarters of the ruling New Azerbaijan Party (NAP).
02 July 2005 [09:05]

Reno Harnish: “US winners of tender on holding exit-polls in Azerbaijan to be announced in August”

Winners of a tender announced by the U.S. government on holding Exit Polls during the forthcoming parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan, should be defined till August 2005, Reno Harhish, the U.S.
02 July 2005 [09:03]

Mayor’s Office did not permit picket of Musavat

An appeal of the Musavat Party made in connection with placing a picket in front of the Executive Power of Baku city was responded yesterday.
02 July 2005 [09:02]

Sabir Rustamkhanli: “Impossible to achieve change of power with help of different colors and symbols”

“Disagreeable events may take place in Azerbaijan under various colors and symbols. And these events do not promise anything good for our country.”
02 July 2005 [08:24]

AGO monitoring group made public statements on results of visit to Azerbaijan

The delegation of the AGO monitoring group of the Council of Europe (CE) Committee of Ministries spread a statement on July 1, in which it gave the assessment of its three-day visit to Azerbaijan.
02 July 2005 [08:21]

American ambassador calls on Azerbaijan government to punish the committers of fraud

The USA goes on preparation work for the parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan.
02 July 2005 [08:20]

Reno Harnish: “USA does not recognize “Republic of Nagorno Karabakh” announced itself independent”

“USA does not recognize the “Republic of Nagorno Karabakh” announced itself independent”.
01 July 2005 [09:57]

Khalaf Khalafov: “New president in Iran can bring changes to status of the Caspian Sea”

New president’s seizing the power in Iran can result in changes to the question of the status of the Caspian Sea.
01 July 2005 [09:51]

Ilham Aliyev: “Azerbaijan will do its best to avoid Cyprus Turks from isolation”

“Azerbaijan will do its best for avoiding Turkish Republic of North Cyprus from isolation”-told President Ilham Aliyev.”
01 July 2005 [09:47]

Deputy of USA state secretary Daniel Frid: “We are in good relations with Azerbaijan”

“As official Washington, we support both the government and opposition in the eve of the elections in Azerbaijan. Washington does not intend to lose its positions in this region of strategic importance”.
01 July 2005 [09:38]

Ronald Wegener: “Democratic elections possible in Azerbaijan”

?zerbaijan fulfilled many of its commitments before the Council of Europe (CE), which allows holding democratic parliamentary elections in the country.
01 July 2005 [09:22]

“Ago” group met a group of human rights defenders

Council of Europe Committee of Ministers “Ago” group met a group of human rights defenders in the building of Council of Europe representation in Baku yesterday.
01 July 2005 [08:46]

Rajab Tayyib Erdoghan: “European Union can’t demand Turkey to open the borders with Armenia”

“The recognition of the so-called “Armenian genocide” and opening the borders with Armenia are not in the Copenhagen principles defined by The European Union for Turkey. Even if it is like that, Turkey is not in the intention of accepting these conditions”.
01 July 2005 [08:23]

Prime-minister of Turkey Rajab Tayyip Erdogan came on official visit to our country

The prime-minister of Turkey Rajab Tayyip Erdogan came on an official visit to our country last night.
30 June 2005 [09:25]

Staff of elections commissions should be changed, OSCE rep in Baku

The Baku Office of the OSCE did not change its position of the staff of elections commissions. Maricio Pavesi, the head of Baku Office of OSCE told journalists that the Azerbaijani government was informed on position and recommendations of organizations in this respect, Trend reports.
30 June 2005 [09:23]

OSCE Office in Baku calls on women for active participation in the elections

A roundtable on gender was held in OSCE Office in Baku yesterday.
30 June 2005 [09:15]

Former U.S. Secretary of State will visit Azerbaijan

The opening ceremony of the Marketing Agency in Gazakh with participation of U.S. Ambassador to Azerbaijan, Rino Harnish, under th USAID-financed business support project in Azerbaijan, was held on Wednesday, Trend reports.
30 June 2005 [09:04]

Andres Herkel: “Changes made to the Election Code are not significant”

The co-rapporteur on Azerbaijan of the Monitoring Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Andres Herkel considers insignificant the additions and changes made to the Election Code by Milli Majlis.
30 June 2005 [08:41]

?zerbaijan will take part in the VIII Euro-Asia economic summit

At the VIII Euro-Asia economic summit to take place on 5-7 July, Azerbaijan will be represented by a delegation headed by the Minister of Economic Development, Farhad Aliyev, the Minister told Trend exclusively.
30 June 2005 [08:38]

Conference called “The role of the Caspian Sea in global energy security of the region” held in Geneva

A conference called “The role of the Caspian Sea in global energy security of the region” held in Geneva under the patronage of UNO ended with participants countries’ adopting a joint declaration.
30 June 2005 [08:34]

Elmar Mammedyarov elected as deputy chairman of OIC MFA conference

Head of foreign policy office of Azerbaijan Elmar Mammedyarov made a speech in the 32nd conference of Organization of Islamic Conference Foreign Ministers in Sana, capital of Yemen.
29 June 2005 [09:23]

Next meeting between human rights defenders and authority representatives to be held on 1 July

Next meeting between human rights defenders and authority representatives will be held on 1 July.
29 June 2005 [09:01]

Gianni Buquicchio: “I was not surprised that OSCE and Venice Commission recommendations were not taken into consideration, I simply regretted”

“Regrettably, OSCE and Venice Commission main recommendations have not been adopted after all”.
29 June 2005 [08:25]

Ilham Aliyev: “The possibility of a velvet revolution is ruled out in Azerbaijan”

Basing ourselves on parallels between what is happening is Azerbaijan and what [change of regime] has happened in post-Soviet republics, it is possible to rule out any possibility of a velvet revolution in Azerbaijan.