Politics

09 June 2006 [15:47]

Sergei Lavrov to visit Azerbaijan June 19

Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergei Lavrov will arrive in Baku to attend the 33rd meeting of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) Foreign Ministers Board from June 19 to 21.
09 June 2006 [15:46]

OIC head urges Armenia to free Azeri territories

The top official of an influential Islamic organization has urged Armenia to vacate the occupied territories of Azerbaijan.
09 June 2006 [15:42]

Report may stir Azeri-Lebanese diplomatic row

A diplomatic row may arise between Azerbaijan and Lebanon after a report was published on the Lebanese President Emile Lahoud's website saying the head of state has recently met with the foreign minister of the self-proclaimed Nagorno Karabakh Republic Georgi Serasian.
09 June 2006 [14:32]

Azerbaijan House possibly to open in Lithuania

"Azerbaijan and Lithuania must come closer in economic relationships like in political cooperation and we will make all attempts to do it," told Heydar Babayev, Economic Development Minister of Azerbaijan, in his interview to journalists in Azerbaijan-Lithuania business forum today in Baku.
09 June 2006 [14:23]

President receives Russian Emergencies Minister

President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev today received Russian Minister of Emergencies Sergey Shoygu.
09 June 2006 [13:23]

Armenian FM: "Karabakh issue has limit of compromise Armenia will never go beyond"

There is a limit of compromise in the Nagorno Karabakh problem Armenia will never go beyond, Armenian Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian stated in an interview with the Armenian television.
09 June 2006 [09:55]

Moscow Times: "Ex-Azeri leader begged for apartment"

The first president of independent Azerbaijan, Ayaz Mutalibov, had to beg the Kremlin for an apartment after he fled a rebellion in 1992.
09 June 2006 [09:53]

President of National Bank of Georgia meets Azerbaijani Ambassador

Roman Gotsiridze, President of the National Bank of Georgia met with Namig Alyev, Azerbaijani Ambassador to Georgia on Thursday.
09 June 2006 [09:51]

Dozens arrested in Maragheh on charges of participation in uprisings in Azerbaijan Province

Sohrab Eqbali, the prosecutor of Maragheh, admitted in an interview with the state-run daily Resalat the scale of the people's uprisings in the city and said, "Dozens of rioters were arrested in the recent events which came about following the publication of the insulting cartoon in the daily Iran."
09 June 2006 [09:46]

Tahir Taghizadeh: "CIA secret jails reference due to "Azerbaijan's strategic location"

The fact Azerbaijan was included in a report of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) concerning secret jails presumably run by the US Central Intelligence Agency in Europe is due to its strategic geographic location, the Foreign Ministry spokesman Tahir Taghizadeh has said.
09 June 2006 [09:42]

Armenian parliamentry delegation to visit Baku in November

Azeri Parliament Chair congratulated newly-elected Armenian Speaker.
09 June 2006 [09:24]

Polish MPs to visit Azerbaijan June 13

Polish parliamentary delegation will visit Azerbaijan next week at the invitation of Azerbaijani parliament.
09 June 2006 [09:16]

Mahmudali Chohragani asked support from Turkey for South Azerbaijan

South Azerbaijan National Revival Movement (SANRM) Chairman Mahmudali Chohragani held press conference in Istanbul.
09 June 2006 [09:10]

Emergencies Minister received UNO DP resident coordinator

Minister for Emergencies of Azerbaijan, general-colonel Kamaleddin Heydarov has received UNO DP resident coordinator in Azerbaijan, Marco Barsotti.
09 June 2006 [09:05]

Valdas Adamkus: "European Union should mediate in settlement of Karabakh conflict"

"The Nagorno Karabakh problem should be solved peacefully. As the European Union member state, Lithuania thinks the EU should play its role as a mediator in the solution of the Nagorno Karabakh problem," Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus told at briefing following the one-on-one meeting with President Ilham Aliyev.
09 June 2006 [09:00]

Nagorno Karabakh: No longer abstract and distant for EU

A gathering of Black Sea leaders in Bucharest, on June 5, also served as the venue for the latest set of talks between the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan about the status of Nagorno Karabakh, legally part of Azerbaijan but controlled by ethnic Armenian separatists since 1994.
09 June 2006 [08:38]

Ardij Durdu: "Caspian Sea oil to make 35% of world oil production in 15 years"

Caspian Sea oil will make 35% of world oil production in next 15 years and Brand oil extracted in Northern Sea will be substituted with Caspian and Russian oil.
09 June 2006 [08:28]

Abbaseli Hasanov: "Regnum and Iran News agencies' reports are false"

"Russian pan-Armenian "Regnum" and Iranian "Iran News" news agencies' 27 and 29 May reports on the recent events in Iran quoting Azerbaijani Ambassador to Iran Abbaseli Hasanov are not true," the letter with signature of Abbaseli Hasanov reads.
08 June 2006 [23:13]

Azerbaijani and Lithuania Presidents signed joint declaration

Today two-day visit of Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus has started to Baku.
08 June 2006 [23:05]

Israel offers cooperation to Azerbaijan's Emergencies Ministry

Minister of Emergencies, Colonel General Kamaladdin Heydarov today received Israeli Minister of National Infrastructure Binyamin Ben-Eliezer.
08 June 2006 [23:01]

Azerbaijani MPs reject Leo Platvoet's proposals

The Council of Europe Parlaimentary Assembly (PACE) rapporteur for missing persons Leo Platvoet and PACE member Mack Nevil had several talks today in Baku. They first visited the International Committee of the Red Cross office in Baku.
08 June 2006 [22:46]

Binyamin Ben-Eliezer: "Iran poses threat to not only BTC oil pipeline but entire world community"

Israeli Minister of National Infrastructure Binyamin Ben-Eliezer held a press conference on his three-day visit to Baku.
08 June 2006 [16:55]

Azerbaijanis living in Iran will march to Babek tower

"Every year march-rally placed in front of Babek tower is national ceremony, and not any state can prevent it," the statement was made by South Azerbaijan Prisoners Defense Committee chief Seid Neimi from Tehran.
08 June 2006 [16:14]

Azerbaijani and Armenian Foreign Ministers to meet soon

"The Armenian party is not going to make assessment of the past talks in Bucharest," Armenian Foreign Minister Vardan Oskanyan told a news conference in Yerevan.
08 June 2006 [14:59]

Azerbaijani Ambassador to US gives briefing in the Congress

Azerbaijani Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador to the United States Hafiz Pashayev gave a briefing in the Congress in the Capitol at initiative of working group on Azerbaijan.
08 June 2006 [14:41]

Aynur Sofiyeva: "FIDE recognizes territorial integrity of Azerbaijan"

In the next congress of FIDE held in Turin city of Italy, there was a dispute between Azerbaijan and Armenia Chess Federation leadership.
08 June 2006 [14:33]

Serj Sarkisyan: "Azerbaijan misses the opportunity to solve Karabakh conflict peacefully"

"Azerbaijan is missing the opportunity to solve the Nagorno Karabakh conflict peacefully," said Armenian Defense Minister Serj Sarkisyan.
08 June 2006 [14:08]

Al-Qaeda's Zarqawi killed in Iraq

Al Qaeda leader in Iraq Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, blamed for the beheading of foreign captives and the death of hundreds in suicide bombings, has been killed in a raid north of Baghdad, Iraq's prime minister said on Thursday.
08 June 2006 [13:46]

Meeting of Emergency Ministers wraps up in Sochi

According to the Ministry of Emergencies of Azerbaijan, ministers for emergencies and heads of emergency services of the member-states of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation gathered for a meeting June 6-7 in Sochi.
08 June 2006 [12:52]

Terry Davis was informed of law violations in Iran

Insulting of Azerbaijanis in Iran as well as dispersing of peaceful demonstration by Iran police caused irritation of Azerbaijani organizations in Europe.
08 June 2006 [12:47]

Pakistan's Ambassador: "We have no relations with Armenia"

"The objective of my visit to the villages of Tovuz region on border with Armenia is to familiarize with the living conditions of people here," Pakistan's Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador to Azerbaijan Mohammad Hafiz said.
08 June 2006 [10:34]

Rafael Huseynov: "I proposed to discuss Azerbaijani prisoners of war at PACE Human Rights Committee"

"Rapporteur Dick Marty in his report has listed seven Council of Europe member states which colluded in CIA detentions and transfers. According to the report, several more colluded, actively or passively, in the detention or transfer of unknown persons," said Azerbaijani MP Rafael Huseynov, who attended PACE meeting in Paris.
08 June 2006 [10:20]

Azerbaijan assumes BSEC PA Presidency for next 6 months

Azerbaijan has assumed the presidency in the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Parliamentary Assembly for the next 6 months.
08 June 2006 [10:14]

OSCE MG Co-Chairs say peaceful resolution is 'imperative and achievable'

The three Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, which deals with the conflict over Nagorno Karabakh, have issued a statement following their June 4 meeting in Bucharest with the presidents and foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan.
08 June 2006 [10:08]

Iranian Ambassador: "US, Israel want ethnic tensions in Iran"

Iran's ambassador to Azerbaijan said that the United States and Israel "have an interest" in stoking tensions between Iran's majority ethnic Persian population and the large Azeri minority in the country.
08 June 2006 [09:41]

Khalaf Khalafov: "It is premature to say whether military alliance KASFOR is for Azerbaijan's benefit"

Russia's proposal to establish military alliance named KASFOR in the Caspian Sea is being considered by the coastal states.
08 June 2006 [08:47]

President receives delegation of England-Azerbaijan Society

President Ilham Aliyev received the delegation headed by Chairman of the England-Azerbaijan Society Lord Frazer.
08 June 2006 [08:40]

Mahmoudali Chohraganli: "I hope there will be no obstacle to my arrival in Azerbaijan"

"I am in Turkey now and having talks with journalists and some friends here. I'll give new conference in Istanbul later," leader of the South Azerbaijan National Revival Movement (SANRM) Mahmoudali Chohraganli stated.
08 June 2006 [08:35]

Local by-elections to be conducted October 6

The Central Election Commission (CEC) will conduct partial repeat, additional, new and first local elections in some constituencies in Azerbaijan October 6 this year.
08 June 2006 [08:30]

Chingiz Ganizade: "I do not consider Ali Insanov and Farhad Aliyev as political prisoners"

"I did not sign the appeal sent to President Ilham Aliyev by right defenders last month on changing imprisonment about ex Economic Development minister Farhad Aliyev."
07 June 2006 [16:31]

Ukraine declared Vladimir Zhirinovski persona non grata

Ukraine's Security Service declared Russian State Duma Vice-President, Head of Liberal Democratic Party, Vladmidir Zhirinovski persona non grata.
07 June 2006 [16:24]

Novruz Mammadov: "International organizations' forecasts on Karabakh conflict settlement did not come true"

"The negotiating process between Azerbaijani and Armenian Presidents is very slow and tough."
07 June 2006 [15:23]

Turkey wants unblocking of its border with Armenia

Turkey wants its border with Armenia to be unblocked, Member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (PABSEC) committee on legal and political questions, member of the Turkish Republican People's Party, MP Mehmet Sevigen has announced talking to the press.
07 June 2006 [12:13]

Gultekin Hajiyeva: "Torosian's proposal is unacceptable"

We do not accept the proposal of Torosian on establishing three-sided working group of Azerbaijan, Armenia and Karabakh representatives related to missing people during the conflict" this statement was made by Azerbaijani delegation member to PACE, parliamentarian Gultekin Hajiyeva.
07 June 2006 [08:35]

Russian diplomat: "Azerbaijan intends to make use of Russian practice in defense establishment"

Azerbaijan intends to make use of Russian practice in the rehabilitation and improvement of defense establishment. In this connection, Azerbaijan gets advice from Russian bodies.
07 June 2006 [08:15]

Elmar Mammadyarov: "Replacement of American co-chair won't have negative impact on negotiations"

"Replacement of Steven Mann, American co-chair of OSCE Minsk Group will not have any negative impact on the negotiating process for the settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict," Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov told journalists.
07 June 2006 [07:50]

Vardan Oskanyan: "Azerbaijani and Armenian Presidents fail to reach agreement in Bucharest"

"No progress was made at the meeting between Presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia, Ilham Aliyev and Robert Kocharian in Bucharest," Armenian Foreign Minister Vardan Oskanian stated.
07 June 2006 [07:40]

Kamaladdin Heydarov participates in the meeting of BSEC member countries

Black Sea Economic Cooperation member countries (BSEC) ministers for emergencies and for liquidating emergency cases relevant service leaders held meeting in Sochi city of Russia yesterday.
07 June 2006 [07:35]

Azerbaijan is among European nations aided CIA renditions, report says

A Council of Europe report on the CIA's practice of abducting and transporting terrorism suspects for interrogation in secret detention centers, to be made public Wednesday in Paris, says that several European countries acted as staging areas or transfer points in the program's global network.
07 June 2006 [07:34]

Elmar Mammadyarov: "The sides come to closure on the discussed issues"

"No any serious advance achieved in the meeting of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian President Robert Kocharyan," Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov states.
07 June 2006 [07:21]

SOCAR produced 757,4 thousand tons of oil in May

State Oil company of the Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) produced 757,4 million tons oil in May this year, that is 10 thousand tons or 1,3% more than a prognosis.
06 June 2006 [23:06]

U.S. to give nuclear technology, Iran's early response is mixed

Iranian officials are reacting cautiously to a package of incentives proposed by six world powers in a bid to convince Tehran to end its nuclear enrichment program. Iranian leaders are promising to study the plan.
06 June 2006 [22:42]

Novruz Mammadov: "Presidents to meet again this year"

"Azerbaijani and Armenian Presidents Ilham Aliyev and Robert Kocharian are expected to meet again this year," said Novruz Mammadov, Head of Presidential Administration Department for International Relations.
06 June 2006 [21:22]

Bush, Blair urge democracy for Azerbaijan

President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Tuesday urged Azerbaijan to keep on a democratic course as a key pipeline to Western markets from the oil-rich Caspian Sea nation is poised to become fully operational.
06 June 2006 [21:19]

President Aliyev receives Israeli National Infrastructure Minister

Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev today received the delegation led by Israel's National Infrastructure Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer.
06 June 2006 [21:16]

Zaman: "Russian clouds over Black Sea Forum"

The future of the Romanian initiated Black Sea forum, organized to find solutions to problems in the region, seems problematical since the regions largest country, Russia, was poorly represented.
06 June 2006 [21:09]

Burjanadze meets Azerbaijani Minister of Security

Nino Burjanadze, Chairwoman of the Parliament of Georgia met with Eldar Mahmudov, Minister of National Security of Azerbaijan behind closed door on June 6.
06 June 2006 [21:07]

New boundary posts opened on Georgian-Azerbaijani border

Ten new boundary posts were opened on the Georgian-Azerbaijani border.
06 June 2006 [17:14]

Iran TV1: "Azerbaijan raises territorial claim against independent Nagorno Karabakh Republic"

Iran's state-owned television Iran TV1 introduced Nagorno Karabakh as an independent republic in its news program.
06 June 2006 [15:56]

Valdas Adamkus to pay official visit to Azerbaijan June 8-9

Lithuania's President Valdas Adamkus will pay an official visit to Azerbaijan from June 8 till 9.
06 June 2006 [15:19]

US Department of State: "Azerbaijani government is making significant efforts to combat trafficking in persons"

The US State Department announced Trafficking in Persons Report for 2005. The report covers the situation in trafficking in persons in Azerbaijan too.
06 June 2006 [15:08]

Azerbaijani soldier wounded during ceasefire

Armenians broke the ceasefire on Aghdam frontline in Karabakh yesterday.
06 June 2006 [13:51]

President receives US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State

President of Azerbaijan Republic Ilham Aliyev on June 6 at President Palace received the delegation led by US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Mathew Bryza.
06 June 2006 [13:41]

COE sitting in Strasbourg

Third sitting of the Council of Europe head Committee on press and communication services was held in Strasbourg. Deputy head of the socio-political department of Resident Administration Nazim Isayev represented the Republic.
06 June 2006 [13:20]

Korea Times: "Good Korea in Baku"

Article by Lew Kwang-chul, Charge d’Affaires, Korean Embassy in Azerbaijan.
06 June 2006 [13:15]

Turkey eager to have friendly ties with all neighbors

State Minister Beshir Atalay said on Monday that the government's policy of seeking to avoid problems with neighboring countries included Armenia.
06 June 2006 [12:43]

President Bush sent congratulations to Ilham Aliyev

President of the USA George Bush has sent congratulatory message to Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev on the opening of the Thirteenth International Caspian Oil and Gas Exhibition and Conference in Baku.
06 June 2006 [09:03]

President Aliyev: "Territorial integrity of Azerbaijan can not be a theme for discussions"

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has made speech during the Black Sea States Summit.
06 June 2006 [08:45]

Samad Seyidov: "Gross to challenge Azerbaijani delegation's credentials at Monitoring Committee's sitting"

The Monitoring Committee from the Council of Europe Parlaimentary Assembly (PACE) will meet in Paris today.
05 June 2006 [21:23]

Rauf Arifoghlu: "Our opponents succeed in Musavat congress"

"I know exactly that not only mine but my several other partners' votes were decreased, and the votes for the opposite side were increased during the elections to Musavat party Assembly. I have checked this information, and these facts are true," deputy leader of Musavat party, editor-in-chief of newspaper "Yeni Musavat", Rauf Arifoghlu stated.
05 June 2006 [21:09]

US co-chairman of OSCE Minsk Group to be replaced

American co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group Steven Mann will be replaced with another diplomat at this post.
05 June 2006 [21:04]

New York Times: "What counts on Iran"

Smart diplomacy scored a rare victory inside the Bush administration this week when Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice announced that Washington was now willing to join nuclear talks with Iran, if Iran would agree to suspend its enrichment and reprocessing activities.
05 June 2006 [20:58]

Solana to hand Iran incentives package on Tuesday

European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana will hand Iran a package of incentives on Tuesday that seek to persuade Tehran to end sensitive nuclear work, a spokeswoman for Solana said on Monday.
05 June 2006 [20:55]

US supports Black Sea nations for development, security, crisis management and accountable government

Jack D. Crouch, assistant to the US President and deputy national security adviser, Monday said the US supported nations in the Black Sea region to create sustainable development, enhance security cooperation, emergency response, fight corruption and build transparent and accountable government.
05 June 2006 [20:23]

Daniel Fried: "As US representative, I wish Azerbaijan can restore as more lands as possible soon"

"The Nagorno Karabakh conflict can and should be solved. Reaching peace agreement is the only way to settle the conflict.