Politics

22 August 2006 [13:03]

Festival in support of opening Turkey-Armenia border to be held in Kars

The representatives of the South Caucasus states organize a traditional festival in Kars, Turkey on September 13-15.
22 August 2006 [11:45]

Armenians fire on Azerbaijani positions

Armenian Armed Forces violated the ceasefire in Agdam front again.
22 August 2006 [10:03]

Will Armenia move towards the West?

The Russian media has been speculating on a possible Armenian drift away from Moscow.
22 August 2006 [10:01]

Institute for War & Peace Reporting: "Caspian military exercise highlights region's weakness"

A counter-terrorism exercise soon to begin on the shores of the Caspian is a sign of growing militarisation in the region, stemming from the increasing polarisation of interests surrounding the oil-rich sea, say observers.
22 August 2006 [00:20]

Iran's leader vows to continue nuclear program, denies U.N. inspectors access to site

Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said on Monady that Iran would continue to 'forcefully' pursue its nuclear program.
22 August 2006 [00:15]

Russian arms said to have deterred Israel

Russian arms appear to have played a crucial role in the strong resistance Hezbollah put up to the Israeli military in Lebanon.
21 August 2006 [22:57]

Armenians call Ambassador Richard Hoagland "homosexual"

The Armenian Aryan Order has expressed its protest against attempts to appoint Richard Hoagland new US Ambassador to Armenia. The Order has issued a statement concerning the issue.
21 August 2006 [22:10]

Azerbaijani President receives US Senator Richard Lugar

President Ilham Aliyev today received the delegation led by Richard Lugar, chairman of US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.
21 August 2006 [21:56]

Viktor Yushchenko confers first degree order on Azerbaijani FM

President Viktor Yushchenko issued an executive order on conferring first degree order "For Contributions" on Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov, Georgian Foreign Minister Gela Bejuashvili, Polish Senate Marshall Bogdan Borusevich.
21 August 2006 [21:35]

Andrzej Kasprzyk: "I saw no one commit arson so I have no fact on the source of fire"

"The cause for spread of fire to large area in contact line of troops is hot weather," Andrzej Kasprzyk, personal representative of OSCE Chairman-in-Office told Arminfo agency.
21 August 2006 [21:17]

King Abdullah II of Jordan to visit Azerbaijan

King Abdullah II of Jordan is arriving in Azerbaijan tomorrow.
21 August 2006 [16:22]

Nazih Gassoub: "Azerbaijanis evacuated from Lebanon have not applied for returning"

"Despite the ceasefire, Israel bombed the areas near Syria. This causes a serious concern in Lebanon," honorary Consul in Lebanon Nazih Gassoub told.
21 August 2006 [15:45]

U.N. High Commissioner on Refugees: "Azerbaijan got me wrong"

U.N. High Commissioner on Refugees Antonio Guteres denied in a press conference today that he had said that Armenia slows down in its efforts to grant citizenship to its refugees.
21 August 2006 [14:48]

Vardan Oskanyan: "Nagorno Karabakh is ready to cooperate with international organizations"

"I think the authorities of Nagorno Karabakh are prepared to cooperate with international organizations and Azerbaijan as well to put out the fires in the regions along the border," Armenian Foreign Minister Vardan Osknayan stated.
21 August 2006 [13:38]

Andrzej Kasprzyk meets "NKR" representative

Personal representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office Andrzej Kasprzyk met with Georgi Petrosyan, "foreign minister" of the alleged "Nagorno Karabakh Republic".
21 August 2006 [11:41]

Armenians fire on Azerbaijani Army positions

Armenian Armed Forces violated the ceasefire again.
21 August 2006 [11:37]

Armenians set fire to forest belts on occupied Azerbaijani region

Armenian Armed Forces began to set fire to forest belts on the occupied mountain ranges of the Azerbaijani region of Agdam from yesterday evening.
21 August 2006 [10:39]

British Ambassador warned of Azerbaijan oil pipeline risk

A British ambassador to Azerbaijan warned that emergency services would not cope if terrorists blew up a strategically important oil pipeline heavily supported by the UK government, a Whitehall document shows.
21 August 2006 [08:16]

Vilayat Guliyev: "Ambassadors and envoys admit we are unfairly treated"

"Despite achievements Azerbaijan gained in diplomacy, work with Diasporas is not satisfactory and active enough," Azerbaijani Ambassador to Poland Vilayat Guliyev stated.
20 August 2006 [19:25]

Iran says it won't cease enriching uranium, tests 10 missiles as war exercise starts

Iran test-fired 10 surface to-surface short-range missiles Sunday while in an unrelated incident a military training plane crashed outside the capital after catching fire, a state-run television station reported.
20 August 2006 [19:10]

Mark Katz: Azerbaijan's Geopolitics

The geopolitics of Azerbaijan are complex. And they could become even more so.
20 August 2006 [01:52]

US State Department declined Armenians' request

The US State Department has rejected the letter of the Armenian lobby sent to President Georges Bush with the purpose to prevent participation of Turkish soldier in peace-making forces of the United Nations in Lebanon.
19 August 2006 [16:57]

Ramil Usubov: "We want to be a friend with media"

Today Interior Ministry of Azerbaijan Ramil Usubov met with management of mass media.
19 August 2006 [16:12]

American senator Richard Lugar to visit Azerbaijan

Chair Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman, Richard Lugar, will visit Azerbaijan tomorrow, the US Embassy Public Affairs officer Jonathan Henick informs.
19 August 2006 [16:03]

Zamina Dunyamaliyeva: "Rasul Guliyev knows prospects of ADP are equal to zero"

"Rasul Guliyev stated that he is going to establish an International Democratic Movement and the opening meeting will take place in September," ADP functionary Zamina Dunyamaliyeva told.
19 August 2006 [09:31]

Ilham Aliyev congratulates Afghanistan President on Independence Day

President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan sent message of congratulation to his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai on the national holiday of his country - the Independence Day.
18 August 2006 [23:51]

Iran cleric hopes US learns from Lebanon conflict

An influential Iranian cleric said on Friday he hoped the United States would learn from the conflict in Lebanon and allow Iran's nuclear issue to be solved by negotiation rather than confrontation.
18 August 2006 [23:49]

Israel: Hezbollah used Russian missiles

Israeli officials said Friday that a senior delegation went to Moscow this week to complain that Russian-made anti-tank missiles were used by Hezbollah guerrillas in their 34-day conflict with Israeli forces in Lebanon.
18 August 2006 [23:47]

Israel: Not all nations welcome in U.N. force

Israel objects to including countries that do not have diplomatic relations with the Jewish state in a planned United Nations force for southern Lebanon, the country's ambassador to the United Nations said on Friday.
18 August 2006 [21:59]

Moldova to refrain from participating in GUAM military alliance for the time being

Moldova is going to refrain from participating in the discussions of the project to form a joint military unit - "Organization for Democracy and Economic Development - GUAM" - until it knows what exactly this unit will do, the press service of the Moldavian Defense Ministry said on August 18.
18 August 2006 [21:43]

Georgian Ambassador to Armenia says relations are 'perfect'

Svobodnaya Gruzia reports, in an interview with RIA Novosti Armenia news agency, that Ambassador of Georgia to Armenia Revaz Gachechiladze does not see any difficulties in bilateral interstate relations.
18 August 2006 [21:25]

RFE/RL: "Murder trial highlights corrupt law enforcement agencies"

The confession last month by Haci Mammadov, a former high-ranking Azerbaijani Interior Ministry official, that he ordered the murder last year of an opposition journalist on behalf of then-Economic Development Minister Farhad Aliyev has shocked Azerbaijan.
18 August 2006 [21:19]

Voice of America: "Arrest of Azerbaijani journalist"

Media freedoms continue to be of great concern in Azerbaijan. Over the last six months, the international community has noted several physical attacks on independent journalists - as well as the opening of criminal libel cases - some with serious due process problems against journalists who have written pieces critical of the government.
18 August 2006 [21:10]

Azeri Premier meets Georgian President

Azerbaijan's Prime Minister Artur Rasizade, who was in Batumi, Georgia, to attend the meeting of the Azerbaijan-Georgia intergovernmental economic commission, met August 18 in Tbilisi President Mikhail Saakashvili.
18 August 2006 [21:09]

Azeris forbidden to use satellite dishes in Iran

Iranian law enforcement bodies prohibited Azerbaijanis to use satellite dishes.
18 August 2006 [21:06]

President Aliyev issues decree on justice bodies development

President Ilham Aliyev issued a decree on development of justice bodies.
18 August 2006 [21:03]

Azerbaijani President was asked to involve FBI agents in investigation of Elmar Huseynov murder

The Elmar Huseynov Fund held a roundtable related to criminal gang leader Haji Mammadov's resent testimony upon the trial.
18 August 2006 [16:07]

Adil Ismayilov: "Farhad Aliyev was inquired regarding Haji Mammadov"

"Farhad Aliyev was interrogated related to Haji Mammadov's case when he was minister - in June last year," Adil Ismayilov, lawyer for Farhad Aliyev stated.
18 August 2006 [15:01]

Elbrus Orujov: "Tbilisi meeting aimed to establish GUAM peacekeeping forces"

The representatives of GUAM Defense Ministers and Armed Forces Staff continue the closed meeting in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi.
18 August 2006 [14:52]

Meeting to be held to delimitate Azerbaijan-Russian border in Khachmaz

Next meeting for delimitation of Azerbaijan-Russia border will be held in Khachmaz soon, the State Border Service chief Elchin Guliyev told journalists.
18 August 2006 [13:11]

Border Troops' chief of staff resigned

President Aliyev signed the resignation of Inayet Khalilov, first deputy chief of State Border Service, Border Troops' chief of staff, the State Border Service chairman, Lieutenant General Elchin Guliyev said.
18 August 2006 [12:55]

Knesset asks Azerbaijan to assist in releasing captured soldiers

The heads of nine Israeli political factions, representing almost the entire membership of the Israeli Knesset, appealed to Azerbaijani parliament speaker Ogtay Asadov and Azerbaijan-Israel Interparliamentary Friendship Group.
18 August 2006 [11:29]

Ceasefire regime violated

Armenian Army Forces violated the ceasefire in the contact front line again.
18 August 2006 [11:28]

Armenian Army Forces launch large-scale trainings on occupied territories

Armenian Army Forces begin large-scale military trainings in the Azerbaijani region of Agdam's occupied areas.
18 August 2006 [09:30]

The 88th anniversary of formation of Azerbaijan Border Army to be held August 18

According to the information centre of the State Border Service the celebrations are planned.
18 August 2006 [09:20]

Ali Hasanov meets UNHCR chief

Ali Hasanov, Deputy Prime-Minister, Chairman of the State Committee for Refugees and IDPs, Chairman of the Republican Committee for International Humanitarian Aid met August 17 with UN High Commissioner for Refugees Mr. Antonio Gutteres and Director of UNHCR's Bureau of Europe, Pirkko Kourula.
17 August 2006 [23:04]

Israel turning to Turkey to block Hizbollah arms

Israel wants the Turkish military to impose an air and ground embargo to prevent Iran using Turkish territory to send arms to resupply Hizbollah, a senior Israeli security source said on Thursday.
17 August 2006 [23:01]

Israeli general cautions over Iran's Lebanon aid

An Israeli general urged the international community on Thursday not to allow Iran the opportunity to boost Hizbollah's standing by funding the bulk of reconstruction in shattered areas of Lebanon.
17 August 2006 [22:56]

Iran leader hails Hezbollah victory

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei hailed Hezbollah's "victory" over Israel in a message to the Lebanese Shiite militia's chief Hassan Nasrallah, state television reported on Thursday.
17 August 2006 [21:35]

US says Iran must expect swift U.N. action

The United States expects the United Nations to act swiftly next month and consider sanctions against Iran if it does not drop its nuclear program, said a senior State Department official on Thursday.
17 August 2006 [21:19]

Turkey's position on opening borders with Armenia remains unchanged

"Turkey's position regarding opening its borders with Armenia remains unchanged," said Turkish Foreign Ministry press secretary, ambassador Namig Tan.
17 August 2006 [21:12]

Azerbaijan repatriated three Armenians

Azerbaijan on Thursday repatriated three Armenian nationals that were detained last month after straying into Azerbaijani territory in uncertain circumstances.
17 August 2006 [21:11]

UN High Commissioner visits Refugee Women and Youth Center

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Mr. Antonio Gutters visited today the Refugee Women and Youth Centre supported by the UNHCR office in Baku and run by a local non-governmental organization Hayat.
17 August 2006 [21:05]

Antonio Guterres: "Our great assistance to Azerbaijani refugees and IDPs would make their problems public"

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres held press conference on his two-day visit in Azerbaijan.
17 August 2006 [21:05]

Elmar Mammadyarov: "Arsons may cause ecological disaster if not prevented"

"If the arsons committed by Armenians in the occupied Azerbaijani lands are not prevented, they will cause an ecological disaster. Azerbaijan has made concrete offers to Armenian to prevent the fires," Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov told journalists.
17 August 2006 [20:58]

President Aliyev receives UN High Commissioner for Refugees

Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev today received the delegation of the United Nations led by High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres.
17 August 2006 [20:55]

Armenian invasion inflicts damage to Azerbaijan in the cost of over $60 bln

Armenia's invasion of Azerbaijani territories inflicted damaged in the cost of over $60 bln to Azerbaijan, Ali Hasanov, State Committee for Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons told journalists.
17 August 2006 [20:53]

Yerevan might leave Nagorno Karabakh talks

Armenia might leave negotiations on Nagorno Karabakh if Azerbaijan initiates a discussion of the issue at the UN, Armenia's representative in the UN Armen Martirosyan told the Svododa radio.
17 August 2006 [15:05]

PACE Nagorno Karabakh subcommittee head Lord Russel-Johnston to visit region

The delegation led by Lord Russel-Johnston, head of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly subcommittee for Nagorno Karabakh is due to visit Azerbaijan, Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh by the end of this year.
17 August 2006 [14:47]

Samad Seyidov: "We'll try to raise the Armenian arsons at PACE autumn session"

"We'll try to raise the Armenian-committed arsons in the occupied Azerbaijani lands at the autumn session of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly," Samad Seyidov, Head of Azerbaijani parliamentary delegation to PACE, told journalists.
17 August 2006 [14:31]

Four ex-Soviet states mull new regional force in GUAM union

Senior officials from four ex-Soviet republics will discuss the formation of a joint military force at closed-doors meeting Thursday in Georgia's capital, a Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman said.
17 August 2006 [14:20]

NATO PA President to visit Baku

President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (NATO PA) Pierre Lellouche will visit Azerbaijan in September, said Ziyafat Asgarov, First Deputy Chairman of Azerbaijan’s Parliament, head of the Azerbaijani delegation to NATO PA.
17 August 2006 [14:09]

Araz Azimov: "Experts should participate in the monitoring of Armenian arsons on the occupied territories"

"I was not informed of Andrzej Kasprzyk's visit to Armenia to investigate the causes of Armenian-committed arsons on the occupied territories."
17 August 2006 [14:04]

President Aliyev to visit Latvia

Preparations are being held for Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev’s official visit to Latvia, Tofig Zulfugarov, Azeri envoy Latvia told journalists
17 August 2006 [13:05]

Armenians build fortifications on occupied territories

Armenian Armed Forces are building fortifications on the occupied Azerbaijani territories.
17 August 2006 [10:39]

Azerbaijan-Georgia Intergovernmental Commission meets in Batumi

The Azerbaijan-Georgia Intergovernmental Commission meets in Batumi, Georgia.
17 August 2006 [10:30]

Russia re-deploys its military hardware from Georgia to Armenia

A convoy of 13 tracked vehicles and trucks will leave the Russian military base in Akhalkalaki, Georgia, on Thursday and will head for a military base in Gyumri in Armenia.
17 August 2006 [10:26]

Delegation led by deputy Prime Minister to visit Iran

Azerbaijani delegation led by first deputy Prime Minister Yagub Eyyubov will visit Iran soon, Azerbaijani Ambassador to Iran Abbaseli Hasanov told journalists.
17 August 2006 [10:19]

37 Azeri embassies function abroad

Azerbaijan has established diplomatic relations with 160 foreign countries up to date.
17 August 2006 [10:16]

President Aliyev meets Moroccan delegation

President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev received August 16 at the Presidential Palace the Moroccan delegation led by Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Sea Fisheries Mohand Laenser.
17 August 2006 [10:14]

Levon Ter-Petrosian makes a gloomy forecast

Levon Ter-Petrosian, Armenia's reclusive former president, has disclosed new details about his bitter dispute with key hard-line members of his cabinet that forced him to step down in February 1998.
17 August 2006 [10:05]

Iran military to launch war-games as tensions build with West

Iran will launch a new round of war-games later this week, putting on display new Iranian-make armaments, a top military commander announced on Wednesday.
17 August 2006 [09:58]

Iranian deputy FM meets Georgian officials

Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Asia-Pacific affairs, Mehdi Safari, conferred in Tbilisi with Georgian Prime Minister Zurab Noghaideli on issues of mutual interests.
17 August 2006 [09:49]

UN High Commissioner for Refugees visits displaced-persons camp

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres visited Galagayin displaced-persons camp in Sabirabad region in Azerbaijan.