Today.Az http://www.today.az Covering Azerbaijan inside and outside http://www.today.az/images/logo_small.gif Today.Az http://www.today.az Russian president hopes for participation of int’l organizations in Karabakh conflict settlement http://www.today.az/news/politics/200805.html Politics Tue, 24 Nov 2020 18:50:00 +0400 By TrendRussia hopes that international organizations will take part in the process of further settlement of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at the credentials presentation ceremony in the Kremlin, Trend reports with reference to TASS.&quot;The situation is generally stabilizing in the Nagorno-Karabakh region,” Putin added. “The Russian center for humanitarian response, which will render assistance to residents of the affected districts, restore infrastructure, create conditions for a normal, peaceful life, launches its activity.&quot;&quot;We hope for the significant participation of the relevant international organizations in these efforts,” the Russian president said. “We proceed from the fact that all this creates the preconditions for long-term and full-scale settlement of the long-standing conflict on a just basis in the interests of the Azerbaijani and Armenian peoples.&quot;Following over a month of military action to liberate its territories from Armenian occupation, Azerbaijan has pushed Armenia to sign the surrender document. A joint statement on the matter was made by the Azerbaijani president, Armenia's PM, and the president of Russia.A complete ceasefire and a cessation of all hostilities in the zone of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is introduced at 00:00 hours (Moscow time) on 10 November 2020.Armenian Armed Forces launched a large-scale military attack on positions of the Azerbaijani army on the front line, using large-caliber weapons, mortars, and artillery on Sept. 27. Azerbaijan responded with a counter-offensive along the entire front.Back in July 2020, the Armenian Armed Forces violated the ceasefire in the direction of Azerbaijan's Tovuz district. As a result of Azerbaijan's retaliation, the opposing forces were silenced. The fighting continued the following days as well. Azerbaijan lost a number of military personnel members, who died fighting off the attacks of the Armenian Armed Forces.The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, the Armenian Armed Forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts. The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Azerbaijan discloses data on destroyed houses in liberated Fuzuli district http://www.today.az/news/politics/200806.html Politics Tue, 24 Nov 2020 18:42:00 +0400 By TrendThe damage caused to the settlements with civilians as a result of the shelling by the Armenian Armed Forces is being assessed in Azerbaijan’s Fuzuli and Jabrayil districts, Ismayil Zeynalov, member of the State Commission on Assessment and Elimination of Damage Caused to the Civilian Population as a result of the Armenian Armed Forces’ provocations, told Trend on Nov. 24.Zeynalov said that the members of the commission have already assessed the amount of damage caused to houses and facilities in the Jabrayil district.&quot;The damage was caused to 47 buildings in Jabrayil district, of which 41 are private houses, three business facilities, one school, and two administrative buildings,” a member of the commission said. “There are no destroyed buildings in Jabrayil districts, but 47 buildings are in critical condition.”“Some 325 buildings, including four schools and three administrative buildings, were inspected in the liberated part of Fuzuli district, in which Azerbaijanis used to live,” Zeynalov said. “Some 11 houses were completely destroyed in Fuzuli district, the rest are in disrepair. Presently, the investigation is underway in Fuzuli district.”Following over a month of military action to liberate its territories from Armenian occupation, Azerbaijan has pushed Armenia to sign the surrender document. A joint statement on the matter was made by the Azerbaijani president, Armenia's PM, and the president of Russia.A complete ceasefire and a cessation of all hostilities in the zone of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is introduced at 00:00 hours (Moscow time) on 10 November 2020.Armenian Armed Forces launched a large-scale military attack on positions of the Azerbaijani army on the front line, using large-caliber weapons, mortars, and artillery on Sept. 27. Azerbaijan responded with a counter-offensive along the entire front.Back in July 2020, the Armenian Armed Forces violated the ceasefire in the direction of Azerbaijan's Tovuz district. As a result of Azerbaijan's retaliation, the opposing forces were silenced. The fighting continued the following days as well. Azerbaijan lost a number of military personnel members, who died fighting off the attacks of the Armenian Armed Forces.The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, the Armenian Armed Forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts. The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Power abuse by major states prevents resolving conflicts - Russian FM http://www.today.az/news/politics/200804.html Politics Tue, 24 Nov 2020 18:38:00 +0400 By TrendThe resolution of any conflicts should be carried out by the participants themselves based on the principles of international law, and the major power states should create conditions for this instead of imposing solutions from the outside, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said to journalists on the Russia-24 TV channel, Trend reports citing TASS.“We have seen many times that when international players begin to act on the basis of these principles [of the UN Charter], respecting each other's sovereignty, the principle of non-interference in sovereign affairs and the principle of peaceful settlement of disputes, decisions are achieved much easier and become much more sustainable than situations in which the major states try to abuse its weight and influence in a particular region, especially that one which is far from their borders, in order to impose some conditions on the conflicting parties. Such imposed truces usually don’t last for a long time,&quot; Lavrov noted.The minister stressed that the parties to the conflict should agree with each other themselves, &quot;and the role of all other players is to create conditions for this rather than trying to dictate something from the outside.&quot;&quot;Namely so, creating conditions for the direct protagonists to come to an agreement among themselves, Russia, our president acted when he agreed on the November 9 agreement on a ceasefire and cessation of all hostilities in Nagorno Karabakh, on ensuring the conditions for resolving this long-standing conflict,&quot; he pointed out. Turkish, Russian military personnel to jointly patrol in Nagorno-Karabakh - Turkish MoD http://www.today.az/news/politics/200803.html Politics Tue, 24 Nov 2020 18:15:00 +0400 By TrendThe work on organizing a mechanism of joint peacekeeping monitoring in the Nagorno-Karabakh region is underway, Turkish Minister of Defense Hulusi Akar said, Trend reports on Nov. 24.“Turkish and Russian military personnel will jointly patrol between the observation posts,” Akar added.Following over a month of military action to liberate its territories from Armenian occupation, Azerbaijan has pushed Armenia to sign the surrender document. A joint statement on the matter was made by the Azerbaijani president, Armenia's PM, and the president of Russia.A complete ceasefire and a cessation of all hostilities in the zone of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is introduced at 00:00 hours (Moscow time) on 10 November 2020.Armenian Armed Forces launched a large-scale military attack on positions of the Azerbaijani army on the front line, using large-caliber weapons, mortars, and artillery on Sept. 27. Azerbaijan responded with a counter-offensive along the entire front.Back in July 2020, the Armenian Armed Forces violated the ceasefire in the direction of Azerbaijan's Tovuz district. As a result of Azerbaijan's retaliation, the opposing forces were silenced. The fighting continued the following days as well. Azerbaijan lost a number of military personnel members, who died fighting off the attacks of the Armenian Armed Forces.The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, the Armenian Armed Forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts. The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Oil transportation via Baku-Supsa up in Jan-Sep http://www.today.az/news/business/200801.html Business Tue, 24 Nov 2020 18:00:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadOil transportation through the Baku-Supsa pipeline increased by 13 percent in January-September 2020, local media sources have reported.During the reported period, 3 million tons of oil were transported through the Baku-Supsa pipeline. It should be noted that, during the corresponding period of 2019, some 2.7 million tons of oil was transported through this pipeline.Additionally, it is worth to note that oil produced in the Azerbaijani sector of the Caspian Sea is transported through the Baku-Supsa pipeline through Georgia to the world markets.Earlier it was reported the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline has exported about 21.4 million tons of crude oil loaded on 214 tankers at Ceyhan terminal, over the first three quarters of 2020. In addition, the Sangachal terminal exported about 183 million barrels of oil and condensate. This includes about 160 million barrels through the Baku-Tbilisi- Ceyhan pipeline and about 23 million barrels through the Western Route Export Pipeline.The Baku-Supsa oil pipeline was put into operation in April 1999. The pipeline was built within the contract for the development of the Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli fields, its length is 837 km, and the diameter of the pipeline is 530 mm. The commissioning of the Baku-Supsa oil pipeline gave impetus to the development of the economy of Azerbaijan and Georgia. The advantage of this route lies not only in the fact that Azeri Light began to enter the world market with lower transportation costs but also in strengthening the strategic cooperation of Azerbaijan and Georgia in the energy sector.The pipeline transports Azerbaijan's Azeri Light oil produced from the Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli block of oil and gas fields. In addition, the operator of the Baku-Supsa pipeline is the Azerbaijan International Operating Company. Iran registers order at COVAX to buy vaccine http://www.today.az/news/regions/200799.html World news Tue, 24 Nov 2020 17:50:00 +0400 By TrendIran has registered an order to purchase coronavirus vaccine at COVAX, formally known as the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access Facility, said the head of health technology development office in the Ministry of Health.&quot;The reservation and financial supply for purchasing foreign vaccine have been submitted by Iran in COVAX,&quot; said Hossein Vatanpour, Trend reports citing IRNA.&quot;There are many companies that claim that they have succeeded in producing vaccine but have not released it, based on COVAX framework they have declared their capacities and products while many countries have also declared their needs for purchasing vaccine to this facility,&quot; he said.&quot;We have reviewed the subject of coronavirus vaccine in the committee and choose risky groups in the society to use the vaccine. We have acted cautiously and we can compare foreign vaccines with or domestic products,&quot; he added.He also pointed out that companies with relative success including Pfizer and Moderna have announced their production capacities after receiving permits from COVAX, countries would also declare their needs based on their population and financial capacities.&quot;Iran has registered its order to purchase vaccine and we plan to use all the capacities and would not purchase only one model of vaccine, therefore, we registered order to purchase three models of the vaccine in COVAX, so we can compare them and domestic products,&quot; he noted.According to Vatanpour if Iran is unable to produce vaccines on time then by importing there can be assurances that the high-risk groups would be vaccinated. Azerbaijan shows footage from Abdal, Gulabli villages of Aghdam district http://www.today.az/news/politics/200802.html Politics Tue, 24 Nov 2020 17:43:00 +0400 By TrendThe video footage from Abdal and Gulabli villages of Aghdam district, liberated from the Armenian occupation, has been distributed, Trend reports citing the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry. Destroyed Armenian positions firing at Azerbaijani army during recent hostilities shown http://www.today.az/news/politics/200800.html Politics Tue, 24 Nov 2020 17:30:00 +0400 By TrendArmenian soldiers of mortar units, unable to withstand the pressure of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces during 44 days of hostilities in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone, were abandoning their positions and leaving the battlefield, Trend reports on Nov.24.Such situation was observed in the liberated Fuzuli district’s direction, just like in other directions of the front.Media representatives who recently visited those territories saw the Armenian positions from which, since the first days of the hostilities, Azerbaijani military units were shelled. However, the Azerbaijani soldiers disabled the mortar battery of the Armenian troops in a short time. Currently, dugouts and trenches full of ammunition are under the control of the Azerbaijani army.Following over a month of military action to liberate its territories from Armenian occupation, Azerbaijan has pushed Armenia to sign the surrender document. A joint statement on the matter was made by Azerbaijani president, Armenia's PM and the president of Russia.A complete ceasefire and a cessation of all hostilities in the zone of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict were introduced at 00:00 hours (Moscow time) on 10 November 2020.Armenian Armed Forces launched a large-scale military attack on positions of Azerbaijani army on the front line, using large-caliber weapons, mortars and artillery on Sept. 27. Azerbaijan responded with a counter-offensive along the entire front.Back in July 2020, Armenian Armed Forces violated the ceasefire in the direction of Azerbaijan's Tovuz district. As a result of Azerbaijan's retaliation, the opposing forces were silenced. The fighting continued the following days as well. Azerbaijan lost a number of military personnel members, who died fighting off the attacks of the Armenian Armed Forces.The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, Armenian Armed Forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts. The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. CBA discloses data from foreign exchange auction http://www.today.az/news/business/200797.html Business Tue, 24 Nov 2020 17:15:00 +0400 By TrendThe Central Bank of Azerbaijan (CBA) sold $62.7 million to banks at the foreign exchange auction held with the participation of the State Oil Fund of Azerbaijan (SOFAZ) on November 24, 2020, Trend reports citing the country's CBA.The demand from banks at the auction decreased by 0.2 percent compared to the previous indicator and was fully met.At the end of the auction, the weighted average rate of the manat to the dollar amounted to 1.7 AZN / USD.The first foreign exchange auction for a long time was held with the participation of SOFAZ on March 10, 2020, during which Azerbaijani banks purchased $323.2 million.The CBA began to conduct currency auctions through a one-way sale of currency in a competitive environment from mid-January 2017.In March 2020, the CBA decided to hold extraordinary currency auctions in connection with the increased demand of the population for foreign currency amid the failure of the OPEC+ deal, which led to a sharp drop in oil prices. Precious metal prices in Azerbaijan down http://www.today.az/news/business/200796.html Business Tue, 24 Nov 2020 16:45:00 +0400 By TrendThe prices of precious metals decreased in Azerbaijan on Nov. 24 compared to the previous price, Trend reports on Nov. 24 referring to the data published by the Central Bank of Azerbaijan (CBA).The price of gold decreased by 82.3055 manat or $48.415 (2.59 percent) and amounted to 3,101.5225 manat or $1,824.425 per ounce.The price of palladium decreased by 8.5255 manat or $5.015 (0.21 percent) and amounted to 3,974.073 manat ($2,337.69).The price of silver decreased by 1.4612 manat or 85 cents (3.54 percent) and amounted to 39.7621 manat ($23.38).The price of platinum decreased by 27.0045 manat or $15.885 (1.67 percent) and amounted to 1.590,027 manat (93 cents).In monthly terms, the price of gold decreased by 139.1025 manat or $81.82 (4.3 percent) per ounce, platinum increased by 78.897 manat or $46.41 (5.2 percent) per ounce, silver decreased by 2.1691 manat or $1.27 (5.2 percent) per ounce, palladium decreased by 98.6935 manat or $58.05 (2.4 percent).On an annualized basis, the price of gold increased by 610.742 manat or $359.26 (24.5 percent), silver grew by 10.6938 manat or $6.29 (36.8 percent), palladium rose by 979.778 manat or $576.34 (32.7 percent) and platinum increased by 44.9905 manat or $26.465 (2.9 percent).Date:Gold(XAU)Silver(XAG)Platinum(XPT)Palladium(XPD)Nov. 24, 20203,101.522539.76211,590.0273,974.073Nov. 23, 20203,183.82841.22331,617.03153,982.5985Oct. 24, 20203,240.62541.93121,511.134,072.7665Nov. 24, 20192,490.780529.06831,545.03652,994.295Change in a day:in man.-82.3055-1.4612-27.0045-8.5255in %-2.59-3.54-1.67-0.21Change in a monthin man.-139.1025-2.169178.897-98.6935in %-4.3-5.25.2-2.4Change in a yearin man.610.74210.693844.9905979.778in %24.536.82.932.7 Azerbaijani servicemen help Armenians to move belongings from villages of Aghdam district http://www.today.az/news/politics/200795.html Politics Tue, 24 Nov 2020 16:28:00 +0400 By TrendDuring the transfer of Gulabli village in Aghdam district to the Azerbaijani side, the Armenians living here appealed to the Azerbaijani military with a request to help them move their belongings, Trend reports on Nov. 24.While demonstrating humanity and philanthropy, the Azerbaijani servicemen help Armenian civilians, create conditions for them to take their belongings, livestock, and leave the village.This once again shows that the Azerbaijani troops have never treated the civilians badly, but always helped them.In accordance with a trilateral declaration, the Aghdam district was transferred to Azerbaijan on November 20.Following over a month of military action to liberate its territories from Armenian occupation, Azerbaijan has pushed Armenia to sign the surrender document. A joint statement on the matter was made by the Azerbaijani president, Armenia's PM, and the president of Russia.A complete ceasefire and a cessation of all hostilities in the zone of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is introduced at 00:00 hours (Moscow time) on 10 November 2020.Armenian Armed Forces launched a large-scale military attack on positions of the Azerbaijani army on the front line, using large-caliber weapons, mortars, and artillery on Sept. 27. Azerbaijan responded with a counter-offensive along the entire front.Back in July 2020, the Armenian Armed Forces violated the ceasefire in the direction of Azerbaijan's Tovuz district. As a result of Azerbaijan's retaliation, the opposing forces were silenced. The fighting continued the following days as well. Azerbaijan lost a number of military personnel members, who died fighting off the attacks of the Armenian Armed Forces.The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, the Armenian Armed Forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts. The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations.  Culture Ministry appeals to int'l organizations amid Armenian vandalism http://www.today.az/news/politics/200791.html Politics Tue, 24 Nov 2020 16:17:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaThe Azerbaijan Culture Ministry has appealed to UNESCO and ISESCO amid Armenian vandalism on liberated territories. The preliminary monitoring has been carried out on Azerbaijan's territories, recently liberated from Armenian occupation. The appeal reflects the results of the monitoring of the damage caused to the country`s historical, cultural, and religious monuments in the liberated territories. The ministry emphasizes that the destruction of historical and cultural heritage is a gross violation of the requirements of relevant international conventions and a crime against humanity.The appeal notes that the development of a historically multicultural and tolerant society in Azerbaijan is one of the key priorities of the state policy. Nowadays representatives of different nations and religions enjoy peaceful coexistence and contribute to the country's overall progress.Along with the Muslim community, Christian and Jewish religious communities are also regarded as an integral part of society.  Monuments and places of worship belonging to all these religions are protected and restored by the Azerbaijani state, regardless of their origin.The Culture Ministry informs that results of the ongoing monitoring on the liberated territories will be regularly presented to the leaders of both organizations.Notably, Azerbaijan and UNESCO have been enjoying successful cooperation since 1992. In 2003, the parties signed the framework agreement on cooperation in the areas of culture, science, education and communication, which allowed Azerbaijan to become one of the donors of UNESCO.Many Azerbaijan's cultural sites have been included into UNESCO's World Heritage List: Walled City of Baku with the Shirvanshah's Palace and the Maiden Tower, the Historic Centre of Sheki with the Khan’s Palace and Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape.Azerbaijan has been a member of ISESCO since 1991. Established in 1991, these relations have entered into a stage of successful development after the awarding of Azerbaijan's First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva as Goodwill Ambassador of ISESCO on November  24, 2006. Aliyeva was honoured for her services in the development of education and dialogue between civilizations.The country is closely cooperating with various organizations of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation - ISESCO, the Islamic Development Bank, the Islamic Conference of Parliamentary Union, the Islamic Conference of Youth Forum.The Islamic World Heritage Committee, at its extraordinary meeting held at the ISESCO headquarters last year, approved the inscription the following heritage sites of  Azerbaijan on the list of the Islamic World Heritage: Walled City of Baku with the Shirvanshah’s Palace and the Maiden Tower, the Historic Centre of Sheki with the Khan’s Palace and the Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape. Number of IDPs from Azerbaijan's liberated Aghdam district being clarified http://www.today.az/news/politics/200794.html Politics Tue, 24 Nov 2020 15:14:00 +0400 By TrendThe executive administration of Aghdam district has begun to establish the number of families of internally displaced persons from the district, a source at the administration told Trend.According to the source, information is being collected about the territories in which the families of internally displaced persons are settled.&quot;Clarifications are being made regarding families provided with housing. Moreover, a list of houses and facilities damaged as a result of military provocations of the Armenian Armed Forces from September 27 until November 10, as well as damage inflicted to the district are established. &quot;Touching upon the work to be carried out in the territories liberated from the Armenian occupation, the source pointed out that they are now being cleared of mines under the control of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces.&quot;After the full demining, construction activities will begin in the territories.&quot;Following over a month of military action to liberate its territories from Armenian occupation, Azerbaijan has pushed Armenia to sign the surrender document. A joint statement on the matter was made by the Azerbaijani president, Armenia's PM, and the president of Russia.A complete ceasefire and a cessation of all hostilities in the zone of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict were introduced at 00:00 hours (Moscow time) on 10 November 2020.Armenian Armed Forces launched a large-scale military attack on positions of the Azerbaijani army on the front line, using large-caliber weapons, mortars, and artillery on Sept. 27. Azerbaijan responded with a counter-offensive along the entire front.Back in July 2020, the Armenian Armed Forces violated the ceasefire in the direction of Azerbaijan's Tovuz district. As a result of Azerbaijan's retaliation, the opposing forces were silenced. The fighting continued the following days as well. Azerbaijan lost a number of military personnel members, who died fighting off the attacks of the Armenian Armed Forces.The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, the Armenian Armed Forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts. The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. To those questioning support for Azerbaijan territorial integrity, I suggest they read UNSC ... http://www.today.az/news/politics/200793.html Politics Tue, 24 Nov 2020 14:50:00 +0400 By TrendThere is a fine line between chaos and order in international relations and this fine line is ultimately given by international law, Former Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Ramona Manescu wrote in an article, Trend reports.“To those questioning the support for Azerbaijan territorial integrity, I suggest them to read the United Nations Security Council resolutions on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict: 822 from April 30, 1993; 853 from July 29, 1993; 874 from October 14, 1993, and 884 from November 12, 1993. I would also add the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 62/243 from March 14, 2008,” Manescu said.In her words, all of these documents mention one thing: &quot;the withdrawal of Armenian forces from all occupied territories of Azerbaijan&quot;.&quot;I understand that the Armenian people are upset with the conflict outcome. But we can’t agree with the law when it favors us and ignore it when it doesn’t,&quot; she said.Instead of insulting those who choose to observe the international law and the fundamental principles of international relations, people who care about the Armenian cause should channel their anger on those responsible, Manescu said.For too many years, Manescu noted, the weak and inefficient economic policies of Armenia were doubled by aggressive lobbying campaigns in various European capitals. Unfortunately, this was not in the interest of the Armenian people. It served only the leadership, covering their incapacity of delivering to their own people.She added that three decades of conflict have been like a millstone for the whole region.&quot;It is time to think also about the people in the streets and their real needs. To see beyond the slogans. The South Caucasus needs development, not an endless conflict!&quot; she said. Armenia's former defence minister wanted on charges of genocide http://www.today.az/news/politics/200792.html Politics Tue, 24 Nov 2020 14:42:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Vafa IsmayilovaAzerbaijan has put former Armenia Defence Minister Seyran Ohanyan on the wanted list on charges of genocide, Trend has reported.The Military Prosecutor's Office ruled to put the suspect on the wanted list and a corresponding appeal was sent to the Azerbaijani Interior Ministry’s main criminal investigation department and Interpol's national central bureau in Azerbaijan.The Military Prosecutor's Office reported that Ohanyan is charged under Articles 103 (genocide) and 107 (deportation or forced resettlement of population) of the  Azerbaijani Criminal Code. “In order to choose a measure of restraint in the form of arrest in absentia, the respective notice was sent to the Baku military court. By the court’s decision a measure of restraint in the form of arrest in absentia was chosen in the form of imprisonment since the date of arrest,” the report added.The fact was confirmed by the press service of the Military Prosecutor's Office.During the fierce battles in Shusha, Col-Gen Ohanyan was seriously wounded. Azerbaijan's official sources confirmed the reports of Ohanyan's being wounded.Ohanyan is charged with participation in the genocide of the Azerbaijani population in the town of Khojaly in February 1992. During the seizure of this settlement by the Armenian troops, over 600 civilians were killed. National GM shines at Skilling Open tournament http://www.today.az/news/sports/200790.html Sports Tue, 24 Nov 2020 14:15:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaNational GM Teymur Rajabov has shown a brilliant game at Skilling Open online chess tournament.On the second day of the competition, Rajabov defeated his opponents Alireza Firouzja (Iran), Jan Krzysztof Duda (Poland) and Levon Aronian (Armenia).The Skilling Open online chess tournament was held as part of the  Chess Tour of Champions, initiated by World Champion in classical, rapid and blitz chess  Magnus Carlsen. The tournament brought together 16 chess players. National chess player Teymur Rajabov has an Elo rating of 2,738, making him No. 1 in Azerbaijan and 22nd in the world. The chess player earned the title of Grandmaster at the age of 14, making him the second-youngest grandmaster in history at the time. In 2003, Rajabov gained international attention after beating the then world No. 1 Garry Kasparov in the Linares tournament, followed by victories over former world champions Viswanathan Anand and Ruslan Ponomariov all in the same year.Moreover, Rajabov also won the European Team Chess Championship with Azerbaijan in 2009, 2013 and 2017. His major individual achievements include joint first place at 2008 Elista Grand Prix, 2017 Geneva Grand Prix and 2019 FIDE World Cup.Chess for centuries has been a popular game in Azerbaijan with ancient roots closely related to traditions. The country could preserve these traditions as chess remains to be a crucially popular sport for now.    The first references to chess in Azerbaijan can be found in the works of 12th century such great poets as Khaqani and Nizami as well as in the works of one of the nation’s most respected literary personalities Fuzuli.The 42nd Chess Olympiad in Baku is an excellent example of the great attention paid to the development of chess games in the country.Nearly 2,000 chess players from 175 countries took part in the tournament.The national chess players have always been taking high places at top-ranked tournaments.Shahriyar Mammadyarov is a three-fold European Team Champion (2009, 2013 and 2017) and gold medalist at the 2012 Chess Olympiad on the third board.He won the World Junior Chess Championship in 2003 and repeated his victory in 2005, becoming the only two-time champion, achieving a 2,953 performance rating after eight rounds. After winning the Essent Tournament in 2006, Shahriyar achieved world fame. In June 2016, Mammadyarov won the 3rd Shamkir Chess Tournament, the Vugar Hashimov Memorial. He defeated Fabiano Caruana and Anish Giri in the last two rounds, which put him in a tiebreak situation with Caruana. He defeated Caruana in the tiebreak, thus giving him tournament victory.GM Eltaj Safarli won the Azerbaijan Championships in 2010 and 2016. Safarli played in the silver medal-winning Azerbaijani team at the European Team Chess Championship in Porto Carras in 2011 alongside Shahriyar Mammadyarov, Teymur Rajabov, Vugar Hashimov and Qadir Huseynov, previously winning a bronze medal in 2007 and gold in 2009.Despite his short life, Vugar Hashimov had made a remarkable contribution to the chess history of Azerbaijan.He played for Azerbaijan's national team in the Chess Olympiads in 2002, 2004, 2006, and 2008.Hashimov won a bronze medal in the European Team Championship in 2007 and became the European Champion with the national team in 2009. He was the European vice-champion in the national team in 2011, and the winner of the Reggio Emilia tournament in 2010-2011. Azerpost becomes member of European postal association http://www.today.az/news/business/200788.html Business Tue, 24 Nov 2020 13:42:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadAzerbaijan’s state postal operator Azerpost LLC, which is subordinate to the Transport, Communications and High Technology Ministry has become a member of a European postal association, the ministry has reported.Azerpost Director-General Emin Afandiyev noted that the company carries out a direct international postal exchange with about 80 countries.He emphasized that the company had achieved many successes during its activity, including 9 times in a row receiving the Gold Certificate in the field of EMS.Moreover, he underlined that during the COVID-19 pandemic, the company continued its operations in the international arena in accordance with the requirements and recommendations of the Universal Postal Union and the Azerbaijani government.It should be noted that closed voting was held among 53 member states of the European postal association on Azerbaijan’s admission to the organization, as a result of which Azerpost was admitted to the membership of the organization.The first postal service in Azerbaijan was established on June 1, 1818.On October 7, 2004 &quot;Azerpost&quot; SE began to operate as a national operator under the Azerbaijani Communications and Information Technologies Ministry, and on August 31, 2009 the organization - legal form of &quot;Azerpost&quot; SE was changed and the entity continued its activity as  Azerpost LLC.Currently, as the national postal operator of the country Azerpost LLC, which has the most extensive network in the country, provides conventional and unconventional postal and financial services to all segments of the population and legal entities on favourable terms. Along with the national postal operator Azerpost LLC, over 60 private postal operators provide fast and mail courier services to legal entities and individuals. Azerbaijani oil prices grow http://www.today.az/news/business/200787.html Business Tue, 24 Nov 2020 13:23:00 +0400 By TrendThe price of Azeri LT CIF Augusta, produced at the Azeri-Chirag-Deepwater Gunashli (ACG) field, increased by $1.5 on Nov. 23 compared to the previous price, making up $46.28 per barrel, Trend reports with reference to the source from the country's oil and gas market.The price of Azeri LT FOB Ceyhan amounted to $45.74 per barrel on Nov. 23, which is $1.5 more compared to the previous price.Azerbaijan has been producing Azeri LT since 1997 and exporting it via the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) and Baku-Supsa Western Export Pipeline, as well as by rail to the Georgian port of Batumi.Azerbaijan also sells its URALS oil from the Russian Black Sea port of Novorossiysk, delivering it through the Baku-Novorossiysk pipeline.The price of URALS with shipment from the port reached $45.32 per barrel on Nov. 23, which has grown by $1.59 compared to the previous price.The cost of a barrel of Brent Dated oil, produced in the North Sea, made up $44.94 per barrel, increasing by $1.5 compared to the previous price. Families of martyrs, disabled war veterans get new houses http://www.today.az/news/politics/200789.html Politics Tue, 24 Nov 2020 13:15:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadAzerbaijan continues to provide apartments to martyrs’ families and disabled war veterans.The Ministry of Labor and Social Protection has provided 25 houses to citizens of this category. Of them, 10 houses were provided in Ujar, 5 houses in Shamkir, 6 houses in Saatly and 4 houses in Lerik regions.It should be noted that one of the social protection programmes, that is the programme to provide houses, private apartments and cars for martyrs’ families and disabled war veterans expands every year.Under the presidential instructions, martyrs’ families and disabled war veterans will be provided with a record number (1,500) of apartments and individual houses in 2020.Up to now, more than 815 apartments and individual houses, including 554 apartments and 261 individual houses have been provided across the country. The rest of the apartments and houses are planned to be provided by late 2020. Moreover, 400 cars will be given in 2020, most of which have already been provided. The rest will be provided before the end of the year. So far, 8,404 apartments and private houses, as well as 6,964 cars were provided to martyr’s families and disabled war veterans.It should be noted that Azerbaijan provided 934 apartments and private houses to the families of martyrs and disabled war veterans in 2019.Earlier, the ministry reported that in line with the president's instructions, the martyrs’ families and disabled war veterans from the Second Karabakh War will be provided with apartments, private houses and cars. Army units raise Azerbaijani flag in liberated Aghdam's village http://www.today.az/news/politics/200785.html Politics Tue, 24 Nov 2020 13:08:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Vafa IsmayilovaUnits of the Azerbaijani army have raised the country's tricolour flag on the territory of a former secondary school located in the village of Gulabli, Aghdam region.The territory of the school, where the units of the Armenian armed forces were previously located, was cleared of mines and other explosives. Then, the Azerbaijani servicemen, lining up in front of the school, honoured the memory of the martyrs who died for the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan with a minute of silence. The National Anthem of the Republic of Azerbaijan was performed.During its 44-day counter-offensive operations between September 27-November 10, the Azerbaijani army liberated several cities and nearly 300 of its settlements and villages as well as some strategic heights from the occupation of Armenian forces.Ninety-four Azerbaijani civilians have been killed and hundreds of others have been injured in Armenia's armed attacks.About 20 per cent of Azerbaijan's territory – including Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent regions – had been under Armenian occupation for nearly three decades.Armenia failed to implement four UN Security Council resolutions that urged the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of the invading forces from the occupied territories.On November 10, Baku and Yerevan signed a Russia-brokered agreement to end fighting and work towards a comprehensive solution.Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev hailed the agreement as a victory for his country and a defeat for Armenia, saying Baku's military success enabled it to gain an upper hand to end the three-decade occupation of its territory.    President Aliyev outlines all needed international support to overcome Karabakh crisis [UPDATE] http://www.today.az/news/politics/200774.html Politics Tue, 24 Nov 2020 13:00:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Vafa IsmayilovaPresident Ilham Aliyev has said Azerbaijan managed to get all necessary international support in dealing with the Nagorno-Karabakh crisis.Aliyev made the remarks outside the mosque in Aghdam city liberated from Armenian occupation after 27 years on November 20. President Aliyev and First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva visited the Aghdam mosque on November 23 as part of their trip to the region.  Aliyev presented the Holy Quran he brought from Mecca to the Aghdam mosque. Later Aliyev and the first lady prayed in the mosque.International support“We were able to get the necessary international support in the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh issue, which is a key issue for us,” Aliyev said.The president said that Azerbaijan kept the affair in the spotlight during its presidency of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), the second-largest institution after the United Nations. He stressed that the NAM, which unites 120 countries, prevented the adoption of a new anti-Azerbaijani resolution at the UN Security Council.“Many members of the Non-Aligned Movement recognize Azerbaijan as an independent and strong country ready to defend them. We have provided humanitarian financial assistance to more than 30 countries during the pandemic, including special assistance to the NAM through the World Health Organization. All this work has paid off,” Aliyev added.Stressing Azerbaijan’s chairmanship not only in the NAM, but also in the Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking States, the head of state added: “Our international authority is quite high, and it has played a special role in having this conflict resolved.”He also stressed moral and political support from Turkey, leaders of several other Muslim and non-Muslim countries.Upper hand in political arenaAliyev added that Azerbaijan had had all international organizations adopt decisions and resolutions that recognize and reflect justice and international law.“Four UN Security Council resolutions were adopted in 1993, but then we created a solid legal basis for resolving the conflict by having the UN General Assembly, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the NAM, the European Parliament, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe adopt decisions and resolutions,” he said.The president noted that all these important steps that have been taken since 2003 allowed the country to get the upper hand in the political arena.“At the same time, the ‘Partnership Priorities’ document initialled between the European Union and Azerbaijan two years ago contains clear statements about Azerbaijan's sovereignty, territorial integrity and inviolability of our borders. This is our great success because we could not achieve this for many years. Some international organizations did not want to call the aggressor by its name. Some international organizations did not want to reveal the identity of the occupier in the documents adopted in connection with the occupation. Even four UN Security Council resolutions did not mention Armenia as an aggressor state and referred to it as ‘Armenian forces’,” he said.Economic independenceAliyev said that the country’s economic independence also contributed to the victory in Nagorno-Karabakh.“Our strong economic potential and financial resources have allowed us the opportunity to fully ensure economic independence. This has also played a special role in our victory. Because if we were not economically independent, we would not be able to achieve political independence. Without political independence, we could not liberate our lands from the enemy, an enemy with great powers behind it, with very influential circles of those powers, Armenian lobby organizations. These factors have increased our strength and paved the way for our victory,” he said.Military strengthThe head of state noted that the military strength remained as the number one issue for Azerbaijan.“I have repeatedly said that building up our military capacity is the first issue for us. It is no coincidence that during my presidency, our military expenditures were in first place among budget expenditures every year... We bought the necessary equipment. We demonstrated this equipment and modern weapons in the numerous parades on Azadlig Square. We adopted the most advanced trends in the development of our army. We bought weapons that would give us an advantage, and the Second Karabakh War showed that,” the president said.He said that many countries, many developed countries are studying Azerbaijan’s experience.“Many experts dealing with this issue are noting that Azerbaijan waged a war of the 21st century. For the first time in the 21st century, historic achievements of this scale and effect have been made in such a short period of time. On my way here, I saw at least three lines of defence. But according to the information given to me by the military, there were five lines of defence here. In Fuzuli as well. Thanks to the heroism and professionalism of our soldiers and officers, we have crushed these lines of defence,” he said. Information warThe president stressed Azerbaijan’s victory in the sphere of information war.“We have won the information war. We have fully informed the world about the Khojaly genocide. There was no information about the Khojaly genocide in the world. It is possible to say that the “Justice for Khojaly!” campaign and the recognition of the Khojaly genocide by more than 10 countries as an act of genocide created a picture reflecting the realities of the conflict and conveyed it to the world community,” he added.Christian templesAliyev pledged that Azerbaijan will protect all Christian temples located on liberated lands.“All the temples in our territory are our historical assets... All our historical sites are protected by the state... Our Caucasian Albanian churches are our national treasure. Our Georgian churches, the Armenian church,” he said.Aliyev noted that after the war ended some leaders from Western countries are raising the question of what will happen to Christian temples in the liberated lands under the control of Azerbaijan.“They express these concerns both during conversations with me and in their official statements. No-one should worry, especially the leaders of Western countries which ignite Islamophobic sentiments, those who have turned a blind eye to the insults of Islam and even justified those who insult it. They have no right to talk about it,” the head of state noted.Aliyev invited UNESCO experts to Azerbaijan to inspect the state of Christian temples on liberated territories.“We work very closely with UNESCO. But if they want to come and visit Christian temples, they should come here. Come and tell what the wild Armenians have done here,” he said.Aliyev mentioned that it was Turkey that supported Azerbaijan morally and politically for 44 days, and leaders of several other Muslim and non-Muslim countries.Liberation of AghdamAliyev once again congratulated Aghdam residents on the liberation of the region.“The victory on the battlefield made it possible to liberate Aghdam district, as well as Kalbajar and Lachin districts, without firing a single shot and without anyone becoming a martyr,” he said.He added that the ruined city of Aghdam witnessed Armenian atrocities. “We will restore the city of Aghdam and all the villages. Let no-one ever doubt that. It will be a difficult task. Of course, it will take a lot of effort. But just as we have shown unity for 44 days, I am confident that we will show unity and determination in the restoration of our liberated lands,” he said.During his speech, Aliyev addressed Armenia’s former president Robert Kocharyan and Serzh Sargsyan, main culprits behind the situation in liberated lands.“Kocharyan and Sargsyan, you have knelt before us, you have brought this place, all the occupied lands, to this plight. You have destroyed this mosque. They fled and hid during the Second Karabakh War.... War criminals and Khojaly executioners, we have destroyed you. Azerbaijani soldiers, Azerbaijani officers have destroyed you. And it serves you right!” the president said.The president reiterated the Armenian army is almost non-existent and that there are over 10,000 deserters from the enemy’s army.He noted that after the liberation of Fuzuli, Hadrut, most of Khojavand district and Shusha, Azerbaijani troops intended to move towards the city of Aghdam.“The order was issued that the next direction was Aghdam. The enemy also knows and already admits that if they had not accepted my conditions to leave our lands, they would have died here. Because we were coming to Aghdam,” Aliyev said.Speaking about Armenian destructions in Aghdam, the president said that “everything is mined. Most of the mines are here”.Aghdam mosqueMeanwhile, the president questioned why ambassadors from the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairing countries, failed to raise the issue about the state of the Aghdam mosque destroyed by Armenia.“A few years ago, the ambassadors of the Minsk Group co-chair countries visited this mosque. They conducted fact-finding missions twice and told me that they had visited the Aghdam mosque. Why didn't they raise this issue? Why didn’t certain Western leaders express their concern? Does this mean that Muslim mosques can be insulted, cows and pigs can be kept and destroyed? If so, let them say so, let them deal with the problems in their countries and not interfere in our work,” he said.The president pledged that the countries wishing to interfere in Azerbaijan’s internal affairs will be answered.Religious toleranceThe president added that Azerbaijan hosts the Baku Humanitarian Forum or the Forum on Intercultural Dialogue every year. Azerbaijan hosts summits of leaders of world religions.“Look and see what is being said about us. The Organization of Islamic Cooperation cites the attitude towards Islam in Azerbaijan as an example. During his visit to Baku, Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Kirill praised the work done in this area in Azerbaijan and visited Orthodox churches. In his official speech during his visit to Baku, Pope Francis spoke about tolerance, religious tolerance and multiculturalism in Azerbaijan. Who can criticize us? Those who shut down mosques? Can those throwing the heads of killed pigs into Muslim mosques teach us a lesson and express concern? They do not need to express any concerns,” Aliyev said.He added that Azerbaijan was renovating two Orthodox churches at the expense of the state, while the third church had already been repaired. During the war, the church of Udis was repaired and put into operation by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation.Upper hand in political arenaAliyev added that Azerbaijan had had all international organizations adopt decisions and resolutions that recognize and reflect justice and international law. “Four UN Security Council resolutions were adopted in 1993, but then we created a solid legal basis for resolving the conflict by having the UN General Assembly, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the Non-Aligned Movement, the European Parliament, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe adopt decisions and resolutions,” he said.The president noted that all these important steps that have been taken since 2003 allowed the country to get the upper hand in the political arena.“At the same time, the ‘Partnership Priorities’ document initialed between the European Union and Azerbaijan two years ago contains clear statements about Azerbaijan's sovereignty, territorial integrity and inviolability of our borders. This is our great success because we could not achieve this for many years. Some international organizations did not want to call the aggressor by its name. Some international organizations did not want to reveal the identity of the occupier in the documents adopted in connection with the occupation. Even four UN Security Council resolutions did not mention Armenia as an aggressor state and referred to it as ‘Armenian forces’,” he said..   Senior European official welcomes peace deal to end hostilities in Karabakh http://www.today.az/news/politics/200784.html Politics Tue, 24 Nov 2020 12:40:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Vafa IsmayilovaCouncil of Europe Secretary-General Marija Buric has welcomed the Russia-brokered agreement signed by Azerbaijan and Armenia on the complete ceasefire and cessation of all military operations in and around Nagorno-Karabakh.Marija Buric expressed this opinion in a letter to Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov, the ministry reported on 23 November.The secretary-general stressed that she will continue to monitor the situation on the implementation of the agreement.Meanwhile, the head of the EU delegation to Azerbaijan, Ambassador Kestutis Jankauskas, said that the EU has been cooperating with Azerbaijan and the region for peace and development.He made the remarks as part of his visit to liberated Azerbaijani region of Fuzuli on November 22 with a group of foreign diplomats and Azerbaijani presidential aide Hikmat Hajiyev.“We saw ruins in Fuzuli with our own eyes. Everyone who visits Fuzuli asks himself - what is war, what is destruction? What everyone, every person and family want is development and peace,” he told Azertag.He expressed the hope that similar events will not repeat again.“We hope that such events will not occur again in the future. Everyone who comes here sees what is war, destruction and peace. All of this shows the difference between war and peace. I express my gratitude to the Azerbaijani officials for organizing this visit, as we were able to see all of this with our own eyes,” he added.On November 10, 2020, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a trilateral declaration on the complete cessation of hostilities in the Nagorno-Karabakh region. Under the declaration, complete ceasefire and the cessation of all military operations in the zone of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict was announced from 00:00 November 10, 2020.The declaration envisages the return of occupied Kalbajar region to Azerbaijan on November 25, Aghdam region on November 20, Lachin region on December 1, 2020. Azerbaijan, Turkey sign cooperation accord http://www.today.az/news/business/200783.html Business Tue, 24 Nov 2020 12:21:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadA memorandum of understanding on cooperation was signed between Azerbaijan's Small and Medium Business Development Agency and Turkey's Independent Industrialists and Businessmen Association as part of the international exhibition MUSIAD Expo 2020 in Istanbul.It should be noted that the document was signed by the Agency's Chairman Orkhan Mammadov and MUSIAD Vice-President Mehmet Akif Ozyurt.The memorandum of understanding provides for cooperation between the parties in spheres of trade, industry, investment, organization of joint business events, promotion of businessmen’s participation in exhibitions and other events in both countries.The economic and investment potential of Azerbaijan's liberated territories was demonstrated at MUSIAD Expo 2020, that was held in Istanbul on November 18-21. Azerbaijan was presented at the international exhibition with a stand “Karabakh is Azerbaijan”, the design of which was made in the form of the Yukhary Govhar Agha Mosque located in Shusha city.The first section of the stand consisted of two parts and presented information on rich natural and mineral resources and tourism potential of the liberated territories of Azerbaijan, carpets and others things reflecting the cultural heritage and crafts of Karabakh. In the second section, visitors were briefed on the products of about 20 Azerbaijani companies operating in the mining, construction, electric power, transport and communication, automobile, pharmaceutical industries, as well as the industrial potential and industrial parks of the country.It should be noted that through the participation in the exhibition, it was aimed to inform Turkish and foreign investors about the rich underground and surface resources, minerals, tourism potential and cultural heritage of the liberated territories of Azerbaijan, and to attract foreign investors to extensive restoration and construction work to be carried out and to open businesses in these areas.The MUSIAD Expo 2020 showcased products of companies from more than 80 countries. In addition, a number of events took place within the framework of the exhibition, including an international business forum and bilateral meetings of businessmen. Azerbaijani senior officer killed, Russian peacekeeper wounded in mine blast http://www.today.az/news/politics/200782.html Politics Tue, 24 Nov 2020 12:03:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Vafa IsmayilovaA senior officer of the Azerbaijani armed forces has been killed and a Russian peacekeeper has been wounded in a mine blast in Sugovushan settlement recently liberated from Armenian occupation.Sugovushan settlement is located in Azerbaijan’s Tartar region.The incident took place during a mission to search for dead bodies in Nagorno-Karabakh, which included representatives of the peacekeepers of the Russian Federation, the Armed Forces of Azerbaijan, the International Committee of the Red Cross.The killed Azerbaijani officer is Col-Lt Babak Samidli, who hoisted the Azerbaijani flag on the Talish height liberated from Armenian occupation.The wounded Russian officer was taken to a Baku hospital.“He was provided medical assistance, and his life is not in danger,&quot; a statement from the Russian Defence Ministry said. “The joint groups for the search and transfer of the bodies of those killed during the conflict [the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict], created on the initiative of the command of the Russian peacekeepers, have been working smoothly and effectively for more than a week,” the Russian ministry said. “All bodies found as a result of their work are handed over to the sides for burial,” the Russian ministry said.Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the UN Peacekeeping said that the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) is working on an emergency deployment in Nagorno-Karabakh and plans to launch a mission to assess the needs in early December.&quot;The UNMAS is working on an emergency deployment within the context of the UN assistance requested by the parties, in coordination with other UN entities and the country team on the ground. It will likely start with a needs assessment mission in early December,&quot; the spokesperson said.Among several other conditions, the Moscow- brokered peace agreement signed between Baku and Yerevan on November 10 also envisages the exchange of people killed during the 44-day hostilities between 27 September - November 10.Ninety-four Azerbaijani civilians were killed and hundreds of others injured in Armenia's armed attacks during 44 days.The Azerbaijani army liberated several cities and nearly 300 of its settlements and villages as well as some strategic heights from the occupation of Armenian forces during 44 days.About 20 per cent of Azerbaijan's territory – including Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent regions – had been under Armenian occupation for nearly three decades.Armenia failed to implement four UN Security Council resolutions that urged the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of the invading forces from the occupied territories..Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev hailed the trilateral agreement as a victory for his country and a defeat for Armenia, saying Baku's military success enabled it to gain an upper hand to end the three-decade occupation of its territory. EU promises 217 mln USD to debt relief for 29 poorest countries http://www.today.az/news/regions/200781.html World news Tue, 24 Nov 2020 11:43:00 +0400 By TrendThe European Union said Monday that it will contribute 183 million euros (about 217.63 million U.S. dollars) to debt relief for 29 of the world's poorest and most vulnerable countries, Trend reports citing Xinhua.The funds, which will be channeled through the IMF's Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust (CCRT), allow these countries to increase their social, health, and economic spending in response to the COVID-19 crisis, the EU said in a press release.The announcement comes a day after the Group of 20 countries backed the extension of the Debt Service Suspension Initiative through June 2021 to facilitate higher pandemic-related spending among the eligible countries.The bloc said that previous results of the first two tranches of the CCRT relief showed that receiving countries were able to boost their projected 2020 priority spending by some 1.2 percentage points of GDP, with expenditure on health and social protection increasing, on average, by about a 0.5 percentage point. TPO: Iran exports to CIS hit $692mn in six months http://www.today.az/news/regions/200780.html World news Tue, 24 Nov 2020 11:28:00 +0400 By TrendAn official in Iran's Trade Promotion Organization said that Iran's exports, in the first 6 months of the current Iranian year, hit $13.57 billion, of which $692 were exported to CIS, Trend reports citing Mehr.&quot;In the first six months of the Iranian calendar year (March 20 to September 21), Iran's exports reached $13.57 billion, of which $692 million were exported to the Commonwealth of Independent States,&quot; Behrooz Olfat said.Among 12 Commonwealth countries, Iran's exports to Belarus, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Moldova increased, respectively, over the same period last year. And the country's exports to Georgia, Turkmenistan, Armenia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Azerbaijan have been declined in this period, Olfat added.The outbreak of coronavirus, border closures in some countries, and the border disputes between Azerbaijan and Armenia in the Nagorno-Karabakh region as well as the oppressive Western sanctions have been effective in reducing Iran's exports to the Commonwealth of Independent States.According to the Director-General of the Office for European and American in TPO, Iran's imports from the Commonwealth of Independent States hits about $ 811 million, which had a 2% decrease in the mentioned period. UNICEF working with over 350 partners to deliver COVID-19 vaccines http://www.today.az/news/regions/200779.html World news Tue, 24 Nov 2020 11:15:00 +0400 By TrendThe UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) is working with more than 350 partners, including major airlines, shipping lines and logistics associations from around the world, to deliver COVID-19 vaccines to over 92 countries, as soon as doses become available, the agency said, Trend reports citing Xinhua.Etleva Kadilli, director of UNICEF Supply Division, highlighted the importance of the partnership to ensure capacity for the massive undertaking.&quot;As work continues to develop COVID-19 vaccines, UNICEF is stepping up efforts with airlines, freight operators, shipping lines and other logistics associations to deliver life-saving vaccines as quickly and safely as possible,&quot; she said.&quot;This invaluable collaboration will go a long way to ensure that enough transport capacity is in place for this historic and mammoth operation. We need all hands on deck as we get ready to deliver COVID-19 vaccine doses, syringes and more personal protective equipment to protect front line workers around the globe,&quot; the UNICEF official added.To kick-start preparations, UNICEF along with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) briefed major global airlines last week on the expected capacity requirements and discussed ways to transport close to 2 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccine doses next year. This is in addition to the 1 billion syringes that need to be transported by sea-freight.In the coming weeks, UNICEF is also assessing existing transport capacity to identify gaps and future requirements, said the agency.&quot;The procurement, delivery and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines is anticipated to be the largest and fastest such operation ever undertaken,&quot; it added.UNICEF is leading efforts to procure and deliver vaccines from manufacturers that have agreements with the COVAX Facility. In collaboration with PAHO, UNICEF will coordinate the purchase and delivery for 92 low- and lower middle-income economies as quickly and securely as possible.The efforts build on UNICEF's longstanding efforts with the logistics industry to transport supplies around the world despite restrictions related to the pandemic. Since January, it has delivered over 190 million U.S. dollars worth of COVID-19 supplies such as masks, gowns, oxygen concentrators and diagnostic test kits to support countries as they respond to the pandemic.As the largest single purchaser of vaccines in the world, UNICEF normally procures more than 2 billion doses of vaccines annually for routine immunization and outbreak response on behalf of nearly 100 countries.This unparalleled expertise includes the coordination of thousands of shipments with various cold chain requirements, making the UN agency an expert in supply chain management of temperature-controlled products, which is especially needed during this historic undertaking. Number of COVID-2019 cases across globe up by over 542,000 in past day http://www.today.az/news/regions/200778.html World news Tue, 24 Nov 2020 10:51:00 +0400 By TrendMore than 542,000 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus infection were registered worldwide in the past day, with the overall number of such cases exceeding 58.42 million, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in its daily bulletin, Trend reports citing TASS.As of 20:02 (GMT+4) on November 23, as many as 58,425,681 novel coronavirus cases and 1,385,218 coronavirus-associated deaths were registered across the globe. The number of confirmed cases grew by 542,757 in the past 24 hours and the number of fatalities increased by 7,825.The WHO statistics is based on officially confirmed data from the countries.North and South America account for more than 46% of the COVID-19 daily tally (251,823). Next are Europe (189,511 cases), and Southeast Asia (53,986 cases).The biggest number of coronavirus cases was reported from the United States (11,972,556), India (9,139,865), Brazil (6,052,786), Russia (2,114,502), France (2,102,510), Spain (1,556,730), the United Kingdom (1,512,049), Italy (1,408,868), Argentina (1,366,182), Colombia (1,240,493), Mexico (1,032,688), and Peru (948,081). Currency rates for Nov. 24 http://www.today.az/news/business/200798.html Business Tue, 24 Nov 2020 10:43:00 +0400 By TrendThe official exchange rate of the US dollar and euro against Azerbaijani manat was set at 1.7 manat and 2.0137 manat respectively for Nov. 24.Below are the rates of Azerbaijani manat against world currencies according to the data from the Central Bank of Azerbaijan.CurrenciesNov.24, 2020Nov.23, 2020Oct.24, 2020Nov.24, 2019Daily differenceMonthly differenceAnnual difference1 US dollar1 USD1.71.71.71.70001 euro1 EUR2.01372.01822.00631.8808-0.00450.00740.13291 Australian dollar1 AUD1.24311.24331.20911.1538-0.00020.0340.08931 Argentine peso1 ARS0.02120.02120.02180.02840-0.0006-0.0072100 Belarus rubles1 BYN0.6660.66630.66870.8312-0.0003-0.0027-0.16521 Brazil real1 BRL0.31280.31540.3040.4052-0.00260.0088-0.09241 UAE dirham1 AED0.46280.46280.46280.462900-0.00011 South African rand1 ZAR0.11040.11050.10480.1158-0.00010.0056-0.0054100 South Korean won100 KRW0.15310.15280.150.14440.00030.00310.00871 Czech koruna1 CZK0.07660.07660.07370.073700.00290.00291 Chilean peso100 CLP0.22050.22340.21830.2138-0.00290.00220.00671 Chinese yuan1 CNY0.25830.2590.25440.2418-0.00070.00390.01651 Danish krone1 DKK0.27050.2710.26960.2517-0.00050.00090.01881 Georgian lari1 GEL0.51350.51350.52730.57120-0.0138-0.05771 Hong Kong dollar1 HKD0.21930.21930.21940.21730-0.00010.00201 Indian rupee1 INR0.02290.02290.02310.02370-0.0002-0.00081 British pound1 GBP2.26582.26372.22042.19580.00210.04540.07100 Indonesian rupiah100 IDR0.0120.0120.01160.012100.0004-0.0001100 Iranian rials100 IRR0.0040.0040.0040.0040001 Swedish krona1 SEK0.19730.19750.19360.1767-0.00020.00370.02061 Swiss franc1 CHF1.86291.86741.87321.7109-0.0045-0.01030.1521 Israeli shekel1 ILS0.50820.50950.5030.4906-0.00130.00520.01761 Canadian dollar1 CAD1.30271.29981.2931.27960.00290.00970.02311 Kuwaiti dinar1 KWD5.56115.56165.56145.5997-0.0005-0.0003-0.03861 Kazakh tenge1 KZT0.0040.0040.0040.004400-0.00041 Kyrgyz som1 KGS0.02010.021<p style= Azerbaijan's Culture Ministry urges French cultural figures to be honest and impartial http://www.today.az/news/politics/200777.html Politics Tue, 24 Nov 2020 10:30:00 +0400 By TrendA group of famous French cultural figures, namely, directors, writers, actors, musicians, journalists, singers, signed an appeal in support of Armenian separatism in the Nagorno-Karabakh region, based on lies and slander, the French Le Figaro newspaper wrote, Trend reports on Nov. 23 referring to the Azerbaijani Ministry of Culture.In their appeal, the French cultural figures demonstrate solidarity with the Armenians, concern over their fate in the Nagorno-Karabakh region - a repetition of the so-called &quot;genocide of 1915&quot;, support for the Armenian separatism and concern over the so-called &quot;insidious plans&quot; of Azerbaijan.The Azerbaijani Ministry of Culture reminded that Armenia, which has not been fulfilling the resolutions 822, 853, 874, 884 of the UN Security Council for almost 30 years, illegally held the internationally recognized territories of Azerbaijan - Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven adjacent districts under occupation.&quot;As a result of Armenia's aggressive policy during the long-term occupation, immovable historical and cultural monuments belonging to the Azerbaijani people were destroyed and misappropriated in these territories, subjected to vandalism, and misused,” the ministry said.“Along with residential buildings, educational and industrial facilities, cultural institutions in the occupied territories, including 927 libraries with 4.6 million books, 808 palaces of culture, clubs and centers of culture, 85 music and art schools, more than 100,000 exhibits collected in 22 museums, 4 art galleries, 4 theaters and 2 concert halls, 8 parks of culture and recreation, over 2,000 historical and cultural monuments were subjected to vandalism,” the ministry added.“Such barbaric treatment with cultural heritage, in particular, unique monuments of particular importance, should be viewed as a threat to the world heritage,” the ministry said. “The fact that influential cultural figures signed this appeal, which was presented to the world community without appropriate evidence and facts, without conducting research, thus becoming an instrument of the Armenian propaganda, is regrettable. Such an unprofessional approach casts a shadow on the image and impartiality of these people.”“We bring to your attention that there are irrefutable facts and evidence of how Armenia, despite its membership in the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict of 1954, the 1970 Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property, destroyed, falsified and plundered the Azerbaijani cultural heritage in the territories which it occupied earlier,&quot; the Ministry of Culture said.The ministry also invited prominent figures of culture and science of France to the territories liberated from the occupation to witness the genocide against Azerbaijan’s cultural heritage and to really assess the current state of Azerbaijan's heritage, which was destroyed and subjected to vandalism. It is time to rebuild, heal and revive Azerbaijani Fuzuli city - Algerian Ambassador http://www.today.az/news/politics/200776.html Politics Tue, 24 Nov 2020 10:17:00 +0400 By TrendThe Ambassador of Algeria to Azerbaijan Salima Abdelhak participated in the visit of the liberated city of Fuzuli, organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan on November 22, 2020, Trend reports.She noted that a city in ruins opened its arms to international observers and allowed them to see firsthand the consequences of a conflict that has lasted too long.&quot;With international law being now restored, it is time to rebuild, heal and revive the arts and culture that characterize a city that has given Azerbaijan great artists,&quot; she said. Director of ITE Events sends letter to President Aliyev http://www.today.az/news/politics/200786.html Politics Tue, 24 Nov 2020 09:50:00 +0400 Edward Strachan, Director of ITE Events sent a letter to Ilham Aliyev, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan.&quot;Dear Mr. President,I would like to give my most heartfelt and warm congratulations on Azerbaijan’s great victory in the recent war of the liberation of its lands. After so many years of occupation, after the tragedies from the early 1990s, how wonderful to witness this historic military success, achieved under such strong leadership, with an army now acknowledged throughout the world as professional and brave and in such a short time.I wish I could have been in Baku during this time, but I did have the pleasure of watching from afar all your interviews in the world’s media, where you so confidently and wisely asserted the righteousness of Azerbaijan’s position, and I am sure that your arguments convinced global opinion, and led to Azerbaijan’s massive diplomatic victory.I cannot wait to return to Baku and be with my friends and colleagues, where I can congratulate them. I know it is such a happy moment for them and will be a source of pride and inspiration for all Azerbaijani citizens, for all time. I know that our team in Baku is very proud of the work they have done in organizing ADEX, and I hope that this exhibition has played a part, however small, in making a contribution to building a modern Army, ready to meet any challenge in the 21st century.I wear my Dostlug Order which I received from you personally, with huge pride, and salute all Azerbaijani citizens. I feel honored and humbled to meet you and the First Vice-President when we make our exhibition tours, and in this moment of happiness, I congratulate you for making history,&quot; the letter said. Azerbaijani First VP Mehriban Aliyeva shares footage from Aghdam http://www.today.az/news/politics/200775.html Politics Tue, 24 Nov 2020 09:44:00 +0400 First Vice-President of Azerbaijan Mehriban Aliyeva has shared footages from Aghdam on her official Instagram account.The footage: Azerbaijan to make amendments to e-mortgage & loan guarantee system http://www.today.az/news/business/200772.html Business Mon, 23 Nov 2020 19:38:00 +0400 By TrendAzerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev signed a decree on amendments to the Regulation on the ‘Electronic Mortgage and Credit Guarantee’ system, Trend reports.In accordance with the decree, one more piece of information has been added to the list of data transmitted to the electronic system when providing guarantees and subsidizing interest on business loans.In the case of an application from an entrepreneur who in the current year has already received an investment promotion document through the electronic system in the electronic mortgage and loan guarantee fund or who has already been paid export incentives, to receive loans allocated for the relevant field of economic activity in which investments were made, the entrepreneur will be provided with related approving documents.Besides, there will be also provided the information stored in the credit bureau about individuals and (or) legal entities that already own 25 percent or more of the authorized capital of an entrepreneur in the electronic system; information on identity documents of individuals with a share in the authorized capital of an entrepreneur of more than 25 percent; information on the extract from the state register on the legal representative of the entrepreneur as a legal entity, and legal entities with a share in the authorized capital of more than 25 percent. Azerbaijan investigating criminal case against Armenian ex-minister http://www.today.az/news/politics/200771.html Politics Mon, 23 Nov 2020 19:27:00 +0400 By TrendThe Prosecutor General's Office of Azerbaijan has disseminated information about the search for former Minister of Defense of Armenia Seyran Ohanyan, Trend reports citing the General Prosecutor's Office.The report said that in connection with the information spread in the media about the search for Seyran Ohanyan's, the investigation of this criminal case is currently being conducted in the Military Prosecutor's Office of Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan to initially organize educational tourism in liberated districts - state agency http://www.today.az/news/business/200770.html Business Mon, 23 Nov 2020 19:15:00 +0400 By TrendFull use of the tourism potential of Karabakh and the adjacent districts, liberated from the Armenian occupation, will become possible after ensuring three main factors, Kanan Guluzade, Spokesman for the State Tourism Agency of Azerbaijan, told Trend.According to Guluzade, the first factor is security, the second is the return of the population to the liberated territories and the provision of accommodation.“Where there is no residence, there is virtually no tourism. The third factor is the creation of infrastructure. After the fulfillment of these three factors, new tourism products will be created in Karabakh and adjacent districts, which will be presented to local and foreign tourists,” he said.“At the initial stage, the main direction will be the organization of domestic tourism. Meanwhile, educational tourism will be organized in the liberated districts of Azerbaijan, and after the complete restoration of the infrastructure, it is planned to organize tourism for recreation,” said Guluzade. Baku awaits cloudy weather http://www.today.az/news/society/200764.html Society Mon, 23 Nov 2020 19:00:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaThe weather will be changeable cloudy, and mainly dry in Baku on November 22.The temperature in the Absheron peninsula and Baku will be +4-6 °C at night, +9-11 °C in the daytime, the Ecology and Natural Resources Ministry reported.Atmospheric pressure will be 767 mm Hg. Relative humidity will make 70-80 percent at night, 55-60 percent in the daytime. The weather will be mainly rainless in the regions. It will be foggy in some places. West wind will blow.The temperature will be +2-6 °C at night, +9-13 °C in the daytime. In the mountains, the temperature will be 0 and -5 °Cat night, 0 +3 °C in the daytime.The day is expected to be favorable for weather-sensitive people. Deputy minister talks tree-planting campaigns in liberated lands of Azerbaijan http://www.today.az/news/politics/200765.html Politics Mon, 23 Nov 2020 18:43:00 +0400 By TrendAbout 2,000 trees of various species, mainly Eastern plane trees, have been planted in the liberated Fuzuli, Zangilan, and Aghdam districts of Azerbaijan up to date, Deputy Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources of Azerbaijan Firdovsi Aliyev told Trend.Aliyev added that more than 100 kg of oak and other forest tree seeds have been sown.In this regard, the minister informed that employees of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources continue to work to the restoration of ecological balance in the liberated areas.“Everyone is willing to contribute to the restoration of greenery destroyed by Armenia in the Karabakh region with enthusiasm and celebrate Great Return to our native lands” the minister noted.“Starting from November 11, various species of tree seedlings were planted in the liberated and demined safe areas. In line with the relief and climate of the area, these are mainly Eastern plane trees, oak, and other forest type trees. Measures on the restoration of forest cover and greenery are underway,” said Aliyev.“The next tree-planting campaigns will be held in Gubadly and Jabrayil in the coming days. In general, as the liberated areas are cleared of mines and become safe, tree planting will continue throughout the whole Karabakh region,” he added. Powers of SME Development Agency of Azerbaijan enhanced http://www.today.az/news/business/200769.html Business Mon, 23 Nov 2020 18:30:00 +0400 By TrendPresident of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev signed a decree amending the order 'On ensuring the activities of the Agency for the Development of Small and Medium Business of Azerbaijan', Trend reports.This amendment enhanced the powers of the Small and Medium Business Development Agency of Azerbaijan.According to the decree, the issuance of normative documents in cases and in the procedure provided for by regulatory legal acts is also included in the list of the agency's responsibilities. Azerbaijan aims to put Armenian ex-defense minister on int'l wanted list http://www.today.az/news/politics/200766.html Politics Mon, 23 Nov 2020 18:25:00 +0400 By TrendAzerbaijan is looking to put former Armenian Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan on international wanted list, Trend reports.A criminal case was initiated against Ohanyan on article 103 (genocide) of the Azerbaijani Criminal Code.The submission was assessed in the Baku military court by Judge Elbayi Allahverdiyev and was satisfied. In accordance with the court’s decision, a measure of restraint in the form of arrest in absentia was chosen against the ex-minister. Azerbaijan strengthens preventive measures related to coronavirus in justice system – Justice ... http://www.today.az/news/politics/200767.html Politics Mon, 23 Nov 2020 18:00:00 +0400 By TrendThe preventive measures have been strengthened in Azerbaijan to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the justice system, Azerbaijani Justice Minister Fikrat Mammadov said, Trend reports on Nov. 23.“The capabilities of the website and webpages of the ministry in social networks have been expanded to ensure the access to the justice system during a pandemic,” Mammadov said.“The new sections have been created on the website for communication with citizens and the media outlets,” the minister added. “The functionality of the Mobile Notary application has been increased. Some documents are issued remotely.”“Over the last period and during the period of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, about 250 residents of the country's districts, as well as residents of the front-line districts were received in the format of video conference,” the minister said.A special software module has also been developed and launched for conducting trials in video format,” the minister said. “The important changes have been made to the legislation on the president’s initiative to ensure the consideration of criminal cases in this format.” Prices for gold, silver, palladium in Azerbaijan rise http://www.today.az/news/business/200763.html Business Mon, 23 Nov 2020 17:45:00 +0400 By TrendPrices for precious metals in Azerbaijan on November 23, with the exception of platinum, increased compared to previous indicators, Trend reports citing the Central Bank of Azerbaijan (CBA).Accordingly, over the day, an ounce of gold rose by 8.4745 manat ($4.98) or 0.27 percent, amounting to 3,183.828 manat ($1,872), and an ounce of silver - by 0.1498 manat (8 cents) or 0.36 percent, amounting to 41.2233 manat ($24.24). The price of an ounce of platinum decreased by 10.4125 manat ($6.12) or 0.64 percent and amounted to 1,617.0315 manat ($951,195), and an ounce of palladium rose by 10.693 manat ($6.29) or 0.27 percent, amounting to 3,982.5985 manat ($2,342.7).In monthly terms, the price of an ounce of gold decreased by 56.797 manat ($33.41) or 1.8 percent, an ounce of platinum increased by 105.9015 manat ($62.29) or 7 percent, an ounce of silver decreased by 0.7079 manat (41 cents) or 1.7 percent, and per ounce of palladium - by 90.168 manat ($53.04) or 2.2 percent.In annual terms, gold rose by 693.0475 manat ($407.67) or 27.8 percent, silver - by 12.155 manat ($7.15) or 41.8 percent, palladium - by 988.3035 manat ($581.3) or 33 percent, platinum - by 71.995 manat ($42.35) or 4.7 percent.Date:Gold(XAU)Silver(XAG)Platinum(XPT)Palladium(XPD)Nov.23, 20203,183.82841.22331,617.03153,982.5985Nov.20, 20203,175.353541.07351,627.4443,971.9055Oct. 23, 2020.3,240.62541.93121,511.134,072.7665Nov.23, 20192,490.780529.06831,545.03652,994.295Daily differencein man.8.47450.1498-10.412510.693in %0.270.36-0.640.27Monthly differencein man.-56.797-0.7079105.9015-90.168in %-1.8-1.77-2.2Annual differencein man.693.047512.15571.995988.3035In %27.841.84.733 Country registers 2,187 new COVID-19 cases http://www.today.az/news/society/200768.html Society Mon, 23 Nov 2020 17:30:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadAzerbaijan registered 2,187 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, Operational Headquarters under Cabinet of Ministers reported on November 23.Some 634 patients have recovered and 29 patients have died in the reported period. So far, 95,281 COVID-19 cases have been registered in the country. Some 64,475 patients have recovered, 1,160 people have died. Currently, 29,646 people are under treatment in special hospitals.Over the past day, 9,784 tests were conducted in Azerbaijan to reveal coronavirus cases.In general, 1,617,239 tests have been conducted in Azerbaijan so far. Azerbaijani State Fire Control Service begins work in liberated districts http://www.today.az/news/politics/200762.html Politics Mon, 23 Nov 2020 17:27:00 +0400 By TrendThe Azerbaijani Ministry of Emergency Situations (MES) continues work on organizing the activities of relevant structures in the territories of the country, liberated from the Armenian occupation, Trend reports citing the ministry.As reported, the relevant subdivisions of the Karabakh regional department of the State Fire Control Service under the MES have begun work in the Fuzuli, Jabrayil, Zangilan, Gubadly, and Khojavend districts.Following over a month of military action to liberate its territories from Armenian occupation, Azerbaijan has pushed Armenia to sign the surrender document. A joint statement on the matter was made by the Azerbaijani president, Armenia's PM, and the president of Russia.A complete ceasefire and a cessation of all hostilities in the zone of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict were introduced at 00:00 hours (Moscow time) on 10 November 2020.Armenian Armed Forces launched a large-scale military attack on positions of the Azerbaijani army on the front line, using large-caliber weapons, mortars, and artillery on Sept. 27. Azerbaijan responded with a counter-offensive along the entire front.Back in July 2020, the Armenian Armed Forces violated the ceasefire in the direction of Azerbaijan's Tovuz district. As a result of Azerbaijan's retaliation, the opposing forces were silenced. The fighting continued the following days as well. Azerbaijan lost a number of military personnel members, who died fighting off the attacks of the Armenian Armed Forces.The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, the Armenian Armed Forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts. The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Iran's MP talks Iranian oil reserves http://www.today.az/news/regions/200760.html World news Mon, 23 Nov 2020 17:14:00 +0400 By TrendA member of the Iranian Parliament said Iran has not allowed foreigners to dominate our country's oil for 40 years, and therefore the parliament must be careful to not let the foreign buyers dominate our oil through the reform of the budget structure.The “Rules for Reforming the Budget Structure&quot; bill was assessed during the public session of the Iran Parliament today on Sunday, Trend reports citing Mehr News Agency.Referring to the “Budget Structure Reform” bill, Iran MP Eliyas Naderan said that paragraph 4 of the single article of the draft, is stated the way of delivery of crude oil and gas condensate whether to natural or juridical persons using the bank guarantee mechanism and LCs.“Meanwhile, we announce the mechanism of gas delivery for petrochemicals in the annual budget bill,” he said.&quot;If the Ministry of Oil or the National Iranian Oil Company become able to sell oil reserves based on the new plan to reform the budget structure, we actually hand over our ownership of the oil,” he noted. “It is against the constitution.”&quot;We have not allowed foreign countries to dominate our oil for 40 years,&quot; Naderan added. &quot;During these years, we have always exploited oil ourselves and then given it to other countries, so we must address these ambiguities of the new Plan.”Iran’s Parliament Speaker described petrodollars as an unreliable source of income, calling for a budget reform plan with new sources of revenues.The Iranian next year’s budget bill (start on March 21, 2021) will be drafted within the framework of the general program of reforming the budget structure and general policies of the resistance economy, SHNA reported.Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has repeatedly called for the formulation of plans to cut dependence on oil revenues and govern the country on the basis of domestic capabilities instead of natural resources. Azerbaijan approves new quality standard for wheat http://www.today.az/news/business/200759.html Business Mon, 23 Nov 2020 16:53:00 +0400 By TrendThe state standard AZS 888: 2020 ‘Wheat. Technical conditions’ was approved, which contains new, tougher requirements for quality control of raw materials to provide the population with healthy and high-quality flour and bakery products, the State Service for Antimonopoly and Consumer Market Control under the Ministry of Economy told Trend.According to the service, the new standard developed by the Azerbaijan State Service Standardization Institute will also ensure control over the process of supplying (storing) high-quality wheat.The main indicators of the wheat’s quality (nature, gluten content (gluten), protein, and others) are factors that affect the quality of the flour. Based on the new standard, the requirements for the quality and safety of edible wheat of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd grades, as well as low-quality wheat of the 4th and 5th grades, have been tightened.The wheat of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades is used in the production of bread, the fourth-grade wheat in terms of quality indicators is fit not for the direct production of flour and bread, but for baking bread with the addition of more expensive wheat varieties. The wheat of the 5th grade in terms of its quality indicators is considered completely unsuitable for human consumption and is mainly used in animal husbandry, poultry farming, and other industries.Representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources, the Ministry of Emergencies and the Food Safety Agency took part in the discussion of the draft standard. The state standard AZS 888: 2020 ‘Wheat. Specifications’ were developed on the basis of scientific research, international, including European and regional standards. Azerbaijan, Pakistan eye prospects of energy cooperatio http://www.today.az/news/business/200758.html Business Mon, 23 Nov 2020 16:30:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadAzerbaijani Energy Minister Parviz Shahbazov and Pakistan Ambassador to Azerbaijan Bilal Hayee. have discussed prospects for the development of bilateral cooperation between Baku and Islamabad in the energy sector.At their meeting, the parties exchanged views on cooperation between the two countries in various fields. In addition, issues arising from the agreement on energy cooperation between the governments of Azerbaijan and Pakistan were noted.Moreover, the meeting focused on the two countries' investment opportunities in the energy sector.Furthermore, the minister noted the strong friendly relations between Azerbaijan and Pakistan and highly appreciated Pakistan’s standing by Azerbaijan and its support for its just struggle during the counteroffensive operations against Armenia's military aggression. In addition, he thanked Pakistan for its important political, moral support and firm position on the restoration of Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders.In turn, the ambassador congratulated the government and the people of Azerbaijan on the great victory, noting that Pakistan always supports Azerbaijan’s fair and just position on the Nagorno-Karabakh issues. In addition, the ambassador welcomed the statement signed between the parties on the cessation of military operations and expressed confidence that this document would lead to stability and development in the region.It should be noted that trade between Azerbaijan and Pakistan amounted to $10 million during the period of January-October 2020. Out of the total turnover, export amounted to $694,940, while import to $9.3 million. Azerbaijani Justice Ministry department for Nagorno-Karabakh set up http://www.today.az/news/politics/200773.html Politics Mon, 23 Nov 2020 16:22:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Vafa IsmayilovaAzerbaijan has set up the Nagorno-Karabakh regional department of the Justice Ministry, Trend has reported.The department’s headquarters will consist of officials from the ministry.The department’s creation is aimed at ensuring the organized and prompt fulfillment of tasks set before the ministry under the Azerbaijani presidential order to organize the temporary special administration on liberated Azerbaijani territories, Justice Minister Fikrat Mammadov said.He added that the ministry's Nagorno-Karabakh regional department was established to ensure the analysis of national and international legislation in relation to the military and other crimes committed by Armenia and the latter’s illegal activities on the occupied territories. The department will also clarify the amount of damages inflicted on the justice system and infrastructure on the occupied territories, ensure the activity of the judicial bodies, as well as organize the fulfilment of other tasks set before the judicial agencies.Ninety-four Azerbaijani civilians have been killed and hundreds of others have been injured in Armenia's armed attacks.The Azerbaijani army liberated several cities and nearly 300 of its settlements and villages as well as some strategic heights from the occupation of Armenian forces during 44 days.About 20 per cent of Azerbaijan's territory – including Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent regions – had been under Armenian occupation for nearly three decades.Armenia failed to implement four UN Security Council resolutions that urged the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of the invading forces from the occupied territories.On November 10, Baku and Yerevan signed a Moscow-brokered agreement to end fighting and work towards a comprehensive solution.Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev hailed the agreement as a victory for his country and a defeat for Armenia, saying Baku's military success enabled it to gain an upper hand to end the three-decade occupation of its territory. Nobel laureate supports girl left orphan after Ganja missile attack http://www.today.az/news/politics/200757.html Politics Mon, 23 Nov 2020 16:19:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaThe Nobel laureate in chemistry, renowned Turkish scientist,  Aziz Sanjar, has provided support to little Khadija, who lost both parents in the Armenian missile attack on Ganja city. The scientist, living in North Carolina, USA, transferred a large sum to a bank account opened to pay for the future education costs of the three-year-old Khadija Shahnazarova.Three-year-old Khadija lost both her parents and sister when a missile hit their home in Azerbaijan’s city Ganja. Khadija’s mother worked at a kindergarten near their home. The couple had only been married for five years.According to BBC report, Sanjar stressed that he was saddened by this tragic event that happened in the life of little Khadija. He stressed the importance of creating appropriate funds to provide the children affected by the war with high-level education.Debris from the blast got stuck in Khadija’s eyes, she couldn’t open them for three days.Earlier, Irshad Electronics company had sent an official appeal to the executive power of Ganja to take care of little Khadija Shahnazarova.The company expressed its intention to cover the monthly maintenance costs until Khadija reaches 18 years, and pay a four-year tuition fee if she goes to university.&quot;No one can replace the relatives of our little citizen Khadija, but we, like the whole Azerbaijan, are already her family. The pain she feels is our pain. Recent events on the way to the historical victory of the Azerbaijani army have strengthened the unity of the nation even more. Everyone is doing their best to pay debt to the homeland. Both the courage of our servicemen on the frontline and the courage of our people on the frontline for our army, for citizens who suffered from Armenian terrorists' [deeds] make us proud as citizens of this country. With that, we are ready to do everything possible for support,&quot; the company stated.Starting from September 27, Armenia launched missile attacks on Azerbaijani cities and regions, including Ganja. As a result, a total of 25 civilians were killed and 139 were injured in Ganja. The city's civil infrastructure facilities and vehicles suffered extensive damages.The Moscow-brokered peace deal signed between Baku and Yerevan on November 10 ended the 44-day war. The peace agreement envisages the de-occupation of Azerbaijan’s Kalbajar region by 25 November, Aghdam region by 20 November and Lachin region by December 1, as well as the return of Azerbaijani IDPs to Azerbaijan’s Nagorno-Karabakh and the seven adjacent regions under the control of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Famous UK-based poetess of Azerbaijani origin appeals on Armenian ecological terror http://www.today.az/news/politics/200756.html Politics Mon, 23 Nov 2020 15:51:00 +0400 By TrendSince November 10, 2020, the whole international community is watching how Armenian illegal settlers are leaving the territories of Azerbaijan after nearly 30 years of occupation, Famous poetess Nigar Hasanzadeh, of Azerbaijani origin, and who currently lives in the UK said in a video appeal, Trend reports.“But not every one of you has a chance to know the brutality and the damage which Armenians are causing to the surrounded nature, to their homes, to their own animals and pets leaving basically nothing behind themselves.”She noted that almost 30 years ago, 1 million Azerbaijani refugees were forced by Armenians to leave their lands and homes, literally barefoot and half-naked, tortured, in pain, and in cold weather.In her words, during the aggression, Armenian destroyed 500 historical and architectural monuments, 100 archaeological sides, 22 museums, 40,000 artifacts, 9 palaces, 44 temples, dozens of mosques, and hundreds of ancient mausoleums.Trend presents the video:&lt;/p&gt; &lt;/body&gt; &lt;/html&gt;