Politics

07 February 2007 [09:10]

China's police delegation to visit Azerbaijan

Chinese People's Armed Police delegation will pay a visit Azerbaijan in late March or early April.
07 February 2007 [09:00]

Musavat Party member sentenced to four years

Sabail district Court finished the trial of Musavat Party member Mehdi Mehdiyev.
07 February 2007 [08:30]

Russia warns EU over ex-Soviet sphere of influence

Russia warned the European Union on Tuesday not to tread on its toes in ex-Soviet areas that Moscow regards as being within its sphere of influence.
07 February 2007 [03:11]

Video of U.S. friendly fire unleashes storm in UK

U.S. and British officials denied trying to bury details of a "friendly fire" incident on Tuesday when a cockpit video was leaked in which U.S. pilots are heard weeping after mistakenly killing a British soldier in Iraq.
07 February 2007 [03:01]

Blair says no military action on Iran

Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair told lawmakers Tuesday that no military action is planned against Iran, but that international opinion is hardening against Teheran's nuclear ambitions and what he described as its interference in conflicts across the Middle East.
06 February 2007 [22:35]

President Aliyev receives Assistant of U.S. Secretary of State

On February 6, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev received the U.S. delegation led by Daniel Sullivan, Assistant Secretary of State for Economic, Energy and Business Affairs, and co-Chair of the U.S.-Azerbaijan Economic Partnership Commission.
06 February 2007 [22:12]

Steven Mann and Matthew Bryza arrive in Azerbaijan

The delegation led by the US Assistant Secretary of State for Economic, Energy and Business Affairs, US-Azerbaijan Economic Partnership Commission co-chair Daniel Sullivan arrived in Azerbaijan.
06 February 2007 [22:09]

Emergencies Minister receives Special Representative of US Department of State

Azerbaijan's Emergencies Minister, Colonel General Kamaladdin Heydarov received Special Representative for Commercial and Business Affairs of US Department of State Frank Mermoud.
06 February 2007 [22:08]

"Tolishi Sedo" newspaper editor-in-chief arrested

Novruzeli Mammadov, editor-in-chief of newspaper "Tolishi Sedo" (Voice of Talish) published in Azerbaijan was arrested on February 3.
06 February 2007 [22:05]

Chief of General Staff of Azerbaijan visits Pakistan

Colonel General Najamaddim Sadihov, Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Azerbaijan called on General Ehsan Ul Haq, Chairman Joint Chief of Staff Committee at the Joint Staff Headquarters Tuesday in city of Rawalpindi.
06 February 2007 [17:23]

President Aliyev to visit Georgia on Wednesday

Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev will pay an official visit to Georgia on Wednesday.
06 February 2007 [15:35]

Armenian Speaker accuses Azerbaijan of unwillingness to settle conflict peacefully

Azeri parliamentarians are under the pressure of official Baku which rejects any possibility of cooperation between the Armenian and Azeri parliaments before the settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict, Armenian National Assembly Speaker Tigran Torosian said at a meeting with OSCE PA President Goran Lennmarker.
06 February 2007 [14:55]

Armenians angry over White House's proposal to render Azerbaijan more assistance

The Bush Administration, in its FY2008 federal budget, has proposed a 49% cut in aid to Armenia, and is - once again - seeking to break the agreement it struck with Congress more than five years ago to maintain parity in military aid levels to Armenia and Azerbaijan.
06 February 2007 [12:32]

Bush administration to reassure Turkey of its opposition to proposed genocide resolution

U.S. officials will reassure the Turkish foreign minister, currently visiting Washington, that they will try to quash a proposed resolution in Congress condemning as genocide the early 20th century killings of Armenians.
06 February 2007 [12:20]

Matthew Bryza: "Adoption of 'Armenian genocide' bill can harm US-Turkey relations"

"Adoption of draft law on Armenian Genocide in US Congress can seriously harm US-Turkey relations," Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, US co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group Matthew Bryza stated.
06 February 2007 [12:17]

Georgia authorities release opposition leader Irina Sarishvili

Leader of the Imedi opposition political association Irina Sarishvili, detained on Monday evening by officers of the Georgian Interior Ministry for "the import of great quantities of undeclared gold and cash from Armenia into Georgia," was released last night. The release was preceded by hours-long interrogation, conducted at the Georgian Sadakhlo passage point (Georgian-Armenian border).
06 February 2007 [10:20]

EU official to visit Baku

EU Cabinet of Commissioner of Taxation and Customs deputy chief Anabella Gago Filori will pay visit to Baku on February 7.
06 February 2007 [10:00]

EU representative Emma Udwin: "Kosovo variant can not be applied to settlement of Nagorno Karabakh conflict"

"Kosovo variant can not be applied to the settlement of any other conflict," said Emma Udwin spokesperson of Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Commissioner for External Relations told the APA exclusively.
06 February 2007 [09:55]

Defense Minister to participate in International Defense Exhibition

Azerbaijani Defense Minister Safar Abiyev will take part in International Defense Exhibition Conference to be held on February 18-22 in Dubai.
06 February 2007 [09:10]

Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of CE to visit Baku

Mission of Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe will visit Baku on February 6-7.
06 February 2007 [08:40]

Azerbaijani parliament to meet Feb. 13

The next meeting of Azerbaijani parliament will be held on February 13.
06 February 2007 [08:05]

State Border Service detains 47 wanted

The officers of Azerbaijan State Border Service prevented 18 facts of violation of state borders.
06 February 2007 [02:54]

Officials: Iran has assembled 2 small uranium-enriching units underground

Shrugging off the threat of new and tougher U.N. sanctions, Iran has set up more than 300 centrifuges in two uranium enrichment units at its underground Natanz complex, diplomats and officials said Monday.
06 February 2007 [02:52]

Russian, Georgian officials discuss restoration of air links

Russian and Georgian officials held talks Monday on the possibility of restoring air travel between their countries, which Moscow suspended last year during a crisis in bilateral ties, officials said.
06 February 2007 [02:50]

Serbian leaders gather to challenge U.N. plan for Kosovo

Senior Serbian politicians agreed Monday to let the republic's newly elected assembly map out a response to a U.N. plan for Kosovo, which Serbs see as granting independence to the contested province.
05 February 2007 [23:45]

U.S. donates military hospital to Armenia

The United States has provided the Armenian army with a mobile field hospital which it hopes will help to widen Yerevan's participation in Western-led military operations.
05 February 2007 [21:52]

OSCE PA President to visit Azerbaijan

Program of OSCE Parliamentary Assembly (PA) President Goran Lennmarker's visit to Azerbaijan has been announced.
05 February 2007 [21:50]

Defense Minister meets Turkish President and Armed Forces General Staff chief

Azerbaijan's Defence Minister, General Colonel Safar Abiyev held a meeting with Turkish Armed Forces General Staff Chief, Army General Yashar Buyukanit. Official welcome ceremony was organized at the General Staff.
05 February 2007 [21:48]

Magdalena Fricheva appointed ICR Caucasus project director

Magdalena Fricheva has been appointed director of the Caucasus Project of the International Crisis Group.
05 February 2007 [21:40]

Azeri, Turkish and Georgian Presidents to meet in Georgia

Ceremony of signing Framework Agreement on implementation of the Baku-Tbilisi-Akhalkalaki-Kars railway project will be held in Georgia on February 7.
05 February 2007 [16:17]

US Jewish lobby to support Turkey to prevent alleged Armenian genocide bill

Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul is paying an official visit to the US.
05 February 2007 [16:12]

Spokesman for UN Secretary-General: "UN values its relationships with Azerbaijan"

"UN Secretariat values its relationships with all UN Member States, including Azerbaijan," said Brendan Varma, spokesman for the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
05 February 2007 [16:10]

Armenians killed 73,727 Azeris in Nakhchivan in 1919-1921

Armenians killed 523,955 Turks in Turkey in 1910-1922.
05 February 2007 [16:08]

OSCE PA President: "NK conflict can be settled after parliamentary elections in Armenia"

"Agreement on the settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict can be reached after the parliamentary elections in Armenia," President of OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Goran Lennmarker said in Yerevan.
05 February 2007 [16:05]

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State visits Azerbaijan

US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, Colleen Graffy, is visiting Azerbaijan.
05 February 2007 [16:02]

President Aliyev to visit Tbilisi

Ilham Aliyev, president of Azerbaijan will arrive on a one-day visit in Tbilisi on February 7.
05 February 2007 [15:38]

Azerbaijani Defense Minster visits Turkey

Defense Minster, General Colonel Safar Abiyev today started his official visit to Turkey at the invitation of Turkey's Armed Forces General Staff Chief, Army General Yashar Boyukanit.
05 February 2007 [14:47]

Brother of late Georgian prime minister demands new investigation into his death

The brother of Georgia's late Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania on Monday demanded a new investigation into his death two years ago, dismissing the authorities' assertion that he died from carbon monoxide poisoning.
05 February 2007 [13:48]

New head of OSCE Office in Baku takes up his position

New head of the OSCE Office in Baku Jose Luis Herrero Ansola takes up his position today, the OSCE Office told.
05 February 2007 [13:14]

Chingiz Aytmatov: "Solution to the Karabakh problem is deliberately protracted"

"The solution to the Nagorno Karabakh problem is deliberately protracted," prominent Kyrgyz writer Chingiz Aytmatov told.
04 February 2007 [15:38]

Turkey killer video sparks fears of state collusion

Video footage of a self-confessed murderer striking a heroic pose alongside security force members after his arrest for the killing of a Turkish Armenian editor has revived fears in Turkey of a shadowy state within a state.
04 February 2007 [15:19]

US experts: Attack on Iran would be a disaster

Three former high-ranking US military officers have called for Britain to help defuse the crisis over Iran's nuclear program, saying military action against Tehran would be a disaster for the region.
03 February 2007 [18:06]

Foreign Minister receives Jean-Louis Laurens

Foreign Affairs Minister of Azerbaijan Elmar Mammedyarov received Director General of Political Affairs of the Council of Europe Jean-Louis Laurens.
03 February 2007 [18:02]

Asadov meets IRIB President

Speaker of Azerbaijan's Parliament, Oqtay Asadov, met with Ezzatollah Zarghami, President of Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB).
03 February 2007 [17:42]

Azeri envoy says non-visa regime between Nakhchivan and Iran to be applied soon

Non-visa regime between Nakhchivan and Iran will be applied soon.
03 February 2007 [15:17]

Etimad Asadov: "We should protect our brother-in-arm"

"A decision was made at the establishment meeting of 16 October Movement to take care of the movement victims and sufferers while the work toward this problem is absolutely null. One of activists, Mehdi Mehdiyev, member of Musavat Party Assembly, will be tried on February 6.
03 February 2007 [13:09]

Swedish MP asks Iran's President to release Abbas Lisani

Member of Swedish Parliament's foreign relations commission, and Christian- Democrat Party deputy Holger Gustafsson addressed to Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad asking to release Abbas Lisani, activist for Iranian Azerbaijani rights.
03 February 2007 [13:02]

Al-Qaeda plot against Erdogan unveiled

Turkish authorities made sudden raids on suspected Al Qaeda groups in six cities, detaining 36.
03 February 2007 [13:00]

Turkey to lobby U.S. over Kurd rebels in N.Iraq

Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, facing pressure on security issues ahead of elections, will send his foreign minister to Washington next week to lobby for a crackdown on Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq.
03 February 2007 [10:55]

CE Commissioner for Human Rights to visit Azerbaijan

Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Thomas Hammarberg plans to visit Azerbaijan.
03 February 2007 [10:50]

Budget of OSCE's Baku Office rise

The 2007 Budget of OSCE Baku Office has been passed.
03 February 2007 [10:45]

Mammadyarov receives former and new UN representatives

Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov received the former UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representatives Marco Borsotti and new appointed representative Bruno Pouezat.
03 February 2007 [10:00]

15 officers of Military Prosecutor's Office punished last year

15 officers of Military Prosecutor's Office were punished by the order of Prosecutor General last year, Military Prosecutor Khanlar Veliyev said at the board meeting on the results of last year.
03 February 2007 [09:55]

Lithuanian PM meets with members of Azerbaijani community

Lithuanian Prime Minister Gediminas Kirkilas visited National Communities House in Vilnius to meet with the members of National Communities Council and to participate in the conference.
03 February 2007 [09:50]

Azerbaijan works on response to preliminary report of PACE co-rapporteurs

Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe (PACE) Monitoring Group co-rapporteurs Andres Herkel and Tony Lloyd presented preliminary report on fulfillment of Azerbaijan's PACE commitments.
03 February 2007 [09:45]

President Aliyev approves 2007-2010 State Program for customs development

President Ilham Aliyev approved 2007-2010 State Program for customs development.
03 February 2007 [09:05]

Marco Borsotti appointed UN representative to Russia

Bruno Pouezat appointed UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident representative to Azerbaijan, former UN Resident Coordinators Marco Borsotti said in the press conference.
03 February 2007 [09:00]

Matthew Bryza: "We will destroy PKK harbors"

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Matthew Bryza in the frame of Turkey Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul's visit the U.S held a briefing for Turkey press.
03 February 2007 [01:14]

Azeri official unimpressed by OSCE mediators' efforts

Baku is discontent with the activity of the OSCE mediators brokering talks on settling the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno Karabakh conflict, a senior official said.
03 February 2007 [00:46]

Bush seeks $100 bln for Iraq in 2007

President George W. Bush will ask Congress for $99.7 billion for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars for rest of fiscal year 2007 and more than $145 billion for fiscal year 2008, a Bush administration official said on Friday.
03 February 2007 [00:33]

U.S. Secretary Defense says no plans for war with Iran

The United States is not planning for a war with Iran but is determined to stop Iranians supplying bombs for deadly attacks on U.S. troops in Iraq, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Friday.
02 February 2007 [23:01]

President Aliyev receives Director General of Political Affairs of the Council of Europe

On February 2, President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan received the Director General of Political Affairs of the Council of Europe Mr Jean-Louis Laurens and Special Representative of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe in Azerbaijan Denis Bribosia.
02 February 2007 [22:38]

Eurasia Daily Monitor: "Even steep price hikes in Azerbaijan can't unify opposition"

The start of 2007 has brought new opportunities for Azerbaijan's opposition parties to revive their activism.
02 February 2007 [22:11]

President meets with representatives of youth organizations on Youth Day

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev met with representatives of youth organizations on occasion of Youth Day – February 2.
02 February 2007 [21:59]

Ramil Usubov: "Salaries of interior bodies' officers will be increased"

The salaries of the offices of interior bodies will be increased in the second half of this year, Interior Minister, Colonel-general Ramil Usubov said.
02 February 2007 [18:15]

Diplomats: Iran puts down piping, cables for underground uranium enrichment plant

Hundreds of workers in Iran have set up piping, control panels and electric cables for Tehran's underground uranium enrichment plant, diplomats said Friday — the final step before installing equipment that countries fear could be used to make nuclear arms.
02 February 2007 [18:10]

Serbian president rejects UN proposal on Kosovo

The Serbian president on Friday rejected a U.N. plan for Kosovo, saying it "opens the possibility of independence" for the breakaway province.
02 February 2007 [18:00]

Document signed by GUAM MPs to PACE on frozen conflicts presented to organization

In the frame of PACE April session, the meeting of the heads of the delegations of GUAM states (Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Moldova) will be held in Azerbaijani Office in Strasburg.
02 February 2007 [16:06]

Russia ready for dialogue with Azerbaijan on Gebele Radar Station

"We are ready for dialogue," asked about the problem of amount of the rental payment of Gebele Radar Station Russian ambassador to Azerbaijan Vasili Istratov told journalists.
02 February 2007 [15:55]

Russia can cooperate with GUAM, if needed

"I do not want to say that the relations among CIS member states are going down to history. These relations exist and will exist. Though order in the field of labor migration is established, there will always be a need for labor migrants," Russian Ambassador to Azerbaijan Vasili Istratov told journalists.
02 February 2007 [15:51]

Iran official says allows U.N. cameras at atom site

A senior Iranian official said on Friday Iran had allowed the installation of surveillance cameras at a complex where it is set to begin expanding enrichment of nuclear fuel.
02 February 2007 [15:12]

Interpol issued notice for 206 persons in connection with Armenian crimes in Nagorno Karabakh and adjacent territories

The preliminary investigation on case of grievous crimes committed by Armenian aggressive groups in Nagorno Karabakh and adjacent territories is carried out in three directions, stated military prosecutor Khanlar Veliyev.
02 February 2007 [15:11]

Russian Ambassador: "Azerbaijanis not deported from Russia"

"Let's look at the result. We are speaking about the preliminary situation so far. We can only say that intimidations in Russian and Azerbaijani press were not justified. Azerbaijanis are not deported from Russia," Russian Ambassador to Azerbaijan Vasili Istratov told journalists.
02 February 2007 [15:05]

UN Resident Coordinator Marco Borsotti holds press conference

UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Marco Borsotti held a press conference on completion of his tenure in Azerbaijan.
02 February 2007 [15:00]

OSCE PA delegation led by Goran Lennmarker to arrive in Armenia

A delegation of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly led by Mr Goran Lennmarker will arrive in Armenia February 4.