23 December 2006 [14:38]

Civilian to be appointed to a post in Defense Ministry

"Military doctrine of Azerbaijan will be adopted next year. The State Commission is about to complete the document," Parliament's Permanent Commission on Security and Defense issues Ziyafet Askerov told journalists.
23 December 2006 [14:34]

Rustem Usubov: "Investigation of former ministers' cases not to take much time"

"The investigation of former ministers' cases is continued. Special commission was established to examine Farhad Aliyev's health. The doctors came to this conclusion that Farhad Aliyev's health is normal," First deputy prosecutor General Rustem Usubov told the journalists.
23 December 2006 [14:33]

Azerbaijani serviceman transferred under ICRC auspices

Azerbaijani hostage soldier Vusal Garajayev was handed over to Azerbaijani side on Saturday.
23 December 2006 [14:32]

President Aliyev decreed on implementation of 2007 State Budget law

President Ilham Aliyev decreed on implementation of the law 2007 State Budget.
23 December 2006 [13:02]

Azerbaijan Internal Troops Commander receives his Russian counterpart

Azerbaijan Internal Troops Commander Zakir Hasanov received Russia Internal Troops Commander-in-chief Sergey Bunin.
23 December 2006 [12:20]

Azerbaijan-Russia interparliamentary commission meeting postponed

The meeting of Azerbaijan-Russia interparliamentary commission to be held in Baku was postponed because of technical problems.
23 December 2006 [11:42]

World Azerbaijanis Congress declares 2007 Khojali Year

World Azerbaijanis Congress (WAC) declared 2007 to be Khojali Year in Turkish world.
23 December 2006 [11:38]

Romanian Senate Chairman to visit Azerbaijan

The delegation led by Romanian Senate Chairman Nicolae Vacaroiu will visit Azerbaijan next year.
23 December 2006 [01:40]

Many Azeris see Iranian hand behind wave of unrest

An article denigrating Islam published early last month in an obscure newspaper here in the capital has led to emotional demonstrations across Azerbaijan and in Iran. A prominent Iranian cleric demanded the death of the two writers of the article, who have been imprisoned in Azerbaijan.
23 December 2006 [01:30]

President Aliyev offers condolences to acting Turkmen President

Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev sent a message of condolences to acting President of Turkmenistan, Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, on the death of President Saparmurat Niyazov.
23 December 2006 [01:29]

Asadov meets Christian Strohal

Speaker of Azerbaijan Parliament Ogtay Asadov on 22 December met with Christian Strohal, Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights.
23 December 2006 [01:26]

Mammadyarov meets Christian Strohal

Azerbaijan Foreign Minister, Elmar Mammadyarov, met with Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, Ambassador Christian Strohal, press service of the Ministry said.
23 December 2006 [01:25]

President Aliyev receives Russian Interior Minister

President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan on December 22 received the Minister of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation Rashid Nurgaliev.
23 December 2006 [01:18]

Letif Huseynov: "Most amendments to the law on Freedom of assembly are technical"

The workgroup for the preparation of amendments to the law on Freedom of assembly according to the judgment of Venice Commission of the CE is working on proposals.
22 December 2006 [17:52]

Turkmen opposition not allowed returning

The leaders of Turkmen opposition abroad were not allowed returning to the country through Sweden-Russia-Turkmenistan, said the representative of joint Turkmen opposition, Justice Minister of the shadow cabinet Batir Mukhamedshin said.
22 December 2006 [17:49]

Ukraine's Premier to visit Azerbaijan December 26

The exact date of Ukraine's Prime Minister Victor Yanukovich's visit to Azerbaijan was defined.
22 December 2006 [17:47]

Azerbaijan's Premier and Deputy FM to participate in Turkmenbashi's funeral

The composition of Azerbaijani delegation to participate in Turkmenbashi's funeral was defined.
22 December 2006 [17:40]

Armenian Speaker accuses Georgia

"Armenian delegations to the international forums must act in the interests of their own state," Armenian Parliament Speaker Tigran Torosian said while commenting on the statements by Nino Burjanadze who accused the Armenian parliamentary delegation of foiling the conclusion of the Final communique of the South Caucasus Parliamentary Initiative winter session.
22 December 2006 [17:35]

President Aliyev receives Christian Strohal

President Ilham Aliyev received the director of the OSCE's Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights Christian Strohal.
22 December 2006 [12:58]

Peter Semneby: "I will discuss the issues of refugees during my next visit"

Special representative of the EU for South Caucasus Peter Semneby will have discussions about the issues of refugees and displaced place during his next visit to Azerbaijan.
22 December 2006 [12:57]

Azerbaijan, Russian IM sign protocol

Interior Minister of Russian Federation, army general Rashid Nurgaliyev is on visit to Azerbaijan.
22 December 2006 [11:13]

Acting Turkmen president: date for next presidential election will be set on Dec. 26

Turkmenistan's acting president announced Friday that the date for elections to replace the ex-Soviet republic's late long-ruling dictator will be set next Tuesday. He promised they would be democratic.
22 December 2006 [10:59]

Abulfaz Elchibey's grave monument not to be reconstructed

It will not be possible construct ex-president Abulfaz Elchibey's monument until World Azerbaijanis Solidarity day, said Elchibey's brother Murad Aliyev.
22 December 2006 [10:50]

Tigran Torosyan: "If decision on NK does not satisfy us, conduction of elections will be of no importance"

If an acceptable solution for both sides is made during the process of the settlement of Nagorno Karabakh conflict, it will not impede the conduction of elections, Speaker of Armenian Parliament Tigran Torosyan said.
22 December 2006 [10:43]

ICRC Nagorno Karabakh Office chief: "We can mediate in hand over of the soldier"

"International Committee of red Cross Khankendi office supports the sides, interested in hand over of the soldier," ICRC Nagorno Karabakh Office chief George Drndarski said while showing his attitude to hand over of the hostage Azerbaijani soldier Vusal Garajayev.
22 December 2006 [10:32]

Georgia blames Armenia for SCPI final communique failure

Final Communique was not adopted in the last meeting of South Caucasus Parliamentary Initiative.
21 December 2006 [23:08]

OSCE Chairman expresses condolences to Turkmen people over death of leader, offers Organization's help on democratic reforms

The OSCE Chairman-in-Office, Belgian Foreign Minister Karel De Gucht, expressed condolences to the people of Turkmenistan today after the death of their president, and said the OSCE stood ready to help with the ensuing transition and to advance democratic reforms.
21 December 2006 [23:02]

POWs rights protection discussed

Ombudsperson of Azerbaijan Elmira Suleymanova met with the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) country representative Susan Lopez.
21 December 2006 [23:01]

Southern Coast Guard Division becomes operational

According to the "State program of technical development of the system of protection of borders of the Azerbaijan Republic in 2006-2010," the Southern Division of the Coast Guard of the State Frontier Service was set in settlement Keledehne, city of Astara.
21 December 2006 [22:44]

OSCE to cooperate with Azerbaijan in carrying out political reforms

Director of OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights Christian Strohal visiting Baku met with Elmar Mammadyarov.
21 December 2006 [22:39]

Turkmen speaker Ovezgeldy Atayev arrested

Speaker of Turkmen Parliament Ovezgeldy Atayev has been arrested.
21 December 2006 [22:35]

President Aliyev phones Georgian President

President Ilham Aliyev phoned Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili.
21 December 2006 [17:04]

President Aliyev: "We offer autonomy for Nagorno Karabakh now, we may not in future"

"I hope that Armenia will eventually accept OSCE Minsk Group's proposal, give up protracting negotiations, by finding various pretexts," President Ilham Aliyev stated while meeting with local authorities in Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic.
21 December 2006 [16:56]

Bush's nominee for envoy to Armenia fails to win Senate approval

Armenian groups plan to block any ambassador to Yerevan who fails to recognize Armenian genocide.
21 December 2006 [14:42]

Most ANIP members discontented with Ayaz Rustamov's activity

"Ayaz Rustamov being ANIP (Azerbaijan National Independence Party) chairman should work better. He should not restrict his activity," ANIP Press service chief Ali Orujov stated.
21 December 2006 [14:23]

Meeting of state commissions for delimitation and demarcation postponed

The process of coordination of conflicting territories in Azerbaijan-Georgia border continues, said Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister, the chairman of the state commission for delimitation and demarcation Georgy Manchgaladze.
21 December 2006 [14:21]

Christian Strohal: "OSCE will continue to cooperate with Azerbaijan"

"The aim of my visit to Baku is to define the perspectives of the cooperation between Azerbaijan government and OSCE and to hold discussions concerning this issue," the director of the OSCE's Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights Christian Strohal told the journalists.
21 December 2006 [14:19]

President Aliyev's visit to Ordubad ends

Azerbaijani president Ilham Aliyev continues his visit to Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic.
21 December 2006 [11:48]

Turkmenistan leader Niyazov dies

Turkmenistan's President-for-life Saparmurat Niyazov had died, state television said on Thursday.
21 December 2006 [11:19]

Safar Abiyev receives Bahraini Defence Minister

Defence Minister, colonel-general Safar Abiyev received the delegation led by the Defence Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain Shaikh Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa.
21 December 2006 [11:18]

MPs appeal to Ilham Aliyev

Six parliamentarians who visited the military corps situated in Barda, appealed to Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev asking to increase the attention to the servicemen.
21 December 2006 [11:03]

Administrative Procedure Code to be discussed in spring session of parliament

Administrative Procedure Code is expected to be discussed in spring session of the parliament.
21 December 2006 [11:02]

Meeting of Parliament permanent commission for security and defense

Meeting of Parliament permanent commission for security and defense was held on Wednesday.
21 December 2006 [10:56]

EU voices concern over lack of media freedom in Azerbaijan

The European Union voiced concern Wednesday over the recent developments affecting the freedom of media in Azerbaijan.
21 December 2006 [10:37]

Sabir Rustemkhanli: "We feel need for strong opposition"

"We need strong opposition in the country when external pressures on our country increases and Karabakh conflict is not settled yet. But unfortunately, there some forces in opposition fighting with each others and this causes problems for our country," said MP, the chairman of Civil Solidarity party Sabir Rustemkhanli.
21 December 2006 [10:34]

Russian Interior Minister's visit schedule to Azerbaijan announced

Russian Interior Minister, army general Rashid Nurgaliyev will pay an official visit to Azerbaijan on Thursday.
20 December 2006 [21:35]

Caspian Summit to Discuss Sea Division, Again

Caspian states are to meet in the first three months of next year for further talks on the long-running dispute over ownership of the sea. NBCentralAsia analysts say the growing militarisation in the region and the continuing uncertainty about the legal status of oil and gas deposits and associated energy projects mean it is more urgent than ever to resolve the dispute.
20 December 2006 [20:34]

Russian FM: "Azeri, Armenian Presidents should continue talks"

"The talks on the settlement of Nagorno Karabakh conflict between Baku and Yerevan should continue in 2007," Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at the press conference held on annual results.
20 December 2006 [20:28]

Next meeting of OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs to be held January

The next meeting of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs is expected to take place late January-early February, said Matthew Bryza's press secretary Michel Stevens.
20 December 2006 [20:25]

NSM states Farhad Aliyev's health normal

Head of Public Affairs Center of the National Security Ministry Arif Babayev expresses a stance on the lawyers' and right defenders' opinions about Farhad Aliyev's health.
20 December 2006 [17:18]

President Aliyev opens facilities in Nakhchivan

President Ilham Aliyev continues his visit to Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic.
20 December 2006 [17:15]

Aydin Mirzazade: "Azerbaijan builds professional army"

"I do not deny the fact of 'dedovshina' - physical and psychological abuse of new recruits in the army. But it is rare. Carelessness, lax discipline and new recruits difficulty to adjust to the army may are the main reasons," considered Aydin Mirzezade, deputy chief of the MM permanent commission for security and defense.
20 December 2006 [17:11]

Peter Semneby to visit Azerbaijan next month

EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus Peter Semneby will again visit Baku next month.
20 December 2006 [17:09]

Deputy Head of Iran's Judiciary meets Azeri Ambassador

Deputy head of Iran's Judiciary met with Azerbaijan's ambassador to Tehran here on Wednesday.
20 December 2006 [16:33]

Judge to consider Ramil Safarov's appeal determined

The appeal of Azerbaijani Army officer Ramil Safarov, accused of murdering Armenian officer Gurgen Markaryan in Hungary and sentenced to life will be considered on February 22, 2007 in the Court of Appeals of Hungary, Azerbaijani Embassy in Hungary informs.
20 December 2006 [13:15]

President Aliyev visits Nakhchivan

President Ilham Aliyev is visiting Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic. Ilham Aliyev is accompanied by the members of the Government.
20 December 2006 [11:39]

Nagorno Karabakh fails to make progress after 12 years

Though negotiations are wrapped in secrecy to hide 12 years of failure, the former Soviet Union's bloodiest conflict pitting Armenia against Azerbaijan may be edging closer to talks that could yield peace - or destroy current diplomatic efforts entirely. Earlier this year, a raft of new proposals for Nagorno Karabakh, a breakaway region in the oil-rich Caucasus republic of Azerbaijan, received rare positive assessments among international mediators in Moscow, Paris, Bucharest and Brussels.
20 December 2006 [11:16]

ANS prepares documents to participate in tender

ANS TV and ANS CM prepare documents to take part in tender for frequency announced by National Tele-Radio Council.
20 December 2006 [11:05]

Milli Majlis makes amendments to some legislation acts to prevent water, gas and electricity robbery

Milli Majlis continued the discussions concerning the amendments to some legislation acts.
20 December 2006 [11:04]

Lithuanian embassy to be established in Baku

Lithuanian embassy will be established in Baku, 2007.
20 December 2006 [11:03]

Miguel Angel Moratinos: "We'll back initiatives to settlement of Nagorno Karabakh conflict"

"We will back the initiatives to the settlement of Nagorno Karabakh, Abkhazia and South Osetin conflicts," stated Miguel Angel Moratinos, OSCE Chairman-in-office and Spanish Foreign Minister.
20 December 2006 [11:02]

Spanish embassy to be opened in Azerbaijan

Spanish embassy will be opened in Azerbaijan next year.
20 December 2006 [11:01]

Amendment concerning military draft of graduates and citizens having 3 children rejected

The proposals to Basis of military legislation have been amended.
20 December 2006 [10:57]

German Interior Ministry sends a gift to Azerbaijani Border Troops

German ambassador to Azerbaijan Per Kristofer Stankina presented the gift sent by German Interior Ministry to State Border Troops.
20 December 2006 [10:54]

U.S. Assistant Secretary meets with chiefs of Right's Defense Organizations

The U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Barry F. Lowenkron is in visit to Azerbaijan and he met with the chiefs of Rights' Defense organizations.
20 December 2006 [10:53]

OSCE works out a project for intensification of the dialogue between Azerbaijan and Armenia

OSCE will implement a project for intensification of the dialogue between Azerbaijan and Armenia next year.
20 December 2006 [10:47]

Asadov meets Romanian president

Parliament's speaker Ogtay Asadov met with Romanian president Traian Basescu within his visit to the country.
20 December 2006 [00:16]

Armenia seeks international condemnation of alleged Azerbaijani destruction of monuments

The Armenian government has launched a traveling photo exhibition of what it claims is destruction of monuments at an ethnic Armenian cemetery in the Azerbaijani region of Nakhichevan.
20 December 2006 [00:07]

Top U.S. diplomat calls on Azerbaijan to protect press freedoms

A top U.S. diplomat on Tuesday warned Azerbaijan to do more to protect press freedoms following closures of a top independent TV station and the eviction of an opposition newspaper from its headquarters.
20 December 2006 [00:05]

Azerbaijan: Fragmented Opposition Ponders Options

Over the past 12 years, Azerbaijan's various fractious opposition parties have failed time and again to join forces to pose a strong, united, and cohesive alternative to the ruling Yeni Azerbaycan Party.
19 December 2006 [23:56]

Mammadyarov meets U.S. Assistant Secretary of State

Foreign Minister of the Azerbaijan Republic Elmar Mammadyarov met with the delegation led by Barry Lowenkron, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor.
19 December 2006 [23:54]

Azerbaijan's delegation attends first session of Conference of Parties to UN Convention against Corruption

A delegation of Azerbaijan headed by Deputy Prosecutor General Rustam Usubov and comprising representatives of the country's parliament, the Ministry of Justice, Supreme Court and Embassy in Amman, Jordan were here from December 10 to 14 to participate in the first session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption, press service of the Prosecutor General's Office has said.