Politics

27 January 2007 [01:48]

Araz Azimov: "Gukasyan and others should understand that the better life and defense of their rights can be ensured in Azerbaijan"

"Arkady Gukasyan and others should understand that Azerbaijan is developing and better life, the protection of rights of Armenians can only be ensured in being in the composite of Azerbaijan. To come to joint opinion with Mr. Merzlyakov and with some others does not mean that the positions of the sides in the settlement of the conflict are the same," Deputy Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Araz Azimov said when commenting on the issue whether Kosovo variant is precedent for Azerbaijan.
27 January 2007 [01:45]

President Aliyev meets Swiss counterpart

President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan has meet with the President of the Swiss Confederation Micheline Calmy-Rey in Davos, Jan. 26.
26 January 2007 [22:07]

Russian Admiral says US Navy prepares missile strike on Iran

US Navy nuclear submarines maintaining vigil off the coast of Iran indicate that the Pentagon's military plans include not only control over navigation in the Persian Gulf but also strikes against Iranian targets, a former commander of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, Admiral Eduard Baltin has told the Interfax news agency.
26 January 2007 [21:53]

Karabakh mediators silent after latest regional tour

International mediators discussed efforts to resolve the Nagorno Karabakh conflict with President Robert Kocharian in Yerevan on Friday, ending their latest round of regional shuttle diplomacy without making any public statements.
26 January 2007 [18:50]

Azeri, Armenian MPs to visit Nagorno Karabakh

Azerbaijani and Armanian delegations to PACE made a decision at the meeting held within plenary session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe to begin direct dialogues on the Nagorno Karabakh conflict.
26 January 2007 [18:24]

Police break up opposition protest in Azerbaijan

Police in Azerbaijan broke up a demonstration organized by opposition activists on Friday, hitting protesters with truncheons and detaining more than 10 people.
26 January 2007 [18:14]

Turkish Daily News: "Armenian offer should not be rejected"

Armenia repeated an earlier offer. The atmosphere generated during Hrant Dink's funeral allowed the offer from Armenia to bring about a new point of view. The Armenians are saying, "Let's start a dialogue without any prerequisites so that we can establish a diplomatic relationship." Turkey has insistently rejected the same offer before.
26 January 2007 [16:45]

Greece's former foreign minister joins hundreds of Turks at ex-minister Cem's funeral

Hundreds of people, including Greece's former Foreign Minister George Papandreou, crammed to the courtyard of a mosque Friday for the funeral of Ismail Cem, a charismatic former foreign minister who died after a battle with lung cancer, aged 67.
26 January 2007 [16:30]

Araz Azimov: "Status to be discussed after normal conditions in region"

"The negotiations will be effective when agreement will be achieved on conception that is clear for Azerbaijani side. Only in that case we can achieve progress in the settlement of the conflict in the framework of this process," Deputy Foreign Minister Araz Azimov said when expressing his stance on the negotiations on the settlement of Nagorno Karabakh conflict.
26 January 2007 [16:29]

Bahar Muradova: "Discussion of Lennmarker's report at OSCE PA will be considered inexpedient"

"Armenian's unconstructive position impedes the influence of any effort on the settlement of Nagorno Karabakh conflict," head of the Azerbaijani delegation to OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, vice-speaker Bahar Muradova said.
26 January 2007 [16:26]

Parliament to protest to PACE for not being given floor

The leadership of Milli Majlis (MM) will protest to PACE for not being given floor in the discussions of Armenian commitments during the last session of PACE, Parliamentarian Bahar Muradova told the journalists.
26 January 2007 [16:25]

Armenians hold Tofig Hajibabayev in capture for 15 years

It was defined that the soldier of Azerbaijani Army Tofig Hajibabayev who was missing during Dashalti operation in 1992 is in Yerevan for 15 years.
26 January 2007 [16:17]

CIS Foreign Ministers Council to hold assembly in Astana

The next assembly of CIS Foreign Ministers Council will be held in the capital of Kazakhstan Astana on April 25.
26 January 2007 [16:16]

Rene van der Linden: "PACE can't make any party agree to a certain key to the NK conflict"

President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Ren? van der Linden interviewed by the APA European bureau.
26 January 2007 [12:15]

Rafael Huseynov suggests adding Turkish to the CE working languages

The member of the Azerbaijani delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, parliamentarian Rafael Huseynov gave a written question to the CE Committee of Ministers.
26 January 2007 [12:09]

Robin Seaward: "OSCE supports government-opposition dialogue"

"OSCE supports the attempts of power and opposition to come to joint opinion," said acting head of OSCE Baku Office Robin Seaward.
26 January 2007 [10:58]

Armenia is not nervous for Azerbaijan's active arming

Armenia is not nervous for Azerbaijan's active arming, stated Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Armenia colonel-general Mikayel Harutyunyan.
26 January 2007 [01:49]

Foreign mediators of Armenia-Azerbaijan dispute diverge on Kosovo precedent

Foreign mediators trying to resolve a long-standing territorial dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan voiced optimism, but appeared to diverge Thursday on whether the resolution of Kosovo's final status would be a firm precedent.
26 January 2007 [01:20]

Asadov receives members of Azerbaijani-Greek Friendship Group

Speaker of Milli Majlis Ogtay Asadov received the members of Azerbaijani-Greek Friendship Group led by Maximos Harakopoulos.
26 January 2007 [01:00]

Azerbaijan Path Political Movement chairman operated

Azerbaijan Path Political Movement chairman Ilgar Gasimov had an operation again.
26 January 2007 [00:56]

ADP to attend Musavat Party rally, Jan.28

Leadership of the Azerbaijan Democrat Party (ADP) has decided to participate in the rally to be held by Musavat Party on January 28.
26 January 2007 [00:39]

Azadliq bloc substitutes rally for picket

Azadiq bloc made changes in its decision on rally.
26 January 2007 [00:29]

Arthur Lenk: "Establishing Association of Israelis of Azeri origin is good idea"

"Establishing Association of Israelis of Azeri origin is a good idea," said Israeli Ambassador to Azerbaijan Arthur Lenk.
25 January 2007 [20:59]

Azerbaijan, Armenia delegations meet in PACE

The meeting of the Subcommittee on Nagorno Karabakh was held on Thursday within the winter session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.
25 January 2007 [20:55]

Eurasia Insight: "Russian ties with Azerbaijan reach new lows"

Less than a year ago, in February 2006, Russian President Vladimir Putin traveled to Baku to launch the Year of Russia in Azerbaijan. Now, not even one year after the conclusion of this official celebration of Russian culture, both Azerbaijan and Russia find themselves in a bitter dispute over energy, labor migration, and other issues.
25 January 2007 [19:25]

Azerbaijan and Europe: Toward closer integration?

Azerbaijan's integration into Euro-Atlantic structures is going much slower than in Georgia's case, mainly due to fear of Russia and Iran.
25 January 2007 [19:04]

Merzlyakov calls meeting with separatists' leader "constructive"

"The meeting between OSCE Minsk Group Co-chairs with Arkady Ghukasian was constructive," stated Russian co-chair Yuri Merzlyakov.
25 January 2007 [18:52]

Bernard Fassier: "Our task is to build a wall of peace"

"The Nagorno Karabakh negotiation process continues constructively and thoroughly. We are happy to notice that both sides make very constructive contributions to our efforts," stated OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chair Bernard Fassier of France.
25 January 2007 [18:50]

Bryza says it is possible to sign a peace treaty on Karabakh in 2007

During consultations with Azeri authorities the main principles of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict settlement were discussed, as well as energy issues, stated American Co-Chair Matthew Bryza in the airport of Baku.
25 January 2007 [18:43]

Russian Ambassador: "Azerbaijan, Armenia Presidents should meet as soon as possible"

"As a co-chair of OSCE Minsk Group, Russia considers that the Azerbaijani and Armenian should meet. It is difficult to say when the meeting will be held. But Russia considers that the meeting should take place as soon as possible," said Russian Ambassador to Azerbaijan Vasili Istratov.
25 January 2007 [16:40]

Ogtay Asadov and Safa Mirzoyev appeal to the MPs

Milli Majlis speaker Ogtay Asadov and Parliament Office chief Safa Mirzoyev appealed to the parliamentarians, MP Zahid Oruj stated.
25 January 2007 [16:24]

French Ambassador: "French President attaches great importance to Ilham Aliyev's visit"

"Azerbaijani President will pay state visit to France for the first time. This kind of visits can be realized twice or three times a year. The King of Spain, Russian President and the Chairman of China People's Republic paid state visits to France for the last time," Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of France to Azerbaijan Bernard Amaudric du Chaffaut told the journalists in press conference.
25 January 2007 [16:05]

Turkish FM Gul: "Ankara open to ties with Yerevan"

Turkey is willing to establish friendly ties with neighboring Armenia, Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul said on Wednesday, adding the caveat that this would not be possible without the full cooperation of both sides.
25 January 2007 [14:52]

Police warns Azadliq bloc against unsanctioned rally

Members of Rally Committee of the Azadliq bloc Hasan Kerimov (Azerbaijan Popular Front Party), Tofig Kerimov (Azerbaijan Liberal Party) and Bullur Humbatov (Citizen Development Party) were called to Baku Main Police Office.
25 January 2007 [14:35]

OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs meet with head of separatists regime

OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs Metyu Bryza (USA), Bernard Fasie (France), Yuri Merzlyakov (Russia) and personal representative of OSCE Chairman-in-Office Andrzey Kasprzyk have today come to Khankendi.
25 January 2007 [02:36]

Iran confirms it received Russian air defense missile systems

Iranian officials said Wednesday that they have taken delivery of advanced Russian air defense missile systems - weapons intended, according to one Russian news agency, to defend Tehran's major nuclear facilities.
25 January 2007 [01:20]

PACE calls on member states not to use energy supply as political weapon

Discussion on using energy supply as political weapon was held in the next meeting of PACE winter session.
25 January 2007 [00:46]

Musavat Party's rally authorized

Baku Mayor's Office authorized rally of Musavat Party appointed on January 28.
25 January 2007 [00:41]

Minsk to host meeting dedicated to CIS youths' policy

Meeting dedicated to youths policy of CIS states will be held in Minsk on Thursday.
25 January 2007 [00:39]

Azerbaijan's honorary consul to Lebanon to visit Baku

Honorary consul of Azerbaijan to Lebanon Nazih Gassub plans to visit Azerbaijan next month.
25 January 2007 [00:36]

U.S. official: "Settlement of Nagorno Karabakh conflict is vital for South Caucasus"

"The Nagorno Karabakh conflict settlement is vital for the whole South Caucasian region," U.S. Charge d'Affaires Anthony Godfrey told reporters in Yerevan on Wednesday.
25 January 2007 [00:13]

Armenians violate ceasefire

Divisions of Armenian Armed Forces from the occupied village of Talish of Terter region fired on the opposite positions of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces.
24 January 2007 [21:59]

Russian president warns potential for conflict in South Caucasus still high

President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday warned that the potential for a new outbreak of fighting in the strategic South Caucasus remained high and pledged that Moscow would work to resolve the region's most dangerous, outstanding conflicts - including the dispute over Nagorno Karabakh.
24 January 2007 [21:54]

Armenian official calls on Turkey to establish diplomatic ties

Armenia's deputy foreign minister on Wednesday again expressed his country's readiness to establish diplomatic ties with Turkey without conditions.
24 January 2007 [21:46]

Armenia, Russia Presidents meet in Sochi

Armenian President Robert Kocharyan arrived Wednesday in the Russian resort town of Sochi on the Black Sea for talks with President Vladimir Putin.
24 January 2007 [21:42]

Russia to veto UN Kosovo resolution if PACE backs independence

Russia will veto a United Nations resolution on Kosovo if Europe's human rights watchdog supports a draft proposal granting independence to the historically Serbian province, a senior Russian lawmaker said Wednesday.
24 January 2007 [21:22]

Ganira Pashayeva offers to hold monitoring on Armenia's weapons placed in occupied Azeri lands

Member of the Azerbaijani delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), parliamentarian Ganira Pashayeva presented written questionnaire to the Committee of Ministers on "Armenia's violating principles of European Convention on Firearms."
24 January 2007 [21:20]

Azadliq's rally not sanctioned

Baku Mayor's Office rejected the appeal of the Azadliq bloc on holding rally in one of the nine squares of the city on January 26.
24 January 2007 [21:18]

Leo Platvoet's report discussed in PACE Committee

Leo Platvoet's report on "Missing people in Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia" has been discussed in the meeting of PACE Committee on Population, Refugees and Migration.
24 January 2007 [21:17]

Fiorenzo Stolfi: "Resolutions on conflicts are not efficient"

Fiorenzo Stolfi, San Marino Foreign Minster, chairing the CE Committee of Ministers made a speech on the third day of the PACE winter session.
24 January 2007 [21:11]

Turkey key U.S. partner on Mideast issues, State's Burns says

U.S., Turkey seek nuclear-free Iran, end to Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
24 January 2007 [21:06]

Azeri official criticizes Amnesty International's report

Presidential administration's social-political department Chief Ali Hasanov rejects Amnesty International's report.
24 January 2007 [17:15]

Iraqi Ambassador: "US invaded Iraq"

"I am grateful to the Azerbaijani government for participating in Iraq’s liberation. Azerbaijani soldiers are serving in Iraq. Azerbaijan is the only Muslim country that has soldiers in Iraq," Iraqi Ambassador to Azerbaijan Ershad Omar Ismayil said during the meeting with the officers of Institute of Oriental Studies of Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences.
24 January 2007 [16:13]

Lennmarker to discuss Nagorno Karabakh in Yerevan and Baku

Nagorno Karabakh conflict will be one of main objects of discussion during the visit of the President of OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Goran Lennmarker to South Caucasus.
24 January 2007 [16:11]

Co-chairs to release joint statement

The co-chairs of OSCE Minsk Group Yuri Merzlyakov (Russia), Bernard Fasie (France), Matthew Bryza (USA) and personal representative of OSCE Chairman-in-Office Andrzey Kasprzyk will visit Yerevan on Wednesday.
24 January 2007 [15:02]

Report on Armenia's PACE commitments discussed

The discussion of 11117th report on honoring of obligations and commitments was discussed in the plenary meeting of PACE on Tuesday.
24 January 2007 [14:59]

Novruz Mammadov: "Russia's hike gas price not danger to our relations"

"The priorities of Azerbaijani foreign policy does not change, the goal of this policy to turn Azerbaijan not only to the regional leader but also one of the prosperous, rich, safe, stable counties," stated President's Office international relations department chief Novruz Mammadov.
24 January 2007 [14:18]

Former Turkish FM dies

Ismail Cem, a former Turkish foreign minister, who together with his Greek counterpart was the driving force behind the thawing relations between the two archrivals, died of lung cancer Wednesday, an Istanbul hospital and his family said. He was 67.
24 January 2007 [12:21]

Azerbaijani President receives OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs

Today, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has received OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs.
24 January 2007 [01:09]

Persons detained in Azerbaijan belonged to same network with GRU agents arrested in Georgia

The group of persons, arrested last week by the Ministry of National Security of Azerbaijan, belonged to human intelligence of the Russian secret services, online paper Novy region reports, referring to the Baku-based daily Yeni Musavat.
24 January 2007 [00:23]

State Border Service to buy new equipment for protection of sub sea oil pipelines

The construction of border checkpoints will be completely over by the end of 2007.
24 January 2007 [00:19]

Meeting of Consul Generals of Turkic-speaking countries held in Istanbul

The meeting of Consul Generals of Turkic-speaking countries was held in Istanbul.
24 January 2007 [00:17]

Bulbuloglu to visit Nijegorodsk

Azerbaijani Ambassador to Russia Polad Bulbuloglu will visit Nijegorodsk.
23 January 2007 [23:53]

Presentation ceremony of new techniques bought by State Border Service

The presentation ceremony of the new techniques bought by State Border Service was held on Tuesday.
23 January 2007 [23:48]

Asadov receives representative of Israel Knesset

Speaker of Milli Majlis Ogtay Asadov received the parliamentarian of Israel Knesset Yosef Shagal.
23 January 2007 [21:55]

Azerbaijani, Armenian FMs met in Moscow - UPDATED

The foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan met in Moscow on Tuesday to resume their discussions on an international plan to resolve the Nagorno Karabakh conflict.
23 January 2007 [21:45]

Deputy FM meets Polish counterpart

Deputy Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan Khalaf Khalafov has met the delegation led by the First Deputy Foreign Minister of Poland Pavel Koval, January 22, press center of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs told.
23 January 2007 [21:40]

Baku not sure in effectiveness of CIS

The mechanism of the Commonwealth of Independent States /CIS/ is not working and the organizations need reforms, the Deputy Chief of the Administration of the President in Azerbaijan Elnur Aslanov said.
23 January 2007 [21:21]

Peter Semneby: "We will send mission to Nagorno Karabakh if Azerbaijan permits"

"We want to send a mission to Azerbaijan in the same composition as the one to Georgia," said Peter Semneby, special representative of the EU for South Caucasus.
23 January 2007 [21:19]

Parliament to adopt another law on fighting corruption

One more law on fighting against corruption will be adopted in Azerbaijan. Milli Majlis is going to discuss a draft law on Actions on terrorism financing and legalization of unlawful incomes at the spring session.
23 January 2007 [21:15]

PACE Monitoring Committee discusses Azerbaijan's commitments

The meeting of the Monitoring Committee held in the frame of PACE winter session. The meeting discussed Azerbaijan's PACE commitments.
23 January 2007 [21:10]

Heads of GUAM delegations to PACE to meet

Unofficial meeting of the heads of GUAM member states (Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Moldova) delegations to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) will be held on Tuesday.
23 January 2007 [17:11]

Nikolai Zlobin: "No country will recognize the results of Armenia's aggressive policy"

"It is Armenia and Armenian people who suffer from the situation in South Caucasus region most. No country in the world will recognize the results of Armenia's aggressive policy. The only result Armenia has achieved is its isolation from numerous economic projects," said Nikolai Zlobin, Director of Russian and Asian Programs of US World Security Institution.
23 January 2007 [16:51]

Nikolai Zlobin: "Settlement of Nagorno Karabakh conflict needs new base"

"The negotiations on settlement of Nagorno Karabakh conflict shouldn't be carried out in previous methods. It needs a new base for the settlement of the conflict," said Nikolai Zlobin, Director of Russian and Asian Programs of US World Security Institution.
23 January 2007 [16:23]

ADP deputy chief says no problem in government-opposition dialogue

"There is no problem in commencing government-opposition dialogue. The problem is we can not make direct contact with Ali Ahmadov and call him to take concrete steps and begin the dialogue," said first deputy chief of Azerbaijan Democratic Party Sardar Jalaloglu.