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 First VP Mehriban Aliyeva shares images from Karabakh on her Instagram account http://www.today.az/news/politics/205929.html Politics Fri, 14 May 2021 20:05:00 +0400 First Vice President Mehriban Aliyeva shared another video from Karabakh on her official Instagram account on May 14. --- Azerbaijani FM, high-ranked EU official discuss Armenian-Azerbaijani border situation http://www.today.az/news/politics/205928.html Politics Fri, 14 May 2021 18:05:00 +0400 By TrendA phone conversation took place between Head of Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry Jeyhun Bayramov and Secretary General of the European External Action Service Stefano Sannino on May 14, Trend reports referring to the ministry.According to the ministry, the sides conducted an exchange of views on the situation on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border.Bayramov informed Sannino about the current situation in the region, stressing that Azerbaijan remains committed to eliminating tension in the region.The parties noted the importance of resolving tensions through diplomatic and political means. Azerbaijan, US exchange views on Armenian-Azerbaijani border situation http://www.today.az/news/politics/205927.html Politics Fri, 14 May 2021 17:02:00 +0400 By TrendA phone conversation took place between Head of Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry Jeyhun Bayramov and US Acting Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Philip Reeker on May 14, Trend reports referring to the ministry.According to the ministry, during the conversation the parties exchanged views on the situation on the border between Azerbaijan and Armenia, and discussed the current situation in the region, stressing the importance of resolving tensions through diplomacy and negotiations.Bayramov stressed that Azerbaijan remains committed to eliminating tension in the region.He added that in order to quickly eliminate tension on the border, the leadership of the State Border Service of Azerbaijan was sent to the region, noting that negotiations were held with the opposite side. Aliyev, Afghan counterpart exchange Ramadan greetings http://www.today.az/news/politics/205926.html Politics Fri, 14 May 2021 16:11:00 +0400 Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani phoned Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev on May 14, Azertag reported today.Ghani congratulated Ilham Aliyev and the Azerbaijani people on the occasion of the Ramadan holiday. He also thanked Azerbaijan for help extended to Afghanistan.In turn, Aliyev thanked Afghanistan for supporting Azerbaijan during the recent war with Armenia and also congratulated Ghani and the Afghan people on Ramadan holiday.The two sides expressed confidence that the bilateral ties would be further developed. Expert: Macron to go down in history for putting end to OSCE Minsk Group http://www.today.az/news/politics/205925.html Politics Fri, 14 May 2021 13:49:00 +0400 By TrendThe latest statement of French President Emmanuel Macron on the aggravation of the situation on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border was the last nail in the coffin of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russian historian, and political analyst, professor Oleg Kuznetsov told Trend on May 14.According to Kuznetsov, the statement completely killed every possible prospects of the Minsk Group to return at least in some format, to the post-war settlement process in Karabakh.“Earlier, France's openly pro-Armenian position was the subject of diplomatic discussions and statements, but now it has become real politics, after which not a single most inveterate skeptic has any reason to say that this isn’t so”, he noted. “The true face of the French foreign policy has been unambiguously demonstrated to the whole world.”“France no longer has the moral right to be the co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group, and it’s time for this organization to dissolve this structure, which has long become a sinecure for a large number of diplomacy loafers. President Macron will now go down in history as the killer of the Minsk Group," said Kuznetsov.Besides, according to him, it’s quite obvious that Macron's statement isn’t meant for the Armenians in Armenia, or the acting Prime Minister of this country Nikol Pashinyan, but exclusively for Armenians of France."There is a presidential election next year, and Macron wants to rule the country for another presidential term, and in this matter he will really need the votes of a million French Armenians and the money of the Armenian diaspora,” Kuznetsov further noted.“Macron has already lost his game in the South Caucasus, and now he tries to use the Armenian card for his domestic political interests, which means that he has no interest in Armenia itself," concluded the analyst. Azerbaijani oil prices decline http://www.today.az/news/business/205924.html Business Fri, 14 May 2021 13:00:00 +0400 By TrendThe price of Azeri LT CIF Augusta, produced at the Azeri-Chirag-Deepwater Gunashli (ACG) field, dropped by $2.06 on May 13 compared to the previous price, settling at $67.36 per barrel, Trend reports referring to the source from the country's oil and gas market.The price of Azeri LT FOB Ceyhan amounted to $66.74 per barrel on May 13, decreasing by $2.04 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. Zulfiya Khanbabayeva to be the next narrator of Nar's ‘Reading hour’ project http://www.today.az/news/society/205923.html Society Fri, 14 May 2021 12:34:00 +0400 ‘Reading hour’ launched by Nar and Baku Book Center on the occasion of World Book and Copyright Day on April 23 is progressing successfully. The next narrator of the online meeting, which is to take place on May 14 at 12:00, will be Azerbaijani pop singer, People's Artist Zulfiya Khanbabayeva. She will read world-famous fairy tales for the audience. To join the meeting, you just need to go to this link or watch Nar's live broadcast on the official Facebook and YouTube channels.It is worth noting that, earlier the guests of ‘Reading hour’ were People's Writer Chingiz Abdullayev, TV presenters Nargiz Jalilova and Jeyhun Ali. They told the attendees about the importance of books, read various tales and stories. In total, more than 6,100 students joined the project.The project which is implemented in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, aims to enlighten students during the pandemic and help them to spend time effectively by developing reading skills.‘Azerfon’ LLC (Nar trademark) started its operations on March 21, 2007, and within a short period of time became one of the leading companies of the telecommunications and mobile communication industry of Azerbaijan. Being the first operator in the country to introduce the 3G technology, Nar provides the customers with a wide 4G network coverage. With a large network of over 8740 base stations, covering 90% of the country’s territory, Nar provides more than 2.3 million subscribers with the highest quality services. Russian IrAero to launch flights to Azerbaijan soon http://www.today.az/news/society/205922.html Society Fri, 14 May 2021 11:50:00 +0400 By TrendThe Russian IrAero airline will start operating flights to Azerbaijan since May 19, 2021, Trend reports referring to a source in the airline.According to the source, the flights will be operated on the Samara-Baku-Samara route on Superjet-100 planes once a week."Departure from Samara will take place at 20:00 (GMT +3), and arrival in Baku - at 22:20 (GMT +4). Return flight from the capital of Azerbaijan will be at 23:20 (GMT +4), and arrival at Samara Kurumoch airport - at 01:40 (GMT +3)", added the source.Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, only the following persons are allowed to enter the territory of Azerbaijan:Citizens of the country;Employees of diplomatic missions of foreign states in the Azerbaijani territory and their family members;Foreign citizens who are family members of Azerbaijani citizens;Foreign citizens who have a work permit in Azerbaijan;Foreign citizens who have a permanent or permit of temporary residence in Azerbaijan;Foreign students studying in Azerbaijan;Foreign citizens who have a special permit from the Operational Headquarters of the Cabinet of Ministers of Azerbaijan.All passengers must have a printed medical certificate of a negative PCR test for coronavirus (COVID-19), issued no later than 48 hours before the flight to Azerbaijan. Iran’s FM meets with Spanish counterpart http://www.today.az/news/regions/205921.html World news Fri, 14 May 2021 11:24:00 +0400 By TrendIran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met and conferred with his Spanish counterpart Arancha González Laya in Madrid on Thursday, Trend reports citing IRNA.The Spanish foreign minister also serves as chief in charge of European Union and cooperation affairs.At the beginning of his trip to Europe, Mohammad Javad Zarif arrived in Madrid on Thursday, May 13.The main focus of the trip would be the comprehensive expansion of bilateral relations and joint cooperation on issues of mutual interest.Before traveling to Europe, Zarif went to Syria to meet and talk with Syrian officials. Turkey reports 11,534 new COVID-19 cases, 5,083,996 in total http://www.today.az/news/regions/205920.html World news Fri, 14 May 2021 11:01:00 +0400 By TrendTurkey on Thursday confirmed 11,534 new COVID-19 cases, including 1,217 symptomatic patients, as the total number in the country reached 5,083,996, according to its health ministry, Trend reports citing Xinhua.The death toll from the virus in Turkey rose by 238 to 44,059, while the total recoveries climbed to 4,856,763 after 55,472 more recovered in the last 24 hours.The rate of pneumonia in COVID-19 patients stands at four percent and the number of seriously ill patients is 2,765 in the country, said the ministry.A total of 201,295 tests were conducted over the past day, raising the overall number of tests in Turkey to 50,259,943. Georgia considers opening of land borders http://www.today.az/news/regions/205919.html World news Fri, 14 May 2021 10:20:00 +0400 By TrendGeorgian land borders should be opened and it should coincide with the end of the third wave of coronavirus, said Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Natia Turnava, Trend reports via Georgian media.So far, Georgia receives foreign visitors only by air, while land borders remain closed.As the minister said, the opening of the land borders will be up for discussion in the next few weeks."The safe opening of land borders is one of the incentives for tourism because historically, incoming visitors from neighboring countries have been one of the major contributors to our tourism," Turnava said."Of course, European tourists have been active, but the land borders must be opened," the economy minister said."Through the enhanced vaccination program, we want to live through the summer season successfully, and hope it can be so for both local and international tourists," Turnava said. UN Secretary General calls for immediate cessation of hostilities in Gaza Strip and Israel http://www.today.az/news/regions/205918.html World news Fri, 14 May 2021 10:01:00 +0400 By TrendUN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has called for an immediate cessation of hostilities between Palestine and Israel, Trend reports citing TASS."Out of respect for the spirit of Eid, I appeal for an immediate de-escalation and cessation of hostilities in Gaza [Strip] and Israel. Too many innocent civilians have already died. This conflict can only increase radicalization and extremism in the whole region," Guterres wrote on Twitter.The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) informed on Friday that the Israeli military were attacking the Gaza Strip. The Israeli forces added that they would provide additional information later. Foreign Ministry issues statement on tension on Armenian-Azerbaijani border http://www.today.az/news/politics/205915.html Politics Fri, 14 May 2021 08:12:00 +0400 According to the trilateral statement signed on November 10, 2020, with the improvement of weather conditions in the settlements of the liberated Lachin and Kalbajar regions bordering with Armenia, which have a difficult mountainous terrain and climatic conditions, the Azerbaijani border forces are deployed in the positions of Azerbaijan. This process is carried out in the usual mode and in a systematic manner, Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry said in a statement published on May 13."Measures to strengthen the border protection system implemented within the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan are carried out on the basis of maps available to each of the sides that define the border line between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Since regaining its independence, there has been no state border between the two countries for obvious reasons, and for this reason we speak about the complicated technical process, which is currently accompanied by disagreements between the sides.It is surprising that the Armenian side reacted inadequately to this process and made provocative statements. We believe that attempts by official circles to use this issue for political purposes in connection with the pre-election situation in Armenia are unacceptable.Since May 12, the leadership of the State Border Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan has been sent to the area, negotiations are underway with the border guards of the opposite side and appropriate steps are being taken to normalize the situation.We recommend that the political and military circles of Armenia not be alarmed, accept the reality of the interstate border regime along the Zangilan, Gubadli, Lachin and Kalbajar regions of Azerbaijan and not unreasonably aggravate the situation in the region. Such cases can and should be resolved through mutual contacts between the military on both sides.From its side, Azerbaijan is committed to resolving tensions in the region and calls for appropriate steps to be taken to that end", said the ministry. Azerbaijani FM talks tension on Azerbaijani-Armenian border with OSCE Chairman-in-Office http://www.today.az/news/politics/205917.html Politics Thu, 13 May 2021 22:34:00 +0400 By TrendOn Thursday, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov had a telephone conversation with Swedish Foreign Minister, OSCE Chairman-in-Office Ann Linde, Trend reports citing Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry.The sides exchanged views on the tension on the Azerbaijani-Armenian border.The importance of adhering to tripartite declarations was stressed. Azerbaijani, Russian FMs exchange views on tensions on Azerbaijani-Armenian border http://www.today.az/news/politics/205916.html Politics Thu, 13 May 2021 22:00:00 +0400 By TrendOn Thursday, a telephone conversation took place between the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan Jeyhun Bayramov and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov, Trend reports referring to Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry.Ministers exchanged views on tensions on the Azerbaijani-Armenian border.The parties stressed the importance of resolving any tension by political and diplomatic means.Ministers stressed the need to implement tripartite statements to ensure peace in the region. Country registers 509 new COVID-19 cases http://www.today.az/news/society/205914.html Society Thu, 13 May 2021 20:29:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadAzerbaijan registered 509 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, Operational Headquarters under Cabinet of Ministers reported on May 13.Some 1,427 patients have recovered and 16 patients have died in the reported period. So far, 328,668 COVID-19 cases have been registered in the country. Some 311,198 patients have recovered, 4,742 people have died. Currently, 12,728 people are under treatment in special hospitals.Over the past day, 7,733 tests were conducted in Azerbaijan to reveal coronavirus cases.In general, 3,360,900 tests have been conducted in Azerbaijan so far.So far, some 1,748,525 COVID-19 vaccines have been provided to Azerbaijani citizens. The first dose of the vaccine was given to 1,019,352 citizens, and the second one to 729,173 citizens. In addition, in the past 24 hours, some 21,015 citizens have been vaccinated against COVID-19. Azerbaijani president, first lady watch performance of Kharibulbul festival participants [UPDATE] http://www.today.az/news/politics/205913.html Politics Thu, 13 May 2021 18:31:00 +0400 The “Kharibulbul” music festival, held on the initiative of President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and organized by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation on Jidir Duzu plain of the country’s cultural capital Shusha, has wrapped up with a gala concert, Azertag has reported.President Ilham Aliyev, First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva, their daughters Leyla Aliyeva and Arzu Aliyeva listened to the performances of festival participants.The gala concert featured performances by People's Artists Rauf Abdullayev, Yalchin Adigozalov, Honored Artist Fuad Ibrahimov and the Uzeyir Hajibayli Azerbaijan State Symphony Orchestra conducted by Murtuza Bulbul, the Azerbaijan State Choir Capella under the artistic direction of People's Artist Gulbaji Imanova. Also featuring in the concert were works by Uzeyir Hajibayli, Fikrat Amirov, Gara Garayev, Alakbar Taghiyev, Muslim Magomayev, Niyazi, Tofig Guliyev, Vasif Adigozalov and other composers.The performances by People's Artists Alim Gasimov, Azerin, Dinara Aliyeva, Elchin Azizov, Alikhan Samadov, Farhad Badalbayli, Mansum Ibrahimov, Murad Adigozalzade, Natig Shirinov, Polad Bulbuloglu, Samir Jafarov, Teyyub Aslanov, Yusif Eyvazov, Honored Artists Fargana Gasimova, Miralam Miralamov, Sahib Pashazade, Shahriyar Imanov, Shirzad Fataliyev and others were also acclaimed by the audience.The concert featured the screening of a video clip showing national leader of the Azerbaijani people Heydar Aliyev’s words about the occupied territories: “I want to go to Shusha together with you. We will go there, believe me we will. Shusha is the pupil of the eye for Azerbaijan, a source of pride for every Azerbaijani. Shusha is a symbol of our culture and history. Shusha is dear to everyone. But Shusha is not alone – the mountains of Lachin are also very dear. We can never live without Lachin. A beautiful city such as Aghdam, Fuzuli, Jabrayil, Zangilan, Gubadli, the springs of Kalbajar, that hot water spring of Kalbajar. We cannot live without them.” Also demonstrated in the video was the statement of the victorious Commander-in-Chief, President Ilham Aliyev he had made during an address to the nation on the day of the liberation of Shusha, 8 November 2020. “I am happy to have fulfilled my father's will. We have liberated Shusha! This is a great victory! The souls of our martyrs and of the Great Leader are happy today! Let your eyes be clear, Azerbaijan! Let your eyes be clear, Azerbaijanis of the world! Dear Shusha, you are free! Dear Shusha, we are back! Dear Shusha, we will revive you! Shusha is ours! Karabakh is ours! Karabakh is Azerbaijan!”The “Kharibulbul” music festival, held for the first time after the liberation of lands by the Azerbaijani Army under the leadership of victorious Commander-in-Chief Ilham Aliyev, ended with a collective performance of the song “Azerbaijan” by artists.After the concert, President Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva met with the artists participating in the festival. Everyone chanted “Karabakh is Azerbaijan!” on the Jidir Duzu plain.x?x?xOn 12 May, on the first day of the “Kharibulbul” music festival, the music compositions of different peoples living in Azerbaijan were demonstrated in the concert themed “Multiculturalism in Azerbaijani music”. With their performances, music groups and performers of different nations living in different regions of the country conveyed the message to the whole world that everyone, regardless of nationality or religion, has a single homeland. Speaking at the opening of the festival, President Ilham Aliyev said: “All peoples in Azerbaijan live in an atmosphere of friendship, brotherhood and solidarity, and this 44-day war has once again shown that there is national unity and solidarity in our country. It is no coincidence that the first festival will feature representatives of the peoples living in Azerbaijan. So we are sending another message to the whole world from here, from Shusha, from our ancient land.”At the end of the 44-day war the heroic Azerbaijani Army under the leadership of President and victorious Commander-in-Chief Ilham Aliyev managed to liberate lands occupied by Armenia and restore territorial integrity. At present, large-scale construction projects are being implemented in the liberated territories. These projects include the restoration of liberated territories, administrative, historical and cultural monuments, as well as the reinstatement of cultural events and traditions that have not been held in Azerbaijani historical lands for years. So the lands liberated from occupation are also reviving spiritually. The “Kharibulbul” music festival held on the Jidir Duzu plain on 12-13 May is graphic evidence of that. -- WHO Director-General vaccinated against coronavirus http://www.today.az/news/regions/205896.html World news Thu, 13 May 2021 15:17:00 +0400 By TrendWorld Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has been vaccinated against the coronavirus, he announced on Twitter, urging everyone to get vaccinated against COVID-19, if there is a vaccine available in the country, Trend reports citing TASS."Today it was my turn to get vaccinated against #COVID19. Vaccines save lives. It’s critical to get them to all counties A.S.A.P. If like me you live in a country where vaccines are available, please get vaccinated when it’s your turn," he wrote.In late December 2019, Chinese officials informed the World Health Organization (WHO) about the outbreak of a previously unknown pneumonia in the city of Wuhan, in central China. Since then, cases of the novel coronavirus - named COVID-19 by the WHO - have been reported in every corner of the globe. On March 11, 2020, the WHO declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. President Ilham Aliyev meets with journalists in Shusha http://www.today.az/news/politics/205910.html Politics Thu, 13 May 2021 15:15:00 +0400 Shusha, the cultural capital of Azerbaijan is hosting the “Kharibulbul” music festival. After 29 years, Shusha, the cradle of ancient culture, welcomes its natives and guests again.On May 12, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva, their daughters Leyla Aliyeva and Arzu Aliyeva attended the “Kharibulbul” festival organized on Jidir Duzu plain in Shusha, Trend has reported.The head of state made an opening speech at the festival.Meeting with journalists after the concert, President Ilham Aliyev said: Thank you for being here, in difficult times. Hello Mirshahin.Mirshahin: Kudos, Mr. President. Congratulations!President Ilham Aliyev: Thank you, thank you very much, and I congratulate all of you.X X XThe head of state posed for a photo with journalists.X X XPresident Ilham Aliyev: Anar reminded me that you said at the press conference that you wanted to come here. We have fulfilled your request. I wanted our journalists to come first and hold this festival. Where are you staying?Journalist: We came here directly.President Ilham Aliyev: OK, directly.Anar Alakbarov: They will stay here overnight.President Ilham Aliyev: There are opportunities to stay here now. Let's invite foreign journalists to come and see this.Journalist: Mr. President, thank you for your attention. We always feel your support, thank you very much.President Ilham Aliyev: Yes, I have always supported you. Thank you for raising such topical issues. In many cases, I learn about the processes taking place in the country from you. This in itself encourages executive bodies to work more responsibly.Journalist: This is our first meeting with you after the war.President Ilham Aliyev: Indeed.Journalist: With your permission, I also want to say that I have seen wars in the world for 40 years. This has been the first war in which one person was doing military, political and informational work.President Ilham Aliyev: Because if you had not communicated the realities associated with this war to the attention of the world community, the international opinion about this issue would have remained distorted. You remember perfectly well that we did not have access to world media at that time. Only you were here and took photos. Meanwhile, the Armenians were using every opportunity to spread utter lies in all countries. This time, however, both you and I communicated the truth about the war. Our brave soldiers climbed those rocks and drove the enemy out of here. Mirshahin, you were here a long time ago, before the occupation. Some are probably here for the first time.Mirshahin: I was here before the occupation.President Ilham Aliyev: Someone who comes here for the first time can see that it is generally considered impossible to liberate Shusha. It is hard to just climb here on foot, not to mention carrying a machine gun. And the enemy is on top, with tanks, cannons and firing positions. Indeed, this is an unprecedented heroic saga.Journalist: I have seen wars in the mountains of Afghanistan. I couldn’t believe this. After the liberation, I came here and saw everything. I climbed from here on foot myself in 1992. The roads were closed, cars wouldn’t be allowed to go through.President Ilham Aliyev: Which road did you use?Journalist: Directly from Dashalti. I walked to this place four hours. Snipers fired on me three times, but the shots went wide.President Ilham Aliyev: You recently published this photo – I have seen it. Remember the state of Azerbaijani soldiers at that time? There was no outfit, no weapons, no controls. Today our soldiers are like lions, they are like lions. They have created a miracle.Journalist: It is possible to say that nobody lived here.President Ilham Aliyev: Nobody.Journalist: Only at the entrance to the city, but not many people.Mirshahin: I was in one of the houses in Zangazur.President Ilham Aliyev: Yes, in the Shurnukhu village.Mirshahin: That man also shared some good refutations related to the Armenian government. It worked out quite well, very well. He cited five aspects. He also talked about the low pension. He said that Karabakh is Azerbaijan.President Ilham Aliyev: Moreover, he said that he had broken into the house of an Azerbaijani.Mirshahin: Yes, he made some very important statements.Journalist: Mr. President, we are particularly grateful to you for the victory in Shusha. This is a truly wonderful victory. This is a huge victory indeed. You seem to have returned life to the Azerbaijani people. You have breathed life into us. Believe me – just a year ago, we could not even dream of coming to Jidir Duzu and attending a concert here. This is an incredible miracle, Mr. President. May Allah bless you and our army.President Ilham Aliyev: Thank you!Journalist: Mr. President, I am saying quite sincerely that there is no such head of state elsewhere in the world.President Ilham Aliyev: Thank you, thank you very much. A year ago, different music was played here. Other actions were taking place here. The enemy has received a worthy response for those actions, for all its crimes. From now on, only Azerbaijani music, the music of the peoples living in Azerbaijan will sound here. This is truly a great historic achievement. Every time I come here, I experience special feelings. I am sure that you are also experiencing these feelings, because we have been lucky to see Shusha again. This is great happiness. Of course, we are seeing again that Shusha is a truly Azerbaijani city because one can feel the Azerbaijani spirit here. Architectural sites, springs – although the Armenians have changed the patterns and erased the inscriptions on these springs. Nevertheless, the Azerbaijani culture is in full swing all around us, so to speak. We are back forever. We will live here forever. I have said that Shusha will become one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Not only Shusha, but also all other liberated cities.Journalist: I have been traveling in Karabakh for six months and am an engineer and architect myself. Indeed, I haven’t seen such beautiful places anywhere else in the world. Indeed, the beauty of Shusha and Kalbajar is unique.President Ilham Aliyev: People lived here, albeit only a few. According to the information we have – we later clarified this information – about 1,600 Armenians lived here, mostly military personnel and their families. In other words, there was never an Armenian population here. You can see the way the city looked during the occupation. We have tidied up the city a little, we have been cleaning for six months now, trying to make the city clean and orderly. All buildings were destroyed and unfinished. There are no new buildings. They have built several villas for themselves – you have probably seen them. Historical buildings have been destroyed and there is no urban infrastructure. Have a look – those pylons were not there before. They were using the pylons from ancient times. They claimed that this was an Armenian city, but if it was Armenian, then why did you bring it to such a state? Why didn't you live here? Why didn't you build anything? Why did you destroy it?Journalist: Nobody would burn their house when leaving.President Ilham Aliyev: Of course!Journalist: But they did, which means that these houses were not theirs.President Ilham Aliyev: You have also visited other liberated lands. There is pristine nature there, the color of those trees and the sky. I have not seen such colors.Journalist: Aghdam is completely ruined. Seeing this picture, one thinks that this was done only in an attempt to erase memory. After all, why would someone settle scores with a grave? They simply wanted to erase history, to erase memory. I think that only this was their goal.President Ilham Aliyev: Of course it is. They wanted to erase history so that we never come back. They believed that Azerbaijan would never get on its feet. They didn't believe that we could get on our feet. They did not believe that we could have both strength and determination. This is why they were saying: let's destroy everything so that they never come back, let’s erase history, destroy monuments and graves. And tomorrow we will say that it was Armenian land, and they said exactly that. Shahbulag was brazenly renamed into Tigranakert. What a falsification! They claimed that Shusha was an Armenian city. But this city was founded by Panahali Khan. We all know this well. He also called it Panahabad. How can it be an Armenian city if Panahali Khan arrived here from Aghdam 275 years ago?Journalist: Moreover, Mr. President, they also threw some new stones there. I saw it myself.President Ilham Aliyev: Yes.Journalist: Supposedly it was “Tigranakert”.President Ilham Aliyev: Yes, there?Journalist: Yes, right next to Shahbulag.Journalist: I have seen several churches in Kalbajar, old churches, and the Armenians added new stones to them. And they did this in such a way that it is immediately noticeable. Seeing this, I immediately said that they were all fake stones. I asked people and they said that these stones were brought here 10-15 years ago.Serviceman: Mr. Commander-in-Chief, with your permission, Special Forces want to have a photo with you.President Ilham Aliyev: Yes, absolutely! Azerbaijani First VP shares footage from gala concert of “Kharibulbul” music festival http://www.today.az/news/politics/205912.html Politics Thu, 13 May 2021 14:52:00 +0400 Azerbaijani First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva has posted a video footage from the gala concert of “ Kharibulbul” music festival on her Instagram page, Azertag has reported.The post on her official Instagram page says:"Thanks God! Almighty God, always protect Azerbaijan and the Azerbaijani people!With deep respect and love,Your MEHRIBAN”.--- WHO records over 643,000 new daily cases of COVID-19 worldwide http://www.today.az/news/regions/205897.html World news Thu, 13 May 2021 14:45:00 +0400 By TrendMore than 643,000 new cases of novel coronavirus have been confirmed globally in the past 24 hours, which pushed a total number of infections to 159.31 million, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in its daily bulletin on Wednesday, Trend reports citing TASS.According to the WHO updates, the coronavirus-related deaths increased by over 11,700 to surpass 3.31 million.As of 20.00 (GMT+4) on May 12, as many as 159,319,384 coronavirus cases and 3,311,780 coronavirus-related deaths were registered across the globe. The number of confirmed cases grew by 643,091 in the past 24 hours and the number of fatalities increased by 11,726.The WHO statistics are based on the officially confirmed data provided by countries.South East Asia, where India is included by the WHO, accounts for more than 57% of new COVID-19 cases submitted to the WHO in the past 24 hours (370,198 cases). Europe (106,590) goes second followed by South and North America (105,311 cases).Most COVID-19 cases are recorded in the United States (32,424,637), followed by India (23,340,938), Brazil (15,209,990), France (5,706,758), Turkey (5,059,433), Russia (4,896,842), the UK (4,439,695), Italy (4,123,230), Spain (3,586,333), Germany (3,548,285), Argentina (3,165,121) and Colombia (3,015,301).The United States is the country with the highest rate of COVID-19 deaths (576,814), followed by Brazil (423,229), India (254,197), Mexico (219,089), the UK (127,629), Italy (123,282), Russia (113,976), France (106,151), Germany (85,380), Spain (79,100), Colombia (78,342) and Iran (75,568). AZAL to Trial IATA Travel Pass in Azerbaijan http://www.today.az/news/society/205908.html Society Thu, 13 May 2021 14:24:00 +0400 In conjunction with the Government, Azerbaijan’s flag carrier (AZAL) announced that it will conduct a trial of IATA Travel Pass – a universal solution developed by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).IATA Travel Pass is a mobile app to help passengers easily and securely manage their travel in line with any government requirements for COVID-19 testing or vaccine information. The mobile app allows travelers to manage and verify the secure flow of testing and vaccination information between governments, airlines, laboratories and travelers themselves.Assistant to the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Mr. Shahmar Movsumov, and the executives of Azerbaijan’s flag carrier and of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) attended the meeting held via videoconference dedicated to the above issue.The meeting noted that the introduction of the mobile application will contribute to the safe opening of borders and the recovery of international passenger traffic to the pre-COVID-19 levels.“We have been successfully cooperating with the International Air Transport Association for many years. The introduction of digital developments such as the IATA Travel Pass simplifies verification procedures and minimizes the risks of spread of coronavirus disease. We thank IATA for enabling Azerbaijan Airlines to be among the first airlines to use this solution,” - said the President of “Azerbaijan Airlines”, Mr. Jahangir Asgarov.“We are proud to partner with the Government of Azerbaijan and Azerbaijan’s flag carrier to trial IATA Travel Pass. Through the trial we hope to demonstrate that digital solutions hold the key to restarting international travel safely during the pandemic. The Government of Azerbaijan is helping lead efforts to demonstrate that acceptance of Travel Pass at the border can deliver benefits for passengers, airlines and governments,” said Nick Careen, IATA’s Senior Vice President Airport, Passenger, Cargo, Security.For more information about the mobile application, see the video below: https://youtu.be/R4f1r5iogAoCurrently, “Azerbaijan Airlines” operates special flights to the most popular destinations. Pursuant to the measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, all passengers are required to present a certificate of negative COVID-19 test result issued within 48 hours prior to departure of their flights at the check-in counters. Armenians destroyed many mosques during occupation of Azerbaijani lands http://www.today.az/news/politics/205904.html Politics Thu, 13 May 2021 14:09:00 +0400 By TrendDuring the occupation of the Azerbaijani lands, the Armenians destroyed 64 mosques there, having committed vandalism not only against people, but also against religious monuments, Trend reports referring to Chairman of the Caucasian Muslims Office Allahshukur Pashazade.“The Armenians turned mosques into a barn during the occupation of Azerbaijani lands,” Pashazade added. "As the Azerbaijani president said, mosques in all the liberated territories will be restored."“While using the religious factor, the Armenians are trying to get assistance from other countries, so it is necessary to continue the fight against the Armenian falsifications,” the chairman added. Kazakh, Azerbaijani presidents hold phone talks http://www.today.az/news/politics/205907.html Politics Thu, 13 May 2021 13:50:00 +0400 President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev made a phone call to President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, Azertag reported on May 13.The President of Kazakhstan congratulated the head of state and the people of Azerbaijan on the occasion of the Ramadan Holiday and extended his wishes for peace.The Azerbaijani President thanked for the attention and congratulations, also congratulating Kassym-Jomart Tokayev and the people of Kazakhstan on Ramadan Holiday, wished them prosperity.The heads of state expressed their confidence that the successfully developing friendly relations between Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan would continue to strengthen, and exchanged views on prospects for bilateral ties.During the conversation, the sides hailed the successful cooperation between the two countries within the Turkic Council. President, First Lady visited Yukhari Govharagha mosque in Shusha http://www.today.az/news/politics/205911.html Politics Thu, 13 May 2021 13:23:00 +0400 Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva, their daughters Leyla Aliyeva and Arzu Aliyeva have visited Yukhari Govharagha mosque in Shusha, Azertag has reported on May 13.The head of state and the First Lady were informed of the restoration work being done at the mosque.The restoration work are carried out by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation here. Built in 1768-1769, the mosque also became a victim of Armenian vandalism during the occupation. Azerbaijan discloses composition of national gymnastics team for competitions in Bulgaria http://www.today.az/news/sports/205903.html Sports Thu, 13 May 2021 13:16:00 +0400 By TrendThe composition of the Azerbaijani national team has been assembled to participate in the 37th European Championships in Rhythmic Gymnastics, to be held on June 9-13, 2021, in Varna, Bulgaria, Trend reports referring to the European Gymnastics website.Zohra Aghamirova and Arzu Jalilova will represent Azerbaijan in the individual competitions.The team consisting of Lyaman Alimuradova, Zeynab Hummatova, Yelyzaveta Luzan, Maryam Safarova, Narmina Samadova and Darya Sorokina will represent Azerbaijan in group exercises.Some 321 gymnasts from 37 countries will take part in the European Championship. The competitions will be held among both juniors and seniors. Caucasian Muslims Office chairman talks about new mosque in Azerbaijan’s Shusha http://www.today.az/news/society/205902.html Society Thu, 13 May 2021 12:58:00 +0400 By TrendThe mosque to be built in Shusha city will differ from other mosques in Azerbaijan, Trend reports referring to Chairman of the Caucasian Muslims Office Allahshukur Pashazade.“The beginning of the construction of a mosque in Shusha in honor of Azerbaijan's victory in the second Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh War is a great event,” the chairman said.The foundation of a new mosque was laid in Shusha on May 12, 2021.President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva, their daughters Leyla Aliyeva and Arzu Aliyeva attended the event.A mosque with two minarets and a dome decorated with mosaics was designed jointly by Azerbaijani and Italian architects. Latest prices for Azerbaijani oil disclosed http://www.today.az/news/business/205899.html Business Thu, 13 May 2021 12:35:00 +0400 By TrendThe price of Azeri LT CIF Augusta, produced at the Azeri-Chirag-Deepwater Gunashli (ACG) field, increased by $1.32 on May 12 compared to the previous price, making up $69.42 per barrel, Trend reports referring to the source from the country's oil and gas market.The price of Azeri LT FOB Ceyhan amounted to $68.78 per barrel on May 12, which also increased by $1.3 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 settled at $67.37 per barrel on May 12, having increased by $1.31 compared to the previous price.Meanwhile, the cost of a barrel of Brent Dated oil, produced in the North Sea, amounted to $70.21 per barrel, increasing by $1.3 compared to the previous price.(1 USD =1.7 AZN on May 13) Azerbaijani people won Second Karabakh War thanks to unity - Caucasian Muslims Office http://www.today.az/news/society/205901.html Society Thu, 13 May 2021 12:17:00 +0400 By TrendThe Azerbaijani lands have been under the Armenian occupation for many years, Trend reports referring to Chairman of the Caucasian Muslims Office Allahshukur Pashazade.“The more the Azerbaijani people unite, the more victories they will have,” the chairman said.“The unity of power and people, as well as faith were necessary for the victory,” Pashazade added.“Armenian fascism was destroyed thanks to this unity,” the chairman said.“The supreme commander of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces will go down in history as a liberator,” Pashazade said."Our valiant troops liberated the occupied territories during 44 days under the leadership of Supreme Commander of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces Ilham Aliyev," the chairman said. Very happy to participate in Khary Bulbul festival in Shusha – Azerbaijani people's artist http://www.today.az/news/politics/205900.html Politics Thu, 13 May 2021 11:55:00 +0400 By TrendThe Azerbaijani people are very happy to participate today in the Khary Bulbul festival in Azerbaijan’s Shusha city, liberated from the Armenian occupation which lasted almost 30 years, Director of the International Mugham Center, People's Artist Murad Huseynov told Trend on May 13."During every holiday before, we believed that next time we will celebrate it in Nagorno Karabakh," Huseynov said. "Finally today, we're here in Shusha."“First of all, we are grateful to Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev for the opportunity to be here today,” director of the International Mugham Center added. “Shusha is a holy city for us. I also want to express my gratitude to our troops, which liberated our holy city from occupation. We are happy and feel proud.”“Today we are participating in the festival in Shusha, which has been organized by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation,” Huseynov said. “A wonderful concert was held yesterday, today another one will take place, at which representatives of art will perform the works of great composers. And I am proud that I am here today.” Festive prayer performed at Teze Pir mosque in Azerbaijan’s Baku http://www.today.az/news/society/205898.html Society Thu, 13 May 2021 11:32:00 +0400 By TrendThe festive prayer was performed at the Teze Pir mosque in Baku on May 13, Trend reports on May 13.The festive prayer with the participation of Chairman of the Caucasian Muslims Office Allahshukur Pashazade was performed in accordance with the COVID-19 quarantine rules. A limited number of believers took part in it.Ramadan holiday is celebrated in Azerbaijan on May 13. Azerbaijani ombudsman appeals to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights http://www.today.az/news/politics/205895.html Politics Thu, 13 May 2021 11:11:00 +0400 By TrendCommissioner for Human Rights (Ombudsman) of Azerbaijan Sabina Aliyeva sent a letter to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, the Ombudsman's Office told Trend.The Azerbaijani ombudsman expressed concern that the mines planted during the occupation by the Armenian troops in Kalbajar and other districts of Azerbaijan pose a big threat to the life and health of people.Bachelet was informed that hundreds of thousands of mines were planted in these territories and Armenia’s refusal to hand over minefield maps to Azerbaijan exacerbates the situation in the region and poses a threat to peace and coexistence.The ombudsman has repeatedly raised this issue before the international human rights organizations.Stressing the gross violation of the requirements of the 1949 Geneva Conventions, the ombudsman said that the political leadership of Armenia must be aware of its obligations under the international law and respect human rights.In conclusion, the ombudsman once again expressed deep concern to Bachelet and asked to call on the Armenian side to cooperate in handing over the maps of mined territories. Collection of notes of Azerbaijani composers presented at Shusha Music Festival http://www.today.az/news/society/205894.html Society Thu, 13 May 2021 10:43:00 +0400 By TrendThe 'Ebedi imzalar' collection, prepared by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, consisting of notes of works by outstanding representatives of the Azerbaijani composing school, was presented at Azerbaijan’s Shusha Music Festival, Trend reports on May 12.The project was initiated by First Vice-President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Mehriban Aliyeva. It was disclosed for people by President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, Mehriban Aliyeva, as a gift on the occasion of the announcement of Shusha as the cultural capital of Azerbaijan.The notes of works by prominent representatives of the Azerbaijani composer school were published within the project for the first time in the form of a collection. The collection includes the notes of the works by six outstanding representatives of the Azerbaijani composing school, namely, Asaf Zeynalli, Jevdet Hajiyev, Fikret Amirov, Gara Garayev, Niyazi and Vasif Adigozalov.Some 71 collections of works by six composers have been published within the project. Moreover, 12 folders with notes of solo works of some symphonic and instrumental chamber music for various instruments have been added to the collection.Among the works in the collection, there are samples published for the first time. The notes of some works were published during the Soviet period and most of them contained big typographical errors. These works were edited with the participation of the professional staff involved in the project by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation.The notes of the works were found in the archives of Azerbaijan and other countries and were also selected and republished by comparing the authors 'manuscripts with the participation of the composers' heirs.The collection is important from the point of view of preserving the traditions of Azerbaijani music, the works of the Azerbaijani composers and their popularization among the new generation.</p><p style="border: 0px; font-family: Roboto, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 19px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: rgb(252, 252, 252);"><em style="border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(141, 141, 141);">--</em></p><p style="border: 0px; font-family: Roboto, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 19px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: rgb(252, 252, 252);"><em style="border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(141, 141, 141);"><br /></em></p> Sinovac allows its COVID-19 vaccine to be made in Turkey http://www.today.az/news/regions/205893.html World news Thu, 13 May 2021 10:27:00 +0400 By TrendA report by the Turkish media says that Sinovac, the Chinese producer of its COVID-19 vaccine CoronaVac, has provided a license to Turkey to manufacturing the jabs, Trend reports citing Daily Sabah. The company’s CEO Yin Weidong, quoted by Bloomberg, said Turkey was among five countries given a production license for the vaccine, along with Indonesia, Brazil, Malaysia and Egypt.Yin stated that they supplied vaccines sufficient to vaccinate 20% of the population in Turkey, Brazil and Indonesia but that would not be enough and consequently, they started the licensing process for the production of the jabs in those countries.The country has ordered 100 million doses of vaccines from Sinovac, though authorities have acknowledged that the shipment has hit snags as countries scramble for access to large amounts of jabs amid the mounting pandemic. Turkey has so far administered more than 25.3 million doses.On Wednesday, another batch of CoronaVac arrived in the capital Ankara, the Health Ministry announced. The number of doses was not disclosed, while the ministry said in a statement that the vaccines would be distributed to hospitals and health centers across the country after necessary tests are conducted.Turkey had signed an agreement with Sinovac for the procurement of 100 million doses of the vaccine. It started using CoronaVac in January, administering it first to health care workers. Now, it is one of two vaccines offered to the wider public, along with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.Yin also claimed that differences in clinical data of the vaccine was normal while there was “growing evidence” that it was performing better when applied in the real world, as quoted by Bloomberg.The inactive vaccine’s efficacy was found to be above 83% after Phase 3 trials in Turkey. Most recently, the vaccine was found to be 98% effective at preventing death and 96% effective at preventing hospitalization among a group of inoculated Indonesian medical staff, a study conducted by the Indonesian Health Ministry has found. The findings were based on data from 120,000 health care workers in Jakarta who had received the vaccine between January and March this year, lead researcher and health official Pandji Dhewantara told a briefing Wednesday.Researchers in Brazil said earlier it was 50.4% effective at preventing symptomatic infections. CoronaVac is efficacious in preventing COVID-19 in adults under 60, but some quality data on the risk of serious adverse effects was lacking, World Health Organization experts found.A recent study conducted by a Turkish university had found that the vaccine was more effective when it is administered in two doses, the current practice in Turkey. Baku to host Aerobic Gymnastics World Championships for first time http://www.today.az/news/society/205892.html Society Thu, 13 May 2021 10:09:00 +0400 By TrendAzerbaijan Gymnastics Federation (AGF) in 2021 will organize and host the Aerobic Gymnastics World Championship, Trend reports referring to the AGF.This event hosted by Azerbaijan for the first time will be organized on May 27-29.The 16-th Aerobic Gymnastics World Championship will last for three days, gymnasts will compete in the programs of “Individual Women”, “Individual Men”, “Mixed Pairs”, “Trios”, “Groups” as well as “Aero Dance” and “Aero Step”.According to the rules, one participant can only perform in maximum of three categories. At the championship, there will be qualifications and finals in each category.Azerbaijan will be represented at the competition by Aykhan Ahmadli, Balakhanim Ahmadova, Vladimir Dolmatov, Emil Guliyev, Khoshgadam Guliyeva, Narmina Huseynova, Nigar Ibrahimbayli, Imran Imranov, Nurjan Jabbarli, Akif Karimli, Elchin Mammadov and Madina Mustafayeva.The European Aerobic Gymnastics Championships was held for the first time in Azerbaijan in 2019. Festive prayer due to holy month of Ramadan in Azerbaijan’s Shusha city http://www.today.az/news/politics/205891.html Politics Thu, 13 May 2021 09:30:00 +0400 The festive prayer is being performed in connection with the Ramadan holiday in Azerbaijan's Shusha city, which was liberated from the Armenian occupation.Baku Media Center is filming and broadcasting live the festive prayer in connection with the holy month of Ramadan in Shusha, the pearl of the Nagorno-Karabakh region.Live broadcast from Shusha.</p><p style="border: 0px; font-family: Roboto, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 19px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: rgb(252, 252, 252);">---</p> </body> </html> First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva made post on Ramadan Holiday http://www.today.az/news/politics/205889.html Politics Thu, 13 May 2021 09:27:00 +0400 First Vice-President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Mehriban Aliyeva has made an Instagram post on the occasion of the Ramadan Holiday.The post on her official Instagram page says:“Dear compatriots!It is with an indescribable sense of pride and joy that I extend my best wishes and sincere congratulations to each of you on the occasion of the holy Ramadan Holidayfrom our native city Shusha! May this holiday, which invites people to peace, unity, solidarity, kindness and spiritual perfection bring health, mutual understanding and tranquility to the hearth of each of you!I respectfully commemorate our martyrs who died for the motherland. I wish patience to their relatives and loved ones. May the Almighty never spare his mercy for our people!I cordially congratulate all Muslims around the world on the occasion of Ramadan Holiday, and ask Allah to accept their prayers and fasting.With deep respect and love,Your MEHRIBAN”. Azerbaijani President made post on Ramadan Holiday http://www.today.az/news/politics/205888.html Politics Thu, 13 May 2021 09:16:00 +0400 President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has made a post on his official Twitter account on the occasion of the Ramadan Holiday.The head of state congratulated everyone on the occasion of the holiday. First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva shared footages of fireworks organized in Shusha on her ... http://www.today.az/news/politics/205890.html Politics Wed, 12 May 2021 22:30:00 +0400 First Vice-President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Mehriban Aliyeva has posted on her Instagram page the footages of fireworks organized as part of the "Kharibulbul" music festival in Shusha.The post on her official Instagram page says:"Dreams come true! Congratulations to all the people of Azerbaijan!With deep respect and love,Your MEHRIBAN".--- European Court of Human Rights to examine Convention violations by Armenia against Azerbaijan http://www.today.az/news/politics/205883.html Politics Wed, 12 May 2021 18:16:00 +0400 By TrendThe Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights to examine a number of Convention violations by Armenia in regards to Azerbaijan, Trend reports citing the Court.The application was lodged with the European Court of Human Rights on 27 October 2020.The applications concern mainly the recent hostilities between Armenia and Azerbaijan and contain allegations of widespread violations of the Convention by the respondent States during the hostilities, including indiscriminate attacks on civilians as well as civilian and public property and infrastructure; executions, ill-treatment, and mutilations of combatants and civilians; the capture and continued detention of prisoners of war.Azerbaijan additionally submits that Armenia has been responsible for a number of Convention violations since 1992, including the continued displacement of hundreds of thousands of Azerbaijanis from their homes and property; the ill-treatment and disappearance of Azerbaijani nationals without proper investigations; and the destruction of cultural and religious property. Azerbaijan confirms 558 more COVID-19 cases, 1,454 recoveries http://www.today.az/news/society/205882.html Society Wed, 12 May 2021 17:52:00 +0400 By TrendAzerbaijan has detected 558 new COVID-19 cases, 1,454 patients have recovered and 13 patients have died, Trend reports on May 12 citing the Operational Headquarters under Azerbaijani Cabinet of Ministers.Up until now, 328,159 people have been infected with coronavirus in the country, 309,771 of them have recovered, and 4,726 people have died. Currently, 13,662 people are under treatment in special hospitals.To reveal the COVID-19 cases, 7,155 tests have been carried out in Azerbaijan over the past day, and a total of 3,353,167 tests have been conducted so far. Bayati Shiraz mugham performed on Jidir Plain in Azerbaijan’s Shusha (VIDEO) http://www.today.az/news/society/205881.html Society Wed, 12 May 2021 17:31:00 +0400 By TrendThe cultural capital of Azerbaijan - Shusha hosts the Khary Bulbul music festival on May 12, Trend reports.President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva, their daughters Leyla Aliyeva and Arzu Aliyeva arrived at the Khary Bulbul music festival, organized at Jidir Plain in Shusha.The "Khary Bulbul" festival in Shusha began from the performance of young khanende (mugham singer) Kanan Bayramli. Bayati Shiraz mugham was performed on Jidir Plain in Shusha.Trend shows the video footage from the festival: President Aliyev inaugurates new projects in liberated Shusha http://www.today.az/news/politics/205884.html Politics Wed, 12 May 2021 15:22:00 +0400 President Ilham Aliyev has inaugurated new projects in Azerbaijan’s liberated Shusha city in Nagorno-Karabakh region that he visited on May 12, Azertag reported.Aliyev laid the foundation stone of a new mosque in Shusha city.Addressing the ceremony, Aliyev reminded that 17 Azerbaijani mosques were destroyed during the Armenian occupation of Shusha.He stressed that the groundbreaking ceremony of a new mosque in the ancient city of Shusha on the eve of the Ramadan holiday has a great historical and symbolic meaning."We have returned to Shusha and we have returned forever!...From now on, the architects will deal with the entire mosque project and construction work will begin," he said.Aliyev said he had suggested the design of the mosque.“I suggested that the shape of the mosque reflect figure “8” because we liberated Shusha from the occupiers on 8 November, and 8 November is officially Victory Day in Azerbaijan. The two minarets of the mosque should reflect figure “11” because it was in the eleventh month that Shusha and Karabakh were completely liberated from occupation. Based on these ideas, architects began to work, and the presentation demonstrated here reflects the future appearance of the mosque.”The president also visited the restored Khan Gizi spring in Shusha."We have restored the “Khan gizi” spring. When I last visited Shusha in January, I said that we would restore the Natavan spring. The spring will be at the disposal of Shusha residents and visitors again. The enemy had dried up this and all other springs. This shows that Shusha has always been an alien city to Armenians. But now Shusha is reviving and the “Khan gizi” spring, one of the symbols of Shusha, has been restored. I drank water from this spring today," the president said.Aliyev arrived in Shusha today that is hosting traditional Khari Bulbul music festival.First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva and their daughters Leyla and Arzu Aliyeva are accompanying the president during the visit.Khari Bulbul music festival used to be held in Shusha every year before the city’s occupation by Armenian forces in 1992.The festival has been resumed after Shusha’s liberation on November 8, 2020. Shusha has was declared Azerbaijan’s cultural capital on May 7.A groundbreaking ceremony for a school No1 was held in Shusha on May 12. The head of state laid the foundation stone for the school.President Ilham Aliyev was informed that the foundation of the first secular school in Azerbaijan and the South Caucasus was laid here in 1830. In 1980, on the initiative of great leader Heydar Aliyev, the 150th anniversary of this school was marked. Armenian vandals have completely destroyed the school which functioned as school No1 prior to the occupation.President  also viewed the work done at Shusha Art Gallery. President Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva were informed of the work done at the gallery.The gallery will feature an exhibition of returned Karabakh carpets, as well as the "Karabakh before and after the occupation", "Karabakh on the motives of Azerbaijani artists" exhibitions.Furthermore, President  Ilham Aliyev, First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva, their daughters Leyla Aliyeva and Arzu Aliyeva attended the inauguration of 110/35/10 kV Shusha substation.The inauguration of the newly renovated “Khari Bulbul” hotel was also held in Shusha.The head of state viewed conditions created at the hotel. There are 49 rooms in the hotel. All of them are provided with all necessary infrastructure for visitors to stay and relax.President  then viewed conditions created at a 48-apartment block and the cottages under the “Khari Bulbul” hotel in Shusha.The head of state and the First Lady were informed of the work done at the block and the cottages.The head of state and the First Lady were also informed of the restoration work done at the Special representation in Shusha. The head of state then gave instructions on the work to be carried out at the the building of the Shusha Creative Center.President  Ilham Aliyev, First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva, their daughters Leyla Aliyeva and Arzu Aliyeva also inspected the palace of Khan gizi Natavan in Shusha.The house of Khan gizi Natavan in Shusha was also destroyed during the occupation.The head of state was informed that an assessment of the damage caused to the building during the occupation had already begun. After this process, the restoration work will be launched here.Notably, Shusha, along with 300 other city centers, villages and settlements were liberated from around 30  years of Armenian occupation during the war between September 27 and November 10. Khari Bulbul Festival once again welcomes musicians in Shusha [PHOTO/VIDEO] http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/205887.html Arts & Entertainment Wed, 12 May 2021 14:59:00 +0400 By Laman IsmayilovaAfter 29 years, Khari Bulbul Music Festival once again welcomes talented musicians in Shusha, known as Azerbaijan`s cultural capital.The spectacular event is being held for the first time since the liberation of Shusha from the Armenian occupation.President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva, their daughters Leyla Aliyeva and Arzu Aliyeva attended the festival.The festival brought together music groups of different nations living in Azerbaijan on Jydyr Plain. The concert featured a program of folk and classical music, which left no one indifferent. Khari Bulbul Music Festival  began from the performance of young khanende (mugham singer) Kanan Bayramli. Bayati Shiraz mugham was performed at the concert. Kharibulbul music festival used to be held in Shusha every year before the city’s occupation by Armenian forces in 1992. The festival has been resumed after Shusha’s liberation on November 8, 2020.The large-scale event gets its name from the flower Khari Bulbul which grows only in Shusha.This flower has a unique appearance which makes it look like a nightingale or bulbul in Azerbaijani.The word "Khari" means "thorny". Two petals of the flower resemble wings, while another one looks like a bird's head. Many legends, poems and songs are associated with this beautiful flower.The festival was held for the first time in 1989, bringing together musicians from Japan, the USA, Turkey, Germany, Israel, Italy, Spain and other countries. The opening ceremony took place at the stadium in Aghdam. The gala event featured spectacular concerts and performances in Jydyr Duzu, Isa Bulag spring as well as the streets and squares of Shusha city. Scientific and theoretical discussions were held as part of the event.The festival's guests also visited the sights of Karabakh, beautiful nature surrounded by amazing mountains, participated in various events, accompanied by performances of musical and dance ensembles.The festival's closing ceremony took place in Agdam, near the spring garden of the poetess Khurshidbanu Natavan, called "Bouquet of Khari Bulbul". The concert programs were also held in Agjabadi, Barda and Baku.The 4th Khari Bulbul Music Festival was supposed to gather musicians from more than 30 countries.However, the city was captured by Armenia on May 8, 1992. Shusha was liberated by the Azerbaijani Armed Forces on November 8, 2020.  </div></body> </html> Latest prices for Azerbaijani oil disclosed http://www.today.az/news/business/205877.html Business Wed, 12 May 2021 13:28:00 +0400 By TrendThe price of Azeri LT CIF Augusta, produced at the Azeri-Chirag-Deepwater Gunashli (ACG) field, increased by 24 cents on May 11 compared to the previous price, making up $68.1 per barrel, Trend reports referring to the source from the country's oil and gas market.The price of Azeri LT FOB Ceyhan amounted to $67.48 per barrel on May 11, which also decreased by 26 cents 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 settled at $66.06 per barrel on May 11, having increased by 27 cents compared to the previous price.Meanwhile, the cost of a barrel of Brent Dated oil, produced in the North Sea, amounted to $68.91 per barrel, down by 26 cents compared to the previous price.(1 USD =1.7 AZN on May 12) Azerbaijani PM expresses condolences to Russian counterpart http://www.today.az/news/politics/205876.html Politics Wed, 12 May 2021 13:00:00 +0400 By TrendAzerbaijani Prime Minister Ali Asadov sent a letter of condolences to Prime Minister of Russia Mikhail Mishustin, Trend reports referring to the Azerbaijani Cabinet of Ministers.In his letter, Asadov stressed that he is deeply saddened by the news of the tragedy that occurred in Kazan, which entailed human casualties.Asadov expressed condolences to the prime minister of Russia, the families, and relatives of the victims and wished the injured a speedy recovery. Baku to host Aerobic Gymnastics World Age Group Competitions for first time (VIDEO) http://www.today.az/news/sports/205875.html Sports Wed, 12 May 2021 12:35:00 +0400 By TrendThe Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation (AGF) will hold the Aerobic Gymnastics World Age Group Competitions for the first time in May 2021, Trend reports referring to the AGF website.This event, which is the 9th edition, will take place at the National Gymnastics Arena on May 21-23.At the Championships, the gymnasts included in the age groups of 12-14 and 15-17-year-old, will compete for the medals.Gymnasts of both age groups will perform in the Qualifications and Finals in the programs of “Individual Women”, “Individual Men”, “Mixed Pairs”, “Trios”, and “Groups”. Moreover, 15-17-year-old gymnasts will test their strength in “Aero Dance” program.Azerbaijan will be represented at the competition by Leyla Abdullazade, Arzu Aghayeva, Leyla Ahmadova, Sara Alikhanli, Aylin Aliyeva, Rovshana Baghirzade, Leyla Bezhanova, Dilara Gurbanova, Fidan Ibrahimova, Aliya Ismayilova, Sanam Kazimova, Evelina Kozlovskaya, Emiliya Mahmudova and Maryam Topchubashova.The competitions will be held in accordance with the COVID-19 quarantine measures valid in Azerbaijan, taking into account the sanitary and epidemiological requirements and without spectators. Ex-president of Iran announces his candidacy for president http://www.today.az/news/regions/205874.html World news Wed, 12 May 2021 12:08:00 +0400 By TrendThe ex-Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has declared his candidacy for the president in the 13th presidential election, Trend reports citing Iranian media.According to the report, Ahmadinejad recently went to the election commission of the Ministry of Interior of Iran and registered.Ahmadinejad, who was elected president in the 9th and 10th convocations presidential election was accompanied by about 100 supporters.As reported, the registration of candidates for the presidential elections in Iran began on May 11 and will end on May 15, 2021.The Guardian Council will examine the credentials of the candidates within four days (May 16-20). In addition, the board will research the complaints of those whose candidacies were not accepted within 4 days (May 21-25). The names of the presidential candidates in Iran will be announced on May 26.According to the decision of the Guardian Council, the age of presidential candidates can be a minimum of 40 and a maximum of 75. The candidates must have a minimum master's degree.Reportedly, Iran's presidential and municipal elections will be held on June 18, 2021. There are 31 provinces and 450 counties in Iran. Azerbaijani president, First lady attend opening of Khari Bulbul festival in Shusha [PHOTO/VIDEO] http://www.today.az/news/politics/205886.html Politics Wed, 12 May 2021 11:38:00 +0400 President Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva have attend the opening of Khari Bulbul festival being held in Shusha today, Azertag reported on November 12.The president and the first lady arrived in Shusha on November 12. Their daughters Leyla and Arzu Aliyeva also attended the festival.  The visit is on the occasion of traditional Khari Bulbul Music Festival to be held in Shusha that has been declared Azerbaijan’s cultural capital.The head of state made an opening speech at the festival.Speech of President Ilham Aliyev- Dear friends, it is a significant day in the history of our country today. After a long break, the “Kharibulbul” festival is being held in the Jidir Duzu plain in Shusha, a city sacred to each of us. I heartily congratulate you and all the people of Azerbaijan on this occasion.We have been looking forward to this day for 30 years. We have lived with a longing for the Motherland for 30 years. We had to reconcile with this injustice for 30 years, but we did not put up with it. We were always saying that we would never come to terms with this situation and that we would liberate our native lands from the occupiers at any cost, and we did exactly that. The “Kharibulbul” music festival, being held this year for the first time after a long break, is dedicated to the memory of our martyrs. We are indebted to our heroic soldiers. We are indebted to the people of Azerbaijan. Our people united and showed solidarity, or people united like a fist, and this victory was won by the people of Azerbaijan. This is a victory for all of us. I would request that we commemorate our heroic martyrs of the Patriotic War with a minute of silence.May Allah rest the souls of all our martyrs in peace!We have restored this remarkable tradition, and “Kharibulbul” festival will now be held in Shusha every year. This year's festival covers representatives of the peoples living in Azerbaijan. Representatives of different nations living in our country will perform in this festival. I gave this recommendation to the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, the organizer of the festival, because all the peoples living in Azerbaijan have contributed a great deal to the Patriotic War. The Patriotic War has once again shown that all peoples in Azerbaijan live in friendship, brotherhood and solidarity, and this 44-day war showed again that there is national unity and national solidarity in our country. It is no coincidence that the first festival will feature representatives of the peoples living in Azerbaijan. So we are sending another message to the whole world from here, from Shusha, from our ancient land. Countries should develop in this way, in multi-religious, multi-ethnic countries and societies. There is development, there is unity, there is national solidarity, there is peace here. We follow what is happening in different parts of the world, and I can say that we could foresee the present-day situation a few years ago. Therefore, we promoted multiculturalism, promoted the coexistence of different peoples both domestically and internationally, including through numerous events held in our country. We were saying that this was possible. We were saying in the example of Azerbaijan that it was possible, we were showing that, we shared our experience, we shared our views, and I think that our efforts have paid off because the world has a clearer picture of this issue now.The 44-day war resulted in a complete victory for Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan won a complete victory, expelled the invaders from ancient Azerbaijani lands and raised the Azerbaijani flag in all liberated lands. The 44-day war is our glorious history. Every day of the 44 days represents a heroic saga. Every day we gave martyrs, shed blood and yet we moved forward. Every day we moved forward. There was not a single day in the 44 days on which we would take a step back. We only moved forward, giving martyrs and shedding blood. Our people were and we united, and this conditioned this Victory. More than 300 towns and villages were liberated from the invaders on the battlefield, and the liberation of Shusha, the impregnable fortress, is a separate heroic saga. Everyone visiting Shusha and Azerbaijani citizens who have already come to Shusha can confirm that liberating it from occupation required great heroism, courage and self-sacrifice. Our heroic soldiers climbed these steep rocks and liberated Shusha from the invaders in a hand-to-hand battle although the occupiers fired at us from tanks and artillery. We gave martyrs in the battles for Shusha. But the national spirit that drove us forward secured this victory. The liberation of Shusha actually meant the collapse of the Armenian army and the Armenian state. Because a day later, Armenia was forced to sign an act of capitulation, which was drafted in accordance with our conditions, and we returned Lachin, Kalbajar and Aghdam districts without firing a single shot. It is no coincidence that the day of the liberation of Shusha, 8 November, was declared an official public holiday in Azerbaijan, it was declared Victory Day, and we will celebrate this holiday every year.Shusha is a national treasure of the Azerbaijani people. The recent announcement of Shusha as the cultural capital of Azerbaijan shows this again. Shusha is an ancient Azerbaijani city. Next year we will celebrate the 270th anniversary of Shusha. Panahali Khan founded Shusha in 1752, and from that time until the occupation, Azerbaijanis always lived in this city. Hard as the Armenians tried, they could not erase the Azerbaijani spirit from Shusha. Yes, the loathsome enemy destroyed our buildings, our mosques, our historical monuments. However, Shusha was able to preserve its Azerbaijani spirit. Shusha was in captivity for 28 and a half years, but it did not bend, did not break, preserved its dignity, protected its national spirit, protected the spirit of Azerbaijan.Dear friends, I am sure that many of you are here for the first time since the occupation. You can see and feel that. This is my third time in Shusha, and every time I come here I say that I want to stay. I do not want to leave here. Shusha has a unique aura. I have never seen a city like Shusha elsewhere in the world. There probably isn’t one. We are gathered in free Shusha after a long break today. Azerbaijani mugham will be performed on the Jidir Duzu plain today. After a long break, we will celebrate this wonderful music holiday in Shusha. It is a music holiday in the true sense of the word. Yes, we did return to Shusha on 8 November by fighting and shedding blood, but Azerbaijani culture, prominent representatives of Azerbaijani culture have returned to Shusha today, and this return is a reality, and everyone must reckon with this reality.From now on, we will live in Shusha forever. The restoration of Shusha has already begun. The instructions are being fulfilled. The Yukhari Govharagha mosque has already been repaired and holiday prayers will be held there tomorrow.It is no coincidence that the festival has been organized on the eve of Ramadan. We are a nation bound by our religious, national and spiritual roots. Otherwise, we would never have been able to end the occupation. For all these years, we have lived with one goal – to liberate our lands, restore justice, protect our national dignity, and we have achieved this. Today's event shows again that we have returned to Shusha and will live here forever. Restoration work has begun in the city and, as I already said, the Yukhari Govharagha mosque has been repaired. Five years ago, after the liberation of Jojug Marjanli, I had a mosque similar to the Shusha mosque build there. I said at the opening of the mosque back then that one day we would restore mosques in Shusha, we would build new mosques. Today, on the eve of Ramadan, the foundation of a new magnificent mosque was laid in Shusha. The “Khan gizi Natavan” spring, which was once dried up by the Armenians, now abounds in water. All this has a great symbolic meaning. This is our return. We will build and restore Shusha, while the contemptible enemy has destroyed Shusha. Those here, our friends will walk around and see the ruins Shusha has suffered. But let me say again that we kept Shusha, Aghdam, Jabrayil, Fuzuli, Zangilan, Gubadli, Lachin, Kalbajar in our hearts. We will restore the destroyed mosques, but we had built those mosques in our hearts during the occupation. And we are gathered here now, on the Jidir Duzu plain, a place sacred to every Azerbaijani, and celebrate this holiday of music, this holiday of unity, this holiday of return, this holiday of dignity. Long live Shusha! Long live Karabakh! Long live Azerbaijan!Kharibulbul music festival used to be held in Shusha every year before the city’s occupation by Armenian forces in 1992. The festival has been resumed after Shusha’s liberation on November 8, 2020.Earlier, Mehriban Aliyeva shared an Instagram post about the visit. Competition season of 2021 successfully started - European Gymnastics President http://www.today.az/news/sports/205871.html Sports Wed, 12 May 2021 10:50:00 +0400 By Trend?ompetition season of 2021 has successfully started, Farid Gayibov, European Gymnastics President said, Trend reports citing his statement."Last month, the gymnastics family was happy to enjoy the competition atmosphere we are all used to in springtime. Two European Championships are behind us.The 9th European Championships in Artistic Gymnastics was hosted by the Swiss city of Basel on April 21-25, 2021. The number of National Federations participating in the events was the same as before the pandemic.Our main priority at current competitions is to ensure a safe competition environment for all participants. I am confident in our successful approach due to a great deal of work invested at the preparation stage for the first Europeans held during the pandemic period in November & December 2020.I would like to express my gratitude to the Swiss Gymnastics Federation, its Local Organising Committee, the regional authorities of Basel-Stadt and Basel-Land for their great efforts in organising this event. Strong commitment and dedication of the structures involved enabled us to overcome the difficulties we are all facing nowadays. As a result, we had excellent competitions safely delivered in accordance with the standards of the European Gymnastics, Swiss Government & World Health Organisation.The athletes had a beautifully designed Field of Play at their disposal. A number of Federations, which did not take part in last year’s Europeans, joined the competitions this year. Evidently, not all expected stars managed to become prizewinners as we witnessed up-and-coming stars outshine the current ones. Though this is the nature of sport that makes our events especially interesting and entertaining.The positive atmosphere at the competition venue was transmitted to the viewers who watched the events online. Every year our partner SmartScoring provides live streaming at the European Championships. Naturally, the equipment they use has a capacity aimed at certain audience range. This time, this range was wider as 1100000 people watched the live stream website on the first day of qualifications. We have this impressive number of viewers for the first time. Therefore, the quality of transmission was poor due to lack of equipment capacity. We will analyse this matter and try to find an optimal solution.The Artistic Gymnastics European Championships was in the spotlight of TV channels as well. A high number of right holders from different countries broadcasted the events. This means that our interesting and beautiful sport discipline continues to be in popular demand.From Basel, we set out for Sochi (RUS) to participate in the second Europeans of the month. The 27th European Championships in Trampoline, Tumbling and Double Mini-Trampoline was successfully organised on April 29 – May 2, 2021. The Europeans was planned to be held in Goteborg (SWE) in 2020 but was cancelled due to the pandemic. Therefore, the event was moved to Russia. I express my gratitude to the Trampoline Federation of Russia and the leadership of Krasnodar Krai for their willingness to host this Championships in the beautiful city of Sochi. This city hosted the 2014 Winter Olympic Games and it has a well-established sports infrastructure. The hotels were located very close to the competition venue which was very convenient. The weather was fine, and I think our participants could not imagine the better place to compete in.The last Continental Championships in this discipline was held in 2018. In general, the last major competition in this gymnastics discipline was the FIG Trampoline Gymnastics World Cup held in Baku in February 2020. All the stars of Trampoline Gymnastics, who did not have an opportunity to perform for more than a year, demonstrated their great performances at the beautiful “Iceberg” Palace of Sports. At this Championships, we also had practically the same number of participating countries that we had before the pandemic. The events were transmitted online as well. Of course, we wish to have wider TV coverage in this discipline and we are planning to work in this direction internally within the European Gymnastics. I am confident that with joint efforts of the FIG and its Continental Unions we can achieve the level where TV will be more interested in broadcasting of Trampoline Gymnastics. I hope that we will get some results at our next event in Rimini (ITA) in a year.I’m happy to congratulate all participants of both Championships.The competition season of 2021 has successfully started. We still have many competitions this year. I wish our athletes in all gymnastics disciplines good luck in showing their performances," his message said.