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Azerbaijan takes over ADB Board of Governors chairmanship for 2015
06.05.2014 00:26
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Azerbaijan has assumed the chairmanship of the Board of Governors of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for the next year.

The country took over ADB chairmanship from Kazakhstan as the Board of Governors convened in Astana for its 47th annual meeting.

Entitled "Rethinking Asia's Challenges at the Crossroads of the Silk Road", the annual meeting saw much discussion on connectivity, innovation, and the need to keep up with the demands of a changing Asia and Pacific.

Participants came from ADB's 67 member countries and beyond, from government ministries and central banks, from business and finance, media, civil society, academia, and youth, cutting across professional, national, regional, and generational boundaries.

ADB President Takehiko Nakao and Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev officially opened ADB's 47th Annual Meeting in Astana.

At the opening session, President Nakao spoke of the need for ADB to sharpen its focus to better serve the needs of a developing Asia in rapid transition. He also looked forward to the end of extreme poverty in the region by 2020.

Mr. Nakao reiterated that the biggest challenge in the region remains poverty reduction. With 700 million people below the poverty line, Asia is still home to more than 60% of the world's poor. Using this measure of $1.25 a day, the region is likely to see an end to poverty in the region within the next decade.

"But more than 1.6 billion people living on less than $2 a day remain highly vulnerable to job loss, health problems, prolonged recession, inflation, crop failure, and environmental dangers."

"The challenge for ADB is to help developing member countries eradicate remaining poverty, and support greater inclusiveness to address inequalities," he said. "And there are other challenges: a huge infrastructure gap, environmental degradation and climate change. There is also the question of how to tap the full potential of regional cooperation and integration."

Addressing the event, chairman of ADB annual meeting of the Board of Governors, Kazakh Minister of Economy and Budget Planning Yerbolat Dassayev noted that the next meeting would beheld in Baku as the chairmanship of the Board of Governors passed to Azerbaijan for the next year.

Azerbaijani Minister of Finance, member of the Board of Governors Samir Sharifov said Azerbaijan would try its best to use the Baku meeting to prove that it is "a trusted partner" of the Asian Development Bank.

The meeting featured the Day of Azerbaijan, which was attended by delegations of the Board of Governors member states, ADB leadership, and prominent public and political figures of Kazakhstan and other countries.

It featured demonstration of a promotional video about Azerbaijan.

Addressing the event, Minister Sharifov noted that the Azerbaijani President had already ordered the creation of the organizing committee for the 48th meeting of ADB Board of Governors to be held in Baku in May, 2015.

He highlighted the country's socio-economic development under President Ilham Aliyev.

ADB President Nakao hailed Azerbaijan's economic growth. He expressed confidence the Baku meeting would be a success.

He said that for the first time the annual meeting of ADB Board of Governors would take place in the Caucasus, adding they had been looking forward to seeing Azerbaijan's rapid development.

The website of the 2015 Baku meeting was presented at the event.

On the sidelines of the annual meeting of ADB Board of Governors, Minister Sharifov also held several meetings including with ADB President Takehiko Nakao, Secretary General Maria-Anne Birken, Vice-President of the WB Lora Tak, Director General of the Japan International Cooperation Agency Kiyoshi Kadero, and Director of the Japan Bank for International Cooperation Hirosh Vatanabe to discuss issues of expanding bilateral cooperation.
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 2

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    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 2

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    The embassy of Czech Republic in Azerbaijan will open a visa center in Baku, according to the official website of the embassy.

    The visa center will start operating from April 27, 2015 at the following address: Baku city, Demirchi Tower, Khojaly Avenue, 37, 2nd floor (near the Khatai metro station).

    The center will receive documents only for the short-term Schengen visa. The consular section of the embassy will be engaged in issuing long-term visas and rendering notary services (certification of documents, signatures and etc.) as before.

    Staring from April 6, the documents for getting a visa can be submitted to the visa center and the consular section of the embassy only by appointment. The appointment will be made from Monday to Friday, from 09.00 till 13.00 (UTC/GMT 5 hours) and from 14.00 till 16.00 by phone: 994 12 404 76 38.

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    02.04.2015 14:12
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    As interesting as the experiment sounds, the researchers warned that it should not be tried at home. They noted in their paper that ''the high risk of cellular toxicity from outside contaminants being absorbed through the skin make this chemical something that should only be handled with caution.'' They also wrote that the application of Ce6 could cause damage to the cellular structure of the eye.

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    02.04.2015 13:50
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    "This is a very important event in the social life of Azerbaijan."

    Due to the reason Baku will host the European Games this year, some amendments have been made to the term of academic year under a special decision adopted by the Cabinet of Ministers in October 2014.

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    "This is a very important event in the history of sports and social life of Azerbaijan."
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  • Turkmen composition of joint intergovernmental commission with India approved
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    Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, Apr. 2

    By Huseyn Hasanov- Trend:

    President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhammadov signed a decree, according to which the composition of the Turkmen-Indian intergovernmental commission for trade, economic, scientific and technological cooperation has been approved.

    Head of the commission from the Turkmen side is Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov.

    Earlier it was reported that the two countries are involved in implementation of the project for the construction of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline, the work on which has been carried out since 2010. In May 2012, the Turkmen government

    concluded an agreement on the sale and purchase of natural gas from Indian GAIL ltd.

    Indian media had previously reported that ONGC Videsh Ltd (OVL) is studying its possibilities of investment in the economy of Turkmenistan and shows interest for the development of the largest gas field of the country. The report said that during the talks in New Delhi, the Turkmen side noted a preference for service contracts, whereas India is interested in signing a production sharing agreement (PSA).

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  • March inflation in Kazakhstan reaches 0.1 percent
    02.04.2015 13:38
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 1

    By Elena Kosolapova - Trend:

    Inflation hit 0.1 percent in Kazakhstan in March, Kazakh Statistics Committee under the Economy Ministry reported on April 1.

    Food rose in price by 0.2 percent, paid services - by 0.1 percent in March compared to Feb, while non-food items prices remained at the same level.

    Inflation since the beginning of the year hit 1.1 percent. Food rose in price by 1.6 percent, paid services - by 2.2 percent, non-food items decreased in price by 0.6 percent since the beginning of 2015.

    In March, among food goods, the average price for fresh vegetables increased by 2.5 percent, fresh fruit - by 1.6 percent, olive oil - by 1.5 percent, canned fish, tea - 1 percent, processed cheese - 0.9 percent, sausages, meat - 0.7 percent, confectionery, alcoholic beverages - by 0.6 percent, rolls and buns - 0.5 percent, premium wheat flour, cottage cheese - 0.4 percent. Meanwhile sugar reduced in price by 2.5 percent, poultry - by 2.2 percent, eggs - 2.1 percent, sunflower oil - by 1.6 percent, rice - 1.1 percent, buckwheat, sour yogurt, potatoes - 0.9 percent, rennet cheese - 0.8 percent, raw milk - 0.7 percent.

    The increase in prices for pharmaceutical products reached 0.9 percent, detergents and cleaning products, newspapers and periodicals - 0.6 percent, cloth and footwear, goods for personal use - 0.5 percent. Gasoline prices fell by 1.6 percent, diesel fuel - by 1.7 percent, liquefied gas -11.4 percent.

    Baths services increased in price by 1.3 percent, restaurants and hotels services - by 1.2 percent, health care services - 0.6 percent, recreation, entertainment and culture services and preschool education rose in prices by 0.4 percent.

    Fares for railway long way transportation fell by 2.9 percent, air transportation prices rose by 1.8 percent.

    In the sphere of housing and communal services, tariffs for housing maintenance rose by 3 percent, electricity - 0.2 percent. Meanwhile gas distributed among population fell in price by 2.9 percent.

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  • Anglo-Azerbaijani Society, Ralph Lauren organize charity event in London
    02.04.2015 13:33
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Nigar Orujova

    The Anglo-Azerbaijani Society and Ralph Lauren have co-organized a charity event for disabled children in London.Co-chairman of the Society Lord German hailed Anglo-Azerbaijani Societyв's contributions to fraternal relations between the two countries.

    The Anglo-Azerbaijani Society is a principal organization aimed at promoting the cultural, charitable and other links between Azerbaijan and the UK.A representative of Azerbaijani co-chair of the Society, professor Nargiz Pashayeva, made a speech on behalf of the professor, and praised Lord Germanв's activities in the organization.The representative noted that Azerbaijan has always been an open country for world. ''The Anglo-Azerbaijani Society made efforts towards further developing existing relations between the UK and Azerbaijan.''The attendees, then, heard performance of Azerbaijani violinist Nazrin Rashidova.

    Following, a fashion show from Ralph Lauren was presented, where guests were able to purchase designer's pieces at a 10-percent discount.

    Fifteen percent of the income from the sale will be transferred to the House of children with disabilities.

    The House for disabled children is a boarding school for children with physical and mental disabilities. Here, children with disabilities are surrounded by special care and attention.

    The funds received from the charity event will be used to provide children with adequate nutrition, clothing, appropriate medical and rehabilitation services. In addition, renovation of some rooms is planned.

    The facility with 200 seats is currently a house for 138 children with physical and mental disabilities.

    The Anglo-Azerbaijani Society, established in 1997, supports Azerbaijani-British relations in all spheres and assists charitable endeavors in Azerbaijan, as well as keeps members closely informed on developments in Azerbaijan and increases public awareness about Azerbaijan in the UK.

    The membership comprises major British companies in the oil, banking, insurance, engineering, services, communications, law and other sectors.

    Azerbaijan and the UK have benefited from close bilateral partnership and cooperation since 1992 in the framework of international organizations such as the United Nations, OSCE, Council of Europe, and NATO.
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  • Iranв's parliament must approve possible Nuke agreement
    02.04.2015 13:33
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr. 2

    By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

    Any international agreement, including possible agreement on the nuclear issue should be approved by the Islamic Republic parliament, Ahmad Tavakkoli, an Iranian conservative lawmaker said.

    In a letter to President Hassan Rouhani, the MP has emphasized that if outcome of the ongoing nuclear talks brings commitments to Iran it should be approved by parliament.

    The outcome of the talks even if comes under the name of joint statement or other similar names will need parliament approval in the case of including commitments, the senior MP said, Iran's Mehr news agency reported April 2.

    Iran and the P5 1 (the US, UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany) are negotiating in Lausanne, Switzerland to achieve a comprehensive agreement on the Islamic Republic's nuclear program by July 1.

    They were to reach a political understanding by March 31, but the negotiators decided to continue their talks on April 1. The talks extended to April 2 after the parties failed to achieve an agreement.

    Iranian side says that the parties will issue a "joint statement" but there will be no agreement at the end of the ongoing talks, if they reach a conclusion on the all disputed issues.

    Earlier Ali Larijani, the Islamic Republic parliament speaker said there is no need for parliament approval if Iran and the P5 1 negotiators achieve a comprehensive nuclear deal. In the Islamic Republic, the cases that are in the supervision of the Supreme National Security Council do not need parliament approval due to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamanei's permission.

    Meanwhile Larijani says that the possible nuclear agreement would not face any problem in Iran in this regard, Tavakkoli's letter to Rouhani indicates that differences on the issue still remain.

    Tavakkoli has referred to the Islamic Republic constitution's Article 77 which reads "international treaties, protocols, contracts, and agreements must be approved by the Islamic Consultative Assembly (parliament)."

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  • Names of seven Azerbaijanis on board trawler sunken in Sea of Okhotsk disclosed
    02.04.2015 13:22
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    Moscow, Russia, April 2

    By Orkhan Yolchuyev - Trend:

    The names of seven Azerbaijanis on board trawler sunken in Sea of Okhotsk were disclosed.

    Azerbaijanis who are the citizens of Russia were among the crew members, the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations told Trend April 2.

    Forty-six-year-old Imadeddin Sadihov (born in Nakhchivan), 51-year-old Mailaga Talybov, 40-year-old Yashar Aliyev are among survivors. According to the preliminary data, 51-year-old Elman Aliyev also survived.

    There is no information about 51-year-old Mahammad Safarov, 28-year-old Muradali Maharramov and 56-year-old Fazil Shakarov.

    The search operations are underway.

    "Far East" fishing trawler sank overnight in the sea of Okhotsk off the eastern Russian peninsula of Kamchatka. The 132-person crew was made up of 78 Russians and 54 citizens of other countries. At least 54 people have died and 15 are missing. The rescued people are suffering hypothermia. The captain and chief mate died.

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  • Iranian minister of labor to visit Azerbaijan
    02.04.2015 13:10
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    Iranian Minister of Labor Ali Rabei will visit Azerbaijan on April 15-17, Iranian Ambassador to Azerbaijan Mohsen Pak Ayeen told APA.

    The ambassador said that Rabei is the Minister of Cooperatives, Labor, and Social Welfare.

    "Therefore, he will hold meetings with officials of these fields in Azerbaijan. Iranian charity funds are also operating under the Ministry of Labor. Thus, Ali Rabei will also meet with Azerbaijan's Deputy Prime Minister, Chairman of the State Committee on Refugees and IDPs, Ali Hasanov," he noted.
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  • Baku changes working regime
    02.04.2015 13:05
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Nigar Orujova

    Baku will change its working hours ahead of the first European Games from May 1 to July 1.

    Business hours of government bodies and non-governmental organizations will be changed to ensure smooth and safe traffic, as well as full mobility of the workforce and spectators of the historic sports event.

    The Azerbaijani Cabinet of Ministers stated on April 1, that government officials, departments and agencies (except for employees of educational institutions and persons on duty) will operate on the following schedule: 25 percent of employees - from 8:00 to 17:00, 25 percent - from 8: 30 to 17:30, 25 percent - from 9:00 to 18:00, 25 percent - from 9:30 to 18:30.

    Employees of private institutions and organizations (except for employees of educational institutions and persons on duty) will operate on the following schedule: 50 percent of employees - from 8:00 to 17:00, and 50 percent - from 8:30 to 17:30.

    Moreover, Baku citizens will also be informed through the media how to prevent cases of illegal parking in the capital that cause traffic jams.

    The grandiose sport event will start in 72 days in the brand new Olympic Stadium. The stadium can host 68,000 spectators.

    An exciting and innovative new multi-sport event this year will include 20 sports, 16 of which are Olympic, during the 17 days of competition in June 12-28. 6,000 athletes will prove themselves in Baku.
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  • Matthew Bryza: Armenia got into a difficult situation
    02.04.2015 13:04
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    "Russia has been very skillful."

    Armenia got into a difficult situation.

    During my each visit to Yerevan, I took great pains to convince my colleagues in the government of Armenia not to fall into such a dependence on Russia for energy and other fields.

    According to Oxu.Az, the former US co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group, the former US ambassador to Azerbaijan Matthew Bryza said this in an interview with "168 Hours".

    According to him, Russia has been very skillful in the issue of the Armenia's complete dependence on it.

    "It would be good if Armenia would have not gone for what it already did, becoming that dependent on Russia", Matthew Bryza said.
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  • Nar Mobile becomes general sponsor of AIESEC Azerbaijan Anniversary Conference
    02.04.2015 13:00
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr.2

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    Nar Mobile extended its support the Be Brave Anniversary event.

    The main objective of the 10th national conference held on 21-24 March 2015 and sponsored by Nar Mobile, which is always supporting educational projects, was to attract the youth to the new project and exchange programs. By organizing twice per year the national conference on regular basis, AIESEC Azerbaijan promotes the right leadership skills among youngsters, informs them about international summer internship programs and explains the importance of unity and solidarity in internal relations. Miroslava Liskova, Chairperson of the AIESEC Czech Republic and member of trainers' team was a guest of this project and arrived with a mission to increase the public attention to this conference and create a connection between training courses.

    It should be noted that the AIESEC Azerbaijan organizes international volunteers' program in June - August. The deadline to join the program is April 10. On May 29, the AIESEC Azerbaijan will submit its annual report and organize the Gala final meeting with participation of members, partners and sponsors. Nar Mobile which is always attaching a special importance to the development of education and youth will support AIESEC in all its projects.

    Azerbaijan's fastest growing mobile operator Nar Mobile serves its subscribers since 2007. Since its creation, Nar Mobile remained always committed to its policy of affordable prices providing an exceptional value for its customers via a variety of attractive tariff offerings. Beyond the convenient voice tariffs, it also offers a great variety of choice and best value for its internet packages and a single price for each roaming zone. Nar Mobile is proud to be an Official Mobile Telecommunications Service Provider of the Baku 2015 European Games.

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  • Uzbekistan to increase sulfuric acid production by 2020
    02.04.2015 12:54
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    Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Apr.2

    By Demir Azizov - Trend:

    The capacity of sulfuric acid production in Uzbekistan will increase by 1.4 times, from 950 metric tons to 1,300 metric tons per year by 2020, according to the decree of Uzbekistan's Cabinet of Ministers.

    The government decree envisages increasing the capacity by constructing new sulfuric acid producing facilities (with capacity of 650,000 metric tons per year each) at Ammofos-Maxam JSC and Navoi Mining and Metallurgical Combine.

    It is planned to commission the facilities at Ammofos-Maxam and Navoi Mining and Metallurgical Combine in 2018 and 2019, respectively.

    Meanwhile, the outdated facilities for sulfuric acid production will be decommissioned at Ammofos-Maxam (with capacity of 500,000 metric tons per year) and Navoi Mining and Metallurgical Combine (450,000 metric tons per year).

    It is planned to finance the projects with the own funds of the Uzhimprom State Joint Stock Company, Uzbek Fund for Reconstruction and Development, loans from local and foreign banks, own funds of Ammofos-Maxam and Navoi Combine.

    However, the cost of the projects is not specified in the government decree.

    The general contractors for construction of the facilities on a "turnkey" basis will be determined through closed tenders.

    Ammofos-Maxam JSC, commissioned in 1969, is the largest of the three chemical enterprises producing phosphate fertilizers in Uzbekistan. The design capacity allows to produce over 338,000 metric tons of ammophos, 500,000 metric tons of sulfuric acid and 417,000 metric tons of wet-process phosphoric acid per year.

    Spanish MAXAM Corp. obtained 49 percent of the enterprise's share for $18 million and investment commitments worth $30 million in January 2008. The state is the owner of 51 percent of the block of shares.

    Navoi Mining and Metallurgical Combine is one of the largest gold producers in Central Asia. The combine is fully owned by the state. The annual production volume nears $2 billion.

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  • Possible cause of Far East trawler crash is collision
    02.04.2015 12:54
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 2

    Trend:

    Far East, a large trawler sank in the Sea of Okhotsk, 300 kilometers from Magadan in the morning of April 2.

    The main version of the trawler crash is collision, Vladimir Markin, the representative of the Russian investigative committee was quoted by TASS as saying.

    "The investigative bodies are considering all possible versions of the trawler crash," Markin said.

    According to preliminary data, there were 78 Russians and 54 foreigners on the shipboard. Some 117 of 132 people on board were raised out of the water (54 dead). The fate of 15 fishermen remains unknown.

    Seven Azerbaijani people were on the board. All of them are the citizens of Russia, Magadan's regional department of the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations told Trend earlier.

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  • Russian ministry to contact relatives of sailors from Far East sunken trawler
    02.04.2015 12:53
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 2

    Trend:

    The rescuers will phone the relatives of sailors from the Far East sunken trawler in the Sea of Okhotsk and inform them about the crew members' health condition, the head of the main department of the Sakhalin area under the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations Taymuraz Kasayev said, RIA Novosti reported April 2.

    "Far East" fishing trawler sank overnight in the sea of Okhotsk off the eastern Russian peninsula of Kamchatka. The 132-person crew was made up of 78 Russians and 54 citizens of other countries. At least 54 people have died and 15 are missing. The rescued people are suffering hypothermia. The captain and chief mate died.

    "The information about the crew is being specified," he said. "We will phone all relatives and inform them about the crew members' health condition. According to the preliminary data, there were 28 residents of Sakhalin on board."

    Seven Azerbaijani people were on the board. All of them are the citizens of Russia, Magadan's regional department of the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations told Trend earlier.

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  • Russia seeks to create Green Corridor with Azerbaijan
    02.04.2015 12:49
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Amina Nazarli

    Russiaв's Federal Customs Services have offered to create with Azerbaijan a Green Corridor, said Andrey Belyaninov, head of Russiaв's Federal Customs Service.

    The Green Corridor would facilitate the smooth transport of agricultural products in between the two countries and thus enhance trade.

    ''We were in Egypt, Jordan and Turkey and there too, we suggested to create a smooth passage of agricultural products,'' he said on the Federation Council on April 1.

    Belyaninov said that all conditions are present for the creation of a common transport zone. He also expressed hope that the effect of the measures will be felt when the new harvest begins.

    The reason behind the project is to ensure access of fruit and vegetable products to the Russian market, explained Belyaninov.

    The Russian Customs delegetaion recently visited Azerbaijan and met Aydin Aliyev, Chairman of Azerbaijanв's State Customs Committee.

    Speaking about the cooperation, Aliyev said Russia is one of the main economic partners of Azerbaijan.

    ''Russia is interested in expanding its trade turnover with Azerbaijan in all directions, and we especially pay attention to supplies of perishable goods from Azerbaijan, as they are relatively inexpensive, have very high quality and are quickly delivered to the territory of the Russian Federation,'' he said.

    Azerbaijan ranks fifth among the trade partners of Russia among the CIS countries. Russia is the main trade partner of Azerbaijan. Since 2006 the Russian Trade Representation is operating in Baku.

    The trade turnover between Azerbaijan and Russia in 2014 stood at $1.96 billion, of which some $1.3 billion accounted for imports from Russia to Azerbaijan, while $640.3 million accounted for the exports to Russia, according to the Azerbaijani State Customs Committee.

    Delicious, high-quality and organic agricultural products of Azerbaijan have always enjoyed significant demand in the Russian market.

    Azerbaijani products have now the opportunity to enter a larger market following recent western sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine crisis in late 2014.

    Russia decided to put an embargo on import of agricultural products and food from Poland, the U.S., EU, Canada, Australia, and Norway after the U.S. and the European Union imposed sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis.
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  • New head of Azerbaijani International Bank to be named today
    02.04.2015 12:48
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr.2

    Trend:

    The new head of the board head of Azerbaijani International Bank is expected to the appointed on Apr.2.

    The appointment to this post will be announced during the meeting of the General Shareholders' meeting of the International Bank of Azerbaijan that will be held in the evening, an informed source told Trend.

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  • Specialists to examine trawler crash victims in Sea of Okhotsk
    02.04.2015 12:42
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 2

    Trend:

    The specialists of the Russian Center of Forensic Medical Expertise left for Sakhalin to examine the bodies of those killed in the trawler crash in the Sea of Okhotsk, RIA Novosti reported with reference to the Russian health ministry April 2.

    "The specialists of the Russian Center of Forensic Medical Expertise left for Sakhalin to assist in the forensic expertise," a statement said.

    "Far East" fishing trawler sank overnight in the Sea of Okhotsk off the eastern Russian peninsula of Kamchatka. The 132-person crew was made up of 78 Russians and 54 citizens of other countries. At least 54 people have died and 15 are missing. The rescued people are suffering hypothermia. The captain and chief mate died.

    Seven Azerbaijani people were on board. All of them are citizens of Russia, Magadan's regional department of the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations told Trend earlier.

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  • ADB: Annual meeting in Baku to focus on partnership for development
    02.04.2015 12:36
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    About 3,000 government officials, business leaders, investors, journalists, and representatives from civil society will gather on 2-5 May at the Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan, for the Asian Development Bankв's (ADB) 48th Annual Meeting of its Board of Governors.

    The theme of the 2015 Annual Meeting is "Fostering Partnership for Development," which underscores the importance of leveraging resources and strengthening collaboration between ADB, its members, and other multilateral and bilateral partners, APA-Economics reports.

    This is the first time the meeting will be held in the South Caucasus, and enhancing cooperation and integration within this region and Central Asia will be the focus of one of the panel discussions.

    In Baku, the flagship Governors Seminar will discuss the Asia and Pacific region's growth potential. It will also look at policies being developed by countries to adapt their own economic growth models to changing internal and external environments to help sustain economic expansion and further reduce poverty.

    Other panels will tackle how to provide the right environment for public-private partnerships; development effectiveness; how to make burgeoning Asian cities more liveable and resilient to climate change; universal health coverage; gender equity, and innovation.

    The deadline for online registration is 20 April 2015. Members of the media who have been invited are reminded to register online to confirm their attendance. Registered journalists are required to submit a complete list of media equipment to be brought to the Annual Meeting. Send the list to the Azerbaijan Organizing Committee through Elchin Rufullayev (ADB Annual Meeting Working Group, Ministry of Finance, Azerbaijan) at e.rufullayev@maliyye.gov.az by 10 April 2015.

    ADB, based in Manila, is dedicated to reducing poverty in Asia and the Pacific through inclusive economic growth, environmentally sustainable growth, and regional integration. Established in 1966, it is owned by 67 members - 48 from the region.
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  • Flowers are a girl's best friend
    02.04.2015 12:32
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Nigar Orujova

    There is a well known joke that flower sellers in Azerbaijan enter the Forbes list after March 8, the Worldв's Women Day.

    Flowers will always be the dream gift for most women. Bakuв's visitors walking around the city frequently come across young girls and women carrying flowers in their arms.

    Flowers are a big thing in Baku and girls most of all enjoy them tremendously. It would actually impossible to miss the many flower shops spread across the city, doting the urban set-up with explosions of colors and agreeable scents.

    And because Azerbaijan is home to all climatic zones, the flower industry has thrived. Experts have confirmed that the flower industry has been a very profitable industry sector indeed.

    The price range in Baku from 10 manats to 200 manats and higher for a bouquet of flowers, reaching the price of another girlв's best friend '" diamonds!

    However, the flower business can be a tricky affair, considering that it deals with perishable goods.

    Economists believe the number of flowers sold depends on the richness of a particular region or city as well as the mentality of its people.

    Flowers remain the go-to present in many occasions -- from birthday to Knowledge day, florists have made their fortunes.

    Flowers are so important to Azerbaijan that there is even a Flower Day inscribe to its calendar.

    Every year in May, the country gathers its most beautiful flowers and put them on display for the world to see.

    Despite the fact that the percentage of write-off flowers is high, this sector has a decent profit margin - 50 percent and above, thus it has attracted new people to the business. The average mark-up on flowers stands at 100-300 percent.

    The global flower business represents an estimated $37.5 billion today, said Nariman Agayev, chairman of the Sustainable Development Research Center.

    He explained that the flower business can generate very good dividends.

    Before gaining independence in early 1990, Azerbaijan was a main exporter of Dianthus to Russia which represents today about eight percent of the world flower business.

    Azerbaijan has excellent climatic conditions for the cultivation of flowers, including long daylight hours, climate diversity and a rich soil. The country has also an affordable work force.

    The country can provide not only to its local market, but it also can send its flowers for export. However, Azerbaijan still imports some of its flowers, a reality which has affected prices and led to large fluctuations before the holidays.

    Experts believe that an investment of 20-30 million manats in the flower business can pay off with interests in only four years.

    ''First, our country could enter the flower market in Russia. For flower exporters it is a huge market, and if we can occupy at least 5-10 percent of the flower market of this country, it will be sufficient for Azerbaijan,'' Agayev stressed.

    Azerbaijan can enter the Russian market not only with its Dianthus, but also with its roses and tulips, the expert noted, stressing the need to create conditions and cause a corresponding interest for entrepreneurs.

    Meanwhile, new sorts of roses are raised in the Central Botanic Garden. Roses are of special interest in Azerbaijan and these flowers are rearing up in a number of greenhouse complexes.

    Today, the flower market world is ruled by the Netherlands, Columbia and Ecuador. And though the sector of the economy suffered somewhat from the economic downturn, it still remains a profitable industry. The Earth is still spinning and flowers remain the dearest present around the world, in Azerbaijan as well.
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  • Ministry sends about 30 people with disabilities to Turkey for treatment
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    They will be accomodated in five-star hotels.

    According to the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection (MLSP), 28 people with disabilities will be sent to rehabilitation treatment in Turkey.

    The Deputy Minister of MLSP Natig Mammadov said that persons with disabilities will undergo treatment at the Medical Center "Nobel", located in the Turkish city of Denizli, Oxu.az reports referring to the Division of the Public Relations of the Ministry.

    "Denizli is known worldwide as a resort area, rich in medicinal natural resources, including mineral springs, healing waters, etc. The medical center "Nobel" located in the city is one of the rehabilitation hospitals, gained a reputation for its methods of physical therapy (hydrotherapy, mud massage therapy, water exercise, hydrotherapy, etc.), professional medical staff and level of service," Mammadov said.

    Mammadov added that the successful continuation of all social programs in the country, manifested in area of organizations specialized rehabilitation treatment for persons with disabilities and children with disabilities abroad:

    "This year, in the line of Ministry it is planned to send 115 people with disabilities and 75 children with disabilities (190 in total) for rehabilitation treatment in foreign countries. This figure is more than 20% compared to last year."

    The Deputy Minister said that the persons sent to rehabilitation treatment in the brotherly country, will be placed in a five star hotel.
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  • Trilateral meeting of defense ministers kicks off in Tbilisi
    02.04.2015 11:53
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    A trilateral meeting of the Azerbaijani, Georgian and Turkish defense ministers '" Zakir Hasanov, Mindia Janelidze and Ismet Yildiz respectively, kicked off in Tbilisi on Thursday, APAв's Georgia bureau reported.

    Opening the meeting, the Georgian defense minister greeted his counterparts.

    The meeting is being held behind closed doors.

    A press conference will be held following the trilateral and bilateral talks.
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  • Turkey: new troubles on eve of parliamentary election
    02.04.2015 11:49
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    By Rufiz HafizogluВ 

    The government and opposition in Turkey are actively preparing for the parliamentary election to be held in June 2015, with ultra-leftist forces keeping busy as well.

    The latest developments in the country prove this. Armed persons took the Prosecutor Selim Kiraz hostage in the Palace of Justice in Istanbul on March 31. The far-left Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C) demanded the arrest of the police officers responsible for the death of 15-year-old Berkin Elvan during the street protests in 2013. The leftists regard Elvan as a symbol in their fight against the authorities.

    Kiraz was critically wounded by five bullets during an attempt to rescue him and later died in a hospital. Two of the hostage takers were also killed during the special operation.

    The Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C) is responsible for terrorist acts committed in May 2013 in the city of Reyhanli in Turkeyв's Hatay province that left 46 people dead and 155 injured. The group members also committed acts of terror against the US embassy in Ankara. As a result of this attack, a security guard was killed and one person was injured.

    Today, an unknown armed person broke into the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) office in the Kartal district of Istanbul. The gendarmerie forces managed to neutralize the attacker.

    Following the incident, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who was on a visit to Romania, cut his visit short and the justice minister vowed to track down the ''dark forces''.

    Ultra-leftist forces have become active at the time when Turkish authorities are closer to the democratic settlement of the Kurdish problem and repeatedly said that Ankara intends to completely settle the Kurdish problem before the parliamentary election.

    No matter how the authorities assess the current situation, the opposition (Republican People's Party and the Nationalist Movement Party) will by all means use these events to show the failure of policy pursued the ruling party.

    Besides the opposition parties, there is also the pro-Kurdish Peoplesв' Democratic Party that has repeatedly been accused by the Turkish authorities of inciting ethnic conflict between Kurds and Turks.

    Previously, the party leader Salahaddin Demirtas called on Kurds to rise in mass protest actions by accusing the government of using the democratic settlement of the Kurdish problem only to garner votes in the parliamentary election.

    Why does the Peoplesв' Democratic Party so fear the settlement of the Kurdish problem before the parliamentary election?

    Although there is another pro-Kurdish party HUDAPAR in Turkey, it is the Peoplesв' Democratic Party that acts as mediator between the leader of the Kurdistan Workersв' Party and Turkish authorities, thereby strengthening its political influence among the countryв's Kurdish population.

    The political bureau of the Peoplesв' Democratic Party well understands that following the settlement of the Kurdish problem, it will lose its raison d'ГЄtre, since a significant part of Turkeyв's Kurdish population supports the Justice and Development Party, as well as HUDAPAR.

    Moreover, one mustnв't rule out that in the case of complete settlement of the Kurdish problem, the Peoplesв' Democratic Party will not be able to overcome the 10-percent barrier in the parliamentary election.

    But these are not the only serious problems for the authorities on the eve of the parliamentary election. The Kurdish PKK has said that for present, it will not rush to lay down arms.

    This suggests that some forces in Turkey and beyond it are not interested in the settlement of the Kurdish problem. And, taking this into account, we can predict serious troubles in Turkey before the parliamentary election and the countryв's authorities understand that.

    Turkish prime minister recently remarked that some forces in the country want to plunge Turkey into chaos before the parliamentary election. These forces are attempting to bring more truth to these words.

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  • Defense Industry Ministry hosts meeting with South African delegation
    02.04.2015 11:48
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    Azerbaijanв's Defense Industry Ministry hosted Wednesday a meeting with the delegation of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research of the Republic of South Africa (RSA), the ministry said in a statement, APA reports.

    During the meeting, the guests were informed about the ministry's activity, as well as the prospects for cooperation on defense industry between the two countries and other issues of mutual interest were discussed.

    Ambassador of the Republic of South Africa to Azerbaijan Vika Mazwi Khumalo attended the meeting as well.
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  • Issues still to be resolved in Iran nuclear talks, Zarif says
    02.04.2015 11:38
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    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says there are still a number of issues that need to be resolved, calling on the six major powers involved in talks with the Islamic Republic over its nuclear energy program to show more flexibility.

    "There are a number of issues that are left to be resolved. They require, as I have said, the recognition by all parties that they need to exhibit political will and flexibility in order to move forward. Iran has exhibited that political will. Iran has shown its readiness to engage with dignity," Zarif told reporters in the Swiss city of Lausanne on Wednesday evening.

    The top Iranian diplomat also called upon representatives from the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - the United States, France, Britain, Russia and China - plus Germany to "seize the moment and use this opportunity which may not be repeated."

    He added that the two sides are "just trying to resolve the problems and move forward."

    Zarif told Press TV that he has not yet decided to extend his stay in Lausanne for Iran's nuclear talks for another day. "We haven't decided yet, we have to see how much progress we make today and then we will decide based on that."

    He said progress had been made between Iran and major powers over Tehran's nuclear program, but both sides could have moved forward further.

    "I'm not dissatisfied, but we could have made more progress obviously everybody wanted to have resolved this issue by last night, but we still need to do some more work," Zarif stated.

    Meanwhile, as the negotiations have headed into another night of marathon talks, Zarif and US Secretary of State John Kerry have kicked off another round of bilateral negotiations to narrow their differences, and France's Foreign Ministry has announced that French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius is returning to Switzerland Wednesday night for further talks.

    German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said earlier Wednesday that Fabius would return to Lausanne to join Kerry and Britain's Philip Hammond "once (the talks) enter a decisive stage."

    Iranian Deputy Foreign Ministers Abbas Araqchi and Majid Takht-e Ravanchi as well as US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman are also present in the meeting.

    Earlier on Wednesday, Araqchi said any deal with the P5 1 group on Tehran's nuclear program should certainly guarantee the removal of all sanctions.

    "It is not possible to have a deal without lifting sanctions, all sanctions must be removed," he said.

    The Iranian official pointed to the difficulty of the task to see all sanctions removed all at once, stressing, however, that the lifting of major economic and oil embargoes constitutes the cornerstone in any agreement.

    Iran and the P5 1 group have actually missed a March 31 deadline for reaching a mutual understanding on whether they could continue further talks on Tehran's nuclear program.

    The potential agreement paves the way for a much broader deal by end of June which guarantees the peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear activities in return for a promise by international powers to lift unfair sanctions against the country.
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  • Ali Hasanov: Provocative activity of Armenian circles cannot cast a shadow on Azerbaijani-Russian relations
    02.04.2015 11:33
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    ''Provocative activity of the Armenian circles cannot cast a shadow on the Azerbaijani-Russian relations,'' said the Azerbaijani President`s Aide for Public and Political Affairs Ali Hasanov as he commented on a press conference in which chairman of the State Duma Committee on CIS Affairs, Eurasian Integration and Relations with Compatriots Leonid Slutsky refuted the Armenian media allegations that the Russian MP made anti-Azerbaijani remarks during his recent visit to Yerevan.Mr. Hasanov said recent joint events, projects, counter-campaigns carried out by official bodies, public organizations and diasporas of Azerbaijan and Turkey have been effective and successful.''This has resulted in the fiasco of Armenia`s years-long dirty propaganda against Azerbaijan and Turkey.''Mr. Hasanov noted that ''we have managed to destroy biased anti-Azerbaijani and anti-Turkish stereotypes, and exposed that the image of the oppressed Armenian nation and their claims of Armenian genocide were a complete fabrication.''''Thanks to this awareness-raising campaign about years-long Armenian aggression and genocide against Azerbaijani people, even more international organizations, countries, and some states of the U.S. started to call the aggressor by its name. A number of resolutions condemning occupation of Azerbaijani lands by Armenia and recognizing the Khojaly genocide have been adopted.''''So, Armenians failed to reach their goals set on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the so-called genocide. And all this threw the Armenian government, bodies responsible for its foreign policy, sly propaganda, and diaspora into hysterics,'' he added.Mr. Hasanov described the Armenian media allegations related to Leonid Slutsky as ''another unlucky effort''.''These steps were aimed at casting a shadow on the strategic partnership between Azerbaijan and Russia, close relationship between the parliamentarians, NGOs, civil institutions and intellectuals of the two countries,'' he noted.Mr. Hasanov said: ''We consider Mr. Slutsky a loyal friend of the Azerbaijani people, government and political leadership of the country. This friendship is based on centuries-old historic traditions between Azerbaijan and Russia, political and economic interests, mutual respect of each-other`s sovereign policy, and, certainly, humane relations, which withstood the test of decades. I am confident that our relations with Russia will further develop. Azerbaijan`s friends like Leonid Slutsky will continue to made contribution to these ties.''

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  • Seven fishermen of trawler sunken in Sea of Okhotsk are in critical condition
    02.04.2015 11:23
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 2

    Trend:

    Seven of 60 rescued crew members of Far East trawler, sunken in the Sea of Okhotsk, are in critical condition as a result of severe hypothermia, a representative of the operational staff told RIA Novosti April 2.

    "Severe hypothermia was observed among all rescued people," the statement said. "Seven people are in critical condition. They are unconscious."

    "The victims have not been identified yet as most bodies are now on different ships, moving to the shore," the statement said.

    Seven Azerbaijani people were on the board. All of them are the citizens of Russia, Magadan's regional department of the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations told Trend earlier.

    Far East big trawler sank in the Sea of Okhotsk, 300 kilometers from Magadan in the morning of April 2. According to preliminary data, there were 78 Russians and 54 foreigners on the shipboard. Some 117 of 132 people on board were raised out of the water (54 dead). The fate of 15 fishermen remains unknown.

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  • Exports of diesel fuel increased
    02.04.2015 11:07
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    The Department of Marketing and Economic Operations of SOCAR exported 119,382 tons of diesel and 31, 341 tons of aviation fuel in March of 2015.

    SIA informs that since the beginning of the year the company has exported 284,609 tons of diesels, 63,811 tons of aviation fuel and 178 tons of furnace fuel, press service of SOCAR said.

    According to the Company, quotations for oil products in the world market (one metric ton, in US dollars) for March 2015 are as follows: $592,36 (gasoline), $539,78 (aviation fuel), $509,47 (diesel), $306,38 (1% sulfur-bearing fuel).
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  • Iran responds to US ''military option'' threats
    02.04.2015 11:05
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr. 2

    By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

    Iran's defense minister, Brigadier General Hossein Dehghan has called his US counterpart comments "empty, repetitive and worthless."

    Earlier, the US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said the use of military force against Iran will be an option if a deal cannot be reached over limiting the Islamic Republic's nuclear program.

    Iranian defense minister said that the US officials always repeat similar remarks, adding it indicates the US side's passive stance.

    Dehghan further said that the comment which was made at the complicated and sensitive time of the nuclear talks aimed at impressing the "rational atmosphere" of the negotiations, Iran's official IRNA news agency reported April 2.

    Iran and the P5 1 (the US, UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany) are negotiating in Lausanne, Switzerland to achieve a comprehensive agreement on the Islamic Republic's nuclear program by July 1.

    They were to reach a political understanding by March 31, but the negotiators decided to continue their talks on April 1. The talks extended to April 2 after the parties failed to achieve an agreement.

    Dehghan emphasized that the US defense secretary's comments will not affect the Islamic Republic's "rational, logical and fair" stance in the nuclear issue.

    He also said that Iran is already prepared to give a decisive response to any hostile threat of aggressors.

    The US and its Western allies suspect Iran of developing a nuclear weapon, something that Iran denies.

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  • Azerbaijan, Bulgaria discuss cooperation in tourism field
    02.04.2015 11:05
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    Azerbaijani Ambassador in Bulgaria Emil Karimov has met Minister of Tourism of Bulgaria Nikolina Angelkova.They discussed the issues related to the document signed as part of the visit of President Ilham Aliyev to Bulgaria on March 3-5 entitled ''Protocol on enhancement of cooperation in the field of tourism between the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Bulgaria''Nikolina Angelkova highlighted the achievements of Azerbaijan gained over the last years, adding tourism sphere was one of the priorities of Bulgaria.She also stressed the importance of 3rd World Intercultural Dialogue Forum to be held in Baku on May 18-19. The Minister also touched upon Azerbaijan`s achievements in the intercultural dialogue and multiculturalism field.Emil Karimov said Azerbaijan was interested in cooperation with Bulgaria in the field of energy, as well as tourism sphere, adding there were great opportunities for developing cooperation in the field of tourism.

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  • Seven Azerbaijanis on board of trawler sunken in Sea of Okhotsk
    02.04.2015 11:01
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 2

    By Elena Kosolapova - Trend:

    Far East big trawler sank in the Sea of Okhotsk, 300 kilometers from Magadan in the morning of April 2, Magadan's regional department of the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations told Trend April 2.

    Seven Azerbaijani people were on the board. All of them are the citizens of Russia.

    There is no information about their condition.

    Some 117 of 132 people on board were raised out of the water (54 dead). The fate of 15 fishermen remains unknown.

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  • Famous opera singer to perform in Baku
    02.04.2015 11:00
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    Azerbaijan State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater will host a concert of the world famous opera singer Lado Ataneli on April 17, AzerTag reports.

    Born in 1960 in Tbilisi L.Ataneli graduated from the Tbilisi State Conservatory.

    He has repeatedly won the Grand Prix and gold medals at international music competitions in Spain, Germany, Austria and other countries. For years, the singer performed at the most prestigious opera houses - in La Scala (Milan), Metropolitan Opera (New York), Covent Garden (London), Real Theatre (Madrid), Deutsche Opera (Berlin), as well as on the stage of the Vienna state Opera, Tokyo, San Francisco, Washington DC and other cities.

    The singer performed the parts of Renato (A Masked Ball), Amonasro (Aida), Nabucco (Nabucco), Macbeth (Macbeth), Yago (Othello), Germont (La Traviata), Scarpia (longing ), and etc.
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  • Anti-terrorist operation kicks off in Istanbul, 10 detained
    02.04.2015 10:59
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr.2

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    The police have started an anti-terrorist operation in Turkey's Istanbul city which has suffered several terrorist attacks in recent days, Milliyet newspaper reported on Apr.2.

    Ten people have been detained during the operation, according to the preliminary data.

    The detainees are suspected of having ties to the far-left Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C), the members of which have committed an armed attack on the Palace of Justice in Istanbul, as well as a police station.

    This organization is responsible for terrorist acts committed in May 2013 in the city of Reyhanli in Turkey's Hatay province that left 46 people dead and 155 injured.

    The DHKP-C members also committed a terrorist act in the building of the US embassy in Ankara. As a result of this attack, a security guard was killed and one person was injured.

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  • Russiaв's Gazprom continues discussing gas issues with Turkey
    02.04.2015 10:50
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr.1

    By Aygun Badalova - Trend:

    Russia's Gazprom continues discussing the gas supply issue, especially, the prices for fuel, the company told Trend on April 1.

    Gazprom said it is in constant contact with Turkish colleagues.

    Commenting on the impact of the current disagreements between the two sides over the gas prices on the prospects for the implementation of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline project, the company said that the construction of a new gas pipeline in the direction of Turkey and gas prices are two different issues.

    Turkish media reported on March 17 that Turkey's BOTAS declined to sign an agreement with Russia's Gazprom on a 10.25-percent discount on the Russian gas supplied to Turkey. The refusal to sign the agreement came after the discount rate proposed by Russia did not suit Turkey.

    A BOTAS spokesperson told Trend on March 18 that the reason is that the Russian side demanded additional concessions from Turkey on construction of the Turkish Stream pipeline. However, the company didn't specify what kind of concession it is.

    Russia is the main supplier of natural gas to Turkey. Around 26.7 billion cubic meters of gas was supplied to Turkey from Russia in 2014, and it is planned to increase this figure to 30 billion cubic meters in 2015.

    Gas prices are not officially disclosed, but Turkey buys Russian gas at $425 per 1,000 cubic meters, according to Turkish media. Turkey pays $335 for 1,000 cubic meters of Azerbaijani gas that is supplied via the South Caucasus Pipeline (Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum pipeline). The country pays $490 for 1,000 cubic meters of Iranian gas.

    It should be noted that Gazprom and BOTAS signed a memorandum of understanding on Dec.1, 2014 on construction of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline for transporting gas from Russia to Turkey through the Black Sea.

    The pumping capacity of the pipeline will be 63 billion cubic meters of gas and it is planned to deliver around 50 billion cubic meters of this volume to the new gas hub on Turkish-Greek border.

    It is also planned that the first line of the pipeline, with a pumping capacity of 15.75 billion cubic meters of gas per year, will be stretched to Turkey in December 2016.

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  • Armenia violates ceasefire with Azerbaijan 60 times within 24 hours
    02.04.2015 10:35
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr.2

    By Ilkin Izzet - Trend:

    Armenian armed forces have broken the ceasefire with Azerbaijan 60 times in numerous positions in the last 24 hours, Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said on Apr.2.

    Armenian armed forces, located on the nameless heights of Armenia's Krasnoselskiy district, opened fire at the positions of Azerbaijani armed forces located on the nameless heights of Gadabay district.

    Azerbaijani positions also underwent fire from the positions located near the village of Goyarkh of Terter, Shikhlar, Shirvanli, Shuraabad, Garagashli, Sarijali, Merzili, Javahirli of Aghdam, Kuropatkino of Khojavend, Horadiz, Gorgan, Garakhanbeyli, Ashagi Seyidahmadli of Fizuli and Mehdili of Jabrayil districts.

    Moreover, Azerbaijani positions took fire from the positions located on the nameless heights of Goranboy, Khojavend, Fizuli and Jabrayil districts.

    The opposing side was silenced with return fire.

    The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.

    The two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the US are currently holding peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented the UN Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.

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  • Azerbaijanis among victims of sunken trawler in Sea of Okhotsk
    02.04.2015 10:29
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 2

    Trend:

    Far East big trawler sank in the Sea of Okhotsk, 300 kilometers from Magadan in the morning of April 2, a representative of the regional central board of the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations told RIA Novosti.

    Azerbaijani citizens are among the victims.

    According to preliminary data, there were 78 Russians and 54 foreigners on the shipboard. Some 117 of 132 people on board were raised out of the water (54 dead). The fate of 15 fishermen remains unknown.

    "Some rescued are in critical condition," the statement said. "According to the preliminary information, they are already being taken to Magadan."

    According to the preliminary information, some 26 crew members are people of Sakhalin. There are also the residents of Kamchatka, Sakhalin, Stavropol and Azerbaijan.

    "Moreover, there were passengers on board," the statement said.

    Far East trawler displacement is 5,700 metric tons. The length is 104 meters, width - 16 meters.

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  • Turkish police shoot two attackers outside Д°stanbul police headquarter, one dead
    02.04.2015 10:23
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    Turkish police shot two attackers outside Istanbul's police headquarters on Wednesday and killed one of them while one officer was wounded, news Д°stanbul governor has said, Today's Zaman reports.

    Д°stanbul Governor Vasip Ећahin said in a statement after the incident that one of the attackers, a woman, was killed and explosives on her were seized, adding that the other was also captured.

    A photograph published by local media showed a red-haired woman lying on the ground with a rifle strapped to her and a handgun by her side. Television footage showed police vehicles sealing off the street in the central Aksaray neighbourhood.

    The woman was carrying a rifle, two hand grenades and one pistol, it said. Local media said a man had also been detained.

    The explosives seized from the woman were safely detonated by bomb disposal units.

    The incident comes one day after two members of the extreme leftist Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C) took prosecutor Mehmet Selim Kiraz, 46, hostage in his Д°stanbul office.

    Kiraz had been leading an investigation into the death last March of Berkin Elvan, 15, who died nine months after falling into a coma after being hit by a police tear gas canister during anti-government protests in 2013. Kiraz and the two DHKP-C members died in a police rescue attempt.

    The hostage-taking was in revenge for Elvan's death, the DHKP-C said on its website.
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  • Turkey detains 9 British, one French near Syrian border
    02.04.2015 10:18
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    Turkey will soon deport nine British citizens who have been detained for trying to illegally cross into Syria, Turkish officials said late Wednesday Anadolu Agency reported

    The nine include four children and two female British citizens, the officials added.

    Earlier, Turkish officials told The Anadolu Agency that nine British citizens and a French citizen were detained Wednesday in Turkey's southern provinces of Hatay and Gaziantep.

    The nine British suspects were detained at the Hatay Ogulpinar Patrol border post, the Turkish Armed Forces said in an official statement online.

    "Turkey has foiled an attempt of nine British citizens to enter Syria and detained them," the statement said.

    In its reaction, the U.K. Foreign Office said: "We are in contact with the Turkish authorities and stand ready to provide consular assistance as required."

    Separately, security officials also detained an Algerian-born French citizen in southeastern Turkey's Gaziantep province, the provincial governor's office said in a statement.

    The office identified the French citizen as S.B, who too was arrested for allegedly trying to cross the border into Syria to join a militant group.

    Turkey shares a 800-kilometers long border with Syria and Turkish officials have repeatedly said that they are cooperating with other countries to stop the flow of foreign fighters into its volatile neighboring countries.

    Thousands of foreign fighters from all over the world are believed to have joined terrorist organizations, including Daesh in Syria and Iraq.

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  • Death toll in Russian trawler wreck off Kamchatka reaches 54
    02.04.2015 10:02
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    The death toll in the wreck of a Russian freezer trawler off the Kamchatka peninsula in Russiaв's Far East has reached 54, regionв's emergency services say.

    "According to updated reports, 54 bodies have been recovered, and 63 crewmembers have been rescued," a source said.

    Fifteen more people, who are still missing, are believed to have been in ship holds as the trawler sank.

    TASS reported earlier that there were 78 Russian nationals on board the Dalniy Vostok trawler, as well as 54 foreign nationals from Myanmar, Ukraine, Lithuania and Vanuatu.

    The trawler wrecked in the Sea of Okhotsk 330 kilometers west of Krutogorovsky settlement (Kamchatka region) and 250 kilometers south of the city of Magadan.

    Drifting ice tearing a hole in the freezer trawler is a likely reason behind its sinking, a source from the regional emergencies ministry told TASS earlier.
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  • 22 years have passed since occupation of Kalbajar by Armenia
    02.04.2015 09:50
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    22 years elapse from the occupation of Kalbajar by Armenian armed forces.

    Kalbajar was occupied after the long battles on April 2, 1993, APA reports.

    Kalbajar, the region of 1936 square km and located outside Nagorno Karabakh, was the scene of torture of innocent people by the Armenian invaders. 511 peaceful residents were killed, 321 were taken captive or became missing, and 58 thousand were displaced. 130 settlements in Kalbajar went into the control of Armenians. 97 schools, 9 kindergartens, 116 libraries, 43 clubs, 42 cultural houses, 9 hospitals and 13,000 private houses were destroyed, 37,852 ha forests, the natural resources, including gold deposits were plundered. Kalbajar's economy lost 703.528 million rubles (prices of that period) as a result of occupation of Kalbajar.

    Armenians destroyed Albanian temple in Vang village, Albanian church (Hasan Jamal church) in Cherekdar, Lok fortress in Ganlikend, Ulukhan fortress in Garajanli, Albanin church on Tartar River, fortresses of Galabonu, Jomerd, Keshikchi, mosques in the town of Kalbajar and Otaqli Village, Taglidash Bridge over the Tartar River, museum of history and ethnography, Ashig Shamshir Cultural House, Seyid Asadullah shrine in Soyudly summer field of Kalbajar region.

    After the occupation of Kalbajar region, UN Security Council adopted resolution 822 and demanded withdrawal of all invasion forces from Kalbajar and other occupied regions of Azerbaijan, but despite that the resolution and other three adopted later were not fulfilled.

    Contrary to the UN and OSCE principles, Armenians have started their artificial settlement inKalbajar since 1999.
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  • Azerbaijani, Turkish, Georgian defense ministers to discuss regional security in Tbilisi
    02.04.2015 09:39
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 2

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    Tbilisi will host a meeting of defense ministers of Azerbaijan, Turkey and Georgia, the Azerbaijani defense ministry said April 1.

    Azerbaijani Defense Minister, Colonel-General Zakir Hasanov visited Georgia to attend a meeting of ministers, to be held April 2, the statement said.

    The ministerial meeting is planned to be held in the trilateral and bilateral formats, the statement said.

    The issues of regional security, peace in the region, as well as the issues of mutual interest will be discussed at the trilateral meeting.

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  • Menendez steps aside as top Democrat on U.S. Senate panel
    02.04.2015 08:49
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    U.S. Senator Robert Menendez said on Wednesday he will temporarily step aside as ranking member, or top Democrat, on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, in the wake of his indictment on corruption charges, Reuters reported.

    "I believe it is in the best interests of the committee, my colleagues, and the Senate, which is why I have chosen to do so," he said in a letter to Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid.

    Aides said that Maryland Senator Benjamin Cardin, one of the most senior Democrats on the influential panel, would step in as ranking member.

    This senator is known for his pro-Armenian position and unfounded criticism in relation to Azerbaijan.

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  • Iranв's annual urban inflation hits 15.6%
    02.04.2015 08:47
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, March 29

    By Khalid Kazimov - Trend:

    The urban inflation rate for the twelve months of the previous Iranian fiscal year which ended on March 20 hit 15.6 percent.

    The price index of goods and services for the year's last month in urban areas of the country hit 216.8, registering a 1.3-percent rise compared to the preceding month, the Central Bank of Iran's message said.

    The number also shows a rise of 16.2 percent compared to the same period of the previous year.

    The report adds that the annual inflation for the entire year (March 21, 2014 to March 20) in urban areas hit 15.6 in comparison to the same period of the preceding year.

    Iranian First Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri said March 20 that President Hassan Rouhani administration managed to lower Iran's economic inflation from 40 percent when it came to office to 16 percent at the end of the previous Iranian fiscal year (March 20).

    The administration of President Hassan Rouhani faced more than 100 trillion rials (about $3.2 billion) budget deficit in the first nine months of the previous Iranian fiscal year.

    Rouhani has promised to decrease the inflation rate to 5 percent in the Iranian fiscal year of 1395 (to end on March 20, 2017).

    The inflation rate in Iran in 2005 was about 10.4 percent, but in mid-2013, when Rouhani came to power, the inflation rate and point-to-point inflation rate were 37.5 percent and 44 percent, respectively.

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  • American unilateral sanctions do not work
    02.04.2015 08:07
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    US economic sanctions cannot fix the problem of a nuclear Iran, because countries like Iran or North Korea always find ways around sanctions, Ambassador John Bolton said at the American Enterprise Institute think tank in Washington, DC.

    "Economic sanctions cannot solve the problem of a nuclear Iran," Bolton said on Wednesday. "The North Koreans were experts at evading them."

    Bolton spoke about similarities in nuclear agreements the United States has made with North Korea and Iran.

    The Ambassador explained Iran uses partnerships with other organizations and countries to avoid sanctions such as transporting oil into Iraq, labeling it as Iraqi oil, and transporting it up to the northern Kurdish areas of Iraq into Turkey.

    "Countries are engaged in counter trade to avoid the financial side of the sanctions," Bolton said. "I think it's fair to say economic sanctions have caused pain in Iran and what has really caused problems is 35 years of misguided economic policies."

    Bolton noted North Korea's case is very similar in that after the UN Security Council- imposed sanctions in 2006, North Korea continued to receive assistance, participate in international financial transactions and work on their ballistic missile and nuclear programs.

    "Both American and South Korean commanders predict North Korea's ballistic missile tests are making significant progress, and will eventually be able to mate a nuclear device with a ballistic missile capable of hitting the west coast of the United States," he added.

    Bolton concluded that economic sanctions against a rogue state can only work when all allied countries adhere to those sanctions, and when the sanctions are rigorously enforced by use of military power.

    John Bolton Served as US Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security from 2001 to 2005.

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  • A few meters to finish line on Iran talks, Fabius says
    02.04.2015 04:22
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    French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, who arrived late Wednesday to join the Iran nuclear talks, says the negotiations are in the final but most difficult stage, Press TV reported.

    "We are a few meters... from the finishing line, but we are well aware that the final meters are the hardest," AFP quoted Fabius as saying in the Swiss city of Lausanne on Wednesday.

    Iran and the P5 1 group of world powers, which includes the U.S., China, France, Russia, the UK, plus Germany, set March 31 for negotiators to reach an outline of a much sought after deal on Iran's nuclear program.

    Negotiators have been engaged in marathon talks in Lausanne to try to reach the deal ahead of an end of June deadline for a final accord.

    Two previous deadlines for a deal have passed as negotiators seek to curb Iran's nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.

    Tehran has long maintained that its nuclear program is solely for peaceful civilian purposes but world powers are suspicious that the program could potentially be used for military purposes.

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  • Zarif, Kerry hold second round of talks Wednesday
    02.04.2015 02:22
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    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his US counterpart John Kerry started a second round of talks Wednesday in an attempt to find solutions to the sticking points in the way of striking a deal between Iran and P5 1.

    Iranian deputy foreign ministers, Abbas Araqchi and Majid Takht-e Ravanchi, as well as US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman are also present in the meeting.

    Earlier Wednesday, Zarif said there were still a number of issues that needed to be resolved, calling on the six major powers involved in talks with the Islamic Republic over Tehran's nuclear energy program to show more flexibility.

    "There are a number of issues that are left to be resolved. They require, as I have said, the recognition by all parties that they need to exhibit political will and flexibility in order to move forward. Iran has exhibited that political will. Iran has shown its readiness to engage with dignity" Zarif told reporters in the Swiss city of Lausanne on Wednesday evening.

    The top Iranian diplomat also called upon representatives from the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - the United States, France, Britain, Russia and China - plus Germany to seize the moment, saying that "it is time for our negotiating partners to seize the moment and use this opportunity which may not be repeated."

    He added that the two sides are "just trying to resolve the problems and move forward."

    Zarif said he has not yet decided to extend his stay in Lausanne for Iran's nuclear talks for another day. "We haven't decided yet, we have to see how much progress we make today and then we will decide based on that."

    He said progress had been made between Iran and major powers over Tehran's nuclear program, but both sides could have moved forward further.

    "I'm not dissatisfied but we could have made more progress obviously everybody wanted to have resolved this issue by last night but we still need to do some more work," Zarif stated.

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  • French FM returning to Lausanne
    02.04.2015 01:42
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    French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius was flying back to Switzerland to join other negotiators on Iran's nuclear program, Reuters reported.

    The German news agency DPA reported Tuesday that German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his French counterpart won't attend the joint Franco-German government talks in Berlin and remain in Lausanne for the negotiations with Iran.

    However, the French foreign minister left here overnight Wednesday and said he would be back when deemed necessary.

    The negotiations are in a critical and also difficult phase and therefore their attendance is necessary, according the German side.

    With the negotiations between Iran and P5 1 going through a very difficult stage, the return to Switzerland of the French foreign minister can be taken as a good sign that a breakthrough might have happened.

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  • Twenty two years pass since Kalbajar occupation
    02.04.2015 01:03
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 2

    Trend:

    Twenty two years have passed since the occupation of Azerbaijan's Kalbajar region.

    Launching a large-scale military operation on March 27 in 1993, the Armenian armed forces occupied the Kalbajar region on April 2.

    As a result, 511 people died, and 321 went on missing and captured. The territory made up 1,936 square meters. Some 55 soldiers were killed during the fights. About 132 settlements passed under the control of Armenians. The occupier destroyed more than 500 industrial, construction, catering and retail facilities, 97 schools and 76 health facilities. 53,340 residents of the Kalbajar region become IDPs.

    Kalbajar's residents, who live with a sense of homesickness, never forget about those terrible days.

    Following the region's occupation, the U.N. Security Council adopted a resolution 822 demanding the immediate release of the region and other occupied areas of Azerbaijan. Armenia has not fulfilled the resolution.

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  • IRI FM: No final decisions about drafting a statement
    01.04.2015 23:59
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    Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said there is no final decision yet about drafting a statement.

    He made the remarks while taking a stroll with the members of the Iranian delegation at the campus of Beau Rivage Palace Hotel which host Iran's nuclear talks with six world powers.

    Zarif said talks were presently not at a stage to talk about this particular issue in definite terms. He said there have been some attempts on drafting a statement but it was impossible yet to talk about a final statement

    However, the Iranian foreign minister stressed, the outcome of the talks will be nothing more than a statement.

    He said discussions are presently at a very tough stage for the reason that participating delegations are focusing on details. He said hoped a progress will be made.

    "Talks are still going on," the foreign minister said, adding that "discussions are underway not between two delegations but among several ones."

    He said the fact that delegations are debating issues according to their own concerns and interests makes things a little more complicated. This complication affects both talks between Iran and the six powers and within the 5 1 member states, the foreign minister said.

    He said the progress of talks depended on the political will of the parties involved but their political will always suffered shortcomings. He said the three foreign ministers of the countries taking part in the talks had to leave Lausanne to take care of affairs in their own countries. They are to join their delegations in Lausanne again if the need arises, he added.

    Zarif's deputy Abbas Araqchi told reporters on Wednesday that Tehran and the Group 5 1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) could issue a final statement on resolution of key issues. He that Iran and the six world powers have already resumed drafting ways of resolution of dispute over Iran's peaceful nuclear program.

    The Deputy Foreign Minister stressed that any agreement between Iran and the G5 1 should guarantee removal of all sanctions and do not prevent Iran's research and development on advanced centrifuges.

    Zarif and the US Secretary of State John Kerry held talks amid breathtaking negotiations over Tehran's nuclear program.

    The Ministerial meeting between Iran and the Group 5 1 which started its work in the Swiss city of Lausanne on Wednesday ended for a breathtaking after two hours of discussion.

    The two sides are negotiating a solution to the remaining disagreements and it is expected that they issue a final statement on resolution of key issues.

    Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali-Akbar Salehi and the US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz met also on Wednesday morning as part of efforts between Iran and the G5 1 aimed at reaching mutual understanding in the negotiations.

    This is while the experts and deputies of the G5 1 and Iran are also reported to be holding separate discussions and consultations among themselves.

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  • Turkey: new troubles on eve of parliamentary election
    01.04.2015 22:35
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr.1

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    The government and opposition in Turkey are actively preparing for the parliamentary election to be held in June 2015, with ultra-leftist forces keeping busy as well.

    The latest developments in the country prove this. Armed persons took the Prosecutor Selim Kiraz hostage in the Palace of Justice in Istanbul on March 31. The far-left Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C) demanded the arrest of the police officers responsible for the death of 15-year-old Berkin Elvan during the street protests in 2013. The leftists regard Elvan as a symbol in their fight against the authorities.

    Kiraz was critically wounded by five bullets during an attempt to rescue him and later died in a hospital. Two of the hostage takers were also killed during the special operation.

    The Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C) is responsible for terrorist acts committed in May 2013 in the city of Reyhanli in Turkey's Hatay province that left 46 people dead and 155 injured. The group members also committed acts of terror against the US embassy in Ankara. As a result of this attack, a security guard was killed and one person was injured.

    Today, an unknown armed person broke into the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) office in the Kartal district of Istanbul. The gendarmerie forces managed to neutralize the attacker.

    Following the incident, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who was on a visit to Romania, cut his visit short and the justice minister vowed to track down the "dark forces".

    Ultra-leftist forces have become active at the time when Turkish authorities are closer to the democratic settlement of the Kurdish problem and repeatedly said that Ankara intends to completely settle the Kurdish problem before the parliamentary election.

    No matter how the authorities assess the current situation, the opposition (Republican People's Party and the Nationalist Movement Party) will by all means use these events to show the failure of policy pursued the ruling party.

    Besides the opposition parties, there is also the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party that has repeatedly been accused by the Turkish authorities of inciting ethnic conflict between Kurds and Turks.

    Previously, the party leader Salahaddin Demirtas called on Kurds to rise in mass protest actions by accusing the government of using the democratic settlement of the Kurdish problem only to garner votes in the parliamentary election.

    Why does the Peoples' Democratic Party so fear the settlement of the Kurdish problem before the parliamentary election?

    Although there is another pro-Kurdish party HUDAPAR in Turkey, it is the Peoples' Democratic Party that acts as mediator between the leader of the Kurdistan Workers' Party and Turkish authorities, thereby strengthening its political influence among the country's Kurdish population.

    The political bureau of the Peoples' Democratic Party well understands that following the settlement of the Kurdish problem, it will lose its raison d'ecirc;tre, since a significant part of Turkey's Kurdish population supports the Justice and Development Party, as well as HUDAPAR.

    Moreover, one mustn't rule out that in the case of complete settlement of the Kurdish problem, the Peoples' Democratic Party will not be able to overcome the 10-percent barrier in the parliamentary election.

    But these are not the only serious problems for the authorities on the eve of the parliamentary election. The Kurdish PKK has said that for present, it will not rush to lay down arms.

    This suggests that some forces in Turkey and beyond it are not interested in the settlement of the Kurdish problem. And, taking this into account, we can predict serious troubles in Turkey before the parliamentary election and the country's authorities understand that.

    Turkish prime minister recently remarked that some forces in the country want to plunge Turkey into chaos before the parliamentary election. These forces are attempting to bring more truth to these words.

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    Rufiz Hafizoglu is the head of Trend Agency's Arabic news service, follow him on Twitter: @rhafizoglu

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  • Intв'l community should oppose ''election'' in Karabakh '" Turkish MP
    01.04.2015 20:52
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr.1

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    The international community should oppose the "parliamentary election" scheduled by the separatist regime of Nagorno-Karabakh for May 3 and shouldn't recognize its results, an MP from Turkish ruling party told Trend on April1.

    "I hope the results of the "parliamentary election" won't be recognized as it was last time," said Mustafa Kabakci, MP from Turkish ruling Justice and Development Party.

    Kabakci said that holding of the "election" should be assessed as a step taken to the detriment of the decisions of the UN Security Council and OSCE principles.

    Turkey doesn't recognize this "election" and considers it illegal, the MP added.

    Turkey, as it was said before, supports the settlement of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict within Azerbaijan's territorial integrity, said Kabakci.

    Kabakci said that during the negotiations held within OSCE Minsk Group on the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, this "election" should be strongly condemned and it should be noted that holding this "election" is a blow to peace and stability in the region.

    The "parliamentary election" scheduled to be held in Nagorno-Karabakh create a barrier for the peace process, Kabakci said. "Armenia should withdraw from Azerbaijan's occupied lands in the shortest possible time."

    Previously, Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry said that the "parliamentary election" scheduled by the separatist regime of Nagorno-Karabakh for May 3 violates Azerbaijani law and is aimed at undermining the negotiation process on the settlement of the conflict.

    The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.

    The two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the US are currently holding peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented the UN Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.

    Edited by CN

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