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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, September 20 (AzerTAc). "The foundations of the Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) can be laid in Turkey in March 2015," Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has told journalists as he made joint press statements with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev.

    Mr. Davutoglu said "these projects will bring peace and stability not only to Turkey and Azerbaijan, but also to the region".

    "With the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline we have joined the Caucasus with the Mediterranean Sea, with the Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum railway we have linked the Caucasus to Anatolia. With the implementation of the Marmaray project Beijing will be connected with London. The TANAP and Southern gas corridor will connect the Caucasus with the Balkans through Anatolia", Mr. Davutoglu said.

    In his speech, the Turkish Premier also hailed national leader Heydar Aliyev`s activity in the development of relations between Azerbaijan and Turkey.
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  • Los Angeles celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Contract of the Century
    20.09.2014 21:32
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    Baku, September 20 (AzerTAc). On September 18, the Consulate General of Azerbaijan in Los Angeles and the School of Engineering of the University of Southern California (USC) co-hosted an event dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the Contract of the Century.

    The Contract of the Century is a $7.4 billion production sharing agreement, which was signed on September 20, 1994 between Azerbaijan and various American and other major oil companies regarding the development of Azerbaijan's oil fields in the Caspian Sea.

    Titled "Contract of the Century: 20 years of successful Azerbaijan-U.S. cooperation", the event at the USC was attended by students and professors of the university, and others.

    Speaking at the event, Azerbaijan's Consul General Nasimi Aghayev highlighted the tremendous role President of Azerbaijan (1993-2003) and national leader Heydar Aliyev played in the realization of the Contract of the Century and in the development and implementation of the country's oil strategy. The Consul General noted that thanks to Heydar Aliyev's efforts a legend became a reality and an era of progress and modernization was launched in the history of independent Azerbaijan. Nasimi Aghayev said that the national leader's oil strategy has been successfully continued under President Ilham Aliyev, and consequently Azerbaijan has become a major political and economic power in the region. Speaking of Azerbaijan's multifaceted relations with the United States, the Consul General stressed the crucial role the Contract of the Century played in the strengthening of the bilateral cooperation between the two countries.

    Speaking afterwards, Professor Fred Aminzadeh of the USC informed the audience about the Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli oil fields, which are covered by the Contract of the Century.

    The event was concluded with the performance of Azerbaijani songs and dances.

    Yusif BabanlД±

    Special Correspondent

    Washington
    16
  • Baku 2015 European Games signs SOCAR as Official Partner
    20.09.2014 21:22
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    Baku, September 20 (AzerTAc). The State Oil Company of the Republic of Azerbaijan (SOCAR) has today signed an agreement to become an Official Partner of Baku 2015 European Games.

    The deal will see Baku 2015 European Games branding on every SOCAR forecourt and outlet across the entire country to raise awareness of the event.

    SOCAR will also help to promote the European Games around the continent thanks to a marketing campaign that will feature in four other countries, including Switzerland, Georgia, Romania and Ukraine.

    Mr Azad Rahimov, Azerbaijan's Minister of Youth and Sports and Baku 2015 Chief Executive Officer, said: "The European Games is an opportunity to promote Azerbaijan to the rest of the world and to have the backing of such a highly valued international company is of vital importance. We are very pleased to have the full support of SOCAR and all their staff ahead of Baku 2015."

    Significantly, today also marks the 20th anniversary of signing of the lsquo;Contract of the Century' which saw the historic agreement to open up the natural resources of Azerbaijan with the international community.

    Mr Rovnag Abdullayev, President of SOCAR, said: "We are very proud to be supporting the Baku 2015 European Games as it is the biggest sporting event ever to come to Azerbaijan.

    "Sponsorships across sport are a very significant point for us, and SOCAR is honoured to be associated with such an exciting moment in the history of the country.

    "The European Games will help leave a legacy of lasting positive change, and we are extremely happy to be playing a part in that."

    SOCAR become the fifth Official Partner of Baku 2015, joining Pamp;G, Tissot, BP and Nar Mobile.

    Mr Patrick Hickey, President of the European Olympic Committees, said: "To have the support of a number of high-profile international businesses is essential to any major sports event, and the

    calibre of partners that Baku 2015 has secured will no doubt lead to a wonderful first edition of the European Games."

    And Mr Simon Clegg, Chief Operating Officer of Baku 2015, added: "As we continue to count down the days until the beginning of the European Games, it gives us great confidence to know that many major Azerbaijani businesses are backing our efforts to create an innovative event that will unite Europe through sport."

    Baku 2015 is the first ever European Games, an exciting and innovative multi-sport event for the continent which will take place from 12 - 28 June 2015.
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  • Situation in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan to be discussed at 69th regular session of UN General Assembly
    20.09.2014 21:00
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    Washington, September 20 (AzerTAc). An item on the situation in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan has been included in the agenda of the 69th regular session of the United Nations General Assembly.

    During approval of the item, Armenia's representative disassociated his delegation from the consensus to include it in the agenda.

    Helped by member states of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Azerbaijan ensured inclusion of the item in the agenda of 54th regular session of the UN General Assembly. The General Assembly adopted two resolutions on the issue - No. 60/285 in 2006, and No. 62/243 in 2008 - expressing serious concern over the fires in Azerbaijan`s occupied territories, reiterating its respect for Azerbaijan`s sovereignty and supporting the country`s territorial integrity.

    Yusif Babanli

    Special Correspondent

    Washington
    23
  • ''Azerbaijani Village'' opens in Paris, Azerbaijani first lady Mehriban Aliyeva attended the ceremony
    20.09.2014 18:45
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    Paris, September 20 (AzerTAc). The "Azerbaijani Village" organized by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation at the Place Saint-Sulpice opened in Paris with the participation of first lady, President of the Foundation Mehriban Aliyeva.

    The "Azerbaijani Village" will host various exhibitions on the history, culture, tourism of Azerbaijan. The main aim of opening the village is to have Azerbaijan recognized internationally, ensure that such promotion events could continue in the future in France and its capital.

    Speaking at the event, mayor of the 6th arrondissement of Paris Jean-Pierre Lecoq noted that Paris residents would be able to get substantial information about Azerbaijan and its rich culture during 10 days. He said a number of events had been held in recent years at the initiative of the first lady of Azerbaijan.

    Addressing the opening ceremony, First lady Mehriban Aliyeva pointed out that projects implemented in France play an important role in promotion of Azerbaijani history, culture and art.

    She underlined that Azerbaijan places huge emphasis on bilateral relations with France. Aliyeva noted that such events help build ties among NGOs, business sector.

    According to her, Azerbaijan and France have established cooperation in a variety of fields including transport, space industry, wine-making and others. Azerbaijan is France`s biggest trade partner in the South Caucasus with over 50 French companies operating in the country.

    Aliyeva stressed the "Azerbaijani village" will tell a story of Azerbaijan`s past, present and future, history, culture, art and music. It will present traditional and classic music, jazz concerts, dance ensembles.

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    President of the Association of Azerbaijani Friends in France Jean-Francois Mancel underlined that such events help to cultivate relations between the two nations. He touched upon the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict saying the leadership of Azerbaijan puts all efforts into finding a peaceful solution to the dispute.

    The participants got familiar with the "Azerbaijani village". The exhibition "Cultural values of Azerbaijan - pearls of Caucasus" provided information about centuries-old culture of Azerbaijan.

    A presentation of the preparation for the first 2015 European games in Baku was held at the event through the tourism exhibition "Travel to Azerbaijan".

    At the fair, which will run for ten days, State Dance Ensemble, "Natig" rhythm group, State Ensemble of Folk Musical Instruments, Ensemble of Ancient Musical Instruments and other musical groups will welcome residents and tourists with a variety of concert programs, Azerbaijani classical, jazz and Mugham.

    Kiosks promoting national cuisine, sweets, drinks, folk art, etc were be set up in the "Azerbaijani village".

    The exhibition featured materials associated with the creative activity of Azerbaijani poet and thinker Nizami Ganjavi, coins, jewelry, reproductions of paintings by Azerbaijani medieval artists, chinaware, carpets, porcelain miniatures, carpets and batik reflecting the poems of "Hamsa."

    The participants saw the "France through the eyes of Azerbaijani artists" exhibition. The exposition showcasing over 50 paintings dealt with France.

    The event was followed by a concert of famous jazzman Isfar Sarabsky.
    40
  • The groundbreaking ceremony of the Southern Gas Corridor was held at the Sangachal terminal
    20.09.2014 18:40
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    Baku, September 20 (AzerTAc). The groundbreaking ceremony of the Southern Gas Corridor has been held at the Sangachal terminal with the participation of heads of state and government.

    President of theRepublicofAzerbaijan Ilham Aliyevand other participants of the ceremony left their handprints in special frames.

    ThenPresident Ilham Aliyev, Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Garibashvili, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources of Turkey Taner YД±ldД±z, Prime Minister of Greece Antonis Samaras, President of Bulgaria Rosen Plevneliev, Minister of Energy and Industry of Albania Damian Gjiknuri, Deputy Minister for Economic Development of Italy Claudio De Vincenti, Prime Minister of Montenegro Milo Dukanovic, Minister of State for Trade and Investment of the United Kingdom Lord Livingston, Acting Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs of the U.S. Department of State Amos Hochstein, BP Group chief executive Robert Dudley, Azerbaijani Energy Minister Natig Aliyev and President of the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic Rovnag Abdullayev signed the pipe sectionwhich will form the startof the Southern Gas Corridor.

    Then thegroundbreaking ceremony of the Southern Gas Corridor was held.

    Then the heads of state and government and other guests posedfor photographs.
    13
  • President Ilham Aliyev received the UK Minister of State for Trade and Investment
    20.09.2014 18:35
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    Baku, September 20 (AzerTAc). President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has received Minister of State for Trade and Investment of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Lord Livingston.

    During the meeting, the sides said that bilateral relations between the Republic of Azerbaijan and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland were at a high level, and exchanged views on prospects for cooperation, which is developing rapidly.

    Special attention paid to the development of information and communication technologies, non-oil sector, agriculture, healthcare and education and the implementation of infrastructure projects in Azerbaijan was emphasized.
    15
  • Argentina interested in nuclear research and cosmic industry in Azerbaijan
    20.09.2014 18:30
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    Baku, September 20 (AzerTAc). Cooperation in nuclear research and cosmic industry has been considered in the meeting at the Ministry of Technologies and High Tech with the participation of Minister Ali Abbasov and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Argentina to Azerbaijan Carlos Dante Riva and INVAP business development manager Ruben Mazi.

    As earlier reported, the National Center for Nuclear Research JSC of the Ministry of Communications and High Technologies of Azerbaijan negotiates on cooperation with the INVAP SE Argentine Company in the construction of nuclear reactors.

    The Company is engaged in the design and construction of research reactors, installations on production of radioisotopes, nuclear fuel production, uranium enrichment, the creation of tools for radiation protection, reactor protection systems, as well as modernization and reconstruction of research reactors.

    Argentina also has a great interest and expresses its intention to be represented in the projects implemented in Azerbaijan in the field of satellite communication.

    Argentina and Azerbaijan have signed an agreement on cooperation in the use of outer space for peaceful purposes in early 2014.

    The signed document will be the basis for future cooperation between the two countries in this field.

    INVAP S.E. management expressed its willingness to cooperate with Azercosmos in the space sphere, the implementation of joint projects and exchange of experience and staff training in this field.
    21
  • New members of Nizami Ganjavi International Center to visit Azerbaijan
    20.09.2014 17:45
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    Baku, 20 September (AzerTAc). Executive director of the Nizami Ganjavi International Center Rovshan Muradov holds a number of meetings in order to prepare for the third Global Shared Societies Forum in April 2015, on the 40th anniversary of Helsinki Final Act at the first CSCE Summit of the Heads of State.

    Representative of the organization met with Yves Leterme, former Prime Minister of Belgium, and now Secretary General of "International IDEA".

    Nizami Ganjavi International Center's member Yves Leterme participated at the 2nd Global Shared Societies Forum in April of the running year.

    Rovshan Muradov also held meetings with Mikulaacute;scaron; Dzurinda, former President, Prime Minister, and Foreign Affairs Minister in Bratislava, and the Former Hungarian Prime Minister Peacute;ter Medgyessy in Budapest, Hungary. Both of the politicians were accepted to the center's membership. As new members of the Organization they will visit Azerbaijan in October and November to closely familiarize with the Nizami Ganjavi International Center.

    Nizami Ganjavi International center launched two years ago in Azerbaijan with it diverse membership gathers world's well-known political figures.

    The Organization held two international forums in 2013 and 2014 together with the Madrid Club.

    Both of the events were organized with the support of the State Committee on Work with Diaspora.
    18
  • Azerbaijani delegation expressed protest to carrying out of Euronest PA Bureau meeting in Armenia
    20.09.2014 16:15
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    Baku, September 20 (AzerTAc). On October 16 current year Brussels will host the meeting of Euronest Parliamentary Assembly (PA) Bureau. The meeting, along with other questions, also will discuss the question to carry out the next session in Armenia.

    Head of the Azerbaijani delegation to the Euronest PA Elkhan Suleymanov sent a letter of protest to the cochairmen and members of Bureau of the organization in connection with carrying out the coming session in Armenia.

    The letter states that the Azerbaijani delegation at the Bureau meetings passed in 2011, 2012 and 2013, has constantly expressed resolute protest to the co-chairmanship of Armenia in Evronest PA Bureau and to carrying out in this country of its regular sessions. Azerbaijani delegation categorically protests against carrying out the sessions of the Euronest PA Bureau and committee meetings in Armenia, and once again declares that the country would not participate at the above mentioned sessions and meetings, until it will not be released the Nagorno-Karabakh and the territories of 7 adjacent regions, completely be eliminated occupation of the Sarsang Reservoir and blockade of Nakhchivan.
    15
  • A solemn ceremony to mark the 20th anniversary of the Contract of the Century and lay the foundation of the Southern Gas Corridor was held in Baku
    20.09.2014 15:43
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    Baku, September 20 (AzerTAc). A solemn ceremony to mark the 20th anniversary of the Contract of the Century and lay the foundation of the Southern Gas Corridor has been held at the Heydar Aliyev Centre.

    President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, the heads of state and government attended the ceremony.

    First President Ilham Aliyev, the heads of state and government posed together for photographs.

    The head of state addressed the event.

    Other speakers at the ceremony included President of Bulgaria Rosen Plevneliev, Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Greece Antonis Samaras and Prime Minister of Montenegro Milo Dukanovic.

    A video address by President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso was featured.

    Then Minister of Energy and Natural Resources of Turkey Taner YД±ldД±z addressed the event, Ambassador of Norway to Azerbaijan Baring;rd Ivar Svendsen read out a congratulatory message of Prime Minister Erna Solberg.

    Minister of Energy and Industry of Albania Damian Gjiknuri, Minister of State for Trade and Investment of the United Kingdom Lord Livingston and Deputy Minister for Economic Development of Italy Claudio De Vincenti also made speeches at the event.

    Acting Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs of the U.S. Department of State Amos Hochstein addressed the ceremony and read out a congratulatory message of Secretary of State John Kerry.

    Then BP Group chief executive Robert Dudley and President of the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic Rovnag Abdullayev delivered speeches.

    At the end of the ceremony, a promotional video on Azerbaijan-initiated energy projects was demonstrated.

    Then the heads of state and government laid the foundation of the Southern Gas Corridor in Sangachal.
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  • Dinner reception was hosted on behalf of President Ilham Aliyev in honor of the heads of state and government - PHOTO
    20.09.2014 15:41
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    A dinner reception has been hosted on behalf of President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev in honor of the heads of state and government, who are visiting the country to participate in a ceremony to lay the foundation of the South Gas Corridor and an event marking the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Contract of the Century.

    /AzerTAc/

    Dinner reception was hosted on behalf of President Ilham Aliyev in honor of the heads of state and government
    35
  • President Ilham Aliyev and Prime Minister of Greece Antonis Samaras held an expanded meeting - UPDATED
    20.09.2014 15:34
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    14:20

    Following their private talk, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan

    Ilham Aliyev and Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic Antonis Samaras

    have met in an expanded format with the participation of their

    delegations.

    During the meeting, the sides expressed their satisfaction with the

    development of bilateral relations. The parties discussed energy

    cooperation and the implementation of the Southern Gas Corridor project.

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    20.09.2014 10:28

    President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and Prime Minister of Greece Antonis Samaras on Sept. 19 have held a one-on-one meeting.

    During the meeting, the parties noted that relations between the two countries were developing successfully and stressed the importance of the realization of the Southern Gas Corridor. It was noted that there were big prospects for cooperation between Azerbaijan and Greece.

    During the conversation, the sides also exchanged views on international affairs and other issues of mutual interest.

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    19.09.2014 18:28

    Prime Minister of Greece Antonis Samaras has today arrived in Azerbaijan.

    A guard of honor was lined up for the Greek Premier at the Heydar Aliyev International Airport decorated with the national flags of the two countries.

    PM Antonis Samaras was welcomed by Azerbaijani Energy Minister Natig Aliyev and other officials.

    /AzerTAc/

    Greek Premier arrives in Azerbaijan

    President Ilham Aliyev and Prime Minister of Greece Antonis Samaras held a one-on-one meeting

    President Ilham Aliyev and Prime Minister of Greece Antonis Samaras held an expanded meeting
    40
  • The Economist publishes letter of response of Azerbaijani ambassador
    20.09.2014 15:25
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    London, September 20 (AzerTAc). British magazine The Economist has published a letter of response from the Ambassador of Azerbaijan to the United Kingdom Tahir Tagizade in regard with the article about Nagorno-Karabakh.

    The letter says: "I welcome the fact that The Economist has shone a spotlight on the long-protracted dispute over Nagorno-Karabakh ("A mountainous conflict", September 6th). But calling Nagorno-Karabakh a "republic" plays into the hands of the separatists who strive to gain international legitimacy. In reality, Nagorno-Karabakh was created in violation of Azerbaijan's internationally recognised territorial integrity and hundreds thousands of ethnic Azerbaijanis were forced from the region.

    Other conflicts happening right now demonstrate how vital is to protect territorial integrity of states. But there is now a dangerous trend in the West where disengagement has become the norm and it is widely accepted that borders can change through the use of force. If this mindset continues it will cause irreparable damage to the international system.

    With regards to Nagorno-Karabakh, only international engagement and respect for territorial integrity can bring about lasting peace and prosperity to our region. Allowing a "frozen conflict" to remain frozen will not produce a solution".
    17
  • President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and President of Bulgaria Rosen Plevneliev made statements for the press - UPDATED
    20.09.2014 15:24
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    After the signing ceremony, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and President of the Republic of Bulgaria Rosen Plevneliev made statements for the press.

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    20:20

    After the meeting in an expanded format, Azerbaijan and Bulgaria have signed a joint statement.

    The statement was inked by President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and President of the Republic of Bulgaria Rosen Plevneliev.

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    20:10

    Following their private talk, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and President of Bulgaria Rosen Plevneliev have met in an expanded format with the participation of delegations.

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    17:56

    President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and President of the Republic of Bulgaria Rosen Plevneliev have held a one-on-one meeting.

    During the meeting, the sides expressed their satisfaction with the successful development of bilateral relations in political, economic and other areas. The parties stressed the importance of laying the foundation for the Southern Gas Corridor in Azerbaijan in terms of international cooperation. It was noted that there were good prospects for a further expansion of economic cooperation between the two countries.

    During the conversation, the sides exchanged views on bilateral ties and international issues.

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    16:53

    President of Bulgaria Rosen Plevneliev has today arrived in Azerbaijan.

    A guard of honor was lined up for the Bulgarian President at the Heydar Aliyev International Airport decorated with the national flags of the two countries.

    President Rosen Plevneliev was welcomed by Azerbaijani Energy Minister Natig Aliyev and other officials.

    /AzerTAc/

    Bulgarian President arrived in Azerbaijan

    President Ilham Aliyev and President of Bulgaria Rosen Plevneliev held a one-on-one meeting

    President Ilham Aliyev and President of Bulgaria Rosen Plevneliev held an expanded meeting

    Azerbaijan, Bulgaria signed a joint statement

    President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and President of Bulgaria Rosen Plevneliev made statements for the press
    11
  • Dinner reception was hosted on behalf of President Ilham Aliyev in honor of Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu - UPDATED
    20.09.2014 14:43
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    14:36

    A dinner reception has been hosted on behalf of President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev in honor of Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey Ahmet Davutoglu.

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    13:20

    After the one-on-one meeting, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan

    Ilham Aliyev and Prime Minister of Turkey Ahmet Davutoglu made

    statements for the press.

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    12:27

    President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and Prime Minister of Turkey Ahmet Davutoglu have held a one-on-one meeting.

    The sides hailed the successful development of Azerbaijani-Turkish bilateral relations in all fields.

    The parties expressed their confidence that the ties between the two countries would further develop.

    The sides exchanged views on the issues of mutual interest.

    /AzerTAc/

    President Ilham Aliyev and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu held a one-on-one meeting

    President Ilham Aliyev and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu made statements for the press

    Dinner reception was hosted on behalf of President Ilham Aliyev in honor of Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu
    12
  • Azerbaijan signs European Convention on manipulation of sports competitions
    20.09.2014 14:32
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    Baku, September 20 (AzerTAc). Azerbaijan is the first country to sign the European Convention on the manipulation of sports competitions among other countries in the 13th Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Sport held in Macolin, Switzerland.

    Mr Thorbjoslash;rn Jagland, the 13th Secretary General of the Council of Europe was also present at the signing ceremony.

    Azad Rahimov represented Azerbaijan at the conference, the Ministry's press service said.

    Azad Rahimov was present at the opening of the conference as he is one of the co-chairs of the conference.

    As known, Azerbaijan will be chairing the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers till October 31.

    Azad Rahimov made a speech at the opening session of the conference as the chairman of the committee.

    The Minister noted Azerbaijan is hosting a number of international sports events. He talked about actions done to prevent spectators' violence in Baku 2015 First European Games. Azerbaijani minister stressed the importance of struggling against corruption in sports. Azerbaijan always cooperated with the Council of Europe in this area, Mr. Rahimov stressed.

    During the session, several resolutions, including "Corruption in the Governance of Sport", "Current Political Issues of Pan-European Sports Co-operation", "The role of government in executing the World Anti-Doping Code in 2015", " Review of 1985 European Convention on Spectator Violence and Misbehaviour at Sports Events", were adopted.
    41
  • President Ilham Aliyev received President of European Olympic Committees Patrick Hickey
    20.09.2014 14:23
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    President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has received President of the European Olympic Committees Patrick Hickey.

    The sides praised the progress of preparations for the first European Games to be held in Baku in 2015.

    The importance of government attention to the development of all sports in Azerbaijan was emphasized.

    The parties discussed the issues related to international cooperation in the field of sport.

    25
  • Azerbaijanв's Defense Minister meets Lithuanian ambassador to the country
    20.09.2014 14:11
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    Baku, September 20 (AzerTAc). Azerbaijani Defense Minister, colonel-general Zakir Hasanov has today met with the newly appointed ambassador of the Republic of Lithuania Valdas Lastauskas.

    Minister Hasanov highlighted the military-political situation in region and current state of negotiations to solve the Armenia-Azerbaijan, Nagorno Karabakh conflict.

    The sides also had comprehensive exchange of views on bilateral relations and other questions of mutual interest.
    11
  • World's population to reach 11 billion by 2100
    20.09.2014 14:09
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    Baku, September 20 (AzerTAc). The world's population will soar by four billion to reach 11 billion by 2100. This means that the number of humans on earth is likely to be around two billion higher than previous estimates. Most of the anticipated growth is in Africa, where population is projected to quadruple from around 1 billion today to 4 billion by the end of the century. The main reason is that birth rates in sub-Saharan Africa have not been going down as fast as had been expected. There is an 80% chance that the population in Africa at the end of the century will be between 3.5 billion and 5.1 billion people. Other regions of the world are projected to see less change. Asia, now 4.4 billion, is projected to peak at around 5 billion people in 2050 and then begin to decline.

    Populations in North America, Europe, and Latin America and the Caribbean are projected to stay below 1 billion each.

    The United Nations recently released population projections based on data until 2012. Analysis of these data reveals that, contrary to previous literature, world population is unlikely to stop growing this century. There is an 80% probability that world population, now 7.2 billion, will increase to between 9.6 and 12.3 billion in 2100. Much of the increase is expected to happen in Africa, in part due to higher fertility and a recent slowdown in the pace of fertility decline. Also, the ratio of working age people to older people is likely to decline substantially in all countries, even those that currently have young populations. A new study led by the University of Washington and the United Nations finds that world population is likely to keep growing throughout the 21st century. The number of people on earth is likely to reach 11 billion by 2100, the study concludes, about 2 billion higher than widely cited previous estimates.
    11
  • Georgian PM about Southern Gas Corridor project
    20.09.2014 13:49
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    I feel pride in the start of the second stage of Shahdeniz field, said the Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili.

    He spoke at the event dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the "Contract of the Century" and groundbreaking ceremony of the Southern Gas Corridor.

    He noted that Azerbaijan is one of nearest friends and partners of Georgia: "We have implemented projects such as Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil and Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum gas pipelines. TANAP project will be implemented, Europe's energy map will be changed, new opportunities will be opened for the states in Black Sea and Caspian sea basins, new jobs will be launched, poverty level will be reduced. We support Trans-Caspian Gas Pipeline project for export of Kazakh and Turkmen reserves".

    Garibashvili said that these projects will ensure sustainable development: "Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway will play a great role in the regional development. We integrate to the global markets through these. Free trade with the neighbor countries will be a great contribution. We'd like to concern the free trade with EU to other countries too. We'll do our best for Georgia to be a reliable partner in the region and the world".
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  • Ahmet Davutoglu: I`m proud of Azerbaijan`s rapid development that I see each time I visit the country - UPDATED
    20.09.2014 13:42
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    Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has hailed Azerbaijan`s development as he met chairman of the country`s parliament Ogtay Asadov.

    ''I`m proud of Azerbaijan`s rapid development that I see each time I visit the country,'' said the Turkish Premier, who is on an official visit to Baku. ''Only two issues have remained unchanged amid the crises of recent years. First, Azerbaijani-Turkish friendship and brotherhood has remained unchanged. Second, there has been no delay in the development of either Azerbaijan or Turkey. Our countries are developing at a rapid place.''

    Mr. Davutoglu said that as the prime minister he paid his first visit to Azerbaijan, adding he had spared no efforts to serve the people of Turkey and Azerbaijan regardless of his post.

    He touched upon the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, saying Turkey ''has always backed Azerbaijan`s just stance''.

    ''Settlement of the problem, restoration of brotherly Azerbaijan`s territorial integrity is important to Turkey as much as it is important to Azerbaijan.''

    Mr. Davutoglu also praised the inter-parliamentary cooperation, saying it played a special role in the development of the bilateral relations.

    ''I`m confident that our cooperation with Azerbaijan will further develop in all areas,'' the Turkish Premier added.

    Mr. Asadov praised Azerbaijan-Turkey relations, saying they ''had deep roots''. ''We have excellent relations on all fronts. Azerbaijan-Turkey relations are an example to the rest of the world.''

    He hailed cooperation between legislative bodies of the two countries. ''Our countries back each other in all international organizations.''

    Mr. Asadov particularly praised the bilateral cooperation in legal, political and economic fields. ''We set ourselves a goal of elevating trade between our countries to 15 billion dollars.''

    On the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, he said ''Turkey is our main supporter on this issue''.

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    21:15

    Azerbaijan and Turkey have discussed how to further deepen the bilateral relations as the two countries` prime ministers met in Baku.

    Prime ministers Artur Rasizade and Ahmet Davutoglu had private talks before being joined by their delegations for a meeting in an expanded format.

    Artur Rasizade highlighted the friendly and fraternal ties between the two countries. He said Azerbaijan and Turkey were successfully cooperating on all fronts, including political, economic and humanitarian areas.

    The Premier expressed confidence that Ahmet Davutoglu`s visit to Azerbaijan would contribute to strengthening cooperation between the countries even further.

    Rasizade said there was good potential for the further development of Azerbaijan-Turkey cooperation. He also stressed the importance of large-scale projects implemented by the two countries.

    Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said the high-level reciprocal visits played an important role in expanding bonds between the countries.

    Ahmet Davutoglu expressed confidence that the friendly and fraternal ties between Azerbaijan and Turkey would continue to enhance.

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    12:50

    Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has visited the Alley of Martyrs to commemorate Azerbaijani heroes who gave their lives for the country`s independence and territorial integrity. He put a wreath at the Eternal Flame monument.

    The Turkish Prime Minister also visited a monument to Turkish soldiers and laid a wreath at it.

    Ahmet Davutoglu signed the guest book here.

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    11:36

    Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has today visited the Alley of Honors to lay a wreath at the tomb of national leader, founder and architect of modern Azerbaijani state Heydar Aliyev.

    The Turkish Prime Minister also put flowers at the grave of prominent ophthalmologist, academician Zarifa Aliyeva.

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    10:50

    Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey Ahmet Davutoglu has arrived in Azerbaijan for an official visit.

    A guard of honour was lined up for the Turkish Premier at the Heydar Aliyev International Airport decorated with the national flags of the two countries.

    PM Davutoglu was welcomed by Azerbaijan`s Deputy Prime Minister Abid Sharifov and other officials.

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    Turkish Prime Minister embarks on official Azerbaijan visit

    Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu visits tomb of national leader Heydar Aliyev

    Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu visits Alley of Martyrs

    Rasizade, Davutoglu discuss how to further deepen Azerbaijan-Turkey relations

    Ahmet Davutoglu: I`m proud of Azerbaijan`s rapid development that I see each time I visit the country
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  • Azerbaijani delegation attends PACE conference on preventing and combating violence against women
    20.09.2014 13:30
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    Rome, September 20 (AzerTAc). An international conference on preventing and combating violence against women organized by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) and Italy's Foreign Ministry was held here.

    The event organized in connection with the coming into force of the Council of Europe Convention (Istanbul Convention) on August 1 current year on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence brought together representatives from over 100 world countries.

    Azerbaijani delegation comprised MP Sahiba Gafarova, representative of the State Committee for Family, Women and Children Affairs Elgun Safarov, contributor of Azerbaijani Embassy in Italy Nasir Mammadov and representative of Foreign Ministry Vusala Sadigova.

    Elgun Safarov spoke of measures taken by Azerbaijani state and government to provide prevention and combating violence against women and domestic violence in the country.

    The conferees have adopted a Declaration signed by ministers of the representing countries.
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  • SOFAZ to get about $ 200 bn in coming years
    20.09.2014 13:24
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    Now the Fund holds more than $37 bn.

    According to forecasts, the State Oil Fund of Azerbaijan (SOFAZ) in the coming years will get about $ 200 bn.

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to APA that according to the head of SOFAZ Shakhmar Movsumov, to date the fund has got more than $ 105 bn, now it holds more than $37 bn.

    Currently SOFAZ continues to finance projects for the construction of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway, rehabilitation of the Samur-Absheron irrigation system, the state program of education of Azerbaijani students studying abroad and other projects.

    Speaking on the financing of the Southern Gas Corridor project, S.Movsumov noted that SOFAZ will directly participate in the process.

    "Funding will be realized both by providing partial state share in the project and by increasing the authorized capital of the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan. I am confident that with the successful implementation of the project, SOFAZ will fully return funds for this purpose."
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  • Georgian PM Irakli Garibashvili arrives in Azerbaijan
    20.09.2014 13:09
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    Baku, September 20 (AzerTAc). Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Garibashvili has today arrived in Azerbaijan.

    A guard of honor was lined up for the Georgian Premier at the Heydar Aliyev International Airport decorated with the national flags of the two countries.

    PM Irakli Garibashvili was welcomed by Azerbaijani Energy Minister Natig Aliyev and other officials.
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  • U.S. Ambassador-designate to Yerevan: Armenia is isolating itself from the international community
    20.09.2014 13:09
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    ''We have been clear about our disappointment over some of Armeniaв's recent decisions''

    Washington. Sevinj Osmangizi - APA. "Armenia is isolating itself from the international community by adopting some decisions," U.S. Ambassador-designate to Armenia Richard Mills said it at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearing, APA reports.

    "While we have been clear about our disappointment over some of Armenia's recent decisions, such as its vote in the UN General Assembly with Russia against upholding Ukraine's sovereignty that put Armenia at odds with the overwhelming majority of the international community.

    Armenia's decision, in September 2013, to join the Russia-led Eurasian Economic Union and to end its negotiations with the European Union on a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area, served to emphasize the need to achieve our goals of decreasing Armenia's regional isolation and bolstering its economic and security independence. This would give Yerevan greater ability to build economic and security relationships with a range of partners, including not only Russia, but its immediate neighbors, the EU, and the United States as well," he said.

    On 27 March 2014, during the discussion of the U.N. resolution affirming Ukraine's territorial integrity, Armenia supported Russia and it was one of the few countries that voted against the document. Including Azerbaijan, 100 countries voted for supporting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. 58 countries abstained. Only Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Bolivia, Cuba, North Korea, Nicaragua, Sudan, Syria, Venezuela and Zimbabwe voted against the resolution.
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  • Armenian armed forces continue violating ceasefire with Azerbaijan
    20.09.2014 13:08
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    Baku, September 20 (AzerTAc). Subunits of the Armenian Armed Forces shattered ceasefire with Azerbaijan in Ashagi Veysalli village of Fuzuli region, Kuropatkino village of Khojavend region and nameless hills of Goranboy region on the night of September 19 and of the September 20.

    The Armenians were silenced with a retail fire, the Defence Ministry said.
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  • Garibashvili arrives in Azerbaijan
    20.09.2014 13:05
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    The Georgian Premier is to take part in the groundbreaking ceremony of the Southern gas corridor.

    Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili is to take part in the groundbreaking ceremony of the Southern Gas Corridor in Azerbaijan.

    According to Oxu.Az, the due information was spread by the news service for the Georgian premier.

    By the information, the Georgian delegation will include vice premier, Minister of Energy Kakha Kaladze, first deputy Foreign Minister of Georgia David Zalkaliani, as well as MP Irakli Tripolski.
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  • Ilham Aliyev about Southern Gas Corridor
    20.09.2014 13:02
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    The official groundbreaking of the Southern Gas Corridor will be held in Baku's Sangachal today.

    In this regard, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev told that it would be a new page in providing energy security in Europe that would enable Azerbaijan to transport its natural resources to the European markets.

    "This project is important for us, the same as for Europe. Today we start real work with participation of many countries. We will need to coordinate and duly plan our steps. We are committed to the timely and highly profitable implementation of the Southern Gas Corridor Project and I have no doubts that everything will be done that way", President Aliyev said.

    At the first stage the Southern Gas Corridor will provide annual supply of up to 10 bn cu m of gas to the EU. In the future volume of supplies can be increased up to 50-60 bn cu m.
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  • Turkish hostages released by ISIL, brought to Turkey
    20.09.2014 12:47
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    Forty-nine employees of Turkish Consulate in Mosul, who were abducted by militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) on June 11, were released and brought to Turkey early Sept. 20.

    Mosul Consul General Öztürk YД±lmaz, employees of the consulate and their family members were received at the Akçakale border gate by security officials including ЕћanlД±urfa Police Chief Eyüp PД±narbaЕџД± and the regional head of the National Intelligence Agency (MIA), Hurriyet Daily reports.

    The group, who were kept hostage for more than 100 days by the jihadists, were kidnapped in Iraq but delivered in Syria.

    ЕћanlД±rfa Gov. Д°zzettin Küçük said Prime Minister Ahmet DavutoДџlu would give detailed information on the issue in the coming hours.

    In a written statement, President Recep Tayyip ErdoДџan said the hostages' freedom was the result of a successful "operation."

    "I thank the prime minister and his colleagues for this carefully planned, detailed and secret operation, which continued all night and successfully completed early morning," the statement from the president's office read.

    "Our National Intelligence Agency has followed the issue with patience and dedication, and finally performed a successful rescue operation," the statement added.
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  • Turkish PM cuts short his visit to Azerbaijan
    20.09.2014 11:40
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    Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, who is on a visit to Baku, decided to cut short a visit to Azerbaijan to meet the released hostages.

    49 Turkish hostages held by Islamic militants have been freed. Davutoglu said the group was released early on Saturday and had arrived in Turkey. APA reports quoting Turkish news agencies that Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that they were being taken to the southern Turkish city of Sanliurfa by the Turkish intelligence agency.

    Mr Davutoglu said he decided to cut short a visit to Azerbaijan to meet the released hostages: "We took over our citizens this night and brought to our country. I'll leave Baku and return to Turkey to embrace with Consul-General, our brothers, citizens. Currently, the hostages have entered the country and are going to Urfa. I'll directly go to Urfa to meet with them".

    The Turks, including diplomatic staff, were seized from the consulate on June 11, when the Islamic State group overran Mosul and stormed the Turkish Consulate.
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  • Red Cross refuses to facilitate passage of Russian convoys to Ukraine
    20.09.2014 11:15
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    ICRC has announced it will not contribute to the delivery of the Russian humanitarian convoy to southeastern Ukraine.

    The organization says that there is no agreement between Moscow and Kiev on the technical aspects of this operation, according to the press release of the organization, RIA Novosti reports.

    "So far, Ukraine and Russia have not reached a final agreement on the terms and conditions of a cross-border aid operation. In the absence of such agreements, we cannot facilitate the passage of convoys from Russia. However, we are continuing to advise on and facilitate the distribution of aid by the local authorities," Laurent Corbaz, head of ICRC operations in Europe and Central Asia, said, according to the ICRC report published Friday. "We remain in contact with the Ukrainian and Russian authorities on their humanitarian initiatives," he added.

    The first trucks of the third Russian convoy, carrying a new shipment of humanitarian aid to eastern Ukraine, started entering a customs clearance zone on the Russian side of the border with Ukraine on Friday.

    The first convoy of 280 trucks, carrying Russian humanitarian aid, was sent to eastern Ukraine in late August and entered the country through a checkpoint, controlled by independence forces after spending more than a week at the border.

    The second Russian humanitarian convoy was made up of 220 trucks, carrying about 1,800 tons of food, medicine, water purification equipment and power generators. It arrived in the Eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk last weekend and returned to Russia shortly after.

    The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has demanded Russia to stop sending convoys with humanitarian aid to southeastern Ukraine, labeling them as "provocations".

    According to the UN, the Kiev-led military operation against independence supporters in the Donbas region, launched in April, has killed over 3,000 people and put Ukraine's east on the verge of a humanitarian catastrophe.
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  • Armenians violate ceasefire
    20.09.2014 10:15
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    Armenian armed forces have violated ceasefire again.

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to sources in the Defense Ministry, yesterday and last night Armenian armed forces fired at the positions of the Azerbaijani army from their posts near Ashaghy Veyselli village of Fizuli, Kuropatkino village of Khojaand and on nameless heights of Goranboy.

    The enemy was silenced by retaliation fire.
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  • IAEA says Iran complying with terms of nuclear deal with P5 1
    20.09.2014 10:11
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    The International Atomic Energy Agency says Iran is complying with the terms of an interim deal it reached with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany last year.

    According to a monthly update by the UN nuclear agency, the Islamic Republic continues to meet its commitments under the accord it struck with the six countries - the United States, France, Britain, China, Russia, and Germany - in Geneva, Switzerland, on November 24, 2013, Press TV reports.

    The report added that Iran is using some of its higher-grade enriched uranium in oxide form to produce fuel as per the agreement with the six countries.

    The IAEA report further noted that Iran has begun preparatory work for diluting more than four tons of uranium gas enriched to up to two percent.

    The report comes as Iran and its negotiating partners have opened a new round of talks to overcome differences in the way of concluding a comprehensive deal on Tehran's nuclear energy program.

    The talks between the EU foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and negotiators from the six countries kicked off at the UN headquarters in New York on Friday, and are to continue until the end of next week.

    US Secretary of State John Kerry is scheduled to hold bilateral talks with the Iranian foreign minister.

    Iran and the six countries have agreed on the extension of the talks due to disagreements on key issues.
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  • Contract of the Century turns 20
    20.09.2014 09:29
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    The signing and realization of the ''Contract of the Century'' is a brilliant result of conducting right oil policy that comprises the economic development concept of independent Azerbaijan Republic.

    The process that began with the "Contract of the Century", which started a new period in the development of Azerbaijan oil industry and economy in general, determined the dinamic development road of Azerbaijan in the XXI century.

    "Contract of the Century" was signed in "Gulustan" Palace in Baku on September 20, 1994. The 400-page contract on the development and production sharing of "Azeri", "Chirag", "Guneshli" deepwater fields has been prepared in 4 languages. 13 companies (Amoco, BP, McDermott, Unocal, SOCAR, Lukoil, Statoil, Exxon, Turkish petrolium, Penzoil, Itochu, Remko, Delta) from 8 countries (Azerbaijan, USA, Great Britain, Russia, Turkey, Norway, Japan, Saudi Arabia) participated in the "Contract of the Century". Following this contract, 41 oil companies from 19 countries paved the way for signing further 27 contracts.

    After signing "Contract of the Century", the participants established working structures- Steering Committee, Azerbaijan International Operating Company (AIOC), and Advisory Council. These bodies began operating after they obtained legal authority when Azerbaijan President signed a special Decree on December 2, 1994.

    In December 1994, "Contract of the Century" was approved by the Azerbaijani Parliament. After Azerbaijani President signed a relevant Decree, the Contract came into force as the law of Azerbaijan Republic. In 1995, up to 100 million, in 1996, 600 million USD was invested to the project. Thus, by successfully signing "Contract of the Century", Azerbaijan managed to attract the attention of many European countries and especially of the USA to the country's problems by creating their economic interests in Azerbaijan. The most important share in the "Contract of the Century" among Western countries in belongs to the USA. Five USA companies, including "Unocal", "Amoco", "McDermott", and "Exxon" have in total 50% investment share that is equal to 5 billion USD.

    As a result of works in the direction of signing and realizing successfully "Contract of the Century", the prestige of Azerbaijan increased in the international arena. The production of first oil made Azerbaijan an oil exporting country of the world.

    In spite of the fact that Baku-Supsa and Baku-Novorossiysk oil pipelines were put into operation, they were not capable of exporting the increasing oil resources of Azerbaijan to the world market. Therefore, it was necessary to construct main export oil pipeline at short period. This made the idea of Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan main export oil pipeline the most actual issue. The conception proved to be both real and efficient from the economic point of view and "legend of three seas" became the reality.

    As this strategy was realised and contracts with international oil companies were signed, several billion dollars were invested to the development of oil recources of the country. The signing of the contract proved property right of the nation on their resources ones more and showed that Azerbaijan economy is open to the world.

    Signing the contract with international oil companies laid the foundation of effective and mutually advantageous co-operation with the countries of the companies participating in the contract, paved the way for strengthening geo-political position of the country, and speeding up the integration process into world economy.

    Today Azerbaijan is the leading country in the region and oil factor has great importance in the development its economy. The profit gained from oil is directed to the development of non-oil sector which means the total flourishing of the state economy.
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  • Azerbaijani President awards BP's Regional President
    20.09.2014 08:48
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    Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has issued an order on awarding BP's Regional President for Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey Gordon Birell with the ''Dostlug'' order.

    APA reports that G. Birell has been awarded with the order on the occasion of 20th anniversary of the "Contract of the Century" and for his merits in development of oil industry.
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  • President Ilham Aliyev and Prime Minister of Greece Antonis Samaras held an expanded meeting
    19.09.2014 23:20
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    Baku, September 19 (AzerTAc). Following their private talk, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic Antonis Samaras have met in an expanded format with the participation of their delegations.

    During the meeting, the sides expressed their satisfaction with the development of bilateral relations. The parties discussed energy cooperation and the implementation of the Southern Gas Corridor project.
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  • Dinner reception was hosted on behalf of President Ilham Aliyev in honor of the heads of state and government
    19.09.2014 23:20
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    Baku, September 19 (AzerTAc). A dinner reception has been hosted on behalf of President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev in honor of the heads of state and government, who are visiting the country to participate in a ceremony to lay the foundation of the South Gas Corridor and an event marking the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Contract of the Century.
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  • International conference in Moldova discusses Nagorno-Karabakh conflict
    19.09.2014 22:55
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    Chisinau, September 19 (AzerTAc). An international conference entitled "Territorial integrity of states and ensuring human rights protection" took place in Chisinau, the Embassy of Azerbaijan in Moldova reported.

    The event organized by the Public Chamber NGO and held under the aegis of ombudsman of Moldova Aurelia Grigoriu saw a great public attention.

    The major goal of the forum is to educate the world community on the fact that fundamental principle of international law - territorial integrity of states - may in no way be violated. and to attract attention of the civil society to promotion of ideas of tolerance and peaceful solution of territorial problems.

    The conference was attended by ex-president of Moldova Petru Lucinschi, ambassador of Azerbaijan in Chisinau Namik Aliyev, first deputy prosecutor general Andrea Pintya, ambassadors of Hungary, Ukraine, Czech Republic, ombudsmen and their representatives from Azerbaijan, Georgia, Pakistan, Ukraine etc.

    The conference was consisted of several sessions discussing various aspects of the agenda such as the Nagorno-Karabakh, Abkhaz and South Ossetia, Transnistria conflicts, situation in Ukraine.

    The plenary session of the conference was addressed by ambassador of Azerbaijan to Moldova Namik Aliyev.

    The diplomat touched upon the processes of democracy development in the post-soviet countries, protection of human rights, the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and Armenian aggression, state of Azerbaijani refugees and IDPs, double standards policy in resolution of territorial conflicts, activity to protect human rights.

    The ambassador noted that the world`s leading countries disregard international law and apply double standards in resolution of territorial conflicts and protection of human rights, paying no heed to ethnic purges, creation of monoethnic zones in the South Caucasus pursued by Armenian politicians. It is not accidental that they face similar problems.

    The head of the diplomatic mission pointed out that the major issue for Azerbaijan is resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict on the basis of the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan in order to restore violates rights of a million of Azerbaijani IDPs and refugees from Armenia.

    Representative of Israel Arye Gut demonstrated to the conference participants the film "Justice for Khojaly" narrating on the atrocities of Armenians, genocide committed by them in the Azerbaijani town.

    The conference was followed by a presentation of the book "The Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict: history and modernity" by Moldovan scholar Ruslan Shevchenko.
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  • President Ilham Aliyev and Prime Minister of Greece Antonis Samaras held a one-on-one meeting
    19.09.2014 22:45
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    Baku, September 19 (AzerTAc). President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and Prime Minister of Greece Antonis Samaras have held a one-on-one meeting.

    During the meeting, the parties noted that relations between the two countries were developing successfully and stressed the importance of the realization of the Southern Gas Corridor. It was noted that there were big prospects for cooperation between Azerbaijan and Greece.

    During the conversation, the sides also exchanged views on international affairs and other issues of mutual interest.
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  • Rasizade, Davutoglu discuss how to further deepen Azerbaijan-Turkey relations
    19.09.2014 22:39
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    Baku, September 19 (AzerTAc). Azerbaijan and Turkey have discussed how to further deepen the bilateral relations as the two countries` prime ministers met in Baku.

    Prime ministers Artur Rasizade and Ahmet Davutoglu had private talks before being joined by their delegations for a meeting in an expanded format.

    Artur Rasizade highlighted the friendly and fraternal ties between the two countries. He said Azerbaijan and Turkey were successfully cooperating on all fronts, including political, economic and humanitarian areas.

    The Premier expressed confidence that Ahmet Davutoglu`s visit to Azerbaijan would contribute to strengthening cooperation between the countries even further.

    Rasizade said there was good potential for the further development of Azerbaijan-Turkey cooperation. He also stressed the importance of large-scale projects implemented by the two countries.

    Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said the high-level reciprocal visits played an important role in expanding bonds between the countries.

    Ahmet Davutoglu expressed confidence that the friendly and fraternal ties between Azerbaijan and Turkey would continue to enhance.
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  • Azerbaijanв's Embassy sends note of protest to Spanish Foreign Ministry
    19.09.2014 22:38
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    Madrid, September 19 (AzerTAc). Azerbaijan's Embassy in Madrid has sent a note of protest to the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation after reports emerged in some Spanish media saying that European and Foreign Relations Committee of the Basque parliament made amendments to a draft law supporting self-determination of the so-called Nagorno-Karabakh Republic.

    The note urges the Spanish government to "prevent the attempts by Spanish local and regional officials to adopt such resolutions".

    "Any such resolution may be considered a biased move against the Republic of Azerbaijan and lead to relevant consequences."

    The Azerbaijani Embassy also demands an explanation from Spain`s government of how a person named Mirzoyan visited Basque Country as the foreign minister of the so-called Nagorno-Karabakh Republic and which passport he used to enter Spain.

    The note also demands that necessary measures are taken to prevent such visits and movements in the territory of Spain.

    The Azerbaijani Embassy also plans to hold meetings with the head of the Basque government, chair of the Basque parliament and heads of parliamentary political groups on September 25 and 26.

    Amendments to the draft law were made during a visit of foreign minister of the so-called Nagorno-Karabakh Republic Karen Mirzoyan to the Basque Country. The document exaggerates the so-called Nagorno-Karabakh Republic`s right to self-determination, saying it can act as an independent party in the negotiations to solve the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict. The Armenian media distorted the reports to allege that the Basque parliament recognized independence of the so-called Nagorno-Karabakh Republic.

    Aygun Aliyeva

    Special Correspondent

    Madrid
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  • Dozens killed as Boko Haram fighters attack Nigerian market
    19.09.2014 22:35
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    Baku-APA. Dozens of people were killed by Boko Haram militants Friday at a local market in Mainok area of northeastern Nigeria's state of Borno, survivors and security sources said, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

    The attackers hit the market, located some 56 km from Maiduguri, capital of the restive Borno State, while buying and selling was at its peak, Bello Adamu, an eyewitness told Xinhua.

    Traders who were more affected in the attack noted the attackers struck at about 1:30 p.m. local time.

    A security source who pleaded for anonymity said at least 21 people were killed in the attack which lasted for an hour.

    The attackers also carted away some money and wares as they ransacked stores in the local market, the source said via telephone.

    Victims of the attack had been taken to local health facilities in the area, the source added.

    Military authorities in the state were yet to confirm or issue a statement on the attack as of the time of filing this report, but a source said a detachment of troops had been deployed to the area.

    Boko Haram has proved to be a major security threat in Nigeria, Africa's most populous country, in the last five years.
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  • Montenegrin PM hails relations with Azerbaijan
    19.09.2014 22:10
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    Baku, September 19 (AzerTAc). Prime Minister of Montenegro Milo Dukanovic has hailed relations with Azerbaijan in a meeting with Speaker of the Azerbaijani Parliament Ogtay Asadov.

    PM Milo Dukanovic, who is in Azerbaijan for an official visit, also praised cooperation in the fields of politics, economy and investment making. He said a legal framework between the two countries had been expanded, and hailed the activity of the intergovernmental commission as fruitful. The Premier noted that there were ample opportunities for the development of humanitarian cooperation. The Prime Minister said the Azerbaijan-Montenegro ties, which were based on a solid foundation, would continue to develop.

    Highlighting the relationship between Azerbaijan and Montenegro, Speaker Ogtay Asadov noted that political, economic and cultural ties between the two countries had been developing. The Parliament Speaker said the high-level reciprocal visits contributed to expanding these relations.

    Ogtay Asadov stressed the importance of the development of interparliamentary ties between the countries even further. The Azerbaijani Speaker noted that the two countries supported each other within international organizations.

    They also discussed energy cooperation and infrastructure projects.
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  • Ahmet Davutoglu: I`m proud of Azerbaijan`s rapid development that I see each time I visit the country
    19.09.2014 21:25
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    Baku, September 19 (AzerTAc). Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has hailed Azerbaijan`s development as he met chairman of the country`s parliament Ogtay Asadov.

    "I`m proud of Azerbaijan`s rapid development that I see each time I visit the country," said the Turkish Premier, who is on an official visit to Baku. "Only two issues have remained unchanged amid the crises of recent years. First, Azerbaijani-Turkish friendship and brotherhood has remained unchanged. Second, there has been no delay in the development of either Azerbaijan or Turkey. Our countries are developing at a rapid place."

    Mr. Davutoglu said that as the prime minister he paid his first visit to Azerbaijan, adding he had spared no efforts to serve the people of Turkey and Azerbaijan regardless of his post.

    He touched upon the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, saying Turkey "has always backed Azerbaijan`s just stance".

    "Settlement of the problem, restoration of brotherly Azerbaijan`s territorial integrity is important to Turkey as much as it is important to Azerbaijan."

    Mr. Davutoglu also praised the inter-parliamentary cooperation, saying it played a special role in the development of the bilateral relations.

    "I`m confident that our cooperation with Azerbaijan will further develop in all areas," the Turkish Premier added.

    Mr. Asadov praised Azerbaijan-Turkey relations, saying they "had deep roots". "We have excellent relations on all fronts. Azerbaijan-Turkey relations are an example to the rest of the world."

    He hailed cooperation between legislative bodies of the two countries. "Our countries back each other in all international organizations."

    Mr. Asadov particularly praised the bilateral cooperation in legal, political and economic fields. "We set ourselves a goal of elevating trade between our countries to 15 billion dollars."

    On the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, he said "Turkey is our main supporter on this issue".
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  • Israeli Ambassador: Tolerance in Azerbaijan is an example to the entire world
    19.09.2014 20:38
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    Washington, September 19 (AzerTAc). Israeli Ambassador in Baku Rafael Harpaz has praised tolerance in Azerbaijan.

    "Tolerance in Azerbaijan is an example to the entire world," said the Ambassador as he attended a series of events dealing with Azerbaijani-Israeli relations in Washington and Philadelphia.

    "Along with representatives of other nations, Jews live in Azerbaijan in peaceful and safe conditions."

    He lauded the role of national leader Heydar Aliyev in continuing and developing "deep-rooted" traditions of tolerance of the Azerbaijani people. "This policy is today being successfully continued by President Ilham Aliyev," he added.

    The events included a seminar organized by the Center of Israel at the American University, a conference co-organized by the American Jewish Committee, Republican Jewish Coalition and ACCESS Young Professionals.
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