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Azerbaijan to render financial assistance to Afghanistan
17.01.2013 13:06
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Azerbaijan International Development Agency (AIDA) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has provided $150 000 financial aid to Afghanistan within the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Baku office told.

The funds allocated by the Azerbaijani government will be used for application of e-governance methods as a pilot. It is directly related with Azerbaijan`s successful e-governance experience.

"The future of Afghanistan has a special importance for both global security and stability; Azerbaijan actively supports the fraternal-Afghan people in solution of the country's problems," said UN Baku office.

President Ilham Aliyev`s speech made in May in the NATO Summit in Chicago also underlines this.
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  • Efforts to educate German public on Azerbaijani realities must be stepped up
    20.11.2014 23:08
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    Baku, November 20 AzerTAc

    "Efforts to educate the German public on the Azerbaijani realities must be stepped up further." It was stressed at the meeting held November 20 between the head of the department of history of Azerbaijan at the Humboldt University of Berlin, professor Eva Maria Auch and Director General of AzerTAc Aslan Aslanov.

    Discussions at the meeting revolved around establishment of cooperation between AzerTAc and history of Azerbaijan department at the Humboldt University of Berlin, prospects for joint activities to raise awareness of the German public about Azerbaijani realities.

    Eva-Maria Auch was participant of the international conference entitled "Achievements and prospects for cooperation of NGO," held in Baku with assistance of the NGO State Support Council under President of the Republic of Azerbaijan. She noted she was many times in Baku in 90s of the last century when Azerbaijan was in an information blockade and her cooperation with AzerTAc began then.

    The Professor from Germany suggested holding an event marking the 95th anniversary of AzerTAc at the University of Humboldt. She expressed assurance that it will arouse great interest of German students studying the history of Azerbaijan.

    Director General Aslan Aslanov thanked Auch for her efforts to bring the Azerbaijani realities to the notice of the German public. He underlined the importance of development of cooperation between AzerTAc and the University of Humboldt.

    He pointed out that AzerTAc actively cooperates with the German DPA agency within the European Alliance of News Agencies.

    Aslanov pointed out that creation of the department of history of Azerbaijan at the University of Humboldt is an important event. He noted that AzerTAc`s archives are always open to the students of the department.

    The sides also discussed the conduct of seminars, trainings, master classes to improve German language proficiency of the AzerTAc`s German service desk employees.
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  • Azerbaijan, Israel discuss expansion of scientific cooperation
    20.11.2014 22:18
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    Baku, November 20, AzerTAc

    President of Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences (ANAS), academician Akif Alizade has met Israeli Ambassador to the country Rafael Harpaz to discuss the expansion of scientific cooperation.

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    The academician said he would soon visit Israel, adding he was keen on studying experience of the country in integration of science and education. Mr. Alizade praised Israel`s scientific achievements, adding the country has great experience in development of scientific, educational and innovative technologies. He said the ANAS was interested in joint cooperation with Israeli scientific and educational institutions in the fields of physics, geophysics, medicine and agrarian.

    Rafael Harpaz said more than 70 thousand of Azerbaijanis were living in Israel. The diplomat stressed the importance of signing an agreement on cooperation between the ANAS and the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities.
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  • Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan
    20.11.2014 21:59
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    On 6 November 2014, the armed forces of the Republic of Armenia started provocative large-scale military exercises in the occupied territories of the Republic of Azerbaijan with the involvement of about 47.000 military troops and over 3000 combat equipment and armament of the armed forces of Armenia, as it was announced by the Armenian official media resources.

    The air forces of the Republic of Armenia were also engaged in provocative and threatening combat flights over the defence positions of the armed forces of Azerbaijan.

    On November 12, two "Mi-24" attack helicopters of the air forces of the Republic of Armenia approached and made attack maneuvers in the immediate vicinity of the positions of the armed forces of the Republic of Azerbaijan nearby the village of Kengerly in the occupied Agdam district of the Republic of Azerbaijan and one of the helicopter was shot down at the very same occupied territory.

    The downed helicopter belongs to air base No. 15 stationed in "Erebuni" military base near Yerevan, the Republic of Armenia, and its crew members were military servicemen of the Armenian armed forces. These are yet another manifestation of Armenia's aggression, its direct involvement in the occupation of the territories and continued use of force against the Republic of Azerbaijan.

    In its resolution 853 (1993), the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), which reaffirmed the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of Azerbaijan specifically "condemns the seizure of the district of Agdam and of all other recently occupied areas of the Azerbaijani Republic" and "demands immediate, complete and unconditional withdrawal of the occupying forces involved from the district of Agdam and all other recently occupied areas of the Azerbaijani Republic".

    Demands of the UNSC remain unimplemented by the Republic of Armenia, which not only refuses to withdraw from the occupied territories of the Republic of Azerbaijan, but continues to strengthen its military presence and capability at those territories and conduct large-scale military actions in flagrant violation of international law and relevant UNSC resolutions and the ceasefire regime.

    The use of heavy weaponry, continuous flights over the occupied territories of the Republic of Azerbaijan and attacks on the position of the armed forces of the Republic of Azerbaijan are confirmed in the official web-site of the President of Armenia, as well as by news, photo and video materials provided by the Armenian mass media.

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  • London hosts Azerbaijan Mugham Night
    20.11.2014 21:54
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    London, November 20, AzerTAc

    Azerbaijan Mugham Night has been held in London as part of the 2nd Buta Festival of Azerbaijani Arts.

    Organized by Buta Arts Center, the concert brought together representatives of Azerbaijani diaspora, local and foreign public figures.

    Dean of Southwark Cathedral Andrew Nunn provided an insight into the history of the worldwide famous place.

    Director General of Buta Arts Center Nasib Piriyev noted that Azerbaijani art has developed in all periods. He said Azerbaijan`s culture, art and music has special place in the world.

    He said mugham was Azerbaijan`s national heritage and spoke of the progress achieved, projects carried out in the field of protection and improvement of the mugham.

    Azerbaijani artists performed at the concert.

    Orkhan IsmayД±lov

    Special Correspondent
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  • Akkord Corporation, German Bauer sign MoU
    20.11.2014 20:44
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    Baku, November 20, AzerTAc

    Akkord Industry Construction Investment Corporation has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the German Bauer to look for new projects and expand experience. Founded in 1790, Bauer is currently the world's expert in the fields of construction, machinery, products for ground and groundwater, soil improvement and has more than 110 subsidiaries in 70 countries worldwide.

    The signing ceremony was held in the presence of General Director of Akkord Corporation Goksel Aybek, Deputy General Director Samir Gasimov, Director of Domestic Projects Group Volkan Kurt, Director of the Transportation Department Hussein Gumush, CEO of Bauer AG Thomas Bauer, Regional Manager for the Middle East Volfram Groh and Azerbaijani Branch Manager Tarkan Keloglu.

    According to the document, Bauer is committed to provide engineering design to find the optimized and most economical solution for excavation support, soil improvement, foundation and dewatering during the implementation of the joint projects. In turn, Akkord Corporation is responsible for providing local construction facilities and services, supply of construction materials as well as carrying out general construction and earth works, arranging permits and licenses, and liaison with local authorities.

    In short, signing of the memorandum will provide even more opportunities for cooperation both in terms of relevant fields and from a geographic point of view.

    It is noteworthy that Akkord Corporation already has experience in cooperating with Bauer. The company carried out piling works commissioned by the Corporation under the project for construction of the bypass road in Kutaisi, Georgia

    So far, construction of the Kutaisi bypass road is the most significant project implemented by Akkord Corporation in Georgia. Construction of the 17.3-km concrete road was launched in February 2012. The project customer was the Roads Department of the Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure of the Republic of Georgia.
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  • USAID, OSCE support Azerbaijan in combating human trafficking
    20.11.2014 20:44
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    Baku, November 20, AzerTAc

    The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Project Co-ordinator in Baku today signed a Declaration to co-operate on and support combating human trafficking in Azerbaijan. The Declaration was signed by Dereck Hogan, Chargeacute; d'Affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Baku, and Ambassador Alexis Chahtahtinsky, the OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Baku.

    USAID will support the OSCE's efforts to assist the Government of Azerbaijan and civil society organizations to improve the country's effectiveness in preventing and combating human trafficking and forced labour. The activities will raise public awareness on human trafficking as well as provide technical assistance and financial support to civil society organizations operating shelters for female, male and child victims of human trafficking and forced labour. In addition, the project will enhance multi-stakeholder co-ordination and co-operation on tackling all forms of human trafficking, including for the purpose of labour exploitation, by facilitating roundtable discussions and developing recommendations to the government.

    "The Declaration that we are signing here today underscores that the United States, through USAID, is committed to helping our Azerbaijani partners in their efforts to combat human trafficking," said Hogan. He added that the U.S. Government will continue and enhance these efforts, in co-ordination and co-operation with other partners, including the Government of Azerbaijan and civil society organizations.

    Chahtahtinsky said: "Thanks to this extra-budgetary contribution by USAID and the US Government to project initiated by the OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Baku, we will be able to substantially increase our support to the Azerbaijani Government's efforts to tackle human trafficking and better meet its OSCE and other commitments in this respect. This project was approved by Azerbaijan's Government in June 2014 and it is vitally important that we unite our efforts to make sure that this form of modern slavery has no place in the 21st century. We can only succeed if this global problem is tackled effectively everywhere. This is why it is so important that we work together on this issue at the OSCE, alongside the U.S. Government and the Republic of Azerbaijan."
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  • World marks No Smoking Day
    20.11.2014 20:43
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    By Amina Nazarli

    Firstly established by the American Cancer Society in 1977, International No Smoking Day on November 20 has turned into a yearly event over the past years.

    The Day is aimed to help reduce the prevalence of tobacco dependence, involve in the fight against smoking and inform the public about the harmful effects of tobacco on health.

    Specialists assure us that the growing price of tobacco products has turned into an effective measure against smoking in the world.

    During a recent conference held by the World Health Organization (WHO) on tobacco control, the participants almost unanimously voted to increase the share of excise duty on the cost of a pack of cigarettes to 70 percent (excluding VAT). Azerbaijan may also join this campaign in the future.

    Anti-smoking advocates and health experts hailed the recent government proposals that aim to decrease the number of smokers in Azerbaijan.

    Musa Guliyev, member of the Parliamentary Committee, has offered to fine people who smoke at home near children and in the doorways of houses.

    He underlined the necessity of adopting a law restricting smoking in public places along with the law "On tobacco and tobacco products" which was adopted in Azerbaijan in 2001. Azerbaijan prohibits the sale of cigarettes to minors, according to the law.

    Most of the smoking population in Azerbaijan are men. About 50 percent of men in the country smoke daily, 40 percent of them smoke at least one or two packs of 20 cigarettes per day. About 2-10 percent of women in Azerbaijan are also addicted to smoking.

    The WHO statistics say that 90 percent of lung cancer, 75 percent of chronic bronchitis and 25 percent of coronary heart disease recorded in the world are caused by smoking.
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  • Korean PM to pay official visit to Azerbaijan
    20.11.2014 20:39
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    Seoul, November 20, AzerTAc

    Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea Jung Hong-won will pay an official visit to Azerbaijan on November 26.

    He will have a number of meetings with Azerbaijani officials to discuss prospects for development of relations between the two countries.

    Shahin Jafarov

    Special correspondent
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  • Colombia's FARC to release captured general
    20.11.2014 20:29
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    Baku, November 20, AzerTAc

    The armed rebel group FARC and the Colombian government have announced that they have agreed on conditions for releasing a captured general and four other people.

    A joint statement from Cuba and Norway, who helped broker the deal, said the two sides agreed "on the conditions for the release" of Colombian army General Ruben Dario Alzate and four others taken captive in recent days by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, also known as FARC.

    President Juan Manuel Santos, who had suspended the talks in Havana, immediately praised Wednesday's agreement, saying in a statement that government peace negotiators would return to the Cuban capital as soon as all the prisoners were released.

    "God bless, I'm thrilled," Alzate's wife, Claudia Farfan, told the AP news agency upon receiving the news. "I can't wait for the moment to welcome my husband home."

    Alzate, 55, went missing with Corporal Jorge Rodriguez and army adviser Gloria Urrego as they travelled by boat to visit a civilian energy project in Choco, where the general heads a task force responsible for fighting the rebels and where drug gangs are rife.

    Elizondo said that the rebels had said that they will also release two other soldiers they have in captivity.

    Those two soldiers are believed to be troops captured in Arauca, on the other side of the country on the border with Venezuela.

    The military told Al Jazeera there was likely to be two separate handover meetings.

    The conflict, which has at various times drawn in drug traffickers and right-wing paramilitaries, has killed more than 220,000 people and caused more than five million to flee their homes.
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  • Azerbaijan, Iran discuss relations
    20.11.2014 20:28
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    Baku, November 20, AzerTAc

    Azerbaijan`s Deputy Prime Minister, chairman of the State Committee for Refugee and IDP Affairs Ali Hasanov has met head of the Representation of the Iranian Red Crescent Society in Azerbaijan Seyed Bahman and former head Mohammed Reza Naghashi.

    Mr. Hasanov described meetings and documents signed as part of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani`s official visit to Azerbaijan as a vivid evidence of friendship and mutual cooperation between the two countries.

    The Deputy Premier said bilateral beneficial cooperation of the two countries created opportunities for expanding ties among the relevant state and government bodies.
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  • Woman who lost her legs during suicide attempt
    20.11.2014 19:12
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    A woman whose teenage suicide attempt left her without legs has fought back from depression and is now a happy mother.

    Helen Galsworthy had given up hope at the age of 18, and decided to take her life by lying down on a train track.

    She changed her mind at the last minute, but didnв't move fast enough to prevent the train from hitting her legs, severing both just below the knee.

    The last thing she recalled seeing before fainting was her legs lying separate from her.

    She said: ''I could see a lot of blood and the end of my jeans were cut off. It was agonising''.

    Seven years later the 25-year-old is raising a little boy and studying at University.

    'I didnв't think anyone would want me and I thought Iв'd never be able to achieve the things I had wanted in life like getting married and having children,в' she said.

    In 2011 her dream came true after becomingpregnant with her son Thomas.

    The plucky mum from Hampshire now faces life with a newvigour, and confidently uses her prosthetic legs each day to attend her criminology classes.

    She also volunteers on the psychiatric ward where she was treated following her suicide attempt, and even once took part in a charity sky dive to raise money for an amputee charity.

    She said: ''There was a time when I didnв't want to live but now Iв'm a mum and my life has a meaning. After I lost my legs I thought Iв'd be alone for ever but now I have everything Iв've ever wanted''.
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  • Climate fund receives $9.3bn pledge
    20.11.2014 18:45
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    Thirty nations meeting in Berlin have pledged $9.3bn (ВЈ6bn) for a fund to help developing countries cut emissions and prepare for climate change.

    The Green Climate Fund was to have held at least $10bn by the end of 2014, so the pledge is just shy of the target.

    The South Korea-based fund aims to help nations invest in clean energy and green technology.

    It is also designed to help them build up defences against rising seas and worsening storms, floods and droughts.

    Rich nations previously vowed that by 2020, developing countries would get $100bn (ВЈ64bn) a year from such a fund.

    The US had already pledged $3bn and Japan $1.5bn. The UK, Germany and France have promised about $1bn each, and Sweden more than $500m million.

    Smaller amounts were offered by countries including Switzerland, South Korea, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Mexico, Luxembourg and the Czech Republic.

    After co-hosting the donors' conference, German Environment Minister Gerd Mueller hailed the achievement, saying humanity must fight climate change so "it doesn't go the way of the dinosaurs".

    Hela Cheikhrouhou, the fund's executive director, described the pledges as "game-changing", and said the money would be spent equally on climate change adaptation and mitigation, especially for the most vulnerable nations.

    These include small island nations and Africa's poorest countries.
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  • Baku to host Days of Turkish Culture
    20.11.2014 18:43
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    By Amina Nazarli

    Azerbaijan will host Days of Turkish Culture from November 23 to 27.

    The opening ceremony of the event will take place in the Heydar Aliyev Center.

    On this occasion, several events including theatrical performances, concerts, folk music, Turkish moviesв' screening and photo exhibitions, are expected to be held in various cultural institutions of Azerbaijan.

    As part of the program, a delegation of artists headed by Turkish Culture and Tourism Minister Omer Celik will arrive in Baku.

    The visitors will be able to visit exhibition titled ''Colors from Turkey'' and many others which will be held in Museum Center on November 24-27.

    On November 25, a program called ''Competition between Troubadours'' will be held in the State Music Theatre. The next two days, the State Academic Drama Theatre will host the ''Where'' and ''A Story for Curious'' to be performed by Ankara State Theatre.

    Relations between Azerbaijan and Turkey have a long history. Besides the fact that the two sides have close relations in the field of politics, economics and energy, they also share a common culture.

    Azerbaijan'"Turkey relations have always been strong with the two often being described as "one nation with two states."

    Common roots, language, religion, culture, customs and traditions are among the factors strengthening these connections. In the most difficult periods of their history, these two countries have always supported each other.
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  • Japan woman arrested for 'poisoning husband with cyanide'
    20.11.2014 18:23
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    Police in Japan have raided the homes of a 67-year-old Japanese woman arrested on suspicion of poisoning her husband, as details of six former partners' deaths emerge in local media.

    The raids on Chisako Kakehi's homes come a day after she was detained.

    An autopsy on her 75-year-old husband, who died in December 2013 weeks after their wedding, had found traces of cyanide in his blood.

    Police are also looking into the 2012 death of a previous partner.

    Police visited Ms Kakehi's homes in Kyoto and Osaka on Thursday, where they confiscated capsules and wafers to wrap powdered medicine, as well as books on drugs.

    News outlets said Ms Kakehi had met her husband named Isao, who had a life insurance policy, through a matchmaking service. He was her fourth husband.
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  • A blood donation action is held following the initiative of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation
    20.11.2014 18:08
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    The blood donation action ''For Life Without Thalassemia'' being conducted following the initiative of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation was joined by employees of ''Abseronneft'' and oil and gas productioncompanies of ''Azneft'' Production Unit of the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR).

    Over 200 people working at various offshore and onshore fields of Azneft PU participated in the action.

    In accordance with the schedule made up for this year, it is expected that over 5 thousand employees will participate in the actions to be conducted at all departments and enterprises of SOCAR. The campaign will continue until April 2015.
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  • Azerbaijani Defense Ministry responds to OSCE Minsk Group
    20.11.2014 18:08
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    The Defense Ministry of Azerbaijan has responded to the statement of the OSCE Minsk Group.

    A statement issued by the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs on the Armenian Armed Forces' Mi-24 military helicopter, downed with retaliatory fire while attacking on positions of the Azerbaijani Army in Aghdam district on November 12, is disappointing and surprising, the Defense Ministry said in its statement, APA reports.

    The statement says that there is no "neutral" territory on the contact line of the Azerbaijani and Armenian troops.

    "The territories occupied by Armenia are the internationally recognized territories of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Term of "humanitarian access", used in the statement, is not clear and it was designed for those who are unaware of the essence of the conflict. There are no civilians in this territory and any "access" or "corridor" is not needed to open for their withdrawal from the territory," the ministry noted.

    Though Azerbaijan regularly calls on Armenia to observe the international legal norms and principles and respect the rules of war, the opposing side always ignores them and continues to commit crimes," the statement said.

    Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry reiterates that the opposing side attempts to introduce the issue in a biased form, constantly committing deliberate provocations in this same area: "Unfortunately, this process instigates some international organizations which have undertaken the mission of resolving the conflict by peaceful means and are obliged to demonstrate objectivity act from the position of the Armenian side."
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  • President Ilham Aliyev received the presidents of the International Olympic Committee and the European Olympic Committees
    20.11.2014 18:04
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    Baku, November 20, AzerTAc

    President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has received President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach and President of the European Olympic Committees Patrick Hickey.

    President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach said ongoing big development processes in Azerbaijan made deep impression on him, and congratulated the head of state on achievements.

    Emphasizing the importance of holding the 43rd General Assembly of the European Olympic Committees in Baku, the head of state said he was pleased that Azerbaijan hosts such an event. President Ilham Aliyev noted that such events create a good opportunity for guests to get acquainted with the country. Stressing that Azerbaijan has good experience in organizing international events, the head of state expressed confidence that the first European Games would be held successfully.

    The parties noted the importance of state attention to the development of sports in Azerbaijan, highlighted the country`s contribution to international cooperation in this area, and expressed their satisfaction with the high-level preparations for the first European Games to be held in Baku.

    Then Thomas Bach presented President Ilham Aliyev with a commemorative medal made by the International Olympic Committee for the heads of state. President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev is one of the first heads of state to receive this commemorative medal.

    Then a picture was taken.

    X X X

    On November 20, a dinner reception was hosted on behalf of President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev in honor of President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach and President of the European Olympic Committees Patrick Hickey.
    14
  • Ilham Aliyev awarded with commemorative medal
    20.11.2014 18:02
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    Such events allow foreign visitors to get acquainted with Azerbaijan.

    Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev received President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach and the European Olympic Committee President Patrick Hickey.

    Oxu.Az reports citing the official website of the President that Ilham Aliyev called the 43rd General Assembly of the EOC held in Baku a major event and stressed that such events allow foreign visitors to get acquainted with Azerbaijan.

    He expressed confidence that the European Games 2015 in Baku will be successfully organized and conducted. The sides noted the importance of public attention to the development of sport in Azerbaijan and praised the level of preparation for the European games. T.Bach presented a commemorative medal of the IOC for heads of state to Ilham Aliyev.
    11
  • BP makes public Q3 results
    20.11.2014 17:48
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    By Aynur Jafarova

    British BP made the results of the third quarter of 2014 public on November 20.

    BP operates a number of major oil and gas projects on behalf of its co-ventures in Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Turkey.

    The company reported the giant Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli (ACG) block of oil and gas fields in the Azerbaijani sector of the Caspian Sea produced 179 million barrels (24.2 million tons) of oil.

    Daily average production in the ACG fields was 655,700 barrels per day (bpd), BP said.

    At the end of the third quarter, a total of 77 oil wells were produced, while 36 wells were used for injection in the ACG field.

    In the reported period, the project's operational and capital expenditures reached $720 million and $1.741 biillion respectively.

    For the full year, it is planned to spend approximately $1.052 billion in operating expenditure and $2.068 billion in capital expenditure.

    The report also said BP delivered around 7.3 million cubic meters of ACG associated gas per day to SOCAR in the third quarter of 2014.

    ACG also delivered 10 oil producer wells and 3 water injection wells.

    The giant Shah Deniz gas condensate field in the Caspian Sea produced 7.25 billion standard cubic meters of gas and 1.72 million tons (13.8 million barrels) of condensate in the third quarter of 2014.

    Daily production at the field amounted to about 26.6 million cubic meters of gas and 50,450 bpd of condensate.

    ''Since the start of Shah Deniz production in late 2006 until the end of the third quarter of 2014, 55.2 bcm (about 1,950 billion standard cubic feet) of Shah Deniz gas, and about 113.3 million barrels (14.2 million tonnes) of Shah Deniz condensate has been produced,'' BP said.

    The volume of operating expenditures and capital in the reported period was around $371 million and $2.797 billion respectively. For the full year, it is planned to spend around $435 million in operating expenditure and $3,885 million in capital expenditure.

    The Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline (BTC) exported 199 million barrels (26.4 million tons) of crude oil in the reported period.

    BTC spent $152.4 million in operating expenditure and $84.3 million in capital expenditure. For the full year, BTC operating expenditure is expected to be approximately $230 million and capital expenditure about $119 million.

    BTCв's throughput capacity is currently 1.2 million b/d.

    The BTC pipeline currently carries mainly ACG oil and Shah Deniz condensate from Azerbaijan. In addition, crude oil from Turkmenistan continues to be transported via BTC.

    The daily average throughput of the South Caucasus Pipeline's (SCP) was 17.412 million cubic meters of gas, equivalent to 106,017 barrels of oil, in the third quarter of 2014.

    SCP spent $36.5 million in operating expenditure and $599 million in capital expenditure. For the full year, operating expenditure is expected to be $47.2 million.As a result of the ramp-up in the SCP expansion work, capital expenditure will increase to $1.244 billion.
    14
  • Ilham Aliyev holds meeting
    20.11.2014 17:48
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    Ilham Aliyev received the President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach and the European Olympic Commitee President Patrick Hickey.

    On November 20 the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev received President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach and the European Olympic Committee President Patrick Hickey, 1news.az reports.

    1news.az reports citing the official website of the President of Azerbaijan that according to the President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach, the processes of dynamic development in Azerbaijan made deep impression on him, he congratulated the head of state on that progress.

    Qualifying the holding in Baku 43rd General Assembly of the European Olympic Committee as a significant event, the President expressed satisfaction with conduction of such an event in our country.

    The importance of attention paid at the national level to the development of sport in Azerbaijan, the contribution made by our country in international cooperation in this area were noted, the satisfaction with the high level of preparatory work for the upcoming Baku first European games was expressed.

    Then Thomas Bach awarded President Ilham Aliyev with a commemorative medal made for heads of states by the International Olympic Committee.

    President Ilham Aliyev is one of the first heads of state, which was awarded with this medal.

    In conclusion, a memory photo was taken.

    On November 20 on behalf of President Ilham Aliyev the reception in honor of the President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach and the European Olympic Committee President Patrick Hickey was held.
    3
  • Seyran Ohanyan says Karabakh separatists controlled by official Yerevan
    20.11.2014 17:47
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    Armenian Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan has made a very contradictory statement.

    "The Azerbaijani side planned to down the training helicopter in advance", the Armenian Defense Minister told Armenian journalists not elaborating, however, on the way the Azerbaijani side managed to lsquo;draw' this combat helicopter of Armenia (!) to the area prohibited for flights in order to implement the lsquo;planned attack'.

    As soon as we know, the Azerbaijani army which really has the newest equipment, still has no remote controls to operate Armenian helicopters and launch them into air in the lsquo;planned' direction.

    "The helicopter was downed during the training flight over our territory. This is the violation of all norms", the insane minister says.

    To refresh his memory, we would like to remind Ohanyan, who seemingly suffers from a topographic cretinism, that the helicopter was downed over the occupied lands of Nagorno Karabakh, the internationally recognized part of the Azerbaijan Republic.

    The exclusion is the band of Karabakh separatists who proclaimed the unrecognized regime. It was not recognized even by Armenia.

    So, which lsquo;our territory' does the Armenian official mean?

    It seems that the criminal regime in Yerevan is unable to conceal the circumstance that the Karabakh separatists are just puppets controlled by President Sargsyan's administration. And while earlier the Armenian authorities claimed that the lsquo;Karabakh party' (that is the separatist regime) is a party to Nagorno Karabakh conflict, now it is harder to conceal this.
    6
  • European scientists discover two new subatomic particles
    20.11.2014 17:44
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    European Organization on Nuclear Research (CERN) scientists discovered two new subatomic particles inthe baryon family. According to the CERN headquarters statement, the discovery was made in an experiment atthe Large Hadron Collider (LHC), subatomic particles accelerator, situated in Switzerland and France.

    According to the communique,these particles ''were predicted to exist by the quark model but had never been seen before''. But another particle inthe baryon family was discovered in 2012.

    Like the protons that the LHC accelerates, the new particles are baryons made up of three quarks (fundamental particles) bound together by the strong force.The types of quarks are different, though. Thanks to one of them, the heavyweight b quark, they are more than six times as massive as the proton.

    However the mass of the opened particles depends not only on total weight of quarks but also on their configuration. Because of different spin position (elementary particles angular momentum) in two lighter quarks the particles have different mass.
    12
  • Azerbaijani gymnasts to perform at competitions in Japan and Bulgaria
    20.11.2014 17:23
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    This weekend, the Azerbaijani team in rhythmic and artistic gymnastics will perform at the tournament in Japan and Bulgaria.

    According to Sportbox.az, junior team consisting of Zuleiha Ismaylova, Ilaha Mammadova, Fatima Jafarova, Rugiya Sattarova, Simara Dzhafarova and Daria Sorokina will perform at the Sanix Cup tournament in Fukuoka, Japan.

    A pre-junior gymnastics team consisting of Mansum Safarov, Murad Hajizade and Samad Mammadali will participate in the "Ljubco Solatsky" tournament in Bulgarian Blagoevgrad.
    6
  • Azerbaijan develops interparliamentary ties with Belgium
    20.11.2014 17:23
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    Azerbaijani ambassador to Belgium Fuad Isgandarov held a meeting with newly elected chairman of the House of Representatives of the Belgian parliament Siegfried Braske on 18 November.

    According to the news service for the Azerbaijani embassy to Belgium, during the meeting the ambassador provided detailed information about the place of our country in the region and the position it occupies, noting that Azerbaijan always fulfilled the role of a bridge between Europe and Asia.

    According to the diplomat, considering the complex geostrategic position of Azerbaijan, our country embarked on the way of integration with Europe and European institutions after gaining independence.

    Isgandarov provided information about the current state of bilateral economic relations noting the need to strengthen political cooperation against the backdrop of economic ties development.

    Noting the contribution of interparliamentary ties to bilateral relations, Isgandarov voiced hope for the further intensification of existing interparliamentary cooperation. The ambassador noted that the official visit of Milli Majlis chairman Oqtay Asadov to Belgium in 2013 gave an impulse to expansion of interparliamentary cooperation.

    In turn, Braske voiced satisfaction with the meeting with the Azerbaijani ambassador, stressing the importance of interparliamentary ties in development of relations between the two countries.

    Braske also stated readiness to hold a political dialogue on the level of parliaments between Belgium and Azerbaijan.
    7
  • South Korean PM to visit Azerbaijan
    20.11.2014 17:02
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    On November 26, South Korean Prime Minister Chung Hong-won will pay a visit to Azerbaijan.

    As part of his visit, Mr. Chung Hong-won will have a meeting with President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, Yonhap News Agency said, APA reports.

    During the meeting, the sides will discuss issues of infrastructure, petroleum chemistry, defense industry, etc.
    8
  • Day of National Revival of Azerbaijan celebrated in US
    20.11.2014 16:56
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    An event dedicated to the Day of National Revival of Azerbaijan was held in US University, 1news.az reports.

    On November 17 a solemn event dedicated to the Day of National Revival of Azerbaijan with the organizational support of the Azerbaijani-American Alliance was held in one of the most influential US universities - the University of Minnesota Twin Sity .

    According to the press service of the Alliance, the event was attended by students and faculty of the university, as well as students from other universities and our countrymen.

    The event was opened by the student of Economic Faculty Ismail Huseynov, who welcomed the participants and guests of the ceremony.

    The student of the Faculty of Geology, SOCAR Scholar Samir Kerimov provided extensive information on the economic development of Azerbaijan.

    The student of the Faculty of Chemical Engineering, SOCAR Scholar Aslan Mansurov told about the glorious life path traveled by the world-renowned politician, prominent statesman and national leader Heydar Aliyev, his role in the establishment of friendly relations between Azerbaijan and the United States and protection of the independence of our country.

    The student of Charles Business School Orhan Mardanov spoke about the Azerbaijani-American relations.

    The Azerbaijani national music sounded at the event.

    The stand of Azerbaijan, which caused great interest of the guests, was also established in the university.
    5
  • Two more Azerbaijani boxers reach World Championship quarterfinal
    20.11.2014 16:49
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    Women's world championship in boxing continues in Korea.

    Sportbox.az reports with reference to the news service for the Boxing Federation of Azerbaijan that two more representatives of our country reached the quarterfinal. Anna Alimardanova (54 kg) and Yana Alexeyeva (60 kg) made their way to the quarterfinal by beating opponents from Ireland and Ukraine respectively.

    In the quarterfinal Alimardanova is to face the Turkish opponent and Alexeyeva is to fight an Australian.

    The quarterfinal fights are due on 21 November.
    5
  • Spain's eccentric Duchess of Alba dies
    20.11.2014 16:42
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    Spain's eccentric Duchess of Alba, one of the nation's richest women who has more titles than any other aristocrat on earth, died on Thursday at the age of 88, a spokesman for her family said.

    Maria del Rosario Cayetana Fritz-James Stuart passed away at her Duenas Palace in the southern city of Seville on Thursday morning, a family spokesman told AFP.

    She had been moved to her home on Tuesday night after being hospitalised with pneumonia. The socialite is survived by her husband, who is 24 years her junior.

    Known for her frizzy hair and colourful dress sense, Maria del Rosario Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart owned swathes of real estate, palaces, great houses and treasures including paintings by Great Masters from Goya to Velazquez.

    Her premier title was Duchess of Alba de Tormes but she had more than 40 others due to a series of complicated marriages by her ancestors, which made her the noble with the most officially recognised titles in the world according to Guinness World Records.
    5
  • Parents of soldiers who died in nontactical conditions hold protest in Armenia
    20.11.2014 16:42
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    The parents of Azerbaijani soldiers who died in nontactical conditions held a protest action outside the Armenian residence on 19 November.

    After a while the protesters adhered to the calls of the police to continue the action on the opposite side of the threat through first they claimed that they won't be heard from there.

    Goar Sargsyan, the mother of Tigran Ohanjanyan, who died in 2007, received a call from the head of the capital city police Ashot Karapetyan who demanded to quit the area adjacent to the presidential residence gates. After she refused, the police chief threatened to apply lsquo;relevant measures'.

    Outraged with Karapetyan's words, the parents stayed in place for several minutes but then obeyed the demand.

    While speaking to Epress.am correspondent, the father of Arman Muradyan who died in 2013, Ovsep Muradyan said that the decision was passed to avoid clashes-they noticed that the presidential palace is awaiting the guests and they will be expelled from there with the use of force.

    Minutes later, the gates of the Armenian presidential residence opened to allow the car of the OSCE office in. Personal representative of the OSCE chairman-in-office Andrzey Kasprzyk arrived for a meeting with Serzh Sargsyan.

    Before approaching the residence of the head of state, the parents of the deceased soldiers held a rally. Earlier they stopped at the British embassy nearly and further continued the action at the gates of the National Assembly.

    They have been organizing such actions of protest outside the state institutions claiming they do not trust the official versions of their sons' death demanding a just investigation. But their demands are not fulfilled yet.
    2
  • Azerbaijan to launch new gas processing, petrochemical plants in 2020
    20.11.2014 16:32
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    By Gulgiz Dadashova

    Azerbaijan will commission two new gas processing and petrochemical plants, being built under the new Oil and Gas Processing and Petrochemical Complex (OGPC), in early and late 2020, respectively.

    OGPC Organization and Control Department Director Orkhan Jafarov made the remark at the 2nd Azerbaijan and Caspian Sea Oil and Gas Week 2014 kicked off in Baku on November 20.

    He said raw material for a gas processing plant will be provided from the Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli, Umid and also other fields developed by Azerbaijanв's state energy company independently.

    Jafarov went on to say that goods that will be produced at the new petrochemical plant will be used to meet the needs of the country, as well as for export.

    The OGPU project envisions construction of a petrochemical enterprise with a capacity of 1.7 million tons of finished products, an oil refinery with a capacity of 10 million tons per year as well as a gas processing plant with a capacity of 10 billion cubic meters per year.

    The cost of the project, determined based on a feasibility study, amounts to $17.1 billion, including accrued interest on loans received during the construction work.

    The plant is expected to produce around 3 million tons of petrol and nearly 3.6 million tons of diesel fuel per year at the OGPU. The products will meet the Euro-5 standard. In addition, it is planned to produce A-1 jet engine fuel (about 1.7 million tons) which complies with the advanced Western standards, and other oil products. Moreover, in order to create an additional value, it is envisaged to produce nearly 1.7 million tons of export-oriented petrochemical products.

    Meanwhile, around 85-90 percent of the total volume of polyethylene (about 880,000 tons per year), polypropylene (around 780,000 tons per year) and butadiene (about 80,000 tons per year), which are expected to be produced in the petrochemical plant will be exported to the Turkish, as well as to European and Asian markets.

    Currently, oil products are produced at two Baku refineries with a total capacity of 20 million tons of oil a year. Both refineries are part of SOCAR, which alone processes about 6 million tons of oil from onshore and offshore fields each year.

    Around 4.8 million tons of petroleum products were delivered to the Azerbaijani market in 2012, 8.8 percent more than in 2011.
    4
  • Azerbaijani army soldier dies
    20.11.2014 16:32
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    Azerbaijani army has suffered a loss.

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to the website for the Defense Ministry that at about 12.45 on 20 November the Armenian armed forces violated ceasefire again.

    Azerbaijani army soldier, Rustam Azizov (born in 1995) from Astara region became a martyr in a fire exchange with the enemy.

    The Defense Ministry expresses deep condolences to the parents of the martyred soldier.
    10
  • Azerbaijan, Spain to open direct air service
    20.11.2014 16:23
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    /AzerNews/

    By Amina Nazarli

    Direct air service between Azerbaijan and Spain is planned to open in 2015.

    Nazim Samadov, Azerbaijanв's Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism made the remark during the EIBTM international tourist exhibition in Barcelona, Spain.

    Samadov said currently, the negotiations on opening a direct air service between Madrid and Baku are at the final stage.

    The route is a big leap forward in facilitating the flow of tourists and boosting business between the two countries.He admitted that the main obstacle towards attracting more Spanish visitors is the fact that Azerbaijan is unknown in Spain and emphasized the need to increase Baku's commercial activities in this sphere.
    10
  • Askar Akayev on Karabakh: The way out is not that easy
    20.11.2014 16:17
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    "Russia has an impact on this and the other side."

    Ex-president of Kyrgyzstan Askar Akayev shared his vision of the settlement of the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh in an interview to "Bulletin of the Caucasus".

    Oxu.Az reports about it.

    "This problem has a very long history. The way out is not that easy. Ethnic conflicts, which affect the two states, are always complicated. Even when ethnic conflicts occur in one state, they are very difficult to solve, it requires a lot of creative efforts. And here we are talking about the contradictions between the two countries.

    Of course, there is no easy way out, but I think it would be great if the conflict was peacefully resolved through the mediation of Russia. Here Russia has an impact on this and the other side. Russia's mediation would do good to itself if it could play a creative key role and find a way out of this situation in a peaceful manner, which would suit both sides ", A. Akayev said.
    4
  • Major costs on Shahdeniz top $5.2bn in nine months
    20.11.2014 15:56
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    Major costs as part of Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli, South Caucasus pipeline, BTC and Shahdeniz, operated by BP made $5,221,300,000 in January-September 2014.

    The report of BP-Azerbaijan in nine months of 2014 said that of them major repairs on ACG made $1.741bn, BTC-$84.3m, Shahdeniz $2.797bn and SCT project-$599m.

    The plan for 2014 on major costs made $2.068bn for ACG, $119m for BTC, $3.885bn for Shahdeniz, $1.244bn for SCP.

    "A bigger part of major costs as part of Shahdeniz will be linked to the second stage of the field development including offshore operations and expansion of the Sangachal terminal", BP reports.

    In turn, expenditure on SCT are associated with acceleration of works on expansion of this gas pipeline for implementation of the second stage of Shahdeniz field development.
    7
  • Saving majestic Karabakh horses
    20.11.2014 15:53
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    /AzerNews/

    By Amina Nazarli

    Azerbaijan's majestic horses have been a source of pride and dignity for Azerbaijanis over the centuries.

    An old saying that "A brave man is known by his horse" well describes the sense of pride and love of the Azerbaijani people for their horses.

    The country has long had favorable geographical and climatic conditions for animal breeding and equestrian development. The first presence of horses in this region dates back to 5,000 B.C.E. Later historical findings belong to the epoch of the ancient Azerbaijan states, such as Mannea, Media and Atropatene.

    Azerbaijani epic literature represents a number of legendary horses, such as Girat of national hero Koroghlu or Bozat of another hero, Gachag Nabi, which throughout history came to the rescue of their masters, keeping them away from danger.

    Karabakh horses are the largest and purebred herds living in the dense forests of Sheki region. They are considered one of rare species in the world and the oldest one in Asia and the Caucasus.

    President Ilham Aliyev signed an order to support growing of Karabakh breed, allocating two million manats ($2.6 million) from the Reserve Fund of the President.

    This breed is distinguished from others for its tranquility and friendliness. Such horses are also known for their exceptional speed.

    Unfortunately, the number of Karabakh horses began to decline in the backdrop of the civil and ethnic wars in the Caucasus and Karabakh region. At the beginning of the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict, horses constantly moved from one place to another, and it was one of the reasons for the dramatic population declines of these amazing creatures.

    In 2007, the Agriculture Ministry developed a program for the conservation and growing of the breed for the next 15 years.

    The Karabakh horse takes a pride place in various international competitions and contests, winning various prizes and medals.

    Karabakh breed horses were presented at the celebration of the anniversary of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II reign in 2012. Before, the English queen received a golden horse of Karabakh as a gift in 1956.

    The Karabakh horses are valued for their resistance in mountainous terrain, mild temper and dense chestnut color.

    In Azerbaijan, horses are an essential part of the country's culture, such as the national sports game Chovgan, the original form of the polo game that dates back thousands of years, and is still played in Azerbaijan. This ancient game has been included in the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage during the 8th Session of UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, which was held in Baku on December 2-7.
    4
  • Sabail, Brooklyn sign protocol on friendship and cooperation
    20.11.2014 15:48
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    New York City, November 20, AzerTAc

    Sabail District, Baku, and Brooklyn, New York City, have signed a protocol on friendship and cooperation.

    The document was signed as a delegation led by head of Sabail District Executive Authority Asif Asgarov met Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams.

    Speaking before the signing ceremony, Mr. Adams said he visited Azerbaijan in 2012 to watch Eurovision song contest. He added he was deeply impressed by what he saw in the Azerbaijani capital.

    Mr. Adams said building business ties between Brooklyn and Sabail will stimulate the bilateral cooperation in the fields of culture and tourism.

    Mr. Asgarov highlighted Azerbaijan`s development in the years of impendence, and the country`s achievements in the past few years.

    He also spoke of preparatory work for Baku 2015 European Games, and invited the Brooklyn Borough President to the Azerbaijani capital to watch the event.

    Mr. Asgarov also highlighted construction work in Sabail.

    Counsellor of the Azerbaijani Embassy in Washington Mammad Talibov hailed Azerbaijani-U.S. partnership as strategic.

    He praised the opening of Baku-New York flight, saying it testified to Azerbaijan`s prosperity and positive dynamics of the development of the two countries` relations.

    Mr. TalД±bov said Azerbaijan had rich tolerance traditions, adding representatives of various ethnicities and religions have peacefully co-existed in the country in peace and security for centuries.
    18
  • Official Baku on Armenia's provocations in Karabakh conflict
    20.11.2014 15:47
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    FM: Armenia resort to provocation in any initiative for the peaceful settlement of Karabakh conflict.

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan commented on the tragedy of the Mi-8 helicopter that was shot down by Armenian armed forces on the Khojavand region of Azerbaijan on 20 November 1991, 1news.az reports.

    Acting spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Hikmet Hajiyev said in this regard that officials, MPs and journalists from Azerbaijan, Russia and Kazakhstan were on board of the Mi-8 helicopter shot down by Armenian armed forces in 1991. All of them, including the crew, were killed.

    He said the operational-investigative activities confirmed the fact that the special services of Armenia were involved in the incident.

    "In pursuance of its aggressive policy, Armenia continued to undertake terrorist actions against Azerbaijan - air vehicles with civilians on board were shot down, more than 30 terrorist attacks on transport were carried out, including subway," Hajiyev said.

    He stressed that the physical destruction of high-ranking officials and public figures in 1991, who arrived in the region with a peace initiative, "did not allow to solve the conflict peacefully at an early stage."

    "This fact confirms that the real goal of Armenia is to prevent a peaceful resolution of the conflict and to continue the occupation of Azerbaijani territories.

    Today Armenia continues to resort to provocations and all possible means in any initiative proposed for the peaceful settlement of the Karabakh conflict thus trying to cast a shadow over the negotiation process ", the representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan said.
    11
  • Armenia continues committing terrorist acts against Azerbaijan, Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry says
    20.11.2014 15:37
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    ''A series of investigative operations revealed that the downing of the helicopter was prearranged by Armeniaв's security agencies.'' it was said at the statement that spokesman of Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Hikmet Hajiyev issued on the 23rd anniversary of the downing of the helicopter with Azerbaijani political elite on board by Armenians, SIA reports.

    ''On November 20, 1991, Armenians shot down the helicopter with state officials, parliamentarians and journalists of Azerbaijan, Russia and Kazakhstan on board in Merzili village of Aghdam region near Garakend village of Khojavand region of the Azerbaijani Republic. As a result, 22 people were killed.'' said the statement.

    A series of investigative operations revealed that the downing of the helicopter was prearranged by Armeniaв's security agencies. As part of its invasion and aggression against Azerbaijan, Armenia continues committing terrorist acts against Azerbaijan in the following years as well; a number of aircrafts carrying civilians were shot down, more than 30 terrorist attacks were committed in different means of transportation, including the subway.

    ''As a result of the Garakend tragedy committed by Armenia in 20 November 1991, some high ranking officials and socio-political figures who were on a trip to the region with a peaceful initiative were killed and a peaceful settlement of the conflict in the initial stage was hindered.'' stressed Hajiyev.
    2
  • Armenia continued committing terrorist acts against Azerbaijan, Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry says
    20.11.2014 15:33
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    ''A series of investigative operations revealed that the downing of the helicopter was prearranged by Armeniaв's security agencies.'' it was said at the statement that spokesman of Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Hikmet Hajiyev issued on the 23rd anniversary of the downing of the helicopter with Azerbaijani political elite on board by Armenians, SIA reports.

    ''On November 20, 1991, Armenians shot down the helicopter with state officials, parliamentarians and journalists of Azerbaijan, Russia and Kazakhstan on board in Merzili village of Aghdam region near Garakend village of Khojavand region of the Azerbaijani Republic. As a result, 22 people were killed.'' said the statement.

    A series of investigative operations revealed that the downing of the helicopter was prearranged by Armeniaв's security agencies. As part of its invasion and aggression against Azerbaijan, Armenia continued committing terrorist acts against Azerbaijan in the following years as well; a number of aircrafts carrying civilians were shot down, more than 30 terrorist attacks were committed in different means of transportation, including the subway.

    ''As a result of the Garakend tragedy committed by Armenia in 20 November 1991, some high ranking officials and socio-political figures who were on a trip to the region with a peaceful initiative were killed and a peaceful settlement of the conflict in the initial stage was hindered.'' stressed Hajiyev.
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  • Elman Rustamov: ''Weв'll take steps to reduce interest rates on credits in 2015''
    20.11.2014 15:32
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    ''Reduction of interest rates of business loans to single-digit level is one of the main targets''.

    The Central Bank of Azerbaijan (CBA) intends to take steps to reduce interest rates on credit in the future, said the CBA chairman Elman Rustamov in the discussion of budget package for 2015 t the plenary meeting of Azerbaijani parliament.

    He said that discussions are being held with the Finance Minister Samir Sharifov on reduction of loan interests, especially interest rates on business loans.

    According to him, reduction of interest rates of business loans to single-digit level is one of the main targets: "We'll also put several factors in action and take steps to reduce interest rates on loans in 2015".

    CB chairman also clarified causes of high interest rates in the country. According to him, the interest rates on deposits lead to high loan interests: "In 2014, the interest rate on Azerbaijan's economy makes 14.3%. About frac34; of this is commercial loans. Interest rate on these loans makes 10.8%. That's approximately 11%. Interest rates on consumption loans, which are frac14; of these loans, make 18%. However, structure of consumption loans is very complicated. The credits herein are divided into two parts: secured and unsecured. For example, the interest rate on car loans makes 14.8%. Interest rate on mortgage lending through state is 4% and 8%, through banks 9-10%. However, the interest rates on consumption loans reach 35%. Which credits are these? These are unsecured credits. Maybe, many of you, MPs, businessmen and others use credit cards. The credits given on credit cards are unsecured. Simply, you have an account in the bank and have obtained credit cards. If there is a need for any funds, you may increase your funds on limits imposed on you in accordance with the contract that you signed. Most of the population use such credits. This is accepted as a high risk credit in the world practice. Because this is not based on a pledge, it's a simplified credit. Such credits are solved through even phone. Herein, unpaid, troubled loans reach 18%. OF course, I don't intend to defend the banks. If we see the base price of credits, I'd like to touch upon the deposit interests. The average interest on deposits is about 9.6%. This is too high. Our population places their funds in the banks under the high interest. The interest incomes of banks to be paid to the population in 2014 will make AZN 500 mln. This is a too serious figure and plays an important role in improvement of social condition of the population. Banks' revenues from loans are forecasted to be AZN 420.430 mln. That's, the interests on deposits paid by banks to the population exceed their revenues from activity. Today, demand for money and loan is too high. This market is still demand of market, but not a supply of market. If the demand if high, the prices will also be high".
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  • SOFAZ profits from ACG, Shah Deniz fields made public
    20.11.2014 15:17
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    By Aynur Jafarova

    Azerbaijan's state oil fund SOFAZ has earned $108.51 billion from 2001 to November 1, 2014 by implementing the project of developing the giant Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli (ACG) block of oil and gas fields in the Azerbaijani sector of the Caspian Sea.

    "The fund gained $13.478 billion from January to October 1, 2014 within the framework of ACG project," SOFAZ toldВ TrendВ Agency on November 18.

    The ACG block of fields has been active since 1997. Its production first started at the Chirag part of the block. It was followed successfully by Azeri Project; Central Azeri in February 2005, West Azeri in December 2005, and East Azeri in October 2006.

    The Deepwater Gunashli section launched production in April 2008.

    SOFAZ also said it gained $2.047 billion of profit from 2007 to November 1, 2014 by implementing the development project of the giant Shah Deniz gas condensate field in the Caspian Sea.

    SOFAZ earned some $450 million as part of the Shah Deniz project from January 1, 2014 to November 1, 2014.

    The revenues from this project have increased by 28.2 percent compared to the beginning of 2014.

    The Shah Deniz field, one of the world's largest gas-condensate fields, was discovered in 1999. Its gas reserves are estimated at 1.2 trillion cubic meters. Overall, the field has proved to be a secure and reliable supplier of gas to Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey, and Europe.

    SOFAZ, an entity that accumulates and manages Azerbaijan's oil and gas revenues, was established in 1999 with an asset worth $271 million.

    The main aims of the fund include, accumulation of revenues, investment of assets abroad to minimize negative impacts on economy, prevention of the 'Dutch disease', ensuring savings for future generations, and maintaining the current social and economic standards in the country.

    The asset of SOFAZ increased by 4.86 percent as of July 1, 2014 compared to early 2014 reaching to over $37.622 billion.

    Since the first quarter of 2012, the fund started purchasing gold, and the amount of the purchased gold has reached to 30 tons 175 kg (970,146 ounces) as of April 1.By Aynur Jafarova

    Azerbaijan's state oil fund SOFAZ has earned $108.51 billion from 2001 to November 1, 2014 by implementing the project of developing the giant Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli (ACG) block of oil and gas fields in the Azerbaijani sector of the Caspian Sea.

    "The fund gained $13.478 billion from January to October 1, 2014 within the framework of ACG project," SOFAZ toldВ TrendВ Agency on November 18.

    The ACG block of fields has been active since 1997. Its production first started at the Chirag part of the block. It was followed successfully by Azeri Project; Central Azeri in February 2005, West Azeri in December 2005, and East Azeri in October 2006.

    The Deepwater Gunashli section launched production in April 2008.

    SOFAZ also said it gained $2.047 billion of profit from 2007 to November 1, 2014 by implementing the development project of the giant Shah Deniz gas condensate field in the Caspian Sea.

    SOFAZ earned some $450 million as part of the Shah Deniz project from January 1, 2014 to November 1, 2014.

    The revenues from this project have increased by 28.2 percent compared to the beginning of 2014.

    The Shah Deniz field, one of the world's largest gas-condensate fields, was discovered in 1999. Its gas reserves are estimated at 1.2 trillion cubic meters. Overall, the field has proved to be a secure and reliable supplier of gas to Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey, and Europe.

    SOFAZ, an entity that accumulates and manages Azerbaijan's oil and gas revenues, was established in 1999 with an asset worth $271 million.

    The main aims of the fund include, accumulation of revenues, investment of assets abroad to minimize negative impacts on economy, prevention of the 'Dutch disease', ensuring savings for future generations, and maintaining the current social and economic standards in the country.

    The asset of SOFAZ increased by 4.86 percent as of July 1, 2014 compared to early 2014 reaching to over $37.622 billion.

    Since the first quarter of 2012, the fund started purchasing gold, and the amount of the purchased gold has reached to 30 tons 175 kg (970,146 ounces) as of April 1.
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  • Congressmen James Moran calls for peace in Nagorno Karabakh
    20.11.2014 15:12
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    US congressman from Virginia James Moran voiced his concern over the escalations along the contact line of Armenian and Azerbaijani troops.

    According to AzerTag, in his official message the congressman says that despite the efforts on the peaceful resolution of the conflict taken recently by French President Francois Hollande in Paris, lsquo;Armenian armed forces initiated large-scale military trainings, including the flight of a combat helicopter in the area of Azerbaijani positions'. One of the Armenian military helicopters was downed at that very time.

    The Congressman urged the parties to demonstrate commitment to peaceful process and stressed the importance of the soonest peaceful resolution of the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

    In conclusion, Moran called on the US administration to intensify efforts on this frozen conflict in line with the resolutions of the UN Security Council and the Final Act of the OSCE.

    On 12 November two helicopters Mi-24 of the Armenian air forces did not only violate the airspace of Azerbaijan by crossing the border and flying over occupied Nagorno Karabakh but also approached the positions of the Azerbaijani army in Agdam and launched fire on them after which the Azerbaijani side terminated one of the helicopters with a response fire.
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  • "National Geographic Azerbaijan" magazine presented at ''Azerbaijan'' University
    20.11.2014 15:03
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    Baku, November 20, AzerTAc

    Presentation of "National Geographic Azerbaijan" magazine was held at the "Azerbaijan" University.

    The magazine, delivered with the support of Heydar Aliyev Foundation and "Garant Media Holding", is the first official publication of US National Geographic Society.

    It is on the list of 10 well-known brands in the world and it already turns back 126 years.

    Three issues of the magazine with 30 thousand monthly circulations have already been published in Azerbaijan.

    The magazine welcomed by 60 million readers every month, is published in 40 countries in the local language, besides English.

    The magazine covering culture, history, nature, the fields of science, will be published with materials interesting for Azerbaijani readers.

    The magazine will be published monthly and sold on newsstands and through subscription.
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  • "There are no obstacles for Armenia's participation in EuroGames 2015"
    20.11.2014 14:57
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    Thomas Bach: "There is no obstacles for Armenia's participation in EuroGames 2015 in Baku."

    The President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach expressed his opinion about Azerbaijan's preparation for the European Games 2015.

    "During my visit to Baku, I was once again convinced that the preparation for the European Games is held at the highest level", Sportbox.az quotes Bach as saying. "This is a very important event for Azerbaijan and the whole of Europe. EuroGames will be regarded as Azerbaijan's contribution to world sport.

    I think that all European countries will be able to participate in this great event, including Armenia. There are no obstacles for it."
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  • Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences, Hungarian National Innovation Office sign MoU
    20.11.2014 14:53
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    Baku, November 20, AzerTAc

    The Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences (ANAS) and Hungarian National Innovation Office have signed a memorandum of understanding that will see the two institutions cooperate in the fields of research and innovations.

    The memorandum was inked by head of Innovations Department at

    ANAS Administration Vugar Babayev and President of the Hungarian National Innovation Office Endre Spaller on the sidelines of a Hungarian-Azerbaijani business forum.

    Under the memo, the two institutions will jointly implement projects, exchange scientists and specialists, organize joint conferences, symposiums and workshops, maintain technological exchange, and participate in multilateral and regional technological and development programs.
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  • Baku 2015 European Games unveils commemorative stamps
    20.11.2014 14:52
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    Baku 2015 European Games has today unveiled the first edition of six commemorative postage stamps to celebrate next summerв's inaugural event.

    The colourful stamps are unique artistic illustrations featuring six of the Baku 2015 venues, including the new National Stadium that will host the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, as well as Athletics, next year.

    Other venues featured include the Tofiq Bahramov Stadium, Crystal Hall, Heydar Aliyev Arena, Baku Aquatics Centre and the National Gymnastics Arena.

    Mr Iltimas Mammadov, Azerbaijanв's Deputy Minister of Communication and High Technologies, said: ''These beautiful stamps showcase just some of the world-class venues that will host elite sport in Baku next summer. ''They will become popular all over Azerbaijan as memories of the spectacular summer of sport that will unite Europe in celebration.''

    Each stamp has the value of 60 qepik, and there will be a second edition released next year featuring illustrations of all 20 sports that will take place at Baku 2015. A third commemorative book featuring all 26 stamps together will also be released at a future date.

    Mr Azad Rahimov, Azerbaijanв's Minister of Youth and Sport and Chief Executive Officer of Baku 2015, said: ''The stamps are a wider part of collectable items that will be issued to mark the inaugural European Games.

    ''I am sure that in years to come they will be remembered not only for their striking images of our spectacular venues but come to symbolise the entire countryв's support for Baku 2015.''
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  • Azerbaijani defense minister meets with Pakistani president
    20.11.2014 14:47
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    An Azerbaijani delegation led by Defense Minister, Colonel General Zakir Hasanov has been received by President of Pakistan Mamnoon Hussain.

    Mr. Mamnoon Hussain said Pakistan attaches high importance to its relations with Azerbaijan, expressing his confidence that defense, economic and trade relations between the two countries will continue to strengthen, the Pakistani president's official website said.

    The president assured that his country will provide continuous support to Azerbaijan regarding the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. He also praised Azerbaijan supporting Pakistan's position over a peaceful settlement of the Kashmir issue in line with the UN resolutions and the Kashmiri people's wishes.

    Hussain commends the agreement on the disinterested and efficient training of Azerbaijani servicemen at the Pakistani Armed Forces' training organizations.

    The Pakistani president said he asks President Ilham Aliyev for Azerbaijan's support to Pakistan's accession to TRACECA.

    Defense Minister, Colonel General Zakir Hasanov extended gratitude to the Pakistani president for the meeting, expressing his confidence of the future development of bilateral cooperation between the two countries in different areas.

    Commander of the Air Forces, Lieutenant General Ramiz Tahirov and Chief of the Defense Ministry's Office of International Military Cooperation, Major General Huseyn Mahmudov are members of the delegation.
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  • SOCAR receives 2bn cubic meters of associated gas from Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli
    20.11.2014 14:22
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    The Azerbaijan International Operating Company delivered 2bn cubic meters of associated gas to SOCAR from Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli block of fields in the Azerbaijani sector of the Caspian Sea in January-September 2014.

    According to BP-Azerbaijan's report for 9 months of 2014, SOCAR received 7.3m cubic meters of gas on average daily.

    In 2013 AIOC transferred 2.19bn cubic meters of associated gas from ACG.

    The plan for supplies of associated gas for 2013 made 1.24bn cubic meters.

    SOCAR received 3.4bn cubic meters of associated gas from ACG in 2012.

    The ACG project incorporates BP (operator) - 35.8%, SOCAR - 11.6%, Chevron - 11.3%, Inpex - 11%, Statoil - 8.6%, ExxonMobil - 8%, TPAO - 6.8%, Itochu - 4.3% and ONGC Videsh Ltd - 2.7%.
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  • Prominent Japanese pianist gives concert in Baku
    20.11.2014 13:58
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    Baku, November 20 AzerTAc

    Famous Japanese musician, permanent representative of "Steinway" Company Chisato Kusunoki gave a concert at the presentation of well-known composer, People's Artist of the USSR, Professor Murad Kajlayev at the Azerbaijan State Philharmonic named after Muslim Magomayev, Baku.

    Opening the ceremony, well-known composer Murad Kajlayev said he was glad and happy of being in native Baku. He said that the city was rapidly changing and getting more beautiful. He also noted that, the young, talented pianist Chisato Kusunoki is really a phenomenon musician.

    The concert featured works of Lodewijk van Beethoven, Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin, Gara Garayev, Murad Kajlayev and Farhad Badalbayli.
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  • IOC President gets honorary doctorate from Azerbaijan State Physical Culture and Sports Academy
    20.11.2014 13:53
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    Baku, November 20, AzerTAc

    President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach has received an honorary doctorate from the Azerbaijan State Physical Culture and Sports Academy as he is visiting Baku to attend the 43rd General Assembly of the European Olympic Committees (EOC).

    Mr. Bach received a doctor`s diploma and gown from rector of the academy Agajan Abiyev, who said the IOC President was honored for his "tremendous contribution to the development of Olympic movement".

    He highlighted Mr. Bach`s life and sporting career. "Mr. Bach is a German formerfencer, and claimed an Olympic gold in 1976 in Montreal." "He was elected as IOC President in Buenos Aires in 2013."

    Mr. Bach said he was honored to receive a doctorate from the Azerbaijan State Physical Culture and Sports Academy.

    The IOC President praised preparatory works for the Baku 2015 European games.

    Azerbaijani minister of youth and sports Azad Rahimov, vice president of the National Olympic Committee Chingiz Huseynzade, and former IOC president Jacques Rogge were present at the ceremony.
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  • UK crisis brings Azerbaijanв's role in ensuring EU energy security centre-stage
    20.11.2014 13:48
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    Baku, November 20, AzerTAc

    On 18 November, The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS) organized a timely debate in Parliament to discuss the future of the UK's energy supply and how this may be secured in the future.

    The debate came at an important time, as the past year has seen the signing of the $45bn final investment decision (FID) between the Azerbaijani government and the BP-led Shah Deniz Consortium.

    Most recently, the groundbreaking ceremony on the Southern Gas Corridor took place. Comprising the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) and Trans-Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP), this will annually see up to 30bn cu.m (bcm) of Caspian and Central Asian gas being piped direct to an interconnector in Italy, bypassing Russia and ensuring European energy security. It was recently described by Joseacute; Manuel Barroso, Former President, European Commission, as "a strategic energy avenue for the 21st century with truly geostrategic significance."

    David Hamilton MP, who hosted the debate, explained the background to the current crisis: "The biggest question is security of supply. It has become apparent that there is the potential for blackouts across the UK. Renewable energy technology has a role to play, but the public cannot wait for these systems to be constructed. There have been no regular blackouts in the UK since 1985, and UK politicians are focusing on avoiding such issues.

    "When I visited Azerbaijan earlier this year, I became interested by the way in which the BP-led Shah Deniz Consortium is developing its terminals and constructing the Southern Corridor to bring gas to the UK. The UK public expect continuity of supply, and it is the responsibility of government to ensure this."

    Jack Pegoraro, UK Public Affairs Manager, TEAS, said: "The UK was formerly a self-sufficient gas producer. North Sea oil and gas production has fallen by 30 per cent over the past three years, and that the UK will rely on gas imports to satisfy 70 per cent of its needs by 2020. EU energy security affects us, for any price increase impacts prices across Europe. During the summer, many UK nuclear power stations were closed for maintenance, and all coal-fired power stations are being decommissioned over the next four years. Earlier this year, the Didcot B gas-fired power station caught fire. There is very little margin for error in the UK, and more extra capacity is required. There is a genuine potential for blackouts this winter.

    "The situation in Ukraine, and civil war in Libya, have also demonstrated that there is a need for a diversity of sources to satisfy EU energy requirements. It is important to recognize the significance of Azerbaijan as an energy supplier. It is the only country that currently supplies the EU with gas using the South Caucasus pipeline that bypasses Russia. Construction of the Southern Corridor will also further increase the significance of the country."

    Andy Sawford MP, Shadow Minister for Communities and Local Government, commented: "We need to challenge the oligopoly of suppliers around the world. Big political decisions need to be made, and we need a great deal of courage to ensure long-term energy supply security. My recent visit to Ukraine demonstrated that this is an important challenge that needs to be addressed, as EU energy supply and security is at risk. It is good to hear what is happening in Azerbaijan, as the groundbreaking on the Southern Corridor demonstrates that a new source of energy that will soon come on stream. An energy mix is necessary, and we need to change the way that the EU energy market operates."

    Graham Stringer MP, Energy and Climate Change Committee Member, said: "If we take the three objectives of energy policy - supply security, cost minimization and carbon reduction - we are currently failing. The move to renewable energy is taking an enormous amount of time and effort, and much of the necessary science and technology has not been developed."

    Stephen Kinnock, Prospective Parliamentary Candidate (PPC) for Aberavon, continued: "Overreliance on Russia has demonstrate that there needs to be an integrated energy policy and market across the EU, and this would increase our ability to negotiate with a range of suppliers and achieve energy security. Throughout the EU, the jury is out regarding questions of safety over shale gas, so we are continuing to focus on conventional gas supplies and how energy security relates to our security in a broader sense. Azerbaijan knows this better than any other country."
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  • EBRD says Azerbaijan improves quality of ICT in Caucasus
    20.11.2014 13:37
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    By Nigar Orujova

    ICT projects implemented by Azerbaijan are helping to improve telecommunications in the whole Caucasus, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development said in its Transition Report 2014.

    Azerbaijanв's ICT sector has grown by an average of 25 to 30 percent per year over the last decade, becoming the second largest recipient of foreign investment after the oil industry, the EBRD stresses.

    Azerbaijan singled out the ICT sector as a driver of growth in the early 2000s, the bank said.

    ''Since the early 2000s Azerbaijan has acknowledged the importance of developing its non-oil sector and diversifying its resource-based economy. Until 2010 the focus was mostly on improving infrastructure, resulting in communications networks being completely digitalized and the capacity of external internet channels being increased,'' the reports said.

    The liberalization of the telecommunications market has opened up opportunities for the private sector and tariffs for unlimited broadband internet have plummeted, it stressed.

    The report also noted a number of other initiatives carried out in recent years. ''The countryв's e-government portal was launched in November 2011, with a total of 40 state agencies signing up by 2013.''

    It was also noted that both state and private investment more than doubled between 2009 and 2011.

    The report underlined Azerbaijanв's high-technology park that was launched in 2012, which business incubation centre had accepted 20 projects by March 2014.

    ''The country branded 2013 ''The Year of ICT'' and launched its Online Presence Project, which seeks to improve the accessibility of government and public institutions, as well as private companies, via online channels,'' the EBRD said.

    Moreover, the bank also noted in its report the State Fund for the Development of IT that in 2014 awarded grants to 31 start-up projects in high technology, e-payment software applications, air navigation systems and e-government, as well as the establishment of the University of Information Technology and the launch of Azerbaijanв's first telecommunications satellite, AzerSpace-1.

    ''These developments will improve the quality of telecommunications throughout the Caucasus and foster the development of Azerbaijanв's space industry,'' the bank believes.

    Since 1992, the EBRD has allocated $2.5 billion to implement 146 projects in Azerbaijan. Some $1.3 million have been allocated to finance 10 government-backed projects, while $1.2 million to finance 136 projects in the private sector.

    The EBRD plans to allocate loans totaling $300 million to projects in Azerbaijan this year. It has allocated 163 million euros for the implementation of 17 projects in Azerbaijan in 2013.
    9
  • 2nd Azerbaijan and Caspian Sea Oil and Gas Week 2014 kicks off
    20.11.2014 13:28
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    Baku, November 20, AzerTAc

    The2nd Azerbaijan and Caspian Sea Oil and Gas Week 2014 kicked off in Baku, capital of Azerbaijan.

    Speaking at the forum, the head of department of marketing and logistics of the Oil and Gas Processing and Petrochemical Complex (NOC) of the State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) Ruslan Latifov informed on the project of NOC.

    In the conference and seminars which will take place within a 2-day forum, experts will analyze new spheres of development of oil and gas projects and investments.

    The Forum is the leading forum of the region to assess the latest developments in upstream, midstream and downstream projects in the region's booming oil and gas industry.

    The forum is held at the initiative of the British Oliver Kinross international operating business research organization.
    3
  • Azeri Light oil price increases in world markets
    20.11.2014 13:18
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    Baku, November 20, AzerTAc

    The price of a barrel of Azeri Light crude oil has increased $0,18 to stand at $80,14 in the world markets.

    On the New York Stock Exchange NYMEX (New York Mercantile Exchange), cost of the US Light crude oil decreased $ 0,03 to trade at $74,58. Price of British Brent crude oil at the London ICE (International Exchange Futures) decreased $0,37 to trade at $78,10.
    12
  • Obesity costs UK more than war and terrorism
    20.11.2014 13:02
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    Britain is being urged to take immediate action after a study revealed that obesity is a greater burden on the country than armed violence, war and terrorism.

    The study, conducted by the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), said the UK's "obesity crisis" costs almost ВЈ47bn every year.

    It comes second only to the ВЈ57bn annual toll smoking takes on the economy, it found.

    "The global economic impact of obesity is increasing," the study said

    "Today obesity is jostling with armed conflict and smoking in terms of having the greatest human-generated global economic impact."

    Estimates on the total annual loss attributed to armed violence, war and terrorism reachВЈ43bn.

    The study blamed the growing crisis on an inadequate response from the Government, branding its policy on obesity as "too fragmented to be effective".

    It also warned that investment in obesity prevention was "relatively low given the scale of the problem".

    The MGIinsists an urgent "co-ordinated response" is needed from the Government, retailers, restaurants and food and drink manufacturers to tackle the issue, recommending a series of new measures.

    They include portion controls on fast food packaged goods, the introduction of healthy meals in schools and workplaces and more physical education in school curriculums.

    Spending on obesity prevention programmes in the UK is less than ВЈ638m a year, the MGI says.

    In contrast, the Government spends ВЈ6bnannually on treating conditions linked to being overweight or obese. A further ВЈ10bn is spent on diabetes, it claimed.

    Over 2.1 billion people worldwide are estimated to be overweight or obese.

    The MGI said that figure is on course to rise to almost half the world's adult population by 2030.
    7
  • We expect US Senate to approve new ambassador to Azerbaijan '" embassy
    20.11.2014 13:02
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    US President Barack Obama appointed Robert Francis Cekuta as new US ambassador to Azerbaijan.

    Spokesman for the US Embassy to Azerbaijan Dereck Hogan said that this candidacy is yet to be approved in the Senate in line with the US laws.

    "We are looking forward to approval of the new ambassador to Azerbaijan in the US Senate", he said.

    Cekuta is currently the first deputy assistant Secretary of State for energy sources.

    He earlier worked at the board of the State Department for energy and business, was member of the US diplomatic missions in Tokyo, Berlin, Kabul.

    The scope of his activity covers issues of economy and energy but he also engaged in issues of food safety, combat against terrorism and international crime.
    3
  • Rovnag Abdullayev at reception with President of Turkmenistan
    20.11.2014 13:02
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    Berdymukhamedov believes in relations between the two countries.

    President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov received the head of the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) Rovnag Abdullayev, who arrived in the Turkmen capital to participate in the International Exhibition "Oil and Gas of Turkmenistan-2014" and the 19th International Conference "International cooperation in the oil and gas industry of Turkmenistan: the potential , achievements, priorities", Oxu.Az reports citing" Turkmen dovlet khabarlary"(TDH).

    Abdullayev conveyed the greetings from the government of our country to the head of Turkmenistan and the wishes for prosperity to the friendly people of Turkmenistan and the further development of bilateral good-neighborly relations.

    "The guest said that the openness of foreign policy of the Turkmen state and a favorable investment climate constitute a solid platform to build productive relationships in all areas, including in the oil and gas," the statement says.

    President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov extended his best wishes to the government and to the people of Azerbaijan, stressing that Turkmenistan is consistently committed to traditional interstate relations based on the unbreakable bonds of friendship and good neighborliness, the principles of equal mutually beneficial cooperation, and intends to further intensify the Turkmen-Azerbaijani partnership across the spectrum directions.

    During the meeting, speaking about the relevance of the next international exhibition and conference on cooperation in the oil and gas sector in Ashgabat, it was noted that the current unprecedented build-up of export potential of the fuel and energy complex of Turkmenistan, the strengthening of international partnerships in this area will address the global goals of the third millennium, facing the world community. In this context the Turkmen state seeks to maximize the development of the national economy and the existing huge hydrocarbon resources for common interest.

    Rovnag Abdullayev appreciated the initiative of Turkmenistan to establish, under the auspices of the United Nations, the international expert group, the main purpose of which is the development of a new international legal mechanism aimed at ensuring stable and reliable supply of energy to world markets.

    An important step in its implementation, in what the Azerbaijani side is also interested, will be the first meeting of the expert group scheduled for December of this year in Ashgabat.
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  • US urges Azerbaijan and Armenia to reach final peaceful resolution
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    Charge d'Affaires: Certain agreements and progress were achieved during the presidentsв' meetings in Sochi, Wales and Paris.

    The OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs and the U.S. Department of State already expressed their position regarding the Armenian helicopter shot down in Nagorno Karabakh. Our position is that we feel sorry for the incidents caused the helicopter crash, said Charge d'Affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Azerbaijan Dereck Hogan, APA reports.

    "We call on the parties to settle the conflict by peaceful means. Certain agreements and progress were achieved during the presidents' meetings in Sochi, Wales and Paris. We urge the sides to continue these agreements and progress and reach a final peaceful resolution to the conflict," said the diplomat.
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  • Boyfriend killed Miss Honduras and her sister
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    The boyfriend of Miss Honduras' sister has confessed to killing the two women after their bodies were found buried along a remote river bank.

    Beauty queen Maria Jose Alvarado, 19, and her sister Sofia, 23, went missing a week ago.

    Police said Sofia's boyfriend, Plutarco Ruiz, became jealous when he saw her dancing with another man during his birthday party on 13 November.

    National Police director General Ramon Sabillon said a heated argument broke out before Ruiz first shot Sofia and then Maria Jose as she tried to escape.

    Their bodies were found buried beside a river in the mountainous region of Santa Barbara - just a few miles from the La Aguagua spa where they had been celebrating.

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    Gallery: Body Of Miss Honduras Discovered

    Miss Alvarado had been due to fly to London on Wednesday to take part in the Miss World pageant.

    The sisters' mother, Teresa Munoz, told Televicentro that Ruiz called her the morning after her daughters disappeared, claiming the young women had left the party in a car with some other people.

    A second man, Aris Maldonado, has also been arrested and police are searching for other suspects.

    Honduras is statistically the most violent nation in the world.

    A UN report released in April this year revealed the Central American nation, which has a population of eight million, has a murder rate of 90.4 people per 100,000.

    Venezuela, which came second on the list, has a murder rate of 53.7 people per 100,000.
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  • Armeniaв's drills in occupied territories, provocative moves against Azerbaijan
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    /AzerNews/

    By Sara Rajabova

    There wouldnв't be such a tense situation in the world if every state conscientiously fulfilled its obligations.

    Deputy Head of the Azerbaijani Presidential Administration, Chief of the administrationв's Foreign Relations Department, Novruz Mammadov made the remark at the international conference.

    The international conference on ''Achievements and Future Prospects of NGO Cooperation'' organized by the Council of State Support to Non-Governmental Organizations under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan was held in Baku on November 19.

    Mammadov noted that following the collapse of the bipolar world, the West started to show geopolitical attitude to all the processes by prioritizing its own interests, which led to such a tense situation in the world.

    ''We can talk a lot about the steps taken against Azerbaijan. For instance, military exercises were held in Azerbaijanв's occupied land five days ago,'' he said.

    The top official believed that the international community has remained indifferent to this situation. This comes as it attentively follows the events in Ukraine.

    Mammadov stressed that Russia held military exercises in 150 kilometers from Ukrainian border a month ago and the West made statements expressing concern about the purposes of these exercises.

    ''Why there has not been such an attitude with regard to the drills, carried out in the occupied territory of Azerbaijan?'' Mammadov said, adding that Azerbaijan banned the flights over these territories in 1994, but no one ever has talked about that.

    An Armenian MI-24 helicopter flying 1,700 meters northeast of the Kengerli village of Azerbaijanв's Aghdam region attacked the Azerbaijani army positions on November 12. The helicopter was shot down by the Azerbaijani side. The three crew members on the board of MI-24 helicopter were revealed to be Armenian army's servicemen, who illegally joined the so-called "NKR army."

    Mammadov stressed that the military exercises were a provocation against Azerbaijan. ''The Armenian military helicopter flew several times over the head of our soldiers in the Aghdam region. They were even able to record them on video."

    ''Why haven't international NGOs reacted to that? Even today, the incident is presented by the Western media in a distorted form. I say all this because we have gathered here with an aim to cooperate,'' Mammadov said.

    He also noted that such processes are the main causes of the tense situation in the world.

    ''Why should the separatist regime or Armenia conduct exercises on the territory of Azerbaijan?'' he asked.

    Mammadov further said Azerbaijan wants the West to take a fair position on the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

    ''Why canв't the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs take successful steps? Because, the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs as well have completely forgotten international law,'' Mammadov said, adding ''They never talk about the four resolutions of the UN Security Council.''

    He said the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan, and seven adjacent districts of the country have been occupied, and hundreds of thousands of people are deprived of their fundamental rights.

    ''Why donв't the international NGOs talk about this?'' Mammadov said.

    He went on to say that Azerbaijan will try to solve the problem itself.

    ''Did you see what happened in Ukraine? If there is no justice in the world, we can't talk about international law. Azerbaijan is very concerned with these issues. If the OSCE Minsk Groupв's activity continues in a similar way, perhaps, we will try to solve the problem ourselves. It is our right," Mammadov said.

    The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict emerged in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Since a lengthy war in the early 1990s that displaced over one million Azerbaijanis, Armenian armed forces have occupied over 20 percent of Azerbaijan's internationally recognized territory, including Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent regions. Peace talks, mediated by Russia, France and the U.S. through the OSCE Minsk Group, have been largely fruitless so far.
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