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Georgian government to change law on occupied territories
07.02.2013 17:06
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Georgia, Tbilisi, Feb. 7 /Trend, N. Kirtskhalia/

The Georgian government is going to change its law on occupied territories, State Minister for Reintegration Paata Zakareishvili told journalists after a governmental meeting on Thursday.

He said according to the current law, foreign nationals who enter Georgia through Abkhazia and South Ossetia are immediately detained.

"Criminal cases are initiated against them and they serve sentences in Georgian prisons. We consider this is unfair, as many citizens of Azerbaijan and Armenia returning home through Georgia were imprisoned," Zakareishvili said.

He stressed that the new law requires punishment for the first time violators of the law, which does not allow visits to Abkhazia and South Ossetia in a manner not agreed upon with the government.

"If the violation is repeated, criminal case will be initiated," he said.

Today, the Georgian Government approved this proposal.

Large scale military actions were launched in South Ossetia in Georgia on August 8, 2008. Later, Russian troops occupied Tskhinvali and expelled the Georgian military. Russia recognized the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia late in August. Tbilisi ended diplomatic relations with Moscow in response and has declared the two unrecognized republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia occupied territories.

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    A multiple-vehicle collision killed 12 people amid difficult weather conditions on a ''deadly'' highway in a southeastern Turkish province on March 29, Hurriyet Daily reports.

    Coupled with thick fog and pouring rain, the slippery road between the city of ЕћanlД±urfa and its Akçakale district near Turkey's border with Syria was the scene of a crash between a concrete mixer, a minibus and an automobile in the afternoon.

    Eyewitnesses claimed the minibus violated its lane despite the low visibility, crashing into the concrete mixer head-on. The automobile then crashed into the two vehicles as they spun on the road.

    Several people, including Syrian citizens, flew from inside the minibus and the automobile onto the road. Ambulances arriving at the scene found eight people had been killed immediately. Four others who were hospitalized could not be saved and died later from their injuries.

    Police have launched an investigation into the accident, in which six people were also injured but survived, on a strip of highway where similar fatal crashes have happened in the past. Locals have even staged protests against the regular drivers of the road who routinely violate traffic laws.
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  • Presentation of Murad Ashurlyв's book takes place in USA
    31.03.2015 11:34
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    The book of Murad Ashurly has been presented in Dallas, AzerTag reports with reference to the press service of Mountaineering Federation of Azerbaijan

    The presentation of the book "Find Your Everest", written by Murad Ashurly, who tragically died last year, has taken place at the offices of the Ericsson Company, where Ashurly worked, in Dallas.

    His brother, the head of the Mountaineering Federation of Azerbaijan, Israfil Ashurly, also attended the presentation.

    Emphasizing the role of Murad's friends, colleagues and the "Ericsson" Company's leadership, I. Ashurly said that, they realized Murad's last wish.

    Two thousand copies of the book printed in English can be obtained on the Internet.

    Murad Ashurly is the second Azerbaijani to climb Everest (8848 m) in 2013, who tragically died on October 21 last year on his way down from Ama Dablam in the Himalayas.
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  • Azerbaijani AtaTrevel LLC moves to new office
    31.03.2015 11:30
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, March 31

    Trend:

    On March 29, 2015 AtaTravel LLC has moved to a new office. At present, "AtaTravel" LLC is located in 115A, Khagani street, Sabail district, AZ1010, Baku. AtaTravel office differs from the previous one with its spaciousness, convenience and modern technologies.

    New telephone and fax numbers of AtaTravel LLC: (994 012) 493 05 01; 493 05 08 ; fax: 493 05 04.

    "Ata Travel" has started to operate since 2011 within a group of companies of one of the largest holdings in Azerbaijan "Ata Holding" which is successful mainly in the areas of finance and tourism. "AtaTravel" LLC collaborates on the market as one the leading corporate travel agencies. The company provides its customers with hotels, flight tickets, transfers, pre-booking, insurance and services related with visas.

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  • Iran, P5 1 open key nuclear talks in Lausanne for 2nd time
    31.03.2015 11:21
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    Senior representatives from Iran and the P5 1 group open another round of talks in the Swiss city of Lausanne to bridge the gaps in the negotiations aimed at reaching a final deal over Tehranв's nuclear program, PressTV-Iran reports.

    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Tuesday sat down with his four counterparts from the P5 1 countries in the absence of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who left Lausanne on Monday.

    According to Lavrov's spokesman, the foreign minister will only return if there is a "realistic" chance of a deal. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov is representing Russia in the talks.

    The meeting between Zarif and US Secretary of State John Kerry, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond was aimed at finding solutions to the outstanding issues and reaching a mutual understanding as an an end-of-March deadline looms.

    High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini was also present in the meeting.

    On Monday, foreign ministers of Iran and the P5 1 countries held crunch talks as they were grappling with the remaining issues blocking the final deal.

    The United States and European countries reportedly want the UN Security Council (UNSC) sanctions on Iran to be automatically reversible, meaning that they want the possibility to be maintained to automatically re-impose the UNSC bans on Iran if there is any violation of the deal by Tehran.

    However, Russia and China oppose such a scenario, saying no automatic introduction of sanctions must occur under these circumstances and that the UN Security Council must consider such a situation and make a decision.

    The final stage of the ongoing talks between Iran and the P5 1 countries - the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China plus Germany - in Lausanne is expected to continue until Tuesday, which has been set as a deadline for reaching mutual understanding in the negotiations.

    Iranian nuclear negotiator Hamid Ba'idinejad said late on Monday that all the negotiating sides are making serious efforts to find solutions to the outstanding issues, stressing there is no talk about the extension of the negotiations.
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  • Statements by Russian MP in Armenia can be accessed as interference in internal affairs of Azerbaijan
    31.03.2015 11:21
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    Second secretary of the Azerbaijan Ministry of Foreign Affairs Konul Suleymanli commented on statements of the member of the Russian Parliament (State Duma) Leonid Slutsky made by him during the press conference in Armenia.''We would like to remind Leonid Slutsky that monuments to Nazi generals Garegin Nzhdeh and Drastamat Kanayan ('Droв') are being worshiped in Yerevan and one of the central streets of this city was named after Nzhdeh. Moreover, ''nzhdeheism'' compiles the foundation of the official ideology of the Armenian ruling party,'' Suleymanli said, adding that В«Leonid Slutsky, as the people's deputy, had to express his concern over the "glorification" of fascist generals by the official Yerevan and holding events in honor of them in Moscow on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the victory over fascism.''Suleymanli further said that Slutsky should also know that a monument to another Armenian "national hero", terrorist killer Monte Melkonian, one of the founders of the Armenian terrorist organization ASALA, has also been unveiled in Yerevan.''As a result of the policy of ethnic cleansing based on radical ideology, Armenia has evolved into the only mono-ethnic state in the world. Azerbaijanis were subjected to ethnic cleansing in their historical lands (now Armenia). Other nations living in Armenia have also become victims of the ethnic cleansing policy. There were more than 28 Russian villages in Armenia before the collapse of the Soviet Union, now there is not one.Leonid Slutsky speaks about the "arms race" in the region. I would like to refresh the memory of Leonid Slutsky, reminding him that although up to 50 percent of the population of Armenia lives in extreme poverty and external debt of this country exceeds its GDP, Armenia is the most armed country in the world by the ratio of GDP per capita.Armament of Armenia through donations and external borrowing bolsters occupation of Azerbaijani territories and encourages aggression against Azerbaijan,'' Suleymanli emphasized.The Azerbaijani diplomat further said that ''such a statements by Leonid Slutsky can harm partnership between Azerbaijan and Russia.'''His remarks contradict the spirit of the Azerbaijani-Russian relations, and can be regarded as interference in the internal affairs of Azerbaijan, " Suleymanli said.

    /By AzerTac/
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  • Netherlands TV channel airs program about Khojaly genocide
    31.03.2015 11:20
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    ''NPO 2'' television channel of the Kingdom of Netherlands has televised a program dedicated to the Khojaly genocide, AzerTag reports.

    According to State Committee on Working with Diaspora, the 10 minutes program has widely broadcasted about commemoration ceremonies due to Khojaly genocide of Benelux Azerbaijanis Congress.

    Burhanettin Charlac, the employee of TV channel drew attention to the aggressive policy of the Armenians against Azerbaijan, occupation of 20 percent of the Azerbaijani lands, about one million of Azerbaijanis who became refugees and internally displaced persons. It was emphasized that one of the most tragic events of the twentieth century was committed during this period. Khojaly city with 6000 Azerbaijanis living in Nagorno-Karabakh was destroyed by the Armenian armed forces

    The program also featured interviews of the Dutches. Journalist Jak Kroes told that this was one of the unprecedented crimes against humanity.

    The program speaks about the integration of Azerbaijanis living in this country with local society, Benelux Azerbaijanis Congress and the activities of the Mother Tongue Schools.

    It should be noted that it is not the first program that was aired about Azerbaijan in this local TV channel. Journalist Burhanettin Charlac has prepared programs on the themes of Armenia -Azerbaijan, Nagorno Karabakh conflict, as well as Azerbaijani culture for Netherlands TV channels.
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  • The US NSA shooting
    31.03.2015 11:05
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    A man has been killed and another was seriously wounded after a shooting at a gate to the US National Security Agency headquarters near Washington.

    NSA officers fired on a vehicle that refused to follow commands and charged a police vehicle blocking the road.

    An unnamed official told the Associated Press that the men inside the car were dressed as women.

    One of the car's occupants died on the scene, while the other was injured and taken to a local hospital.
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  • Armenians came up with "genocide" to conceal their own crimes
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, March 31

    By Ilkin Izzet - Trend:

    The crimes committed by Armenians against Azerbaijanis in 1918, are genocide, and if such acts of Armenians isn't prevented, they can repeat in other places, said Mubariz Gurbanli, the Chairman of the Azerbaijani State Committee for Work with Religious Organisations.

    He made the remarks March 30 at an event marking the anniversary of the March 31 - Day of the Genocide of Azerbaijanis. The event was organized by the Caucasus Muslims Office.

    The genocide was committed on March 31, 1918, when hundreds of towns and villages of Azerbaijan were destroyed, as well as 150 Azerbaijani villages in Karabakh were turned into ruins, an unprecedented bloodshed in Shusha was committed. More than 700,000 Azerbaijanis, including 30,000 persons in Baku and in surrounding villages were brutally murdered, mosques and schools were burned down.

    Gurbanli said that murders were committed in Baku on the eve of Novruz holiday, but as there is a 13-day difference between the old and the new calendars, the Day of Genocide of Azerbaijanis is marked on March 31.

    He added that at the time, thousands of victims of the March genocide were buried at the present day Alley of Martyrs in Baku.

    "The people have not forgotten this," he said. "In 1990, the January 20, martyrs were buried at this site as well, after which this place came to be called the Alley of Martyrs."

    Gurbanli further noted that Armenians have always hid behind strong patrons.

    "In order to conceal their crimes, they [Armenians] came up with their so-called genocide and began to use it as a means of propaganda. They committed big crimes in Iran, Turkey and the Caucasus," he added.

    Gurbanli, recalling that this year marks the 70th anniversary of the victory over fascism, noted that Russia is trying to make heroes of some Armenians, who collaborated with fascist leadership at the time.

    "This is not normal, and it is regrettable that Russia is preparing to hold events to commemorate these persons," he added.

    Gurbanli also said the memory of the victims of the March 31 genocide should always be honored, and the information about these events must be brought to the younger generation.

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  • Iran sends another aids shipment to Yemeni Houthis
    31.03.2015 10:59
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, March 31

    By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

    Iran has sent a new shipment of humanitarian aids to Yemeni Shiites on March 31.

    An Iranian plane carrying the fifth aid cargo left Tehran's International Mehr Abad air port to Sanaa early morning.

    The cargo includes two metric tons of foods as well as 19 metric tons of medicines, Nasser Charkhsaz, a senior official with the Islamic Republic Red Crescent Society said, Iran's state IRINN TV reported.

    Iran has already sent four aid cargo shipments including 50 metric tons of medical equipments, drugs and food to Yemen, Charkhsaz said.

    The first Iranian flight landed in Sanaa on March 1, a day after officials from the Shia-controlled city signed an aviation agreement with Tehran.

    The Ansarullah group, whose power base is in the main Shiite northern highlands, overran Sanaa unopposed last September.

    Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi managed to escape Sanaa and house arrest at the hands of the rebels on Feb. 21. Hadi has established a base in the southern city of Aden.

    An international military operation kicked off on March 26 in Yemen against Ansarullah group, with involvement of the armed forces of a number of Arab states led by Saudi Arabia.

    Earlier in March, a delegation from Yemen headed by Saleh al-Samad, head of Ansarullah movement's political council, who was accompanied by officials from different Yemeni ministries, as well as economic experts, visited Tehran and discussed mutual cooperation with senior Iranian officials.

    Last December, Deputy Commander of Iran's IRGC, Hussein Salami said the balance of power in the region is changed in Iran's favor.

    Salami said that the Yemeni Ansarullah group moves in accordance with the Islamic Revolution (1979) within Iran's geopolitical space. In his similar statements, Iran's former foreign minister, Ali Akbar Velayati said mid-December that the Islamic Republic's current influence spreads from Yemen to Lebanon.

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  • OSCE to conduct monitoring on frontline
    31.03.2015 10:51
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    The Ministry has disseminated an information.

    Under the mandate of the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office, the contact line near Kokhanebi village of Azerbaijan's Tovuz district will be monitored on April 1.

    Oxu.az reports citing the website of the Defense Ministry that on the Azerbaijani side the monitoring will be conducted by field assistants of the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office Evgeny Sharov and Peter Swedberg.

    The field assistants of Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office Jiri Aberle, Hristo Hristov and Simon Tiller will conduct the same work on the opposite side of the contact line.
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  • Baku as seen by Euronews
    31.03.2015 10:42
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    Euronews has presented on its website a story dedicated to the Azerbaijani capital of Baku, the architecture in the city, local traditions and Novruz celebrations.

    Azerbaijan's capital Baku, is a surprising outward-looking, high-tech city. It is undergoing a huge restyling; in the past few years a large part of the centre has been restored or rebuilt, the author said.

    The city is situated on the western shore of the Caspian Sea in the south of the Absheron peninsula. It has a population of about three million people. Its architecture is simply astonishing.

    Heydar Aliyev Center, designed by world renowned architect Zaha Hadid, has grown into a landmark of modern Baku. It was completed in 2012.

    The Flame towers are another iconic example. Located on a hill overlooking Baku Bay and the Old City center, it's a trio of flame-shaped skyscrapers promoting Baku's historic identity. The towers are an ultra modern symbol linked to the cult of fire. You can spot them from everywhere in the city. They are more than 200 meters high.

    The curvy lines of modern pieces of architecture co-exhist with impressive examples of Azerbaijan's past. The Old City, including the Palace of the Shirvanshahs and Maiden Tower, became the first location in Azerbaijan to be classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Whatever you see during the day is more than matched by the nightscape as the opulent city lights reveal rich detail, illuminating the centre. The whole central city looks like a theatre stage that will leave you speechless. Everything is shiny and classy. Baku feels like the Monte Carlo of the Caucasus.

    "The reason that brought us to Azerbaijan, is "Novruz". It's Central and South Asia's "New Year", and it marks the end of winter and the start of spring," the author said.

    Novruz has been celebrated for more than 3,000 years. Today it is still observed by 300 million people all over the world.

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  • Baku to host quilling exhibition
    31.03.2015 10:36
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Amina Nazarli

    Bakuв's ''Natavan'' gallery, which often brings together art lovers, will feature another splendid exhibition of a very young and talented fresh artist, Aysel Abdullazada.

    Being titled ''Spring Revival'', the exhibition will be held on April 13. The visitors will have a chance to see the artistв's beautiful works until April 19.

    Aysel will present her works in a very unusual art -- Quilling, which has gradually gained momentum in the country.

    Earlier, giving an interview to AzerNews about her hobby, Aysel said that everything started with a naive exhibition, where she put her works on display.

    This surprisingly changed her life, and quickly what began as a hobby turned into a real job.

    ''My works was published in social networks. And what a surprise it was for me, when a woman liked my works and offered to buy my work for a competition. Perhaps it was one of the happiest moments of my life,'' she said.

    The address of the event is Icherisheher (Old City), Asaf Zeynalli street, 6/8. The exhibition will start at 19:00.

    Quilling or paper filigree is an art form that involves the use of strips of paper that are rolled, shaped, and glued together to create decorative designs. The paper is rolled, looped, curled, twisted and otherwise manipulated to create shapes which make up designs to decorate greetings cards, pictures, boxes, eggs, and to make models, jewelry, mobiles etc.

    In the 15th century Quilling was considered as an art in Europe, while in the 19th it became a lady entertainment. For the most part of the 20th century people completely forgot the art form, that is until now!

    Quilling is set to become very popular indeed.
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  • Dozens killed in Yemen
    31.03.2015 10:29
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    40 people killed in air strike at a refugee camp in northwest Yemen, aid workers have said.

    A Saudi Arabian-led coalition has been targeting Shia Houthi rebels across the country in support of Yemen's embattled president, Abdabbuh Mansour Hadi.

    Fresh strikes on Monday evening hit an arms depot in Sanaa.

    Saudi naval forces have begun blockading Yemen ports to stop the movement of rebels and to prevent them bringing in arms, coalition forces said.
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  • Azerbaijan to integrate to European academic network
    31.03.2015 10:24
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Nigar Orujova

    Azerbaijani academic network will be integrated with the European academic network soon.

    Scientific computer network AzScienceNet of the Information Technologies Institute will be a platform of academic network infrastructure of the country for further integration into the European research and education network GEANT.

    This was reported by the institute, working under the Azerbaijani National Academy of Sciences.

    Today, Azerbaijan is preparing a proposal for the project, details of which will be announced by late April.

    Prospects for further development of GEANT and issues for progress of electronic science infrastructure in the framework of the EU Eastern Partnership were discussed in the General Assembly GEANT, which took place in mid-March in Austria.

    The meeting indicated the presence of integration problems between the countries of Eastern Partnership with the European countries. To eliminate these problems it is necessary to implement new projects aimed at efficient use of the advantages of e-science by scientists of the Eastern Partnership.

    "Azerbaijan is interested in establishing of such a network as academic networks are more reliable and safe. Such cooperation is possible, and many countries are interested in it. The network AzScienceNet by its characteristics is equal to existing networks in the region and is fully compliant with GEANT, which is the main reason, why Azerbaijan was invited to integrate into the European research and education network," the institute reported.

    Integration into GEANT will provide the research and education community of Eastern Partnership with high-performance, secure and stable infrastructures. The Eastern Partnership include Azerbaijan, Georgia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova and Armenia.

    The creation of an academic network infrastructures of the participating countries of the Eastern Partnership is designed for the future and can be implemented by the state.

    Connection of Azerbaijan to GEANT will strengthen cooperation between Azerbaijani scientists and scientists of European countries.

    The state budget for 2015 is expected to provide funding in the amount of 143 million manats for the development of science.

    Moreover, Azerbaijanв's Universities will gain free access to the educational roaming Eduroam, which provides an opportunity to combine network infrastructure and connects all research and educational networks.
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  • Air strike kills at least 40 at Yemen camp for displaced
    31.03.2015 10:12
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    An air strike killed at least 40 people at a camp for displaced people in north Yemen on Monday, humanitarian workers said, in an attack which apparently targeted nearby Houthi fighters who are battling President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, Reuters reported.

    Yemen's state news agency Saba, which is under the control of the Houthis, said the camp at Haradh was hit by Saudi planes. It said the dead included women and children, and showed the bodies of five children laid out on a blood-streaked floor.

    A Saudi military spokesman said the kingdom was seeking clarification on the incident.

    "It could have been that the fighter jets replied to fire, and we cannot confirm that it was a refugee camp," Brigadier General Ahmed Asseri said.

    "We will ask the Yemeni official agencies to confirm that," he told reporters.

    Hadi's Foreign Minister Riyadh Yassin earlier blamed Houthi artillery for the explosion.

    The International Organisation for Migration, which initially reported

    45 deaths, said 40 people were killed and 200 wounded - dozens of them severely.

    A humanitarian worker said earlier that the strike hit a truck of Houthi militiamen at the gate to the Mazraq camp, near Haradh, killing residents, guards and fighters.

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  • Armenia violates ceasefire with Azerbaijan over 35 times within 24 hours
    31.03.2015 10:09
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar. 31

    By Ilkin Izzet - Trend:

    Armenian armed forces have broken the ceasefire with Azerbaijan 37 times in numerous positions in the last 24 hours, Azerbaijani defense ministry said on Mar.31.

    Armenian armed forces, located in the village of Aygepar of Armenia's Berd district, opened fire at the positions of Azerbaijani armed forces located in the village of Alibayli of the Tovuz district.

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

    Azerbaijani positions also took fire from the positions located near the villages of Tapgaragoyunlu, Gulustan of the Goranboy district, Chileburt, Gekarkh of the Terter district, Javahirli, Shikhlar, Shuraabad, Shirvanli, Yusifjanli, Novruzlu of the Aghdam district, Horadiz, Ashagi Seyidahmadli of the Fizuli district and Kuropatkino of the Khojavand district.

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

    The opposing side was silenced with return fire.

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

    The two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the US are currently holding peace negotiations.

    Armenia has not yet implemented the UN Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.

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  • March genocide not forgotten
    31.03.2015 10:08
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Laman Sadigova

    Genocides have occurred in every corner of the globe, in ancient and modern societies, for reasons as diverse as the acquisition of land and resources, to the demented hatred of one single man for a particular group of people.

    For a very long time now Azerbaijan's tragedy has stayed hidden from the world. But today it is time for the truth to be heard and for the truth to be known - March 1918 events will not remain locked away in a dark closet of history.

    While Armenians continue to claim that they suffer a genocide from the hands of the Ottoman Empire, truth is, Armenians were the one who unleashed hell on the Caucasus.

    In 1918, while the entire world was involved in World War I, the Armenian armed brigades, by using the prevailing anarchic situation in the region, attempted to exterminate the Azerbaijani nation. Armenian terrorists committed atrocities, to a degree of brutality and viciousness that words can begin to describe the horror of those days.

    They executed about 15 thousand innocent people. Within a brief period of time, the Armenians committed massacres in Shamakhi, Guba, Irevan, Zengezur, Karabakh, Nakhchivan and Kars.

    In March-April 1918 about 8,000 civilians were slaughtered in Shamakhi. Early in the morning Armenian gangs stormed the Muslim part of the city, setting houses on fire. They killed all well-known public figures and intellectuals. Those, who were trying to escape from the fire, were shot. The majority of all Muslim monuments of culture, including the Friday Mosque of Shamakhi, were set on fire and burnt to the ground with elderly, women and children still hiding in it. People were buried alive; some were brutally tortured before being killed.

    The witnesses of the events stood horrified. Across Azerbaijan blood began to flow freely into the streets and bodies began to pile up '¦ the trauma of those days remain.

    According to the Emergency Committee of Inquiry, Armenians were inspired by a single idea - to kill and rob, rob and kill. According to eye witnesses, "a large number of corpses had been dropped in the wells and in the sea. The whole community was outraged by the atrocities of Dashnaks."

    Those Russians or Georgians, who demanded an end to the massacre, were brutally executed.

    Shamakhiв's 58 villages were wiped off the face of the earth, in Guba '" 112, in Ganja '" 272 (including 115 in Zangezur and 157 in Karabakh), in the Irevan province '" 211 and 82 in Kars. They killed hundreds of thousands of Azerbaijanis; about a million people were driven from their historical-ethnic lands. This is just an incomplete list of settlements destroyed.

    In particular, in the courtyard of Juma mosque Taza Pir in Baku Armenian bandits collected corpses and lit a bonfire with them.

    The violence happened there was explained by Dashnaksв' desire to establish an Armenian state on Azerbaijan territory, by destroying the local ethnic population. Fortunately, the dedication of the people, and the subsequent formation of self-defense groups did not allow this to happen.

    Anatoly Naumovicha Kvasnikov, a Jewish man, helped in establishing and corroborating events.

    Kvasnikov wrote in his testimony, "The organized bloody conspiracy of Armenians against the Muslim population was aimed to physically destroy them first in Baku, then in the outskirts, capturing all their property and move all their natural wealth and political dominance in the hands of the Armenians."

    Keen to reclaim its historical heritage and ensure facts will have precedent over lies, Azerbaijan has worked to rectify history books. Thanks to the Azerbaijani authorities, March events are now well known and confirmed.

    After the proclamation of the Azerbaijani Democratic Republic on May 28, 1918, the ''March events'' were investigated by the new born government. In 1919-1920, the ADR observed March 31 as a national day of mourning. This was the first-ever genuine attempt to give a political and legal assessment of the policy of genocide against the Azerbaijani people. No other nation has commemorated the genocide as early as 1919 but the Azerbaijanis.

    According to the decree published during the presidency of Heydar Aliyev, on 26 March 1998 31 March events have been officially recognized as Azerbaijanis Genocide Day. This ordinance is a vital step in restoring the historical reality of what happened.

    Armenian terroristsв' violent and inhuman actions should never be forgotten and can never be justified. The world has to remember and keep the memory of the event of 1918.

    Azerbaijan will never forget what crimes were committed against its people, and will continue to demand that justice be served and truth restored completely.
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  • Earthquake jolts southwest Iran
    31.03.2015 10:08
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, March 31

    By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

    An earthquake measuring 4.3 on the Richter scale jolted the city of Hoseyniyeh in Iran's south western province of Khuzestan on March 31.

    The tremor occurred at 01:53 local time (GMT 4:30 hours), according to a report from the seismography center affiliated with Tehran University Geophysics Institute.

    The earthquake's epicenter was at 32.55 degrees latitude and 48.04 degrees longitude at a depth of 8 kilometers underground, the country's ISNA news agency reported.

    Another quake measuring 3.8 on the Richter scale also jolted the region at 16:17 local time on March 30.

    There is no immediate report on possible casualties or damage.

    Iran sits astride several major faults in the earth's crust and is prone to frequent earthquakes, many of which have been devastating.

    The deadliest quake in the country was in June 1990 and measured 7.7 on the Richter scale.

    About 37,000 people were killed and more than 100,000 injured in the north-western provinces of Gilan and Zanjan. Nearly 27 towns and 1,870 villages were devastated.

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  • Number of unemployed in Azerbaijan made public
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    The Committee issued a statement.

    As of March 1, 2015 the official number of unemployed in the country amounted to 29,000 people, Oxu.Az reports with reference to the State Statistics Committee.

    According to the Committee, 39.2% of the officially unemployed are women. The average size of the unemployment benefit is AZN 259.9

    In the city of Baku 11,581 people have unemployed status, 616 of them receive unemployment benefits.

    338 unemployed registered in Absheron region, 44 of which receive benefits. In Sumgait 1346 people have registered as unemployed, 216 of them also receive unemployment benefits.

    According to the Law of Azerbaijan Republic dated July 2, 2001 "On Employment", part of the persons having the status of unemployed received unemployment benefits.
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  • Iran sticks to its principled stance in nuclear talks
    31.03.2015 09:55
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    An Iranian informed source close to the nuclear negotiations with the P5 1 group has dismissed Western media hype surrounding Tehranв's peaceful nuclear program, saying Iran sticks to its principled stance in the talks.

    "Western hype about this issue is baseless," the source told IRNA on Monday, adding that achievements previously made by Iran and the P5 1 countries are still in place.

    "The issue of taking irreversible measures vis-agrave;-vis irreversible measures has been among the principles of the talks since their beginning," the source said, warning that insistence on illogical stances can slacken the pace of the negotiations.

    The source reiterated that Iran still insists on its principled stance on the continuation of the talks to settle the outstanding issues.

    The United States and Europe reportedly want the UN Security Council (UNSC) sanctions on Iran to be automatically reversible, meaning that if Iran violates the deal at any point, the UNSC sanctions will automatically be re-imposed on Tehran.

    Russia opposes such a scenario, saying in such a case the UNSC should decide what to do. Moscow says automatic imposition of sanctions goes against the mechanism of the Security Council.

    China also shares Russia's viewpoint and is against the imposition of automatically reversible sanctions on Iran.

    Iran-US technical-political meeting

    As a deadline for reaching mutual understanding between Iran and the P5 1 countries looms, representatives of Iran and the United States held another technical-political meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Monday.

    Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Ali Akbar Salehi, Iranian deputy foreign ministers Abbas Araqchi and Majid Takht-e Ravanchi, US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman as well as EU foreign policy chief's deputy, Helga Schmid, were present in the meeting.

    The meeting follows earlier talks among Araqchi, Majid Takht-e Ravanchi and Sherman after the end of a plenary meeting among top representatives of the Islamic Republic and the P5 1 group.

    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif held a meeting earlier with US Secretary of State John Kerry, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini.
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  • Azerbaijan, Montenegro discuss prospects for economic cooperation
    31.03.2015 09:31
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    Azerbaijan`s Minister of Economy and Industry Shahin Mustafayev has met Montenegrin Ambassador to the country Branko Milic, AzerTag reports.

    Mr. Mustafayev congratulated the diplomat on his new appointment, and wished him success. Noting successful development of political, economic, humanitarian, energy and tourism relations between Azerbaijan and Montenegro, the Minister underlined the importance of reciprocal visits in terms of expanding cooperation. He also stressed the significance of the activity of the joint commission for economic cooperation between Azerbaijan and Montenegro in terms of the development of ties between the two countries.

    "Azerbaijan and Montenegro can cooperate in various fields of economy, including agricultural and humanitarian spheres, and expand trade," he noted.

    Mr. Mustafayev also informed the Ambassador on Azerbaijan`s sustainable economic development, as well as the country`s just position on the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

    Ambassador Branko Milic noted that he would spare no efforts to contribute to expanding cooperation between the two countries. The Ambassador stressed the existing great potential for development of relations between Azerbaijan and Montenegro.

    The sides also discussed prospects for expansion of economic relations between the two countries, and organization of the next meeting of the joint commission.
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  • Turkey: Top economist calls for focus on energy security
    31.03.2015 09:27
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    The International Energy Agency needs repositioning on energy security related issues, the agency's top executive said in Ankara Monday Anadolu Agency reported

    "The importance of energy security will increase in the international political agenda (because of the ongoing crises in the world)," Fatih Birol, who is currently the chief economist at the 29 member strong agency, said.

    Birol made the remarks at a ceremony held in his honor for getting selected as the next executive IEA director. He is expected to take charge in September 2015. Undersecretary of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs Feridun Sinirlioglu was also at the event.

    About the importance of energy security, the Turkish economist said that energy security had become all the more important because of the ongoing crises in the world, including the chaos in Ukraine.

    Despite regional chaos, oil and gas producing countries such as Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Libya, Syria and Nigeria will remain important suppliers, Birol added.

    The economist also spoke about the importance of climate change, an issue that was expected to be discussed at a global climate change conference in December in Paris. He noted that 80 percent of carbon emissions of the world came from the energy sector that adversely affected the climate.

    "When IEA was founded, the share of IEA member countries in energy consumption was 80 percent, which is now 50 percent," he said.

    "Turkey is not just a market for energy, it is also a safe and sustainable route for its energy rich neighbors to transfer their energy supplies in a safe way," Sinirlioglu said.

    The undersecretary also spoke about the importance of the Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline or the TANAP and the Baku-Tiflisi-Ceyhan pipeline projects.

    TANAP is part of a project that will carry natural gas from Azerbaijan's sector on the Caspian Sea, passing through Turkish territory to enter Greece, to further travel to Albania and then Italy to reach Europe. When completed, TANAP will carry around 16 billion cubic meters of gas per year to E

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  • US gives Iran nuclear talks 50/50 chance of success
    31.03.2015 08:09
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    State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf gave the ongoing Iran nuclear talks a 50/50 chance of success as she spoke on the progress just hours ahead of the deadline.

    "There's - I would probably say 50/50 - I don't know, I never like putting percentages out there - but there's a chance we will get it done," she said, adding the mood at the talks was "sober" and "intense."

    Harf underscored that all negotiators are realistic about the challenges in front of them, but said they "still see a path to get a political understanding."

    Iran and six world powers - the United States, Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany - are racing against the clock to secure a political framework before the deadline expires on Tuesday night.

    The head of Iran's expert team at the talks said late Monday they had to unravel layers upon layers of problems that hindered the progress.

    Some sticking points involve the pace and timing of lifting anti-Iranian sanctions, the number and types of centrifuges, Iran's nuclear stockpiles and kinds of nuclear research that Tehran will be allowed to do.

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  • Large textile complex construction starts in Uzbekistan
    31.03.2015 08:07
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    Tashkent, Uzbekistan, March 29

    By Demir Azizov- Trend:

    LT Textile Cooperatief UA, a Dutch textile firm, started constructing a large textile complex in Kashkadarya region of Uzbekistan (south of the country), a representative of the Uzbekyengilsanoat State Joint Stock Company told Trend.

    The company unites the country's enterprises of light industry.

    The Ministry of Foreign Economic Relations, Investments and Trade of Uzbekistan and LT Textile Cooperatief signed an investment agreement in October 2014.

    The Dutch company will invest at least $55 million in the textile enterprise in 2015-2016 in accordance with this agreement, including $17 million of its own funds, $38 million from foreign banks.

    The agreement envisaging the organization of the textile production with the capacity of processing 20,000 metric tons of cotton fiber by producing 15,000 metric tons of cotton and mixed yarn per year, was approved by the government of Uzbekistan.

    Under the agreement, the enterprise should be provided with modern high-tech and energy-efficient equipment. Moreover, it is also planned to create a specialized service center for the maintenance of the textile equipment.

    It is planned to commission the complex in November 2016, while the complex itself is expected to start operating in design capacity in Q1 of 2017.

    Moreover, it is planned to export 80 percent of the enterprise's products.

    The Department of Justice of Uzbekistan's Kashkadarya province registered the foreign enterprise LT Textile International with $1 million worth authorized capital in late January 2015.

    A land area of 30 hectares has been allotted for the construction of textile complex, as well as a number of privileges and preferences has been granted: in particular, until 2022, the enterprise is exempt from customs duties on technological equipment, spare parts and accessories, imported within the framework of implementation of this project.

    It was previously reported that Uzbekistan until 2016 plans to bring domestic processing of cotton fiber up to 500,000 metric tons, or about 50 percent of the cotton fiber produced.

    Currently, about 300 Uzbek textile enterprises process about 40 percent of cotton fiber. The Uzbek textile is supplied to 40 countries.

    Uzbekistan is the sixth producer and third largest exporter of cotton fiber in the world.

    Annually, in average 3.5-3.7 million metric tons of raw cotton is harvested and 1.2 million metric tons of cotton fiber is produced in the republic.

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  • Antarctica reaches highest temperature on record
    31.03.2015 04:22
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    Tuesday's 63.5deg;F (17.5deg;C) broke Antarctica's previous record of 63.3deg;F, recorded just a day earlier, which itself topped the previous high of 59deg;F, recorded in 1974.

    The new record high was noted at Argentina's Esperanza Base at the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, known to be one of the fastest warming spots on Earth. Monday's record was observed at Marambio Base, about 60 miles away.

    Weather forecasting site Weather Underground's historian Christopher Burt noted the significance of the temperature rise at both bases which, in the span of two days, exceeded any figure recorded over the last fifty years.

    Antarctica is not the only place that's announced record highs so far this year. Five nations or territories have set new record highs in the first three months of 2015. In fact, according to Weather Underground, 46 nations have set or tied new heat records (and four have set an all-time low) since 2010.

    The average high temperature in March for Antarctica is 31.3deg;F.

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  • Kerry says working into night on tricky issues
    31.03.2015 02:22
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    US Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday that he and his global counterparts would be working into the night to resolve 'tricky issues' blocking a nuclear deal with Iran, IRNA reported.

    Speaking to CNN he said, 'There still remain some difficult issues. We are working very hard to work those through. We are working late into the night and obviously into tomorrow.'

    "Everyone knows the meaning of tomorrow' when a deadline for the outlines of a deal expires at midnight.

    Kerry is in the Swiss city of Lausanne since Wednesday for talks with the Iranian nuclear negotiating team headed by Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

    Iran and the Group 5 1 held a full ministerial meeting on Monday. The talks lasted for 90 minutes. The negotiating parties have not revealed any details of their discussions on Monday.

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  • Assad: Turkey supports ISIL in Syria
    31.03.2015 01:09
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    Syrian President Bashar Al Assad accused Turkey of intentionally ignoring terrorists of the self-proclaimed Islamic State as they attempt to cross the border between the two countries into Syria, Sputnik reported.

    During an interview with a US TV channel, Assad warned that the self-proclaimed Islamic State is expanding its reach in Syria, and that is in no small part due to Erdogan. Labeling the Turkish Prime Minister as a "Muslim Brotherhood fanatic," Assad accused him of not only failing to prevent the flow of would-be Islamic State terrorists from Turkey to Syria, but of actively supporting the terrorist group.

    When asked if he believed Erdogan could stop the infiltration of terrorists into Syria, Assad responded, "Yeah, of course. Definitely. He doesn't only ignore the terrorists from coming to Syria. He supports them, logistically and militarily. Directly. On a daily basis."

    Assad additionally referred to Erdogan as "somebody who's suffering from political megalomania," explaining that his Turkish counterpart "thinks that he is becoming the sultan of the new era of the 21st century."

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  • Armenian soldier who surrendered to Azerbaijan: Military unitв's detachment commander Suren Balayan and senior sergeant Artur Salmanyan used to beat me
    31.03.2015 00:03
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    Human rights defenders met with the Armenian serviceman Andranik Grigoryan, held in Azerbaijan

    Baku. Shahriyar Alizade - APA. Chairman of Azerbaijan's Anti-Torture Committee, human rights defender Elchin Behbudov and his deputy Elchin Shirinov have met with the Armenian soldier Andranik Grigoryan who surrendered to Azerbaijan.

    Elchin Behbudov told APA in this regard that Andranik Grigoryan, born in Khojavand district in 1991, has confessed that he crossed into the Azerbaijani side with his own will.

    "He told us during the talk that he is pleased with the treatment toward him here in Azerbaijan. Unlike in the military unit where he served, he is fed three times a day in Azerbaijan. Fruit juice or coffee is given time to him whenever he wants. And he is allowed to go to bathroom 3-4 times a week, take a walk in open air, and is being kept in a warm place. There is a TV set in his room. I asked him if he is given newspapers. He said he cannot read a newspaper as he does not understand Azerbaijani. He told me that he wants to become an artist and therefore he is given a pen, a pencil and a copy book. He wanted oil paint, too. I told him that next time I would bring him oil paint and other things necessary. Andranik said the conditions in the military where he served were awful, and that he used to be beaten by detachment commander Suren Balayan and senior sergeant Artur Salmanyan. He said the soldiers there were given non-fresh foods and their place was cold and in poor conditions. He added that other Armenian servicemen can also cross to the Azerbaijan side if they get a chance".

    On March 22, serviceman of the Armenian Armed Forces, Andranik Araratovich Grigoryan, born in Khojavand district in 1991, left the military unit and voluntarily surrendered to the Azerbaijani side.

    Andranik Grigoryan said that he was born in Martuni district in 1991.

    "I voluntarily surrendered to the Azerbaijani side. My act has a very simple reason. I'm afraid of senseless death. I was not alone while crossing the frontline. Another soldier attempted to cross to your side with me. I moved faster. I threw the gun and came towards your side. I don't know what happened to him. I think that he isn't alive anymore," he noted.

    He also added that the Armenian government wanted to hide the incident, took place on March 19, from the people, everybody is aware of it.

    "More than 20 soldiers were killed and dozens wounded during a trivial provocation. Civilians are taken to the posts due to shortage of soldiers. I do not want to be the next victim of their dirty games. The horrific conditions in Nagorno-Karabakh, indiscipline in military units, lack of ammunition, shortage of food and medicine, conflict between the local Armenians and Armenian Armenians, officers' bad attitude toward the soldiers and ensigns, disorder have worn me out. There are a lot of people tired of living in such conditions and wanting to cross to Azerbaijan like me. Frankly, they don't dare to do it, as they don't know what expect them here. I also thought a lot before taking this step, then decided to surrender voluntarily, instead of waiting for my death. In sharp contrast to my expectations, you welcomed me here normal and gave me enough food and drink," Grigoryan underlined.
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  • Vladimir Putin may attend opening of the first European Games in Baku
    30.03.2015 23:15
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    Russia president Vladimir Putin can visit Azerbaijan for attending the opening ceremony of the first European Games in June, RIA Novosti reported.

    "Indeed, we have invitation. It is possible that such a visit will take place, but when the final decision is made, we will report further", Peskov told reporters.

    Baku 2015 is the first ever European Games, an exciting and innovative multi-sport event for the continent which will take place on June 12-28, 2015.

    There will be a total of 20 sports at Baku 2015: 16 Olympic sports and four non-Olympic sports. More than 6,000 athletes from across Europe will be representing their nations over 17 days of competition.

    Baku was awarded the games by the European Olympic Committees (EOC) in December 2012.

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  • Azerbaijan moves to reduce dependence on oil exports
    30.03.2015 21:26
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar. 30

    By Maksim Tsurkov - Trend:

    The resource extracting countries now face the need for better technology and more cost-effective production following the world oil price decline.

    The oil refining process and obtaining of a final product with its further sale on the world markets are at the forefront in this situation. That is why, Azerbaijan is taking all necessary actions to establish a facility that will supply the end products to world markets.

    Plans are underway to build of a new big petrochemical complex (OGPC) near Baku, which includes an oil refinery and a gas processing plant, as well as a petrochemical facility.

    The implementation of this project is not in question, even amid low oil prices, as the management of SOCAR (State Oil Company of Azerbaijan) has repeatedly stressed that the financing and the implementation of strategic projects will not be suspended.

    SOCAR and US Fluor Limited have signed a contract making Fluor the contractor for OGPC construction project management. This testifies to the importance and feasibility of the project.

    It should be stressed that OGPC is a beneficial project in many ways. Besides enriching the economy, the construction and the activity of such a large complex in the future envisage job creation and this is of great social importance. The location of this complex, 60 km from the capital Baku, ensures a close watch on environmental issues.

    The selection of a contractor to manage such a project is a very important point. It is no coincidence that the tender proposals were put forward by four leading world companies that specialize in such activities. Those companies desire to participate meant the project's prospects were beyond doubt.

    The introduction of advanced technologies and experience of the leading world companies is also a very important aspect of this project, as the higher is the quality of the OGPC products, the higher is the probability of selling them at a profitable price, which again increases the economic feasibility.

    Meanwhile, SOCAR will be able to successfully utilize the experience gained during the project's realization in third countries as well.

    Moreover, SOCAR intends to deal with not only the extraction and processing of oil and gas, but also rendering engineering service, and has recently signed of a contract with another US company, KBR, under which the two companies will create a joint venture for engineering services.

    SOCAR's president, Rovnag Abdullayev says such a joint venture will contribute to the creation of a global-scale engineering service company in Azerbaijan.

    In the not to distant future, SOCAR will be able to provide the all the necessary services for the design and construction services for the projects related to geological exploration, production and refining of oil, its transportation, re-refining of oil and petroleum products in third countries.

    Azerbaijan, together with foreign partners, is taking all the necessary steps to reduce dependence on conventional exports of oil, and contribute to the creation of the high-tech production in the country.

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  • President Ilham Aliyev reviews progress of construction at Baku White City boulevard
    30.03.2015 21:21
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, March 30

    Trend:

    President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has reviewed the progress of construction at the Baku White City boulevard.

    The head of state was informed about the work carried out as part of the project.

    The foundation stone for the new boulevard was laid by President Ilham Aliyev in May, 2013.

    The Baku White City boulevard will have modern catering and service facilities. The green areas will be laid out here.

    President Ilham Aliyev gave relevant instructions.

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  • Georgia to host joint exercise with NATO this summer
    30.03.2015 20:45
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    Baku, Azerbaijan Mar. 30

    Trend:

    NATO and Georgia are to hold a joint exercise this summer, said James Appathurai, the NATO secretary general's special representative for the South Caucasus and Central Asia.

    He made the remarks during an online Qamp;A with the Georgian non-governmental organization, the Atlantic Council of Georgia, on March 30, News Georgia reported.

    "The pace [of implementation of the Substantial NATO-Georgia Package] is very good," said Appathurai, adding that the NATO experts have been helping Georgia to set up a joint training center.

    He also said the members of the core team, who will soon be in Georgia, have been identified, and there will be a joint exercise in Georgia this summer.

    Earlier, during NATO's Wales Summit, held in September 2014, a package of measures was approved to help Georgia in its aspiration for its membership in the alliance.

    The package includes the opening of a training center in Georgia, which will host the training of the servicemen of NATO and its partner countries.

    Previously, the deputy defense minister of Georgia, Levan Girsiashvili, said a NATO training center will open in Georgia, presumably, by the autumn of this year.

    Meanwhile, no location has been so far selected for the training center.

    Georgia's institutional cooperation with NATO started in 1994, when the country became a member to the Partnership for Peace (PfP) program.

    After the "Rose Revolution" of 2004, the cooperation between Georgia and NATO became even more intense.

    In April 2008, during a summit of the heads of NATO member states in Bucharest, it was confirmed that Georgia and Ukraine in the future may become members of the alliance if they comply with the NATO standards.

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  • It is time for Iran to make decision to settle Nuke case
    30.03.2015 20:39
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar. 30

    By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

    Nuclear negotiations have reached a sensitive stage and the sides are working hard to achieve a comprehensive deal, the US State Department's Persian Language Spokesperson Alan Eyre told Trend March 30.

    Iran and the P5 1 (the US, UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany) are trying to hammer out a comprehensive agreement on the Islamic Republic's nuclear program by July 1.

    They have decided to reach a political understanding by the end of March.

    Eyre said that the parties have made progresses in the ongoing round of the talks, however there are steel differences in some very important issues.

    "Tomorrow is the last day of the deadline and it is time for Iran to make decision," Eyre underlined.

    "We want to achieve a joint political understanding on main elements of the comprehensive deal by end of March," the US official said, adding if the parties gain success in this stage, they will be able to finalize the comprehensive nuclear deal with all details before the July 1 deadline.

    The US government's objective in these negotiations is to ensure that Iran would not be able to develop nuclear weapons by closing its way to a possible nuclear bomb including uranium enrichment in Natanz and fordo nuclear sites as well as Arak heavy water reactor and any other secret nuclear site, Eyre said.

    He further said that any deal should remove international community's concerns on the issue.

    Iran can prove peaceful nature of its nuclear program through accepting verification mechanisms, he said.

    "If we succeed in this regard, suspending and finally removing the nuclear sanctions will be possible," the US spokesman underlined.

    He also expressed hope that the talks to reach the expected results before the end-March deadline by attempts of the all negotiating parties.

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  • Campaign on discrediting Azerbaijan intensifies on eve of major international events
    30.03.2015 20:19
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar. 30

    By Elchin Mehdiyev - Trend:

    Every time Azerbaijan carries out any major international event, the campaign of discrediting the country is intensified as if some forces perceive these activities as another chance, Azerbaijani MP Malahat Ibrahimqizi told Trend.

    She was commenting on a campaign conducted by a number of international organizations to discredit Azerbaijan on the eve of the first European Games.

    She said that Azerbaijan has become accustomed to such campaigns.

    "We have seen such campaigns during the Eurovision song contest in Azerbaijan," she said.

    "On the one hand, Azerbaijan has become a venue for cultural contest of Europe, showed its hospitality. On the other hand, a biased approach was demonstrated towards Azerbaijan. However, despite this, Azerbaijan held this event at the highest level."

    She said that despite the world crisis, Azerbaijan is developed. The country is implementing big international projects.

    "Of course, pro-Armenian forces, which do not want to see Azerbaijan's development, carry out such campaigns to vilify the country," she said. "These forces are trying to put pressure on the country every time on the eve of a major event in Azerbaijan."

    She said that such campaigns and pressure are futile.

    "I think that we should not pay attention to the pressure, dirty campaigns," she said. "We must continue our policy. As always, Azerbaijan will also hold the first European Games at a high level."

    Baku 2015 is the first-ever European Games, an exciting and innovative multi-sport event for the continent which will take place on June 12-28, 2015.

    There will be a total of 20 sports at Baku 2015: 16 Olympic sports and four non-Olympic sports. More than 6,000 athletes from across Europe will be representing their nations over 17 days of competition.

    Baku was awarded the games by the European Olympic Committees (EOC) in December 2012.

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  • Some circles envy Azerbaijanв's development - MP
    30.03.2015 20:01
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar. 30

    By Elchin Mehdiyev - Trend:

    Some circles are envious of the fact that Azerbaijan is being developed amid the world crisis, Azerbaijani MP Rauf Aliyev told Trend March 29.

    He was commenting on a campaign conducted by a number of international organizations to discredit Azerbaijan on the eve of the first European Games.

    "Azerbaijan is implementing big international projects," he said. "It increases its credibility. That is why they hold campaigns to discredit the country."

    He said that these circles are worried about holding of the first European Games in Azerbaijan.

    "Unfortunately, there are those in Azerbaijan who do not want to see these games in our country," Aliyev said.

    Aliyev said that this is not the first time such campaigns are held against Azerbaijan.

    " Every time, on the eve of the international events, we witness these dirty campaigns," he said. "Similar campaigns were also carried out during the Eurovision song contest in Azerbaijan."

    He said that all these efforts have been unsuccessful.

    "As always, Azerbaijan will also hold this important event with dignity," he said. "The sports infrastructure was created for the European Games in the short term. All other work will be completed by the beginning of the competition."

    Thousands of tourists, including businessmen and journalists will arrive in Azerbaijan in connection with the first European Games.

    "Azerbaijan will be in the spotlight all over the world," he said. "This will create an opportunity for wider promotion of the country."

    Baku 2015 is the first-ever European Games, an exciting and innovative multi-sport event for the continent which will take place on June 12-28, 2015.

    There will be a total of 20 sports at Baku 2015: 16 Olympic sports and four non-Olympic sports. More than 6,000 athletes from across Europe will be representing their nations over 17 days of competition.

    Baku was awarded the games by the European Olympic Committees (EOC) in December 2012.

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  • CIS observer mission kicks off work in Kazakhstan
    30.03.2015 19:29
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, March 30

    By Elena Kosolapova - Trend:

    The observer mission of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) started its work in Kazakhstan to monitor the presidential election to be held April 26, the Kazakh Central Election Commission said March 30.

    A meeting was held in Astana March 30 between the CEC chairman, Kuandyk Turgankulov and the head of CIS observer mission staff, Yevgeny Sloboda, during which the latter was handed over a certificate of accreditation as an international election observer.

    "We intend to send out representatives in all the regions of the country," said Sloboda. "Our plans include holding meetings with representatives of the candidates taking part in the election."

    He went on to add that the mission's main objective is to assist the holding of a democratic election, and the mission intends to work within the generally accepted norms of international supervision.

    Turgankulov, for his part, briefed Sloboda about the work on preparation and holding of the election.

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  • Problem for security service
    30.03.2015 18:59
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    Hidden areas of the internet and encrypted communications make it harder to monitor terror suspects, Europol Director Rob Wainwright told the BBC. Encrypted communications are the biggest problem in tackling terrorism across the globe. Tech firms should consider the impact sophisticated encryption software has on law enforcement, he said.

    ''Encrypted communications have become perhaps the biggest problem for the police and the security service authorities in dealing with the threats from terrorism,'' said Wainwright.

    ''Itв's changed the very nature of counter-terrorist work from one that has been traditionally reliant on having good monitoring capability of communications to one that essentially doesnв't provide that anymore. Secure messaging apps and 'dark netв' platforms are enabling criminals and terrorists to escape detection,'' according to Wainwright.
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  • Slovenian president invited to Turkey for celebration of Canakkale Battle anniversary
    30.03.2015 18:51
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar. 30

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan invited Slovenia's President Borut Pahor to the celebration of the anniversary of the victory in the Battle of Canakkale, to be held April 24, TRT Haber reported March 30.

    Erdogan said he hopes that the Slovenian president will take part in the festivities of the victory in the Battle of Canakkale, which is to be attended by heads of more than 50 countries.

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  • Georgia increases imports of oil products from Azerbaijan by 20%
    30.03.2015 18:30
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar. 29

    By Maksim Tsurkov - Trend:

    Georgia increased import of oil products from Azerbaijan by 20 percent, the Georgian National Statistics Service's foreign trade report said.

    Georgia imported 35,320 metric tons of oil and petroleum products worth $17.05 million from Azerbaijan in January-February 2015, said the report.

    Oil and oil products from Azerbaijan in January-February amounted to 22.2 percent of a total import volume of Georgia in this category of products, the report said.

    Georgia has imported oil and oil products in the amount of $76.84 million since early 2015.

    In annual terms, the volume of Georgian imports of oil and oil products from Azerbaijan in value terms declined by 36.7 percent (in quantitative terms, supplies increased by 5,970 metric tons in oil equivalent or by 20.3 percent).

    For comparison, Georgia imported 29,350 metric tons of oil and oil products in the amount of $26.9 million from Azerbaijan in January-February last year.

    Georgia imported the products worth $100.7 million from Azerbaijan in January-February 2015. According to the report, the volume of imports from Azerbaijan to Georgia decreased by 15 percent during a year.

    Previously, Azerbaijani petroleum products were produced at two refineries in Baku. Both of these refineries were included in SOCAR which annually processes around 7 million metric tons of oil produced at onshore and offshore fields with its own funds.

    SOCAR announced about liquidation of Azneftyag oil refinery and its merger with Baku Oil Refinery named after Heydar Aliyev in December 2014. The major part of Azerbaijani petroleum products is exported to Georgia.

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  • SOCAR, Fluor sign contract on petrochemical complex construction project
    30.03.2015 18:30
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, March 29

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    SOCAR (State Oil Company of Azerbaijan) and the US Fluor company concluded a contract. According to the contact, Fluor will manage the implementation of the project on establishing the Oil and Gas Processing and Petrochemical Complex (OGPC) near Baku, SOCAR said March 30.

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  • Turkish Airlines plane en route to Sao Paulo lands in Casablanca over bomb scare
    30.03.2015 18:10
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    A Turkish Airlines passenger plane flying from Istanbul to Sao Paulo made an emergency landing in Casablanca over a bomb scare, private broadcaster CNNTürk reported March 30.

    The plane, which left Istanbul at 9:30 a.m., landed in Casablanca at 3.30 p.m.

    Security teams are set to search the plane where a note regarding a bomb attack was found.

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  • Opposition-government standoff gaining momentum in Armenia
    30.03.2015 18:09
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Mushvig Mehdiyev

    An opposition rally during the weekend in Armeniaв's second largest city of Gyumri staged various provocative actions triggered by the government forces, claimed the organizers of the gathering.

    The most intriguing event at the protest march was a deliberate stabbing attack on Hrach Mirzoyan, an activist of the Founding Parliament group, the hardline opposition movement in Armenia.

    The Founding Parliament, organizer of the rally, is known as an initiator of the "Centenary Without the Regime" campaign and controversially plans to launch an anti-government push on April 24 when Armenians will commemorate the centennial of the so-called "Armenian genocide".

    The rally in Gyumri on March 28 once more showed the brutal and dirty repressive side of the regime when it unleashed its forces against its people.

    Member of the movement, Varujan Avetisyan said a group of people threw stones at their cars while they were on their way from Gyumri back to Yerevan. He believes that the authorities have a hand in the attacks against protesters.

    The movement led by Lebanese-born Armenian, Jirair Sefilyan stated that the anti-government actions are not intended to overshadow the commemoration events but pursue the deposition of the incumbent regime.

    Sefilyan promised to launch nonstop rallies in Yerevan in view of achieving the goals - to eliminate the rulers and to break ground for a new life in Armenia.

    Representatives of the parliamentary opposition parties said, however, they would not join the nonstop protests planned by the Founding Parliament.The Armenian Revolutionary Federation criticized the hardline opposition movement for the scheduled date of its campaign as it coincides with the commemoration of the so-called "genocide".Addressing supporters at the Gyumri rally, Sefilyan, in turn, once again criticized the mainstream opposition forces, calling them the followers of the current regime.

    Although many Armenians believe that now is not the time to stage a regime change, the Founding Parliament leaders overtly announce that it is their deliberate choice to play hard ball against the rulers, namely on April 24.The opposition group's consecutive rallies held in Yerevan and other parts of the Armenia target to attract large crowds to consolidate its struggle against the authorities.

    Sefilyan has recently revealed his plan to create a civil army in Armenia in an effort to provide the needed ground ahead of a regime's possible overthrow.

    Earlier, the Founding Parliament cancelled the march of vehicles to Gyumri on March 7 due to a last-minute decision to return to Yerevan after the government appeared set to engage in provocation and violence.

    The commemoration of the centennial of the "Armenian genocide" myth will apparently take a backsit next month if the nationwide rally succeeds to dethrone President Serzh Sargsyan along with his disciples. Otherwise, Armenia will experience its hardest ever political persecution to date.
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  • Outward vibe of nuclear talks says deal will be reached '" Iranian VP
    30.03.2015 18:09
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar. 30

    By Khalid Kazimov - Trend:

    Iranian First Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri has said the overall atmosphere of the ongoing nuclear negotiations indicate a deal is not far to reach.

    Iran and the group 5 1 (the US, UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany) are engaged in intense talks over the Islamic Republic's nuclear program.

    "We hope that the outcome of the talks will be a positive one and we will gain the agreement we desire," he said, ISNA news agency reported March 30.

    Pointing out that the Rouhani administration strenuously follows its foreign policy in establishing robust cooperation with the world, he deemed it a good sign that the foreign ministers of the six powers admit Iran's right to the nuclear energy.

    "We hope to be able to lift the unjust sanctions from people's shoulder and pave the way for development," he stated.

    "Even if the talks fail, we have made plans whereby people's lives and the country's development will grow better."

    The negotiators are meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, hoping to reach a political understanding of the case by March 31.

    They have set a deadline of July 1 to strike a comprehensive deal.

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  • Russian State Duma Chairman arrives in Yerevan
    30.03.2015 18:07
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    The delegation, headed by the Chairman of the State Duma of the Russian Federation Sergey Naryshkin, arrived in Yerevan on March 30.

    Sergey Naryshkin was met by the Armenian deputies, led by the Vice President of the National Assembly of Armenia Eduard Sharmazanov, APA reported citing armenpress.

    Sharmazanov presented the State Duma Chairman with a forget-me-not, symbolizing the centenary of the "Armenian genocide".
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  • European stocks rise
    30.03.2015 17:47
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    European stock markets rose strongly on Monday as traders focused on Greece's efforts to strike a bailout deal, while betting on the outlook for US interest rates.

    Frankfurt's DAX 30 index rallied 1.45 percent to stand at 12,039.89 points in early afternoon deals, while the CAC 40 in Paris jumped 1.14 percent to 5,091.52 points.

    London's benchmark FTSE 100 index climbed 0.46 percent to stand at 6,886.40 points compared with Friday's close.

    The euro fell to $1.0850 from $1.0890 late in New York on Friday.
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