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Ways to Help Underachieving Boys Succeed in School
11.02.2013 09:04
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Re "The Boys at the Back," by Christina Hoff Sommers ("The Great Divide" series, Sunday Review, Feb. 3):

The way to deal with boys' underachievement in school is not through "boy friendly" policies like more recess, single-sex classrooms and male teachers but through strong academic climates and clear, consistent information about occupations and the educational pathways that lead to them.

After years of research for our forthcoming book, "The Rise of Women: The Growing Gender Gap in Education and What It Means for American Schools," Thomas A. DiPrete and I found that in schools where academic effort is expected and valued, boys compete for high grades and more often achieve them. Such schools reduce gender gaps and promote healthy, multifaceted gender identities for both boys and girls.

Boys also perform better when teachers and parents help them understand how their future success is linked to their efforts in middle and high school.

Rather than remaking schools in ways that reinforce gender stereotypes, we need schools that set high expectations for student achievement and treat students as individuals.

CLAUDIA BUCHMANN

Columbus, Ohio, Feb. 6, 2013

The writer is a professor of sociology and director of graduate studies at Ohio State University.

To the Editor:

Even in the late 1950s, educators sensed that girls had advantages over boys. They're verbal, orderly, quiet, submissive and cooperative.

Boys? Polar opposites: outgoing, active, loud and unable to sit still. More boys in detention, in special education and suspended. And of course, all the teachers were women!

As a fifth-grade teacher, I found that one solution was a brisk, vigorous outdoor activity session right before lunch. If someone got restless or acted out, all I said was "save that for outside."

The results were amazing. Three boys who had suffered stomach cramps and needed medical attention refused to go to school. Their mothers fought with them every day. But in my class they raced to school. Couldn't wait to get there.

Girls benefited, too. Two who had no friends suddenly bonded with each other, then with classmates. For the first time, girls invited them to birthdays and sleepovers. One had been receiving psychiatric help and medication. Her mother later told me that she no longer needed either.

There are certainly solutions to "boys at the back." Letting boys be boys is one of them.

WALT LIDMAN

Hazlet, N.J., Feb. 6, 2013

The writer is a retired public-school teacher.
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  • New contracts awarded for Shah Deniz Stage 2
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    The Shah Deniz consortium is pleased to announce two further contractsrecently awardedas part of overall progress of the Stage 2 development project.

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    01.10.2014 14:49
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    Baku, October 1 (AzerTAc). President of the Azerbaijan Republic Ilham Aliyev has today received ISESCO Director General Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri.

    They hailed the successful development of the beneficial cooperation between Azerbaijan and ISESCO and expressed their confidence on further development of the ties.

    The parties spoke about the significance of the Baku International Humanitarian Forum and stressed the role of the Forum in strengthening the ties between the peoples and intercultural dialogue.
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  • Korean artists thrill up Baku audience
    01.10.2014 14:48
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    By Sara Rajabova

    Azerbaijan's capital city Baku has hosted a spectacular gala concert entitled "Fly Up" by Korean artists.

    The event was co-organized by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea to Azerbaijan, the Korea Foundation, and the SEBA (Seoul-Baku) Azerbaijan-Korean Cultural Exchange Association on 30 September.

    The concert featured Korea's finest hip-hop dancers and Korean traditional music. Twenty four performers came to Baku for the non-verbal narrative of Richard Bach's "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" through modern hip-hop dancing.

    The audience greatly enjoyed the performance of the world-renewed hip-hop groups "Animation Crew", "Gamblers Crew" and famous traditional synthesis music group of women "Season of Soul". During the concert, the performers performed the traditional and contemporary Korean music.

    Nearly one thousand people came together in historical theater of Baku to enjoy the Korean concert. It served as a great opportunity to further consolidate the friendly relationship between Korea and Azerbaijan.

    The concert was held as a part of the joint efforts between the Korean Embassy and the SEBA (Seoul-Baku) Azerbaijan-Korean Cultural Exchange Association to strengthen the cultural exchange between Korea and Azerbaijan.

    Since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1992, Korea and Azerbaijan have forged strong ties in various fields such as politics, economy, culture and education on the basis of the mutual trust.

    /AzerNews/
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  • Mexico opens its embassy in Baku
    01.10.2014 14:42
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    Francisco Ernesto Romero Bock held a meeting in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan on October 1.

    Mexico opened its embassy in Azerbaijan.

    Oxu.Az reports that the statement came from the press service of the Foreign Ministry of Azerbaijan on Wednesday.

    The report notes that the chargeacute; d'affaires of Mexico in Azerbaijan Francisco Ernesto Romero Bock held a meeting in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan on October 1.

    During the meeting, chargeacute; d'affaires informed the Azerbaijani side on the opening of the embassy of Mexico, the report said.
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  • ''La Gazzetta dello Sport'': ''Karabakh" is a team of ghost town
    01.10.2014 14:31
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    "Karabakh" held its last match in its native locality against "Khazar" on 9 May, 1993.

    An article about the Azerbaijani football club "Karabakh" was published in the famous Italian sports newspaper "La Gazzetta dello Sport".

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to APA that an article titled "Karabakh" - a team of ghost town" provides detailed information on the activities of the club.

    The article notes that after the Armenian occupation of much of Agdam, the team was forced to make their home matches in Baku. "Karabakh" spent its last match in its native locality against the "Khazar" on May 9, 1993.

    The author also informed the readers about the history of the club, on former and current players and the achievements of the team.
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  • President Ilham Aliyev received Former Prime Minister of Italy Enrico Letta
    01.10.2014 14:23
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    Baku, October 1 (AzerTAc). President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has received Former Prime Minister of Italy, General Secretary of the Agency for Research and Legislation Enrico Letta.

    Enrico Letta said he watched with great interest the visit of President Ilham Aliyev to Italy, and stressed the importance of the projects carried out by Azerbaijan in Italy.

    President Ilham Aliyev recalled his visit and meetings held in Italy. The Head of State stressed the importance of adoption of the joint declaration on strategic partnership between the two countries.

    The sides highlighted significance of Baku International Humanitarian Forum, the role of the Forum in strengthening the cooperative relations among the countries and exchanged views on issues of mutual interest.
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  • Azerbaijan, Iran mull simplification of visa regime
    01.10.2014 14:13
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    Baku, October 1 (AzerTAc). Commissioning of the Qazvin-Rasht-Astara (Iran)-Astara (Azerbaijan) railway, which is part of the "North-South" international transport corridor, will lead to the intensification of bilateral relations between Azerbaijan and Iran, said the head of the Customs Service of Iran Masoud Karbasian at a meeting in Baku with the Chairman of the State Customs Committee (SCC) of Azerbaijan Aydin Aliyev.

    According to Masoud Karbasian, The "cooperation between customs of Azerbaijan and Iran is at a good level, and the two heads of state have a will for the expansion of bilateral relations in this sphere. The meetings of the Presidents of Azerbaijan and Iran took place four times during the last eight months, however, the relationship between countries can be raised to an even higher level."

    He said that it is necessary to ensure the transition of customs checkpoints in Bilasuvar and Astara on the round-the-clock mode, the introduction of a unified information system between the customs authorities (in order that all documents or declarations adopted by the Azerbaijan Customs would be recognized by the Iranian side, and vice versa, which would greatly simplify the trucking transportations between the two countries).

    In turn, the head of the State Customs Committee Aydin Aliyev said that Azerbaijan and Iran have had friendly and fraternal relations for many centuries.

    He said that today the relations between the two countries reached a new level, and the present meeting, which is the 4th one during the last 8 months, proves it.

    "The customs statistics do not reflect the current situation, as every day thousands of people cross the Azerbaijani-Iranian border," said Aliyev.

    The two countries are also linked by transit transportation, so they attach great importance to accelerate the formalization of each procedure, load and the vehicle, said the head of the State Customs Committee of Azerbaijan.
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  • German embassy in Azerbaijan marks public holiday
    01.10.2014 13:55
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    Baku, October 1 (AzerTAc). The German embassy in Azerbaijan has organized an official reception to mark public holiday - the German Unity Day.

    Following the national anthems of Azerbaijan and Germany, Ambassador Heidrun Tempel spoke of development of the relations between the two countries. The diplomat said Germany was one of the first countries to recognize Azerbaijan`s independence, and expressed confidence that the Germany-Azerbaijan cooperation would continue to develop in a variety of fields.

    Addressing the event, Azerbaijan`s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Mahmud Mammadguliyev congratulated the German people. Mammadguliyev praised development of cooperation between Azerbaijan and Germany in political, economic, humanitarian and cultural fields.

    Member of the German Bundestag Steffen-Claudio Lemme hailed developing relations between Azerbaijan and Germany.

    The official reception brought together state and government officials of Azerbaijan, MPs, ambassadors of foreign countries in Baku and public figures.
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  • Works of outstanding Azerbaijani composer sounded in Stockholm
    01.10.2014 13:54
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    Stockholm, October 1 (AzerTAc). Works of outstanding Azerbaijani composer Fikret Amirov sounded in Stockholm.

    The concert was organized by the French Embassy in Sweden and held at the French Cultural Center.

    The concert was attended by representatives of the French community in Sweden, the embassies accredited in Stockholm and government officials of Sweden.
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  • Participants of ECO member countries pay respect to national leader Heydar Aliyev and Azerbaijani heroes
    01.10.2014 13:49
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    Baku, October 1 (AzerTAc). Participants of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) member countries have today visited the Alley of Honours to lay a wreath at the tomb of national leader, founder and architect of modern Azerbaijani state Heydar Aliyev.

    They also put flowers at the grave of prominent ophthalmologist, academician Zarifa Aliyeva.

    The participants then visited the Alley of Martyrs to commemorate Azerbaijani heroes who gave their lives for the country`s independence and territorial integrity.

    They laid a wreath at the Eternal Flame monument.
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  • Oil price falls in world markets
    01.10.2014 13:39
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    Baku, October 1 (AzerTAc). The price of oil has fallen in the world markets.

    On the New York Stock Exchange NYMEX (New York Mercantile Exchange) cost of the US Light crude oil has increased $3.41 to stand at $91.16. Price of British Brent crude oil at the London ICE (InterContinental Exchange Futures) decreased $2.53 to trade at $94.67.

    A barrel of Azeri Light crude oil fell $1.06 to stand at $96.57.
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  • NIDA members appeal to President Ilham Aliyev for pardon - TEXT
    01.10.2014 13:34
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    Baku. Shahriyar Alizadeh '" APA. The imprisoned members of NIDA Civic Movement - Rashadat Akhundov, Rashad Hasanov, Uzeyr Mammadli, Zaur Gurbanli, Mammad Azizov, and Ilkin Rustamzadeh - appealed to President Ilham Aliyev for pardon.

    At the request of these persons, the appeal has been presented to media outlets without distortion, APA reports quoting the website of the Ministry of Justice.

    The appeal says:

    "Dear Mr President,

    We, the imprisoned NIDA members, think that we can use our youthful energy to the benefit of our country in the current period of Azerbaijan. Serving our punishment until the end, it would be wasting our youthful activity. We hope You agree that spending our youth in freedom would benefit the Azerbaijani people and the country, and help us regain our freedom and return to our family. Throughout our time in prison, we've had enough opportunities to observe the ongoing processes within the country and abroad. Due to these observations, we have learned approaching the future in the optimal way and made a lot of assessments.

    Dear Mr President,

    We, the young people, want to spend our knowledge and skills for the prosperity and development of independent Azerbaijan. We believe You would take our youthfulness into consideration and agree on our release, using your exceptional powers.
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  • Iran seeks broader ties with West, Europe: Iran FM
    01.10.2014 13:10
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    Iranв's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has stressed the importance of removing obstacles on the way of expanding the Islamic Republicв's relations with the West and Europe.

    "The Islamic Republic of Iran calls for the removal of obstacles on the way of development of ties with European and Western countries and, of course, this issue depends on the opposite side's will," Zarif said in a meeting with Irish Parliament Speaker Sean D. Barrett in Tehran on Tuesday, Press TV reports.

    The Iranian minister added that Tehran and Dublin can strengthen cooperation in different sectors including parliamentary cooperation.

    Zarif further criticized the West's way of battling the Takfiri ISIL terrorists and said, "Unfortunately, instead of a fundamental fight against the ISIL, Syria's infrastructure is being attacked and this issue will not be solved this way."

    For his part, Barrett said Iran is the focal point of peace and stability in the Middle East and called for broader ties between Iran and Ireland.

    Since September 22, the US and its allies, including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Jordan, have been conducting airstrikes against the ISIL inside Syria without any authorization from Damascus or a UN mandate.

    The airstrikes are an extension of the US-led aerial campaign against ISIL positions in Iraq.

    He called for enhanced Tehran-Dublin relations in all fields.
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  • AZAL to start flights on Baku-Bishkek-Baku route
    01.10.2014 13:05
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    Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL) will implement direct flights on Baku-Bishkek-Baku route from October 26.

    According to Embassy of Kyrgyzstan in Azerbaijan, the first flight will be implemented on October 26 at 10:00 a.m.

    Generally, these flights will be implemented on Tuesday and Sundays by Airbus.
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  • Prosecutor General: Reports on pressure against Leyla Yunus fictitious
    01.10.2014 12:57
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    From the first day of the investigation, Leyla Yunus had a lawyer she wanted and she meets with him whenever she wants.

    Their rights and freedoms are guaranteed in accordance with the requirements of the Criminal Procedure Code, said Prosecutor General Zakir Garalov while commenting on the protests of some international organizations, APA reports.

    "The press is regularly informed about the criminal case of Yunus. Recent reports on pressure against Leyla Yunus are fictitious. This information has not been confirmed. The public will be thoroughly informed about her criminal case," he said.
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  • AYOR holds 5th conference in Moscow
    01.10.2014 12:46
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    By Nigar Orujova

    Moscow has hosted the fifth conference of the Azerbaijani Youth Organization of Russia called "AYOR: dialogue and activities".

    The event was attended by Vice-President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, Chairperson of AYOR Leyla Aliyeva, Azerbaijani Ambassador to Russia Polad Bulbuloglu, President of All-Russian Azerbaijanis Congress Mammad Aliyev, as well as Azerbaijani students studying in Russia.

    A photo exhibition highlighting the activities of AYOR, International Dialogue for Environmental Action (IDEA) and Baku 2015 -the first European Games to be held in Azerbaijan-was organized as part of the conference. Publications of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation were also exhibited.

    "Seven years have passed since the establishment of AYOR, and today we can say with confidence that our organization has reached all its goals," Aliyeva said opening the conference.

    AYOR aims to unite the Azerbaijani youth, help them integrate into Russian society, support all their plans and ideas, help them in their studies and pave the way for Azerbaijani youth living in Russia to adequately represent the rich culture, ancient history and traditions of their country.

    AYOR has over 70 regional departments around Russia. Azerbaijani youth groups are active in many Russian universities.

    Aliyeva went on saying that AYOR continues holding annual campaigns, such as championship in mini-football for the Heydar Aliyev Cup, chess tournament, intellectual game, annual event for blood donations, large medical forum, events in Lipetsk, Saratov and Kaluga, and others.

    Polad Bulbuloglu also noted that Azerbaijani youth of Russia integrate into Russian society through a variety of activities.

    The conference was followed by a forum on "International cooperation for restoration of biodiversity in the Caucasus: Achievements and Opportunities", "Azerbaijan Today", "Health of Azerbaijan on the Way of Reforms" and "Baku 2015".

    The event ended with a gala concert of Azerbaijani and Russian singers.

    /AzerNews/
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  • Azerbaijan to be represented by five MPs at OSCE PA autumn session
    01.10.2014 12:43
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    A delegation headed by the vice-speaker of the Azerbaijani parliament, head of the Azerbaijani delegation to the OSCE PA Bahar Muradova will be on a visit to Geneva (Switzerland) on Oct. 1-6 to participate in the autumn session of the assembly, the parliament said Oct. 1.

    The delegation includes the Chairman of the Committee on Agrarian Policy Eldar Ibrahimov, Chairperson of the Committee on Human Rights Rabiyyat Aslanova, deputy chairman of the Committee on Regional Affairs Fattah Heydarov, vice-chairman of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Committee on Political Affairs and Security Azay Guliyev.

    The 'OSCE PA Mediterranean Forumв' and then a conference on "Role of parliaments in the new security challenges" will be held as part of the session. The military-political, economic, environmental, human criteria of the OSCE activity in the economic, environmental and other issues will be discussed at this conference.

    A number of organizational issues will be considered at a meeting of the standing committee.

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  • Armeniaв's armed forces once again violate ceasefire with Azerbaijan
    01.10.2014 12:32
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    Over the past 24 hours, Armenian armed forces, located in Aygepar village of Armeniaв's Berd region violated ceasefire with Azerbaijani armed forces, stationed near the Alibayli village of Tovuz region, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said Oct. 1.

    The violation 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 U.S. are currently holding peace negotiations.

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

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  • Armeniaв's armed forces once again violate ceasefire with Azerbaijan
    01.10.2014 12:28
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    Over the past 24 hours, Armenian armed forces, located in Aygepar village of Armeniaв's Berd region violated ceasefire with Azerbaijani armed forces, stationed near the Alibayli village of Tovuz region, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said Oct. 1.

    The violation 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 U.S. are currently holding peace negotiations.

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

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  • Man who committed mass murder in Azerbaijan arrested
    01.10.2014 12:17
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    Names of those who were killed in Goranboy have been made public.

    The District Police Office told APA that the people who were killed as an armed man attacked a house are 56-year-old Dilezber Ali Mammadova, 31-year-old Fergane Allahyar Mammadova, 63-year-old Ofelya Isa Mammadova, 51-year-old Hevayet Khanlar Mammadova, 30-year-old Sudaba Allahyar Huseynova, 25-year-old Namig Allahyar Mammadov and 3-year-old Isa Elvin Mammadov.

    28-year-old Natig Mammadov and 26-year-old Gunel Mammadova were injured.

    As a result of the investigation, the murder who committed the crime is the family's son-in-law Rafig Muzaffar Huseynov and he was arrested.

    A criminal case was launched upon the fact and investigation is underway.
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  • Iranв's gas industry needs $62 billion of investment in five years
    01.10.2014 12:07
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    The Managing Director of National Iranian Gas Company Hamidreza Araqi said that some $62 billion should be invested in the countryв's gas industry in the next five years.''Tehran needs to annually invest $10 billion in pipeline-laying in the next four years, he said, Iranв's Fars News Agency reported on September 30.''There are many potential buyers for Iranian gas, so we need to provide the necessary infrastructure to boost gas exports,'' he added.Araqi went on to note that currently 63 million Iranians have access to gas.''The figure should reach 71 million or 94 percent of the countryв's total population by the end of the Iranian calendar year of 1396 (March 20, 20180,'' NIGC head noted.Iran is the second-largest proved natural gas reserve holder in the world.According to Oil amp; Gas Journal, as of January 2014, Iran's estimated proved natural gas reserves were 1,193 trillion cubic feet, second only to Russia.Iran holds 17% of the world's proved natural gas reserves and more than one-third of OPEC's reserves. Iran has a high success rate of natural gas exploration, in terms of wildcat drilling, which is estimated at 79% compared to the world average success rate of 30% to 35%, according to FGE.According to BP's latest yearly report, Iran's dried gas output is about 160 bcm, a little more than domestic consumption level.Iran exported 7.5 bcm of gas to Turkey and imported 4.5 bcm gas from Turkmenistan in 2012, according to BP's report.

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  • Azerbaijan to be represented by five MPs at OSCE PA autumn session
    01.10.2014 11:17
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    A delegation headed by the vice-speaker of the Azerbaijani parliament, head of the Azerbaijani delegation to the OSCE PA Bahar Muradova will be on a visit to Geneva (Switzerland) on Oct. 1-6 to participate in the autumn session of the assembly, the parliament said Oct. 1.

    The delegation includes the Chairman of the Committee on Agrarian Policy Eldar Ibrahimov, Chairperson of the Committee on Human Rights Rabiyyat Aslanova, deputy chairman of the Committee on Regional Affairs Fattah Heydarov, vice-chairman of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Committee on Political Affairs and Security Azay Guliyev.

    The 'OSCE PA Mediterranean Forumв' and then a conference on "Role of parliaments in the new security challenges" will be held as part of the session. The military-political, economic, environmental, human criteria of the OSCE activity in the economic, environmental and other issues will be discussed at this conference.

    A number of organizational issues will be considered at a meeting of the standing committee.

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  • 7 killed in Goranboy - UPDATED
    01.10.2014 11:13
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    One of the victims of the crime is the 3-year-old child.

    The details of the murder committed in Goranboy region became clear.

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to ANS PRESS that the incident occurred in the village of Sefikyurd, Goranboy region.

    Person who committed the murder was the son in law of the family.

    A month ago he married the daughter of the head of the murdered family.

    According to local residents of ANS PRESS, killer's name is Rafiq Huseynov.

    According to a cousin of the murdered wife of Rafiq Huseynov, Adil Mammadov, new husband beat his wife.

    After that the woman had gone to her father's house. Rafiq called her to find out whether she will return back or not. When the woman's parents said they will not let her back, Rafiq came home to his father in law and threw a grenade.

    The names of the victims became clear.

    According to Adil Mammadov, 4 of those killed were members of one family and 3 other were the members of another family.

    There is one minor child among the dead.

    Names of the dead:

    Dilyazbar (mother)

    Fargana (sister-in-law)

    Sudaba (daughter-in-law)

    Namik (brother)

    Ofilya

    Havayat

    Isa (3 years).
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  • Armenians fire on Azerbaijani positions in Tovuz
    01.10.2014 10:48
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    Armenians violate ceasefire again.

    Armenian army units fired on the positions of Azerbaijani Army in Alibeyli village of Tovuz region from their posts in Ayqepar village of Armenia's Berd region yesterday and tonight.

    APA reports quoting the Defense Ministry's press service that the enemy was silenced by retaliation fire.
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  • Expert: The role of social networks in employment increases
    01.10.2014 10:45
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    "Our observations show that job search today is made 97% by using the Internet".

    "At the same time people are placing their resumes using the internet".

    Oxu.Az reports referring to the "Echo" newspaper that the statement came from the chairman of the Center for Economic and Social Development Vugar Bayramov. However, according to him, the share of social networking in the job search has sharply increased.

    "However, Internet still holds a leading position. But social networks are becoming more and more often a means for advertising a job search or looking for an employee. There is no specific data in this direction. However, our observations show that about 40% of the professionals who are working for this purpose use social networks. Although in 2012 this figure was 10%. Dynamics speaks in favor of the role of social networks in the job search. Against the background of the increasing number of active users of social networks, this figure will also grow," Bayramov said.
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  • Ilham Aliyev congratulates President of China
    01.10.2014 09:55
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    Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has congratulated President of China Xi Jinping.

    Oxu.Az reports referring to APA that a congratulatory letter to the Head of State reads as follows:

    "On my own behalf and on behalf of the people of Azerbaijan, I heartily congratulate you and your people on the national holiday - the Day of the Establishment of the People's Republic. I attach particular importance to the Azerbaijani-Chinese relations. From this perspective, the expansion of our ties of friendship and deepening of mutually beneficial cooperation is satisfactory. I am confident that we will work together to successfully continue our political relations based on mutual understanding and trust, our economic ties, which are beneficial for both sides, and humanitarian exchanges. On this auspicious day, I wish you good health, success in business, and peace and prosperity to the friendly people of China."
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  • The European Azerbaijan Society organizes photo exhibition in CE
    01.10.2014 09:08
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    Today, the European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS) with the support of the Permanent Mission of Azerbaijan at CE organized photo exhibition titled "Azerbaijan through the eyes of photos'' at the Council of Europe's European.

    Speaking at the opening ceremony, the head of the Azerbaijani delegation to PACE Samad Seyidov noted that the opening of such an exhibition during the Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe is of great importance.

    "The exhibition by various photographers, having high level of professionalism, presents different panorama, buildings, and residents of Azerbaijan. In these photos reflected the reality of Azerbaijan. Unfortunately, the Council of Europe sometimes tries, for certain purposes, to present our country by far from reality. However, this exhibition reflects the realities of our country - that truth can not be hidden. Me, as a head of the delegation to the PACE, and vice president of the organization express my gratitude for the organization of such an exhibition of European Azerbaijan Society, carrying out special operations in establishing closer ties between Azerbaijan and Europe. Thanks to the initiative of this particular society today such an exhibition organized by the Council of Europe. I am sure that this exhibition will strengthen mutual understanding between us and the Council of Europe. This is very important and it is more necessary to the Council of Europe, than for us to get to know it with Azerbaijan", Azerbaijani delegation to PACE Samad Seyidov said.

    Director of the European Azerbaijan Society Lionel Zetter, in turn, expressed his satisfaction with the organization of such an exhibition in the European Council, which unites 47 European countries, in particular, during the presidency of the Committee of Ministers of Azerbaijan and the PACE autumn session.

    The Director noted that the European Azerbaijan Society organizes various activities in order to bring closer to European history, rich cultural heritage of Azerbaijan and the organization of such an exhibition at the headquarters of prestigious organization is a continuation of this activity.

    Zetter noted that offices European Azerbaijan Society operating in six European countries.

    According to him, the exhibition presents 85 photographs, which reflect the different sides of Azerbaijan. Among the works of the greatest interest was the photo of internally displaced persons from occupied Kelbajar region of Azerbaijan.
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  • Azerbaijani Parliament addresses statement to European Parliament
    01.10.2014 09:08
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    The Azerbaijani Parliament has adopted a statement in response to the resolution on Azerbaijan adopted by the European Parliament on September 18.

    MP Malahat Ibrahimgizi read out the statement at today's plenary session of the Parliament, APA reports.

    The statement considers this resolution is biased and unfounded.

    "The terms for release of inmates and persons under investigation without standing trial run contrary to the principles of respect. Violation of freedom of speech in Azerbaijan is out of question. Unlimited internet is available in the country. All the conditions were created for the activities of NGOs, their number have reached 4 000 in the country in recent years. MPs note with regret that the facts reflected in the resolution hadn't been specified. In fact, not everything is in order in Azerbaijan, there are some human rights violations. However, they have not become systematic."

    The Azerbaijani Parliament regards this resolution as contrary to the cooperation between Azerbaijan and the European Union and an act casting doubt upon the law and undermining the international image of the country. "If such an attitude continues, Azerbaijan will have once again to discuss the necessity of cooperation with the European Parliament and the Euronest", the statement said.

    The statement was adopted through voting.
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  • Traffic accident kills 56 in South Sudan
    30.09.2014 22:34
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    Baku-APA.В At least 56 people were killed in a traffic accident in South Sudan on Monday when a minibus collided with a truck on a road linking South Sudan with Uganda, according to a medial source in Juba Hospital, APA reports quoting XInhua.

    "The victims could be more, but those who were brought to the hospital are 56," the source said on condition of anonymity.

    Traffic has been heavy along roads linking South Sudan with its neighboring countries since last September, when violence erupted between government troops and fighters loyal to former South Sudanese vice-president Riek Machar.

    The conflict in the newly-born country together with the deteriorating humanitarian conditions have forced hundreds of thousands of Southern Sudanese to flee to Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan and Uganda.
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  • Azerbaijan, Iran discuss how to strengthen cooperation
    30.09.2014 21:58
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    Baku, September 30 (AzerTAc). Azerbaijan's Minister of Emergency Situations Kamaladdin Heydarov has today met an Iranian delegation led by Head of the Customs Administration Masoud Karbasian to discuss how to further strengthen cooperation between the two countries.

    The Azerbaijani Minister highlighted what had been done in the country to prevent emergency situations and eliminate their consequences.

    Mr. Heydarov said relations between Azerbaijan and Iran had entered a new stage following the meetings of presidents Ilham Aliyev and Hassan Rouhani. "Our goal is to successfully implement the tasks set by the heads of state."The Iranian Minister stressed the importance of further strengthening cooperation between various government bodies of the "two friendly and neighboring countries".

    The two also exchanged views over other issues of mutual concern.
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  • EnagГЎs joins Trans Adriatic Pipeline AG
    30.09.2014 20:22
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    Baku, September 30 (AzerTAc). Enagaacute;s has joined the Trans Adriatic Pipeline project as a new shareholder with a 16 per cent stake in the Trans Adriatic Pipeline AG (TAP) company.

    In addition, existing shareholder Fluxys has increased its stake in TAP from 16 per cent to 19 per cent.

    The new arrangement follows the purchase by Enagaacute;s and Fluxys of the 19 per cent of TAP shares previously owned by E.ON (9 per cent) and Total (10 per cent). TAP's shareholding is now comprised of BP (20 per cent), SOCAR (20 per cent), Statoil (20 per cent), Fluxys (19 per cent), Enagaacute;s (16 per cent) and Axpo (5 per cent).

    The TAP project will transport natural gas from the Shah Deniz II field in Azerbaijan to Europe. The approximately 870 km pipeline will connect with the Trans Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP) near the Turkish-Greek border at Kipoi, cross Greece and Albania and the Adriatic Sea, before coming ashore in southern Italy.

    TAP Managing Director Kjetil Tungland said "The TAP Joint Venture has always been open to new strategic partners and I am very pleased to welcome Enagaacute;s to TAP. This continues our successful joint-venture model that has brought producers, midstream players and gas buyers together to develop this important project. Enagaacute;s, as a major gas company with a long track record of important infrastructure investments in Europe and South America, will help to enhance TAP's strategic position as a truly European project that will transport a new source of gas to the continent's energy markets."

    Andy Lane, Chairman of the Board of Directors for TAP AG, said "As we prepare for the next crucial stage, starting with the construction of roads and bridges in Albania in early 2015, I would also like to thank both E.ON and Total for their strong commitment and contribution to TAP's development and welcome Enagaacute;s as a new shareholder in TAP."
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  • We drink more alcohol on days of increased physical activity
    30.09.2014 20:13
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    Baku, September 30 (AzerTAc). The research team, led by David E. Conroy of the Feinburg School of Medicine at Northwestern, publish their findings in the journal Health Psychology.

    They reached their findings by analyzing the physical activity and alcohol consumption of 150 participants aged 18-89.

    Throughout three separate periods of 21 days, participants were asked to input their levels of physical activity and alcohol consumption into their smartphone at the end of each day.

    Conroy notes that previous studies have relied on participants self-reporting their exercise and alcohol behaviors over the past 30 days.

    "In this study, people only have to remember one day of activity or consumption at a time, so they are less vulnerable to memory problems or other biases that come in to play when asked to report the past 30 days of behavior," he says. "We think this is a really good method for getting around some of those self-report measurement problems."

    The investigators note that past research claims people who engage in high levels of physical activity are more likely to have higher alcohol consumption.

    However, using the daily self-reporting method, the team found that people are more likely to consume alcohol on the days they engage in higher levels of physical activity, which tends to be Thursday to Sunday.

    "Monday through Wednesday people batten down the hatches and they cut back on alcohol consumption," explains Conroy. "But once that 'social weekend' kicks off on Thursdays, physical activity increases and so does alcohol consumption."

    He adds that these results are of concern, as lack of physical activity and alcohol consumption are both associated with increased risk of health problems. He adds:

    "We need to figure out how to use physical activity effectively and safely without having the adverse effects of drinking more alcohol."

    The researchers admit that from this study, they are unable to determine what causes people to drink more alcohol on the days they are more active, but that this is something they hope to find out with future research.

    However, Conroy says it is possible that people drink alcohol to reward themselves for working out, or physical activity may encourage engagement in social environments that involve drinking.

    "Once we understand the connection between the two variables, we can design novel interventions that promote physical activity while curbing alcohol use," he adds.
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  • WHO: Less salt, more life
    30.09.2014 19:37
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    Baku, September 30 (AzerTAc). If you want to live longer and have a healthier heart, cut back on your salt intake. This means ditching your favorite fast-food meal, checking salt levels on food labels, and removing salt dispensers and bottled sauces from your dining table.

    The World Health Organization (WHO) gave these tips to mark World Heart Day on Monday, as it urged countries to implement evidence-based strategies to reduce salt consumption to trim the number of people experiencing heart disease, strokes and other noncommunicable diseases (NCDs).

    In a statement, the WHO said that one of its targets was to reduce global salt consumption by 30 percent by 2025 to prevent people from succumbing to NCDs, which are the leading cause of premature death.

    People who consume too much salt increase their risk of hypertension and other heart diseases and strokes, it noted.

    "If the target to reduce salt by 30 percent globally by 2025 is achieved, millions of lives can be saved from heart disease, stroke and related conditions," according to Dr. Oleg Chestnov, WHO assistant director general for NCDs and mental health.

    In the Philippines, lifestyle-related diseases are the top causes of death. These diseases are linked to common but preventable risk factors such as an unhealthy diet, lack of physical activity, smoking and alcohol consumption.

    Chestnov said one of the more effective ways to improve population health was for governments to enforce regulations and policies that would ensure that food manufacturers produced healthier food with lower salt levels.

    He said the food industry must also work closely with the WHO and national governments to "incrementally reduce the level of salt in food products."

    With the abundance of processed food in the market, people consume roughly 10 grams of salt a day on the average, an amount twice the WHO's recommended level of less than 5 grams or under one teaspoon from all sources, including home-cooked meals, ready-made meals and processed food.

    The WHO has recommended that children aged 2 to 15 consume even less salt than 5 grams, adjusted to their energy requirements for growth.

    "Salt is in almost everything we eat, either because high levels of salt are found in most processed and prepared foods, or because we are adding salt when we prepare food at home," said Chestnov.
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  • Japan volcano: Search suspended as eruption intensifies
    30.09.2014 19:35
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    Tokyo, September 30 (AzerTAc). Efforts to recover the bodies of at least 24 climbers have been suspended again after the eruption on Japan's Mount Ontake intensified.

    At least 36 people are thought to have died in Saturday's unexpected eruption.

    Dozens of other people were injured in the incident on the mountain, which is about 200km (125 miles) west of Tokyo.

    Hundreds of firefighters, police and troops have been involved in search operations.

    Twelve bodies have been recovered so far. Another 24 are reported to be on the mountain, including five more located on Monday.

    Japanese authorities only declare fatalities once the body has been examined by a doctor.

    Some of the bodies were found in a lodge near the summit and others were buried in ash up to 50cm (20in) deep, Japanese media reported.

    An official from Japan's meteorological agency said volcanic tremors in the area could mean that another explosion was on the way.

    "The strength of the tremors increased late last night, diminished and then rose again early this morning. There's the chance things could get even worse, so caution is needed," Yasuhide Hasegawa told Reuters news agency.

    "This points to possibly increasing pressure due to steam inside the volcano, and if it exploded rocks could be thrown around, endangering rescuers," he said.

    Japan's meteorological agency has warned that volcanic debris may settle within 4km (2.5 miles) of the peak.
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  • Khalafov: This summit can be considered a new stage in negotiations
    30.09.2014 18:41
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    We consider the results of the fourth Astrakhan summit of the Caspian littoral states satisfactory.

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to APA that the statement came from the Deputy Foreign Minister Khalaf Khalafov.

    The deputy minister said that the stride after 18-year negotiations on the status of the Caspian Sea was achieved at the Astrakhan Summit:

    "This summit can be considered as a new stage in the negotiations. The joint statement and agreements signed in the framework of summit have clarified many issues. The parties have agreed on issues such as the use of biological resources, section of the Caspian area, balanced weapons. At the next stage, the experts will clarify these points. "

    Khalafov said that although important points on the issue of the surface of the Caspian Sea has been agreed, the rules of use of the Caspian Sea, that is, natural resources remain unsettled:

    "Although in this regard, Azerbaijan, Russia and Kazakhstan agreed among themselves a long time ago, there are still disagreements with Turkmenistan and Iran."

    The deputy minister stressed that the next summit will be held in 2016 in Astana, where Astana Convention will be adopted. It will more accurately reflect the legal status of the Caspian Sea. Й™
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  • Train went off rails in Istanbul '˜iron barв' subway accident
    30.09.2014 18:22
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    An Istanbul subway train went off the rails during a track change before an iron bar smashed through the glass of a carriage and impaled a passenger on Sept. 29, daily HГјrriyet has reported.

    A 33-year-old man, identified as Fatih Çoban, was badly injured after the iron bar was thrust through his hip, in a horrifying incident that made national headlines. The iron bar was a part of a construction project that was hit after the train departed the tracks, according to reports.

    Firefighting teams managed to rescue Çoban some 40 minutes after the accident took place, and gruesome photos of him lying in blood on the ground of the carriage with the bar jammed into him went viral on social media. Çoban's is now reportedly in a good condition after undergoing surgery at the OkmeydanД± Research and Training Hospital.

    An investigation has been launched to determine the exact cause of the accident, while the Istanbul Public Prosecutor's office is considering the possibility of deliberate sabotage.

    Burhan Civelek, the machinist of the metro train, has stated in his testimony that he did not know why the train had gone off the rails.

    A worker who was working at the subway tunnel at the time said the consequences of the accident could have been even worse if the carriage had proceeded further.

    "It would have been more terrible if the metro had completely fallen off the tracks. There is another 30-meter-long tunnel ahead, and it could have fallen there," the worker said.

    The Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality is expected to release a statement following its technical teams' examination.
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  • Conservative Minister Sajid Javid speaks at joint ConHome/TEAS reception
    30.09.2014 18:09
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    Baku, September 30 (AzerTAc). More than 200 delegates at the 2014 Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham attended a drinks reception jointly hosted by Conservative Home (ConHome) and The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS) on 28 September. Held at the Castle Fine Art Gallery in the International Conference Centre (ICC), the event provided a rare opportunity to sample Azerbaijani wine and brandy, which is renowned for its quality across many countries in Eastern Europe.

    The Guest of Honour was the Rt. Hon Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, and former Minister for Equalities. Since his election in 2010, he has received many accolades. Considered by Jack Straw, former Foreign Secretary, to be one of the best new MPs for over 30 years, the Daily Telegraph included him in its list of the Top 100 Most Influential Figures from the Right. Many commentators have tipped him as a potential frontrunner for the future leadership of the Conservative Party.

    Lionel Zetter, Director, TEAS commented: "It's great to see so many of you here tonight, drinking wine and brandy from Azerbaijan - a very modern and moderate Muslim state in a troubled region. TEAS is entirely apolitical and hosts events at all three main party conferences. We have partnered with ConHome for several years, and intend to continue organising receptions of this kind. Azerbaijan is a friend to the West and one of the future guarantors of energy security for the EU. The UK contributes over half of all Foreign Domestic Investment to Azerbaijan, chiefly through the operations of BP and related companies, and it is my sincere hope that this relationship will develop from strength to strength."
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  • Iran plans to send man into space in next 4 years
    30.09.2014 18:06
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    ran plans to send man into space in the next 4 years, Iranв's Mehr news agency quoted Iran Space Agency director Hamid Fazeli as saying on September 30.Fazeli said Iran's Space Agency has a plan to send a man into space, and the plan has been prepared within the framework of the national roadmap for scientific development.The plan also suggests putting telecommunication and remote sensing satellites into orbit.In May, Fazeli announced that Iran will launch Tadbir, Sharif, and Fajr satellites into space by the end of the current Iranian year which ends on March 20, 2015.The head of Iran's Aerospace Research Institute Mohammad Ebrahimi had said that Iran's Aerospace Research Institute has an orbital and suborbital project to send a living creature to the space.Ebrahimi said that Iran will first send a living creature to suborbital space, and later to orbital space and beyond. Ultimately, Iran's goal is to send its first man to space.

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  • Will Trans-Caspian pipeline project move forward?
    30.09.2014 18:06
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    The Caspian summit held on Sept. 29 in Astrakhan may have a positive effect on the Trans-Caspian gas pipeline project, which, despite all its attractiveness and desire of involved parties to implement it, hasn't moved forward thus far.

    The EU is the party that is deeply interested in the project being launched, more than the anyone else. Because if the project is implemented, it will provide the EU with essential additional alternative supply source in the face of Turkmenistan.

    Gas resources of Turkmenistan can be connected to Europe through the Caspian Sea by building a 300km-long pipeline across the sea, to the shores of Azerbaijan. From there, fuel can be transported to Turkey which has mutual borders with European countries.

    The EU, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan started talks on the Trans-Caspian Gas Pipeline in September 2011. However Russia and Iran have always spoke against the Trans-Caspian pipeline due to ecological issues during the pipeline's construction.

    Kazakh political scientist, Doctor of Political Sciences Dosym Satpayev believes that ecological factor is a geopolitics tool in the hands of Iran and Russia.

    ''Everybody understands that Russia and Iran focus on the ecological aspect of Caspian dialogue, because this fact will prevent the construction of the pipeline,'' Satpayev told Trend.

    The position of Turkmenistan regarding the construction of a pipeline along the bottom of the Caspian Sea is clear and quite fair.

    ''The construction of such pipelines is a sovereign right of the states through the territory of which the pipelines run, and therefore their construction be can carried out only with those statesв' consent,'' President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said following the Caspian Summit.

    At the same time Azerbaijan has repeatedly stated about the readiness to provide its territory, transit opportunities and infrastructure to realize the project.

    The unresolved status of the Caspian Sea was always considered as the main factor hindering the implementation of the Trans-Caspian gas pipeline project.

    Thus, encouraging statements of all sides about a breakthrough that has been achieved at the summit, in particular agreeing the key principles on the Caspian Sea status, gives hope for some progress in Trans-Caspian pipeline issue.

    According to the statements of the five states' heads, the parties agreed on the principles of cooperation and inked a political statement, which precedes the signing of a convention on the legal status of the Caspian Sea.

    So, the breakthrough achieved at the summit might also mark a breakthrough in the Trans-Caspian pipeline project implementation efforts, which can also be boosted between the involved states in the future.

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  • Milli Majlis strongly criticizes European Parliament resolution
    30.09.2014 18:03
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    The resolution adopted by the European Parliament regarding Azerbaijan was criticized at the plenary meeting of the Azerbaijani Parliament, APA reports.

    Vice-speaker of Azerbaijan Parliament, Co-Chair of the Cooperation Committee of the European Parliament-Azerbaijani Parliament Valeh Alaskarov said in his speech that a number of forces as well as the European Parliament envy Azerbaijani for its independent policy.

    Alaskarov said the EP has always taken a position towards Azerbaijan with double, triple or quadruple standards. "Once, they offered us to vote for the document that mentioned "Nagorno-Karabakh and the occupied territories of Azerbaijan". Thus, they ignored the reality that Nagorno Karabakh is our territory. They laid down conditions that we should sign this document or the EP will adopt a resolution on any two Azerbaijani bloggers. How do you think? Isn't it blackmail?

    Commenting on U.S. President Barack Obama's statement and the resolution of the European Parliament, Chairman of the Azerbaijani Parliament's Committee on Law Policy and State Building Ali Huseynli said that this is an unfair position. "They support the NGOs to neglect the Karabakh issue and cooperate with special service agencies of Armenia", he noted.

    Azay Guliyev said that today it's non-sense to utter positive opinions about the European Parliament and Euronest PA: "The European Parliament has damaged the Eastern Partnership. So Euronest PA is no longer trusted. The reason is the European Parliament's position and its selective approach. The resolution of the European Parliament is a baseless and tendentious document. They have a different position in relation to Armenia. There are political prisoners in Georgia, the former president is under pressure, but this authority keeps silent".

    Gudrat Hasanguliyev said international organizations must be seriously condemned, but added that there's no need to get into conflict with international organizations: "It's not worth getting into open conflict with international organizations because of five or six people. I think law enforcement bodies also need to consider this issue".

    Vice-Speaker of the Azerbaijani Parliament Bahar Muradova said the matter is not about five or six people: "It's not the matter. Some poisonous forces within these organizations take the advantage of it. They often manipulate NGOs. NGOs should operate normally, transparently, and comply with the law".
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