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14.02.2013 09:55
As soon as Pope Benedict XVI announced he was resigning at the end of February, British bookmakers were giving betting odds on his possible successor.

There are 118 eligible members of the College of Cardinals who can attend the Papal Conclave in March to choose the next Bishop of Rome from among their numbers.

And while some predictions have been accurate вЂ" Joseph Ratzinger was widely tipped by bookmakers in 2005 вЂ" no-one anticipated his predecessor Karol Wojtyla’s surprise election in 1978.

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  • Armenians violate ceasefire 41 times in various directions
    26.11.2014 10:19
    Armenian armed forces violated ceasefire 41 times in various directions of the frontline within a day, said Defense Ministry, APA reports.Armenian armed units fired on the positions of Azerbaijan in Alibeyli village of Tovuz region from their posts in Mosesgekh village of Armenia's Berd region.A...
  • Ilham Aliyev receives Chief Executive Officer of BBC Global News
    25.11.2014 17:18
    On November 25, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev received CEO of BBC Global News Jim reports citing the official website of the President of Azerbaijan that the guest informed the head of the Azerbaijani state about the activities of the structure that he leads and the work carried...
  • Baku 2015 European Games unveils official mascots Jeyran and Nar
    25.11.2014 16:34
    Baku 2015 European Games has today unveiled Jeyran and Nar as the exciting official mascots for the inaugural sporting event, APA reports.Inspired by Azerbaijani nature and heritage, Jeyran the Gazelle and Nar the Pomegranate reflect both the country's proud history and promising future. The pai...
  • Baku hosts international conference on volunteering
    25.11.2014 15:15
    Baku, November 25 AzerTAcInternational Conference "Volunteering as a form of youth participation in social life" has today started in Baku.The purpose of the conference organized by the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Azerbaijani office of UNICEF is the development of volunteering, and expansio...
  • Azerbaijan represented in the charity fair in Hanoi
    25.11.2014 13:09
    Hanoi, November 25, AzerTAcAzerbaijan is presented at the traditional charitable fair taking place in Hanoi, capital of Vietnam.The main purpose of holding the fair attended by representatives of diplomatic missions accredited in Hanoi, Diaspora and NGOs, local and foreign companies, is to donate th...
  • Presentation of first European Games "Baku 2015" to be held in Paris
    26.11.2014 12:12
    The Heydar Aliyev Foundation will hold a presentation of the first European Games in Paris.

    On November 26 the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, with the support of the Embassy of Azerbaijan in France will hold a presentation of the first European Games in Paris, reports.

    During the event, guests will get acquainted with bronze sculptures dedicated to "Baku 2015". The exhibition, entitled "We Are Together", will feature more than 20 works of Azerbaijani artists. The participants of the event will watch the film dedicated to the first European Games. The film features the preparations for the upcoming games, sports infrastructure created in our country and other implemented activities.

    The violinists of the Azerbaijan State Chamber Orchestra named after Gara Garayev will perform at the event.

    At the end of the event, guests will be handed various editions of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, dedicated to Azerbaijan.

    It should be noted that the Heydar Aliyev Foundation has already held presentations of the first European Games in Cannes, Athens, Berlin and Istanbul. Each of these events is memorable for various presentations of history and culture of Azerbaijan. The purpose of the above activities is informing residents of other countries about the first European games, as well as the preparation of our country for these competitions, promotion of culture and art, customs and traditions of Azerbaijan.

    The first European Games will be held from 12 to 18 June 2015.

    More than 6000 athletes from 49 countries will compete in 20 sports during the Games.
  • Iran, Azerbaijan '˜grow into strategic partnersв'
    26.11.2014 12:07
    Tehran, November 26, AzerTAc

    Iranian Labor, Cooperative and Welfare Minister Ali Rabiei has praised his country's relations with Azerbaijan.

    "The more our countries develop the more they are becoming strategic partners," he told Azerbaijan`s Deputy Prime Minister, chairman of the State Committee for Refugee and IDP Affairs Ali Hasanov who is visiting Tehran.

    "Iran and Azerbaijan are situated in a volatile region so it is necessary that we expand our relations," said the Iranian Minister.

    He emphasized the importance of broadening the bilateral cooperation in the fields of social insurance, trade, and fight against illegal narcotics trafficking.

    Mr. Hasanov said Iran was a "rich country", which has ancient statehood history.

    "Iran`s being powerful is to Azerbaijan`s benefit. And official Baku considers that Azerbaijan`s becoming a powerful state is in the best interests of Iran."

    The Deputy Prime Minister highlighted Azerbaijan's economic achievements. "Azerbaijan has been among the world leaders in terms of industrial and production potential in the past five years."

    "As a result of the policy pursued by President Ilham Aliyev inflation fell just to two percent. A total of 1.2 million jobs have been created in the last decade. The gross domestic product in the country was 76 billion this year, while per capita GDP made 8,000 dollars. Average monthly wage made 580 dollars, while average monthly pension 224 dollars. Next year will see Azerbaijan`s budget revenues make 28 billion dollars, while budget spending will make 33 billion dollars."

    Mr. Hasanov also touched upon the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. He said that supported from outside Armenia occupied Azerbaijan`s Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent regions. "As a result of this occupation over million Azerbaijanis now live as refugees and internally displaced persons."

    He said: "The UN security Council adopted four resolutions demanding unconditional and immediate withdrawal of the Armenian military from Azerbaijan`s occupied lands." "However these resolutions have not yet been resolved. It is injustice. The UN`s resolution on Libya was fulfilled in just two hours, but in our case they remain on paper over 20 years," said the Azerbaijani Deputy Premier.

    "Iran`s position on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict has always been objective. It recognized our territorial integrity and has always supported our stance in international organizations."

    Mr. Hasanov also hailed Iranian President Hassan Rouhani`s recent visit to Azerbaijan, saying it "will play a key role in the development of our relations".

    Rabil Katanov

    Special Correspondent
  • Armenia's 2015 state budget, another failure
    26.11.2014 11:58

    By Mushvig Mehdiyev

    Armenia's state budget for 2015 remains to be in a hot seat over some controversial points that spark mixed reactions to it.

    Bagrat Asatryan, ex-Head of Armenia's Central Bank, said the budget for the next year was the remnant of the mid-term program initiated by the previous government.

    "The document does not reflect the realities connected with the membership of the country at the Eurasian Economic Union and existing economic situation in Armenia," Astryan added. "It clearly shows that the authorities aim to wash their dirty hands."

    Focusing mostly on social and cultural domains expenditures is the key goal of Armenia's 2015 state budget. Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan said about 21.4 percent of the budget would also be spent for defense, maintenance of public order and national security. It proves that the government targets to tackle a mountain of unresolved problems in various fields, as well as to improve Armenia's defense capabilities.

    Maximum amount of the budget expenditures is nearly 57 percent, while roughly 22.8 percent of the overall budget will be allocated to maintain the police and judicial system along with increased expenditures for external debts, according to Asatryan.

    "Providing expenditures for legislative and executive powers from the budget is a positive step. But I don't think it will eradicate the bribery in the main governmental bodies in Armenia," he said.

    Asatrayn went on to say that the budget needs thorough revision given the inadequate articles in the document, which are inversely proportional to the economic condition amid devaluation of the ruble and Armenia's integration into the EEU.

    Armenia's current condition requires immediate measures to forestall the economic decline. Numerous social problems in the country remain the same due to fruitless domestic policy of the government. The state budget provides no special measures to improve the condition of poor residents amid the National Statistics Service's report on a 32 percent of poverty rate in the country.

    Asatryan annulled the government's reports about the social-oriented image of the budget, saying the budget bears no sign of social involvement. "Socially vulnerable people will be provided with $92 social aid. Can it be a social-oriented budget?" said Asatryan, adding that the expenditures to maintain governmental bodies have considerably increased.

    The former head of the Central Bank noted that a large increase in budget expenditures is a crime against Armenians as the statesmen drive luxurious cars, use expensive mobile phones. "The state budget for 2015 is inadequate amid the realities in the country. The chance of succeeding with that budget is equal to zero," Asatryan said.

    Money cannot solve every problem, but it can overcome numerous challenges in the modern world. But the power of money is weakening against the huge problems almost in every field. Economy is falling, politics is in deadlock, industry is barely surviving, social life is facing its hardest ever days and the budget is out of strength to tackle these problems. So, Armenia needs a budget equal to Germany's $4 trillion GDP to get rid of its alarming challenges.
  • Street photography, a gambling requiring patience
    26.11.2014 11:58

    By Amina Nazarli

    We sat for talks with Fuad Viento, a young British-Azerbaijani photographer making a big name for himself with his stunning photography. Based in Glasgow, Scotland, Vientoв's works capture the soul of a city, revealing a spotless natural beauty that seems to glow with vibrancy.

    He began photographing in 2002. At Cleveden Secondary School, he became interested in various artistic endeavors, and began to write and play music.

    In 2012, he graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University with BA Hons Management, Technology and Enterprise degree.

    His works have already been published in the Financial Times, Marie Claire, Courrier International, Le Monde and Lв'Uomo Vogue.

    Viento is also the author of books of short fiction and short stories. In 2014, Viento made his literary debut in Russia with a short story called Wind of Change.

    Viento is known for his social activism and criticism of corporate globalization. He has also written on politics, in support of socialism and Scottish independence, and on the history of Azerbaijani literature.

    Question: How do you describe your own photographic style?

    Answer:В People often comment on the elegance of my pictures, which seems to be out of the ordinary. My photographs are not necessarily beautiful, but they do show delicate moments of the urban jungle.

    Q.: How do you find your subjects?

    A.:В Street photography requires good reaction and observation skills. For that reason, the better photographs "happen" when my mind is free and I have time to switch to ''photography mode''.

    Q.: How do you get so close to your subjects?

    A.:В I carefully observe the scene and try to stick around for a while. Sometimes itв's called patience, and sometimes luck. The photographer needs to be faster than the subject.

    Q.: When you take photo, do you have a theme in mind?

    A.:В I just go out with my Canon camera to capture natural moments of the urban life.

    Q.: Who have had strongly influenced you?

    A.:В Tough question. Street photography just hit me by accident. In 2008, I bought a digital SLR and I simply started to take photographs of the streets as they seemed to be the accessible targets in Glasgow.

    Q.: What projects are you currently working on?

    A.:В I do have a few projects like "Humans of Glasgow", which will come out by the end of year.

    Q.: Will you ever leave Glasgow?

    A.:В Glasgow offers endless opportunities for street photography, but I can see myself leaving the city for other aspects of my life.

    Q.: What continually drives you to photograph on the streets?

    A.:В My passion for the fine-art photography. Street photography is like gambling. You are lucky or you get nothing. The key phrase is "never give up".
  • Saakashvili: Georgian authorities conduct propaganda against other neighbors
    26.11.2014 11:57
    Georgian ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili states that the country's authorities frustrated the appointment of former prime minister of Georgia Nika Gilauri as the business-ombudsman of Ukraine through blackmail.

    He said this speaking on air of Rustavi 2 television company.

    "Nika Gilauri was appointed the business-ombudsman of Ukraine. This was the project of the European bank and the government of Georgia sent a note and said that if Gilauri is appointed for one of the major positions in Ukraine, the Georgian government will cut cooperation with the European Bank.

    They cause our split with Ukraine, Azerbaijan, because the opening of the railway via Abkhazia is nothing but announcement of blockade to our main ally in the region -Azerbaijan.

    They create problems, conduct propaganda against other neighbors and the only one, against whom they do not voice grudges, is the one who divides us and tries to terminate", the former president said.
  • President Aliyev reviews preparatory work for European Games
    26.11.2014 11:47

    By Nigar Orujova

    Azerbaijanв's President Ilham Aliyev has visited several facilities in Baku to review landscaping and construction work related to the preparations for the first European Games to be held in the Azerbaijanв's capital in 2015.

    Baku will host 17 days of competition on June 12-28, 2015. The games will attract over 6,000 athletes to compete in 20 sports.President Aliyev enquired about the progress of the execution of projects and redevelopment and construction work.The head of state reviewed landscaping work in areas around the Baku Olympic Stadium, road and transport infrastructure in the central streets and avenues, areas around the Aquatic Palace in Bayil settlement and the progress of work to establish different sports facilities.The president gave relevant instructions.
  • Finland's state television makes film about Nagorno Karabakh conflict
    26.11.2014 11:32
    The shooting crew of the State Television of Finland (YLE) is visiting Azerbaijan to prepare a documentary about Nagorno Karabakh conflict and the Azerbijani refugees and IDPs.

    According to sources in the State Committee for Refugees and IDPs, as part of the shooting, deputy head of the State Committee Geray Farhadov gave interview to the Finnish Television.

    Farhadov informed about the real state of more than a million of Azerbaijanis who became refugees and displaced persons as a result of Armenian aggression against Azerbaijan and noted that today they live in 62 regions of the country.

    He also briefed journalists about the Khojaly genocide, committed by Armenians in 1992.

    In his interview, Farhadov stressed the fact that Armenia ignores the four resolutions of the UN Security Council about the immediate withdrawal of Armenian armed forces from the occupied Azerbaijani lands.

    The crew also visited the campus built for 1500 families of refugees and IDPs and held an interview with members of several families.
  • Impeachment of Armenian president on parliamentary plate
    26.11.2014 10:59

    By Mushvig Mehdiyev

    Armenian parliament may discuss the issue on the impeachment of President Serzh Sargsyan in December.

    Member of the Parliament Nikol Pashinyan said he planned to initiate a draft decision to announce the president impeached.

    "I hope that the project will gain the essential 44 signatures by the legislators to get discussed at the next extraordinary four-day meeting," Pashinyan said.

    Article 57 of the Armenian Constitution provides the possibility of impeaching the country's president due to treason and other serious crimes. The parliament should appeal and obtain the opinion of the Constitutional Court to start the impeachment process.

    President Serzh Sargsyan is targeted as the main negative personage in the journey to the Eurasian Economic Union. He made the decision on the EEU joining without taking into consideration the pubic opinion in his country. Now, the pro-European residents held Sargsyan liable for all negative outcomes, which will reportedly emerge after joining the Russia-led union.

    Sargsyan takes care of himself rather than delving into the solution of problems facing his country and people. Nearly one third of Armenians live in poverty, but the president visits South Korea to rejuvenate himself, paying about $200,000 for stem cell therapy, spa and anti-aging therapy, as well as body polishes and massages, weight-control programs during an eight-day treatment.

    MP from the parliamentary fraction Prosperous Armenia, Stepan Markaryan has earlier said the call "Serzh Sargsyan, go out" was the solution of all problems in Armenia. It signals about Sagsyan's diminishing influence, at the same time increasing disillusionment with his domestic and foreign policy.

    Political experts say the majority of the ruling Republican Party members at the parliament will not allow the parliament to discuss and ratify the president's impeachment.
  • Turkey warns US against mistakes in issue of invented 'Armenian genocide'
    26.11.2014 10:53
    Official Ankara has called on the United States 'to be sensitive in issues related to the peaceful coexistence of various peoples of Anadolu'.

    According to Milliyet, the Turkish authorities informed the US embassy to Ankara that in anticipation of 2015, when Armenia and Armenian diaspora will launch the next campaign on intented 'genocide of 1915', Turkish authorities 'will be determined to prevent any attacks against the cultural wealth of Turkey'.

    "Otherwise, the relations may worsen", Ankara warned.

    "Thus, Turkey has made it clear that if statements about the invented genocide obtain a legal ground in the United States, Ankara will revise its ties with Washington completely", the newspaper explains stating that the message was extended to Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu to US ambassador to Ankara John Baas.

    The minister clarified that any steps by Washington in the issue of 1915 events in the Ottoman empire will have a negative impact on the relations between the two countries.
  • Azerbaijan Medical University launches branch of artificial insemination
    26.11.2014 10:52
    The branch of artificial insemination will be operating at the Training and Surgical Clinic of the Azerbaijan Medical University (AMU).

    The agreement was reached at the meeting with representatives of the American Hospital in Turkey which was held in AMU on November 25, reports.

    Speaking at the meeting, the rector of AMU, academician Ahliman Amiraslanov said that there is an urgent need for highly qualified specialists in the field of artificial insemination in Azerbaijan.

    The head of the Turkish delegation, Professor Bulent Urman announced his intention to carry out operations in the AMU on artificial insemination and participate in the education system. Turkish professors also suggested to read lectures for the university residents.

    During the meeting, an advance agreement on the establishment of branch of artificial insemination in Training and Surgical Clinic of AMU from the beginning of 2015 was reached. The guests noted that they got acquainted with the existing conditions in the clinic and stressed that there are all conditions for high-level surgeries. The parties agreed on the preparation of a draft agreement on cooperation.

    The meeting was also attended by Director of Training and Surgical Clinic of AMU Gajigulu Bagirov, head physician of the clinic Asiman Hasanov, head of the department of gynecology Turab Janbahyshov.
  • Baku to host young writers' forum
    26.11.2014 10:45

    By Amina Nazarli

    Baku will host again the forum of young writers, poets and researchers of Turkic world on November 27-30.

    The event will be held as part of the ''Organizations Union and Establishment of the Board for further Development of Turkic Literature'' project.

    It is co-organized by the World Association of Young Turkish Writers (WAYTW) and Azerbaijani Youth and Sport Ministry.

    The forum will include various programs such as round tables, contests and poetry readings.

    Writers from Azerbaijan, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Moldova, Russia and Iraq will attend the event.

    The guests will also enjoy visiting places of sights in Baku, museums, exhibitions and cultural centers.

    At the end of the forum the most distinguished writers will be awarded with honorary diplomas.

    WAYTW was founded in Kazakhstan in 1998. In 2013, the forum, held in Baku was dedicated to the 15th anniversary of WAYTW.
  • Shahriyar Mammadyarovв's move, check and mate
    26.11.2014 10:29

    By Amina Nazarli

    Sometimes art imitates life. Sometimes it is a game like chess. There are a lot of similarities between chess and politics. It's just a weird analogy, lingering over the centuries. Chess was born in the Asian sub-continent, and then moved to Persia (checkmate from Persian means the king is dead). It got its most widespread fame during the Arab conquest, from the 17th century AD.

    The world of chess is enigmatic, mysterious and unpredictable. It does not leave anyone indifferent. Having tried just once the play, you can not forget about it. How nice it is to play a game of chess, giving yourself up to the end, without thinking about problems.

    Azerbaijan is proud of its tactical and aggressive chess player, Shahriyar Mammadyarov who always distinguishes himself from others with his smart mind and the ability to find a way out of a difficult situation in the game.

    Mammadyarov achieved his world fame from the very young age. This once again proves his persistence and extraordinary abilities to fight with world great chess players.

    The fact that he is the only player in the world, having become world champion under 20 year old twice, speaks for itself.

    It is no accident that he has such abilities, as Mammadyarov's family is composed from very talented people. His personal trainer is his father, who is a former boxer. Mammadyarov has two sisters, Zeynab Mammadyarova and Turkan Mammadyarova, who are Woman Grandmasters, therefore, all in his family are well aware of chess rules. This is amazing, as nothing like a family can support one player in difficult matches.

    He believes that chess is his fate, for the sake of which he has sacrificed all his childhood.

    "I sacrificed my childhood for the sake of chess. I trained up to 10-13 hours a day until 17-18 year old," he said. "I sometimes think about what chess gave me. And I understand that the sport took me more than it could give me in return."

    However, he does not regret a bit about linking his life with this specific and very complex kind of sport. Notwithstanding, he has decided some times to take a short break in his career but his love and devotion to chess made him come back to this sport without which he no longer imagines his life.

    "I would like to do more rest and enjoy the youthfulness like my peers and not devote all my time to chess. But eventually I realized that it is just simply impossible and I have to return to the sport and to make up leeway," the world champion in rapid chess noted.

    The two-fold European champion is not fearful of failures, thinking that they make people stronger. Based on an expression that each wrong step brings wisdom, Shahriyar considers a person should make a lesson of them and confidently move on.

    Young Shahriyar's chess career is developing rapidly, what leaves no doubt that he takes honorable place among the influential players in the world. With the gift of intuition, a bright vision he still has plenty of time to show more great games.
  • Armenians violate ceasefire 41 times in various directions
    26.11.2014 10:19
    Armenian armed forces violated ceasefire 41 times in various directions of the frontline within a day, said Defense Ministry, APA reports.

    Armenian armed units fired on the positions of Azerbaijan in Alibeyli village of Tovuz region from their posts in Mosesgekh village of Armenia's Berd region.

    Armenians also fired on the positions of Azerbaijani Armed Forces from their posts near Shuraabad,Yusifjanli, Marzili, Shikhlar, Javahirli and Sarijali villages of Aghdam, Horadiz, Gorgan, Garakhanbeyli, Ashagi Seyidahmedli and Ashagi Veyselli villages of Fuzuli, Mehdili village of Jabrayil region and nameless uplands of Khojavand and Fuzuli regions.

    The enemy was silenced by retaliation fire.
  • President Aliyev attends opening of Baku Oxford Schoolв's new building
    26.11.2014 10:12
    President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has attended the opening of a new building of Baku Oxford School.

    Founder of the school, Mehriban Mammadova, informed the head of state about the work carried out, noting that the building has been constructed at the level of the most up-to-date standards, APA reports.

    The six-storey building covers an area of 30,000 square meters.

    President Ilham Aliyev cut the ribbon symbolizing the opening of the new building of Baku Oxford School. The head of state was familiarized with the school.

    Pupils at the school are educated by a hundred teachers, some of whom are from the UK, the U.S., Canada, Colombia, Sweden, Romania, Malaysia, the South African Republic, and Nigeria.

    President Ilham Aliyev gave his recommendations and instructions for quality education to be carried out.
  • Zakir Hasanov checks readiness of missile troops
    26.11.2014 10:04
    Minister checked the combat readiness of frontline military units.

    On behalf of President Ilham Aliyev, Azerbaijani Defense Minister Zakir Hasanov and Chief of Staff Najmaddin Sadigov went to the front-line military units in order to test their combat capability, Oxu.Az reports citing

    The Defense Ministry, in particular, visited a military unit of missile and artillery troops and got acquainted with its combat capability, the possibility of military equipment, execution of orders of the General Staff, as well as the living conditions of soldiers.

    To ensure the combat capability of military units, missile troops were alerted and staged shooting in real combat conditions.

    Minister of Defence and Chief of General Staff continue to inspect the front-line troops.
  • Turkish FM says 600 Turkish nationals joined jihadists, more than 100 killed
    26.11.2014 09:47
    More than 100 of the 600 Turkish citizens that have gone to fight for jihadist groups such as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have perished in battle.

    The statement came from Foreign Minister Mevlüt ÇavuЕџoДџlu speaking late Nov. 24, Hurriyet Daily reports.

    Some 7,000 foreigners have been banned from entering Turkey and 1,100 people were deported on suspicions that they may join jihadist groups, the minister said in reply to questions by lawmakers in Parliament during budget discussions.

    The foreign minister said it was unfair to expect Turkey, which has a 1,000-kilometer-long border with Syria and Iraq, to tackle alone the problem of foreign fighters crossing through Turkish territory. He asked Western countries to share more intelligence with Turkey on suspected militants so that Turkish authorities can stop them from entering the country.

    Turkey has been subjected to criticism that it has turned a blind eye to extremists using its territory to cross into Syria. Since 2013, Ankara has stepped up its efforts to tackle the crossings of foreign fighters through its territory, particularly at airports.

    Foreign fighters from Western countries mainly come from Germany, France, the Netherlands and Belgium to fight with al-Qaeda-linked groups like the al-Nusra Front and ISIL.

    European countries, for their part, argue that they cannot arrest suspected fighters departing from their territory because they do not have concrete evidence that these people are going to join the Syrian civil war, and they cannot restrict their citizens' freedom of movement.

    In September, a member of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), Atilla Kart, claimed that at least 16 people from his constituency of Konya, in central Turkey, had traveled to a recruiting center at Turkey's border with Syria where they met up with other families, some with children. They were then smuggled across the border in small groups, Kart said.

    He said the information was based on some family members of the 16 and on security officials who confirmed that the group had traveled to the border.

    Minister discusses Cyprus case with US ambassador

    Meanwhile, recent negotiations over Cyprus, the Ukraine conflict and the 1915 mass massacres of Anatolian Armenians were discussed during U.S. Ambassador to Ankara John Bass' courtesy call to the Turkish foreign minister yesterday, diplomatic sources said.

    ÇavuЕџoДџlu explained Turkey's sensitivity about the 1915 incidents, and said that if the issue became a topic on Washington's agenda, it could negatively affect bilateral relations, the sources said.
  • Sheikhulislam Allahshukur Pashazadeh meets Iran's supreme leader
    26.11.2014 09:39
    Sheikhulislam Allahshukur Pashazadeh has met Iran's supreme leader.

    Chairman of the Caucasian Muslims Office (CMO) Sheikhulislam Allahshukur Pashazadeh met with Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei in the framework of his visit to Iran, APA reports quoting press service of CMO.

    During the meeting the Iranian religious leader spoke about extremism and radicalism that threatens Islam and ways out of it.

    At the meeting it was emphasized that crimes committed in the name of religion have nothing to do with Islam, it is a provocation against humanity.

    During his visit to Iran, Sheikhulislam held a private meeting with Ayatollah al-Uzma Sheikh Makarem Shirazi and Jafar Sobhani.

    Sheikhulislam during his meetings noted the mutual relations between Azerbaijan and Iran, based on the principles of friendship and brotherhood. He stressed that sharing a common religious values play an important role in the strengthening of the relations of the two brotherly peoples.

    During his visit to Qom, Sheikhulislam Allahshukur Pashazadeh visited the representative office of the Caucasian Muslims in Iran and Shrine of Hazrat Masooma (s.a.) Sister of Imam Reza (a.s.) in Qom,

    Sheikh ended his visit to Iran.
  • Azerbaijan raises Armenian exercise in occupied lands at NATO PA session
    26.11.2014 09:24
    Armenia's exercises in Azerbaijanв's occupied territories following the presidentsв' Paris meeting has been condemned at the NATO Parliamentary Assemblyв's 60th Annual Autumn Session in The Hague.

    In its speech during the session's plenary meeting, the Azerbaijani delegation raised the issue of Armenia conducting military exercises on the front line following the Azerbaijani and Armenian presidents' Paris meeting, member of the Azerbaijani delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, MP Malahat Ibrahimqizi said in a statement to APA.

    According to her, new NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, who chaired the plenary meeting, answered the Azerbaijan delegation's questions about the exercises, while leaving the Armenians' baseless claims unanswered: "He spoke out against the exercises, calling them illegal. He also said the issue must be settled peacefully and the negotiation process respected, adding that territorial integrity and sovereignty are main principles for NATO".

    M. Ibrahimqizi noted that both Azerbaijani and Armenian delegations put forward proposals at the session: "The Armenians' proposal - the issue of people's right to self-determination was not even approved for discussion, while Azerbaijan's proposal was accepted and an article supporting Azerbaijan's territorial integrity and sovereignty was added to the resolution "Provision and support to NATO's partners". Despite the Armenian delegation made serious efforts to cause confusion at the time the resolution was adopted, NATO PA countries voted for the document".
  • Egypt: Fifteen killed as block of flats collapses in Cairo
    25.11.2014 19:50
    Cairo, November 25, AzerTAc

    A block of flats has collapsed in Egypt's capital, Cairo, killing at least 15 people, officials say.

    Seven people were also injured when the eight-storey building in the western suburb of Matariya collapsed overnight.

    Emergency services chief Gen Mamdouh Abdul Qader said rescue workers were searching through the rubble for 15 people who were believed to be trapped.

    Building collapses happen regularly in Egypt due to illegal construction, and poor enforcement of regulations.

    Gen Abdul Qader told the AFP news agency: "We don't yet know the cause of the accident, but we have been told that two storeys were recently added totally illegally."

    The residents of four nearby buildings have been evacuated as a precaution.

    In January 2013, the collapse of an eight-storey block of flats in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria left 28 people dead.
  • Vulnerable Armenia critically needs Russia
    25.11.2014 18:44

    By Mushvig Mehdiyev

    Armenia suddenly stepped back from its intention to integrate into Europe and knocked on the door of the fresh Eurasian Economic Union, initiated and led by Russia.

    The U-turn in President Serzh Sargsyan's foreign policy course resulted in the membership of the country in the economic alliance. Several European players called it a disrespectful approach by Armenia, while some others said the country was free to choose its way.

    "Armenia is a vulnerable country with a limited number of choices. Security cooperation and strategic partnership with Russia is critically important for it," said Catherine Lynch, British Ambassador to Armenia.

    Russia has always had a great influence on Armenia's foreign and domestic policy. Political activity of the post-Soviet state remains imperfect without Russia's participation. Both countries are strategic allies, having relations since April 3, 1992.

    Lynch said Armenia's sudden decision to prefer the Eurasian Economic Union over the European Union was not so unexpected.

    "That decision is no longer a surprise for me. All we know that Armenia is a vulnerable country, having limited options of choice. Relations with Russia are extremely important for this country," Lynch said.

    Europe realizes Armenia's non-free diplomacy characterized by a strong dependence on Russia and other international players. Russia is the chief ally of the former Soviet nation.

    The Armenian government has never cherished a desire to cut its ties with Moscow, as it needs Russia as a patron and strong partner far more than Russia needs Armenia. One of many reasons why Russia has kept Armenia in its orbit over the last two decades is that the U.S. mostly ignored Armenia in the Karabakh war, which resulted in Armenia's violent occupation of the historical and legal territories of Azerbaijan.

    Russia played a significant role to prevent Armenia from being economically isolated given to its aggressive policy in the region. Its aggressive approach towards Azerbaijan and Turkey, as well as several reported problems with Georgia pushed the occupant country out of important regional projects. To this end, Armenia took its utmost to keep friendly and strategic relations with Russia. The northern giant has turned into Armenia's vertebral column amid the former Soviet state's pale image due to its weak political will and strong political dependence.

    Would Armenia dare to downgrade universally beneficial relationships with Russia and look for closer ties with the western states, which opt for closer relations with Turkey and Azerbaijan? No. Armenia was historically interrelated to Russia and is continuing to feel the dominating role of its northern neighbor in its political and economic life. No doubt, Armenia's future will remain under Russia's strong influence amid its full-speed preparations for the EEU membership. President Serzh Sargsyan has warm-heartedly ratified the agreement on the entry to the union, receiving full backing from the Constitutional Court. Now the parliament is close to join the economic alliance. In other words, Armenia is just a step back from opening a new page where the name of Russia comes first and keeps no room for Europe.
  • Sparkling Baku's skyline
    25.11.2014 18:29

    By Nigar Orujova

    Baku is an attractive city for tourists throughout a day; however, its night-lights is more interesting for any visitor.

    These days with their pleasant weather are an ideal time for travelling along Baku streets and enjoying its architecture and historic atmosphere. Here is the list of some bright places to visit in Baku at night.

    The Flame Towers definitely crowns the list of the most good-looking night attractions of Baku. The facades of the three towers are sparkling with the tricolor and vigorous fire flames at nights. All these make the constructions a new iconic symbol of Baku.

    Baku bay is another place where at nights shines like a diamond with its lights reflecting on the surface of the Caspian Sea. Here you can walk from the new boulevard starting with the Flag Square, to the old part that are illuminated equally. Even trees brought from around the world are highlighted here.

    The old symbol of the city, Maiden Tower also shines by a light show in the evenings.

    Turning to the Sahil subway, you will see another city attraction: Nizami Street aka Torgovaya. Here, surrounded by the bright windows shops, you will have a chance to familiarize yourself with the cityв's prominent architecture even at night. The street has funny street-lamps and highlighted modern fountains. Even the floor is gleaming here.

    Torgovaya is shining on the New Year Eve, when it is all decorated with the fluoresce of New Yearв's trees.

    Rambling around the city, you should visit local parks that are also lightened at nights. The special attractions there are their numerous fountains. One of the best fountains is the one located in front of the Government House.

    The list of the richly illuminating buildings in Baku also includes sparkling Crystal Hall, Icherisheher Metro Station, TV tower, Hilton hotel, and Socar building, which is still under construction.

    Travel around the city to see them all before the windy Baku starts to prove its name.
  • Azerbaijan's strategic currency reserves exceed $ 53 bn
    25.11.2014 18:15
    On October 1, 2014, the strategic currency reserves of Azerbaijan amounted to $ 53.7 bn, reports.

    It was stated in the review of the Central Bank of Azerbaijan (CBA) on monetary policy for the first 9 months of 2014.

    "In January-September 2014 the reserves rose by $ 3.5 bn, or 7%. The accumulated reserves cover nearly 3-year imports of goods and services," the review notes.
  • Ilham Aliyev personally acquainted with preparations for European games
    25.11.2014 18:01
    The President gave relevant instructions.

    On November 25 the Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev inspected reconstruction and renovation works carried out in connection with the preparation for the forthcoming first European games.

    To view the progress of reconstruction and renovation works carried out in preparation for the first European Games, President Ilham Aliyev visited a number of areas of the capital, interested in the progress of the projects, in the implementation of renovation and construction works, Oxu.Az reports with reference to the official website of the head of state.

    The President also got acquainted with the ongoing work on the creation of road transport infrastructure in areas adjacent to the Baku Olympic Stadium, the territories in the central streets and avenues, with measures for improvement around the Palace of water sports in the village of Bail and progress of the work to create a variety of sports infrastructure.

    Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev gave relevant instructions on the implementation of the work with high quality.
  • Turkmen city, next cultural capital of Turkish World
    25.11.2014 17:37

    By Amina Nazarli

    The 32nd meeting of International Turkish Culture Organization (TURKSOY) was held in Kazan city of Russia.

    The delegation headed by Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister Vagif Aliyev presented Azerbaijan at the event.

    During the meeting a report on the last year projects was discussed and programs for 2015 was approved.Furthermore, the participants discussed the appointment of Dusen Kaseinov as the Secretary General of TURKSOY till 2017. They also chose Mary city of Turkmenistan as ''The Cultural Capital of Turkish World'' in 2015.

    Addressing the event, Vagif Aliyev talked about the projects implemented as part of the TURKSOY. He also added the importance of the next yearв's event.

    Mary is the capital city of Mary Province in Turkmenistan. Mary is known for its Regional Museum. The city lies near the remains of the ancient city of Merv, which in corrupted form gives its name to the modern town.

    Mary is the third largest city of Turkmenistan. It is the largest center of cotton-rich region, a major transport hub and the main center of the gas industry of the country. The city is the main source of income of Turkmenistan.
  • Baku to acquaint itself with 3D printer's opportunities
    25.11.2014 17:37

    By Nigar Orujova

    Baku will learn how to increase its earnings with the help of 3 dimensional printer in February.

    For the first time, Azerbaijanв's capital will host a conference on the innovative technologies in the field of 3D printing 3D PrintConference on February 12, 2015.

    The event aims to inform the participants about the three-dimensional technology and its uniqueness. This technology allows to create a 3D model of the product on computer and in a short time to get a full physical object that will fit the specified parameters.

    The advantages of 3D-printers are obvious: they reduce the cost of manufacturing products, reduce the time of its appearance on the market, and allow designing elements of any shape and complexity. 3D printing provides a rapid and precise production using different materials.

    Many of the world's leading producers have realized how to use 3D printing in large scale. Indeed, the U.S. plans to replace the traditional production by the universal high technology based on 3D printing. China builds houses with a breathtaking speed with use of four huge 3D printers. The structures for 10 buildings were built within 24 hours, and the cost of such construction is only $5,000 for each house.

    Three-dimensional printing has already entered our lives, opening up new opportunities in various fields. Today, 3D printing is used in fast prototyping and engineering (automotive styling, aeromodelling, tuning), food industry, military industry and robotics, design and manufacture of clothing, medicine and stomatology (prosthesis, crowns, copies of the individual parts of the human body and the entire skeleton), architecture and construction (models of buildings, structures, some areas of the city and cottage settlements), as well as education (teaching aids, models).

    3D Conference in Baku will show which kinds of opportunities the technology opens in Azerbaijan.

    The event program will consist of a conference, where managers and entrepreneurs will discuss the opportunities of using 3D printing in business, workshops that will demonstrate the principles of 3D printer work and scanning processes, and the demo area, which will demonstrate products and services created by means of three-dimensional printing.

    The conference will be organized by Smile Expo company, that held grand thematic exhibitions in Moscow, Kiev, and Almaty.

    3D PrintConference will held at Tbilisi Avenue, 20, "Grand Hotel Europe" in Baku on February 12, 2015.

    Announcements are available at the website For further information please address:, 7 (495) 212-11-28.
  • Ilham Aliyev receives Chief Executive Officer of BBC Global News
    25.11.2014 17:18
    On November 25, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev received CEO of BBC Global News Jim Egan. reports citing the official website of the President of Azerbaijan that the guest informed the head of the Azerbaijani state about the activities of the structure that he leads and the work carried out in international cooperation.

    He noted the importance of providing information to the wide audience about the history, cultural growth of Azerbaijan, the development processes in our country.

    President Ilham Aliyev spoke about the economic achievements of Azerbaijan, the dynamic process of economic development, work towards ensuring freedom and democracy, cooperation between Azerbaijan and the European Union, the achievements of the country in the energy sector, the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh. The President stressed the importance of bringing an objective and unbiased information about the rich history, culture, development processes in Azerbaijan.

    The sides exchanged views on prospects of cooperation.
  • Baku 2015 European Games unveils official mascots Jeyran and Nar
    25.11.2014 16:34
    Baku 2015 European Games has today unveiled Jeyran and Nar as the exciting official mascots for the inaugural sporting event, APA reports.

    Inspired by Azerbaijani nature and heritage, Jeyran the Gazelle and Nar the Pomegranate reflect both the country's proud history and promising future. The pair will symbolise the first European Games around the world as they feature on branding to promote Baku 2015.

    Mr Azad Rahimov, Azerbaijan's Minister of Youth and Sport and Chief Executive Officer of Baku 2015, said: "We are extremely happy to introduce Jeyran and Nar to the world, and we hope that they will come to represent the excitement of the inaugural European Games.

    "As symbols of Baku 2015, they will inspire, excite and entertain a new generation of sports fans in Azerbaijan and will be visible around the city and the country in the coming months."

    Jeyran will become the cultural ambassador of the Games, offering visitors a glimpse into Azeribaijan's rich heritage. From high up in the Caucasus mountains to the shores of the Caspian Sea, Jeyran likes guiding visitors around the country and showing them all that Azerbaijan has to offer.

    Jeyran, the Azerbaijani word for gazelle, is a symbol in the country of natural beauty, grace and purity. The gazelle is a protected species in Azerbaijan.

    Nar is a sun loving, playful pomegranate who grew up outside of the city of Goychay. Full of life and energy, Nar loves participating in new sports and will be getting involved with the European Games action.

    The pomegranate symbolises unity in Azerbaijani folklore, and features heavily in the colourful Baku 2015 branding already displayed extensively around the city.

    Mr Simon Clegg, Baku 2015 Chief Operating Officer, said: "Our mascots are important symbols of the inaugural European Games and we are delighted to be welcoming them to the Baku 2015 family.

    "Jeyran will be an elegant cultural ambassador for the Games and for the rich heritage of Azerbaijan. Nar represents the energy, enthusiasm and fun of the Games and will be seen explaining and getting involved with the sports at our venues."

    Mr Charlie Wijeratna, Baku 2015 Commercial Director, said: "We wanted to help bring the European Games to life in a playful and colourful way, and we hope that Jeyran and Nar will become popular across all of Azerbaijan as we look forward to hosting Europe's elite athlete here at Baku 2015.

    "The mascots have started life as flat illustrations, but will soon be animated, and of course transformed in three dimensions to form a part of the merchandising of the European Games."

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

    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.

    Eleven of the sports will offer qualification opportunities for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Those sports include Archery, Athletics, Boxing, Cycling, Shooting, Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Triathlon, Wrestling and Volleyball.

    Baku was awarded the Games by the European Olympic Committees (EOC) in December 2012. The Baku European Games Operations Committee (BEGOC) will organise and run the Games in co-operation with the EOC.
  • Azerbaijani junior swimmers shine in Hungary
    25.11.2014 16:29

    By Amina Nazarli

    Azerbaijani junior team successfully participated in the FINA World Junior Open Water Championships, which was held in Hungary.

    Azerbaijani duo of Ekaterina Valiulinova and Tatyana Nikitina took the first place in the competition.

    In solo performances, Ekaterina Valiulina became the second, while another national sportsman Anastasiya Shashmurina placed the third.

    Azerbaijani national team includes Anastasiya Shashmurina, Ekaterina Valiulina and Tatyana Nikitina. The team coach is Larisa Kapustina.

    The Azerbaijani athletes will take part in the Serbian Open Championships to be held in Belgrade, Serbia on November 29-30.
  • Azerbaijani boxers win two world medals
    25.11.2014 16:19

    By Amina Nazarli

    The 2014 AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships took place at the Halla Gymnasium in Jeju, South Korea from November 13 to 25.

    As a total 21 teams joined the competition.

    Azerbaijani female boxers have claimed two medals at the World Championship in Jeju, South Korea.

    Yana Alekseyeva grabbed silver in the 60kg class after losing to Irish Katie Taylor in the final.

    Another Azerbaijani boxer, European champion Elena Vystropova at 69kg won bronze medal of the tournament.
  • Baku to host ceremony on 100th anniversary of World War I
    25.11.2014 16:09

    By Sara RajabovaThe German-Azerbaijan Cultural Center, Kapellhaus will host a German-French commemoration week on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the First World War.

    As the disaster of the century in Europe, the First World War started 100 years ago. The enemies of that time are close partners and good neighbors of today.

    The German and French Embassies in Baku are going to commemorate the war anniversary in a series of events.

    Commemoration week will start on November 25 with screening of a movie called ''All Quiet on the Western Front'' based on novel by Erich Maria Remarque.

    The next day, German historian Volker Venohr will give a lecture in Kapellhaus with participation of the representative from Azerbaijanв's National Academy of Sciences.

    On November 27, Farida Mammadova will perform songs about the First World War and the letters by the German, French and English soldiers will be read out at the event.

    At the end of the commemoration week, the book ''The war brought to light: 14-18 through stained glass'' will be unveiled in a ceremony to be attended by author Jean-Claude Leskur. Also, throughout the week an exhibition of paintings of Berlin and Paris on the First World War will be held.

    The events will be hold in Kapellhaus and French institute. The entrance to the events is free for public.
  • Russian expert: Manat is one of the most stable currencies in the world
    25.11.2014 15:48
    "This is an unprecedented case."

    Even if oil prices remain low over a year, it will not cause problems for the Azerbaijani manat.

    Acccording to, expert Oleg Kuzmin, chief economist at investment company "Renaissance Capital", told this to RBC-TV Channel.

    Speaking about the impact of oil prices on the economy of Azerbaijan, he noted that AZN is one of the strongest currencies in the world, even more expensive than dollar.

    According to the expert, the cause of the phenomenon of Azerbaijani currency and its stable strengthening against the dollar regardless of many factors of the crisis is the exchange regime and the country has managed to accumulate large amounts of gold and forex reserves at a time when oil prices were very high. These funds were spent limitedly when necessary, and in good times the reserves were again accumulated, Kuzmin said.

    "For comparison, now funds in foreign currency at their Central Bank and their national fund are about $ 50 bn," he added.

    According to him, now the reserves in Russia cover 16 months of imports, in Kazakhstan about 50.

    Responding to a question why Azerbaijan is interested in a strong manat, if the economy is export-oriented, Kuzmin said that it all depends on the structure of the economy.

    "In Russia, the share of exports in GDP is within 30 percent. In Azerbaijan, this figure is higher. In Russia the so-called "Dutch disease" is developing much faster: the imports suddenly increase, the budget is affected, unemployment grows," Kuzmin said, noting that the situation in Azerbaijan is much easier due to a greater focus on oil economy, in this case, other sectors of the economy are not affected so much.

    The situation with inflation in Azerbaijan, on the background of Russia with eight percent, was noted during the broadcast:

    "Of course, the main reason for this is, I think, the course. Manat strengthened for nearly 10 years, it is an unprecedented case. In fact, all imported goods in national currency become cheaper and it has such an impact on inflation," Kuzmin said.
  • White Death to be staged in Baku
    25.11.2014 15:43

    By Amina Nazarli

    Azerbaijani Youth Theatre in Baku will host a play called ''White Death'' to be staged at 19:00 on November 28.

    The performance is expected to be staged in accordance with the approved plan of the Azerbaijani Culture and Tourism Ministry as part of the "State Program on combating illicit trafficking of narcotic drugs and their precursors and drug addiction for 2013-2018.''

    The play which is based on the work ''Family Ghoul" by Vasiliy Sigarev, addresses the problem of drug addiction.

    The director of the play is Ayla Osmanova and art director is Elshan Sarhanoglu

    The spectacle includes Azerbaijani honored artists Nubar Novruzova, Rezzag Mammadov, Vusal Mehraliyev, Zulfiya Alhuseynova, Sabina Mammadova, Manaf Dadashov and Anar Seyfullayev.

    The cost of ticket is six manats. The address of the theatre is Nizami street, 72.
  • Water level in rivers of Lankaran-Astara region rises due to heavy rains
    25.11.2014 15:43
    ''Sleet and snow fell in mountainous areas''.

    The National Hydrometeorology Department told APA that as forecasted before, from November 24 till the morning of November 25 unstable weather condition lasted in the country, sleet and snow fell in mountainous areas and was intensive in some areas.

    The amount of precipitation was 202 mm (120 percent of the monthly norm) in Lankaran, 111 mm (72 percent of the monthly norm) in Astara, 25 mm (45 percent of the monthly norm) in Rvarud.

    The water level in rivers of Lankaran-Astara region rose due to heavy rains and flood occurred in Boladichay-Diryan.
  • AZAL to receive first Boeing-787 Dreamliner aircraft
    25.11.2014 15:30

    By Aynur Jafarova

    Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL), the biggest Azerbaijani airline and national flag carrier, is expected to receive the first aircraft of Boeing-787 Dreamliner model on November 28.

    AZAL has ordered two planes of this model, companyв's Spokesman Maharram Safarli toldTrendВ Agency on November 25.

    He noted AZAL will receive the second Boeing-787 Dreamliner in early 2015.

    ''It is possible that the second aircraft will arrive in December, but more likely it will happen in early 2015,'' Safarli added.

    A source in AZAL told Trend that earlier the airline was planning to cancel plan to purchase Boeing-787 Dreamliner because of a number of problems with this aircraft in the airlines of some countries. But ultimately, AZAL confirmed its intention to acquire some aircrafts of this model.

    As a regional and CIS leader in terms of a number of new aircrafts, AZAL offers its passenger flights to European countries, the CIS, Middle East, and Asia.

    The company cooperates with about 60 airlines to provide its passengers with an opportunity to travel freely around the world.

    Currently, AZAL's fleet consists of Boeing 757-200, Boeing 767-300, Airbus 319, Airbus A320, Airbus A340-500, Embraer ERJ 170-100LR and Embraer ERJ 190-100.
  • Baku hosts international conference on volunteering
    25.11.2014 15:15
    Baku, November 25 AzerTAc

    International Conference "Volunteering as a form of youth participation in social life" has today started in Baku.

    The purpose of the conference organized by the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Azerbaijani office of UNICEF is the development of volunteering, and expansion of international cooperation of young people.

    The conference, which brought together representatives of youth organizations of the CIS countries, will focus on the revitalization of volunteering among young people, promoting human values and patriotic education of the younger generation, training of future leaders.

    The opening ceremony was addressed by the Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports of Azerbaijan Intigam Babayev, head of UNICEF Azerbaijani Office Andro Shilakadze, an expert of this international organization Valery Mitrofanenko.

    The conference on the same topic in the coming days will be held in Ganja, to be attended by youth from 21 regions and cities.
  • New head appointed to Agroleasing
    25.11.2014 15:08
    A new head has been appointed to Agroleasing OJSC.

    Spokesman for the Ministry of Agriculture Murtuzali Hajiyev told APA-Economics that according to the order signed by Minister Heydar Asadov on November 24, acting chairman of the Agroleasing OJSC Elshan Mammadov has been appointed as a chairman of the OJSC.

    Under the other order of the Minister, Jamal Guliyev has been appointed as a chairman of the State Phytosanitary Surveillance Service.

    Former chairman of the Service Mammadali Dunyamaliyev has been retired on a pension.
  • Baku to mark Fikret Amirovв's memory
    25.11.2014 14:49

    By Nigar Orujova

    An event to mark the memory of eminent Azerbaijani composer Fikret Amirov will be held at the Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku.

    During the event on November 25, a book on the founder of the genre of symphonic Mugham will be unveiled and a concert dedicated to him will be held.

    The project aimed at preservation, development and promotion of Azerbaijani culture, will be implemented by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation and the Heydar Aliyev Center.

    The book 'Fikret Amirovв' was written based on the private archive of the composer. It includes CDs of his opera 'Sevilв' and ballet 'One Thousand and One Nightв'.

    The book traces the life and works of generation of musicians from Amirov family. It shows the history of immortal works of Fikret Amirov and his cultural environment which contributed to their creation.

    There are also opinions of well-known people, reviews, published in different years in the print media about the famous composer and his works.

    The guests of the evening will also have a chance to enjoy a concert program consisting of works of Fikret Amirov performed by the Azerbaijan State Chamber Orchestra named after Gara Garayev. The orchestra will be conducted by the artistic director, chief conductor, People's Artist of Azerbaijan, Teymur Goychayev.

    Fikret Amirov is an outstanding Azerbaijani composer, whose works spread positive energy and social and ethical ideals.

    Amirovв's symphonic Mughams 'Shurв' and 'Kurd Ovsharyв' are unprecedented in the history of world music. The author developed the national symphonic style by creating symphonic Mugham that became significant not only for Azerbaijanв's music but also for the music of the world.

    Amirov created the first Azerbaijani lyrical-psychological opera on a contemporary theme. Moreover, he is the author of the first instrumental concert, and a fairytale ballet in Azerbaijan.

    The wide artistic interest of Amirov included operas, ballets, symphonies, symphonic poems, symphonic mugham, suites, capriccio, piano concertos, sonatas, musical comedies, songs, love songs, piano pieces, music for dramatic productions, and movies.

    His works revolve around social and ethical issues, disclose the spiritual world of the people and record their life in the past and present. Mankindв's inner world with all its joys and sorrows takes a special place in his works.

    The most outstanding works that made the musician well-known around the world are opera 'Sevilв' as well as ballet 'One Thousand and One Nightв' created on the basis of oriental tales.
  • Ziya Mammadov to speak at Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy
    25.11.2014 14:38
    "The future of transport in Central Eurasia".

    A conference on "The Future of Transport in Central Eurasia" will be held in ADA on November 28.

    According to the university, the opening ceremony of the conference will be attended by the rector of ADA, Ambassador Hafiz Pashayev, Deputy Prime Minister Abid Sharifov, Transport Minister Ziya Mammadov and CEO of the Baku International Sea Trade Port Tale Ziyadov, as well as experts and scholars on the transport from the countries of Central and South Asia.
  • Georgia erupts in anger as Putin signs treaty with breakaway Abkhazia
    25.11.2014 14:29

    By Mushvig MehdiyevPresident Vladimir Putin signed a treaty with Head of the so-called Abkhazian Republic Raul Khadzhimba at the meeting in Sochi, on November 24, drawing harsh criticism from Georgia and the international community and causing serious concern in the South Caucasus country.

    Russia and separatist Abkhazia will join efforts to develop their alliance and strategic partnership under the agreement. The treaty also envisages a common defense and security space, as well as assisting Abkhazia in its socioeconomic development and preserving a common cultural, spiritual and humanitarian space. Moreover, Russia promises to take utmost to help Abkhazia intensify its international relations.

    Agreeing on alliance and partnership Russia expanded its authority over Georgia's breakaway Abkhazia region. Kremlin will enjoy a dominant role in military and economic life of Abkhazia, making it easier for residents of the region to obtain Russian citizenship.

    Russia was already in target of the severe criticism by western forces because of its annexation of Crimea and its support to instigate violent separatist revolt in eastern Ukraine. The treaty was immediately and angrily denounced by Georgia as illegal action to de facto annex Abkhazia.

    The agreement also outlines a joint work to guard the Abkhazia-Georgia border. Russia will set up any necessary equipment and installations, since the treaty provides for complete freedom of movement on the Russia-Abkhazia state border.

    Georgia has been working harder to establish closer political and economic ties with the European Union. Tbilisi said the new accord with Abkhazia was yet another attempt by Russia to disrupt Georgia's westward ambitions.

    "Signing of the so-called treaty proves a deliberate move by Russia in reaction to Georgiaв's European and Euro-Atlantic aspirations,'' said Tamar Beruchashvili, Georgian Foreign Minister.

    Beruchashvili said Georgia would appeal to the UN, NATO and other international organizations to denounce the agreement.

    Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili claimed that the signed document brings the talks between Russia and Georgia to a deadlock.

    "The treaty, in fact, annexes Georgia's territory to Russia's military, political, social and economic space and turns Abkhazia into part of the Russia territory. That agreement grossly violates the international law," Margvelashvili said.

    The U.S., one of Georgia's main supporters in the EU and NATO integration, don't recognize the agreement between Russia and the so-called Abkhazian Republic, said Richard Norland, the U.S. Ambassador to Georgia.

    "The U.S. don't recognize any agreement with the de-facto Abkhazia," Norland announced.

    Georgia suffered the same fate with Ukraine, who lost its legal territory to Russia when the northern giant annexed the Crimean peninsula in March, 2014. Tense relations between Russia and Georgia will expectedly be more tensed from now on. The agreement axed the bilateral talks for easing the long-lasting stress between the neighboring countries. The overt treaty masked Russia's covert intentions to annex Abkhazia and establish a universal dominance over the breakaway region.

    Georgian armed forces launched military actions in the territory of its South Ossetia region on August 8, 2008. They clashed with Russian military troops and were forced to leave the region. Russia recognized the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia in late August. Tbilisi strictly condemned Russia's actions and broke off diplomatic relations with Moscow to recognize Abkazia and South Ossetia as occupied territories.
  • Russian president signs anti-offshore law
    25.11.2014 14:28
    Russian President Vladimir Putin signed on Tuesday a new tax law intended to return Russian capital and assets from foreign tax shelters, ITAR-TASS reported.

    The law introduces amendments to the country's tax code that will oblige Russian owners of companies registered in offshore tax havens to pay taxes in Russia.

    The document obliges Russian tax residents to declare undistributed profits of controlled foreign companies.

    The amendments will come into force from January 1, 2015.
  • NATO sees no military solution to Nagorno-Karabakh conflict
    25.11.2014 14:25

    By Sara Rajabova

    NATO concerned over incidents and violence in the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan.

    NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said he is concerned over the recent developments between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

    Stoltenberg made his remarks at a meeting of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in The Hague, RIA Novosti reported on November 24.

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

    ''I am concerned about the recent incidents in the Nagorno-Karabakh. It emphasizes that there is no military solution to the conflict,'' Stoltenberg said.

    Stoltenberg emphasized that there is no alternative to a political solution. ''I do not see any direct role for NATO, but NATO supports the Minsk process to create conditions for a sustainable peaceful solution in Nagorno-Karabakh through negotiations,'' Stoltenberg said.

    The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict emerged in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan.

    Since a lengthy war in the early 1990s that displaced over one million Azerbaijanis, Armenian armed forces have occupied over 20 percent of Azerbaijan's internationally recognized territory, including Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent regions.

    The UN Security Council's four resolutions on Armenian withdrawal have not been enforced to this day.

    Peace talks, mediated by Russia, France and the U.S. through the OSCE Minsk Group, are underway on the basis of a peace outline proposed by the Minsk Group co-chairs and dubbed the Madrid Principles. The negotiations have been largely fruitless so far.
  • Former Azerbaijani deputy defense minister arrested
    25.11.2014 14:14
    A former Azerbaijani deputy defense minister has been arrested.

    Born in 1955, Salimov Mehman Amirkhan oglu, who was interrogated at the Investigation Department for Grave Crimes under the Prosecutor General's Office, faces charges under the Criminal Code's articles #179.3.2 (embezzlement on a large scale) and 308.2 (abusing official powers) and has been sentenced to pre-trial detention under the court's verdict, APA reports.

    Spokesman for Prosecutor General's Office, Eldar Sultanov confirmed the fact to APA.

    M. Salimov occupied the position of the Azerbaijani deputy defense minister on socio-political affairs from 1995 to 99.
  • SOCAR launches office in Greece
    25.11.2014 14:08
    The State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR) will launch an office in Athena, Greece, said the SOCAR President Rovnag Abdullayev in his interview to Greek Bridging Europe publishing.

    Abdullayev said SOCAR is still main claimer in tender on privatization of DESFA: "The process is expected to be fully completed in the months coming. DESFA is the first project of SOCAR in this scale among the EU countries and we are pleased to be in cooperation with our Greek partners in this process".

    He noted that Greece is one of the countries that TAP passes through and plays an important role in implementation of this project: "As a result of our increasing assets n Greece, we decided to open a country office in Athena. After fully establishment of SOCAR Energy Greece SA, this will be facilitated".

    He stressed that Greece is a reliable strategic partner for Azerbaijan.
  • James Warlick urges parties to lasting settlement
    25.11.2014 14:03
    "Further violence and retaliation will undermine peace talks".

    We have seen the reports about the operation to recover the bodies of the crew members killed in the November 12 downing of a military helicopter along the Line of Contact, U.S. co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group James Warlick told APA.

    "The November 12 incident was a tragedy that must be avoided in the future. We urge the parties to show restraint and refocus their efforts on negotiating a peaceful and lasting settlement to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Further violence and retaliation will undermine peace talks and impede the resolution of humanitarian issues that arise as a result of the conflict", said the diplomat.

    On November 21, Warlick posted on his Twitter page that military escalation in Nagorno-Karabakh does not help efforts to recover the remains of the helicopter crew and he urged dialogue and diplomacy. However, on November 22, the Armenian press reported about holding of a special operation on the line of contact, killing of two Azerbaijani soldiers and removal of the bodies from the site. Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry denied these reports and stated that such reports aim to calm down the Armenian public.
  • Italy delivers Azerbaijan-ordered helicopters
    25.11.2014 13:53
    Italian company AgustaWestland completed the delivery of AW-139 and AW-189 helicopters ordered by Azerbaijan, the company told APA.

    Under the agreement, Azerbaijan purchased eight AW-139 helicopters and two AW-189 helicopters. The helicopters are totally worth euro;115 million.

    Helicopters can operate in all weather conditions. Search amp; rescue helicopters are equipped with night vision system and forward looking infrared (FLIR) camera, allowing them to fly in bad weather conditions and at night.
  • Baku to host Turkish world writers' forum
    25.11.2014 13:25
    Baku, November 25, AzerTAc

    On November 27-30, Baku will host the Forum of young writers, poets and researchers from the Turkic-speaking countries. The forum is organized by the World Association of Young Turkic Writers (DGTYB) with assistance of the Ministry of Youth and Sport of Azerbaijan.

    "Round tables", competitions, poetry evenings with participation of representatives from Azerbaijan, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Moldova, Russia and Iraq will be arranged within the forum. Guests will also visit must-see places of Baku, the museums, exhibitions and the cultural centers of the capital of Azerbaijan.

    Following the results of the project the writers will be handed honourable diplomas.

    The World Association of Young Turkic Writers was created in 1998 in Kazakhstan. In 2013 the forum in Baku was dated for the 15 anniversary of DGTYB.
  • Azerbaijan represented in the charity fair in Hanoi
    25.11.2014 13:09
    Hanoi, November 25, AzerTAc

    Azerbaijan is presented at the traditional charitable fair taking place in Hanoi, capital of Vietnam.

    The main purpose of holding the fair attended by representatives of diplomatic missions accredited in Hanoi, Diaspora and NGOs, local and foreign companies, is to donate the money collected from the sale products to the charity projects. Moreover, the event is important regarding to popularize historical heritage, culture and cuisine of the participating countries.

    The Embassy of Azerbaijan in Vietnam presented a stand with the logo for "Baku 2015", the first European Games. The Azerbaijani stand also presented national souvenirs, carpets, and also pictures about the country, books, booklets, videos, other propaganda materials, as well as samples of the Azerbaijani cookery. After the presentation of the book published in the Vietnamese language about Azerbaijan cuisine, the copies of this edition were distributed among the visitors of Azerbaijani stand.

    The Azerbaijani stand, as well as in 2013, this time also became one of the most visited stands of fair and caused deep interest among the participants.
  • Azerbaijan to change dates of final exams due to 2015 First European Games
    25.11.2014 12:49
    The dates of final examinations will be changed due to the First European Games to take place next year in Azerbaijan.

    Chairwoman of Azerbaijan State Students Admission Commission Maleyka Abbaszade said during today's press conference that the Cabinet of Ministers has adopted a decision on the European Games, APA reports.

    Till today, a schedule about the dates of final and entrance examinations used to be publicized in late January, she added: "Next year, however, final examinations will be held earlier, that is prior to the European Games. Relevant proposals have already been sent to the Education Ministry. On May 30, schools will celebrate "Last bell" events. Next day it will be nearly impossible to take part in final examinations. We, alongside the Education Ministry, are trying to specify the dates of examinations. A precise schedule will be presented after discussing the matter with them. The dates of all final examinations across the country, not just Baku, will be changed."
  • OSCE set to facilitate holding of parliamentary, presidential elections in Kyrgyzstan
    25.11.2014 12:41
    Baku-APA.The Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and Switzerland as well are set to facilitate the holding of parliamentary and then presidential elections in Kyrgyzstan in 2015, Swiss President Didier Burkhalter, the OSCE head, said on Saturday after his talks with Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev on Saturday, APA reports quoting ITAR-TASS.

    Burkhalter said that OSCE was ready to support the countries that applied for assistance in holding the elections. In particular, the OSCE is ready to carry out a monitoring mission in Kyrgyzstan.

    Kyrgyzstan's president said that his republic had much to learn from Switzerland.

    "Its growth level and living standards of the population are even higher than in the countries rich in oil and gas," Atambayev said. "The GDP is 100-fold higher than ours and it justifies once more that people are of most importance, not mineral resources."

    He expressed the hope that in the near future bilateral projects would be implemented and the partnership would come to "a practical aspect.
  • UN stands ready to assist Azerbaijan in combating violence against women
    25.11.2014 12:34
    The UN stands ready to assist the Azerbaijani government in combating violence against women.

    The statement came from UN Resident Coordinator in Azerbaijan Antonius Broek said at the conference titled "Empowerment for women, progress for society" in Baku today, APA reports.

    He said that violence against women has no political, educational, religious, or national aspects and signs.

    "Women are exposed to gender-based and other forms of violence. Throughout the world, it is very important to protect women and prevent violence. Every week a woman died because of domestic violence. In order to protect women, the State Committee for Family, Women and Children Affairs of Azerbaijan cooperates with a number of international organizations and tries to prevent such cases. Elimination of violence is one of the main goals. All members of society should be involved in this process and mobilized in order to take appropriate countermeasures," he added.
  • BSU graduates presented diplomas of European Law Masters Program
    25.11.2014 12:10
    Baku, November 25, AzerTAc

    6 graduates were presented diplomas of European Law Masters Program as a delegation led by vice rector of German Wurzburg University Eckhard Pache visited Baku State University (BSU).

    Rector of BSU, MP, academician Abel Maharramov highlighted the University's activities, international relations, as well as cooperation with the universities of Germany.

    Expressing satisfaction with the meeting professor Eckhard Pache stressed the importance of the expansion of relations between the universities.

    Then, 6 graduates were presented diplomas on European Law Masters Program.
  • The volume of investments in Armenia to be reduced
    25.11.2014 11:59
    The volume of foreign investments in Armenia in 2014 will be extremely low, due to both objective and subjective reasons, the "Haykakan Zhamanak" newspaper reports with reference to its sources in the Ministry of Economy.

    The specialists of the Ministry note that among the objective reasons is, for example, the completion of investment in several major programs in the fields of mining and communications.

    Among subjective reasons is the waiting condition of investors in connection with the process of Armenia's accession to the Eurasian Economic Union.

    "In addition, potential investors are restrained by the fact that country's economy is closely integrated into the Russian economy. It is expected that the volume of foreign investment this year will be 25-30% less than last year. It should be noted that in the past year, compared with the previous year the investments have declined by more than 20% and amounted to about $ 600 mln.," the edition concluded.
  • Armeniaв's gold mining industry on verge of collapse
    25.11.2014 11:55

    By Mushvig Mehdiyev

    The Armenian government seems disinterested in its national gold mining industry, which is in trouble given the weakening positions of the local companies on the gold market.

    Foreign companies are more involved in the market compared with local companies. They are unwilling to work with their local counterparts. They prefer to export the alloys of gold due to modern technology and advantageous business terms abroad.

    The gold mining industry in Armenia faces a series of challenge characterized mainly by lack of state support and widespread privatization in production of the precious metal.

    Deputy Head of the Yerevan Jewellery Plant Abgar Mkrtchyan said the government in Armenia doesnв't support companies involved in gold industry.

    "Armenia's existing legislature forces the gold mining companies to export the dore bar - a semi-pure alloy of gold and silver - from Armenia rather than selling it for local processing. The main reason behind the export is that the VAT is refunded after export transactions, but is not available in domestic business deals," said Mkrtchyan.

    Armenia has rich deposits of gold, copper, molybdenum as well as smaller deposits of zinc, lead, iron and silver. The deposits of nonferrous metal ores in the country are characterized by their precious metal content. The main gold deposits of Armenia are located in Zod, Meghradzor and Terterasar regions.

    Mkrtchyan said the foreign mining companies in Armenia are reluctant to work with local companies. "Mining companies find it disadvantageous and unbeneficial to work with local facilities. Subsequently, no pure gold is melted in Armenia, despite its vast raw resources," he added.

    Armenia's local plants do not work efficiently in gold mining industry, paving the way for foreign companies to control the gold production. Gold industry is mostly governed by the British Lydian International company, which is the sole proprietor of the Amulsar mine in the south of Armenia. Cyprus-based GeoProMining, an international group of mining companies, enjoys some significant privileges at the Ararat gold recovery plant.

    Government intervention can settle the problem, according to Mkrtchayn, who says the Finance Ministry can buy dore bar from the affinage company and sell it to local jewelry companies by tender. But the Ministry has repeatedly stated that it is against the government intervention in the industry.

    Armenian government is also disinterested in assisting the local companies to overcome the existing problems. A large amount of money is needed to revive the gold industry and attract the affinage companies to keep the alloys in Armenia without cooperating with experienced foreign companies.

    Armenia's state budget for 2015 mainly focuses on social and cultural domain expenditures. Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan said nearly 21.4 percent of the budget would also be allocated for defense, maintenance of public order and national security. It proves that the state budget aims to tackle a mountain of problems in various fields, as well as improve Armenia's defense capabilities.

    To this end, the government decided to "smartly" settle the "gold problem" by selling the gold fields to foreign businesses. Unresolved problems in economic, social, health, education and transport fields prevent the authorities from allotting money to develop the gold industry. That's why the government sold its strategic gold reserves to foreign companies to get rid of at least one problem and at the same time, to put all responsibility, including the environmental issues on the purchasers.

    Social Watch, an international organization engaged in poverty, discrimination, racism and human rights issues, say Armenia continues to confront economic, social and environmental challenges. But the government undermines the environmental issues and fails to address pollution, deforestation, soil degradation, and other environmental issues, violating the environmental laws, according to Social Watch.
  • SOCAR president speaks at session of Atlantic Council Energy Economic Summit
    25.11.2014 11:45
    Baku, November 24, AzerTAc

    As earlier reported, on 20-21 November the Atlantic Council Energy amp; Economic Summit took place in Istanbul. The event entitled "Energy and Economy" was attended by US Vice President Joe Biden and Prime Minister of Turkey Ahmet Davutoglu. SOCAR's President Rovnag Abdullayev spoke at the conference "Energy security in the 21st century and its most important sources," the press service of SOCAR said.

    The forum participants discussed the issues of security of energy sources and energy infrastructure, analyzed the impact of geopolitical factors on the production and transportation of oil and gas, the need to protect them from terrorist threats, local conflicts, development of joint action by the international community to ensure the smooth operation of energy infrastructure.

    SOCAR's president spoke about the current energy projects initiated by Azerbaijan in the last two decades and gave an overview of the new projects, such as the Southern Gas Corridor, which will transport 16 bcm of Caspian natural gas from the Azerbaijani field of Shah Deniz to the European markets.
  • US urges Armenia and Azerbaijan to keep peace
    25.11.2014 11:28
    "The United States is still ready to help."

    The US State Department has commented on the latest developments on the contact line in Karabakh.

    Oxu.Az reports that the statement came from the US State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke on November 24.

    According to him, the incident and subsequent violence once again emphasizes the need to seek a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

    "We call on all parties to show restraint and refrain from actions that would increase tension along the contact line. And we call on the parties to redirect their efforts to negotiate a peaceful and lasting settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. As a co-chair of the Minsk Group, the United States is still ready to help," Rathke said.
  • Russia suspends coal export to Ukraine
    25.11.2014 11:08
    Russia has suspended its coal export to Ukraine.

    Ukraine's energy minister said on Monday Russia had suspended coal supplies to Ukraine, a blow to domestic energy suppliers who are struggling with a severe lack of raw fuel for power plants due to a separatist conflict in the industrial east, Reuters reported.

    On Nov. 12 Prodan said Ukraine would have to rely on Russian coal to get through the winter after the war in the east disrupted supplies to thermal power plants (TPP), which provide around 40 percent of the country's electricity, and left reserves critically low ahead of the cold season.

    "According to information received from DTEK and (state-run) Tsentrenergo, coal supplies from Russia have been suspended," an energy ministry spokesman quoted Prodan as saying.

    Ukraine's biggest private energy company DTEK said the suspension of supplies was unexpected.

    "The company received no official notification about the delay in shipments. Now we are trying to find out the reasons and circumstances of the current situation," DTEK said in a statement.
  • Azerbaijan to offer online diagnosis
    25.11.2014 10:53

    By Nigar Orujova

    Azerbaijan, a country that is growingly counting on information technologies, will offer services of online diagnosis.

    The electronic system for disease diagnosis will be launched as Doctormap project, implemented with the financial support of the State Fund for the Information Technology Development of Communications and High Technologies Ministry.

    The State Fund has allocated 20,000 manats (about $25,500) for the project.

    Project Manager of Doctormap Farid Farkhadov said the system is comparable with that of initial diagnosis by a doctor.

    "Initial diagnosis will be possible on the page The user of the system will just need to indicate his or her disturbing symptoms, then the system will automatically detect the medical specialist. The service will be available to citizens free of charge," he said.

    Doctormap project is an active card which shows the locations of hospitals and doctors. The number of medical specialists on the site will be limited.

    The main point is the selection of highly qualified specialists, the project manager stressed. Registration of the medical personnel in the system will be carried out on a fee basis.

    "The long-term plans include the launch of the module 'Online pharmacyв'. Its important feature is to simplify finding the right medication at all pharmacies represented in the database. The user can compare prices together. The delivery service will also be available soon," Farkhadov added.

    The online diagnosis will help the population to select a medical institution for treatment as well as find relevant doctor. The system also includes information about the medical personnel registered at the website, as well as their certificates.
  • Never underestimate fake drugs!
    25.11.2014 10:39

    By Amina Nazarli

    Counterfeit drugs are among the main scourges of our time. They can kill us as easily as they can cure us. Today, going to a pharmacy, no one is ensured that he or she will take original drugs.

    Counterfeit medicines are dangerous because they usually contain cheap and low quality ingredients.

    The National Security Ministry along with the Health Ministry is responsible for the fight against illegal drugs in Azerbaijan, Parviz Azizbeyov, Director of the Quality Supervision Inspection at the Center for Analytical Examination of Medicines at the Health Ministry told local media.

    ''In general, the current situation with drugs in Azerbaijani market is satisfactory. All medicines are checked up before reaching pharmacies and hospitals. Holograms, which are provided with medications are indicative of high quality of the products,'' Azizbeyov noted.

    He also recommended paying attention to the appearance of the drugsв' packaging: whether the name of a drug has been erased or its expiration date changed and if there is a hologram on the packaging.

    ''If a consumer is doubtful, he or she has all the rights to ask the seller about the certificate of the drug. However, if the seller doesnв't present the document, the customer can call the hotline of the Centre for Analytical Examination of medicines, dialing 596-07-12,'' he noted.

    Azizbeyov added that Azerbaijan produces only 1 percent of all drugs used in the country, while 55 percent of them are imported from European countries.

    Since the beginning of this year, the Health Ministryв's staff confiscated 1,380 packages of worthless drugs, which were not registered earlier by the state registry.

    Most often, some substandard products are imported into the country from Russia, Poland, Turkey and Romania.

    ''The level of punishment of those who illegally imported and sold substandard or expired drugs is quite humanely in Azerbaijan,'' said lawyer Ramiz Aliyev. ''It would be better to benefit from the experience of foreign countries, which are stricter in this issue when it comes to peopleв's health.''

    He told that production, storage, import and sale of fake drugs are fined from 3,000 to 5,000 manats or imprisonment up to two years.

    However, if a person, taking this medicine suffers from an organic damage or dies, the culprit will only be jailed for five to ten years.

    Law on Medicine Act is the main document in the pharmaceutical market in Azerbaijan, adopted in 2007.This law regulates the legal and organizational activities related to medical and pharma products in the territory of the country and revises the relations in this sphere as well.
  • Armenians violate ceasefire 73 times in various directions
    25.11.2014 10:38
    Armenian armed forces violated ceasefire 73 times in various directions of the frontline within a day, said Defense Ministry, APA reports.

    Armenian armed units fired on the positions of Azerbaijan in nameless uplands and Alibeyli village of Tovuz region from their posts in nameless uplands and Ayqepar village of Armenia's Berd region and positions in nameless uplands and Gaymagli village of Gazakh region from the posts in Barekamavan village of Noyemberyan region.

    Armenians also fired on the positions of Azerbaijani Armed Forces from their posts near Tapgaragoyunlu village of Goranboy, Gizil Oba village of Terter, Shuraabad,Yusifjanli, Marzili, Shikhlar, Bash Gervend, Kengerli, Javahirli and Garagashli villages of Aghdam, Gorgan, Garakhanbeyli, Ashagi Seyidahmedli and Ashagi Veyselli villages of Fuzuli, Kuropatkino village of Khojavand region and nameless uplands of Goranboy, Khojavand, Fuzuli and Jabrayil regions.

    The enemy was silenced by retaliation fire.
  • Zakir Hasanov about results of large-scale tactical maneuvers in Caspian sea
    25.11.2014 10:38
    Azerbaijani Defense Minister, Colonel-General Zakir Hasanov held a meeting with commanders of Navy following the results of the Caspian-scale tactical maneuvers. reports with reference to the press service of the Defense Ministry of Azerbaijan, at the meeting with servicemen Zakir Hasanov spoke about reform prospects, as well as measures to improve the combat effectiveness and morale level of personnel conducted by the order of President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev .

    According to the minister, the Navy for short term executed the assignments of command and did everything for the successful conduct and completion of the maneuver.

    Z.Gasanov awarded the servicemen distinguished during military maneuvers.
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