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Winners of the 9th National Internet Award NETTY 2013 is chosen in Azerbaijan, the website of theMinistry ofCommunications and Information Technology said.

According to the terms of the contest, participants can submit their applications for registration ofwebsites and projects from April 3 to May 31, 2013. For participation applicants should register on theNETTYwebsite: www.netty.az

Votingof the Expert Council and Virtual Jury to determine the nominees for the prizewill be held simultaneously from June 1 to June 11.

On June 12,the NETTY Academy will start its voting which will will be based on afinalchoice of the Expert Council that selects three nominees for each category and Virtual jury that selects one nominee for each category.

The Academy chooses a single award winner in each of 12 nominations. At the same time it votes on non-competitive honorary and 'special mention' prize nominations.

A new 'special mention' prize nomination for "Best mobile device applications" was open in 2013. The most popular and in-demand applications built in Azerbaijan on the basis of mobile systems Android, iOS, Windows Phone will be determined within the nomination.

This year the Academy will also traditionally award a honorary prize "For contribution to development of the domestic information technologies" and "IT developments of the year".

The competition is supported by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies and Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

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  • Iran calls for re-launching Baku-Anzali shipping line
    22.09.2014 17:57
    Anzali, September 22 (AzerTAc). Iran expressed readiness for re-launching the Baku-Anzali shipping line to boost bilateral ties between the two Caspian nations.Head of the Anzali Trade-Industrial Free Zone Organization Reza Mansour said re-establishing the shipping line would lead to the expansion o...
  • The Southern Gas Corridor will be a strategic energy avenue for 21st century, Jose Manuel Barroso
    22.09.2014 17:01
    Baku, September 22 (AzerTAc). "The Southern Gas Corridor is more than a pipeline. It will be a strategic energy avenue for the 21st century, a true geostrategic project," Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission said in his video message at the groundbreaking ceremony marking the 20...
  • There is zero tolerance of anti-Semitism in Azerbaijan, Israeli Ambassador
    22.09.2014 16:17
    New York, September 22 (AzerTAc). Israeli Ambassador in Baku Rafael Harpaz has said there is zero tolerance of anti-Semitism in Azerbaijan."Azerbaijan can be a model for other countries in terms of attitude towards Jews," said the Ambassador as he attended a workshop dealing with Azerbaijani-Israeli...
  • Azerbaijani FM leaves for New York to attend UN General Assembly session
    22.09.2014 16:16
    The delegation led by Azerbaijani Minister of Foreign Affairs Elmar Mammadyarov has left for New York on a working visit.The aim of the visit is to attend the 69th session of the UN General Assembly, the Foreign Ministry's press service told APA.During the visit, Mammadyarov plans to make a spee...
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  • PACE President hails Azerbaijanв's struggle against corruption
    22.09.2014 21:01
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    Baku, September 22 (AzerTAc). Anne Brasseur, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has praised Azerbaijan's struggle against corruption and reforms conducted in the legislative system during the meeting with Azerbaijani General Prosecutor Zakir Garalov, on September 22.

    PACE President expressed her confidence for the close cooperation between the organization and Azerbaijan.

    Zakir Garalov noted that Azerbaijan attaches great importance to strengthening its cooperation with PACE, General Prosecutor's Office reports.

    Azerbaijani General Prosecutor informed Anne Brasseur about the country's progressive reforms in judicial system and legal basis established as part of these reforms. General Prosecutor mentioned President Ilham Aliyev's political will towards the struggle against corruption and legislative and practical reforms carried out in the country.

    It is one of the key priorities of the prosecutor bodies learning and implementing the legislature of the European Court of Human Rights in Azerbaijan, Zakir Garalov said.

    The sides had comprehensive exchange of views on the issues of mutual interest.
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  • President of Turkmenistan receives President of SOCAR
    22.09.2014 20:56
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    Ashgabat, September 22 (AzerTAc). President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow has received President of the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Rovnag Abdullayev.

    Rovnag Abdullayev conveyed sincere greetings and wishes of President Ilham Aliyev to the President and the people of Turkmenistan.

    The President of Turkmenistan asked to deliver greetings and best wishes to President Ilham Aliyev.

    President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow stressed the importance of the friendly and neighbouring relations between the two countries and nations, adding there was good potential for developing these ties.

    They had comprehensive exchange of views on boosting cooperation between Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan in the field of energy-oil and discussed how to further boost ties of both countries.
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  • Mechanism of antibiotic resistance revealed
    22.09.2014 20:40
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    Baku, September 22 (AzerTAc). Antibiotic resistance represents a serious threat to human health, and researchers in London have taken an important step towards understanding how it spreads by unravelling a bacterial secretions system.

    Bacteria use type IV secretion to move substances across their cell walls; the system - which can distribute genetic material between bacteria - differs substantially from other bacterial secretion systems in both its molecular structure and mechanism of secretion. The mechanism is directly responsible for the spread of antibiotic resistance in hospital settings, and plays a crucial role in secreting toxins in infections, causing ulcers, whooping cough and severe forms of pneumonia.

    Researchers from University College London (UCL) and Birkbeck, University of London used electron microscopy to reconstruct the system as observed in E. coli. The mechanism consists of two separate complexes - one in the outer membrane of the cell and the other in the inner membrane. The two are connected by a stalk-like structure that crosses the periplasm, the space between the two membranes. The complexes at both membranes form pores in the membrane through which secretions are made.

    "This work is a veritable tour de force," said Professor Gabriel Waksman from the Institute of Structural and Molecular Biology, a joint UCL/Birkbeck Institute. "The entire complex is absolutely huge and its structure is unprecedented."

    "It's the type of work which is ground-breaking and will provide an entirely new direction to the field. Next we need to understand how bacteria use this structure to get a movie of how antibiotics resistance genes are moved around."

    Understanding the structure of the secretion system will help scientists reveal how cells move substances across the inner and outer membranes. It could also help in the development of new tools for the genetic modification of human cells, as the bacteria could act as a carrier for genetic material which could then be secreted into the cells.

    "Understanding bacteria's secretion systems could help design new compounds able to stop the secretion process, thereby stopping the spread of antibiotics resistance genes," said Waksman. "Given that antibiotics resistance has become so widespread and represents a grave threat to human health, the work could have considerable impact for future research in the field of antimicrobials."
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  • Azerbaijani and Turkish military air forces continue joint exercises
    22.09.2014 20:36
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    Baku, September 22 (AzerTAc). Azerbaijani and Turkish military air forces continue the joint exercises, the Defense Ministry's press service said.

    Turkish Air Force pilots together with Azerbaijani pilots carried out flights by two-seat MiG-29 aircrafts in order to familiarize with the condition in the reserve aerodromes, air navigation on route, departure and landing strips of the military aerodromes, country's air space zones.

    The Azerbaijani and Turkish military air forces will also carried out flights by F-16 fighter aircrafts.

    The Air Forces' exercises till continue till October 3.

    The exercises are being attended by more than 30 Air Force assets of Azerbaijan and Turkey, in particular, the fighters "MIG-29", "F-16" military transport aircraft "Su-25", "C-130 Herkules", helicopter gunships "Mi-24", "AH-1W Super Cobra" and military transport helicopter "Mi-17"and "Sikorski UH-60".
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  • Swedish queen meets representatives of Nizami Ganjavi International Centre
    22.09.2014 20:29
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    Baku, September 22 (AzerTAc). Queen Silvia of Sweden has met representatives of the Nizami Ganjavi International Centre in Geneva.

    Board members Walter Fust, Farida Allaghi and Rovshan Muradov attended the meeting.

    The meeting featured exchange of views on activity of Azerbaijani great poet Nizami Ganjavi.

    They also discussed the projects and initiatives implemented by the Nizami Ganjavi International Centre. The Swedish queen was informed about the 3rd Global Shared Societies Forum to be held in Baku in 2015.
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  • Baku 2015 European Games announces venue for triathlon
    22.09.2014 20:22
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    Baku, September 22 (AzerTAc). Baku 2015 European Games is today pleased to announce that a venue has been finalised for the Triathlon event next summer.

    The event - which will see 130 of Europe's finest athletes going for gold - will be held at Bilgah Beach, located just north of Baku city centre.

    The race - which will consist of a 1,500 metre swim, 40 kilometre bike ride and 10 kilometre run - is anticipated to be one of most popular events of the first European Games.

    Mr Simon Clegg, Chief Operating Officer of Baku 2015, said: "We are delighted to now be able to confirm details for the Triathlon at next summer's inaugural European Games.

    "As the winners of the men's and women's events will automatically qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, we expect an elite field of athletes competing in what will prove to be a superb venue."

    Situated close to the Athletes Village, Bilgah Beach is well-known as a luxurious seaside resort that is popular with both locals and tourists.

    Mrs Marisol Casado, President of the International Triathlon Union, said: "We are very happy that Baku 2015 European Games has now secured this high-profile venue for the event.

    "Their determination to secure a location that has the capacity to host high-quality sport as well as the large crowds that are expected to attend was very welcome."

    And Mr Renato Bertrandi, President of the European Triathlon Union, added: "The continent's athletes will no doubt be delighted by the quality of the venue and we are already very much looking forward to next year's European Games."

    The two days of competition will take place on the opening weekend of action next year, on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 June.

    Mr Pierce O'Callaghan, Baku 2015 Director of Sport, added: "Triathlon by its nature is an extremely exciting sport and the Bilgah Beach is the perfect location for what will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of the European Games sports programme.

    "The recent tests on the water quality were excellent and we are more than confident that the first European Games will see a thrilling race taking place in a spectacular setting."
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  • SOCAR and Bulgarian gas companies sign documents
    22.09.2014 19:11
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    Baku, September 22 (AzerTAc). The President of the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) Rovnag Abdullayev received heads of Bulgartransgaz and Bulgargaz companies, who are on a visit to Baku to attend the events on the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Contract of the Century.

    SOCAR President Abdullayev said the friendship and cooperation between Azerbaijan and Bulgaria are rapidly developing, regarding the Bulgarian president's participation in the events dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Contract of the Century and the groundbreaking ceremony of the Southern Gas Corridor as an obvious manifestation of these relations.

    The guest said solemn ceremonies in Baku are organized at a high level, emphasizing that they are interesting in the supply of Azerbaijani gas to Bulgaria.

    Thereafter, SOCAR and Bulgarian gas companies signed two documents. SOCAR President and Chief Executive Officer of Bulgartransgaz Kiril Temelkov signed a Memorandum of Understanding.

    A protocol of intent was signed by SOCAR President and Chairperson of the Board of Bulgargaz.
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  • Baku to host EFAA annual general meeting
    22.09.2014 19:11
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    Baku, September 22 (AzerTAc). Baku will host the annual general meeting of the European Federation of Accountants and Auditors (EFAA) on May 7, 2015.

    The decision was made at the EFAA annual meeting held with the participation of the Azerbaijani delegation from the Chamber of Auditors in Budapest, Hungary, Chamberof Auditors of the Azerbaijan Republic MrVahid Novruzov said.

    The EFAA for small and medium-sized enterprises is an umbrella organization for national accountants and auditors' organizations whose individual members provide professional services primarily to SMEs within the European Union and Europe as a whole. It was founded in 1994.
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  • Visa regime between Nakhchivan and Iran simplified
    22.09.2014 18:41
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    Tabriz, September 22 (AzerTAc). Iranian nationals visiting Nakhchivan receive a 15-day visa at Jolfa and Poldasht borders as of September 20.

    According to the Azerbaijani consulate general in Tabriz, the visa is made available to Iranian nationals in line with the agreement reached during the Ninth Iran- Azerbaijan Commission following a letter from the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry.

    He said the visa is available only for visiting Nakhchivan and those seeking visa for Baku or other cities must apply with the Azerbaijan Consulate in Iran beforehand. Iranians are required to pay 10 Euros at the border for receiving visa.

    The official hoped that the decision would positively influence on trade and tourism between the neighbouring Iranian and Azerbaijani provinces.
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  • Adrenaline festival to be held at Baku Crystal Hall
    22.09.2014 18:11
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    Baku, September 22 (AzerTAc). Baku Crystal Hall will host "Adrenaline festival" with participation of the world performers and djs Nicole Scherzinger, Will I Am, Apl.de.ap, Redfoo on November 1.

    Stefan Kendal Gordy, better known by his stage name Redfoo, is an American singer, dancer, record producer, DJ and rapper best known as part of the musical duo LMFAO.

    Allan Pineda Lindo is a Filipino-American rapper, record producer, and occasional drummer who is best known as a member of theGrammy Award-winning group The Black Eyed Peas. Pineda is a citizen of both the United States of America and the Philippines.

    William Adams known by his stage name as will.i.am, is an American rapper, singer-songwriter, entrepreneur, voice actor, actor, DJ, record producer, and philanthropist, best known as one of the founding members of the hip hop/pop band, The Black Eyed Peas. He is the recipient of seven Grammy Awards, eight American Music Awards, a Billboard Music Award, a Teen Choice Award, two MTV Video Music Awards, and three World Music Awards all won with the Black Eyed Peas.
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  • Southern Gas Corridor and the Contract of the Century '˜extremely important for the energy security of Europeв'
    22.09.2014 17:57
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    Baku, September 22 (AzerTAc). Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs of the U.S. Department of State Amos Hochstein has said both the Southern Gas Corridor and the Contract of the Century are extremely important for the energy security of Europe, energy security of global community as well as the development of the region.

    "The US and Azerbaijan enjoyed strategic good relationship and I believe that this will continue as we are going into the future."

    Mr. Hochstein stressed the importance of continuing strategic relationship and cooperation.

    He also added he was honored to be in Baku for the events marking the 20th anniversary of the Contract of the Century as well as the very important ground-breaking ceremony of the Southern Gas Corridor. "It was honour to speak in the event and read out Secretary of State John Kerry`s letter directed to President Ilham Aliyev."
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  • Iran calls for re-launching Baku-Anzali shipping line
    22.09.2014 17:57
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    Anzali, September 22 (AzerTAc). Iran expressed readiness for re-launching the Baku-Anzali shipping line to boost bilateral ties between the two Caspian nations.

    Head of the Anzali Trade-Industrial Free Zone Organization Reza Mansour said re-establishing the shipping line would lead to the expansion of ties between Iran and Azerbaijan in various fields, particularly in tourism.

    Mansour also encouraged Azerbaijani investors to invest in Anzali Free Zone, saying Iran offers tax breaks for Azerbaijani businessmen who invest in the zone. He went on to say that there is no limitation for Azerbaijani investors in terms of ownership.

    "The possibility of 100 percent foreign ownership is the zone's advantage for investors," Mansour noted.

    He also stressed that there are no tax and duties for raw materials and machineries imported for the factories in the zone. The investors can take their capital of the zone whenever they want, the official stressed.

    Anzali Free Zone is located in the Southern part of Caspian Sea and includes industrial, trade and commercial, tourism and services sections.
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  • Iranв's President to visit Armenia
    22.09.2014 17:49
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    In near future President of Iran Hassan Rouhani will pay an official visit to Armenia.

    The statement came from Iranian Ambassador to Armenia Mohammad Reisi, APA reports quoting Armenpress.

    "The exact date has not been specified yet. Anyway, the visits of president need special programs. Similar visits are usually bilateral," Mohammad Reisi noted.
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  • EU ready to discuss South Stream at three-way talks Friday
    22.09.2014 17:40
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    The European Commission is ready to discuss the South Stream gas pipeline project during the three-party talks on gas issues with Russia and Ukraine on Friday, a European Commission spokeswoman said Monday.

    Marlene Holzner said that although Russian gas transit to Europe via Ukraine remains a priority for the talks, the European delegation would be ready to discuss the South Stream if Russia raises the issue, RIA Novosti reports.

    In a resolution adopted last week, the European Parliament called on the European Union's leaders to cancel agreements with Russia, including those on the construction of the South Stream gas pipeline project, built to deliver Russian gas to Europe bypassing Ukraine.

    Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said Friday that Russia expects to discuss South Stream with European Energy Commissioner Gunther Oettinger.

    Aiming to diversify export routes from Russia to central and southern Europe, Russia began building the South Stream gas pipeline across the Black Sea in 2012. The pipeline, which will allow the transit of gas to Europe without crossing Ukraine, is expected to be fully operational by 2018. The first gas deliveries are scheduled for late 2015.

    Intergovernmental agreements were signed with Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary, Greece, Slovenia, Austria and Croatia in order to implement the construction of the pipeline's onshore sections. However, in August, Bulgaria suspended operations, saying that they did not meet European Commission requirements.

    The commission has long been trying to hamper the project saying it violates the European Union's Third Energy Package, which stipulates that pipelines in the European Union cannot belong to natural gas extractors. Moscow insists that the construction of the pipeline does not contradict the regulations in any way.
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  • Azerbaijan to be represented at the UNHCRв's Executive Committee session
    22.09.2014 17:36
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    Baku, September 22 (AzerTAc). The 65th session of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Executive Committee will be convened through September 29 - October 3 in Geneva, Switzerland.

    At the event, Azerbaijan is to be represented by Mr.Ali Hasanov, Vice-Premier, Chairman of the State Committee for Refugees and IDPs of Azerbaijan Republic, and the Head of the State Migration Service of Azerbaijan Firudin Nabiyev.

    Azerbaijan has become a member of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Executive Committee as a result of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) voting on April 26, 2012. .
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  • The Southern Gas Corridor will be a strategic energy avenue for 21st century, Jose Manuel Barroso
    22.09.2014 17:01
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    Baku, September 22 (AzerTAc). "The Southern Gas Corridor is more than a pipeline. It will be a strategic energy avenue for the 21st century, a true geostrategic project," Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission said in his video message at the groundbreaking ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of the Contract of the Century and the Southern Gas Corridor.

    Barroso added Azerbaijan makes an important contribution to Europe's oil imports today.

    "At the same time, we are celebrating the progress made regarding the Southern Gas Corridor," he noted.

    He added that the corridor, once completed, would stretch over 2,000 kilometers along the Caucasus and across Turkey - through Greece and Albania - and across the Adriatic, to connect the Caspian with the heart of EU".
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  • ''New opportunities will be opened for the states in Black Sea and Caspian Sea basins'', Georgian PM
    22.09.2014 16:43
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    Baku, September 22 (AzerTAc). Azerbaijan is one of the nearest friends and partners of Georgia. Energy partnership is of exclusive importance", the Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili stated at the event dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the "Contract of the Century" and groundbreaking ceremony of the South Gas Corridor.

    He noted that "we have jointly implemented projects such as Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan, Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum and Baku-Tbilisi-Supsa pipelines. TANAP project will be implemented, Europe's energy map will be changed, new opportunities will be opened for the states in Black Sea and Caspian Sea basins, new jobs will be launched, poverty level will be reduced. We support Trans-Caspian Gas Pipeline project for export of Kazakh and Turkmen reserves".

    The Georgian Premier said that these projects will ensure sustainable development in region: "Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway will play a great role in the regional development. We integrate to the global markets through these projects. Free trade with the neighbour countries will be a great contribution. We'd like to concern the free trade with EU to other countries too. We'll do our best for Georgia to be a reliable partner in the region and the world".
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  • Russia opposes division of Caspian sea into sectors
    22.09.2014 16:29
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    The complexity of determining the status of the Caspian Sea is associated with its recognition as a lake or sea.

    Moscow opposes the division of the Caspian Sea into national sectors of coastal states, said Russian president's special envoy on the delimitation and demarcation of borders between Russia and the CIS states, ambassador-at-large of Russian Foreign Minister Igor Bratchikov.

    "The Russian side does not adhere to the viewpoint of the division of the Caspian Sea into the sectors", he said at a press conference in IIA "Russia today."

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to RIA Novosti that according to the diplomat the Russian side from the very beginning, in principle, opposed the division of the Caspian Sea. But then Moscow has agreed to build the Caspian so-called national zones, covering an area of '‹'‹about 25 miles from the coast.

    "I would like to emphasize that these national belts saved the total water space. Russia does not supports the division of the Caspian sea into sectors", Bratchikov said.

    The question of the legal status of the Caspian Sea actualized after the collapse of the USSR, when the emergence of new subjects of international law - states of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan - raised the question of the delimitation of the Caspian Sea among the five countries. The complexity of determining the status of the Caspian Sea is related, in particular, to its recognition as a lake or sea, a distinction of which is governed by different provisions of international law.
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  • There is zero tolerance of anti-Semitism in Azerbaijan, Israeli Ambassador
    22.09.2014 16:17
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    New York, September 22 (AzerTAc). Israeli Ambassador in Baku Rafael Harpaz has said there is zero tolerance of anti-Semitism in Azerbaijan.

    "Azerbaijan can be a model for other countries in terms of attitude towards Jews," said the Ambassador as he attended a workshop dealing with Azerbaijani-Israeli relations in New York. "Jews live in peace and stability in Azerbaijan," he added.

    Mr. Harpaz praised Azerbaijan-Israel relations in the fields of healthcare, water technologies, defence and energy. He said there was great potential for developing cooperation in the area of high technologies.

    Azerbaijani Ambassador in Washington Elin Suleymanov highlighted the activities of the Jewish community of Azerbaijan.

    Executive Director of the American Jewish Committee David Harris said Azerbaijan was an important partner for the United States.
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  • Azerbaijani FM leaves for New York to attend UN General Assembly session
    22.09.2014 16:16
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    The delegation led by Azerbaijani Minister of Foreign Affairs Elmar Mammadyarov has left for New York on a working visit.

    The aim of the visit is to attend the 69th session of the UN General Assembly, the Foreign Ministry's press service told APA.

    During the visit, Mammadyarov plans to make a speech at the general debates within the session.

    The Azerbaijani FM is also expected to attend the UN meetings on various issues and hold several bilateral and multilateral meetings.
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  • 130,000 Syrian Kurds have fled to Turkey, says Deputy PM
    22.09.2014 16:07
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    More than 130,000 Syrian Kurds have fled across the border into Turkey, escaping an advance by Islamic State jihadists, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan KurtulmuЕџ said on Sept. 22.

    "The number of Syrians has passed 130,000," KurtulmuЕџ told reporters in Ankara, warning that the number would likely rise, Hurriyet Daily reports.

    "If ISIL attacks continue in the Kobane region, Turkey may face an intensive influx. We have taken all necessary measures in the event of a continued influx of displaced people. We don't want this, of course, but we are ready," he said.

    Turkey's emergencies directorate, the AFAD, stated that the authorities are clamping down at the border with Syria.

    "The border is open, but only at one place at MürЕџitpД±nar, for better organisation of crossings," an AFAD official said.

    "A single point has been opened for displaced Syrians, so that we can conduct identity checks and give first aid, vaccinating people if necessary," the official added.

    Militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have seized dozens of villages in the past week as they advance on the town of Ain al-Arab, called Kobane in Kurdish, near the border.

    Until now, Kobane, the third largest Kurdish population center in Syria, had been relatively safe and had taken in 200,000 people displaced from elsewhere in Syria.

    Meanwhile, Syrian government air strikes killed at least 42 people, including 16 children, in Idlib province in the northwest, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights stated on Sept. 22.

    The air raids on the afternoon and evening of Sept. 21 killed 19 people, including six children, outside the city of Saraqeb, and another 23 people, among them 10 children, in the town of Ehsim, the monitoring group said.

    The province is largely under rebel control outside its capital, Idlib city.

    The strikes outside Saraqeb hit an area where civilians were sheltering after fleeing repeated government air strikes on the city, the Observatory said.
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  • Azerbaijan hosts international chess festival
    22.09.2014 15:54
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    Baku, September 22 (AzerTAc). International Baku Open 2014 chess festival has today started in Baku marking the State Independence Day.

    The festival involves nearly 250 chess players from 22 countries, including 30 international grandmasters, 19 international masters and 11 FIDE masters.

    The Swiss system tournament will feature competition in two divisions, A and B.

    The total money prize of the event is 50,000 $.
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  • Astrakhan to host 4th Caspian Summit
    22.09.2014 15:53
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    The 4th summit of the Caspian Sea littoral states will be held in the Russian city of Astrakhan on September 29.

    APA reports quoting the Kremlin's press service that Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev and Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov will attend the summit at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    The summit will focus on the issues of cooperation between the littoral states, the process of implementation of the decisions adopted in the previous summit in Baku in 2010, as well as the priorities of further cooperation between these states.

    Multilateral documents are also expected to be signed during the summit.

    In addition, Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to hold several bilateral meetings with counterparts.
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  • Ganja branch of Pedagogical Institute closed
    22.09.2014 15:47
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    Mikayil Jabbarov, Azerbaijanв's Minister of Education, has signed an order on closure of the Ganja branch of Azerbaijanв's Pedagogical Institute.

    According to the Ministry, decision to close the Ganja branch was taken due to indentified violations.

    "Violations consisted in gross disregard of regulatory and legal acts regulating activity of the higher educational institution. Such violations were identified in organization of education, financial discipline and issue of educational certificates. Forged diplomas were issued to persons who never studied in the Institute", the Ministry says.

    The Ministry informs that all the materials on this case were sent to the General Prosecutor's Office.

    "Due to identified violations, Minister Mikayil Jabbarov signed an order on discharge of Chancellor Ramiz Mammadov from his post and closure of the Ganja branch. The Ministry established a working commission to organize placement of students and teachers in other educational institutions", the Ministry says.
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  • Arms Exporter: African countries interested in buying Russian jet trainer
    22.09.2014 15:37
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    Several African countries are interested in the Russian combat training aircraft Yak-130.

    Russian state arms exporter Rosoboronexport's delegation head Yury Demchenko told journalists following the Africa Aerospace and Defense 2014 exhibition, RIA Novosti reports.

    "Preliminary analysis of the interest in the Russian MIC [military-industrial complex] on the part of the countries of the region showed a very strong tendency of readiness to buy Russian helicopters and aviation equipment, including the combat training aircraft Yak-130 and the entire line of Mil or Kamov helicopters," Demchenko said.

    In addition, there was an interest in air defense systems, including Almaz-Antey systems, shown at the exhibition. "Particular attention was paid to the training complexes, additional learning equipment and means of application," the delegation head concluded.

    Rosoboronexport is part of state-owned industrial corporation Rostec. It is the sole intermediary agency that is responsible for import and export of the full range of defense and dual-use products, technologies and services. Rosoboronexport cooperates with more than 70 countries around the world.

    The Africa Aerospace and Defense 2014 exhibition of air, sea and land technologies took place on September 17-21. The exhibition was attended by 347 exhibitors from 26 countries and saw 40,000 trade visitors from 101 states in attendance. Pavilions of 15 countries, such as Russia, the United States, China and India were present at the exhibition.
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  • Azerbaijani parliament to gather for autumn session later this month
    22.09.2014 15:26
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    The date and agenda of the first meeting the Azerbaijani Parliamentв's autumn session has been announced.

    The meeting is due to take place on September 30, and there are 37 issues on the agenda, the parliament told APA.

    The agenda includes ratification of the legislative efforts plan of the parliament's 2014 autumn session and some contracts Azerbaijan has signed with a number of countries, amendments to the Criminal Procedure, the Family and Administrative Codes, the laws on "Road traffic", "The Prevention of the Legalization of Criminally Obtained Funds or other Property and the Financing of Terrorism", "The status of servicemen", "State registration and state registry of legal entities", "Postal law", and several other laws.
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  • President opens ferry terminal at Baku International Sea Trade Port Complex
    22.09.2014 15:18
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    A ferry terminal has been opened today within the first phase of the new Baku International Sea Trade Port Complex.

    Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev attended the opening ceremony, APA reports.

    The head of state viewed the photo stand reflecting works done and model of the complex. Then the president delivered a speech.

    Transport Minister Ziya Mammadov and Regional Manager of Van Oord Offshore BV, Hans Luijnenburg also made speeches at the ceremony.

    Following this, the President launched the terminal. President Ilham Aliyev looked at the process of loading and sending off ferries from terminal.
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  • First snow in Azerbaijan
    22.09.2014 15:13
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    Temperature has dropped 8-10 degrees.

    The unusual heat was followed by rain , and now it finally snowed.

    The first snow in Azerbaijan fell in Gabala.

    Oxu.Az reports citing Kanal S that the snow fell last night in the mountains. This unusual natural phenomenon caused a great interest among people.

    Snow that fell in the Laza village has caused a sharp drop in temperature.

    According to forecasters, the temperature has dropped 8-10 degrees.
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  • Southern Gas Corridor groundbreaking ceremony held in Azerbaijan
    22.09.2014 14:53
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    President Ilham Aliyev: This is a project of the new century

    Baku. Ramiz Mikayiloghlu - APA. The groundbreaking ceremony of the Southern Gas Corridor has today been held at the Sangachal terminal.

    The ceremony was broadcasted live on the big screen in Heydar Aliyev Center, APA reports.

    The ceremony was attended by Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev, Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Montenegro Milo Dukanovic, Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Taner Yildiz, Italian Deputy Minister for Economic Development Claudio De Vicenti, British Petroleum Group Chief Executive and Director Robert Warren "Bob" Dudley, other officials and representatives of various companies.

    The flags of the countries, where the Southern Gas Corridor will pass, as well as SOCAR and BP were reflected on the first pipeline. First, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and then state and government officials of other countries, SOCAR and BP presidents signed on the pipeline. After posing for photographs, the foundation of the Southern Gas Corridor was laid.

    In his speech, President Aliyev said that this project will redraw Europe's energy map.

    "This project is very important for Azerbaijan and will allow exporting our gas resources to the world markets. This project opens up new opportunities for transit countries. This is a project of the new century. The participants of the project will benefit from the pipeline at least 100 years", he said.

    The head of state said today, we have laid foundations for a new project together with a new team, recalling that the Contract of the Century was signed 20 years ago and then Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline was constructed.

    "There are no losers in this project", President Aliyev said.
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  • Azerbaijan celebrates 20th anniversary of ''Contract of the Century''
    22.09.2014 14:20
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    Baku - APA-Economics. Today, Azerbaijan celebrates the 20th anniversary of the "Contract of the Century". On the initiative of Heydar Aliyev, on September 20, 1994, this international contract was signed.

    "Contract of the Century" considers joint development of deep-water part of Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli oil field. By the order of Heydar Aliyev, September 20 is marked as a Day of Oil Workers in Azerbaijan since 2001.

    Primarily, the contract was signed by 8 countries (Azerbaijan, US, Great Britain, Russia, Turkey, Norway, Japan, Saudi Arabia) and 13 companies (Amoko, BP, McDermott, Unocal, SOCAR, LUKoil, Statoil, Exxon, TPAO, Penzoil, Itochu, Ramko, Delta). Thereafter, as a result of the changes among participants, BP (34,14%), Chevron (10,28%), SOCAR (10,00%), Inpex (10,00%), Statoil (8,56%), Exxonmobil (8,00%), TPAO (6,75%), Devon Energy (5,63%), Itochu (3,92%), Hess (2,72%) have also joined the contract.

    ACG participants are BP (operator - 35.8%), SOCAR (11.6%), Chevron (11.3%), Inpex (11%), Statoil (8.6%), ExxonMobile (8%), TPAO (6.8%), Itochu (4.3%), ONGC Videsh Limited (OVL) (2.7%).

    3 years later after the signing of "Contract of the Century", on November 12, 1997, first oil was extracted. For the export of the first oil, Baku-Novorossiysk pipeline was launched since October 25, 1997.

    Georgian Supsa port in the Black Sea was selected as the second direction for oil transportation. Since April 17, 1999, Azeri oil started to be transported via Baku-Supsa pipe. The biggest advantage of this route - Azerbaijani oil was approached a world market in a clean form - as Azeri Light.

    Taking the plans on reaching oil production up to 45-50 mln tons, as well as perspective of transportation of oil reserves of Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan via Azerbaijan into account, the idea on realization of Main Export Pipeline was kicked off. And in September of 2002, the presidents of Azerbaijan, Turkey and Georgia held groundbreaking ceremony for Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline, which was designed for transportation of Azeri oil to Ceyhan port in the Mediterranean Sea, with the length of 1,769 km and yearly capacity of 50 mln tonnes. Construction began in April 2003 and was completed in 2005. Pumping began on 10 May 2005 and reached Ceyhan in 28 May 2006.

    Shareholders of the BTC are - BP (30.1%), AzBTC (25.00%), Chevron (8.90%), Statoil (8.71%), TPAO (6.53%), ENД° (5,00%), Total (5.00%), Itochu (3.40%), Inpex (2.50%), ConokoPhillips (2.50%) and Hess (2.36%).

    Currently, mainly Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli oil and Shahdeniz condensate is transported via BTJ from Azerbaijan. Moreover, Turkmenistan oil is transported via this pipeline too.

    Oil strategy revealed gas potential of Azerbaijan as well. The development of Shahdeniz deposit became Azerbaijan into big gas exporter. Shareholders of Shahdeniz are - BP (operator - 28.8%), ARDNЕћ (16.7%), Statoil (15.5%), Total (10%), LUKoil (10%), NICO (10%), and TPAO (9%).

    South Caucasus Pipeline (Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum) project has been realized for the transportation of gas to Georgia, Turkey and Europe. The pipe, constructed in 2004-2006, allows transporting Azerbaijani gas to Turkey and South European countries. Shareholders of the project are - BP (technical operator -28.8%), SOCAR (16.7%), Statoil (commercial operator - 15.5%), Total (10%), LUKoil (10%), NICO (10%), and TPAO (9%). Total agreed to sell its 10%-share in Shahdeniz to TPAO. Currently, both companies are going to complete this operation.

    In general, the "Contract of the Century" opened the way for agreements on other oil and gas fields of Azerbaijan. Thus, about $ 40 billion were invested in oil and gas sector of Azerbaijan in 1994-2010 years. During this period, 32 agreements on production sharing were signed foreign oil companies. It is forecasted that within the framework of these agreements, the volume of investments will reach $ 60 billion. Currently, 34 companies representing 15 countries are operating in oil and gas operations on land and in 30 fields located in the Azerbaijan sector of the Caspian Sea.

    The development of oil sector, the growth potential of SOCAR allowed Azerbaijan to carry out exploration and drilling operations in the fields. During recent years, as a result of these works, two major gas-condensate fields were discovered only in the Azerbaijani sector of the Caspian Sea. Hydrocarbon reserves of "Umid" are estimated at 200 billion cubic meters of gas and 30-40 million tons of condensate, and "Absheron" - 350 billion cubic meters of gas and 45 million tons of condensate. Strong results are forecasted to get on "Nakhchivan", "Babak", "Shafag-Asiman" projects.
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  • Iranв's Zarif, Saud al-Faisal hold talks in New York
    22.09.2014 14:13
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    Iran and Saudi Arabia have held talks in New York.

    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has expressed hope that a recent meeting with his Saudi counterpart in New York will open a new chapter in efforts to strengthen international peace, Press TV reports.

    he top Iranian diplomat made the comments following a Sunday meeting with Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal on the sidelines of the 69th session of the UN General Assembly in New York.

    Zarif described his talks with Faisal as a "new page" in bilateral Tehran-Riyadh relations, expressing hope that the meeting would have a positive impact on efforts to restore peace to the region and the world, and protect the interests of all Muslim nations.

    The Saudi foreign minister also said Iran and Saudi Arabia are two influential countries in the region, stressing that Tehran-Riyadh cooperation could help bolster peace and security in the region and the entire world.

    Faisal also pointed to the sensitive situation in the Middle East and said mistakes of the past must be avoided, so that it would be possible to successfully end the crises plaguing the region.

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has repeatedly underlined Tehran's determination to improve ties with neighboring Muslim countries, including Saudi Arabia, saying cooperation between Iran and Saudi Arabia will be vital for regional security.

    Iran and Saudi Arabia are divided on a number of regional issues such as the situation in Syria and Bahrain.
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  • Azerbaijani servicemen to attend events in foreign countries
    22.09.2014 14:04
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    Representatives of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces will participate in events to be held abroad, the Defense Ministryв's press service told APA.

    Azerbaijani servicemen will participate in the Eternity-2014 Computer-Assisted Command Post Exercise in Tbilisi (Georgia) from September 22 to 26 and the Trident joust 2014 enhanced monitoring program in Brunssum (the Netherlands) from September 23 to October 2.

    According to the General Staff of the Turkish Armed Forces, the Eternity-2014 exercise will be attended by 12 servicemen from Azerbaijan and Turkey, 24 from Georgia (overall 48), representatives of the organizations that ensure security of pipelines, and employees of BOTAS.
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  • Diplomacy played key role in freeing Mosul hostages
    22.09.2014 13:38
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    Political bargaining and diplomacy played a key role in freeing 49 hostages from extremist jihadists.

    Turkey's president has said this, denying that a ransom was paid but hinting that a swap deal might have taken place to save the country's Mosul consul general and 48 others, Hurriyet Daily reports.

    "I do not know what they mean by bargaining. If they refer to materialistic bargaining, it's totally out of the question. But if they talk about diplomatic bargaining, yes, it's certainly true. This is a diplomatic success, the result of a political bargain," President Recep Tayyip ErdoДџan told reporters at a press conference he held before his departure to the United States Sept. 21.

    His statement was the answer to a question about claims that Turkey made a deal with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) to end 101 days of captivity of 49 hostages. While ErdoДџan categorically ruled out that a ransom was paid to ISIL, he implied that a swap deal with jihadists could have occurred.

    Responding to a question over claims that Turkey agreed to release three ISIL militants in return for 49 hostages, ErdoДџan said: "Whether there was a swap or not. Of course, everybody will write something about it. What we look at here is: Whether a swap has taken place or not, our 49 citizens returned to Turkey. Even if this swap took place, as the president, I always look after my 49 citizens. Nothing can be of more value than my citizens. They are now back to my country."

    ErdoДџan repeated that the operation to free the Turkish hostages was conducted by the National Intelligence Organization (MД°T) without the involvement of any other country's secret service.

    Some 46 Turkish citizens, including Öztürk YД±lmaz, the consul general in Mosul, and three Iraqi staff were kidnapped on June 11 by ISIL after the militants seized control of all of Mosul, Iraq's third largest city. Their 101 days in captivity finished with a happy ending on Sept. 20, following the Turkish intelligence agency's intense work and a secret operation.

    The statement heralding the news that YД±lmaz and other hostages had been brought to Turkey after they have been freed was issued by Prime Minister Ahmet DavutoДџlu at 6:10 a.m. Turkish local time.

    "We have taken our citizens and brought them back to our country," DavutoДџlu told reporters in a short press conference in Baku, where he was conducting a visit before departing to ЕћanlД±urfa, a city near the border with Syria, to meet the freed hostages. He added that the Turkish captives crossed into Turkey at 5 a.m. through the Akçakale border gate.

    A more comprehensive statement about the release of the Turkish hostages came from the presidency early on Sept. 20. "Our consul general in Mosul, his family and Turkish citizens at the consulate who had been abducted have been freed in a successful operation," ErdoДџan said in a written statement.

    "I thank the prime minister and his colleagues for this carefully planned, detailed and secret operation, which continued all night and was successfully completed early in the morning," the statement added.
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  • Argentina interested in nuclear research and cosmic industry in Azerbaijan
    22.09.2014 13:20
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    Argetina and Azerbaijan discussed prospects of cooperation.

    Cooperation in nuclear research and cosmic industry has been considered in the meeting at the Ministry of Technologies and High Tech with the participation of Minister Ali Abbasov and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Argentina to Azerbaijan Carlos Dante Riva and INVAP business development manager Ruben Mazi, AzerTag reports.

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

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

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

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

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

    INVAP S.E. management expressed its willingness to cooperate with Azercosmos in the space sphere, the implementation of joint projects and exchange of experience and staff training in this field.
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  • Flight Baku-Abu Dhabi opens
    22.09.2014 13:12
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    The flights will be launched from October 1.

    The national airline of the United Arab Emirates Etihad Airways plans to establish a direct flight Baku-Abu Dhabi from October 1, 2015.

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to the airline's website that the flights to Baku, Tbilisi (Georgia) and Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) will be opened. According to the report, the fast-growing region of the South Caucasus will be the main focus, which develops Etihad Airways, and Airbus A320 aircraft of the airline will fly to the capital of Azerbaijan four times a week from 1 October 2015.
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  • FranГ§ois Hollande about NK settlement
    22.09.2014 13:12
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    French President François Hollande has commented on the resolution of the NK conflict in a letter addressed to Serzh Sargsyan.

    French President François Hollande has said in his congratulatory letter to Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan on the country's Independence Day that he wishes the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict to be successfully resolved in the near future.

    "France, as a co-chair country of the OSCE Minsk Group, wishes negotiations over the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict to result in success in the near future. On this purpose, I'll be glad to meet you in Paris in October", said the letter.
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  • Baku to host four matches of UEFA Euro 2020
    22.09.2014 12:37
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    Baku '" APA. Azerbaijan won the right to organize another spectacular contest.

    Apasport.az website reports that Baku will be one of the host cities of UEFA Euro 2020.

    This decision was made by the UEFA Executive Committee at today's conference. 13 host cities for the 2020 European Championship were selected at the Espace Hippomegrave;ne, Geneva, Switzerland.

    The delegation led by AFFA President Rovnag Abdullayev also attended the announcement ceremony. According to the results, the tournament will be held in Azerbaijan (Baku), Denmark (Copenhagen), Germany (Munich), Hungary (Budapest), Ireland (Dublin), Italy (Rome), Netherlands (Amsterdam), Romania (Bucharest), Russia (Saint Petersburg), Scotland (Glasgow), Spain (Bilbao) and Belgium (Brussels).

    Baku, Munich, St Petersburg and Rome will each host a quarter final and three group stage matches.

    12 countries will host four games each in the group stages and one knock-out match in the tournament.

    London will host the final and semi-finals of the 2020 European football championship.

    Starting with the 2016 edition in France, the European Championship will have a new format, with 24 teams playing a total of 51 games over four weeks. For the 60th anniversary of the European Championship, first held in 1960, UEFA decided to organize the tournament across the whole continent.

    Baku also won the right to host 2015 European Games, under 17 European Championships and Chess Olympiad that will take place in 2016 and 2017 Islamic Solidarity Games.
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  • Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry: Nalbandian lost sence of reality
    22.09.2014 11:50
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    "The facts speak for themselves."

    Edward Nalbandian lost sense of objective reality and with his lies desperately trying to justify to the Diaspora the unsuccessful foreign policy of the country and further deepening its isolation.

    Oxu.Az reports citing Day.Az that the statement came from spokesman of the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry Hikmet Hajiyev, commenting on statements made by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia at the conference "Armenia - Diaspora".

    "The international community strongly supports the territorial integrity, sovereignty and borders of Azerbaijan, as well as the fact that the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict must be resolved precisely on the basis of these principles," Hajiyev said.

    According to him, in order to denounce the lies of the Armenian Minister it is enough to mention the diplomatic victory of Azerbaijan in the last nine months.

    "The facts speak for themselves. In a statement on the results of the last Summit which took place on September 4-5 in Wales, NATO member countries expressed their support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, stressing the need to resolve conflicts in the South Caucasus basing on these principles. The prohibition of the use of force or threats to its use against the territorial integrity and political independence of States, as well as the importance of respecting the internationally recognized borders of countries were stressed. Quickly fallen into forgetfulness Nalbandian and President Serzh Sargsyan personally took part in the meeting, " Hajiyev said.
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  • Visa regime between Nakhchivan and Iran simplified
    22.09.2014 10:49
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    "We hope that the simplification of the visa regime will help the development of tourism".

    The governments of Azerbaijan and Iran have agreed to introduce a one-time (15-day) visa to enter the territory of the Iranian citizens to Nakhchivan AR.

    Oxu.Az reports that it was declared by the Consul of the Iranian Embassy in Azerbaijan Mohsin Molai.

    According to him, the agreement was reached as a result of the 9 meeting of the Commission on cooperation in economic, trade and humanitarian spheres between Azerbaijan and Iran, held on 6 August.

    The visa fee is 10 euros. According to the consul, the visa will be issued on checkpoints Sederek, Shakhtakhti and Julfa. The visa is valid only for the citizens of Iran in Nakhchivan, it can not be used in other regions of Azerbaijan.

    "We hope that the simplification of the visa regime will help the development of tourism and trade relations in the border regions of Azerbaijan and Iran" Consul Molai said."
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  • Baku to host 10th WCO PICARD Conference
    21.09.2014 15:25
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    Baku, September 21 (AzerTAc).Baku will host the 10th PICARD Conference of the World Customs Organization (WCO).

    The decision was made at the 9th WCO PICARD Conference.

    Chairman of Azerbaijan State Customs Committee Aydin Aliyev addressed the event to highlight government reforms to modernize the country's customs system.

    Kunio Mikuriya, Secretary General of the World Customs Organization, provided an insight into the activities of the organization.

    The WCO PICARD Programme was launched in 2006 to provide a platform to promote the professional standing of Customs business and provide an ideal channel for cooperation between Customs, academic partners and other stakeholders carrying out Customs-related research.

    A key aim of the annual PICARD Conference is to promote high-level exchanges on Customs research and professionalism, where participants are provided with an opportunity to interact with their government, commercial and academic counterparts from around the world.
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  • Azerbaijan State Dance Ensemble performs in Paris
    21.09.2014 15:09
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    Paris, September 21 (AzerTAc). Azerbaijan State Dance Ensemble has given an impressive concert in the Azerbaijani Village, which is arranged by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation at the Place Saint-Sulpice in Paris.

    Azerbaijan State Dance Ensemble was founded in 1970. Within 44 years, the ensemble has been a striking promotion of Azerbaijan choreography based on national dance traditions. The repertoire of the ensemble includes colorful dances inspired by the music of outstanding Azerbaijani composers. It has performed in many countries across the world.

    The Azerbaijani Village will host a series of exhibitions, concerts and performances aimed at promoting Azerbaijan`s history, culture and tourism.

    Asgar Aliyev

    Special Correspondent

    Paris
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  • Azerbaijan, Colombia discuss cooperation in high technologies
    21.09.2014 14:35
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    Baku, September 21 (AzerTAc). Azerbaijani minister of communication and high technologies Ali Abbasov has met Chargeacute; d'Affaires of the Colombian Embassy Assad Jose Gater.

    Minister Abbasov highlighted Azerbaijan`s potential in the field of ICT. He said the opening of the Colombian Embassy in Baku would contribute to the development of the relations between the two countries.

    Ambassador Jose Gater hailed economic reforms in Azerbaijan.

    He expressed Colombia`s interest in cooperating with Azerbaijan.

    The Ambassador said several Columbian companies would attend the Bakutel exhibition conference 2014.
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  • TANAPв's foundations expected to be laid in Turkey in March 2015, Turkish Premier
    20.09.2014 21:48
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    Baku, September 20 (AzerTAc). "The foundations of the Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) can be laid in Turkey in March 2015," Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has told journalists as he made joint press statements with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Yusif BabanlД±

    Special Correspondent

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Yusif Babanli

    Special Correspondent

    Washington
    24
  • ''Azerbaijani Village'' opens in Paris, Azerbaijani first lady Mehriban Aliyeva attended the ceremony
    20.09.2014 18:45
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    Paris, September 20 (AzerTAc). The "Azerbaijani Village" organized by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation at the Place Saint-Sulpice opened in Paris with the participation of first lady, President of the Foundation Mehriban Aliyeva.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    X X X

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Then thegroundbreaking ceremony of the Southern Gas Corridor was held.

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

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

    Special attention paid to the development of information and communication technologies, non-oil sector, agriculture, healthcare and education and the implementation of infrastructure projects in Azerbaijan was emphasized.
    16
  • Argentina interested in nuclear research and cosmic industry in Azerbaijan
    20.09.2014 18:30
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    Baku, September 20 (AzerTAc). Cooperation in nuclear research and cosmic industry has been considered in the meeting at the Ministry of Technologies and High Tech with the participation of Minister Ali Abbasov and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Argentina to Azerbaijan Carlos Dante Riva and INVAP business development manager Ruben Mazi.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    The letter states that the Azerbaijani delegation at the Bureau meetings passed in 2011, 2012 and 2013, has constantly expressed resolute protest to the co-chairmanship of Armenia in Evronest PA Bureau and to carrying out in this country of its regular sessions. Azerbaijani delegation categorically protests against carrying out the sessions of the Euronest PA Bureau and committee meetings in Armenia, and once again declares that the country would not participate at the above mentioned sessions and meetings, until it will not be released the Nagorno-Karabakh and the territories of 7 adjacent regions, completely be eliminated occupation of the Sarsang Reservoir and blockade of Nakhchivan.
    21
  • A solemn ceremony to mark the 20th anniversary of the Contract of the Century and lay the foundation of the Southern Gas Corridor was held in Baku
    20.09.2014 15:43
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    Baku, September 20 (AzerTAc). A solemn ceremony to mark the 20th anniversary of the Contract of the Century and lay the foundation of the Southern Gas Corridor has been held at the Heydar Aliyev Centre.

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

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

    The head of state addressed the event.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    /AzerTAc/

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

    Following their private talk, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan

    Ilham Aliyev and Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic Antonis Samaras

    have met in an expanded format with the participation of their

    delegations.

    During the meeting, the sides expressed their satisfaction with the

    development of bilateral relations. The parties discussed energy

    cooperation and the implementation of the Southern Gas Corridor project.

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    20.09.2014 10:28

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

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

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

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    19.09.2014 18:28

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

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

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

    /AzerTAc/

    Greek Premier arrives in Azerbaijan

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

    President Ilham Aliyev and Prime Minister of Greece Antonis Samaras held an expanded meeting
    46
  • The Economist publishes letter of response of Azerbaijani ambassador
    20.09.2014 15:25
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    London, September 20 (AzerTAc). British magazine The Economist has published a letter of response from the Ambassador of Azerbaijan to the United Kingdom Tahir Tagizade in regard with the article about Nagorno-Karabakh.

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

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

    With regards to Nagorno-Karabakh, only international engagement and respect for territorial integrity can bring about lasting peace and prosperity to our region. Allowing a "frozen conflict" to remain frozen will not produce a solution".
    27
  • President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and President of Bulgaria Rosen Plevneliev made statements for the press - UPDATED
    20.09.2014 15:24
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    21:21

    After the signing ceremony, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and President of the Republic of Bulgaria Rosen Plevneliev made statements for the press.

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    20:20

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

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

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    20:10

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

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    17:56

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

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

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

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    16:53

    President of Bulgaria Rosen Plevneliev has today arrived in Azerbaijan.

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

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

    /AzerTAc/

    Bulgarian President arrived in Azerbaijan

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

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

    Azerbaijan, Bulgaria signed a joint statement

    President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and President of Bulgaria Rosen Plevneliev made statements for the press
    16
  • Dinner reception was hosted on behalf of President Ilham Aliyev in honor of Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu - UPDATED
    20.09.2014 14:43
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    14:36

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

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    13:20

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

    Ilham Aliyev and Prime Minister of Turkey Ahmet Davutoglu made

    statements for the press.

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    12:27

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

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

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

    The sides exchanged views on the issues of mutual interest.

    /AzerTAc/

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

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

    Dinner reception was hosted on behalf of President Ilham Aliyev in honor of Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu
    17
  • Azerbaijan signs European Convention on manipulation of sports competitions
    20.09.2014 14:32
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    Baku, September 20 (AzerTAc). Azerbaijan is the first country to sign the European Convention on the manipulation of sports competitions among other countries in the 13th Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Sport held in Macolin, Switzerland.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    During the session, several resolutions, including "Corruption in the Governance of Sport", "Current Political Issues of Pan-European Sports Co-operation", "The role of government in executing the World Anti-Doping Code in 2015", " Review of 1985 European Convention on Spectator Violence and Misbehaviour at Sports Events", were adopted.
    51
  • President Ilham Aliyev received President of European Olympic Committees Patrick Hickey
    20.09.2014 14:23
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    President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has received President of the European Olympic Committees Patrick Hickey.

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

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

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

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