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Rovnag Abdullayev: Caspianв's gas potential is great and there will occur need for additional gas corridors
28.06.2013 16:48
By selecting TAP (Trans Adriatic Pipeline), Azerbaijan has taken its important steps to become European energy supplier, said the President of the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Rovnag Abdullayev.

Abdullayev noted that the idea on delivery of Azerbaijani gas to Europe will not be limited only with Shahdeniz project: "Azerbaijan has gas reserves approved in the 2 trillion cm. TAP project will change European energy map."

He stressed that Azerbaijan will participate in other energy projects of Europe: "Caspianв's gas potential is great and there will occur need for additional gas corridors."

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  • Court decision: Yeni Musavat newspaper must apologize to Anar Mammadov
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    Sources in Garant Holding told Oxu.Az that by the decision of the Supreme Court of Azerbaijan dated 27 November 2015, the cassational appeal of the Yeni Musavat newspaper against the 18 August 2014 decision of the Baku Court of Appeal was not upheld.

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    By Sara Rajabova

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    Azerbaijani official also thanked the Iranian government for providing assistance to Azerbaijani refugees and IDPs. He hailed the efforts made by Iranian humanitarian organizations such as Iran Red Crescent Society and Imam Khomeini Relief Aid Committee for rendering humanitarian services in the past 20 years. Hasanov said Azerbaijan was committed to continuing its cooperation with the international humanitarian organizations.
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    Mr. Heydarov said negotiations held and documents signed on cooperation in a variety of fields as part of the reciprocal visits of President Ilham Aliyev and President Hassan Rouhani laid the foundation of a new stage in the development of bilateral relations.

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    By Aynur Jafarova

    Norwegian Seabox Company will lead a joint industry project (JIP) with Azerbaijan ACG Ltd., Suncor, SIPCO, and two oil majors with the support of the Research Council of Norway, aiming to advance subsea water treatment closer to full-scale field development, Offshore Magazine said on November 26.

    Injection of sterile and ion-optimized water is expected to have a positive effect on oil production. Removal of sulfide ions from the injected water also has positive effects on applications with scaling and hydrogen sulfide challenges. This water treatment method can be expensive and requires a treatment facility on topsides.

    Seaboxв' previous test demonstrated that the combination of Seaboxв' proprietary subsea water intake and treatment (SWIT) technology and subsea membranes could produce low-salinity and sulfide-free water for injection purposes. Based on these results and the positive feedback from industry, Seabox and several oil majors have started an extensive technology qualification process.

    The company recently completed a pilot seabed test of the SWIT system in combination with a membrane process plant for sulfide and salt removal, sponsored by the industry.

    The new JIP will see Seabox complete a conceptual design of a complete subsea SWIT and membranes plant capable of producing any quality water from surrounding seawater on the seabed. A key objective is to secure maximum longevity for important components in order to prolong intervention intervals.

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  • Anwar Mohammed Qarqash: Azerbaijan and UAE have strong relations
    27.11.2014 19:11
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    Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Mohammed Qarqash in his interview to AzerTAc`s correspondent has said UAE and Azerbaijan had strong relations.

    He recalled the participation of the UAE delegation led by Economy Minister Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansoori in the 5th meeting of Azerbaijan-UAE Joint Intergovernmental Commission in Baku.

    The Minister said: "UAE is willing to further strengthening these ties with Azerbaijan".

    Anwar Mohammed Qarqash highlighted the activity of the embassies in both countries, adding UAE tries to increase trade turnover and intensify reciprocal visits.
  • Azerbaijani market 'an interesting reality with a wide margin of growth'
    27.11.2014 18:27
    AzerNews interviews Mr Pietro Basciano, CEO of G.A.S. (Geological Assistance Services) , the Multinational Company with headquarter in Bologna - Italy, who opened the branch in Baku in 2012.

    G.A.S. has newly joined the Azerbaijani oil and gas market. Could you inform us about the projects you are involved in?

    In 2012 G.A.S. opened its branch in Baku, in a strict connection with Azeri people and their business activities. We can surely describe our arrival in Azerbaijan as a great beginning: in 2013 we were already involved in the Offshore transportation and installation of the largest facility ever built in Baku, the West Chirag Platform, part of the Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli (ACG) field development, installed by SAIPEM and operated by BP on behalf of AIOC Consortium in the Azerbaijan sector of the Caspian Sea. Using the last generation of "high-precision satellite-based technology" G.A.S. has provided the "precise positioning" of the Platform and the accurate positioning of all the vessels involved during the activities of transportation and installation, increasing the safety level of operations.

    Meanwhile, during 2013 we were also involved in the ABSHERON Field Development, another important project operated by TEPAb (Total Eamp;P ABSHERON).

    G.A.S. carried out a Geophysical Survey in the Absheron Field which goal was to evaluate the seabed and sub-seabed conditions and the potential "geological" or "man-made" hazards affecting the drilling operations, the installation of the jacket platform and the installation of export pipelines.

    G.A.S. gave an important contribution providing its ultimate geophysical technologies, as the AUV (Autonomous Underwater Vehicle), the underwater robot that realizes surveys without human intervention: when the mission is completed, the AUV comes back to the pre-programmed location, where the geophysical data can be downloaded and processed. We are really proud of our participation in the project that TOTAL defines as "one of the most important and largest Geophysical Survey never realized by Total".

    How could describe the state of the Azerbaijani market? What are your aspirations in the market which is quite competitive for the new-comers?

    The Azerbaijani market is an interesting reality with a wide margin of growth.

    A lot of foreign companies are aware of the Azeri potential and they are trying to set up their business here, not only in the offshore industry, but in many other fields.

    I think that Azerbaijan sounds really attractive for different reasons, not only for its Oil amp; Gas field, but also for its strong will to be international, modern and competitive: Baku is a cosmopolitan and attractive centre, the most important of the whole Caucasian area.

    In spite of this, we are not afraid of competition, because we strongly believe in our expertise and proficiency. We have built our company around the concept of reliability and deep knowledge, we follow our customers in every phase of the project and we are sure to give our best every time.

    We are also aware of the strong bilateral relationship existing between Azerbaijan and Italy, characterized by a long tradition of business and cooperation, which we are interested in keeping strong and substantial.

    Moreover, for the first time GAS will be present at COG2014 as exhibitor, in order to strengthen relationships and meet new opportunities of business.

    What innovations does the company plan to introduce in the Azerbaijan gas market as a new player?

    I think it's possible to resume the answer in three concepts: to be technologically advanced, to follow out the costumer and to think safe.

    "State-of-art technology" and "deep technical knowledge" are the basis of our Company's philosophy.

    We provide high-quality services, through an excellent teamwork dedicated to delivering first-class solutions worldwide.

    We strongly believe in the importance of being always "on the spot" and for this reason we are here in Baku with our office, employing local people, building relationships with Azerbaijani partners and, day-by-day, following and supporting our Customers.

    Innovation in Offshore market means also a high level of Safety during the operations. Through a certified Health, Safety and Environment management, G.A.S. can ensure an efficient "Think Safe" approach to any operations based on the worldwide HSE regulations in the offshore market.

    What are your future plans on participation in other projects in Azerbaijan?

    Shah Deniz Stage 2 will surely be one of the most important project in Azerbaijan of next years.

    This huge project includes the installation of new offshore platforms, new production wells and more than 500km of subsea pipelines.

    G.A.S. looks forward to have the possibility to give its contribution to the project, providing its first-class services such as "Accurate Positioning" during the Platform's installation and Geophysical, Geotechnical and Environmental Surveys during the pre-engineering phases as well as pipelines laying operations.

    Of course this will not be the only project will be interested in: our plan for the future is to enlarge our activities in the Azerbaijani Oilamp;Gas Field, reinforcing even more our relationships with local partners and our friendships in this amazing and growing Country.
  • Not European countries, but Moscow is strategic partner of Ankara
    27.11.2014 18:17
    Turkish Ambassador: "Not European country, but Moscow is a strategic partner of Ankara".

    Russia is the main strategic partner of Turkey; Turkey is oriented on it, rather than on the European countries, striving to become the leader in the Middle East region, said Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Turkey to Russia Aydin Sezgin.

    This statement was made at the meeting of head of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov with members of the Association of Russian and Turkish businessmen with the participation of Mr. Sezgin, reports with reference to RIA "Novosti".

    "Turkey aims to become a strategic leader in its region (Middle East). Relations with Russia should be built very active in all areas. Otherwise it will be very difficult to achieve the political goals which our political leaders put," the ambassador said.

    "Moving toward this goal, we focus primarily on our neighbors, the Russian Federation, on our northern neighbors, rather than European countries. Of course, Russia is our main strategic partner," he added.

    Sezgin said that the historical and diplomatic relations between Russia and Turkey have existed for many centuries, and "these ties are very strong, and it is impossible to break them." The current historical moment Sezgin called "unique" because now both economic and political ties between the two countries are at a very high level.

    It should be noted that Russia and Turkey have active cooperation in the gas sector.

    Turkey is the second largest market for Gazprom after Germany. In 2013, Gazprom exported to Turkey 26.6 bn cubic meters of gas. The russian gas supplies to Turkey are carried out on "Blue Stream" and Trans-Balkan gas pipelines.
  • YARAT to start Voices of City project
    27.11.2014 17:54

    By Nigar Orujova

    Yay Gallery and YARAT Contemporary Art Organization said they will hold 'Voices of the Cityв' Public Art Project'' in November-December.

    The project, aims to support contemporary art. It is an open contest for an art project installation to be placed on a pedestal in front of Yay Gallery.

    Yay Gallery has invited all interested artists, sculptors, architects and designers to participate in the contest.

    The jury will consider sketches of sculptures, installations, large structures and street art projects, including layouts of public art objects created with luminous and other effects.

    The theme of the contest is 'Clashes between peopleв's inner world and modern global factors.в'

    Modern cities are extremely attractive places to live. Urban space has been transformed into the quintessence of modern living, or at least to some extent of this ideal. Based upon their interest, tastes and wishes, different urban classes strive to match their requirements with the arrangement of new cities.

    Nowadays people find it difficult withstanding the increased urban noise levels. The constant sound of cars, never-ending repair works, many promotional events and unbearable car horns all combine together with other factors to test the limits of urban infrastructure and the integrity of public developments.

    However, there is always the other side of the coin. How does this unprecedented noise level affect our private spaces? Firmly shutting doors and windows, drawing the curtains and covering our ears are not seen as viable solutions.

    Todayв's big city residents are clearly failing to shelter from the constant urban noise. Yet physical space really should evoke a sense of comfort and harmony as well as an environmental cohesion between the people living there.

    Application for this project is free and open to all. To apply for the contest, candidates should visit, download and fill in the relevant application form and submit it to between the first of acceptance for applications and the scheduled deadline.

    Each applicant can present no more than five art project proposals. For this contest only original art project proposals will be considered '" they should be specifically designed for this contest, based on original concepts of the applicant (i.e. they must not duplicate or copy previous concepts) and must not previously have been exhibited, published, produced or sold.

    Appliants are forbidden to submit video or audio material that violates the legislation of Azerbaijan, including material that injures citizens, ethnic minorities, religions and races and promotes violence, extremism, pornography, drug abuse, suicide, violence as well as all other illegal activities.

    The submitted material, documents and art projects will not be returned to the applicants.

    Only art objects tailored for an open-air 146 x 324 cm pedestal and resistant to environmental conditions will be considered.

    Contest finalists will be awarded with certificates. The winning art project will be installed on the pedestal. The winner will also recieve a cash prize.

    The art project implementation will result in the final selection of the art object (scupture) to be installed on the pedestal in front of Yay Gallery. All costs relating to the implementation of the winning art project will be covered.

    The winner will be decided through the assessment of the technical and artistic properties of the submitted projects by the contest jury of prominent artists.
  • Armenia bracing for new anti-govt. protest
    27.11.2014 17:52

    By Mushvig Mehdiyev

    A strong demand for regime change in Armenia may prepare the ground for next stormy protest rally in the country aimed at ousting the incumbent authorities.

    An opposition group called Before Parliament Initiative intends to gather people on the streets to topple Armenia's ruling regime.

    "The so-called opposition should realize this fact that it is impossible to change the existing khanate system through elections. So, we have decided to use other ways for regime change," said Jirayr Sefilyan, Secretary Coordinator of the initiative.

    Armenian presidential election in February 2013 was marked with blatant violations, fraudulence and deception. Amnesty International called on the Armenian authorities to investigate the human rights violation facts in the election. The organization received numerous reports of harassment including allegations of intimidation and use of force against voters and observers. In some cases, the Armenian authorities failed to provide adequate protection and to conduct prompt and proper investigation into violations.

    Sefilyan said they planned to establish a parliamentary foundation by April 24, 2015 to form an interim government to rule the country amid transitional period.

    "We intend to raise a strong protest wave in Armenia to force the authorities surrender the power. Hope that there will be no skirmish. But this time the people will response the violence with violence," Sefilyan noted.

    Public dissatisfaction with Sargsyan regime is on the rise in Armenia. Economic disability of the post-Soviet country and lack of essential political decisiveness have despaired the residents pushing them to get rid of the incumbent authorities. Most people in Armenia found it unbearable to live in the country, which fueled the emigration and resulted in the outflow of nearly 60,000 people this year.

    Meanwhile, cars of the four members of the Before Parliament Initiative group were set on fire in Yerevan on November 26.

    Automobiles of Shagen Petrosyan, Vardan Akopyan, Varujana Avetisyan and Susanna Melkonyan were deliberately burned in unknown circumstances.

    Earlier on October 19, 2014, the members of the Before Parliament Initiative group attended a large auto marching "The 100th anniversary without regime" on their own cars. The aim of the auto march was to convince Armenians not to believe in Serzh Sargsyan, criminal oligarchs and fake opposition party leaders, calling them "different heads" of the same regime. Marching organizers called on people to stand up and come out into the streets to remove the regime and create a new quality national state by the date of commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the so-called "Armenian genocide" on April 24, 2015.

    Armenian opposition troika of the oppositional Heritage, Armenian National Congress and Prosperous Armenia parties staged consecutive rallies on September 30, October 10 and October 24 calling for a regime change.

    Tens of thousands of protesting residents voiced their disagreement with the domestic and foreign policy of the incumbent regime, as well as compressed justice and violated human rights in the country.

    The recent events in Armenia happened on the background of Armenian parliament's ratification of an agreement on joining the Eurasian Economic Union on November 26.

    The permanent parliamentary commission on economy sanctioned the agreement with 5 votes in favor of a document following the president's and the Constitutional Court's approval.

    Parliament will discuss final ratification of the agreement on December 1.
  • Reportage aired on 1 1 TV channel not reflecting Kievв's position on Karabakh
    27.11.2014 17:52
    The reportage aired on Ukraineв's 1 1 TV channel has nothing to do with Ukraineв's official position on Nagorno Karabakh conflict.

    The Ukrainian embassy to Azerbaijan has reacted to the incident.

    "Official Kiev always supported and will continue to support the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Azerbaijan within its internationally recognized borders. There can be no other position in this issue", sources in the Ukrainian embassy said.

    "Therefore, the indicated reportage should be considered the personal vision of the situation by separate journalists of a separate Ukrainian TV channel", the embassy reports.

    The Ukrainian embassy noted with regret that in every country there are people who do not pay due attention to the need to observe the laws of the country of residence.

    "This is evidenced by the situation with the camera crew of the 1 1 TV channel which violated the legislation of Azerbaijan, particularly, the established order of visiting the Azerbaijani occupied lands", the embassy said.

    It was also added that by doing so, the journalists have ignored the messages of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, which recommended its citizens not to pay visits to Nagorno Karabakh and seven surrounding regions without the due permission of the Azerbaijani side.

    "We hope sincerely that such incidents won't repeat in the future, since the principle of respect for the territorial integrity of the states within the internationally recognized borders is basic for Ukraine, especially considering the current situation, when Ukraine has suffered from aggression", the Ukrainian embassy said.
  • Georgian theater director to cooperate with Azerbaijan Musical Theater
    27.11.2014 17:21
    Baku, November 27 AzerTAc

    Famous Georgian theater director, winner of international awards, People's Artist of the USSR Robert Sturua will cooperate with the Azerbaijan Musical Theater. He has visited the Azerbaijan State Musical Theatre, viewed the new building of the theater, commissioned in April 2013, after major restoration and reconstruction and also got acquainted with the working conditions of the creative team. The guest noted that all of these are undoubtedly example of care and attention of the Azerbaijani government to culture and art.

    Robert Sturua met with the director of Musical Theater Aligismet Lalayev. During the meeting, the sides reached preliminary agreement on future cooperation.
  • Baku is 200 days closer to European Days
    27.11.2014 17:15

    By Nigar Orujova

    Baku is passionately waiting for the Baku 2015 European Games that will captivate the whole country in less than 200 days.

    A magnificent show held at the iconic symbol of the city, the Maiden Tower, on November 26 suggests more fantastic performances are expected in June with the most grandiose opening and closing ceremonies at the brand new Olympic Stadium.

    Baku is happy for being granted the opportunity to host more than 6,000 athletes as well as 3,000 accompanying staff from the National Olympic Committees of Europe across 17 days of competition, in what will be the largest sporting event in Azerbaijanв's history.

    '' 200 days to go'' event held at the Old City presented the capital the mascots of the games and all the 20 sports that were included into the program of the inaugural competition, at the ancient walls of the Maiden Tower by means of the laser show.

    The event attracted not only passersby but also many youngsters who were waiting for the bright show. Thus, the iconic place that was flooded with lights.

    Baku 2015 Commercial Director Charlie Wijeratna said: "200 days are left to first European Games. We introduced the characters of this great sporting event. Now, as the countdown for the opening ceremony of the games started, such activities will be conducted on a regular basis."

    "We want to show the world the European Games in 2015 and Baku which is rich in terms of its beautiful architectural monuments including the Maiden's Tower," he noted.

    The Commercial Director also gave some reports on the rapidly ongoing preparations for the forthcoming games.

    A series of events around the city of Baku are expected to be held before the start of the fist European Games.
  • Ilham Aliyev receives credentials of ambassadors of Malta and Spain
    27.11.2014 17:04
    On November 27 the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev received the credentials of newly appointed ambassadors of Malta and Spain. reports citing the official website of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan that on November 27, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev received the newly appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Malta John Debono and Rafael Mendivila Pedro of Spain.

    The head of state met with the ambassadors after the ceremony of presenting credentials.

    During the meeting they discussed issues of bilateral relations and prospects for further cooperation between Azerbaijan and the above mentioned countries.
  • Oil price falls ahead of Opec meeting
    27.11.2014 16:46
    Baku, November 27 AzerTAc

    The price of oil has fallen as Opec oil producers prepare for their meeting on Thursday and data showed crude stocks rose last week. Inventories of commercial US crude oil increased by 1.9 million barrels from the previous week, the US Energy Information Administration said. Brent crude slid 58 cents to $77.75 a barrel after the data. The drop came as Saudi Arabia indicated it would not push for output cuts to help push up oil prices. US crude finished Wednesday's business down 40 cents at $73.69 a barrel. The oil market will "stabilise itself eventually", said Saudi Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi. Saudi Arabia is the largest producer of the 12 members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec).

    The oil cartel is split over how to react to the sharp slump in oil prices. The price of Brent crude has plunged 30% since June, triggered by a sharp rise in US shale oil output and weakening global demand. There is speculation that on Thursday Opec could announce its first cut in oil production since 2009 in an attempt to support the oil price. Among the Opec members, Venezuela and Iraq have called for output cuts. However, fellow Opec member United Arab Emirates's (UAE) Oil Minister Suhail bin Mohammed al-Mazroui appeared to side with Saudi Arabia, indicating it would not push for a cut in production, saying "the market will fix itself ultimately".
  • Georgian peacekeepers conduct humanitarian operation in Afghanistan
    27.11.2014 16:46

    By Mushvig Mehdiyev

    Georgian peacekeepers in the Afghan province of Parwan have successfully completed a humanitarian operation to support the vulnerable people in Afghanistan.

    The Georgian soldiers, who are based at the Bagram Air Base, completed the mission jointly with the U.S. military forces and the Afghan National Security Forces.

    The servicemen met with the residents of the village and hold conversations with them. The main goal of the operations was to boost relationship between the locals and the peacekeeping contingent.

    Georgia continues to act as one of the crucial contributors to the NATO mission in Afghanistan. The Georgian Armed Forces took on the control over the Afghanistan's biggest Bagram Air Base since November 1, 2014. The task of the military contingent is to ensure safety at the air base.

    Active involvement in NATO peacekeeping operations is very important for Georgia amid its strong aspiration to be the member of the alliance. NATO firmly supports the irreversible decision of the South Caucasus country in regard to the integration into the union. Several military drills, educational trainings carried out jointly by NATO and Georgian armed forces aimed to speed up Georgia's readiness for the membership at the world's strongest military alliance.
  • Azerbaijanв's First Deputy Premier meets Korean Premier
    27.11.2014 16:41
    Baku, November 27, AzerTAc

    Azerbaijan's First Deputy Prime Minister Yagub Eyyubov has met the visiting Korean Prime Minister Jung Hong-won.

    The Korean Premier said Azerbaijan`s economic achievements gained over the last 10 years, created assurance to continue steady development.

    The sides stressed the dynamically developing political, economical relations between the two countries.

    Mr. Eyyubov said Azerbaijan attaches great importance to the cooperation with many world states.

    Speaking of Azerbaijan`s economic achievements, the First Deputy Premier noted the progress achieved in the field of eliminating dependence on oil and gas in the country. He also highlighted steadily development of non-oil sector of the economy.

    On the importance of further developing relations between the two countries in various fields, Mr. Eyyubov said there was good potential in this regard.

    The First Deputy Premier highlighted the reason and consequences of the Armenia-Azerbaijan, Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

    Korean Prime Minister Jung Hong-won, in turn, stressed importance of his visit to Baku and highlighted friendly relations between the two countries and nations.

    He said Azerbaijan gained dynamical development and strong stability under the leadership of President Ilham Aliyev.

    The Premier highlighted steadily developing relations between the two countries over the last years, adding there were good opportunities for boosting cooperation in the years ahead.
  • Azerbaijan, Czech Republic mull economic ties
    27.11.2014 16:40

    By Aynur Jafarova

    The development of bilateral economic and trade relations between Azerbaijan and the Czech Republic was high on the agenda of talks held between Czech Foreign Minister LubomГ­r ZaorГЎlek and Azerbaijani Ambassador to the country Farid Shafiyev.

    During the meeting ZaorГЎlek stressed the importance of resolving Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict by peaceful means.

    The Czech foreign minister also expressed his countryв's interest in participating in projects implemented in the construction and transport sectors of Azerbaijan.

    The sides also discussed the regional security issues.

    The Czech Republic recognized the independence Azerbaijan on January 8, 1992. Diplomatic relations between two countries were established in January 1993. Azerbaijan and the Czech Republic are interested in future development of mutual cooperation within UN, OSCE, NATO, EU and other international organizations.

    Azerbaijan and the Czech Republic cooperate in trade and economic fields. In particular, as of 2013, the trade turnover between the two countries amounted to about $1.5 billion. Most of this account fall on Azerbaijan's exports, in particular, oil. Currently, the primary task is to develop cooperation between the two countries in non-oil sector. The agricultural sector is an area with good opportunities for cooperation.

    The trade turnover between Azerbaijan and the Czech Republic amounted to $515.51 million in January-September 2014. As of the nine months, Azerbaijan imported goods worth $35.1 million, but exported goods worth $ 480.4 million.
  • Minsk Group has become a conflict manager rather than a solver
    27.11.2014 16:29
    News.Az interviews Amanda Paul, policy analyst at the European Policy Centre, Brussels.

    What are your thoughts on the recent incident when the Armed Forces of Azerbaijan shot down the Armenian Military Helicopter?

    This incident was very grave indeed and followed a serious upsurge of fighting in the summer. It has skyrocketed tensions; underlined once again that Nagorno-Karabakh is far from being a frozen conflict; shown that the ceasefire is increasingly fragile and that no real effort is being made on the ground to deescalate tensions or to rein-in provocative actions. It also illustrates the increased militarization of the ceasefire line over the last two decades. Combine this with the Russian military bases in Armenia and in the Georgian occupied regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia and we are looking at the most heavily militarized, volatile and insecure region in Europe in a state of perpetual non-peace..

    Armenian military leadership has threatened to give a tough response to Azerbaijan. Is there a threat of further escalation of the conflict?

    As we have seen from incidents that have happened in this past, Karabakh has bred a revenge (an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth) mentality which means it is very likely another serious incident may be around the corner. Indeed since the helicopter incident there has been on-going serious exchanges of fire and saber-rattling on and around the Line of Contact. Hence it is imperative that international diplomacy is intensified at this time.

    The US Government has expressed legitimate concern about the downing. U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki said the incident was "yet another reminder" of the need to reduce tensions and respect cease-fire in the region. Some other countries and organizations have issued the same statements, but none of them mention the main problem which is causing victims on both sides - the presence of Armenian Military Forces on the occupied lands of Azerbaijan. Isn't it a"blindness" and a double standard policy? Why can't we have an international community that tackles the core of the problem and advocate the truth-approach in ensuring the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan?

    The International Community is always "concerned", and always states that there is a need to reduce tensions and respect the ceasefire. This has now been going on for decades and the conflict is more deeply embedded than ever. Events in Ukraine have further exacerbated the situation creating a tenser and more volatile situation in and around the conflict zone, making all parties consolidate their positions further. The international community, including the US, try's to maintain a balanced approach, avoiding statements that may perceived as favouring one of the sides as it could prove more detrimental than useful to the peace process. However, these wishy-washy and often empty statements are increasingly undermining the OSCE Minsk Group. What we need is robust, creative and proactive action and clear statements that call a spade-a-spade. Furthermore, more effort needs to be taken by Armenia and Azerbaijan to avoid such dangerous situations which igniting a full-scale war. Hence, why was such a massive military exercise, involving some 17 000 troops and a significant amount of military hardware, taking place at that time, in occupied Agdam, right next to the Line of Contact? More so because it came just days after a meeting in Paris, when both sides committed to resolving the conflict peacefully. The international community should call for an end to such large scale military exercises next to the Line of Contact.

    The Co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk group coming from three countries (the United States, Russia and France), as well the EU leaders have stated many times that the status-quo in Karabakh is unacceptable. What else should happen to push these countries to act finally in this direction and help to solve the problem?

    The Karabakh conflict acts as a handbrake on the security, development and prosperity of the whole region. There is a saying in English that you can bring a horse to water but you cannot make it drink. Ultimately the Minsk Group Co-chairs do not hold the key to a solution.

    This key is in the hands of Azerbaijan and Armenia who need to demonstrate the necessary political will, as well as, in my opinion, the Russian Federation. Moscow will never allow a deal that does not take into consideration its interests. This means we need a win-win-win outcome; otherwise, the chances of a deal are pretty slim, if not impossible. Such a win-win-win currently seems unobtainable. This means more frustration and an increased likelihood of power projection games and ceasefire violations.

    As for the Minsk Group, these days it has become a conflict manager rather than a solver, meaning it is basically focused on maintaining the ceasefire and the Armenian-Azerbaijani dialogue on the presidential and ministerial levels. Yet, as the recent incidents show, it is not even doing that.
  • Azerbaijan to construct new glass plant
    27.11.2014 16:26
    By Amina Nazarli

    Azerbaijan is going to construct a new plant for the production of glass, said Shahin Mustafayev, Economy and Industry Minister during the conference titled ''Industrialization in the 21st Century: Key trends, modern approach and experience of industrial policy'' held in Baku on November 26.

    He noted that discussions on this issue are underway.

    In Azerbaijan, there are no plants producing flat glass, which is used in the construction, furniture and automotive industries.

    There are several factories in Azerbaijan producing glass so, the glass containers purchase raw materials from abroad. Among them are Inter Glass, Glass House and Azer Glass. Inter Glass is the biggest enterprise in this field in Caucasus. It produces 100 million pieces of glass per year.

    Alongside with the domestic supplies, the plant exports its products to Georgia and Russia. The raw materials come from Azerbaijani Ganja and Gazakh regions as well as Ukraine and Russia.

    Another Azerbaijani producer of glass, the Glass House company produced bullet-proof glass for the first time in the country in 2012. The glass allows bullets of "Makarov", "Kalashnikov" and a sniper rifle gun types pass its produced glasses. Its products have been designed for banks, law enforcement agencies and representative offices of foreign companies.

    Talking about industrial parks, established in Azerbaijan, he said that Sumgayit and Balakhani as well as High-Tech Park industrial parks have been already opened in the country.

    The minister also added that the construction works are underway for establishing oil and gas processing and petrochemical complex, complex for the production of steel, as well as Carbamide plant and a plant for the production of polymers.

    Mustafayev stated that during the past years, five plants will be constructed as part of the CJSC ''Azerbaijani complex on Steel Production'' project. Their overall production amount will stand at a million ton of steel per year.

    The CJSC was established by presidential decree in Azerbaijan in April, 2013. It controls design, construction and management of steel production plants in the Ganja and Dashkesan regions of the country.

    The company covers all the plants stages - from mining of iron ore to steel production, use of new technologies in this field, modernization of material-technical base and its efficient use, as well as other work related to the development of the industry.

    The CJSC ''Dashkesan minerals processing'', owned by the state, was also included in the complex.
  • Parents of soldiers who died in army need Armenian president's response
    27.11.2014 16:17
    Parents of servicemen who died in Armenian army in noncombat conditions met with chief of department for receipt of appeals and citizens under Armenian President Aida Asatryan.

    They submitted a letter requiring their meeting with head of state Serzh Sargsyan.

    This is done for the presidential palace not to say all of a sudden that they were unaware of the parents' demand", Goar Sargsyan, the mother of Tigran Ohanjian who died in 2007, said.

    A number of protests have already been held at the residential gates, with some of them ending in a use of force by the police against the protestors.

    According to the mother of Valeriy Muradyan, Nana Muradyan, the chief of department said that they are aware of the action and the demand of the parents.

    Muradyan told Aida Asatryan that Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan met them and asked to petition about their meeting with Serzh Sargsyan. Asatryan in turn reminded that their meeting with the general prosecutor was held after the premier's promise.

    "But what's changed? We demanded the meeting with the president because he gave us a promise near these gates (the presidential palace). If he does not want to allocate 5 minutes to each of us - there are five of us - let him write it clearly that he disavows the promise or say 'I was not right to have promised you'. Let him just make clarifications", Goar Sargsyan said.
  • Finnish company film frontline during ceasefire violation by Armenia
    27.11.2014 16:17
    Employees of the Finnish Broadcasting Company (YLE) are on a creative business trip to Azerbaijan.

    The Defense Ministry told APA that YLE employees Vesa Toijonen and Ivar Heinmaa are on a trip to the front line to prepare a new documentary on Azerbaijan. During the trip, they have seen the war-torn residential areas with their own eyes and met with local people, refugees and servicemen.

    The Finnish visitors, who are the authors of many documentaries on Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Chechnya, Ukraine and other hot spots of the world, have been trying to reveal to the world the truth about Azerbaijan. In their previous films, they had provided much coverage about oil and gas issues and problems of the refugees. In the next film, they're planning to reveal the realities of the front line areas to the world community.

    While filming at the grave of a martyr in the rural cemetery of the Gapanli village, Terter District, the guests witnessed another violation of the ceasefire regime by the Armenian Armed Forces.

    Head of the documentary program at the Finnish Broadcasting Company Vesa Toijonen, who expressed her gratitude to the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry for creating favorable conditions for the filming, and cameraman Ivar Heinmaa both left the front line with good impressions, with the wishes of filming the lands in their next visit after they're liberated from the Armenians invaders.
  • Youth conference running in Ganja
    27.11.2014 16:00

    By Amina NazarliYoung people from eight countries will meet at the conference titled ''Connecting for Better Future'' to exchange experiences on youth participation in decision making in Ganja on November 27.

    Young leaders will be joined by high-level government officials, including Office of the President, media, district authorities and civil society representatives.

    The meeting is co-organized by the Youth and Sports Ministry, Executive Committee of Ganja, International Eurasia Press Fund with the support of UNICEF to showcase the results of joint projects conducted in the framework of the 'Azerbaijani Youth Advocates Programmeв'.

    Through this initiative young people were supported by the local executive committees to address the most salient youth issues in their districts.

    The conference will be preceded by a two-day workshop in Baku - an orientation session on youth participation, volunteerism and mentoring for international participants from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Moldova, as well as young leaders from Baku.

    ''Freedom for youth to participate in the development processes along with the enabling environment for them to voluntarily serve the society are direct indicators for the country to be on the way to the democratic prosperity,'' said Andro Shilakadze, UNICEF Azerbaijan Representative.

    ''UNICEF believes Azerbaijan is on the right path and we will continue to provide necessary assistance, so the Forums in Ganja indeed avails an important opportunity to share and learn from others,'' he added.

    Ganja youth conference also commemorates a milestone -- 25 years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and is also part of the preparation efforts for the ''Ganja European Youth Capital 2016''.

    UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with its partners, the organization works in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
  • Baku is 200 days closer to European Days
    27.11.2014 15:55

    By Nigar Orujova

    Baku is passionately waiting for the Baku 2015 European Games that will captivate the whole country in less than 200 days.

    A magnificent show held at the iconic symbol of the city, the Maiden Tower, on November 26 suggests more fantastic performances are expected in June with the most grandiose opening and closing ceremonies at the brand new Olympic Stadium.

    Baku is happy for being granted the opportunity to host more than 6,000 athletes as well as 3,000 accompanying staff from the National Olympic Committees of Europe across 17 days of competition, in what will be the largest sporting event in Azerbaijanв's history.

    '' 200 days to go'' event held at the Old City presented the capital the mascots of the games and all the 20 sports that were included into the program of the inaugural competition, at the ancient walls of the Maiden Tower by means of the laser show.

    The event attracted not only passersby but also many youngsters who were waiting for the bright show. Thus, the iconic place that was flooded with lights.

    Baku 2015 Commercial Director Charlie Wijeratna said: "200 days are left to first European Games. We introduced the characters of this great sporting event. Now, as the countdown for the opening ceremony of the games started, such activities will be conducted on a regular basis."

    "We want to show the world the European Games in 2015 and Baku which is rich in terms of its beautiful architectural monuments including the Maiden's Tower," he noted.

    The Commercial Director also gave some reports on the rapidly ongoing preparations for the forthcoming games.

    A series of events around the city of Baku are expected to be held before the start of the fist European Games.
  • IPS exhibition to attract major importance to Kuwaiti visitors
    27.11.2014 15:45

    By Sara Rajabova

    Being only 90 minutesв' flight away from Kuwait, Dubai is an ideal location for a second home, or even a primary home, for some Kuwaitis. No wonder, Kuwaitis are one of the biggest investors in Dubaiв's real-estate sector, compared to other GCC countries.

    The figures released by International Property Show (IPS) 2015, which will be held on March 30'" April 1, 2015 and UAE Ministry of Finance, showed that GCC ownership in the UAE amounted to 11,761 properties in 2012, an increase of 8 percent over 2011.

    In fact, the largest share of the total property ownerships was taken up by Kuwaiti citizens, with a total 6,947 properties by the end of 2012, representing a whopping 59 percent of the total GCC property ownerships.

    ''UAE continues to maintain its lead position as a hot property destination among GCC countries since 2008. At IPS, we are working hard to attract as many Gulf visitors as possible to our show and specifically Kuwaiti visitors,'' Dawood Al Shezawi, CEO, Strategic Marketing amp; Exhibitions, organizers of IPS 2015 said.

    He added that in 2011, investors from Kuwait account for nearly 60 percent of all properties purchased by GCC nationals in the emirate of Dubai, according to figures from the UAE Ministry of Finance. ''The picture is still the same and the Kuwaiti investors and purchasers remain the biggest chunk of buyers in the UAE property market.''

    IPS 2015 will attract companies from Kuwait, especially those with serious potential for partnerships in property industry in the Emirate.

    ''What is more interesting about Kuwaitis is their quick decision making in buying properties in the UAE due to their confidence in the UAE property market and due to the factor of proximity. Thanks to their high spending power, many tend to buy multiple units as vacation homes,'' Al Shezawi said.

    Dubai's real estate market is now more stable and sustainable, which had improved confidence mainly among GCC investors. ''The UAE and Kuwaiti construction sectors are linked in several ways, being two leading markets in the Middle East region,'' Al Shezawi said.

    ''We are expecting high footfall from Kuwaiti visitors who wish to conduct one-to-one meetings with IPS exhibitors and grab offerings at the three day show,'' Al Shezawi added.

    IPS has registered to date participations from 120 countries, reflecting an increase by 33.3 percent compared to the previous edition. The show will witness wide participation from the Gulf region out of the 300 total exhibitors.

    Exhibitors are coming from all over Europe, Asia Pacific and North and South-East Africa. These will include developers involved in the development of residential communities and high-rise buildings, entertainment facilities, retail outlets, financial institutions, banks and investment companies, pension funds, asset management companies, authorities, investment zones and engineers of construction and interior design.

    Strategic Marketing amp; Exhibitions is the organizer of IPS. The company is a leading exposition and conference organizers in the UAE, based in Dubai that has grown dramatically and contributed immensely to the exhibition industry, thus gaining reputation as one of the leading experts in all aspects related to the exhibition industry.
  • Azerbaijan rejects accreditation request of Ukraineв's 1 1 TV channel
    27.11.2014 15:45
    Azerbaijanв's Foreign Ministry has rejected the Ukrainian 1 1 TV channelв's request for accreditation in Azerbaijan, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hikmet Hajiyev told APA.

    Hajiyev said Ukraine's 1 1 TV channel made a request to the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry for relevant accreditation.

    "Referring to the law of the Republic of Azerbaijan on mass media outlets, the Foreign Ministry has considered the channel's request in accordance with the rules for the accreditation of foreign mass media outlets. Unfortunately, representatives of this channel have engaged in journalistic activities in the territory of Azerbaijan, breaking accreditation rules and without obtaining a related accreditation card at the Foreign Ministry. That is violation of the law".

    Hajiyev said these persons paid a visit to Azerbaijan's occupied territories without the consent of the Azerbaijani state and that their request doesn't mention the fact that they would visit occupied Azerbaijani territories.

    "During the program, there has been some hate speech against Azerbaijan. Now they're trying to justify their actions with different pretexts," he added.
  • Ilham Aliyev meets Korean Premier
    27.11.2014 15:38
    President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev received a delegation led by Korean Prime Minister Chon Khon Von on 27 November.

    President Ilham Aliyev voiced confidence that this visit will give a new impetus to bilateral relations:

    "We are satisfied with the development of out ties. They are progressing, gradually covering new spheres, and having a good potential. Strong political ties promote good results in economic sphere and business. Most companies of your country take active part in various projects in Azerbaijan. I am sure that your visit will be fruitful and add a new impulse to our bilateral relations".

    On his part, the guest noted that he attaches great importance to his visit to Azerbaijan: "Because Azerbaijan is the center of the Caucasian culture, as well as the Caspian region. Under your brilliant leadership Azerbaijan is passing the way of rapid development, based on strong political stability. In period of your presidency, Azerbaijan has seen tenfold rise in revenues and this can be called an Azerbaijani wonder. Therefore, I would like to express my respect to you. The diplomatic relations between our countries were established 20 years ago. This is a short term. But despite this, our ties are developing rapidly.

    The sides exchanged views on prospects of cooperation between Azerbaijan and Korea in the sphere of infrustructure, energy, construction, information technologies, investments, etc.
  • Armenia struggling with growing HIV cases
    27.11.2014 15:31

    By Mushvig Mehdiyev

    Armenia is leading country in the region in terms of the number of people infected with HIV.

    UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador Vera Brezhneva and Regional Director in Eastern Europe and Central Asia Vinay P. Saldanha visited Armenia to check the current situation in the post-Soviet country.

    "The main reason why we visited Armenia is its leading position in the region for the prevalence of HIV," Brezhneva said.

    She noted that the investigations revealed the fatal and rapidly growing virus is spreading in the territory of Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

    UNAIDS appointed Ukrainian singer, actress and TV presenter Vera Brezhneva as its Goodwill Ambassador for Eastern Europe and central Asia on November 20, 2014. Armenia was the first destination for Brezhneva's official visit as an ambassador.

    "Armenia should work more to prevent the AIDS epidemic," Saldana said.

    UNAIDS reported that nearly 1.1 million people in Eastern Europe and Central Asia are infected with HIV virus and the figure goes up by 110,000 each year.

    Most of the registered cases are observed among the labor migrants, particularly the Armenians in Russia, according to Samvel Grigoryan, Director of the Armenia's National Center for Aids Prevention.

    "Roughly 90 percent of the HIV carriers in Armenia are the migrant workers, who were infected in Russia. The number of the registered AIDS cases in our country has increased this year," Grigoryan said.

    Majority of the labor emigrants from Armenia were temporary residents of either the Russian Federation or Ukraine. Data of the Health Ministry confirmed that 65.1 percent of the HIV-infected males were drug addicts, while nearly 98.7 percent of the women in its database got infected through sexual contacts.

    The most threatening factor behind the spread of HIV infection in Armenia is emigration. Investigations into the issue exposed the actual history of infections and the labor conditions that are increasing contamination risks for the labor migrant Armenians.

    Armenia recorded massive unemployment and emigration that separated families. Forced emigrations because of severe employment problems in Armenia have led to long separations from family life.

    Emigrants who depart Armenia during spring months often return in the fall to reunite with their families. Such separations are traumatic, regardless of their reasons. In fact, leaving the homeland help the socially vulnerable Armenians to escape the disastrous economy and sustain their livelihoods at the cost of being a labor migrant and caught by the deadly HIV virus.

    The first HIV infection in Armenia was registered in 1988. About 1906 AIDS cases were officially filed from 1988 to October 31, 2014. Assessment of the existing HIV trend in Armenia shows that nearly 3700 people in the post-Soviet country suffer from the deadly virus.

    According to UNAIDS, the prevalence rate of AIDS among the Armenians aged between 15 and 49 is 0.2 percent. Nearly 3,600 adults aged 15 and up in the country are living with HIV. The number of the HIV infected women aged 15 and up is 1,100.
  • Azerbaijan to set orbital position of 2nd satellite soon
    27.11.2014 15:26

    By Nigar Orujova

    Azerbaijan will set the orbital position of the second telecommunication satellite by 2015, Deputy Minister of Communications and High Technologies Iltimas Mammadov said on November 26.

    Signing of contracts for the construction and launching of the geostationary satellite is expected early next year, Mammadov added.

    The tender for the second satellite program will involve six companies. Earlier, the Ministry said it plans to lease orbital position of the satellite Azerspace-2 in the long term. This will eliminate the problems associated with the coordination of orbital positions.

    Azerspace-2 satellite is expected to be launched in 2017. The construction of the satellite will take 30 months.

    Azerbaijan entered the global space club by launching into orbit its own satellite by Franceв's Ariane 5 ECA launcher, "Arianespace" company in February 2013.

    Azerspace-1 telecommunication satellite covers Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, Central Asia and North Africa. The satellite was designed to offer digital broadcasting services, internet access, and data transmission. It also creates multiservice VSAT networks and provides governmental communication services.

    Some 80 percent of the satellite's resources are available for commercial purposes. Currently, Azerspace-1 broadcasts cover 120 TV and Radio channels.

    The TV content is available when satellite antennas configured with 11,169 MHz frequency, 20,400 speed, Horizontal and FEC - 5/6 polarization.

    Azerspace-1's term of exploitation in the orbit will remain legal for up to 15 years. Baku is expected to earn $500-600 million by operating the satellite.

    Azerbaijanв's space agency Azercosmos also jointly uses the low-earth-orbit satellites SPOT 6 and SPOT 7 together with the French company "Airbus Defence and Space".

    Each of these satellites is capable of daily surveying an Earth's surface area up to three million square kilometers.
  • EAEU membership come at high cost for Armenia
    27.11.2014 15:25
    Armenia's membership in the Eurasian economic union (EAEU) requires significant funds.

    They are needed to ensure compliance of customs and other spheres of Armenia, as well as software, with the requirements of the Eurasian Economic Union, Aykakan zhamanak newspaper reports.

    "By some estimates, $70m is needed before official membership and after it with nearly $40m to be provided by the EAEU member-states, mainly Russia.

    After the negotiations which lasted for several months, the Ministry of Finance does not have a hope to get this money", the newspaper reads.

    According to the newspaper, the Armenian government will soon discuss the issue of raising the indicated $40m from another source. There is no other source so far, while only a month is left to membership, the author concluded.
  • Inclusion of lavash into UNESCO list as 'Armenian heritage' prevented
    27.11.2014 15:20
    The attempt to include lavash into the UNESCO representative list of immaterial heritage as a culinary heritage of Armenia was prevented.

    It happened during the ninth session of the UNESCO intergovernmental committee, sources in the Azerbaijan Ministry of Culture and Tourism said.

    According to the sources, in line with the demand of the UNESCO Convention, the name of the file 'Tradition of baking Armenian bread-lavash' submitted by Armenia was changed. This meant the refusal of the idea that the tradition of baking lavash belong purely to the Armenian national cuisine.

    It was noted that preparing any dish in the territory of Armenia does not prove that it belongs to the national Armenian cuisine.

    The Azerbaijani delegation, in turn, spoke with an initiative to present lavash at the next session as the common culinary heritage of the countries of the region.
  • Memorable evening with top European orchestra
    27.11.2014 15:20

    By Amina Nazarli

    The sounds of exciting performances of the famous Viennese Strauss Festival Orchestra was heard for the first time in the Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku on November 26.

    Azerbaijani elite, intellectuals, artists and people of art attended the gala evening to plug on the world of quality music.

    The orchestra headed by founder, conductor and violin virtuoso Peter Guth is considered among the best in Europe.

    The orchestra, a keeper of the true Vienna musical culture and fascination of Viennese music introduced immortal works of Johann Strauss, such as "The Blue Danube," "Tales from the Vienna Woods" and other masterpieces of the composer.

    The mastery of the music, its beauty and charm mesmerized the audience, which welcomed each performance with vigorous applause.

    Soprano Monica Mosser thrilled the audience with Czardas from the operetta "Gypsy Love." And Guth dedicated a passage from the "The Thousand and One Nights" operetta, to Baku.

    After the grandiose concert, the incomparable Guth shared his impressions about the evening and Land of Fire -- Baku.

    ''I and my colleagues are just delighted with Baku'' said the great musician .

    ''For me it was a great honor to perform at this stage. I want to thank the audience in Baku for the warm welcome'', he said.

    Walking along Baku, he was impressed with Icherisheher, Boulevard and synthesis of West and East. Especially, he noted the unusual architecture of Heydar Aliyev Center, designed by the renowned architect Zaha Hadid and which was recognized as ''Design of the Year.''

    Guth describe his group as a big family, gathering people from different European countries.

    But what makes their performances particularly vivid, emotional and colorful is that music is not a mean of income, but the feeling of something high and beautiful, for his group.

    They put their hearts on every songs to convey these feelings to the audience.

    The orchestra was established in 1978. Over 35 years of activity the orchestra, performed in Japan, China, Korea, Russia, Turkey, Romania and other countries. Annually on January, 1 the group opens the famous Viennese Ball.

    Works by Strauss are very popular: they give a sense of happiness, lightness and at the same time meet the high demands of classical music.
  • Kremlin confirms Putin-Poroshenko phone conversation, denies alleged threats
    27.11.2014 15:19
    The Kremlin has confirmed the instance of a telephone conversation between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko but dismissed as fiction the rumours of alleged threats by Russia.

    "It is true that Putin and Poroshenko talked by telephone on Wednesday evening at Ukraine's initiative," Russian presidential press-secretary Dmitry Peskov told TASS.

    "Bilateral relations and the situation in the south-east of Ukraine were discussed," he added.

    "Various reports by a number of mass media, in the first place, Ukrainian, regarding the content of the conversation are fiction and have nothing to do with the reality," Peskov said.

    Earlier, media claimed Putin and Poroshenko had allegedly touched upon the theme of Ukraine's relations with NATO. Some argued that the Russian president uttered threats against his Ukrainian counterpart. A short while later Ukraine dismissed these rumours. The chief of the Ukrainian presidential department of information, Irina Frits, said the media rumours of any threats were not true.
  • Azerspace transmits TV and radio channels in eight languages
    27.11.2014 14:59
    The number of TV channels transmitted via the first telecommunication satellite of Azerbaijan - Azerspace continues to grow.

    "The total number of channels transmitted via the satellite makes 130. Of them 117 are television channels and 13 are radio channels", sources from the Ministry of Communication and High Technologies of Azerbaijan said.

    The satellite transmits television and radio channels in eight languages-Azerbaijani (12 channels), Russian (43), Georgian (35), Turkish (11), Ukrainian (6), English (4), Persian (1) and the languages of Afghanistan (2).

    The first telecommunication satellite of Azerbaijan Azerspace -1 was launched into orbit in February 2013 and shifted to commercial activity in May.

    It covers Europe, Africa, Caucasian region, as well as Middle East and Central Asia.

    Today Azerspace-1 plays a key role in the cosmic space of more than 50 countries of Central Asia, Europe and Africa.
  • Baku criticizes European parliament president
    27.11.2014 14:50
    European Parliament president Martin Schultz's remarks on Azerbaijan are discouraging and outrageous.

    According to, the statement came from acting spokesman for the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry Hikmet Hajiyev commenting on Schultz's remark at the plenary session of the European Parliament on 26 November.

    Leyla Yunus, of whom Schultz spoke, beside other crimes, faces charges of the gravest crime-high treason.

    "Investigation into Yunus's case continues and interference with its process is a demonstration of disrespect to the supremacy of law", Hajiyev said.

    As for Schultz's statement regarding the visit of the European Parliament delegation to Azerbaijan, the active spokesman said that the official structures of Azerbaijan did not receive any official request regarding this issue.

    "By doing so, the European Parliament president attempted to distort this issue, which causes a real regret", he said.

    Hajiyev drew attention to a number of problems with human rights in the EU member-states.

    "Among such problems are Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, growing tendencies of discrimination, police violence, problems of job relations, violation of migrants' rights", the diplomat said recommending the European parliament president to pay more attention to clashes in Fergusson, violence shown by the police, excess use of force in Brussels and other European cities.
  • Azerbaijan, Russia discuss cooperation in oil engineering
    27.11.2014 14:40
    Azerbaijan and Russia have discussed possible cooperation in the sphere of oil engineering and pharmaceuticals.

    The issues were discussed during the meeting between the Azerbaijan Minister of Economy and Industry Shahin Mustafayev and Russian Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Georgiy Kalamanov held as part of the International Conference 'Industrialization in the 21st century: experience, modern approach and main trends in industrial policy' held in Baku.

    According to sources in the Azerbaijani Ministry of Economy and Industry, the sides also exchanged views about the activity of industrial parks.

    It was noted that favorable conditions have been created at the industrial parks in Azerbaijan, there are various preferences for residents.

    At the meeting Azerbaijan's Minister of Economy and Industry Shahin Mustafayev noted that the cooperation between Azerbaijan and Russia are developing successfully.

    "There is a great potential for expansion of economic cooperation. Effective use of these opportunities will contribute to further development of mutual ties", Mustafayev said.

    On his part, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of Russia Georgy Kalamanov noted that the international conference 'Industrialization in the 21st century: Experience, modern approach and main trends of industrial policy" will help expand cooperation in the sphere of industry and is of great importance in terms of exchange of experience.

    The meeting was also attended by Russian ambassador to Azerbaijan Vladimir Dorokhin and trade representative of Russia in Azerbaijan Eldar Tliabichev.
  • Sergei Markedonov: West-Russia disagreement and tension leading to re-ignition of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict
    27.11.2014 14:21
    ''Azerbaijanв's accession to the Eurasian Economic Union will turn the union into a CIS''

    Moscow. Farid Akbarov - APA. The disagreement and tension between the West and Russia is leading to the re-ignition of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. That's what is the most fearful.

    Assistant professor at the Regional Studies and Foreign Policy department of the Russian State University for Humanities, renowned political expert Sergei Markedonov said in an interview to the APA's Moscow correspondent.

    According to him, relations between the West and Russia today are experiencing the hardest times over the last 25 years.

    "Even during the war taken place in Georgia in 2008, relations between the West and Russia were not so intense. Considering Russia has been engaging in the regulation of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict for years, alongside the U.S. and France within the OSCE Minsk Group, then the following question arises: If a new war is about to begin in Nagorno-Karabakh, will Russia, the U.S. and France be able to come to any conclusion and do something together to prevent the war? Will it be possible for the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs to take any preventive measure if international laws are violated on the contact line of troops and civilians killed? Or each will try to persuade the sides to their own side? If so, we're going to see plenty of provocations ahead".

    The politician also commented on the Azerbaijani Armed Forces downing a helicopter of the Armenian Armed Forces over the territory of Aghdam District.

    "The latest incident that occurred on the contact line of troops is just one link of the chain of ceasefire rules. Unfortunately, ceasefire is frequently violated due to various reasons. In my view, the negotiations on the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict are mostly aimed at reaching peace. But it would be even better if something for compliance with ceasefire rules is done. Because we see ceasefire violations usually result in the death of not only servicemen, but also civilians. The OSCE is dealing with that, but the efforts are inadequate. We can see the number of those died as a result of ceasefire violations - no matter servicemen or civilians - is growing from year to year", he noted.

    Markedonov explained why official Moscow didn't respond the helicopter crash as Armenia expected.

    "The Kremlin pursues a balanced policy toward Azerbaijan and Armenia. Thus, final choice can complicate Moscow for maneuvers in the region. After the events in Georgia in 2008, Russia's impact on this country has significantly decreased. Therefore, the Kremlin takes very careful positions in such cases".

    To the question what position will Russia demonstrate if Azerbaijan launches military operations in Nagorno Karabakh, the Russian expert answered: "Conflicts will occur along the Azerbaijani-Armenian border if a war starts in Nagorno Karabakh. Such incidents occur at present time. In this case, Russia should defend Armenia as a member of the Collective Security Treaty Organization. Therefore, Russia avoids military intervention in the conflict and will further avoid. Moscow will more likely play the role of moderator in resolving the conflict."

    Commenting on the probability of Azerbaijan's accession to the Eurasian Economic Union, the expert said that Azerbaijan will not be a member of the Eurasian Economic Union.

    "It's not about who in this project is good and who is bad. The question is, if Azerbaijan joins this project, the Eurasian Economic Union will become a CIS. Armenia also takes part in this project. So, Azerbaijan's and Armenia's participation in the project at the same time is impossible. If this happens, then the Eurasian Union will become an organization like the CIS. The participation of two warring countries in an organization will prevent it from implementing any project. Indeed, the CIS as an organization cannot do anything. Russia will more likely attach importance to bilateral relations with Azerbaijan", the Russian political expert added.
  • Armenia to face extreme poverty in 2015
    27.11.2014 14:18
    The resources of the Central Bank of Armenia will not suffice to prevent the devaluation of Armenian national currency.

    The statement came from professor of economic science, board member of the Armenian National Congress Zoya Tadevosyan, Chorrod Ishkhanutyun wrote.

    "I believe that the Central Bank uses existing reserves to preserve the course stability until January, but the collapse will be unpredictable after January", she said.

    Tadevosyan clarified that the collapse means serious loses to face not only businessmen but also ordinary citizens in the next few months.

    Tadevosyan also believes that ruble devaluation and losses of Armenian importers due to the increase in dollar rate will create serious losses since prices will grow and the consumer market will decrease.

    This situation will cause decline in economic activeness and this will be followed by an increased poverty rate among population. "We will face extreme poverty", the expert said.
  • Unsteady weather to continue in Azerbaijan
    27.11.2014 14:10
    The unsteady weather in Azerbaijan will last till late November.

    Senior hydrologist of the National Hydrometeorology Department of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources Asif Verdiyev told APA that the weather is expected to be cloudy and occasionally rainy in Baku and Absheron peninsula on November 28. North wind will blow. The temperature will be 3hellip;5 C at night and 5hellip;7 C in the daytime.

    On November 28, intermittent rain is expected in Azerbaijan's regions, sleet and snow in mountainous and sub-mountainous regions. Precipitation will intensify and it will be foggy in some places. West wind will blow and occasionally intensify in some areas.

    The temperature will be 0hellip;5 C at night, 5hellip;10 in the daytime and in mountains -5hellip;-10 C at night, -2hellip;3 C in the daytime.
  • New realistic barbie doll
    27.11.2014 13:49
    Believe it or not, folks, a normally-proportioned Barbie doll has finallyВ hit the market. The doll, called Lamilly, was createdВ in the image of the average young American woman '" fuller, rounder, with acne, cellulite, stretch marks, and more!

    Lammily is the brainchild of artist and researcher Nickolay Lamm, who had always been frustrated with the unrealistic proportions of Barbie dolls. One day, he decided to create a fun, appealing doll with natural makeup and a casual wardrobe.

    ''I feel that, right now, dolls are very 'perfectв' looking, when, in real life, few of us have perfect skin,'' he told reporters. ''So, why not give dolls a 'real treatment?в' Things like acne, stretch marks, and cellulite are a natural part of who we are.'' Lamm wanted little girls to get used to the idea that these things are normal and not 'flawsв' to be ashamed of.He began by scaling the measurements of an average 19-year-old woman and incorporated them into the dolls features. He also added a specialised sticker pack, allowing kids to add 'marksв' to their dolls '" right from tattoos and scars to moles and grass stains.

    Once he had a Lammily prototype ready, Lamm ran a highly successful Kickstarter campaign through which he crowdfunded $501,000 to manufacture the dolls. Each doll now retails at $24.99, with a $6 sticker pack and fashion options that will be available from January.

    Lammilyв's identity is also customizable, as each doll comes with a passport В that can be filled out with a unique full name and country of birth. Lammily has movable legs and detailed, separate toes that support action, so she actually stands flat on her feet, unlike Barbieв's permanent 'high heeledв' mode.

    You know, people were saying this whole project was a joke from the beginning, so I have no doubt some people will take it as a joke,'' Lamm commented. ''But I hope there are enough people who believe what I believe. I think 25 to 30 percent will think the stickers are stupid and the rest will think itв's good.''

    Lamm is confident that this is the doll that people have been waiting for. And he might not be wrong, afterall. He filmed a video of school kids reacting to realistic dolls and their responses are quite heartening. Most girls said they like her, while others observed that sheв's cool. Many second graders even went as far as to say: ''She looks like my sister.''

  • Korean Premier pays respect to national leader Heydar Aliyev and Azerbaijani heroes
    27.11.2014 13:45
    Baku, November 27, AzerTAc

    A Korean delegation led by Prime Minister Jung Hong-won has today visited the Alley of Honors to lay flowers at the tomb of Azerbaijan's national leader, founder and architect of modern Azerbaijani state Heydar Aliyev.

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

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

    Korean PM laid a wreath at the Eternal Flame monument.
  • Azerbaijani, Czech speakers to meet in Prague
    27.11.2014 13:04
    Milli Majlis speaker Oqtay Asadov is to leave for a two-day official visit to Prague on 4 December, sources in the Czech embassy told on Thursday.

    Czech ambassador to Azerbaijan Vitezslav Pivonka said earlier that the meeting will be held on the initiative of the speaker of the Czech parliament Jan Hamaacute;ДЌek who is heading the parliamentary group of friendship with Azerbaijan.

    Over the past years since the opening of the Czech embassy in Baku, significant progress has been attained in development of the bilateral ties. The exchange of visits on different levels is held between Baku and Prague on a regular basis.

    The Azerbaijani-Czech relations develop in many spheres including political dialogue, economic cooperation, as well as ties in the sphere of education, tourism and culture.

    Today the mutual trade between the two countries is about $2.5bn. However, the ambassador repeatedly said that he will spare no effort to reach a 10% growth in trade.
  • Iran develops new projects to revive Lake Urmia
    27.11.2014 12:59

    By Sara Rajabova

    Iran has been struggling with the shoaling problem of the biggest lake in the country for several years.

    The government has been working on various measures to revive the lake with launching different projects, but the efforts havenв't borne the desired results.

    The Iranian government continues to take measures on tackling the shoaling problem of the Lake Urmia that is experiencing its worst drought condition for many years.

    Ghorban Ali Saadat, the Head of the Iranian province of West Azerbaijan has recently said Iran has prepared a package of proposals to restore the Lake Urmia.

    ''According to these proposals, the lake can be brought back to the condition of 10 years ago. The package of the proposals has been prepared by scholars from several countries,'' Saadat said on November 25 at a meeting with Azerbaijani journalists on a visit to Iran,В TrendВ Agency reported.

    The area of Lake Urmia is the third largest salt water lake on earth, which has 6,000 square kilometers surface. During the migrations of birds, the lake becomes their temporary home. Over 70 percent of Lake Urmia's water has dried up. The level of water has been declining since 1995.

    The lake's drying up has an impact on the flora and fauna of the region. Experts on environmental issues say that the measures taken by the Iranian government are not enough to save the lake.

    Iranian President, Hassan Rouhanihas set up a working group for saving Lake Urmia called the Committee for Urmia Lake Restoration.

    Saadat said the scholars from Russia, Canada, Japan, the U.S. and European countries, who carried out the necessary research for restoring of the shoaling Aral Sea, were invited to Iran. There have been several meetings attended by them on the issue.

    ''Their proposals were considered and studied, and afterwards a package of proposals was prepared in six months in accordance with the recommendations,'' he said, adding that the package consists of 25 proposals, each of which includes certain paragraphs.

    The Iranian government has allocated a huge amount of money to solve the problem.

    Earlier, KioumarsDaneshjou, Head of the Water Resources Department of West Azerbaijan Province said the administration allocated 3.7 billion rials (about $139 million based on official rate of 26,600 rials per $1) to implement projects aimed at revival of Lake Urmia for current fiscal year started on March 21.

    The shoaling problem of Lake Urmia is a matter of concern not only for the Iranian government, but also other countries and international organizations of the world.

    UN Resident Coordinator Lewis in October 2013 proposed ways to prevent the death of the world's largest saltwater lake, the Lake Urmia.

    Lewis warned in his report that the slow death of the Lake Urmia signals a warning for the future.

    ''Funds were allocated for realization of several projects as part of the package of proposals. Under the package of proposals, it is necessary to transform the system of agriculture near the lake,'' Saadat said.

    He further noted that it is necessary to switch from the traditional irrigation system to the efficient one.

    ''There are small ponds and reservoirs near the Lake Urmia, and we are trying to direct their waters into the lake. This will also help its recovery,'' Saadat added.

    Touching upon the possibility of implementing the project for transferring water from the Caspian Sea and Araz River to Lake Urmia, he noted that first it is necessary to define the chemical composition of these waters more exactly.

    ''The waters of the Caspian Sea have a high content of sulfates, while there is much sodium chloride in the waters of Lake Urmia and their interflow can create even more problems,'' Saadat said.

    An investment agreement worth around 875 million Euro for the transition of Araz Riverв's waters to the Lake Urmia was signed in Iran in July 2013.

    Under this project, Iran plans to resolve the water shortage problem in eight cities and 81 villages.
  • Azerbaijanв's banking system capital grows 15% in 10 months
    27.11.2014 12:55
    As of 1 November 2014 the overall capital of the banking system of Azerbaijan made AZN 3,893,500,000.

    lsquo;This is a 2.6% growth over 1 October', says a report posted on the official website for the Central Bank of Azerbaijan.

    In January-October, the capital of the banks rose by 14.9%, while experiencing a 20.5% growth over a year earlier.
  • Nalbandian: It seems that 90% of participants are Azerbaijanis
    27.11.2014 12:50
    The Armenian FM made a lecture in Stockholm on 26 November.

    The lecture on lsquo;Problems of security in the South Caucasus' was held at the International Institute of Peace Problems Research.

    After the speech, the activists of the Youth Organization lsquo;Sweden-Azerbaijan' Rasul Majidov, Allahverdi Verdizade, Aysel Yusubova and Mahira Mukhtarova asked four questions to the Armenian minister.

    It was noted that Azerbaijani lands have been occupied by Armenia for already more than 20 years and the UN, OIC and other international organizations demand unconditional withdrawal of Armenian troops from Azerbaijani lands, while recognizing Armenia as an aggressor country.

    The activists informed the event participants about the tragedy of 26 February 1992 in the city of Khojaly which was razed to the ground in one night, the cruel murder of 613 civilians including 63 children, 106 women, 70 elderly people and learned Nalbandian's opinion on this issue.

    The responses of the minister who was caught in an uneasy state were destructive and full of lies. The Armenian minister voiced concern about such process of the event.

    It was clear that the Armenian minister was annoyed with the questions and the phrase lsquo;it seems that 90% of participants are Azerbaijanis' was another proof of the hard situation he was caught in.
  • Presentation of ''Baku-2015'' first European Games held in Paris
    27.11.2014 12:30
    Baku, November 27, AzerTAc

    Presentation of "Baku-2015" first European Games took place in Paris.

    Azerbaijan's First Lady, President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, Chairperson of the European Games Organizing Committee Mehriban Aliyeva attended the ceremony.

    Held with the organizational support of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation and Azerbaijan's Embassy in France, the ceremony was attended by representatives of public and political circles of this country, as well as persons of culture and sports. The guests first viewed the exhibition comprised of bronze statues by Azerbaijani sculptors devoted to "Baku-2015". Over 20 works related to various types of sports by Azerbaijani sculptors were displayed at the exhibition called "We Together". The guests were also presented various publications of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation about Azerbaijan, including booklets devoted to the first European Games.

    The host of the event said the fact that the first European Games will be held in Baku is a sign of international interest towards Azerbaijan.

    Chairperson of the European Games Organizing Committee Mehriban Aliyeva Mehriban Aliyeva addressed the ceremony.

    Then, participants of the ceremony watched a documentary devoted to "Baku-2015". The film provides information about the preparation works for the first European Games and other actions associated therewith. It is informed that the first European Games will be held in 21 places. To this end, new arenas are being constructed in the city, and existing facilities are renewed and brought to a condition ready for the Games. In addition to the Baku Olympic Stadium designed for 65 thousand onlookers, preparation works are also carried out at the Olympic Village to accommodate 7300 people.

    Minister of City, Youth and Sport of France Thierry Bayard expressed his pleasure of the presentation of "Baku-2015" first European Games in Paris: "France has been showing great attention towards these Games. Relations between our countries in the sphere of sport is extending as time goes on. France will be represented in these Games on the highest level."

    Member of the French National Assembly, twice Olympic champion David Douillet delivered a speech at the ceremony: "Holding of the European Games requires great efforts, and I believe the Organizing Committee will worthily cope with this task". David Douillet said the European Games, which promote humanism, peace and such other ideas, will improve Azerbaijan's positive image further".

    At the end of the event, the State Chamber Orchestra of Azerbaijan named after Gara Garayev performed with a concert programme.
  • Azerbaijan to establish protecting walls against Armenian bullets
    27.11.2014 12:19

    By Sara Rajabova

    The constant shelling by the Armenian armed forces of the border villages and settlements near the contact line of troops, forced the Azerbaijani government to build some protecting walls to save the lives of people against Armenian violence.

    The frequent ceasefire violations by the Armenian armed forces have caused serious damages to homes and farms in these villages and left many injuries and deaths. Almost, every house in those villages has suffered from the Armenian bullets.

    Specially, the schools and other educational centers are under the constant danger. There are growing concerns over the life of children. The Armenian armed forces deliberately target the children. Because of the restless shelling, the children cannot go to schools or even play in yard of their homes.

    Therefore, the Azerbaijani government has developed new measures to protect its citizens from the dangerous and damaging shelling by the Armenian forces.

    The protecting walls will be built in all villages located near the frontline to protect the schools and kindergartens from the enemy bullets. Several times, the schools in the areas located near the contact line were forced to be closed as a result of ceaseless firing. The works on building the walls around the schools and kindergartens have already been started, the local media reported.

    The construction work has been carried out in Aghdam village of Azerbaijanв's Tovuz region. The protecting walls of the school in this village are almost completed.

    Gasim Hajiyev, who leads the construction works, said: ''Schools and kindergartens are the open target of the Armenian bullets. The protecting walls for the schools are being built in the village. Also, another retaining wall that was built around the kindergarten of the village will be completed soon."

    Besides, the houses in this village damaged by Armenian bullets are also being rebuilt.

    Shamsi Yusifov, a villager said his home now in an emergency condition as a result of the constant shelling by the Armenian armed forces since 1991.

    Gulmira Rzaguliyeva, another villager said: ''During the shooting, the shells hit my house. As a result of the shelling, a part of my house has fallen and it is now in a very poor condition.''

    Also, Azerbaijan plans to build some protecting walls for the houses located close to the enemy positions.

    As a result of Armenian troopв's violence, the residents of these settlements have gone through great difficulties. The frequent ceasefire violations by Armenian armed forces have hampered their daily lives.

    The residents of these villages earn their life by farming. However, the ceasefire violations make it impossible to work on their lands, take their cattle for grazing, as well as use the water of the rivers originating from Armenia. The Armenian armed forces frequently wound the villagers in their homes or on their farms, as well as take them hostage.

    In September, 15-year-old Javid Mammadov was taken hostage by Armenian soldiers near the village of Chayli in Azerbaijan's Tartar region.

    They also injured three children while they were playing in their homes' yard.

    The Armenian forces even donв't hesitate to kill the innocent children. On March 8, in 2011, nine-year-old Fariz Badalov was shot in the head by an Armenian sniper while playing in the courtyard in Aghdam region. The international organizations condemned this brutal action of Armenian invaders.

    In July of the same year, 13-year-old Azerbaijani girl Aygun Shahmaliyeva fell victim to the Armenia`s inhumane and immoral policy in the Alibayli village of Azerbaijan`s Tovuz region, which borders Armenia. Aygun tragically died as a result of the explosion of a toy with an explosive device, which the Armenian side deliberately dropped into the river flowing to the village.

    Earlier, in 1994 two children were killed as a result of explosions of some toys that they found in Tovuz River.

    The precarious cease-fire between Azerbaijan and Armenia was reached after a lengthy war that displaced over a million Azerbaijanis. It has been in place between the two South Caucasus countries since 1994. Since the beginning of the hostilities, Armenian armed forces have occupied over 20 percent of Azerbaijan's internationally recognized territory, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
  • Oil prices fall in world markets
    27.11.2014 12:05
    Baku, November 27, AzerTAc

    The price of oil has continued to fall in the world markets.

    On the New York Stock Exchange NYMEX (New York Mercantile Exchange) cost of the US Light crude oil has fallen $0,40 to stand at $73.69.

    Price of British Brent crude oil at the London ICE (InterContinental Exchange Futures) has decreased $0,58 to trade at $77.75.

    The Department of Marketing and Economic Operations of the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR) informed that, a barrel of Azeri Light crude oil decreased $0,06 to stand at $80.20
  • Russian lawmakers suggest banning some foreign organizations in Russia '" media
    27.11.2014 12:04
    State Duma deputies propose to blacklist some foreign organizations to ban their activities in Russia, the Izvestia newspaper said on Thursday.

    Legislators suggest that the Prosecutor-General's Office and the Foreign Ministry compile the list with assistance of law-enforcement authorities, ITAR TASS reports.

    If an organization is declared non grata, its funds and property will be blocked and its staff members will be banned from entering Russia.

    The blacklist may include a number of foreign non-governmental organizations.
  • Azerbaijani banks see 23% rise in deposits - CBA
    27.11.2014 12:00
    As of 1 November 2014 the overall volume of banking deposits of individuals and legal entities raised by the credit organizations of Azerbaijan made AZN 14,826,700,000.

    According to the report posted on the official website of the Central Bank of Azerbaijan, the depository base of the banks grew 2% in October.

    It has risen 18.8% since the early year and 23.1% over the year earlier.

    Deposits in national currency-manat made AZN 7,485,100,000 by results of 10 months of which 2,405,500,000 are on-demand deposits, while AZN 5,079,600,000 are fixed deposits.

    In turn, deposits in hard currency made AZN 7,341,500,000 (AZN 1,764,500,000 and 5,577,000,000 respectively).

    In 2013 the depository base of Azerbaijani banks grew 16.6%.
  • Bathonea excavations shed light on Istanbulв's history
    27.11.2014 12:00
    The Bathonea excavations that have been continuing in the KüçükГ§ekmece lake basin for five years fill a gap in Istanbulв's chronology by revealing traces from 2,000 B.C.

    The head of the excavations, Associate Professor Ећengül AydД±ngün said the first years were spent on cleaning, researching, mapping and geophysical work, while diggings started as of 2011-2012, Hurriyet Daily reports.

    AydД±ngün said the ancient ports and a lighthouse that were found during the first years proved that the region was a big port. "Walls, long roads to the sea, avenues and docks were found on the coasts," she said.

    AydД±ngün said large structures, squares, churches and a palace complex became evident over time, and the excavation team had reached a large cistern on which names like Konstantin and Konstans were written. The cistern is believed to have dated back to the Byzantine era.

    She said they were particularly excited when they found Hittite statuettes from as far back as 2,000 B.C., as well as ceramic pieces from the same period.

    "With the early Hittite findings, we found contemporary Cypriot ceramics in small pieces. We now think Istanbul was livelier than we had thought back in the beginning of 2,000 B.C. We also see the traces of international maritime trade staring from this period. Further data will clarify this," she said.

    AydД±ngün added that teams from universities in Germany, Britain, the Netherlands and Poland have joined the excavations so far, including architects, geologists, marine scientists, anthropologists and geophysicists, as well as archaeologists.

    Thousands of pieces to be assembled

    This year's works at the site are focused on laboratory work, rather than in the excavations field. "We have worked on assembling unearthed pieces. Each piece of material is evaluated individually. It will continue until the end of the year. We have some 50,000 pieces of ceramics, waiting in boxes to be assembled. We have delivered a few thousand completed ceramics to the museum so far," AydД±ngün said.

    "Thanks to the pieces we found during excavations, we started filling the gaps in Istanbul's historical chronology. We previously learned about the city's Neolithic age in excavations at YenikapД±, Fikirtepe and Pendik. We knew about 6,000 B.C., but we did not have an interim period. We did not know about the Istanbul of the Hittite era or early Bronze Age. These excavations shed light on this era, and are exciting for the scientific world," she said.

    "We have excavated level by level. Each level gives us different information on each era. The information will become more serious in the next levels ... The Ephesus, Bergama, Troy and Alacahöyük excavations lasted 100 years and the Kültepe excavations took 60 years. This place will take even longer; it will take a few more generations, but my students will continue digging," AydД±ngün said.

    She added that underwater work could not be conducted because the Küçükçekmece Lake was too dirty. "About 90 percent of the water is filled with sewage, nuclear and industrial waste. It is difficult to see [in the lake], so our underwater team could not work. Maybe there is a sunken ship like in YenikapД±, because we have found many broken pieces on the shore. There are also ceramic pieces from the Roman era, suggesting that maritime trade took place. When the lake is cleaned properly, we will be able to know more," AydД±ngün said.
  • Armenian opposition prepares impeachment for Sargsyan
    27.11.2014 11:49
    Armenian president Serzh Sargsyan may face an impeachment.

    Armenian parliament deputy, member of the opposition Armenian National Congress Nikol Pashishyan said that the text of the draft resolution of the parliament 'On impeachment of Serzh Sargsyan who occupies the position of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan' is ready.

    "The text will be made public on Friday after editorial and correctional works", Pashishyan wrote on his Facebook page.

    He earlier stated the plans to address the four opposition political parties of the parliament to obtain the required 44 signatures and start the urgent discussion of the issue, Armenian media report.
  • Armenian media admit occupation of Azerbaijani lands
    27.11.2014 11:45

    By Mushvig Mehdiyev

    Five Armenian helicopters attending illegal military drills in the occupied Azerbaijani territory are still waiting for an opportunity to return their base as Azerbaijani army keeps its airspace under full control.

    "The airspace over the occupied Azerbaijani lands is strictly controlled by the Air Force and Anti-Aircraft Forces of Azerbaijan," Armenian news portal reported.

    On November 12, an Armenian combat helicopter with three pilots on board deliberately violated Azerbaijan's airspace and attempted to fire at the position of the Azerbaijani army. It was immediately targeted by Azerbaijani soldiers and scattered down on an area in 500 meters of frontline.

    Armenian authorities claimed that the chopper was engaged in military drills. But the video footage of the incident captured the scene as the shooting occurred when two Armenian MI-24 helicopters clearly breached Azerbaijan's airspace.

    The source added that one of the attack helicopters, which was in a combat pair with the chopper downed by the Azerbaijani army, was seriously damaged when the crashed helicopter exploded in the sky over the occupied lands of Azerbaijan.

    The lands which Armenia keeps under its occupation for almost 25 years, are the historical and legal territory of Azerbaijan.

    Armenian authorities pushed all limits to mask the illegal engagement of its combat helicopters in military exercises in the Nagorno-Karabakh, internationally recognized territory of Azerbaijan. Defense Ministry of the post-Soviet country accused Azerbaijani side of shooting a civilian chopper. The brand and technical specifications of the helicopter proved it was a Russia-made attack helicopter, which is called "flying tank" due to its armored body and heavy armament.

    Three Armenian soldiers, killed on a helicopter crash during a provocative flight over Azerbaijan's airspace, were buried in Yerevan on November 25.

    While whole Armenia acclaimed them as "national heroes", local media acknowledged the reality, calling the helicopter's crash site occupied territories of Azerbaijan.

    Pope Pole VI has said: "If you want peace, work for justice." Azerbaijan has repeatedly said the peace is the first option to settle the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. While Azerbaijan remains loyal to peace negotiations, Armenia is continuing provocations impeding justice to win.
  • Azerbaijani Kelaghayi enters UNESCOв's list
    27.11.2014 11:40

    By Nigar Orujova

    Azerbaijani national woman headscarf, Kelaghayi, has been included into the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, the Azerbaijanв's Permanent Delegation to UNESCO posted in its official Twitter page.

    The ninth session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritageis examining 41 nominations for the list with 950 participants in Paris on November 24-28.

    ''Azerbaijani Kelaghayi is now in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity,'' the delegation tweeted.

    Azerbaijanв's traditional art and symbolism of Kelaghayi was proposed to be added into the UNESCO list by Azerbaijanв's First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva and the countryв's Culture and Tourism Ministry.

    The joint activity of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation headed by Mehriban Aliyeva and the Ministry resulted in conformation of Kelaghayi art as one of the most important example of the culture, customs and traditions, national and spiritual values of the Azerbaijani people.

    Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister Sevda Mammadaliyeva expressed gratitude to the members of the committee and emphasized that the inclusion of Kelaghayi art in the UNESCO list will help the development of this art in the country.

    Kelaghayi is Azerbaijani women's national headscarf made from fine and soft silk in a four-cornered shape. It is an integral part of women's national costume in Azerbaijan.

    Kelaghayis differ from each other in terms of their color tints and sizes and social status. Unmarried girls cover their heads with kelaghayis of bright colors, such as yellow, pink, gold or purple, while dark colored kelaghayis are for older women.

    There are special regions of the country famous for kelaghayis production including Ganja, Shamakhi, Sheki, and Nakhchivan, and Basqal settlement of the Ismayilli region. Currently, there are special dynasties that continue the tradition of kelaghayi making.

    The trend of wearing traditional scarves has already reached modern Azerbaijan.

    Intangible cultural heritage list consists of living cultural traditions, including oral traditions, performing arts, social practices, rituals, festive events, knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe, or the knowledge and skills to produce traditional crafts.

    At present, the Representative List includes 281 elements. Besides Kelaghayi, the list also includes performance art of Mugham, Azerbaijani ashug art, performance on national music instrument tar, Novruz holiday, the Azerbaijani carpet.
  • Azerbaijani Mugam singer to give concert
    27.11.2014 11:35

    By Amina Nazarli

    The solo concert titled ''Remember'' of Azerbaijani Mugam singer, honored artist Konul Khasiyeva will be held in the International Mugam Center at 20:00 on December 16.

    Khasiyeva has prepaid a new concert program, which will also include folk songs. Her compositions touch the soul of every audience, affect the most cherished in the heart strings and plunge into the world of folk music.

    The cost of ticket is 38, 45, 75 and 100 manats. International Mugam Center is located at Neftchiler prospect, Boulevard.

    Azerbaijani Mugham, a unique musical and poetic phenomenon, was created on the basis of historical and cultural traditions that have existed for centuries. It is one of Azerbaijan's most valuable monuments of the material and spiritual culture and the greatest achievement of Azerbaijani people's musical and poetic art.

    Azerbaijan is proud of its national music. It has been able to preserve it during the hard times of the Soviet Union, when national art forms were out of favor. However, people gave their lives to save this form of art. It was even sent into space as a worthily sample of musical creativity of the world civilization.

    Nowadays, Azerbaijan encourages the art of Mugham through holding international festivals and competitions. The International Center of Mugham was built in the form of tar in Baku in 2008.
  • First lady attends presentation of first European Games in Paris
    27.11.2014 11:34
    The presentation of the inaugural European Games Baku 2015 was held in Paris on 26 November.

    The event was attended by the first lady of Azerbaijan, president of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, chairman of the European Games Operating Committee Mehriban Aliyeva.

    The presentation, organized by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation with the support of the Azerbaijani embassy to France, involved representatives of sociopolitical circles, culture and sport figures of France.

    The exhibition 'We are together' featuring over 20 works of Azerbaijani sculptors dedicated to Baku 2015 was held as part of the event.

    Various books of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation about Azerbaijan were also presented to the guests.

    The first lady of Azerbaijan, Mehriban Aliyeva spoke at the presentation.

    The event continued with the performance of the Azerbaijan state chamber orchestra named after Qara Qarayev.

    The event participants further watched the film about the inaugural European Games featuring the preparations for the upcoming event, the sport facilities created in our country and so on.
  • Village in Jalilabad flooded
    27.11.2014 11:24
    Rainy weather caused a number of problems in Jalilabad region.

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to ANS TV that the Garayar river flowing via Sabirabad village flooded the houses and sowing areas along the river bank.

    According to Sabirabad village resident Azay Mammadov, the river flooded all the houses and they could not do anything.

    Village resident Kamaladdin Hamidov noted that currently his house and 5-6 tonnes of potato which he bought are under water.

    Water pumps are currently set in the area. Intensive rains have increased water level in Micharchay river, too.
  • Italy may lose some €3.7 billion in anti-Russian sanctions
    27.11.2014 11:14
    Italyв's economy could lose around €3.7 billion ($4.6 billion) due to the European Union sanctions against Russia, says a study published by the Bocconi University, one of Europe's top 10 business schools.

    he study, unveiled for the participants of the opening Russian-European economic forum in Milan on Thursday, reflects the influence of tensions in the international relations on the Italian exports, ITAR TASS reports.

    "The sanctions impact and respectively, the lack of growth increases the loss on exports to Russia in the amount estimated at around euro;3.7 billion over two years (2014-2015) with exports to Russia forecast to fall 17% in 2014 and 21% in 2015, what accounts for 0.5% of Italy's total annual exports," the document says.

    The Italian experts estimate that the country's exports to Russia in the first six months of 2014, fell 8.9%, year-on-year. The analysis also takes into account the effect of Moscow's embargo on agricultural goods (worth euro;161 million llast year).

    "Judging from the cost of the exported goods in 2013, which were embargoed by Russia, and suggesting that these sanctions will continue until natural expiry, we believe that the loss over two years (2014-2015) could reach euro;188 million," the study says.

    The damage from only the lack of exports growth from Italy to Russia, if taking into account the growth rates over two years prior to the crisis, will reach around euro;1.7 billion in 2014-2015, the experts say, adding that this is explained that the growth is not observed amid the uncertainty.

    The Milan forum focuses on investment in Russia in modern geopolitical conditions and IPO on the Russian market, as well as prospects of developing Russian-European relations amid new economic and political environment.
  • South Korean PM arrives in Baku
    27.11.2014 11:04

    By Aynur Jafarova

    South Korean Prime Minister Jung Hong-won embarked on an official visit to Azerbaijan on November 26.A guard of honor was lined up for the prime minister at the Heydar Aliyev International Airport decorated with the national flags of the two countries.He was welcomed by Azerbaijanв's Deputy Prime Minister Ali Ahmadov and other officials.

    The relations between Azerbaijan and South Korea cover many areas, in particular, politics, economics, culture and other fields.

    Diplomatic relations between the two countries were established in March 1992. In 1997 Azerbaijan's Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) signed an agreement on business cooperation and business promotion.

    The two countries have signed over 40 agreements.

    Korea exports to Azerbaijan mainly automobile and plastic and electronic products while the South Caucasus republic exports oil, aluminum and copper products to Korea.

    Korean companies are involved in the project on intellectual management of transport and construction of Yevlakh-Ganja highway and are also interested in the projects on petrochemical parks in Azerbaijan.

    There is a great potential for cooperation in the tourism sector as well.
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