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Arshin mal alan by great Uzeyir Hajibeyli conquers Los Angeles
08.09.2013 22:09
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Los Angeles has hosted the premiere of Arshin mal alan (The Cloth Peddler), a world-known operetta by great Azerbaijani composer Uzeyir Hajibeyli.

The operetta was performed by an all American team and produced by famous director Michael Schnack. Actors had diligent rehearsals for several months. They said the toughest thing to do was to learn to sing in Azerbaijani.

James Judd, who played the musical comedy`s main character, Asgar, said it took them a long time to learn the words of arias.

Asha Lindsey, who played Gulchohra, said she learned a lot about Azerbaijan`s history and culture, as well as Islam when she played in Arhshin mal alan for the first time seven years ago. "I have many Azerbaijani friends. I can tell much about this unique country. I know very well what my character wants. If Gulchohra lived now, she would have been very brave," Lindsey added.

Michael Schnack said the Americans have a different approach to tradition, especially in an artistic sense. "Younger generations in America are open to changes. One of the reasons why Azerbaijan is of such interest to Americans is that the West was once strongly influencing this country."

Hundred years ago helped by oil tycoon and philanthropist Haji Zeynalabdin Taghiyev, Uzeyir Hajibeyli presented his brainchild to the world. Symbolically, hundred years later this masterpiece of Hajibeyli is staged in the USA with the support from the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCA), a major actor on the global energy market. The Consulate General of Azerbaijan in Los Angeles and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism greatly contributed to organizing the event.

It was Los Angeles where in 1937 Armenians attempted to plagiarize this masterpiece by great Hajibeyli.

Azerbaijan`s Consul General Nasimi Aghayev said California is home to 1.5 million Armenians, with most of them living in Los Angeles. "The Armenian lobby is carrying out active propaganda against us. In order to prevent this we must make the truths about Azerbaijan known to the American society, and we are doing this. And the best way to do this is to promote Azerbaijan`s reach cultural legacy," said the Consul General.

The musical comedy was played to a full house at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, one of the premier opera houses of the world also famous for hosting Oscar Awards ceremonies in 1970-90s. An audience of 3,000 people enjoyed this comic and romantic story of love full of songs and humor for about two hours. The performance received a standing ovation.

Following the performance the guests who came to watch it were exchanging their impressions. Some said they enjoyed the music, while others were amazed by the setting and the national costumes.

Kalma Blumber, a Los Angeles resident, said: "It`s fantastic. Amazing music, unique costumes, a very impressive story. I`ve discovered much about Azerbaijan, its history. It`s a sensation."

Austrian Consul in Los Angeles Liliana Popova said: "Great, breathtaking music. My brother is a pianist. He worked with a symphonic orchestra in Baku, and I have many recollections of that time. And I`m very happy today. I`m really amazed by today`s performance."

Jim Kerkman, a Los Angeles resident, said: "It`s a remarkable event that opens the door for us to the beautiful East in a true sense of the word."

The Cloth Peddler conquered Los Angeles, which is considered the movie capital of the world and is home to Hollywood. But to amaze Hollywood is no easy task.
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, March 31

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    Turkey's Ministry of Energy has restored the electricity supply of Istanbul by 80 percent, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Taner Yildiz said, according to Turkish news agency Anadolu's report March 31.

    "In general, the power supply has been significantly restored in Turkey and by 80 percent in Istanbul," said the minister. "We expect that electricity supply will be fully restored in the near future."

    The electricity supply to Turkey's major cities, such as Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir, was stopped at 10:36 (UTC/GMT 3 hours) on March 31.

    The subways in these cities also stopped working as a result of the power outage. The traffic lights also stopped working, which caused traffic jams.

    Turkish Electricity Transmission Company (TEД°AS) reported earlier that the power supply to several cities of Turkey was stopped as a result of the disconnection on the main power transmission line via which the country imports electricity.

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  • Uzbekistan upgrades Tashkent thermal power station
    31.03.2015 20:40
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    Tashkent, Uzbekistan, March 29

    By Demir Azizov- Trend:

    Uzbekenergo State Joint-Stock Company intends to build a complex of cogeneration gas turbine units worth $167 million at the Tashkent thermal power station in 2015-2017, the company said.

    Four cogeneration gas turbine units with a design capacity of 27 megawatts each are planned to be built as part of the project. They are designed for the generation of electric power and heat at the same time.

    At present, the company's specialists and one of the creditors of the construction - the Japan International Development Agency (JICA) began research and technical work as part of the project.

    The tenders for choosing a building contractor and a supplier of equipment are planned to be announced in 2016. The construction is planned to be completed in late 2017.

    The project will be financed through JICA loans (around $50 million), the Fund for Reconstruction and Development of Uzbekistan ($68 million), own funds of Uzbekenergo and the Tashkent thermal power station.

    Tashkent combined heat and power plant (CHP), one of the main thermal power plants of Tashkent, was commissioned in 1961. The plant provides the household and industrial consumers in Uzbekistan's capital with heat and electricity.

    In 2013, Japanese Tohoku Electric Power Co completed the realization of the pilot project for construction of the complex of cogeneration gas turbine plants with design capacity of 27 megawatt at Tashkent CHP. The cost of the project was $62.9 million.

    Moreover, a gas turbine produced by Hitachi was installed at Tashkent CHP as part of the project. The gas turbine had a generator with the capacity of 27 megawatt and waste-heat boiler with total capacity of 47 metric tons per hour.

    The project was financed with the funds of Uzbekenergo ($24.9 million) and $38 million worth grant from Japanese New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO).

    The design, construction and installation works were carried out by Tohoku Electric Power, while the equipment supply was provided by Hitachi and Marubeni.

    The project's realization secured the increase in power generation at the Tashkent Thermal Power Center by 228 million kilowatt hours, reaching 400 million kilowatt hours per year.

    Meanwhile, gas consumption at the Tashkent Thermal Power Center fell by 39 million cubic meters, and the carbon dioxide emissions reduced by 65 metric tons per year.

    According to Uzbekistan's state joint-stake company Uzbekenergo, today, the installed capacity of the country's power plants is about 12,400 megawatts.

    The main share of electricity, up to 90 percent, is produced at the company's 10 thermal power plants with a total installed capacity of 10,600 megawatts.

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  • Recognition of Azerbaijani genocide - gradual process that is moving
    31.03.2015 20:39
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, March 31

    By Aygun Badalova - Trend:

    It is important that the US and other states gradually recognize the fact of genocide that was committed against Azerbaijani people, Tamerlan Vahabov, an expert in political science and international relations, told Trend on "This week in focus" program episode, devoted to Genocide of Azerbaijanis.

    "Recognizing the genocide will not bring lives back but it is important for us, important for today's generation to understand what happened then," he said.

    Vahabov believes this plays an important role in bridging the gaps between today's academia's policy making and what was done before.

    "Unfortunately, for the past 100 years, acts of genocide against humanity didn't stop," he said, adding that Azerbaijan can achieve the recognition of genocide by memorizing it and writing it down in documents, recognized by other countries.

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

    Foreign Ministry and diaspora

    Vahabov said that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan on the multilateral level has done tremendous work by doing workshops, awareness-raising campaigns, working both on the multilateral level and also door-to-door diplomacy with the UN member countries, OSCE and other organizations.

    "It's important in coordinating all the efforts of the diaspora in those countries," he said.

    With regards to how diaspora can help with the task of bringing the genocide issue to the governments of other countries, Vahabov said the diaspora is an important tool that needs to be utilized utilized for the recognition of genocide.

    "Diaspora members are usually residents, citizens of countries where they live, despite their ethnic background," Vahabov said. "So their citizenship allows them a direct and easy access to policy makers, especially in the US and Western Europe."

    He said there are clear channels of communication between citizens and policy makers and government members, which is a very important asset and the diaspora can build up various tools on this platform, such as awareness-raising campaigns, general campaigns, outdoor campaigns, door-to-door lobbying.

    Success in bringing genocide issue up

    "Azerbaijan is a relatively new country, and 24 years of independence for history is a blink of an eye, but despite this, Azerbaijan has been quite successful in bringing the genocide issue up, making it more known and spread the word about it," Vahabov said.

    He said it requires tremendous work, both from the foreign policy agencies of any country and diaspora of coordination and unification of efforts and time.

    "It's a gradual process, but it is moving," he said. "On the positive side, it is moving, it is getting gradually recognized by the US states, and hopefully will be by other countries as well, when we see this foundation laid more solid than we see today."

    Importance of history

    Vahabov said it is very important to trace back the origins of the genocide to be able to compare all the general issues available on the genocide. He said it is important in terms of bridging gaps between the current events and what has been done before.

    "Genocide is a direct threat to national security of any country," he said. "On a country's territory or its adjacent areas if people are being killed on a mass level, it is a security threat," he said.

    Vahabov said that raising awareness for the genocide and getting more information available to the public is important.

    "It brings the issue up for academia and policy makers, especially in the West, if we're talking about the US and European countries," he said. "There's a very strong connection between academia and policy making."

    "This feeds as a solid foundation for policy making in the future to design and architect their policies for the genocide and I hope this will be a very important milestone for being preventive and proactive not only to stop but also to trace the root causes for the genocide and to prevent it at its embryonic stage," he said.

    You can follow the program on Twitter or Facebook. The program has its own channel inYoutube.

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  • Closed joint stock company to be set up in Turkmenistanв's maritime trade
    31.03.2015 20:23
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    Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, March 29

    By Huseyn Hasanov- Trend:

    A report on the measures taken to establish the Merchant Fleet closed joint stock company was submitted at a meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan, a government report said March 28.

    Turkmenistan conducts large-scale activities to improve the activity of the departments under the Turkmen State Service of Maritime and River Transport, as well as to use the advanced experience.

    While focusing on the widespread introduction of modern methods and technologies in the Turkmen merchant marine fleet, Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov signed a relevant decree.

    On the Caspian Sea, Turkmenistan borders with Azerbaijan, Russia, Kazakhstan and Iran.

    The regional transport projects have been recently intensified. Upgraded large-capacity vessels of the Turkmen trade fleet are actively involved in Caspian cargo transportations, serving international routes from Turkmenbashi port to other Caspian ports. They are expanding the variety of the transported goods.

    The Turkish Gap Insaat will build a modern seaport in the city of Turkmenbashi on the Caspian seashore by 2017. The seaport will also include ship repair and shipbuilding yard.

    The project's cost is estimated at $2 billion.

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  • IBM to invest
    31.03.2015 18:34
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    International Business Machines Corp said on Tuesday it will invest $3 billion over the next four years in a new 'Internet of Things' unit, aiming to sell its expertise in gathering and making sense of the surge in real-time data.

    The Armonk, New York-based technology company said its services will be based remotely in the cloud, and offer companies ways to make use of the new and multiplying sources of data such as building sensors, smartphones and home appliances to enhance their own products.

    For its first major partnership, IBM said a unit of the Weather Co will move its weather data services onto IBM's cloud, so that customers can use the data in tandem with IBM's analytics tools.
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  • Lithuanian Seimas refuses to participate in events dedicated to ''Armenian genocide''
    31.03.2015 18:23
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, March 31

    By Seba Aghayeva - Trend:

    The board of Lithuanian Seimas has twice turned down the request of parliamentarians to send them to Yerevan to take part in the events dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the "Armenian genocide", Lithuania's BNS news portal reported March 31.

    This decision was made taking into account the scrupulousness of the issue and the example of other countries, board member of the Lithuanian Seimas Vydas Gedvilas said.

    The decision of Seimas was not influenced by the activities carried out by the Armenian embassy in Lithuania for participation of Lithuanian parliamentarians in these events and the negotiations of some Armenian officials in the government and parliament of the country.

    Armenia and the Armenian lobby claim that Turkey's predecessor, the Ottoman Empire allegedly carried out "genocide" against the Armenians living in Anatolia in 1915. Turkey in turn has always denied "the genocide" took place.

    While strengthening the efforts to promote the "genocide" to the world, Armenians have achieved its recognition by the parliaments of some countries.

    It is planned to hold events dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the "Armenian genocide" in Yerevan on April 24.

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  • Ali Hasanov met with Kuwaiti PM
    31.03.2015 18:12
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    Deputy Prime Minister of Azerbaijan Ali Hasanov met with His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah during the Third International Pledging Conference for Syria, which is being held in Kuwait, SIA informs with reference to KUNA.

    The sides discussed prospects of bilateral relations between Azerbaijan and Kuwait.
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  • Chairman of Supervisory Board of Azerbaijanв's most famous FC elected
    31.03.2015 18:08
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, March 31

    Trend:

    Supervisory Board consisting of seven members have been created in Azerbaijan's most famous Neftchi football club, President of the FC Sadiq Sadiqov said at the meeting of the board.

    Azerbaijani writer, secretary of the Union of Azerbaijani Writers Chingiz Abdullayev has been elected the chairman of the Supervisory Board.

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  • William's family fight over his estate
    31.03.2015 17:55
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    Robin Williams' wife and children are fighting over his estate, heading to court to try and settle the dispute.

    At issue are his clothes, jewelry, photos and awards at one of the late actor's homes, located in Tiburon, California, including a promise ring and the tuxedo Williams wore at their wedding.

    His wife, Susan, and his three children by previous marriages, Zachary, Zelda and Cody, will appear before a judge in Superior Court in California on Monday.

    Williams wanted the Tiburon home to go to his wife, and for Susan to keep living there. Her attorney argues that it shouldn't be stripped of the things inside of it, according to court papers.
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  • Putin addressed at UN General Assembly
    31.03.2015 17:16
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    The address of Russian President Vladimir Putin at the anniversary session of the UN General Assembly is highly probable, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday, SIA informs citing the TASS.

    "It is quite likely that such a trip and an address will take place," Peskov said, adding that no final decisions on this issue have been taken yet.

    The majority of world leaders are expected to participate in the opening of the 70th session of the General Assembly this year. Apart from the heads of state and/or government, Pope Francis I is expected to address the Assembly, too. His speech has been scheduled for September 25.

    This will be the first papal trip to New York over the past twenty years.

    In recent years, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has been leading the Russian delegations to the General Assembly sessions. President Dmitry Medvedev addressed the UN in 2009.

    Vladimir Putin attended the opening of the General Assembly session in 2005 when the organization turned 60 years old.
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  • Iran, world powers on verge of nuclear deal
    31.03.2015 17:15
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Sara Rajabova

    There is still no political understanding between the world powers and Iran over the Islamic Republicв's disputed nuclear case though the sides reached the March 31 deadline to ink a political deal.

    The negotiating teams from the P5 1 countries and Iran are working hard to find a solution to the issues blocking the way to the deal and meet the deadline. However, the sides also ruled out further extension of the negotiations.

    Hamid Ba'idinejad, Iran's nuclear negotiator said late on March 30 that all the negotiating sides are making serious efforts to bridge the gaps over the outstanding issues, stressing there had been no talk about extending negotiations beyond the March 31 deadline to reach a mutual understanding.

    As no more time is left for the talks, some people consider the chances to meet the deadline is not high, especially in the light of developments in the Middle East.

    Regional countries, such as Israel, Saudi Arabia and others are anxiously waiting to hear about a nuclear agreement with Iran. They are wary a weak agreement with the Islamic Republic could lead to the country extending its nuclear activities and further strengthening its role in the region, thus threatening the positions of the above-mentioned countries.

    Israel, which feels especially threatened by the possibility of a nuclear-armed Iran, said details of a possible framework agreement emerging from talks in Lausanne, Switzerland, were even worse than it feared.

    However, the negotiating sides remain hopeful they will come to an agreement on Iranв's disputed nuclear issue.

    Marie Harf, State Department spokeswoman gave the ongoing Iran nuclear talks a 50/50 chance of success as she spoke on progress just hours ahead of the deadline. Harf underscored that all negotiators are realistic about the challenges in front of them, but said they "still see a path to get a political understanding."

    Ba'idinejad said there is the possibility of working out an agreement on basic issues during the present course of talks underway in Lausanne.

    Alex Vatanka, an expert on Iran and senior fellow of the Jamestown Foundation told AzerNews that Iran most likely will reach a nuclear deal.

    He considers that Iran needs to build confidence with regional states over its nuclear activities.

    ''But many of its neighbors remain nervous about its intentions. That's why Tehran needs to quickly look to reach out to regional states such as Turkey and find ways to rebuild confidence across border,'' Vatanaka wrote in an e-mail.

    The 'marathon-likeв' nuclear talks entered a final day on March 31. The final hours of negotiation in Lausanne are taking place between foreign ministers from the P5 1 - comprising the U.S., UK, France, China, Russia and Germany - and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. EU foreign policy Chief Federica Mogherini is also present.

    Substantive differences that block the final deal are the pace of sanctions relief and the nature of restrictions on Iran's nuclear research and development.
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  • Former Armenian political prisoner appointed in military police
    31.03.2015 17:09
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar. 31

    Trend:

    Former head of the Gyumri military police, Colonel Ashot Zakarian has been recently appointed head of the Sisian military police, Chairman of the Regional Council of Yerkrapah Union Yura Aleksanyan told Aravot news agency.

    Ashot Zakarian has served as chief of the Gyumri military police for 10 years - 1993-2003.

    During the 2008 presidential election, he supported the candidacy of President Levon Ter-Petrosyan. Therefore, a criminal case was filed towards him and Ter-Petrosyan's other like-minded people. He was arrested.

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  • Zakir Hasanov: Our flag will soon be waving over Khankandi
    31.03.2015 17:09
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    ''Azerbaijani soldiers will be ready any time''.

    No one should have doubt that our three-color flag will soon be waving over Khankandi, Shusha, Lachin and other occupied lands.

    We will achieve this goal under the leadership of the Supreme Commander.

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to the Defense Ministry that the statement came from Defense Minister, colonel-general Zakir Hasanov in his speech over the anniversary of the genocide of Azerbaijanis.

    The minister said he believes that Azerbaijani soldiers will soon be ready to fulfill any instruction of the Supreme Commander at any time and achieve new results in combat and military and psychological training.

    According to Zakir Hasanov, March 31, 1918 is one of the bloodiest pages in the history of Azerbaijani people.

    "This tragedy was accompanied with the occupation of our ancestral lands and was a carefully thought and purposeful policy of genocide that Armenians committed against Azerbaijanis.

    It has been 17 years that March 31 was officially recognized as the day of Azerbaijanis' genocide.

    I commemorate the victims of this genocide, our Turkish brothers who came to our help in the hardest times and fell victims in the fight for sovereignty and territorial integrity of Azerbaijan with respect and honor. I am sure that you will not forget the memory of the blood which is an effective weapon and draw conclusions out of the lessons of history", the minister said.
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  • Australia rebuffs Yerevan's invitation
    31.03.2015 17:04
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Mushvig Mehdiyev

    Australia is the newest country to have rebuffed Armenia's invitation to partake in the centennial celebration of the fallacious "Armenian genocide". Australia refused to send its delegation to Yerevan to attend the event.

    Armenia's rulers expect top world leaders to join in the commemorative events for the unproven "genocide" on April 24, hanging on the hope that they will garner world sympathies and have Armenia's fallacious genocide inscribe as a historical reality. Only this plan is not going so well.

    The Foreign and Trade Ministry of Australia issued an official statement on its website reading the final decision of the country's leadership which renounces to be represented through a delegation in Yerevan on April 24.

    Despite the announcement of refusal, Australia has yet to elucidate the reasons behind this move.

    It is apparent that the global leaders are going to turn a deaf ear to Armenia's mourning, especially since Yerevan was never ever able to show factual proof of its genocide claims. Armenia's "show" will coincide with Turkey's commemoration ceremony of the Gallipoli Battle in Turkey.

    Member of the Armenian National Congress in Australia, Vache Kahramanyan said Australia accepted Ankara's invitation over the call from Yerevan. He explained that Australia declined Armenia only because it wanted to attend Gallipoli Battle celebrations, which will happen on the same day.

    Earlier in February, an official reply to Yerevan's invitation from London deeply disappointed the Armenian leaders.

    Prime Minister, David Cameron rejected to personally grace Armenia of a visit on April 24 and join Armenian officials in their visit to the "genocide museum" - Tsitsernakaberd - in Yerevan, UK Ambassador to Armenia, Katherine Leach said.

    Instead, the Church of England will send a group representatives to the centennial ceremony, Leach added.

    Asked whether Cameron will visit Turkey to attend the events dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli Battle, Leach said she had no information about it.

    However she noted that there will be certainly a high level of British involvement in the ceremony, because many soldiers, including Britons, died in Gallipoli.

    One of the reasons the world leaders have turned down Yerevan's invitation could be that nationwide anti-government rallies are expected on the day.

    The Founding Parliament, a hardline opposition group plans to change the regime in Armenia namely on the date of the so-called "genocide" via non-stop rallies in the capital city. Leaders of the group promised to flock into the streets and struggle until President Serzh Sargsyan announces his resignation. Meanwhile, the rally organizers have not excluded the use of force should the government forces turn repressive against protesters.

    Meanwhile, the best explanation for the so-called "Armenian genocide" here could be summarized in the words of Gerard Araud, the French Ambassador to the U.S: "The holocaust is a fact, but the 'Armenian genocideв' is just a historical opinion."
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  • Turkmenistan conducts large-scale geological exploration in shallow water of Caspian Sea
    31.03.2015 17:03
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    Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, Mar. 31

    By Huseyn Hasanov- Trend:

    "Turkmennebit" ("Turkmenoil") State Concern is currently conducting large-scale exploration work in the North Goturdepe field in the Turkmen shelf of the Caspian Sea, the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources of Turkmenistan said March 31.

    "The drilling operations have been recently completed at the well No. 217 and this is the tenth well drilled in this region," the statement said.

    While exploring the shallow part of the sea, Turkmenoil state concern uses modern equipment and highly efficient technologies of the concurrent/separate operation of two or more horizons in one well.

    It was reported in early August 2014 that Turkmenistan summarizes an international tender announced by the Turkmengeology State Corporation for the right to conduct the complex seismic surveys, including the North Goturdepe field.

    Earlier it was reported that the resources of the Turkmen shelf of the Caspian Sea are estimated at 12 billion metric tons of oil and 6.5 trillion cubic meters of gas. A number of the contracted middle and deep areas were put up for international tender.

    Currently, the state concern operates about 30 fields, including more than 600 oil, oil-gas and

    gas deposits at different stages of development.

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  • Soldatova wins gold
    31.03.2015 16:53
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    Aleksandra Soldatova has secured the Rhythmic Gymnastics all-around gold at the World Cup season opener.

    The Russian scored a total of 73.600 points to prevail over compatriots and multiple 2014 world champions Margarita Mamum (73.250 points) and Yana Kudryavtseva (72.400) at the 2015 FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup in Lisbon.

    The 16-year-old Soldatova, who was the 2014 Russian nationals all-around bronze medallist, took first place in the Clubs (18.400) and a silver with the Ball (18.100). Mamum actually won on three apparatuses - Hoop, Ball and Ribbon - but she dropped the Clubs a number of times to miss out on the all-around title.

    Kudryavtseva collected a silver in the Clubs. The 2014 Worlds bronze medallist Yeon Jae Son of South Korea placed second in the Hoop while two-time Olympian Neta Rivkin of Israel picked up a silver in the Ribbon.

    Belarus' Katsiaryna Halkina was able to win bronzes in Hoop and Clubs while Azerbaijan's Marina Durunda claimed bronze in the Ball and Ribbon.
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  • USAN calls on USA to stop financial aid to Armenia
    31.03.2015 16:52
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    US Azeris Network Organization (USAN) presented testimonies of witnesses at the hearings for the House Committee on Appropriations: State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs under the Committee of the House of Representatives the Fiscal Year 2016 budget resolution.

    In his speech, member of the Board of Directors of Azeris Network in US Badir Mammadli thanked the head of the committee Chairman Kay Granger and senior committee member Nita Lowey, AzerTag reports. Mammadli presented arguments for the criteria according to which the United States should give financial assistance to the other countries. He noted that there is a great misbalance in financial aid given to Azerbaijan and Armenia by US. Azerbaijan, which is the victim of the Armenian aggression and occupation, is receiving less than the aggressor Armenia whose population is a lot less, Mammadli said.

    According to the Congressional Research Service in US, since 1992 Azerbaijan which has 5 times more population and more refugees and IDPs as a result of the ethnic cleansing by Armenian armed forces received 1 bln USD while Armenia got 2,2 bln USD.

    Taking into account the fact of occupation internationally recognized territories of Azerbaijan and infringement of elementary principles of international law by Armenia, US Congress should suspend the financial aid given to Armenia. The direct military aid to Armenia allows it to use the funds not in the appointment of US tax-payers as the country is in the military alliance which is not corresponding to the national interests of US.

    Co-founder of Azeris Network in US noted that Azerbaijanis in US are concerned that the humanitarian aid of USA to the victims of Armenian-Azerbaijan conflict is directed to the occupied Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan by the Armenian forces. This, in turn, rose disturbance of Azerbaijani community in Nagorno-Karabakh, which was displaced from their lands. Mammadli noted that, unfortunately, US administration continues to present direct assistance to the occupied region of Azerbaijan which is not doing to the other separatist units like in Crimea, Abkhazia, Southern Ossetia, Transnistria and other regions.

    On behalf of the organization, Mammadli called on US to stop the financial aid for the occupied territories of Azerbaijan which will confirm consistency and objectivity of American policy in supporting the principle of the territorial integrity.

    Representative of Azerbaijani organization noted that US assist to the puppet regime in the occupied Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan promotes illegal trade of narcotics, the spread of radioactive and nuclear materials and arms smuggling and other illegal activities. Arms smuggling in particular by the senior officials in Armenia contributed to the Armed Islamic militants with missiles and machine guns who killed American soldiers in Iraq. All of these facts make it necessary to suspend the financial aid to the illegal regime in the occupied Azerbaijani territories.

    Armenia is one of the countries which voted against the resolution on territorial integrity of Ukraine at the session of UNSC in March 2014, which shows that Armenia's actions do not correspond to the interests of US. During the hearings the members of Armenian organizations were also present.

    US Azeris Network Organization (USAN) annually presents the testimonies for the House Committee on Appropriations: State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs under the Committee of the House of Representatives informing US legislators about Armenian aggression, violation of the international law, IDPs of Azerbaijan and non-compliance actions of Armenia with US's national interests.
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  • Russia may increase tariff for oil pumping via Baku-Novorossiysk
    31.03.2015 16:42
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, March 31

    By Maksim Tsurkov - Trend:

    Russia may increase the tariff for oil pumping through the Baku-Novorossiysk pipeline by 31 percent, said the draft order of the Federal Tariff Service (FTS) of Russia published on the portal regulation.gov.ru.

    The draft said that the tariff for pumping may be increased by 149.95 roubles - from the current 484.59 rubles to 634.54 roubles per metric ton (excluding VAT).

    The tariff is denominated in roubles for the route from the border of Azerbaijan to the transshipment complex Sheskharis (Novorossiysk)

    The State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR) exported 254,310 metric tons of oil via the Baku-Novorossiysk pipeline in January-February 2015 compared to 169,650 metric tons in the same period of 2014.

    SOCAR exported 932,160 metric tons of oil from Novorossiysk in 2014 compared to 1.75 million metric tons in 2013.

    SOCAR transships the oil produced at its own fields, as well as the oil of joint ventures and operation companies operating at Azerbaijan's onshore fields through Novorossiysk. Oil is delivered to the port via the Baku-Novorossiysk pipeline operated by SOCAR.

    However, SOCAR and Russian Transneft signed an agreement. SOCAR will transport 1.7 million metric tons of oil produced by SOCAR independently onshore and offshore via the Baku-Novorossiysk pipeline in 2015 in accordance with this agreement.

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  • Tear-free onions made
    31.03.2015 16:42
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    Scientists say they have managed to disable the production of a powerful substance an onion releases as the knife slices into it, cutting down on the pungent fumes that bring tears to the eyes.

    House Foods Group said in a press release that they bombarded the brown bulb with irradiating ions in a process that drastically reduces the level of a certain enzyme that is key to this process.

    A spokesman said no decision had yet been made on whether they would commercialise their tear-free onions.

    The company's researchers won the Ig Nobel Prize -- an award handed out to honour achievements organisers consider unintentionally funny -- in 2013 for their discovery of the biochemical process behind how onions make people blubber.
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  • Azerbaijani, Turkish diaspora hold protest in Brussels
    31.03.2015 16:41
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar. 31

    By Ilkin Izzet - Trend:

    The representatives of the diaspora organizations of Azerbaijan and Turkey in Europe held a protest in Brussels, Belgium, timed to coincide with March 31 - Day of Genocide of Azerbaijanis, the Azerbaijani State Committee for Work with Diaspora said March 31.

    The committee said the protest was aimed to inform the European public of the acts of genocide and terror committed by Armenians against Azerbaijanis and Turks at different stages of the history, to protest against Armenians' "genocide" claims, Armenia's military aggression against Azerbaijan, as well as the Khojaly genocide.

    The rally was organized by Benelux Azerbaijanis Congress (BAC) with the support of European Azerbaijanis Congress (EAC), The Bielefeld NRW German-Azerbaijani Culture Society, Hanover Caspian Society, Azerbaijani-Belgian Friendship Society. The representatives of Ana Vatan Europe-Azerbaijan Women Society, Odlar Yurdu Society took an active part in the protest action. Over 400 representatives of the Azerbaijani and Turkish diasporas participated in a two-hour action.

    At first, the protesters gathered at the Place du Luxembourg in Brussels in front of the European Parliament. Moderator of the action, the first vice-president of Benelux Azerbaijanis Congress Elsever Mammadov, spoke about the aims of the event.

    Then the head of the Benelux Azerbaijanis Congress Sahil Gasimov, president of the Congress of European Azerbaijanis Samira Patzer-Ismayilova, head of the Bielefeld branch of the Ataturk Thought Association Mehmet Ali Olmez, and chairman of the Caspian Society of Hannover Etibar Ganiyev urged the world community to unite in the fight against the common evil of mankind - terrorism.

    "The rally continued in front of the Armenian embassy in Brussels," the statement said. "Faiq Mammadov, member of the Bielefeld German-Azerbaijani Cultural Society, addressed on behalf of the protesters. Mammadov stressed that the occupation policy of Armenia threatens peace and stability in the region and caused the deaths of tens of thousands of people."

    Head of 'Ana Vatan' Association of Azerbaijani Women Maisa Agamirzayeva read out the statement adopted by the protestors. In this statement, the authors protest the recognition of the 1915 events as "Armenian genocide", adding that genocide was committed against Turks of Anatolia and South Caucasus.

    The authors also touched upon Armenian aggression against Azerbaijan, as well as the Khojaly genocide. The authors of the document demand from other countries to support the process of peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, put an end to the policy of aggression and terror pursued by Armenia.

    As a result of a deliberate policy of ethnic cleansing, genocide and deportation of Azerbaijanis, pursued in the last two centuries by Armenian nationalists and their supporters, Azerbaijani people faced severe challenges.

    This policy even more intensified in 1918-1920. The genocide was committed on March 31, 1918, when hundreds of towns and villages of Azerbaijan were destroyed, as well as 150 Azerbaijani villages in Karabakh were turned to ruin, an unprecedented bloodshed in Shusha was committed.

    More than 700,000 Azerbaijanis, including 30,000 people in Baku and in surrounding villages were brutally murdered, mosques and schools were burned down.

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

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  • Human rights activist addresses int'l organizations over Armenian serviceman
    31.03.2015 16:41
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    Chairman of Azerbaijanв's Anti-Torture Committee, human rights defender Elchin Behbudov has appealed to international organizations regarding the Armenian serviceman Andranik Araratovich Grigoryan, who voluntarily surrendered to Azerbaijan, APA reports.

    Behbudov stated that at the yesterday's meeting Grigoryan said he and other soldiers were regularly beaten by the military unit's detachment commander Suren Balayan and senior sergeant Artur Salmanyan. "We have appealed to the UN Committee against Torture and Council of Europe Anti-Torture Committee in this regard."

    On March 30, Chairman of Azerbaijan's Anti-Torture Committee, human rights defender Elchin Behbudov and his deputy Elchin Shirinov met with the Armenian soldier Andranik Grigoryan who surrendered to Azerbaijan.

    On March 22, serviceman of the Armenian Armed Forces, Andranik Araratovich Grigoryan, born in Khojavand district in 1991, left the military unit and voluntarily surrendered to the Azerbaijani side.
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  • Will Iran surrender positions in Yemen?
    31.03.2015 16:36
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    By Rufiz HafizogluRadical groups are today active in all countries that have been previously engulfed with the ''Arab Spring'', and only Egypt, at the cost of a military coup, was able to keep relative stability within the country.An idea was at the time implanted in these countries that the ''Arab Spring'' is the only way to restore democracy and human rights, but over time these processes fell under control of some interested forces in the region.There is no doubt that the West, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Iran initially pursued their aims in the region.But today, the countries, which were earlier covered by the "Arab Spring", have fallen victims of a chaos. Yemen is one of them.An international military operation kicked off in Yemen on March 26, with involvement of the armed forces of a number of Arab states led by Saudi Arabia.The operation is directed against "Ansar Allah", a militant group of the Shiite Houthi movement. It was the members of this movement who on Jan. 20 this year seized the presidential palace in Yemenв's capital, Sana'a.No matter how the international community would evaluate the actions of Houthis (struggle for freedom, the rights of religious minorities), one can assert with full confidence that the events in Yemen are not just a coup, but a real Islamic revolution. It is sufficient to recall that namely Iran openly supports the movement of Houthis ''Ansar Allah'' (Supporters of God).Such major Yemeni cities and ports as Saada, Amran, Sana'a, Ibb, Hodeidah and Mocha are under the full control of the Houthis today, which provides access to the Red Sea for Iran through Yemen.In addition, Iranian authorities have called the international military operation against the Houthis carried out in Yemen together with Saudi Arabia a fatal mistake of Riyadh. At the same time, movement ''Hezbollah'' even declared war on Saudi Arabia, according to some Lebanese media.Given the political and economic situation in Yemen, one can say that despite all the efforts of Arab allies to keep president of the country Mansour Hadi in power and prevent the further spread of Iranian influence in the region by the movement of Houthis, Sanaв'a increasingly finds itself embroiled in a civil war.By the way, this country has no strong army. Most of the Yemeni armed groups are tribal militias.Moreover, the coup in Yemen can be regarded as a failure of Saudi Arabiaв's policy. Earlier, the authorities of this country were busy preventing the spread of the Muslim Brotherhoodв's influence in the region, including Yemen. Islah movement, considered as an ideological supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood, acted in Yemen. This time Iran successfully carried out the policy of expanding its ideological influence on the region.Thus, Iran has successfully taken advantage of the fact that the Muslim Brotherhood with the help of Saudi Arabia was removed from the political arena of the Middle East.While speaking about the military operation of international forces in Yemen, one can say that Saudi Arabiaв's authorities have realized their political mistake and they are more determined to rectify the situation by military means.Despite Iran won the first round of the battle for the Red Sea and Tehran began to dictate its terms, one must not jump to conclusions that this country will maintain its positions in the region with the help of Houthis.Waging war on several fronts (protecting Shiite Muslim shrines in Iraq, supporting government armies against the armed opposition and the militants of the ''Islamic State'' in Syria) will not be an easy task for Iran.By carefully analyzing the process of military operations in Yemen, one can conclude that aside form Saudi Arabia, Egypt also intends to show its political and military power in the region.One fact to confirm this is that the majority of statements on the military operation in Yemen were made by Egypt. The latest statement made by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi can serve as an example.He said Cairo is participating in the military operation of the Arab countries against the militants of the Shiite Houthi movement in order to maintain Yemenв's unity and create peace there.Nevertheless, even if the coalition of Arab countries succeeds to neutralize Iranв's influence in Yemen through Houthis, it doesnв't give a guarantee for stability and unity in the country.

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  • British Embassy in Baku not to work during Easter
    31.03.2015 16:36
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, March 31

    By Anahanum Khidayatova - Trend:

    The British Embassy in Azerbaijan, as well as the visa application center will be closed on April 3-6 in connection with the Easter holiday, said the page of the British Embassy on Facebook.

    The embassy and visa application center will resume their work on April 7.

    Embassy and consular department of France in Baku will be closed only on April 6, the embassy told Trend March 31.

    The US Embassy in Baku during the holidays will work as usual, the embassy of the country told Trend.

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  • Cause of power blackout in some Turkish cities revealed
    31.03.2015 16:30
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar. 31

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    Turkish Electricity Transmission Company has made public the cause of the power outage in several cities of the country.

    The power supply to several cities of Turkey was stopped as a result of the disconnection on the main power transmission line via which the country imports electricity, according to the message from TEД°AS.

    Currently, work is underway to eliminate the results of the failure of the power line, the company said, adding that the power supply to some Turkish cities has already been partially restored.

    The electricity supply to Turkey's major cities, such as Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir, was stopped at 10:36 (UTC/GMT 3 hours) on March 31.

    The subways in these cities also stopped working as a result of the power outage. The traffic lights also stopped working, which caused traffic jams.

    Commenting on the situation, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that a terrorist act could be considered as one of the versions of the power outage in about 30 cities of Turkey.

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  • The heartbreaking picture of the Syrian girl
    31.03.2015 16:25
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    This photo has been taken at the camp on Syria's border with Turkey last December, SIA informs citing the Daily Mail.

    A four-year-old Syrian girl 'surrendered' to a photographer when she mistook the man's camera for a gun. The image shows the young girl frozen in fear with her arms raised and her lips tightly pursed.
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  • Unknown persons take prosecutor hostage in Istanbul
    31.03.2015 16:24
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, March 31

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    Unknown armed persons have taken the prosecutor hostage in the building of Istanbul Prosecutor's Office, TRT Haber TV channel reported on March 31.

    Gendarmerie forces have arrived at the scene.

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  • Iran receives $490M of frozen assets
    31.03.2015 16:24
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar. 31

    By Khalid Kazimov - Trend:

    The fifth installment of Iran 's frozen assets worth $490 million has been settled.

    This makes a total sum of $2.45 billion released during the agreements between Iran and the P5 1 group (the US, UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany).

    The Islamic Republic and P5 1 are negotiating to find a way to reach a comprehensive accord to put an end to the decade-old nuclear dispute.

    The sum had been frozen in Japan and was transferred to Iranian Central Bank's account in Oman, the official website of the bank said on March 31.

    The total sum to be paid as agreed in this round of agreements is $4.9 million, for which 10 installments have been designated.

    Earlier, based on Iran-P5 1 agreements, Iran 's frozen oil revenues had been settled in two stages of 4.2 billion and 2.8 billion dollars.

    There is no concrete figure for the amount of Iran's frozen assets abroad. Head of the parliament Research Center Kazem Jalali said in August 2013 that foreign banks had blocked some $60 billion worth of Iranian assets. In turn, the US administration said that Iran 's frozen assets are estimated to be $100 billion.

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  • April promises to be warm
    31.03.2015 16:19
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Amina Nazarli

    Although the last days of March have left us feeling cold and dreary, from all the clouds, April promises to be warm in Azerbaijan.

    The report of the country's National Hydrometeorology Department gives positive predictions for the second month of spring.

    Much of Azerbaijan will wake up with the sun this April as the Sun will return, warming the air with its gentle rays and allowing people to enjoy some much deserved fresh air.

    The temperature is expected to be close to the climatic norm, said forecasters.

    The weather in the countryв's capital, Baku as well as the Absheron Peninsula seems to be warm as temperatures will vary in between 12 and 14 degrees C, reaching even double figures (20-25 degrees C) in some days. At night temperatures will be 7 and 12 degrees C.

    Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic will also be pleased as warmth will return with temperatures of 13-18 degrees C during the day, and 7-12 degrees at night. In some days the weather will feel even summery as temperatures are expected to rise to 22-27 degrees C.

    Azerbaijan's coolest districts will be Khankandi, Shusha, Khojali, Lachin, and Zangilan of the Upper Karabakh region, where temperatures are predicted to stay at 7-10 degrees C, with a slight drop at night of 2-7 degrees C and 11-16 degrees C during the day.

    Average temperatures in Azerbaijan's Gazakh, Ganja, Goranboy, Terter, Agdam, Fizuli and Jabrayil regions will also be close to climatic norm, at about 7-12 degrees at night and 13-18 degrees during the day.

    Balakan, Zagatala, Gakh, Sheki, Oguz, Gabala, Ismailli, Shamakhi, Shabran, Guba, Gusar and Khachmaz regions will also experience warm weather. The temperatures in these regions will vary from 11 to 16 degrees C during the day, and 6-11 degrees C at night.

    April will not abandoned Central Aran - Mingachevir, Yevlakh, Geychay, Agdash, Kurdamir, Imishli, Beylagan, Sabirabad, Shirvan, Bilasuvar, Saatli, Neftchala and Salyan regions as the average temperatures in the regions will stay at 13-16 degrees C, slightly decreasing at night to 7-12 degrees C.

    The residents of the South regions including Masalli, Yardimli, Lerik and Astara will also be satisfied with the springв's warmth. Forecasters predicted average monthly temperatures of 13-15 degrees C. At night temperatures will stand at 7-12 degrees C, while during the day the weather will be warmer, reaching up to 13-18 degrees C.
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  • Existence of extremist religious forces opposed to Azerbaijan
    31.03.2015 15:56
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar. 31

    By Ilkin Izzet - Trend:

    There are extremist religious forces, currents, which are opposed to Azerbaijan, some are perhaps funded by Armenia and Armenian extremists, said Sheikhulislam Hajji Allahshukur Pashazadeh, the Chairman of the Caucasian Muslims Office (CMO).

    "Therefore it is necessary to be cautious," said Pashazadeh March 30 at an event dedicated to the March 31 - Day of Genocide of Azerbaijanis.

    He went on to say that the one who has honor and dignity, who is a citizen, an Azerbaijani, a Turkic person, should express an opinion regarding the genocide.

    "Back in the Soviet time, when I was a sheikh, we were not allowed to visit Turkey. We could go to Iran, Saudi Arabia, but not to Turkey," said Pashazadeh. "The relations with Turkey were established only after Azerbaijan gained independence."

    "Today, some seek to create a rift between us, but all that to no avail. We do not divide Muslims into Shiites and Sunnis," he said. "I am against it."

    Pashazadeh noted that a split has emerged among the Sunnis as well.

    "This should not have happened. There is even a rift among Shiites. Some people live with the idea that there will be a place for them here, conditions will be created, and in the future they will do anything. However, they will not achieve their goals. We will destroy radicalism," Pashazadeh stressed.

    Sheikhulislam also noted that the Arab countries failed to demonstrate unity against Israel on Palestine, but the League of Arab States created a coalition against Yemen.

    As a result of a deliberate policy of ethnic cleansing, genocide and deportation of Azerbaijanis, pursued in the last two centuries by Armenian nationalists and their supporters, Azerbaijani people faced severe challenges.

    This policy even more intensified in 1918-20. The genocide was committed on March 31, 1918, when hundreds of towns and villages of Azerbaijan were destroyed, as well as 150 Azerbaijani villages in Karabakh were turned into ruins, an unprecedented bloodshed in Shusha was committed.

    More than 700,000 Azerbaijanis, including 30,000 persons in Baku and in surrounding villages were brutally murdered, mosques and schools were burned down.

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  • The largest asteroid in the world
    31.03.2015 15:56
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    The massive meteorite split in two shortly before smashing into Earth, wiping out large numbers of species.

    The devastating event took place on our planet many millions of years ago, but researchers are only now beginning to discover what happened.

    In a remote part of Central Australia, the two pieces of asteroid left what geophysicists say is the largest impact zone ever found on Earth, spreading over an area 400 kilometers (250 miles) wide.

    "The two asteroids must each have been over 10 kilometers across -- it would have been curtains for many life species on the planet at the time," said lead researcher Andrew Glikson of the Australian National University.
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  • Bussinesman declared internationally wanted
    31.03.2015 15:50
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    Azerbaijani businessman Ikram Mammadov has been declared internationally wanted , SIA informs that a notice has been posted on Interpol's website.

    54-year old Ikram Mammadov is convicted of tax evasion and illegal business activity.

    Note that, Mammadov was declared internationally wanted after he fled the country.
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  • Ilham Aliyev congratulates Uzbek counterpart
    31.03.2015 15:39
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    "Uzbekistan has a worthy place in the world community."

    Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev congratulated Islam Karimov on his reelection as President of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to the official website of the Head of State that a congratulatory letter reads:

    "Dear Islam Karimov,

    I heartily congratulate you on your re-election as President of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

    Your victory is convincing evidence to support of the brotherly people of Uzbekistan of the well thought-out, coherent policy carried out by you for a long time. Today Uzbekistan is on the way to strengthen its independence and democracy, dynamic socio-economic development. Uzbekistan has a worthy place in the world community, increasing its prestige in the international arena.

    Azerbaijan appreciate your contribution to the development and enhancement of the centuries-old good traditions of friendship, cooperation and mutual support between our nations. I am convinced that multifaceted cooperation and strategic partnership between Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan will continue to be comprehensively and consistently developing in the name of the prosperity of our brotherly peoples and countries.

    Dear Islam Abduganiyevich, I wish you good health, happiness and success in your state activity for the benefit of fraternal Uzbekistan."
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  • Iran, P5 1 are on verge of breakthrough solutions - source
    31.03.2015 15:39
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, March 31

    Trend:

    The negotiators on Iran's nuclear program do not exclude a possibility of breakthrough solutions.

    The atmosphere at the Iran-P5 1 talks in Lausanne is good, a senior source, taking part in the negotiation process, told TASS March 31.

    "Breakthrough has not occurred yet," the diplomat said. "But we are close to it."

    The diplomat said that the problematic issues are solvable.

    "We hope that we will achieve the result," the diplomat said.

    The negotiators are trying to agree on a document about political principles in Lausanne. It will have technical details by late June.

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  • All possibilities for power outage including terror investigated in Turkey
    31.03.2015 15:38
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    Prime Minister Ahmet DavutoДџlu has said officials are inspecting all possible causes, including a terror attack, for the electricity cut across Turkey, as power blackouts continue in several provinces including Istanbul and Ankara.

    Officials told daily Hürriyet that a technical problem in the system of the Turkish Electricity Conduction Company (TEД°AЕћ), which operates energy transmission lines, led to the massive outage, Hurriyet Daily reports.

    At least 44 provinces throughout Turkey are affected by the outage.

    Energy Minister Taner YД±ldД±z has said teams are working to determine the cause of the blackout, ruling out claims that the country is suffering an energy shortage.

    "I also cannot say whether or not there was a cyber attack," YД±ldД±z said.

    DavutoДџlu has said "all possibilities," including a terror attack, are being investigated.

    Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality announced in a statement that metro and tram services had been halted due to the blackout.

    The Energy Ministry has also released a statement, saying a problem has occured with the main distribution lines and the cut is likely to have originated in the Aegean region.

    The blackout is the biggest power outage in Turkey in 15 years, the ministry added.

    In the western province of Kocaeli, one of the industrial centers of Turkey, several factories stopped production in the morning as most of the province was affected by the blackout.

    Local reports of a "huge explosion" in Kocaeli have not been confirmed.
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  • Azerbaijan fights piracy in retail
    31.03.2015 15:33
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Nigar Orujova

    Application of the control stamps for labeling products of intellectual property contributes to the disappearance of pirated copies of software in stores of Azerbaijan, a source on IT-market told Trend.

    The use of control marks is one of the measures that can be an effective way to combat piracy in the field of intellectual property.

    "Product labeling is only one way to clean shop windows from counterfeit products. However, to eradicate piracy, it is necessary to find the root of its origin, that is, to determine whether the product is produced in the country or imported, whether the piracy is on industrial scale or production is made in small batches clandestinely?" said the source.

    It is also important that while control is strengthening in retail, piracy migrate to the Internet, he noted. In this regard, it is necessary to consider the possibility of locking counterfeit business in a virtual environment.

    "We know that the fight against torrent piracy is pointless, as if to block the site, it will soon appear on the network under a different name. Azerbaijan is taking the right steps to combat piracy. This means that there is a dynamics, and the fight against piracy in retail is a good indicator," the source added.

    The level of usage of pirated softwares is reaching 85 percent in Azerbaijan, according to the latest report of the Business Software Alliance. At the end of 2014, the Software Alliance reported the piracy rate was at 87 percent. However, the agency said the figure is not the highest across the CIS countries.

    The Center for Intellectual Property Rights under the Azerbaijan's Copyright Agency is regulating issuing of control marks for the objects of copyright.

    Earlier, the Agency completed technical and organizational works on the implementation of special control marks in the production of intellectual property. The special control holograms are used on software products, medicines packages, book covers (including religious books), etc.

    It is expected that all products in Azerbaijan, including those subjected to copyright, and related rights will be provided with special control marks.

    Products distributed without these holograms are considered piracy and their distributers are fined in accordance with the Code of Administrative Offences.

    Microsoft Azerbaijan is also monitoring the market to find out usage of counterfeited software. Monitoring showed the actual absence of sales of counterfeit software in large stores.
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  • CNN presents article dedicated to 1918 Genocide of Azerbaijanis
    31.03.2015 15:33
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar. 31

    By Elena Kosolapova - Trend:

    CNN's website has presented an article by Azerbaijani journalist, Azer Hasret, dedicated to the Genocide of Azerbaijanis, committed by Armenians in 1918.

    "According to documents available, Armenian paramilitaries on March 30 - April 3, 1918 had committed genocide against Azerbaijani population in the regions of Baku, Shamakhi, Guba, Khachmaz, Lenkeran, Hajigabul, Salyan, Zengezur (now in the territory of Armenia), Karabakh (for now under occupation of Armenia), Nakhchivan and others," Hasret said in the article.

    The author said his late mother told him about the atrocities of Armenians.

    "My mother used to say, that Armenian bands had killed thousands of villagers even burning down some villages in total," Hasret said, adding that his grandfather mobilized a group of young people to help victims of the Armenian gang raids in Guba.

    His mother's tales are also proved by documents and evidence, Hasret noted.

    As a result of a deliberate policy of ethnic cleansing, genocide and deportation of Azerbaijanis, pursued in the last two centuries by Armenian nationalists and their supporters, Azerbaijani people faced severe challenges.

    This policy even more intensified in 1918-20. The genocide was committed on March 31, 1918, when hundreds of towns and villages of Azerbaijan were destroyed, as well as 150 Azerbaijani villages in Karabakh were turned to ruin, an unprecedented bloodshed in Shusha was committed.

    More than 700,000 Azerbaijanis, including 30,000 persons in Baku and in surrounding villages were brutally murdered, mosques and schools were burned down.

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  • Flame of First European Games in Baku to be lit soon
    31.03.2015 15:33
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    The flame for the First European Games in Baku will be lit on April 26, Azerbaijanв's Minister of Youth and Sports Azad Rahimov said.

    The minister made the remarks in Turkey, during the meeting with Azerbaijani athletes taking part in the European Karate Championships, Trend reports.

    Rahimov said the athletes and well-known people of Azerbaijan would carry the flame across all districts and cities of the country.

    The minister added that the fire of the First European Games would be lit with this flame on the Baku Olympic Stadium a day before the start of the Games.

    Rahimov went on to add that all sports facilities in Baku will be commissioned in April, after which it will be possible to say with confidence that Baku is ready to host these major competitions.

    Furthermore, the Azerbaijani minister said that campaign for advertising the First European Games has begun in the world and various videotapes have been prepared.

    Agreements have been signed with TV channels from over 34 countries of Europe and the world for broadcasting and advertising the First European Games, according to the minister.

    Rahimov said over 500 million people will watch the First European Games in China alone, adding that holding of this event in Baku is very important for popularizing Azerbaijan in the world.

    Grandiose opening and closing ceremonies are being prepared for the First European Games, the minister added.

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

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

    Baku was awarded the games by the European Olympic Committees (EOC) in December 2012.
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  • Armenian army suffered more casualties than reported
    31.03.2015 15:19
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Mushvig Mehdiyev

    An official at the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry confirmed that Armenia's military losses have long gone unreported in a bid to hide the harsh reality of Yerevan's policy to its own people and prevent Armenians from knowing the truth about their leaders' reckless policy against Azerbaijan.

    Over the past two days, Armenia has suffered great losses, particularly in terms of manpower, according to the ministry.

    Spokesman for the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry, Vagif Dargahli explained that as a result of the escalation on the line of contact, the Armenian troops had suffered numerous casualties.

    Although Armenian media reported about the deaths of only seven Armenian servicemen, Dargahli claimed that more soldiers lost their lives during the skirmishes.

    "During the clashes over the past two days the Armenian armed forces faced more losses than the reported figures. The exact number will likely be announced later," he noted.

    Referring to poor health conditions in the Armenian army, Dargahli said the ministry has repeatedly informed about the cases of tuberculosis and other diseases threatening the enemy soldiers.

    As it happens, even the Armenian media have admitted that tuberculosis remains a major problem within the army as many soldiers continue to suffer from this disease.

    True to its deceptive nature, the Armenian authorities mislead the people with false statements, deliberately withholding information about the situation with Azerbaijan and the losses it suffered as a result of its attempts to encroach on Azerbaijan's territories.

    The realities of the Armenian military came to light in the words of a surrendered Armenian soldier, who confirmed the Armenian brass's deceptive approach in view of the situation on the contact line.

    Armenian soldier Andranik Grigoryan, a volunteer capitulator to the Azerbaijani army, said the rulers in Yerevan exerted zealous efforts to conceal the consequences of the armed skirmishes between Armenian and Azerbaijani troops, exampling the deaths of over 20 soldiers at the clashes on March 19.

    Grigoryan has voluntarily surrendered to the Azerbaijani troops on March 22 raising a white flag along the line of contact.

    In the light of the military atmosphere in Azerbaijan's occupied Nagorno-Karabakh region, Grigoryan exposed the chaos and intolerable conditions prevailing in the occupied lands, revealing the absence of military discipline, shortages of weapons, ammunition, food and medicines.

    Meanwhile, according to the local population, a field hospital of the Armenian army in the territory of Karakent suffers a severe shortcoming of medicine for the wounded and the sick.

    As a result of Armenia's armed invasion into Azerbaijan's legal territory, the two neighboring countries remain locked in a bitter territorial dispute over the Nagorno-Karabakh region, which Armenia-backed separatists seized from Azerbaijan in a bloody war in the early 1990s.

    Despite Baku's best efforts, peace in the occupied lands remains a mirage in the distance since Armenia refuses to comply with international law and continues its occupation of over 20 percent of Azerbaijan's internationally recognized territory.
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  • Azerbaijani, Turkish diasporas stage protest in Brussels
    31.03.2015 15:03
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    On March 30, the diaspora organizations of Azerbaijan and Turkey held a protest action in Brussels in connection with March 31 '" the Day of Genocide of Azerbaijanis.

    The main objective of the protest was to inform the world community about the objection of the Azerbaijani and Turkish communities in Europe to the acts of terrorism and genocide committed against the Azerbaijani and Turkish people at various stages of history, "Armenian genocide" claims, the Armenian aggression against Azerbaijan and the Khojaly genocide, the State Committee for Work with Diaspora told APA.

    More than 400 representatives of the Azerbaijani and Turkish diasporas attended the two-hour protest.

    The protesters first gathered outside the European Parliament in the Luxembourg square. Then they marched through the central streets of Brussels toward the Armenian embassy.

    The statement adopted on behalf of the protesters was read out outside the Armenian embassy.

    The statement expressed protest against the recognition of the 1915 events as "Armenian genocide" by the Armenian diaspora, stressing that only the Anatolian and South Caucasian Turks were subjected to genocide during these events.

    The Armenian aggression against Azerbaijan and the Khojaly genocide were also noted in the statement. The protesters asked the world community to support a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict which emerges as a result of the illusion of "Great Armenia" and poses a great threat to the regional security, and makes efforts to put an end to the aggressive and terrorist policy of Armenia.
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  • Act of terror considered version of power failure in some Turkish cities
    31.03.2015 15:03
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar. 31

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    An act of terror can be considered as one of the versions of a power failure in about 30 cities of Turkey, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu was quoted March 31 by the TRT Haber news channel as saying.

    "The causes of the power outage in these cities are being established," he said.

    The electricity supply to Turkey's major cities, such as Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir, was stopped at 10:36 (UTC/GMT 3 hours).

    The subways in these cities also stopped working as a result of the power outage. The traffic lights also went out causing major traffic jams.

    The work is underway to resume the electricity supply.

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  • Bombing kills Iranian pilgrim in Iraq
    31.03.2015 14:52
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar. 31

    By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

    An Iranian pilgrim was killed and nine others were injured in a terrorist attack near the Iraqi capital city of Baghdad.

    The bombing attack targeted Iranian pilgrims' bus in the Taji district of northern Baghdad on March 31, Iran 's Fars news agency reported.

    No other details have been published on the issue yet.

    Shiite pilgrims have been frequently hit by terrorist attacks in Iraq in recent years.

    On March 23, at least eight people lost their lives and more than 20 others sustained injuries in a car bomb blast in the Sadr City district of the Iraqi capital. The bomb went off close to a mosque where pilgrims were gathering to head to a Shia shrine in the holy city of Samara, north of Baghdad.

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  • Azerbaijan, Belarus ITC ministries discuss prospects of cooperation
    31.03.2015 14:52
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    Azerbaijanв's Information and Communications Technologies minister Ali Abbasov met the visiting delegation led by ICT minister of Belarus Sergey Popkov, AzerTag reports.

    The delegations discussed questions of future cooperation in the ICT field.

    Noting the friendly relations between the two countries, Minister Abbasov said these relations expand intensively, stressed, in particular the existing potential of both counties in ICT field and prospective projects for close cooperation.
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  • Red Cross aid worker killed
    31.03.2015 14:48
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    A Red Cross employee has been killed and another injured in a gun attack by suspected Islamist militants in Mali, the aid organisation says.

    Armed men opened fired on an aid vehicle as it travelled from Gao to Niamey in neighbouring Niger to pick up medical supplies.

    The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said in a statement that it was "profoundly dismayed" by the killing.

    Islamist militant group Mujao told AFP that it had carried out the attack. The nationality of the ICRC worker who was killed has not yet been released.

    The injured worker was a member of the national Mali Red Cross and is in a stable condition in hospital.

    The vehicle the pair were travelling in was clearly marked with the Red Cross emblem and was later burned.
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  • An exhibition on March Genocide organized in the SAR PHOTO
    31.03.2015 14:42
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    The Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan in the South African Republic organized, March 30, an exhibition consisting of photos and books provided by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation in connection with the 23rd anniversary of Khojaly Genocide and the 31st March '" the Day of Genocide of Azerbaijanis.

    At the exhibition arranged in the building of the embassy, information was given about the March events, history of the Khojaly genocide and grave outcomes thereof. Visitors were distributed brochures with information about the Khojaly Genocide and 31 March events.

    Addressing the event, Azerbaijani Ambassador Elkhan Polukhov gave information about both the genocides, and noted that the Daghlyg Garabagh conflict has not been solved so far. He conveyed Azerbaijanв's just position with regard to the solution of the conflict. The Ambassador talked also about the works done by Vice-president of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva towards conveying the true facts about Azerbaijan to the world. Due to these efforts, Khojaly tragedy was recognized by a number of countries, the Ambassador brought to the attention of the visitors.

    The Ambassador noted that the international society should take a tougher stance on Armeniaв's aggression.

    Officials, businessmen, diplomats, our countrymen and mass media representatives attended the event.
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  • Nakhchivan Open Chess Festival 2015 scheduled for May
    31.03.2015 14:36
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Amina Nazarli

    Azerbaijan is going to host the International Chess Festival Nakhchivan Open 2015 to commemorate national leader Heydar Aliyev.

    The event is scheduled to take place from May 1 to 10 at the Nakhchivan Chess Center.

    The Festival is co-organized by the Azerbaijan Youth and Sport Ministry, Azerbaijan Chess Federation and Nakhchivan AR Chess Federation.

    The tournament will be held in three groups A, B, C and will be played over nine rounds of Swiss system.

    The players will be seeded in Tournament A if rated above 2250 FIDE (For Women above 2100 FIDE), while the lower rated players will compete in Tournament B. There will also be Tournament C for U12 juniors.

    The tournament will bring together chess players from Azerbaijan, France, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Russia, the Netherlands, India, Iran and Kazakhstan.Azerbaijan`s hopes will be pinned on grandmasters Rauf Mammadov, Eltaj Safarli, Gadir Huseynov, Azer Mirzayev, Nijat Abbasov and Vugar Rasulov.

    The tournament offers a total prize money of $40,000.

    Top prizes in the Tournament A are: $10,000 cup/ $5000/ $3000/ $2000/ $1500/ $1200/ $1000 etc. There are 30 regular and many special prizes.

    Top prizes in the Tournament B are: $1,000 / $500/ $300 / $150/ $150/ $100/ $100/ $100 etc.

    Last year the winner of the tournament was Russian grandmaster Boris Savchenko.

    In 2013 Russian grandmaster Igor Kursonov took the victory, while in 2012 Viorel Iordachescu from Moldova celebrated the victory.
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  • Sanctions against Iran should be lifted when agreement is reached '" Russian FM
    31.03.2015 14:35
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar. 31

    Trend:

    Sanctions against Iran must be lifted when an agreement on its nuclear program is reached, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at a press conference, RIA Novosti news agency reported March 31.

    "With regard to our position on sanctions, I believe that sanctions should stop working by reaching agreements," Lavrov said. "There are different forms - completely cancel or suspend at first, and then cancel in the legal sense. But in practice the sanctions should cease to work and no longer interfere with the development of legitimate trade and economic activity between Iran and its foreign partners."

    The minister went on to add that this applies to sanctions imposed on Iran by UN Security Council.

    "We do not recognize the unilateral sanctions that were imposed by the US, Europeans and some other countries, no matter whether it is Iran or any other country," said the head of the Russian foreign ministry. "But it is a question of cooperation between Iran and these countries."

    A political part of a comprehensive agreement on the Iranian nuclear program, on the conclusion of which the parties agreed in late 2013, should have been agreed upon by March 24. However, the dates were shifted during the last ongoing round.

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