WEEKLY POLITICAL REVIEW

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Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev received on 9 June the Russian Minster for Civil Defense, Emergencies and Removal of Calamities, General Sergey Shoygu, Trend reports.

The talks focused on different aspects of bilateral relationships. The sides voiced their satisfaction with the expansion of bonds between the relevant ministries and bodies of Azerbaijan and Russia.

They noted that despite the Azerbaijan Ministry of Emergencies was comparatively young organization, the government takes comprehensive care of the Ministrys activities. They also marked that active cooperation between Azerbaijan and Russia contributes in the development of the Azerbaijani-Russian relationships.

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev received on 9 June the world famous ophthalmologists, full members of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, Arkadiy Nesterov and Alevtin Brovkin, Trend reports.

Russian ophthalmologists arrived in Azerbaijan with respect to participate in the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the Scientific-Research Institute of Eye Diseases named after Acad. Zarifa Aliyeva.

During the talks the Russian doctors reminded of the period when they worked together with Aliyeva, carried out joint projects and prepared valuable scientific works, Nesterov and Brovkin appreciated Aliyevas merits in the development of ophthalmology.

The head of state spoke about the development of medical science in the country, including the sate care of ophthalmology.on June 8 the meeting between Azeri and Lithuanian presidents Ilham Aliyev and Valdas Adamkus was held in Baku.

At the meeting Ilham Aliyev said it was Valdas Adamkus first visit to Azerbaijan as president of Lithuania. Azeri president also opined the visit helps developing cooperation between the two countries.

В"Lithuania is the EUs member and Azerbaijan is integrating with European organizations. We hope Lithuania may share its experience with usВ", - Aliyev said.

President also stated the growing trade and economic relations. In particular, big number of businessmen arrived in Baku together with Adamkus, which witnesses their interest in Azeri economy.

Ilham Aliyev reminded that tomorrow Azeri-Lithuania business-forum is talking place in Baku to have businessmen communicate and get in touch with each other.

In turn, Adamkus called his visit to Azerbaijan historical. In his opinion, after collision of the Soviet Union Azerbaijan and Lithuania achieved great success and turned into strong states. Azerbaijan, Adamkus said, may join the EU despite all difficulties and procedures, and Lithuania is eager to share such experience with the country.

Adamkus also said the parties agreed to establish an intergovernmental commission for economic cooperation to gather the soonest. He also stated his countrys interest in Azerbaijans power sector.

Touching on Azerbaijani-Armenian Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Lithuanian president noted that the European Union should take an active part in solution of the conflict.

The Azerbaijani president Ilham Aliyev stressed that unfortunately the solution of the conflict didnt depend on one side. According to Aliyev, the position of Azerbaijan on this question corresponds to all international norms. According the Azerbaijani president, if Armenian side constructively approaches the question, then it is possible to find a solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in the near future.

Azerbaijani and Lithuanian presidents expressed their interest to open embassies in Vilnius and Baku to stimulate the future development of relations between the two countries.

Lithuanian President Adamkus has invited his Azerbaijan counterpart Ilham Aliyev and his spouse Mehriban Aliyeva to visit Vilnus, the Lithuanian Presidents Administration announced.

Adamkus made the invitation at the Heydar Aliyev Foundation on 9 June in an official farewell ceremony. The first ladies of Azerbaijan and Lithuania - Aliyeva and Alma Adamkus were also in attendance. .

President Adamkus conveyed to Mehriban Aliyeva as a UNESCO Good Will Ambassador in invitation to attend the 30th session of the UNESCOs World Heritage Committee to be held in Vilnus on 8-16 July 2006. The Lithuanian President is also a UNESCO Good Will Ambassador.

I am sure that Azerbaijani-Armenian conflict will be resolved on base of norms and principles of international law, told the Azerbaijani president Ilham Aliyev in his interview to a American television NBC, Trend reports.

Touching up on the period of the solution of the conflict, the president noted that it was difficult to speak about a fast solution of the problem because it doesnt depend on Azerbaijan only. The territorial integrity of Azerbaijan is recognized by all countries around the world and interbnational organizations. The United Nations Security Council has adopted four resolutions on unconditional release of Azerbaijani territories occupied by Armenian troops. The Council of Europe, the Organization of Islamic Conference, GUAM and other international organizations have accepted the resolutions requiring the restoration of the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan and withdrawal of Armenian troops. All these are base for the solution of the conflict, told president.

We will never agree with the separation of Nagorno-Karabakh from Azerbaijan or its independence, added Aliyev. We can provide Armenians living in Nagorno-Karabakh with the autonomy status, including security and certain elements of self-government. However, this can happen only within the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, told Aliyev.

On 6 June the Azerbaijani president Ilham Aliyev received the delegation of the French bank BNP Paribas headed by the president Michel Peberon.

The meeting covered the issues of banks participating in the energy sector of Azerbaijan, as well as the great achievements of the republic in this sphere. Besides, the issue of Azerbaijans initiatives and participation in global energy projects was discussed at the meeting.

A confidence was stated that the relevant bodies of republic would continue the cooperation with BNP Paribas in the future.

Azeri President Ilham Aliyev received the delegation, headed by Binyamin Ben-Eliezer, minister of national infrastructure of Israel, Trend reports.

During the conversation, Mr Ben-Eliezer passed Ilham Aliyev greetings from Israeli president Moshe Kazav and Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. The guest also stated his satisfaction with 13th oil&gas exhibition in Baku, adding that Azerbaijans rapid economic development causes significant interest in Israel.

In turn, Ilham Aliyev said last years the country achieved big success, especially in power engineering sphere. He also stated the importance of said oil&gas exhibition and underlined that many countries are enjoying their participation in such an event.

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev received on 6 June a US delegation headed by US Assistant Secretary on Europe and Eurasia, Matthew Bryza.

During the talks they discussed different aspects of development of the bilateral relationships between Azerbaijan and the United States, as well as the development of regional cooperation.

The Azerbaijani president Ilham Aliyev on June 5 in Bucharest met with the present chairman of OSCE, Belgian foreign minister Karel de Gucht. The meeting focused on the solution of Azerbaijan-Armenian Nagorno-Karabakh problem and other questions.

Karel de Gucht congratulated Ilham Aliyev that Azeri oil has reached Turkish port Ceyhan.

Besides, president received the deputy assistant of the USA president on national security James Crouch. The high level of the cooperation between Azerbaijan and America and their successes were stressed and the present situation of the solution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict was discussed at the meeting. Crouch also congratulated Ilham Aliyev on Azeri oils reaching Turkish port Ceyhan.

Aliyev also met with the secretary general of the Council of Europe Terry Davis and discussed the issues of developing cooperation with this organization.

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev made an appeal to the 1st Forum of Azerbaijani Intelligentsia held in the Turkish city Antalia on 5 June. The president wished successes to the participants in the forum.

The Azerbaijani President also held talks with Armenian President Robert Kocharian in Bucharest.

So far the foreign companies have invested over $20bn in oil and gas projects in Azerbaijan, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev stated to the opening ceremony of the 13th International Caspian Oil and Gas exhibition and conference 2006 which started in Baku on 6 June 2006.

Aliyev noted that attraction of such investments promote stability and trust in Azerbaijan. The construction of the biggest project on the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan main export oil pipeline is complete in Azerbaijan. However, it is one of the next stages in the development of oil and gas sector in Azerbaijan, President underlined.

Aliyev said that as of experts estimations, in case the world oil prices comprise $50 per barrel Azerbaijans revenues from the development of oil and gas projects will comprise $140bn over the subsequent 20 years.

Perhaps, some changes will be injected soon in the project on Shah Deniz gas condensate development. It is explained with the considerable increase of demand in gas not only in Azerbaijan, but also throughout the world, he stressed.

The Azerbaijani president Ilham Aliyev on June 7 received the president of Anglo-Azerbaijan society Lord Freezer, Trend reports.

The meeting focused on the successful development of relations between Azerbaijan and Great Britain in different spheres, expansion of cooperation between private structures of the two countries. The role of Anglo-Azerbaijan society in the development of relations of the two countries was especially ruled out during the meeting.

A population census will be held in Azerbaijan in 2009, the Azerbaijan president Ilham Aliyev issued a decree on this issue on June 7, Trend reports.

The population census will be conducted on April 13-22, 2009. The State Statistics Committee was trusted to hold preparation to the census, analysis, as well as publish the results.

The Cabinet of Ministers was trusted, within the two months, to develop the plan of measures to ensure the work and the conducting of census.

The Azerbaijani president Ilham Aliyev signed an order to award the employees of the Scientific-Investigation Institute of Eye Diseases named after Zarifa Aliyeva medal Taraggi (Progress). Sura Babayeva, Shakar Gadimov and Turgay Mammadov were awarded medal, Trend reports.

Besides, the president signed an order on awarding of Akhundova Dilara Huseyn gizi with a title Honoured doctor.

Foreign policy

On June 11 to 14, delegation of Pole Seym, headed by Karol Karski, chairman of Seym commission for the EU and chairman of Seyms and Senates delegation to PACE, is staying in Azerbaijan.

Trend reports with reference to Pole Embassy to Azerbaijan, Mr Karski is starting his visit from bringing flowers to the grave of ex-president Heydar Aliyev and in Martyrs Alley.

In the course of their visit, Pole delegation is meeting with chairman of Milli Medjlis Ogtay Asadov, chairman of MMs permanent commission for international relations and interparliamentary relations Samed Seyidov, deputy Foreign Minister Halaf Halafov and deputy Minister of Economic Development Niyazi Safarov.

On June 14 Pole delegation is visiting Guba and Khachmaz areas.

Embassy officials said the visit aims at strengthening interparliamentary relations and exchange of experience between Azerbaijan and Poland.

Mr Karski is giving a pres conference at Pole Embassy on June 13.

In his exclusive interview with Trend with the European Union (EU) special representative for South Caucasus, Peter Semnebi said that The European Neighbourhood Policy does not involve a membership perspective, but if Azerbaijan and the other countries take the Action Plans seriously, they will be able to move very close to the EU and to European standards in most areas of society. The EU is not involved in the actual negotiations, which are the responsibility of the OSCE, and more specifically of the OSCE Minsk Group. But the EU supports and follows the work of the Minsk Group, and one EU country is involved in it as co-chair. The main EU role is likely to come after a settlement. The EU will, of course, help to ensure that a settlement is implemented. In addition to a strong sense of responsibility for two countries that have suffered because of war and ethnic conflict, there is also a growing notion that it is in the self-interest of the EU to support a settlement

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will visit Azerbaijan on 19 June 2006, Gennadiy Evsyukov, the press attachГ© of the Russian embassy in Azerbaijan, told Trend.

The key objective of the visit is to participate in a meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) member-states to be held in Baku on 19-20 June.

A group of officials of the Russian Foreign Ministry will accompany the Minister this visit,

During the visit Lavrov is scheduled to hold meetings with the Azerbaijani leadership. He is also to meet with the leadership of the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry, executive and legislative bodies of the country.

Russian holds a status of observers at the OIC. The organization was founded in September 1969 at a conference of heads of states and governments of Muslim countries in Rabat, Morocco. Any country proclaiming its belonging to the Muslim world can become an OIC member.

Azerbaijans mentioning in PACE report В"Concealed Custody and Illegal Transportation of Convicts in Member-Countries of the CEВ" is an evidence of the republics geostrategic location, Trend reports quoting Tahir Tagizadeh, head of press and information policy, Azeri Foreign Ministry.

Tagizadeh said В"many world-significant routes intersect in AzerbaijanВ". In his report, American senator Dick Marty classified Azerbaijan as B category, which implies use of the countrys territory for transit flights.

Tagizadeh said also Azerbaijan never was p to something avoiding international human right conventions. Foreign Ministry official said in case CE performs with some incentive Azerbaijan will be ready for transparent and open cooperation with this organization.

He added that Azerbaijan is an active member of international anti-terrorist coalition and such events therein are inadmissible. As to the grounds occupied by Armenia, information on these areas is unavailable.

Alongside, CE Secretary General Terry Davis said В"senator Dick Marty performed a good work in very difficult conditionsВ".

In the course of recent talks held by Azeri president Ilham Aliyev in Washington, Us Government agreed to development of democratic institutions in Azerbaijan, reportedly said Matthew Bryza, Assistant to US secretary of State for European and Eurasian affairs.

В"Democracy is each country specific and Washington just supports each countrys efforts in this sphereВ", - Bryza said.

As to Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement, US official said the year 2006 is very important for the conversation process. В"The agreement is possible but big courage is needed both from Azerbaijan and Armenia. This will be a very decisive step for conversation processВ", - Bryza concluded.

The Egyptian Foreign Minister, Ahmet Abdulgeit, will pay an official visit to Baku on 19-20 June 2006, the Egyptian embassy in Azerbaijan of Trend.

The key objective of the visit is to participate in the forthcoming meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) to be held in Baku on 19-20 June, the embassy said.

Foreign Minister of Pakistan and Iran will also visit Azerbaijan with the same purpose.

In the course of recent talks held by Azeri president Ilham Aliyev in Washington, Us Government agreed to development of democratic institutions in Azerbaijan, reportedly said Matthew Bryza, Assistant to US secretary of State for European and Eurasian affairs.

В"Democracy is each country specific and Washington just supports each countrys efforts in this sphereВ", - Bryza said.

As to Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement, US official said the year 2006 is very important for the conversation process. В"The agreement is possible but big courage is needed both from Azerbaijan and Armenia. This will be a very decisive step for conversation processВ", - Bryza concluded.

Prior to Azerbaijans joining UN Human Rights Council, official Baku submitted a memorandum providing details on basic directions of its future human rights policy. Head of UN Baku office Marco Borsotti told Trend that said memorandum is a positive document that demonstrates Azerbaijans commitment to human rights protection.

В"It is positive that Azerbaijan stated its commitment to meeting UN requirements for reforms in human rights sphereВ", - Borsotti said.

Regarding scheduled visits of UN representatives to Azerbaijan, Borsotti said one of UN reporters for human rights is arriving in Baku in fall 2006. В"He will study the situation in refugees human rights sphere, in particular the actions Azeri government takes to improve their livingВ", - Mr Borsotti said.

Certain forces desiring to bring a tension over the bilateral relation of Azerbaijan and Iran is preparing political mine and a similar cartoon was published in Azerbaijan mass media one of these days, the Iranian ambassador to Azerbaijan Afshar Suleymani made such a statement at his interview with journalists on June 7, Trend reports.

Azerbaijani and Iranian peoples have been peacefully living for thousands of years and shouldnt get into the similar provocation, said Iranian diplomat.

There are a great unused potential over the bilateral relations of the two friend neighboring countries and I think that political mine is more dangerous than military operations because 1-2 person die or wound in the second case, but thousand of people in the first one, told Iranian ambassador

On June 13 to 15 AGO Group Mission is making a visit to Baku, headed by Roland Wegener, German Ambassador to CE, Trend reports with reference to Azeri Foreign Ministry.

The mission consists of Swiss, Swede, Austrian, French and Romanian ambassadors to the CE and employees of AGO Group Administration. The visit aims at discussion of the current level of relationships between Azerbaijan and the CE, the countrys commitments to the council, in particular those on election regulatory, legal reforms and Nagorno-Karabakh problem.

The visit program suggests meetings with chief of Presidents Executive Administration Ramiz Mehtiyev, Foreign minister Elmar Mamedyarov, Justice Minister Fikret Mamedov, chairman of Central Election Commission Mazahir Panakhov, members of parliamentary mission to PACE. The meeting with Azeri president Ilham Aliyev is also expected.

AGO Group was established in January 2001 alongside Armenia and Azerbaijan joining the CE. It is engaged in monitoring commitment to assumptions before the CE and operates within the Cabinet of Ministers of the CE.

The humanitarian, but not the political factor, dominates in the issue concerning the missing people in the South Caucasus countries, Leo Platvoed, the Dutch MP, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) co-rapporteur on the missing people in South Caucasus countries, stated in Baku on Tuesday evening, Trend reports.

According to Platvoed, the key objective of the visit is to design an overhaul document reflecting the true situation both in Armenia and Azerbaijan. The details of the forthcoming report will be discussed with Azerbaijani officials, relatives of the missing people, representatives of the International Committee of Red Cross, different state bodies and Azerbaijani parliamentary representatives to the PACE.

At the same time he refuted the Armenian media reports on the statement as though made in Yerevan on the necessity of cooperation between Azerbaijan, Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh on the issue of missing people. My ideas were interrupted in the wrong way. I actually meant to avoid the political aspect of the question and unify the efforts for rapid resolution of the problem with the missing people, he said.

Platvoed noted that he was unaware with the intention of the PACE co-rapporteurs Andreas Gross and Andreas Herkel in include in their report the result of the re-run parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan. Nevertheless, I am glad that the co-rapporteurs took into consideration my recommendations, he underscored.

ArmenianAzerbaijani conflict

I hope that the Armenian government will analyze the results of the talks at high level in Rambue and Bucharest, and review its position in the direction of constructivism, Araz Azimov, the Azerbaijani deputy foreign minister, made such a statement in his interview to journalists on June 9, Trend reports.

According to Azimov, day-by-day Armenia becomes alone in its position on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict because today there is no support for the position of an aggressor-country. In no country of the world, Yerevan cannot receive any support in its occupation of Azerbaijani lands. Several countries have already expressed their unwillingness to establish normal relations with Armenia. Yerevan understands that its current position will not bring desirable results, told Azimov. Azimov stressed his confidence that the position of Armenia would further weaken day-by-day.

Half of the Armenian people have leaved the country. Therefore, the current position should be looked through, added Azimov.

Touching on the upcoming meeting of Azerbaijani and Armenian foreign ministers, Azimov ruled out that the meeting would focus on the process of negotiations, in particular the issues that what steps can be taken as a result of the meeting of presidents in Bucharest. We have to find an answer to the question: in what direction does it need to continue the peace talks to regulate the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict?

Besides, Azimov expressed his attitude towards the rotation of co-chairs of OSCE Minsk group. I dont think that the diplomat who will substitute Steven Mann will be less experienced in the process of Azerbaijan-Armenian conflict. To my knowledge, the diplomat is also experienced and principal, told Azimov.

Furthermore, Azimov spoke about the positive activity of Steven Mann in the co-chair position. From the conceptual point of view and position of the talks process, Mann brought important advancement to the dialogue process on the solution of Azerbaijani-Armenian conflict, considers Azimov.

Chances for settlement of Azeri-Armenian conflict in 2006 exist and are quite high, but these opportunities shall be used wisely, Trend reports quoting Araz Azimov, deputy Foreign minister of Azerbaijan.]

В"The party not using such a chance will be lostВ", - Azimov said, stressing that В"if Azerbaijan waited to date, it can wait a bit more as well. In case we further move in direction we suggest we may achieve some resultsВ", - Azimov said.

He said also Azerbaijans position was sounded not once. В"It should be clear that the countrys areas shall be released from occupation and refugees returned to their homesВ", - he continued.

Alongside, Azimov said official Bakus position does not only include grounds release from occupation. В"Azeri government is looking forward to ensure peaceful coexistence of Azeri and Armenian communities of Nagorno-KarabakhВ", Azimov concluded.

The Azerbaijani Ministry of Foreign Affairs is going to take diplomatic demarche steps in respect to Lebanon, Tahir Tagizade, the head of the Press and Information Department of the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry, told Trend. He was commenting on the news article placed the website of the President of Lebanon on 6 June.

President Lahoud is reported to have a meeting with a delegation of the Armenian Tashnak Party headed by its secretary general Hovik Makhtarian.

The meeting was also attended by a delegation of the Armenian Nagorno Karabakh region chaired by Georgi Pedrossian, former minister Sebouh Hofnanian, Armenian Ambassador to Lebanon Serge Amerkhanian, and Benjamin Butchakajian.

Tagizade said that the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry will take relevant steps.

The United States remains committed to helping secure a peaceful resolution to the Nagorno Karabakh conflict, Matthew Bryza, the US Assistant Secretary of State, told Trend in exclusive interview.

The Presidents met in Bucharest last weekend for intensive, detailed negotiations. Obviously, no breakthrough was reached, but we continue to believe that 2006 represents a window of opportunity if the Presidents can make difficult, courageous decisions to move forward with a settlement, he underlined.

Bryza also underlined that the United States is interested in broadening our cooperation with Azerbaijan in all spheres. We already enjoy excellent cooperation on military and security matters, energy issues, and democratic and economic reform. President Aliyev's visit to Washington was very successful in advancing this cooperation and we hope to deepen our cooperation still further in the weeks and months to come, he stressed,

We support Azerbaijan in its fair aspiration to liberate its lands which are under [Armenian] occupation, Ekmaleddin Ihsanoglu, the Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Organization (OIC), as stating to a news conference in Moscow on 7 June in reply to question to Trend special correspondent.

We support any peace talks between the sides. We support Azerbaijan and call on Armenia to cooperation in international arena with all who endeavor to the resolution of the conflict, no matter whether within the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group, European Union, UN and other international organizations, he underlined.

It is impossible to state on the achievement of a tremendous progress in a meeting of the Azerbaijani and Armenian presidents in Bucharest and at present there is necessity for coordinating the positions of both conflict sides, Elmar Mammadyarov, the Azerbaijani Foreign Minister, told journalists on 6 June.

Moreover, Mammadyarov noted that Azerbaijan does not rule out possible application of Triest model in the issue on economic autonomy.

However, the issue on autonomy concerns not only the Armenia. But also the Azerbaijani communities of the Nagorno-Karabakh, said the Azerbaijani Minister, noting that the issue on referendum found its exact implication in the Constitution of Azerbaijan.

With respect to rotation of the US Ambassador Steven Mann, the OSCE Minsk Group co-chair, Mammadyarov noted that the new diplomat was still to be renamed and the issue will be resolved in the nearest two months. I can only state that the United States is really keen on rapid resolution of the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict, Mammadyarov underlined.

The current situation in the talks in the resolution of the ArmenianAzerbaijani conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh continues representing a pressure on Armenia. I hope the further talks will provide a necessary base for progress in the direction of achievement of final peace between the sides. Novruz Mammadov, the head of the Foreign Relationships Department of the Azerbaijani Presidents Apparat told journalists on 6 June.

During the summit The Black Sea Forum for Dialogue and Partnership in Bucharest the Azerbaijani president delivered a paper which introduced detail information on the countrys achievements in the economic and political spheres. The head of state also touched upon a topic on the resolution of the ArmenianAzerbaijani conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Mammadov also noted that the talks between the Azerbaijani and Armenian President were held in large format with participation of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs and Foreign Ministers, as well as in the forma of tГЄte-Г -tГЄte. The meeting was held in two days: 3.5 hours on the first day and over an hour on the second day.

The talks continued in tense conditions, he noted. The agreement was achieved only on definite issues, while there does not exist final conclusion.

The same time Mammadov said that though the concrete date of further meeting of the Azerbaijani and Armenian presidents is to still to be defined, they are expected to be held till the end of 2006.

The co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group from the USA Steven Mann told that he was appointed for other position in the USA State Department, Trend reports with reference to the interview of Mann to the radio Svaboda (Freedom).

He noted that it was an ordinary rotation. The USA will be represented in OSCE by another co-chair, said Mann.

Besides, Mann spoke about the meeting of Azerbaijani and Armenian presidents held in the presence of the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group. He noted that the presidents held a very intensive discussion. In the near days, the co-chairs will discuss the results of the talks, plan the next steps and inform about them in the next meeting of the permanent meeting of OSCE, told Mann.

We try to submit the next document to the June session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on aggressive policy of Armenia, Rafael Huseynov, the member of the Azerbaijani delegation in the PACE, informed Trend.

Huseynov noted that the document is submitted to be familiarized and signed by the members of the committee. He stressed that yet there is no necessity to announce the title of the document. Huseynov pointed out that the subject of the document has officially been adopted and will not be announced until publication. Because the opposite side may take several measures to prevent the document, told Huseynov. He gave brief information about the importance of the document. Huseynov stated that the main importance of the document is related to the results of the aggressive was held by Armenians against Azerbaijan.

Peaceable talks on the resolution of the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh does not satisfy Azerbaijan, Ali Hasanov, the head of the Public and Political Department of the Azerbaijani Presidents Apparat, told Trend. He was commenting on the last meeting of the Azerbaijani and Armenian Presidents in Bucharest.

He noted that the Azerbaijani government still observes absence of a sense of demonstration of healthy thinking and understating on impossibility of maintenance of another countrys territory under occupation.

Touching upon the continuation of the meeting of the heads of Azerbaijan and Armenia he noted that the Presidents themselves will define whether what to do. If President Ilham Aliyev considers the talks as non-perspective, then Azerbaijan will mull other adequate measures, Hasanov assured.

The Minsk Group has new proposals on the resolution of the conflict. However, they are not made public, but analyzed by the sides in working order. The ongoing talks do not satisfy Azerbaijan, as Armenia does not step away from non-constructive position. The international organizations, as well as the Minsk Group have no intention to pressure on it. It does not suit us at all, he underlined.

Political life

On 5 June a plenum of the Constitution Court adopted the results of the re-run parliamentary elections held in Azerbaijan in 10 constancies on 13 May 2006. The sentence was taken by Farhad Abdullayev, the chairman of the Constitution Court.

In the being the judges of the Constitution Court, Rafael Gvaladaze and Sona Salmanova announced about the documents submitted to the Constitution Court by the Central Elections Commission. In his address Mazahir Panahov, the chairman of the CEC, informed on the 6 November parliamentary election held in 2005 and the 13 May re-run parliamentary elections. After Judge Abdullayev announced the sentence.

The sentence notes that after the re-run parliamentary elections held in the Second Binagadi Constituency 9, the Second Surakhani 31, the Second Nizami (Ganja) 38, the Second Sumgayit 42, Sumgayit-Absheron 44, Jalilabad Masally Bilasuvar 69, Gadabay 103, Tovuz Gazakh Akstafa 106, Zakatala 110, Agdam Rural 119, the Central Elections Commission analyzed the documents submitted to the Constitution Court.

It was revealed that protocols on the results of polls in 10 constituencies were compiled in accordance with the Azerbaijani legislation. The Constitution Court came to a conclusion that the lections in these constituencies were up to law.

Thus, in accordance with the sentence of the Constitution Court, the results of the re-run parliamentary elections held in 10 constituencies on 13 May 2006 were adopted.

According to the resolution of the Constitutional Court of Azerbaijan, it was conformed that the repeat parliamentary elections were conducted in a lawful manner, Trend reports with reference to the chairman of the Central Electoral Commission (CEC) Mazahir Panahov.

Except several unimportant complaints received by CEC, generally there is no dissatisfied result of elections. The Constitutional Court, as a supreme body, confirmed the accuracy of the results.

This resolution once again shows that the principles of legality and justice are always followed during the election held in Azerbaijan, told Panahov.

The New Azerbaijan Party (NAP) appealed to the Press Council (PC), Trend reports with reference to the same party.

In the appeal, it was reflected the anxiety of the articles of abusive and slanderous character published in the mass media contrary to the law On MM and ethical norms.

In the letter, it is stated that the freedom of speech and pluralism have turned into the composition of the democratic values system of the Azerbaijan society, but unfortunately, several newspapers publish materials beyond the ethical norms.

The letter says that the activity norms of certain newspapers turned into insulting the outstanding public figures. Besides, it is expressed in the letter that these organs kept under the control of political parties and individuals create a dangerous tradition for the society.

The letter of NAP forwarded to PC reflects a confidence that the PC will take respective measures to prevent the dangerous activities jeopardizing the moral values of Azerbaijani people.

The meeting of the Council of Chairmen of block Our Azerbaijan was held. The meeting discussed the issue of election of a new chairman of the block for June-July, Trend reports.

Collecting the majority of votes, the chairman of the Democratic Socialist Popular Party Zahid Srfibayli was elected the chairman of block Our Azerbaijan for the next months. Besides, other questions were discussed at the meeting. The Council of Chairmen expressed attitude towards the talks held between the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan in Bucharest on solution of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and supported the position of official Baku.

The final discussion was dedicated to the issue of the unification of Our Azerbaijan block member-parties. The report of the Unification Commission was heard. In accordance with the agreement, it is intended to call the structure, in which the parties will unify, Our Way.

The next meeting of the Political Council of Azerbaijan Democratic Refoms Party (DRP) was held. The meeting covered the social-political situation in the country and the recent processes arount the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Trend reports quoting the press-service of DRP. In connection with vandalism actions of Armenians in the territory of Azerbaijan, the Political Council (PC) appealed to the European Union, the Council of Europe, OSCE and NATO, parliamentary assemblies of these organizations and the leading liberal parties of Europe.

According to information of DRP, recently Armenians burnt four more villages of Agdam district of Azerbaijan. In these villages, the lands became unfit fully. In connection with the destroyed life in the occupied territories, the agriculture of Azerbaijan located on border has also became paralysed.

Armenians burning the occupied territories of Azerbaijan, their houses, cultural and historical monuments, and pollution of ecology by Armenians may be assessed only as vandalism. DRP challenge European Union, the Council of Europe, OSCE and NATO, parliamentary assemblies of these organizations and the leading liberal parties of Europe to use their opportunities to help Azerbaijan prevent such vandalism acts, told in appeal of DRP.

DRP considers that these acts create threats not only for Azerbaijan, but also Europe and the whole world.

We call for European structures to act against vandalism of Armenian aggressors committed against Azerbaijan, told in appeal.

Musavat party postponed the procession-meeting scheduled for June 10 in Galaba square, Trend reports with reference to the same party.

Musavat party planned to hold a procession-meeting in Galaba square on June 10 from 17.00 am to 19.00 pm for the protection of rights of our compatriots living in South Azerbaijan. For this purpose, the party forwarded an appeal to the Executive Power of Baku city. After Baku mayor didnt permitted Musavat party to hold a procession-meeting on June 8, the chairman of the party Isa Gambar on June 9 held a meeting with deputy chairmen to discuss the answer of Baku mayor.

During the meeting, a decision was made on cancellation of the procession-meeting scheduled for June 10. However, it was stated that the issue of conducting of the meeting remained on the agenda. Next week Musavat party will host a round table in connection with the events taken place in Iran.

The National Independence Party of Azerbaijan (NIPA) is going to lead the next protest rally in front of Iranian embassy at 400PM, June 16, Trend reports with reference to Ayaz Rustamov, acting chairman of NIPA.

Such decision was made June 7 at the session of Political Coordination Center of Opposition NIPA is a member of. В"According this decision, as a protest against violation of rights of our compatriots residing in South Azerbaijan the parties within PCCO shall one-by-one lead pickets in front of Irans EmbassyВ", - Rustamov said.

Rustamov said also NIPA will address the Executive Power of Baku city for the picket authorization. In this connection, NIPA four times attempted leading illegal pickets.

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Milli Medjlis chairman Ogtay Asadov, who took part at Tallinn Summit of Presidents of Parliaments of CE, met with chairman of Albanian parliament Josephina Topalli. At the meeting, officials discussed the prospects of cooperation between the two countries. Asadov also led a meeting with chairman of Georgian parliament Nino Burhanadze.

Further, Asadov held the meeting with Estonian president Arnold Reutell. The parties discussed a number of issues related to expansion of Azeri-Estonian relationships. It was noted that these relations have a big potential. Activity of Azeri diaspora in Estonia and prospects of economic cooperation were discussed as well.

A group of Azerbaijani peacekeepers will return to their motherland from Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan, the acting spokesman for the Defense Ministry, Ilgar Verdiyev told Trend.

Several groups of peacekeepers were dispatched to these countries, Verdiyev underlined.

The Azerbaijani peacekeeping contingent was last dispatched to these countries in January 2006. The same time 3 groups comprised of 104 peacekeepers have been sent to Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. 90 peacemakers were dispatched to Iraq, 9 to Kosovo and 5 Afghanistan.

Azerbaijan and Georgia made an agreement on a joint fight against international terrorism and narcotic trafficking. The agreement on this issue was reached today during the meeting between the Azerbaijani national security minister Eldar Mahmudov and the speaker of the Georgian parliament Nino Burjanadze, a special correspondent of Trend in Tbilisi reports with reference to the office of the chairman of the Georgian parliament.

The security of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline was one of the basic discussion topics.

Besides, Burjanadze offered to create special conditions for attracting and protecting Azerbaijani investments. The sides stressed that after the visit, the information exchange between the special services of the two countries will take more intensive character. In this direction, the primary attention will be paid to the joint fight with terrorism and narcotic trafficking.

Besides, Mahmudov held a meeting with the Georgian interior minister Vano Merabishvili where the sides discussed the issues of bilateral cooperation.

The Azerbaijani minister of emergency situations Kamaladdin Heydarov participates at the meeting of the emergency situations ministers and heads of the emergency services of Black Sea Organization for Economic Cooperation (BSOEC) member-countries in Sochi, Trend reports quoting the press-service of the Emergency Situations Ministry.

The meeting focuses on the issues of coordinating the joint activities with the emergency response in crisis situations.

Besides, the meeting covers the issues of financing the measures within the agreement between the governments of BSOEC member-countries on cooperation in the sphere of emergency help and response to the natural and man-caused disasters.

The United State Department of Defense, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the US Customs and Border Protection Agency is conducting a crisis response exercise from June 5 to 9 for about 100 representatives from the Azerbaijani Ministry for Emergency Situation, the Prosecutors office, the Ministry of Defense, and other law enforcement agencies, the US embassy in Baku told Trend

The purpose of this exercise is to enhance the ability of Azerbaijani governmental organization is to deter, detect, investigate and respond to situation regarding weapons of mass destruction and related items.

A meeting of the Federation of Azerbaijanis of Turkey started in the Turkish resort city Antalia. Trend special correspondent reports from Turkey attending the gathering were heads of Azerbaijani circles based in Turkey.

Heads of the Azerbaijani organizations attending the gathering took a resolution on conduct of a next meeting in Ankara.

On June 9, the first Azerbaijani deputy defense minister general-colonel Najmaddin Sadigov met with the chief of the headquarter of Lithuanian Armed Forces, brigade general Vitalius Vaiksnopas, Trend reports with reference to the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry.

During the meeting, there was held exchange of views on the creation of the armed forces of the two countries, development of the cooperation in the military sphere, integration into European security bodies, participation in the international peacekeeping operations, existence of military-political situation in South Caucasus and Baltic region, as well as Azerbaijani-Armenian conflict and etc.

An agreement was sign June 9, 2006 in Baku between the Emergency Response Ministries of Russia and Azerbaijan. Trend reports the agreement signed by ministers Kamaleddin Heydarov and Sergey Shoigu.

At the post-signing meeting, the parties stated the importance of mutual cooperation.

This document is covering the complete plan for cooperation between the two structures, exchange of information and experience.

On June 9, Azerbaijani Procurator-General Zakir Garalov received the delegation headed by the PACE reporter Leo Platvoyet, Trend reports with reference to the press service of the Procurator-Generals Office.

Garalov noted that the new mission of Platvoyet was related to a sensible topic. He stressed that for more that 200 years Armenia has been pursuing an aggressive and genocide policy against Azerbaijan. More than one million Azeri people have become refugees from their native lands.

Garalov ruled Platvoyet out that 4604 Azeri citizens have been registered as missing people in the State Committee for Missing People. Garalov told that 1061 missing people or captives were heard and the collected materials would be submitted to the international courts.

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