Weekly political digest (27.09 – 01.10.2010)

                                                                                Official chronicle

Sept. 27

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev was officially welcomed Monday in front of the residence of the President of Uzbekistan.  

A ceremonial guard of honor was lined up in honor of the Azerbaijan leader Uzbek President Islam Karimov welcomed his Azerbaijani counterpart in front of the residence.

The Uzbek youth launched a visit to Azerbaijan under the plan on cooperation in youth policy in 2009-2010 signed between the Azerbaijani Youth and Sports Ministry and the Uzbek Public Youth Movement "Kamolot". Under the agreement, Azerbaijan launched the Days of the Uzbek Youth on Monday. In this regard, the delegation including representatives of the Kamalot Central Council, as well as 20 creative and active young people, arrived in Azerbaijan.

The documents were signed Monday during a visit by an Azerbaijani delegation to Uzbekistan headed by Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev.

Presidents Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan and Islam Karimov of Uzbekistan met in private in Tashkent on Monday.

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev on Monday got familiarized with the building of the upper house of Uzbek Parliament - the Senate.

Sept. 28

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has ended Tuesday his official visit to Uzbekistan,

The official channel of the Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev is now available on the YouTube video sharing website.

Sept. 29

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has received today Ali Aga Muhammedi, Iranian first vice president`s assistant on economic issues. Successful development of the Azerbaijan-Iran cooperation in various spheres, as well as economic area was stressed during the meeting.

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev signed an order Tuesday to award a group of persons in connection with the 10th anniversary of Baku Stock Exchange,

The President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has signed executive orders raising monthly wages of employees of several government bodies.

The President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has today received credentials of new Norwegian ambassador Erling Skjonsberg.

The President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has today received credentials from newly appointed German ambassador to the country Herbert Quelle

The President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has today accepted credentials of new Latvian ambassador Hardijs Baumanis

Sept. 30

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev received Ukrainian Fuel and Energy Minister Yuriy Boyko.

President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has today visited the 3rd international Agriculture, Food Processing and Packaging Exhibition "Caspian Agro - 2010".

President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev received Japanese ambassador Masamitsu Oki who has completed his diplomatic mission in Azerbaijan.

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has congratulated Chinese President Hu Jintao on National Day of the People's Republic of China.

Azerbaijan President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has today inspected a construction site for a park and musical fountain in the Nizami district of Baku on Sept. 30.

President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has today viewed new taxi cabs delivered here to improve the quality of taxi services in the Azerbaijan`s capital

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev signed an order awarding Mansum Ibrahimov the Order of Shohrat ("Glory") for his merits in the development of Azerbaijani Mugham art,

Oct. 1

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev inaugurated an education and therapeutic clinic of the Azerbaijan Medical University. Accompanied by his wife Mehriban Aliyeva, the Head of State cut the ribbon symbolizing the official opening of the clinic and then viewed it.

Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev on Friday signed a decree on holding the 100th anniversary Suleyman Vezirov, who had great achievements in the development of oil and gas industry in the country.

Elections

Sept. 27

Some 1,152 candidates for parliament have applied to district electoral commissions, 1,092 have received a subscription list from the Central Election Commission, and 200 have already filled them out and submitted them to the CEC, CEC chairman Mazahir Panahov said Monday at a meeting of the committee.                                                                        

The foreign ministers of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) at the annual meeting in New York condemned the aggression of Armenia against Azerbaijan and called for the resolution of the conflict on the basis of respect for the territorial integrity and inviolability of the internationally recognized borders of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

The OSCE expects parliamentary elections to be held in November in Azerbaijan to be democratic to demonstrate that the country is moving forward on its international commitments to develop a democratic society, Ambassador Audrey Glover, head of the observer mission of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), said at a press conference in Baku.

The Azerbaijani Central Election Commission (CEC) and OSCE Observation Mission mulled the upcoming parliamentary elections in the country.

Sept. 28

Independent research center ELS published action plan on holding exit-poll during the parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan.

Sept. 30

GUAM Parliamentary Assembly upon Azerbaijan's invitation will take part in observing the elections to the Azerbaijani Parliament, which is scheduled for Nov. 7.

Oct. 1

The Ministry of Youth and Sports of Azerbaijan has prepared a handbook for young people who will vote in the parliamentary elections for the first time in Azerbaijan.

The CEC adopts test, form, quantity and rules for designing ballot papers.

Parliament

Sept. 28

At the opening of the autumn session of the Azerbaijani parliament, speaker Oktay Asadov called for all MPs to be active in ensuring that November parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan are democratic.

Sept. 30

The additions and changes to the law "Copyright and Related Rights" were approved at the meeting of the Azerbaijani parliament.

The Azerbaijani Parliament approved a convention 'On legal status of migrant workers and their family members in the CIS" at the first meeting of the autumn session on Thursday.

It is important to make amendments to the Family Code, Azerbaijani MP Ganira Pashayeva said at the opening of the autumn session.

Foreign policy

Sept. 27

The Azerbaijani embassy in the UK presentation of a book by editor of Canadian Esprit de Corps Scott Taylor called "Turkey, Armenia, Azerbaijan: irreconcilable differences".

Vice Admiral Shahin Sultanov, Commander Azerbaijan Naval Forces called on General Tariq Majid, Chairman Joint of Staff Committee (CJCSC) at Joint Staff Headquarter, Chaklala and exchanged views on the regional security situation, bilateral defense cooperation and other matter of professional interest.

During his visit to the Canadian province of Prince Edward Island on Sept. 27, Azerbaijani ambassador to Canada Farid Shafiyev met with Speaker of the Parliament of this province Kathleen Casey, the Azerbaijani Embassy in Canada reported Tuesday.

 

Sept. 28

 

The Azerbaijani and Kyrgyz Ombudsmen agreed to cooperate on several issues, Kyrgyz Ombudsman Tursumbek Akun said at the news conference in Baku today. Akun is on visit to Baku upon his Azerbaijani Counterpart Elmira Suleymanova's invitation.

If Armenia really stands for peace and stability in the Caucasus, it should withdraw from occupied Azerbaijani territory, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has said in New York.

 Sept. 29

A presentation about the economic potential of Azerbaijan has been made in the Italian city of Turin, the Azerbaijani embassy in Italy told Trend.

Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov has received the delegation headed by Chairman of the Czech Republic Senate's committee on European Union affairs Ludek Sefzig.

Sept. 30

Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov received an Iranian delegation headed by Assistant to Iranian Vice-President Aliaga Mohammadi on Wednesday, the Foreign Ministry said.

Oct 1

Prospects for political and economic cooperation between Azerbaijan and Switzerland were discussed in Geneva. The Azerbaijani and Swiss delegates led by Deputy Foreign Minister Khalaf Khalafov and Swiss Foreign Ministry State Secretary Peter Maurer held talks in Geneva.

During the meetings of the Azerbaijani delegation at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Friday, NATO Allies recognized Azerbaijan as a credible and committed partner to the Alliance.

Politcal movements

Sept. 30

Member of Parliament Guler Ahmedova is standing for election on the list of the ruling New Azerbaijan party, she told Trend, adding that she normally respects the decision of the party about the constituency she will represent.

The ruling New Azerbaijan Party (NAP) considers the union of the opposition Azerbaijan Popular Front Party (APFP) and the Musavat Party to be meaningless.

The Azerbaijani opposition party Musavat has named its candidates for vacancies on the Central Election Commission.

Leader of the Azerbaijani National Independence Party (ANIP) Etibar Mammadov will pay a visit to the United Kingdom to participate in the congress of the British Conservative Party, which will be held in Birmingham on Oct.3-6.

Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

Sept. 28

Sept. 27, the Armenian Armed Forces opened fire at the Azerbaijani troops from positions in the nameless heights in the Fuzuli region 11.20-11.25 and 18.45-18.50,  from positions in the nameless heights in the Dashkesan region at 16.50-17.25,  from positions in the nameless heights in the Goygol region at 17.45-20.20,  from positions outside the Mehdili village in the Jabrayil region at 23.30-23.40, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry reported.

The Azerbaijani troops answered their fire. No causalities were reported.

Sept. 28, the Armenian Armed Forces opened fire at the Azerbaijani troops from positions in the nameless heights in the Berd region of Armenia to the Azerbaijani troops outside the Kokhanebi village in the Tovuz region at 13.10-13.40,  from positions in the nameless heights in the Goranboy region at 06.30-06.50,  from positions outside the Goyarkh village in the Tartar region at 06.45-07.00,  from positions in the nameless heights in the Jabrayil region at 22.25-22.30, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry reported.  

Further, Armenian Armed Forces opened fire at the Azerbaijani troops from positions outside the Ashagi Abdulrahmanli, Gorgan villages and nameless heights in the Fuzuli region at 22.20-22.35, from positions in the nameless heights in the Khojavand region at 00.30-00.50 Sept.29, from positions outside the Shiklar and Bash Gervend villages in the Agdam region at 03.05-03.15 and 05.25-05.40.

The Azerbaijani troops answered their fire. No causalities were reported.

Sept. 29, the Armenian Armed Forces opened fire at the Azerbaijani troops from positions outside the Boskevan village in the Noemberyan region of Armenia to the Azerbaijani troops in the Gushchu Ayrim village in the Gazakh region at 17.55-18.00,  from positions in the Berkaber village in the Idjevan region of Armenia at Azerbaijani troops in the Gizil Hajili village at 18.00-18.10,  from positions outside the Gulustan village in the Goranboy region at 22.00-22.15,  from positions in the nameless heights in the Goygol region at 21.45-22.50, from positions outside the Shuraabad village in the Agdam region 23.50-00.00, from positions in the nameless heights in the Dashkesan region at 01.35-01.45 Sept.30, Azerbaijani Defense Ministry reported.

The Azerbaijani troops answered their fire. No causalities were reported.

Sept. 30, the Armenian Armed Forces opened fire at the Azerbaijani troops from positions outside the Vozashen and Aygovin villages in the Idjevan region of Armenia to the Azerbaijani troops in the nameless heights in the Gazakh region at 09.50-10.20,  from positions in the nameless heights in the Gedabek region at 11.05-11.20, Azerbaijani Defense Ministry reported.

The Azerbaijani troops answered their fire. No causalities were reported.

Oct.1, the Armenian Armed Forces opened fire at the Azerbaijani troops from positions in the Berkaber and Azatamut villages in the Idjevan region of Armenia to the Azerbaijani troops in the Jafarli village and nameless heights in the Gazakh region at 16.15-16.25,  from positions outside the Ashagi Abdulrakhmanli and Gorgan villages in the Fuzuli region at 12.10-12.30,  from positions outside the Gapanli and Gizil Oba villages in the Tartar region at 20.00-20.30 and 04.05-04.50 Oct.2, Azerbaijani Defense Ministry reported.

The Azerbaijani troops answered their fire. No causalities were reported.

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