Weekly political digest (22.11- 26.11.2010)

Official chronicle

Nov. 22

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has today received EU special representative for the South Caucasus Peter Semneby.

They exchanged views over a number of issues, including current state between Azerbaijan and the EU, settlement of Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict over Nagorno Karabakh.

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev signed a decree awarding the staff of the Azerbaijani National Museum of History honorary title "Honored Worker of Culture.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Monday phoned Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev.

During the telephone conversation, it was noted that the bilateral relations between Azerbaijan and Syria are successfully developing in various fields. The presidents expressed confidence in further strengthening these ties. The Presidents exchanged views on bilateral relations and other issues.

Nov. 23

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev attended a ceremony dedicated to the ninetieth anniversary of the Azerbaijani State Oil Academy.

The President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has today received Former German Foreign Minister, honorary chairman of the Free Democratic Party Hans-Dietrich Genscher.

The President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has today familiarized himself with the 16th International Telecommunications and Information Technologies Exhibition, BakuTel 2010.

Nov. 24

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev was declared "Person of the Year" in Romania, the Azerbaijani Embassy in Romania said

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has received Polish Vice-Premier, Minister of Economy Valdemar Pawlak on Wednesday.

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev signed on Wednesday a decree approving the Law on need criterion in the Republic of Azerbaijan in 2011.

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev signed on Wednesday a decree approving the Law on living wage in the Republic of Azerbaijan in 2011.

Nov. 25

The President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev met management of Azerbaijan's state oil firm, SOCAR, as the Umid gas field had been commissioned in the Caspian Sea, which is one of the remarkable events in the country's oil and gas history.

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev signed a decree on the establishment of State Flag Square Office under the Cabinet of Ministers of Azerbaijan.

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev signed a decree withdrawing Kamil Khasiyev from post of head of the Azerbaijani mission to NATO and upon another decree, appointed him as an ambassador of Azerbaijan to Croatia.

Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev appointed Hasanli Oruj the rector of Nakhchivan Teachers Institute.

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has today received Deputy Chairman of Turkmenistan's Cabinet of Ministers Khidir Saparliyev.

Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev has received today OSCE Minsk group co-chairs Igor Popov of Russia, Robert Bradtke of the US and Bernard Fassier of France as well as Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office.

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev signed a decree on measures of reconstructing a building of the Azerbaijani State Musical Comedy Theatre.

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev approved the Public budget of Azerbaijan for 2011.

Nov. 26

Azerbaijan and Montenegro will sign their first document on bilateral cooperation, Montenegrin Foreign Minister Milan Rocen.

The President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has today received the Prince Andrew, Duke of York.

Elections

Nov. 22

The Central Election Commission today at a meeting approved and submitted to the Constitutional Court the results of parliamentary elections.

The Azerbaijani Central Election Commission (CEC) recognized the election results in 46 polling stations as invalid.

The Azerbaijani Central Election Commission adopted a decision canceling election results at 26 polling stations at its meeting held on Sunday.  

Nov. 23

Azerbaijan hosted a forum of opposition and independent candidates who participates in the parliamentary elections.

Nov. 25

The CEC considered appeals submitted in connection with the parliamentary elections.

Foreign policy


   

Nov. 22

Armenian and Azerbaijani foreign ministers Elmar Mammadyarov and Edward Nalbandian met in Lisbon. The meeting was held within the NATO summit, which took place in Lisbon Nov.19-21 with participation of heads of states and governments of 28 NATO member- and partner-countries.

Representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) have visited Azerbaijani soldiers who are in captivity in Armenia.

Azerbaijan and Portugal signed an agreement on visa-free regime for persons with diplomatic, official and special passports.

The document was undersigned by the Foreign Ministers of Azerbaijan and Portugal, Elmar Mammadyarov and Luis Amado, in the framework of the NATO summit in Lisbon.

Foreign ministers of Azerbaijan Elmar Mammadyarov, Russia Sergei Lavrov and Armenia Edward Nalbandian have met in Moscow.

The issues on strengthening bilateral relations, expanding cooperation and improving legal base for it were discussed at a meeting of Azerbaijani Permanent Representative to the U.N. Agshin Mehdiyev with First Deputy Foreign Minister of Ecuador Quinto Enrique Lucas Lopez on Monday.

The Azerbaijani Emergency Situations Ministry is interested in Belarus's developments.

Nov. 23

Azerbaijani Juma Mammadov was elected MP to the Foreigners' Council in Frankfurt.

Azerbaijan Minister of Internal Affairs, colonel-general Ramil Usubov has met today with newly appointed Polish ambassador to the country Michal Labenda.

Nov. 24

Iran increased the term of visa-free stay of Azerbaijani citizens in Iran from 15 days to one month.

The Azerbaijani Prosecutor General's Office and the Interior Ministry published the results of an investigation into the illegal transplantation of human organs.

According to the report, Azerbaijan conducted the investigation after Ukrainian law enforcement agencies sent an appeal to Baku. The appeal stated that a group of Ukrainian citizens organized illegal kidney transplants at the Azerbaijan International University's Medical Center in 2009. The appeal stated that the kidney were taken from foreign citizens and transplanted by Ukrainian doctors.

Azerbaijan and Argentina signed a memorandum of intentions on political consultations, Foreign Ministry's press service reported.

The Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy (ADA) and the Argentina National Diplomatic Service Institute signed a memorandum of cooperation.

According to the memorandum, the institutions will exchange students and researchers, as well as conduct scientific exchanges. Moreover, an Azerbaijani center is planned to be opened at a university in Argentina and a research center on Latin America at the ADA. The sides agreed to provide scholarships to Argentinean students to study at the ADA.

Nov. 25

Sustainable development of civil society in Azerbaijan has created an opportunity for expanding NGOs' activities, Azay Guliyev, chairman of the Council of State Support to NGOs under the President, said in his speech today at an international conference in Baku on the topic "Development of civil society and state funding of NGOs: accumulated experience and opportunities" organized by the Consul.

To solve education problems of disabled children UNICEF is realizing joint projects with the Heydar Aliyev Foundation.

The 14th General Assembly of the Organization of Asia-Pacific News Agencies (OANA) has begun in Istanbul today. The four-day summit was organized by Turkey's 90-year-old largest state news agency Anadolu.

Representatives from big news agencies from over 40 countries, as well as several heads of international organizations and leading experts, are attending the top meeting of the organization.

TREND News Agency Director General Ilgar Huseynov and International Cooperation Director Elchin Huseynov are participating in the event.

The Trend Agency has become a full member of the Organization of Asia-Pacific News Agencies (OANA). The decision was made at the OANA Fourteenth General Assembly in Istanbul.

Montenegro's Foreign Minister Milan Rocen has today arrived in Azerbaijan, the Azerbaijani foreign ministry told Trend.

During the two-day official visit, Rocen will hold talks with the Azerbaijani officials and discuss prospects of cooperation between the two countries.

An enlarged military collegium of the Azerbaijani Ministry of Defence was held. Defense Minister, Colonel General Safar Abiyev delivered a report on the results of the Armed Forces in 2010 and the tasks for 2011.

Baku hosted discussions on prospects of cooperation between Azerbaijan and France in the sphere of fair constitutional judicial proceedings.

On Thursday, the Chairman of the Constitutional Court Farhad Abdullayev received the deputy prosecutor of High Court of Paris Françoise Gilon, who is on an official visit to Baku at the invitation of the State Committee for Family, Women and Children, the press service of the Constitutional Court told Trend.

Nov. 26

Azerbaijan and Montenegro signed two documents on cooperation, the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry said.

Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov received the delegation headed by Montenegro's Foreign Minister Milan Rocen, who is on visit to Azerbaijan. It was noted that Azerbaijan and Montenegro have broad opportunities for cooperation in several spheres, including economy and tourism.

Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov received EU Special Representative for South Caucasus Peter Semneby.

Political movements

Nov. 22

Azerbaijan's opposition Musavat Party has called on several parties to unite in a political bloc. Musavat Party hold discussions on this topic on Monday

Nov. 25

Chairman of the opposition Democratic Party of Azerbaijan (DPA) Sardar Jalaloglu believes the opposition must change the configuration.

                                                                  Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

Nov. 24

Representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) have delivered a letter to the family of an Azerbaijani soldier who is currently being held captive in Armenia.

Nov. 25

The occupation of Azerbaijani territories may lead to unexpected problems, Turkish President Abdullah Gul said at a joint press conference with Doris Leuthard, President of Swiss Confederation, in Bern on Thursday.

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