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13/08/2010

Bundestag MP Manfred Grund, member of the Germany–South Caucasus Parliamentary Friendship Group, has stated that European integration and the implementation of European legal standards into domestic law are the main objectives of Azerbaijani–German parliamentary co-operation. He commented: "I intend to visit Azerbaijan with a delegation in October or November to hold consultations with Azerbaijani parliamentarians."

13/08/2010

Matthew Bryza, President Obama’s controversial nominee for the post of US Ambassador to Azerbaijan, underwent his confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill on 22 July. He defended himself against allegations of bias in favour of Baku, stating his resolve to be an even-handed advocate of US policy in the Caucasus.

13/08/2010

The date of 23 July is remembered with sadness by Azerbaijanis across the world, for it marks the date in 1993 when most of the Agdam region in Nagorno-Karabakh was invaded by the Armenian militia, resulting in 6000 deaths. The invaded territory amounted to one city and 80 villages, causing 128,000 residents to become IDPs.

13/08/2010

The EU has agreed that it would be premature to hold a referendum on the status of of Nagorno-Karabakh. Peter Semneby, EU Special Representative to the South Caucasus, commented: "Any voting on the status of Nagorno-Karabakh will only occur at the end of a long process. It is now necessary to agree the principles upon which this should evolve to create guarantees for all sides." He called upon both Azerbaijan and Armenia to implement the Madrid Principles, as proposed by the OSCE Minsk Group.

13/08/2010

Mark Field, Member of Parliament for the Cities of London and Westminster, made a short visit to Baku from 9–12 July at the invitation of the NATO International School of Azerbaijan (NISA) and TEAS. Field is the newly-elected Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Azerbaijan. He initially delivered a speech at the annual NISA conference, entitled Financial Security, during which he drew upon his experience in the City, his strong constituency links with the Square Mile, and his Chairmanship of the All-Party Groups on Business Services, Venture Capital and Private Equity....

13/08/2010

It is anticipated that 910,000 barrels of light oil will be supplied from the ACG fields in the Azerbaijani sector of the Caspian Sea. Supply is undertaken by the AIOC Consortium, of which BP holds 34.1 per cent of shares, together with several other companies, including Chevron SOCAR and INPEX, each of whom have a 10 per cent stake; Statoil (8.6 per cent); and ExxonMobil (8 per cent). Oil from the ACG fields is supplied to the world market via the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline.

13/08/2010

Despite having been killed over a month ago, the corpse of 22-year-old Azerbaijani soldier Mubariz Ibrahimov remains unrepatriated. The dead soldier was shot in the back during skirmishes with the Armenian militia along the northern part of the Nagorno-Karabakh contact line, close to the Chayli village in the Terter region. The fighting also claimed the lives of four Armenian soldiers.

13/08/2010

Kostyantyn Gryshchenko, Ukrainian Foreign Minister, has explained that a Ukrainian rocket will be used to launch AzerSat, Azerbaijan's first satellite. Following a meeting with Elmar Mammadyarov, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister, Gryshchenko stated that the countries will extend collaboration regarding aviation and spaceflight. Sources claim that AzerSat will cost AZN163m (£127.6m), improving the quality and stability of Azerbaijani communications and television transmissions. It will also operate as a transmission hub between Europe and Asia.

13/08/2010

Ambassador Roland Kobia, Head of the EU Delegation to Azerbaijan, has made some interesting observations regarding the future of Azerbaijani–EU integration. He commented: "Azerbaijan is a signatory for many agreements and conventions, and constantly renews its commitments by ratifying new agreements. If you take a look at the history of any country in the world, including Western countries, you will see that no situation is ever perfect, and that time is needed to evolve.

13/08/2010

An agreement has been signed at the Farnborough International Airshow between Boeing and Azerbaijan Airlines regarding the supply of one 767-300ER (extended range) passenger aircraft and two 767 Freighters. Jahangir Askerov, President, Azerbaijan Airlines, justified this move, explaining: "With our central geographic location, Azerbaijan is becoming a busy hub in the region, situated between east and west, and north and south.

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