UK Prime Minister David Cameron has stated his resolve to 'fight' for Turkish membership of the EU. Speaking in Ankara, he insisted that this move would boost the economic position of Europe and enhance security. He commented that Turkey is currently Europe’s major emerging economy, achieving 11 per cent growth at the start of the year, being predicted to become the second largest European economy by 2050. Cameron added that the country is uniquely positioned to help combat terrorism and promote peace in the Middle-East, being a staunch ally of NATO.
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.
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.
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.
In July, the International Court of Justice in The Hague, The Netherlands adjudged that the Kosovan declaration of independence in 2008 did not violate international law. Despite the fact that the Armenian media attempted to capitalise upon this ruling by considering that it paved the way for the self-determination of Nagorno-Karabakh, the reverse was the case. In the Kosovo situation, the international community had acted to support the interests of the Kosovan people.
Azerbaijanis and those who believe in journalistic impartiality were dismayed to view a documentary entitled Haut Karabagh: Gomchassar, shown on the Franco-German ARTE television channel and subsequently hosted on its website.
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....
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."
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.
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.