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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

Azerbaijan has expressed enthusiasm for an initiative to launch the first round of negotiations on an Association Agreement with the EU. Mahmud Mammadguliyev, Azerbaijani Deputy Foreign Minister, commented: "The preparation and signing of an Association Agreement will be another important step in relations between the EU and Azerbaijan. It will strengthen the integration of our country into Europe."

13/08/2010

Rome-based ENI is attempting to enter the Azerbaijani upstream sector via the proposed compressed natural gas (CNG) project. Azerbaijani President Aliyev met Paolo Scaroni, Chief Executive, ENI, to discuss the programme, which could lead to the transportation and transit of 2–3bn m. sq. (bcm) of Turkmen gas across the Caspian Sea to the coast of Azerbaijan. From there, supplies would be conveyed through the Azerbaijan–Turkey transit pipeline, which ends in Erzurum, the proposed launchpad for Nabucco.

13/08/2010

Analysts Companiesandmarkets.com and OfficialWire have published new data regarding the Azerbaijani hydrocarbon market. From 2010–19, it is anticipated that oil and liquid gas production will increase by 20.5 per cent, with volumes reaching a peak of 1.45m barrels per day (b/d) in 2016–17, eventually decreasing to 1.35m b/d by the end of the decade-long forecast period. On the other hand, gas production from 2009–19 will rise from 16bcm to 33bcm, resulting in at least 13bcm becoming available for export.

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.

13/08/2010

The annual Azerbaijani–US Bilateral Defence Consultations (BDC) took place in July in Baku. During the meetings, representatives from the Azerbaijani Defence Ministry and the Pentagon reviewed each element of co-operation between the countries. The US delegation was headed by Dr Celeste Wallander, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defence, accompanied by officials from the US European Command.

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

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.

19/07/2010

Azerbaijani President Aliyev and Armenian President Sargsyan met in St. Petersburg for fresh talks to end the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, hosted by Russian President Medvedev. The meeting took place alongside an international economic forum. The Russian President’s Press Service stated that the talks focused on the 'pivotal problem' affecting resolution. It commented: "A convergence of positions has been observed regarding several contentious provisions of the basic principles for settlement.

19/07/2010

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) has been invited to be the resident orchestra at this year’s Gabala International Music Festival, taking place from 24 July–6 August. This historic occasion marks the first time that a full symphony orchestra from the UK has performed in the country. Held in the open air, it will perform classical repertoire by Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Mendelssohn, Saint-Saëns, Rachmaninov and Beethoven alongside works by such Azerbaijani composers as Uzeyir Hajibeyov and Fikret Amirov.

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