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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.

19/07/2010

The Islamic Development Bank (IDB) has designated $450m (£298.7m) to 11 prospective Azerbaijani projects during the next three years, according to Dr Ahmad Mohamed Ali Al-Madani, President, IDB Group. Since 1992, the IDB has assigned $528m (£350.4m) to Azerbaijan. Dr Al-Madani continued by commenting that all delegates: "Admire Azerbaijan’s achievements in fighting the financial crisis." President Aliyev revealed: "Although the country only adopted the market economy under 20 years ago, the private sector now accounts for 85 per cent of GDP.

19/07/2010

Azerbaijan has been elected to hold four-year membership of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage. This is amongst the most influential structures of the organisation, dealing with the practice, representation, expression, knowledge, skills, instruments, objects, artifacts and cultural spaces recognised as cultural heritage by groups and communities.

19/07/2010

Just one day after the Azerbaijani-Armenian meeting in St. Petersburg, the night of 18–19 June saw violence along the northern part of the Nagorno-Karabakh contact line, near the Terter region of Azerbaijan. This confrontation resulted in the deaths of four Armenian soldiers and one Azerbaijani.

19/07/2010

TEAS has launched a campaign to encourage MPs to sign Early Day Motion (EDM) 408, tabled on 6 July in the House of Commons to highlight the outstanding UN and EU Resolutions on Nagorno-Karabakh, urging a swift conclusion to the conflict. Tabled by Mark Field MP, Chair, Azerbaijan All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG), the EDM is sponsored by MPs from the three main political parties.

19/07/2010

It is undeniable that Rashid Behbudov (1915–89) was one of the great names of 20th century Azerbaijani popular culture. Appearing in films and on stage, he founded the State Song Theatre; took the lead role in the 1945 film version of Uzeyir Hajibeyov’s musical comedy The Cloth Peddler; and appeared in operas, such as Fikret Amirov’s Sevil. His awards included People’s Artist of the USSR, and he achieved popularity in such diverse regions as Turkey, South America and India.

19/07/2010

There has been widespread international condemnation over the vote in the US House Appropriations Subcommittee on Foreign Operations markup session to allocate $10m (£6.6m) of direct aid to 'Nagorno-Karabakh' as a part of the fiscal year (FY) 2011 budget. This constitutes a $2m (£1.3m) increase on the FY2010, and doubles the FY2009 budget allocation. The allocation of aid directly to Nagorno-Karabakh is also in contravention of US State Department policy in the region. The Subcommittee also approved $44m (£29.2m) in aid to Armenia.

19/07/2010

Dr Parvin Ahanchi, Fulbright scholar and Leading Researcher at the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography of the Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences presented a lecture entitled Occupation and Conflict in Azerbaijan at the San José Peace and Justice Centre, California. This was attended by students and public from universities across northern California and members of the Centre.

19/07/2010

Specialist craneage company EnerMech has been awarded an £8.2m operation, maintenance and inspection contract by BP in Azerbaijan. The three-year deal includes the provision of core personnel for offshore crane operations in Baku, lifting equipment, engineering and technical services, spare parts, repair services, and training facilities.

19/07/2010

In London, SOCAR and BP have a signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) regarding the joint exploration and development of structures D8 and D10 in the Caspian Sea, now known as the Shafag and Asiman structures, respectively. The signatories were Rovnag Abdullayev, President, SOCAR, and Andy Inglis, Chief Executive of Exploration and Production, BP. It is anticipated that a 25-year production-sharing agreement (PSA) will be signed in the near future.

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