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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

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

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.

23/06/2010

"In Azerbaijan, religious leaders are more like brothers – the word 'tolerance' is insufficient. I thank God that I was born in that country", stated Gennadiy Zelmanovich, Chairman of the European Jews, at a meeting at the House of Lords on 18 June, organised by Lord Laird on behalf of The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS). Speaking before a high-ranking delegation of religious figures from the UK and Azerbaijan, he went on to reveal that his homeland has a Jewish community of 30,000, rendering it unique in the region, which is dominated by mono-ethnic states.

18/06/2010

The date of 28 May is important to all Azerbaijanis, for it marks the day in 1918 when the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic (ADR) was established. This is now celebrated across the world, and is a public holiday in Azerbaijan. Despite only lasting for 18 months, foundation of the ADR was historic, for it constituted the first parliamentary democracy in the entire Muslim world.

18/06/2010

An international conference entitled Nagorno-Karabakh: Realities and Prospects has taken place in Baku, bringing together Azerbaijani intellectuals, scientists and representatives from educational NGOs in Turkey, Romania, Kazakhstan and Georgia. The event was co-organised by the Union of Free Teachers with the assistance of the Council of State Support to NGOs. Addressing the conference, Yagub Mahmudov MP, corresponding member of the Azerbaijani National Academy of Sciences, spoke of the causes and implications of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

18/06/2010

A debate on Nagorno-Karabakh will remain on the agenda of the 64th and 65th UN General Assemblies. According to the UN HQ Information Office, the forthcoming session will feature two related issues, namely Protracted conflicts in the GUAM area and their implications for international peace, security and development and The situation in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan. The exact time for these discussions will be specified in late September.

18/06/2010

The Azerbaijani Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies and the Malaysian satellite operator MEASAT have finalised a long-term contract on leasing an orbital position for Azerspace, the first Azerbaijani satellite. This is to be manufactured by the US-based Orbital Sciences Corporation, with lift-off cheduled for June 2012.

18/06/2010

Former England and Arsenal football captain Tony Adams is to coach FC Qabala (Gabala) in a three-year deal. He commented: "Our initial goal will be to build a competitive team." Adams, aged 43 years, will be assisted by Gary Stevens, former Tottenham Hotspur FC player; Turkish technician Fatih Kirvak; and his predecessor as Qabala coach, Ramiz Mammadov, with Alastair Saverimutto as sporting director. The club currently ranks sixth in the Azerbaijani Premier League and has ambitious plans for the 2011–12 campaign.

18/06/2010

The existing Baku zoo is destined for replacement. Huseyngulu Bagirov, Azerbaijani Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources, explained that the current establishment is now regarded as an inappropriate environment for the wide range of animals. Bagirov explained: "The new zoological park, to be constructed on 55ha, near Gyuzdek on the Absheron Peninsula, will be completely different to the existing zoo. The animals will be housed in a simulacrum of their natural habitats."

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