Press Releases


Press Release – Geneva, 13 October: The horrors of the Khojaly Massacre – the worst single atrocity of the ongoing Armenian–Azerbaijani conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh that claimed the lives of 613 civilians – were highlighted during a landmark event in Geneva on 13 October, attended by 120 diplomats, representatives of NGOs, researchers and members of the Azerbaijani diaspora.


Press Release: The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS) has opened a new office in the middle of the diplomatic quarter of Brussels, the hub of the European Union (EU). The relocation reflects the fact that the TEAS Brussels office has been redesignated as TEAS Benelux.


Press Release: During his visit to Baku on 2 October, Pope Francis called for a “stable peace”. The Pontiff met in private with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev on the last leg of a Caucasus tour that also took him to Georgia. He reiterated the calls for peace he made three months ago in Yerevan regarding the ongoing Armenian–Azerbaijani conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh.


Press Release: On 17 September, a new orchestral arrangement of the emotionally-charged tone poem Khojaly 613 – originally written by French composer Pierre Thilloy as a commission by The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS) on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Khojaly Massacre – received a rapt and reverential response from the audience attending the concluding concert of the Les 2 Mondes Festival at the Théâtre de la Sinne in Mulhouse, located in the Alsace region of France.


Press Release: Ali Hasanov, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Azerbaijani Republican Commission for International Humanitarian Assistance, received Elena Ajmone Sessera, Head, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Baku on 3 August. Dialogue focused on the ongoing humanitarian crisis caused by the expulsion of an estimated 875,000 Azerbaijani internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees from their homeland due to the illegal occupation of an estimated 20 per cent of Azerbaijani territory by the Armenian armed forces.


Press Release: Internationally acclaimed Azerbaijani pianist Elchin Shirinov has brought his unique approach to ethno-jazz to two of London’s leading jazz venues – The Spice of Life in Soho and The Vortex in Dalston, performing before an international audience of around 170 across both concerts. The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS) supported his participation.


Press Release: Around 30 Belgian industrialists and representatives of EU and Benelux institutions flocked to the Press Club Brussels Europe – at the heart of the EU diplomatic community – on 22 June to meet H.E. Bert Schoofs, Belgian Ambassador–Designate to Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkmenistan, who takes up his position on 1 August. The event was organised by the Benelux office of The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS).


Press Release: After an armed siege at the police headquarters in Erebuni, Yerevan, that lasted two weeks and cost the lives of two police officers, more than 30 gunmen – members of the Daredevils of Sassoun group – have surrendered. This crisis has rocked the Armenian ruling elite, as it has been a tangible demonstration of discontent amongst Armenian society, an impoverished population who feel disenfranchised and forgotten amidst the ruins of a failed state.


Press Release: The estimated one million Azerbaijani internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees – the ongoing victims of the Armenian–Azerbaijani conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh – have been remembered on UN World Refugee Day, which is commemorated each year on 20 June. The event took place at the Press Club Brussels Europe – at the heart of the EU diplomatic community – and saw the Brussels launch of Khojaly Witness of a War Crime – Armenia in the Dock, a landmark publication from The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS).


Press Release: On 20 June, overdue homage was duly paid to Ahmadiyya Jabrayilov (aka Ahmed Michel) and other Azerbaijani members of the French Resistance who participated in the Maquis de Cabertat and the Third Hussars Regiment during the Second World War.