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Afghanistan + 7 others
Volrep and Border Monitoring Monthly Update - September 2014

VOLUNTARY RETURN TO AFGHANISTAN

1 – 30 September 2014: In September 2014, a total of 1,719 Afghan refugees voluntarily repatriated to Afghanistan.
Of this, 1,253 came from Pakistan, 447 from Iran, 9 from Tajikistan, 9 from Kazakstan and 1 from the Russian Federation.

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World + 69 others
CrisisWatch N°134 - 1 October 2014

The U.S. expanded its aerial campaign against Islamic State (IS) militants in late September with strikes in Syria’s north and east. The operation, which targets both IS and fighters linked to al-Qaeda’s central leadership and the affiliated group Jabhat al-Nusra, risks alienating other rebel groups in Syria and strengthening support for IS.

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Rains flooded Batumi and Poti

Tbilisi, Georgia, Sept.21

By Nana Kirtzkhalia – Trend:

The cities of Batumi and Poti in Western Georgia have been flooded as a result of continuous rains.

In Batumi rains flooded an auto station and some streets.

The rainfall did not create traffic jams. However, the movement of cars is hampered.

A five-point storm has been recorded on the sea.

In Poti the water rushed into the yards of several residential houses and flooded the first floors.

Local authorities provide aid to victims and assess damage.

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Heydar Aliyev Foundation distributes schoolbags, teaching aids to schools

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The Heydar Aliyev Foundation distributed 10,000 bags and teaching aids on the eve of the school year 2014-2015 for first-form pupils from IDP and refugee families.

Each year, the Foundation presents schoolbags and teaching aids to first-form pupils from refugee and IDP families that were forced to leave their permanent places of residence as a result of Armenia's military aggression against Azerbaijan.

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Armenia + 1 other
Leaders Discuss Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict; Kerry Expresses 'Strong Concern'

By RFE/RL

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has expressed "strong concern" to the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan over recent violence around the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.

Kerry met with Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian and Azerbaijani Presidentt Ilham Aliyev on the sidelines of a NATO summit in Wales.

They discussed efforts to resolve the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh after "the deadliest period in the conflict since the 1994 cease-fire took effect," a State Department statement said.

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CrisisWatch N°133 - 1 September 2014

The fight for control of Libya between the Misrata-led Islamist-leaning coalition and the Zintan-led forces is escalating by the day. Hundreds have been killed and thousands displaced in over six weeks of clashes and heavy artillery fire. The Misrata side emerged victorious in the battle over Tripoli’s international airport, taking control of the capital, and made advances around Benghazi, but the larger political divide remains unresolved.

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Drought to affect agriculture in coming years

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21 AUGUST 2014, 09:30 (GMT+05:00)

By Nigar Orujova

This year's drought will affect the future of Azerbaijan, National Academy of Science said. The torrid summer has already damaged some sectors in Azerbaijan and the rainless weather is expected to continue in the coming days. Moreover, the hottest day of the year with 40-42 degrees above zero is predicted to come on August 20.

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Persecution of rights activists must stop – UN experts call on the Government of Azerbaijan

GENEVA (19 August 2014) – United Nations human rights experts* today condemned the growing tendency to prosecute prominent human rights defenders in Azerbaijan, and urged the Government “to show leadership and reverse the trend of repression, criminalization and prosecution of human rights work in the country.”

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Armenia + 1 other
Putin Hosts Azeri, Armenian Leaders For Karabakh Talks

The presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan have begun their trilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss the conflict in the Nagorno-Karabakh region.

The meeting began at Putin's summer retreat near Sochi.

Putin said both Azerbaijan and Armenia have the "good will to resolve the conflict peacefully."

News agencies quoted Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev saying the "conflict must be resolved, as it has been going on for two long."

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Azerbaijan + 1 other
Azeri-Armenian Conflict Fears as Death Toll Rises

Rising numbers of casualties shake 20-year-old ceasefire agreement.

By Armen Karapetyan, Afgan Mukhtarli - Caucasus

CRS Issue 747,

8 Aug 14

Rising fatalities on the front line around Nagorny Karabakh have raised fears that sporadic shootings may be tipping over into the most serious escalation of tensions since full-scale hostilities ended two decades ago.

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Ilham Aliyev attended the opening of a new settlement for 632 IDP families in Agdam

President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has attended the opening of a new settlement for 632 IDP families in Agdam District.

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Armenia + 1 other
Putin to tackle threat of Karabakh war with leaders of Armenia, Azerbaijan

08/06/2014 05:38 GMT

MOSCOW, August 6, 2014 (AFP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin will this week host leaders of arch-foes Armenia and Azerbaijan for talks as fears grow that military clashes may lead to a resumption of one of the bloodiest post-Soviet wars.

At the heart of the dispute is the fate of Nagorny Karabakh, a region mostly inhabited by ethnic Armenians that broke away from Azerbaijan with the help of Armenia in a war that claimed some 30,000 lives between 1991 and 1994.

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Armenia + 1 other
Putin to mediate Nagorny Karabakh crisis this week: FM

MOSCOW, August 4, 2014 (AFP) - Russia's President Vladimir Putin will host talks this week between the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan in a bid to quell a surge of violence over the disputed Nagorny Karabakh region, Moscow said Monday.

At least 18 Azerbaijanis and ethnic Armenians have died in recent days in the most serious bout of hostilities over the breakaway region in two decades.

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Armenia + 1 other
Ban urges Armenia, Azerbaijan to observe ceasefire agreement

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4 August 2014 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced his opposition to the renewed fighting over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region in the South Caucasus, urging the Armenian and Azerbaijani sides to respect a ceasefire agreement.

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Azerbaijan + 1 other
Statement by OSCE Chairperson’s Personal Representative Ambassador Andrzej Kasprzyk

TBILISI, 4 August 2014 – Ambassador Andrzej Kasprzyk, the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office on the conflict dealt with by the OSCE Minsk Conference, made the following statement today following recent media reports:

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Azerbaijan + 1 other
OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Minsk Group Co-Chairs deeply concerned about developments at Line of Contact, call for immediate action to defuse tensions

BERN/MOSCOW/PARIS/WASHINGTON, 2 August 2014 – The OSCE Chairperson-in-Office and Swiss Foreign Minister, Didier Burkhalter, together with the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Ambassadors Igor Popov of the Russian Federation, James Warlick of the United States of America, and Pierre Andrieu of France, expressed their deep concern about the intense upsurge in violence along the Line of Contact and Armenian-Azerbaijani border that resulted in numerous casualties reported in recent days.

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CrisisWatch N°132 - 1 August 2014

Increasing Israeli-Palestinian tensions culminated in Israel launching "Operation Protective Edge" in Gaza in early July (see our latest report and commentary). The assault, which started as an aerial campaign and was later extended to include ground operations, reportedly killed more than 1,400 Palestinians throughout the month while 64 Israelis were killed in clashes inside the Gaza Strip and by Hamas rocket fire. Several attempts at reaching a ceasefire agreement failed in July.

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Chad + 2 others
AIDA carries out humanitarian actions in Benin, Chad

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By Sara Rajabova

Azerbaijan International Development Agency (AIDA) as part of strategic cooperation with Islamic Development Bank has jointly carried out humanitarian actions in Benin and Chad. The new actions took place under the "Alliance to Fight Avoidable Blindness" campaign, AzerTag state news agency reported.

A total of 11,640 persons with problems in their eyesight have benefitted from free eye examinations out of which 506 persons in Benin and 835 persons in Chad have undergone surgeries and had their sights restored.

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Armenia + 1 other
Azerbaijani forces kill Karabakh farmer: separatists

07/15/2014 15:19 GMT

YEREVAN, July 15, 2014 (AFP) - Azerbaijani troops killed an Armenian farmer in the latest violent confrontation along the disputed Nagorny Karabakh region's volatile frontline, rebel authorities said on Tuesday.

"On July 14 (Monday), Azerbaijani troops shot dead a resident of Karabakh's Askeran district, Arvind Danielyan," the separatist region's prosecutor general said in a statement.

Danielyan "was working the land on a tractor when Azerbaijani forces opened fire".

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Limited Voting Rights for Azerbaijan's Displaced

By Afgan Mukhtarli - Caucasus
CRS Issue 744

Two decades after the Nagorny Karabakh conflict, Azerbaijanis forced to leave their original homes during the war are unable to vote in local elections.

When Azerbaijan holds municipal council elections this December, hundreds of thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) will not be taking part because they cannot acquire permanent residence status.