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05 Oct 2017 description

"Many people are displaced but they are in areas that are highly militarised. There's a pressure that you have to be prepared, that war can explode at any time"

By Anna Pujol-Mazzini

TALISH, Azerbaijan, Oct 5 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Conflict can be long, slow and boring. Especially for the civilians stuck in its midst, living a half life that is neither full war nor genuine peace.

It is more than 20 years since a ceasefire formally ended fighting between ethnic Azeris and Armenians in the disputed enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh.

02 Sep 2017 description
report EurasiaNet

by Stephen M. Bland

At 7 AM on a recent Monday morning, the staff of the HALO Trust gathered at their compound in Stepanakert, the capital of Nagorno-Karabakh. This summer, tension has been running high amid frequent exchanges of gunfire along the line of contact separating Armenian and Azerbaijani forces.

22 Jul 2017 description
report AzerNews

Azerbaijan and Pakistan have agreed to establish relations in the field of humanitarian mine clearance as chairman of the Pakistani National Disaster Management Agency Omar Mahmoud Hayat met with director of Azerbaijan National Agency for Mine Action (ANAMA) Gazanfar Ahmadov. The two countries agreed to exchange experience in humanitarian mine clearance operations, Azertac reported.

Ahmadov highlighted ANAMAs activity and international projects, including workshops for local and international experts.

05 Jul 2017 description

MOSCOW / WASHINGTON D.C. / PARIS, 5 July 2017 - The OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs – Ambassador Igor Popov of the Russian Federation, Ambassador Stephane Visconti of France, and Ambassador Richard Hoagland of the United States – have received information of renewed violence late in the evening on July 4 at Alkhanli village of Fizuli region that resulted in casualties, including civilians.

05 Jul 2017 description
report AzerNews

By Rashid Shirinov

Azerbaijan National Agency for Mine Action (ANAMA) has concluded the mine cleaning operations in the liberated Jojug Marjanli village of Jabrayil region.

During the 126 days of operations, ANAMA inspected 151 houses in the village and the area where the new road will be laid out, Trend reported on July 3.

05 Jul 2017 description
report AzerNews

By Rashid Shirinov

Construction of 100 more houses starts in Jojug Marjanli village, Azerbaijan’s State Committee for Refugees and IDPs reported on July 4.

In this regard, representatives of the Social Fund for Development of IDPs and construction companies visited the liberated Jojug Marjanli and inspected the area where the new settlement will be built.

29 Jun 2017 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Cereal production in 2017 forecast at average level

  • Cereal imports expected to increase slightly from 2016/17 marketing year

  • Prices of locally-produced wheat flour increased by 40 percent over last 12 months

Cereal production in 2017 forecast at close to five-year average level

24 Jun 2017 description
report European Commission

Statement by the Spokesperson on fatalities in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

Recent violations of the ceasefire resulting in further fatalities on the Line of Contact in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone are a stark reminder that the status quo is unsustainable.

The Presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan have repeatedly committed to the ceasefire and the peaceful settlement of this conflict.

22 Jun 2017 description

SG/SM/18584

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:

We take note of the 19 June statement by the Co-Chairs of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Minsk Group following their recent travel to the region. We share the Co-Chairs’ concern over the recent ceasefire violations, which have resulted in regrettable casualties in the Line of Contact. We echo their appeal to the parties to avoid further escalation and to consider measures that would reduce tensions.

09 Jun 2017 description
report AzerNews

By Rashid Shirinov

The restoration work is nearing completion in the liberated Jojug Marjanli village of Jabrayil region.

Chief Executive of the region Kamal Hasanov told Trend that more than 90 percent of the restoration work has been completed. “The work will be fully completed in the near future and the resettlement of people will begin.”

18 Apr 2017 description

Diplomatic efforts have stalled with little progress in sight

A year after the worst clashes between Azerbaijani forces and the Armenian-backed Karabakh army since the 1994 ceasefire, regional experts warn that any future outbreak of violence is likely to be even deadlier.

More than a dozen civilians living on the frontline were killed and many more injured after fighting broke out between in the early hours of April 2, 2016.

(See also Frontline Residents Count Cost of War.

02 Apr 2017 description

One year after Nagorno-Karabakh’s violent flare-up in April 2016, the danger of even more perilous fighting remains real. Further hostilities risk a larger regional conflagration with far-reaching humanitarian consequences. Crisis Group’s Europe and Central Asia Program Director, Magdalena Grono, assesses risks in the region.

31 Mar 2017 description

VIENNA, 31 March 2017 – OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Austria’s Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz, today joined the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs’ call for the sides to renew engagement in the political settlement process as expressed in their statement on 29 March.

26 Jan 2017 description
report AzerNews

By Rashid Shirinov

Residents of the Jojug Marjanli village in the Jabrayil region seek to return to their homes after the village was liberated from the Armenian occupation, and now will be restored upon the presidential order.

The village was liberated from the Armenian occupation in April 2016 as a result of a successful counter-attack of the Azerbaijani Army. Now, the village is fully under control of the Azerbaijani side and people can safely live in the village.

24 Jan 2017 description
report AzerNews

A monthly allowance of 36 manats shall be allocated for IDPs and those equal to them from 1 January 2017 on, instead of payments for food as well as communal and other services from the state budget for IDPs and those alike.

The Cabinet of Ministers was tasked to determine the contingent to which the monthly allowance prescribed. The procedure of payment shall be determined and reported to the President.

Proposals on adjusting the presidential acts to this decree shall be prepared within one month and submitted the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

06 Jan 2017 description
report AzerNews

By Nigar Abbasova

The World Bank (WB), one of the most prestigious international financial institutions, continues to render its assistance for provision of better livelihoods, improvement of living conditions and increasing the economic self-reliance of targeted internally displaced persons (IDP) in Azerbaijan.

The institution plans to improve living conditions of some 371,000 IDP’s and refugees in Azerbaijan till 2020. The bank plans to issue loans worth some $15 million till 2020.

22 Dec 2016 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Total cereal production in 2016 anticipated at record level

  • Imports of cereals in 2016/17 forecast close to previous year’s level

  • Prices of wheat products declined in November

Cereal production estimated to reach new record in 2016

01 Dec 2016 description

Gabala, Azerbaijan: A workshop on flood forecasting and early warning system has kicked of today in Gabala city of Azerbaijan where UNDP and GEF are implementing a joint project in close collaboration with the Ministry of Emergency Situations. The workshop brought together local stakeholders, project beneficiaries, national and international experts, community leaders and project staff.

04 Nov 2016 description
report AzerNews

By Amina Nazarli

The Geography Institute of the ANAS has revealed a map of landslide zones on a territory of Baku.

Nariman Pashayev, Head of the Department of Economic and Political Geography of the Institute said that about 20 areas in the capital are considered landslide zones and more than 150,000 people live on the territory.

These zones are Ahmadli and Zigh avenues, areas in Binagadi, Bailov, Badamdar and around Masazir lake.

25 Jul 2016 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Prospects for 2016 cereal production favourable

  • Cereal imports to increase slightly from 2015/16 marketing year

  • Prices of wheat flour 30 percent higher in mid‑2016 than at same time last year

Favourable weather contributed to bumper cereal crop in 2016