BAKU - Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov has called on the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) members to increase their support for a swift resolution of the long-standing Nagorno Karabakh conflict with Armenia.
"The occupation of 20% of the territory of Azerbaijan by neighboring Armenia and the existence of 1 million refugees and IDPs in our country remains one of the major impediments for the stability, development and prosperity of the ECO region.
BAKU - Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev on Wednesday attended a ceremony to inaugurate a complex of houses for IDPs in Yevlakh.
Accompanied by first lady Mehriban Aliyeva, the president toured the complex.
10 five-storied buildings have a total of 612 apartments. The complex has its own 50-seat kindergarten and schools with the total capacity of 440 students.
The President also attended the opening of a secondary school in the settlement
BAKU - The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group brokering settlement to the Upper (Nagorno) Karabakh conflict have issued a statement assessing their visit to the Armenia-occupied territories surrounding Azerbaijan's Nagorno Karabakh region.
The Field Assessment Mission took place October 7-13. The mission was supported by OSCE Personal Representative of the Chairman-in-Office Andrzej Kasprzyk and his staff.
BAKU - The OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs brokering settlement to the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict over Upper (Nagorno) Karabakh are due to arrive in Baku on October 4.
Igor Popov, the Russian co-chair, told the press that talks will be held with Azerbaijani leaders October 4-5 about the upcoming visit by an international fact-finding mission to the Armenia-occupied territories around Nagorno Karabakh.
The personal representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office, Andrzej Kasprzyk, will take part in the talks, along with the Russian co-chair and his counterparts, …
NEW YORK - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has supported the initiative to remove snipers from the contact line between Azerbaijani and Armenian troops.
Speaking following a meeting with Armenian Foreign Minister Eduard Nalbandian in New York, he said this would reinforce the ceasefire accord signed by the two countries in 1994.
Armenia and Azerbaijan waged a war in the early 1990s, which claimed some 30,000 lives and displaced about a million Azerbaijanis. Armenia still occupies 20 percent of Azerbaijan's territory in defiance of international law.
BAKU - The issue of displaced persons is a major obstacle to the developments in the South Caucasus region, the European Union special envoy visiting Baku has said.
Peter Semneby said in a meeting with the Azerbaijani community of Nagorno Karabakh, a region occupied by Armenian troops since a war in the early 1990s, that he had studied the situation facing the IDPs in Azerbaijan.
Semneby said that two issues should be particularly taken into account in signing a peace accord in the future. "These are Azerbaijan's territorial integrity and ensuring a return of the displaced …
BAKU - OSCE mediators brokering settlement to the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict over Upper (Nagorno) Karabakh are working on additional measures needed to strengthen the cease-fire between the two South Caucasus foes.
The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Igor Popov of Russia, Bernard Fassier of France, and Robert Bradtke of the United States - began their visit in Baku on Monday.
BAKU - Azerbaijan will allocate aid worth $1 million to Pakistan to assist the people affected by recent floods and eliminate the aftermath of the disaster, the Foreign Ministry said.
1,600 people have been killed and 14 million people suffered the consequences of the devastating floods in the past two weeks. Along with human casualties, torrential rains have damaged thousands of homes and water torrents have swept away villages in some Pakistani regions.
Several million people are in a dire need of food supplies.
The European Union's foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, has expressed concern over the recent deadly clash between Azerbaijani and Armenian troops on the frontline.
President Ilham Aliyev met Tuesday with the residents of the Sabirabad region who were temporarily moved to tent-camps following devastating floods that have swept across Azerbaijan, damaging homes and arable land, AzerTAj state news agency reported.
President Aliyev also held a meeting in the town of Shirvan to discuss ways of eliminating the consequences of the disaster, which was caused by the rising level of the Kura river.
Torrential rains that occured in the last few days have caused Kura to overflow, flooding 40 Azerbaijani regions. 20,000 homes have …
The French mediator brokering settlement to the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict has said any solution of the long-standing dispute is to cover granting an interim status and ensuring the security of Upper (Nagorno) Garabagh and the return of Azerbaijanis displaced during the 1990s hostilities to their homes, Armenian media reported.
Bernard Fassier, who co-chairs the OSCE Minsk Group mediating the peace process, detailed the content of the updated Madrid principles for a conflict settlement while addressing the NATO Parliamentary Assembly's Rose Roth seminar in Yerevan.
The Azerbaijani and Armenian presidents both expressed their commitment to continue pursuing a peaceful settlement to the Upper (Nagorno) Garabagh conflict and reaffirmed the seriousness of their side in the negotiations, international mediators have said after meeting with the two leaders.
On Wednesday, the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs - Yuri Merzlyakov of Russia, Bernard Fassier of France and Robert Bradtke of the United States - met with Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian in Yerevan.
As instructed by their presidents in L'Aquila in July 2009, the co-chairs delivered to President …