Baku, July 14, AssA-Irada: Armenia is still ignoring Azerbaijan's demand to stop setting ablaze the latter's occupied territories as well as the international community's reproaches. All settlements, historical monuments and cemeteries in the occupied lands have been destroyed as a result of the arsons. Half the 50km area of Aghdam District along the frontline has been burned down. According to the district's residents, thick smoke is seen from a 25-30 km distance. Houses have been razed to ground, while valuable trees felled and infrastructure destroyed, eyewitnesses say.
Baku, July 14, AssA-Irada: Armenian
Foreign Minister Vardan Oskanian has said his country's position on the
Armenia-Azerbaijan Upper (Nagorno) Garabagh conflict remains unchanged.
Yerevan will inform the US co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group Matthew
Bryza about this during his upcoming visit to the region in August, Oskanian
said. He stated that activity aimed at the conflict resolution will be
somewhat stepped up after the American intermediary's visit.
Bryza is expected to hold talks in Baku and then in Yerevan.
President Ilham Aliyev said on Monday the latest proposals made by the OSCE Minsk Group mediating settlement to the Armenia-Azerbaijan Upper (Nagorno) Garabagh conflict show the position of its co-chairs but haven't been agreed by the sides. The two countries are far from reaching a peace accord, he told Turkey's Jumhuriyyat (Republic) newspaper.
"The co-chairs just disclosed some of the proposals in their latest statements.
Baku, July 3 - Azeri Deputy Foreign Minister Araz Azimov has said no "framework agreement" on the Armenia-Azerbaijan Upper (Nagorno) Garabagh conflict is under discussion.
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) rapporteur on migration, refugees and population has called on Azerbaijan and Armenia to cooperate on prisoners of war, hostages and missing persons.
Azerbaijani and Armenian Presidents Ilham Aliyev and Robert Kocharian met in Bucharest for another round of talks on resolving the long-standing Upper (Nagorno) Garabagh conflict on Sunday. The meeting, held at the Polish embassy in the Romanian capital, produced no results.
The first part of the four-hour meeting was attended by the OSCE chairman-in-office and Belgian Foreign Minister Karel De Gucht, co-chairmen of the mediating OSCE Minsk Group Steven Mann, Yuri Merzlyakov and Bernard Fassier, as well as the OSCE chairman's special envoy, Andrjei Casprzyk.
Baku, June 6, AssA-Irada - The latest meeting between the Azerbaijani and Armenian presidents to discuss settlement of the long-standing Upper (Nagorno) Garabagh conflict lasted five hours. Discussions were held both between the presidents and at the level of OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs mediating the peace process.
"It's premature to talk of any advancement in the negotiations," Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov has said while commenting on the latest round of Aliyev-Kocharian talks.
He said the presidents had reaffirmed their positions on a number of issues.
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev sent a harsh message to Armenia on Friday, a statement that follows a visit by the OSCE mediators brokering settlement to the long-standing conflict over Upper (Nagorno) Garabagh to the region. Aliyev said the occupied territories will be freed no matter what it takes.
"We will make use of all means to liberate our land from occupation. We will resort to diplomatic, economic, transport, and, if necessary, military means, as this is our right," the Azerbaijani leader said addressing celebrations dedicated to the Day of Republic, May 28.
President Ilham Aliyev has said Azerbaijan will never come to terms with the loss of its lands and with the establishment of the second Armenian state on its territory. Azerbaijan is the victim of Armenian aggression and has nonetheless made concessions by respecting the ceasefire agreement signed 10 years ago.
In fact, it is Armenia who has occupied Azerbaijani lands and has to vacate them now, Aliyev said in an address at the NATO spring session in Paris on Tuesday. As originally anticipated, Aliyev mainly focused on the Upper (Nagorno) Garabagh conflict.
Baku, May 18, AssA-Irada - 14 years have passed since the occuipation of Lachin, a district representing strategic importance for Azerbaijan, by agressor Armenia.
Displaced persons from the district settled throughout the country gathered in the capital Baku on Thursday to visit the Cemetery of Martyrs to pay tribute to the war victims.
The IDPs said they are ready to resort to all means to free their land from Armenian occupation, indicating that war is the only option to achieve the goal.
Baku, May 2, AssA-Irada - The OSCE mediators brokering settlement to the Armenia-Azerbaijan Upper (Nagorno) Garabagh conflict started their talks in Moscow on Tuesday.
Baku, April 24, AssA-Irada - The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group brokering settlement to the Armenia-Azerbaijan Upper (Nagorno) Garabagh conflict have made new proposals concerning two issues that were not agreed during the latest round of talks between the two countries' presidents in Rambouillet, France in February, officials said.
The suggestions serve to moving forward the negotiating process, Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov said.
Baku, April 21, AssA-Irada - Armenian Defense Minister Serzh Sarkisian has said the current format of the negotiations to settle the long-standing Upper (Nagorno) Garabagh conflict is unlikely to change any time soon.
"Certainly, Upper Garabagh's participation [in peace talks] would be good. But everything is not unfolding as desired," he told the press after attending the illegal military exercises in the occupied Azeri territories.
Sarkisian said Azerbaijan is allegedly trying to make "unreasonable proposals' with regard to the conflict settlement.
President Ilham Aliyev has said Azerbaijan's talks with Armenia to resolve the long-standing Upper (Nagorno) Garabagh conflict have entered into a new format meeting the country's interests.
"The new format will lay foundation for the restoration of the Azeri territorial integrity," Aliyev said on a tour to the country's north-western districts last week. The president stressed that Azerbaijan has to strengthen its military potential in the meantime.
He said great attention is being paid to boosting border security.
Azerbaijani Deputy Foreign Minister Araz Azimov has said new proposals and concessions are essential in the settlement of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Upper (Nagorno) Garabagh conflict.
"But the outcome should not be aside from the basic framework [for conflict resolution]," he said, when commenting on a statement by the Russian co-chairman of the mediating OSCE Minsk Group Yuri Merzlyakov that the intermediaries' new suggestions "concern some principles of the conflict settlement".
Azimov said the internationally-accepted autonomy models are currently being …
Baku, April 11, AssA-Irada - The latest round of Armenia-Azerbaijan talks to settle the Upper (Nagorno) Garabagh conflict failed, but chances remain to strike a deal, an international mediator has said.
The parties failed to agree upon the issues of principle during the negotiations held by Presidents Ilham Aliyev and Robert Kocharian in Rambouillet, France in February, which was followed by mutual threats.
Baku, April 7, AssA-Irada
Armenian Foreign Minister Vardan Oskanian made destructive statements during the recent discussions on the Armenia-Azerbaijan Upper (Nagorno) Garabagh conflict with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in Moscow.
Oskanian said the conflict settlement will be specified over the next two months.
Tensions have escalated on the Armenia-Azerbaijan frontline, as hopes for settling the long-standing Upper (Nagorno) Garabagh conflict subside after the fruitless round of talks between the two leaders in France in February.
Over the last month, five Azerbaijani soldiers have been killed by Armenian fire and several others wounded in truce violations that the sides blame on each other.
Baku, March 31, AssA-Irada
Defense Minister Safar Abiyev said on Friday that the frequent shooting on the Armenia-Azerbaijan frontline has heightened the tensions.
Abiyev expressed his regret that the frequent ceasefire violations by Armenia of late have caused casualties in the Azerbaijani army.
"The breaches have become regular. Another soldier of ours died in the line of fire on Thursday," he said.*
The future of Azerbaijan's poultry industry looks quite bleak if the current situation persists, a conclusion made by managers of local poultry farms. No cases of avian influenza were registered at 21 out of 23 poultry farms that are members of the National Poultry Society.
This is confirmed by hygienic certificates and other all-clear documents issued by the State Veterinarian Service. No cases of the infection have been discovered in thousands of farm workers who have been in immediate contact with birds either, the factory executives told a news conference on Monday.