Foreign minister of Portugal visits Azerbaijan

Portugal is planning to develop cooperation with Azerbaijan in all spheres, the Foreign Minister of Portugal Luis Amado said, Trend reports. He said that the position of the two countries coincides on many issues. He also added that Azerbaijan is an active participant of the EU's Eastern Partnership initiative. The minister invited his Azerbaijani counterpart Elmar Mammadyarov to visit Lisbon.

Heavy rains leave Azerbaijani villagers without power

Rains and strong winds that started on Wednesday night have disrupted energy supplies in Azerbaijan's Shaki (300 km north-west of Baku), as well as damaging roads and knocking down trees, APA reports. The waters of the Gurdjana River also flooded the town. The Emergency Ministry department is taking measures.

Azerbaijani journalists visit Armenia

A group of Azerbaijani journalists have visited Armenia. They are currently in Georgia, after returning from Yerevan, and today they will visit Baku, News Azerbaijan reports. Journalists Gulu Magerramli, Arif Aliyev, Khoshgadam Bakhshaliyev, Asef Guliyev and the director of the Institute of Media Rights, Rashid Gadjily, were participating in the international conference "Freedom of media in the Caucasus". The next conference will be held in Baku, and will see the participation of Armenian journalists.

Azerbaijani opposition coalition splits

The Azadlyg“(Freedom) Azerbaijani opposition coalition, containing three parties, has split, a spokesman for the People's Front of Azerbaijan said, News Azerbaijan reports.The coalition consisted of the People“s Front, the Liberal Party and the party of Civilians and Development. It existed for 4 years.

Aliyev approves Azerbaijani Interior Ministry structure

Azerbaijani President Ilkham Aliyev has approved the structure of the republic's  Interior Ministry, 1news.az reports. The structure was approved to allow the decree of November 11, 2008 to be fulfilled. The decree introduced changes and adjustments to the decree of May 14, 2007 on determining the limit of employees and the structure of the Azerbaijani state migration service.

Azerbaijan and Turkey sign agreement on regulating securities market

The state committee for securities of Azerbaijan signed a memorandum with the Turkish council Capital Markets Board (SPK). They will exchange information and cooperate in technology, Trend reports, citing the state committee. The document was signed on July 13 by the head of the SPK, Vedat Akgiray, and the head of the Azerbaijani state committee, Rufat Aslandy.

Azerbaijan to participate in international defense industry exhibitions

Azerbaijan plans to participate in international defense industry exhibitions in Poland and South Africa, the Azerbaijani Defense Industry Minister, Yaver Jamalov, said, Vesti.az reports. The minister said that defense products will be exhibited for the second time. Last year, an exhibition in Istanbul presented 27 products, in March this year the exhibition in Oman (Jordan) demonstrated 55 products.

Azerbaijani Academy of Sciences develops naming system

Azerbaijan will use a new system to list names, Trend reports, citing the director of the Institute of Information Technologies of Azerbaijani National Academy of Sciences, Rasim Aliguliyev. He told that names corresponding to the national, cultural and ideological values of Azerbaijan will be added to the ‘green list’ and there will be no limitations to these names. The second category is the ‘yellow list’ - names that sound bad in other languages or could become the subject of taunts.

Azerbaijani-Georgian border delimitation discussed in Baku

Baku saw on Wednesday Azerbaijani-Georgian border delimitation talks, Trend reports. The consultations were held by the Azerbaijani and Georgian deputy ministers, Khalaf Khalafov and David Chalaganiya, the press-center of Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry reports. Progress in defining the border was noted. The next session of the state commission will be held in Baku in September.

Russia and Azerbaijan will sign state border treaty in September

The president of Russia Dmitri Medvedev will pay an official visit to Azerbaijan in September. It is expected that during the visit the sides will sign a treaty on national borders between the Russian Federation and Azerbaijan, 1news.az reports.The treaty project provides for delineation and demarcation of the frontiers.

Azerbaijani and Moldovan Constitutional Courts sign memorandum of cooperation

The Constitutional Courts of Azerbaijan and Moldova have signed a memorandum of cooperation on Wednesday . The document was signed during the visit of the head of the?Moldovan Constitutional Court to Azerbaijan. The memorandum was signed by the chairmen of the Azerbaijani and Moldovan Constitutional Courts, Farhad Abdullayev and Dumitru Pulbere. "Relations between the Constitutional Courts of Azerbaijan and Moldova are developing in parallel. Our participation in international organizations will promote the development of relations between the countries," Abdullayev said.

Oil policy in the Caspian region (Part 2)

Oil policy in the Caspian region (Part 2)

The literature devoted to oil issues in Azerbaijan can be divided into two categories. The first group is constituted by Azerbaijani historical work in which various economic and political issues somehow connected with oil are studied. The second group of works is devoted to hydrocarbons themselves.

Azerbaijani journalists to attend conference in Yerevan

A group of Azerbaijani journalists will make a 2-day visit to Yerevan. According to Media forum, there will be five Azerbaijani journalists: TV journalist Gulu Magerramli, chairman of the ‘Yeni Nesil’ journalist union Arif Aliyev, editor-in-chief of the ‘Euch nogte’ newspaper Khoshgedem Bakhshaliyev, head of the Institute of Media Rights Rashid Gadjilly and member of AzTV Asaf Guliyev.

Moscow and Baku get category ‘A’ for service level

The UN decided on July 1st to add the capitals of Russia and Azerbaijan, Moscow and Baku, to the list of category ‘A’ level services and accommodation, 1news.az reports, citing the Foreign Ministry of Azerbaijan. The category system ranges from ‘E’ to ‘A’. The UN has international delegations to determine the category.

German-Azerbaijani economic forum in Baku

An official delegation of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology of Germany will visit Azerbaijan on 18th and 23rd July, Trend reports, citing the information of the German-Azerbaijani economic unity organisation (DAWF). The main event of the visit is the 11th economic forum, to be held in Baku on July 19th.

Socar opens new gas stations in Georgia

Thesister company of SOCAR (the state oil company of Azerbaijan), SOCAR Georgia Petroleum, has opened three new gas stations under the ‘SOCAR’ trademark in Georgia, meeting modern standards, Trend reports, citing a SOCAR press-release. The stations were opened in Gori, in the village of Fvirtli in the Kutais region and the region of Khashuri.The total number of gas stations trading under the SOCAR brand has reached 37.

Serbia interested in Azerbaijani gas

Serbia and Azerbaijan have a great potential for further development and promotion of trade and economic cooperation, Serbian Prime Minister Mirko Cvetkovic said today in a meeting with Azerbaijani Minister of Economic Development Shahin Mustafayev, Trend reported. "Serbia and Azerbaijan have had very good bilateral political relations, and expressed his gratitude to Azerbaijan on its consistent support to Serbia's defending the principles of its sovereignty and territorial integrity in Kosovo-Metohija," Cvetkovic said.

Azerbaijani, Armenian foreign ministers to meet on July 17

An informal meeting of OSCE foreign ministers, hosted by the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Kazakhstan's State Secretary and Foreign Minister Kanat Saudabayev, will be held on July 16-17 in Almaty, APA reports.During the meeting, which will take place at the Ak-Bulak Resort, 35 kilometers south-east of the former Kazakh capital of Almaty, foreign ministers and other high-level representatives from the 56 OSCE participating states will consider matters related to security in Europe.

Oil policy in the Caspian region (Part 1)

Oil policy in the Caspian region (Part 1)

The energy problems of the Azerbaijani Caspian sea sector are addressed in many scientific and analytic works. These studies are for the most part written by political experts, so the problem is examined in the framework of political research of the Caspian states.

Turkey will deliver 500 mln cubic metres of gas to Nakhchyvan

Ankara and Baku made an arrangеment about transport of 500 mln cubic meters of gas to Nakhchyvan, reports Turan, referring to the Sabah newspaper and sources in the Turkish Energy Ministry. The Azerbaijani president asked the Turkish government about transportation of gas from "Stage-1" of the gas-field development "Shah-Deniz" during the signing af a gas agreement in Istanbul on the 7th of June 2010.