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The President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, and theEuropean Commissioner for Energy, Gunther Oettinger, will visitAzerbaijan and Turkmenistan next week to discuss the Nabucco gaspipeline project, Barroso said on Wednesday, RIA Novosti reports.The South Corridor includes Nabucco (Azerbaijan-Turkey-Austria), TGI(Turkey-Greece-Italy) and TAP (Trans Adriatic Pipeline). The Nabuccoconsortium expects gas supplies from Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan and Iraqto fill the pipeline system.

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Azerbaijan will employ 9,815 foreigners this year, APA reports.The head of the Azerbaijani Migration Department of the Ministry ofLabor and Social Protection, Rauf Tagiyev, said that most of theworkplaces will be available in the construction sphere. He added thatthe oil sector has the second highest demand for foreign workers.

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Azerbaijani opposition 'Umid' Party plans to hold a congress in 2011, the Party Chairman Igbal Agazade told Trend today. According to him, preparation work for the congress is underway in district organizations.During the Third Congress held in 2002, the Civil Solidarity Party joined 'Umid' Party and Igbal Agazade was elected chairman.Other opposition parties such as Musavat and Classic Popular Front Party also plan to hold congresses this year.Agazade said that Umid party plans to intensify its organizational activity in 2011.

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The Joint Petrochemical Company SOCAR-TURCAS has received a license for the wholesale of gas on the domestic market of Turkey, Trend reports.The license was granted for a period of 30 years by the regulatory group of the Turkish energy market.An agreement was signed earlier by Turkey for the acquisition and subsequent sale of gas amounting to 1.2 billion cubic meters per year to Turkey. Most of the gas will flow to the petrochemical complex

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The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is the biggest problem of Azerbaijan, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov said. "Almost 20 percent of our territories have been occupied by Armenia, and in 1992 Armenian armed forces killed the entire population of the town of Khojali.

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Today is National Solidarity Day in Azerbaijan. The proclamation of Azerbaijan's independence triggered the growth of national self-conciousness and the need to communicate with compatriots abroad, so a National Solidarity Day of all Azerbaijanis was declared by the President in 1993

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The General Consulate of Azerbaijan opened today in Batumi, GeorgiaOnline reports.The Consulate is aimed at protecting the interests of citizens ofAzerbaijan and promoting the deepening of relations between the twocountries.The premier of Adjara, Levan Varshalomidze, called the opening of theAzerbaijani consulate in Batumi a historic moment and congratulatedthe Azerbaijanis living in Ajaria on World Azerbaijani Solidarity Day.

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The news that an Azerbaijani company will invest in the constructionof a hotel in Batumi, Georgia, was announced today at the foundationlaying ceremony of the "Gardens of Babylon" Hotel in Batumi, Trendreports.The opening of the hotel is scheduled for 2012. The Azerbaijani "DIAHolding" company has allocated $ 35 million for its construction. Thiswill be the first investment in the hotel industry of Georgia fromAzerbaijan.

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SOCAR (the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan) has opened eight newservice stations in Georgia, Trend reports, referring to the company’sinformation.With the construction of the new stations the total number of gasstations owned by SOCAR in Georgia has reached 64.

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In 2010, the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR) invested $ 22.7 million in the oil sector of Georgia, which was the largest investment in the sector in the past year, 1news.az reports, referring to a statement from the Georgian Union of Oil Importers.The second largest capital investment was made by the Georgian company WISSOL Petroleum Georgia, which invested $ 11.4 million in 2010.

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Azerbaijan hopes that the appointment of the new US ambassador to thecountry, Matthew Bryza, will intensify the role of Washington in thesettlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Trend reports."The US is the co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group on theNagorno-Karabakh conflict. Until now, the Minsk Group has not achievedany results which are satisfying to Azerbaijan, the conflict remainsunresolved. Naturally, the responsibility is some extent on the US,"Ali Akhmedov, the vice head of the Azerbaijani ruling party said. 

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The government of Georgia and SOCAR (the State Oil Company of theAzerbaijani Republic) have signed a new deal on gas supplies toGeorgia until 2020, Energy Minister Alexander Khetaguri told a pressconference, Business Georgia reports.He says that the contract provides secure gas supplies to Georgia. Theminister added that it will stabilize consumer prices.

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Pardoned prisoners are being released, by decree of AzerbaijaniPresident Ilham Aliyev, Trend reports.92 prisoners were pardoned, 20 of whom are serving their sentences inspecial structures, the head of the penal execution service of theJustice Ministry of Azerbaijan, Malik Alekperov, said.He said that four citizens from Bangladesh and two from Pakistan areamong those pardoned.

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