Turkey tells oil companies to build a pipeline around the Black Sea Straits

Turkey intends to limit shipping traffic through the Bosphorus, so as to lower the risk of oil spillage. The Turkish government has ordered the international oil companies to construct a pipeline on land, Turkish Energy and Natural Resources Minister Taner Yildiz at a meeting with regional oil heads. He said the pipeline could connect the Turkish port of Samsun with Ceyhan on the Mediterranean, as well as expressing interest in a pipeline between Burgas in Bulgaria andAlexandropolis in Greece, Trend reports, citing AP.

Presidents of Azerbaijan and Bulgaria meet in Baku

AzerbaijaniPresident Ilkham Aliyev and President of Bulgaria GeorgiParvanov have held an extended meeting, AzerTag reports.Ilkham Aliyev greeted Parvanov and emphasized the importance of themeeting for further development of relations. He said that Azerbaijanis ready to develop cooperation in all sectors – economic, political,energy and cultural.

Co-chairs of OSCE MG lay groundwork for meeting of foreign ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia in Kazakhstan

Co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group on Nagorno-Karabakh settlement Robert Bradtke (USA), Igor Popov (Russia), Bernard Fassier (France) and the personal representative of the OSCE Andjey Kasprshik will visit Yerevan on 4-5 July. The co-chairs will travel on to Baku, ANS reports.

Status quo in Nagorno-Karabakh should be changed – G8

Status quo in Nagorno-Karabakh should be changed – G8

espite the visible agreement of the sides, the process does not move any further. In the new season the mediators expect to see actual results of their diplomatic efforts.

Saudabayev supports work of OSCE Minsk Group on Nagorno-Karabakh

OSCE chairman Kanat Saudabayev said in Astana that the further work of the OSCE Minsk Group and the will of Armenia and Azerbaijan will lead to a resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. He added that Kazakhstan has been contributing to the process from the very beginning.

Azerbaijani and Turkish armed forces hold military drills

Azerbaijani and Turkish servicemen will take part in joint military exercises in July.In accordance with the bilateral cooperation plan between Azerbaijan and Turkey, Azerbaijani servicemen will participate in courses organized for foreign servicemen in Istanbul from July 12th to 23rd.

Bulgarian President visits Azerbaijan

The Bulgarian President, Georgi Parvanov, has started a two-day visit to Azerbaijan, which will last from June 30th to July 1st, APA reports. The visit will see discussion of bilateral relations development in the political and trade-economic spheres. In Turkey, where he was on a visit before arriving in Azerbaijan, Parvanov offered to organize a trilateral meeting of companies of Bulgaria, Turkey and Azerbaijan to hold talks on gas deliveries from Azerbaijan to Bulgaria .

Azerbaijan and Syria reach agreement on gas supplies for 20 years

Azerbaijan and Syria have reached an agreement on gas prices and different issues of its transportation, Syrian Minister of Oil and Mineral Resources Sufian al-Alaw announced, APA reports.According to him, the sides signed a gas supply agreement for 20 years. Azerbaijan will transport between 1 billion and 1.5 billion cubic meters of gas to Syria annually. The gas will be transported through the territories of Georgia and Turkey

Karabakh should not remain a white spot on the map of Europe

Karabakh should not remain a white spot on the map of Europe

"The principles of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict resolution remain unchanged. These principles create a serious basis for a serious process. It is also very important for the publics of the two countries to know the content of the process of negotiations. The co-chairing countries should stick to these principles," special representative of the European Union for the South Caucasus Peter Semneby said

Program of Clinton's visit to Azerbaijan announced

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will arrive in Baku on July 4th, Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Philip H. Gordon said on Tuesday at a special briefing, Trend reports.

Both sides would benefit from Nagorno-Karabakh settlement -US Assistant Secretary of State

Azerbaijan and Armenia both will benefit from moving forward the peace process within the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group, the US Assistant Secretary of State on European and Eurasian issues, Philip Gordon, said at a special briefing, Trend reports."I think some of the violence we've seen in the region lately showed that we can't take stability for granted. And the Secretary of State will have a chance in both countries to underscore what the presidents said in Toronto the other day", Gordon said.

Azerbaijan provides $200 million to Belarus as short-term loan

Azerbaijan provides $200 million to Belarus as short-term loan

Azerbaijan provided Belarus with a $200 million loan for 12 days to pay for Russian gas supplies, presidential press-secretary of Azerbaijan, Azer Gasymov, said on Tuesday.

Head of PACE insists on reviving sub-committee on Nagorno-Karabakh

The head of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe(PACE), Mevlut Cavusoglu, is devoted to rapprochement of the Armenianand Azerbaijani sides on restoring the work of the sub-committee onNagorno-Karabakh, Trend reports.In 2005 PACE approved resolution 1416, establishing the sub-committee,but Lord Russell Johnson died and the sub-committee’s work halted,Cavusoglu said in Astana. Within the session in October there will bemeetings between the Armenian and Azerbaijani sides.

Turkey issues license for construction of SOCAR oil refinery

The Turkish energy market monitoring council, EPDK, has issued a license to the State Oil Company of the Azerbaijani Republic (SOCAR) for construction of the Petkim oil refinery, 1news.az reports, citing a communique from SOCAR.The SOCAR-Turcas alliance requested the license in December 2008. The executive manager of Petkim, Kenan Yavuza, said that 7-10 thousand people will be involved in the construction and 1000 will work in it.

Special EU representative for South Caucasus arrives in Baku

The special representative of the EU for the South Caucasus, Peter Semnebi, arrived in Baku today. His visit is due to the concern of EU about the violations of the ceasefire regime on the border line between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces, Trend reports.

Caspian security issues to be discussed in Baku

The deputy foreign ministers of the Caspian countries will meet inBaku in early July to discuss agreements on Caspian security, Turanreports, citing Azerbaijani Deputy Foreign Minister Khalaf Khalafov.

Baku to host meeting on security in Caspian Sea region

Baku will host an event in July, dedicated to security in the Caspian Sea region at the level of deputy foreign ministers of the Caspian countries, Azerbaijani Deputy Foreign Minister Khalaf Khalafov said, Trend reports."The date of the event is being specified. The staff of the participants has not been fully confirmed yet," Khalafov said. He said that the process of negotiations on security in the Caspian Sea region was launched during the Tehran summit.

Syria intends to buy Azerbaijani gas in mid-2011

Syria is going to start importing natural gas from Azerbaijan from the middle of 2011, Syrian Oil and Natural Resources Minister Sufian Al-Alao said at the first Azerbaijani-Syrian intergovernmental commission on economic, scientific, technical and cultural cooperation, Trend reports. Agreement on this issue has already been achieved, he added."Work on the connection of the gas transportation systems of Turkey and Syria [for supply of the Azerbaijani gas] is underway," Al-Alao said.

Politics in South Caucasus is a poker game

Politics in South Caucasus is a poker game

The portal Vestnik Kavkaza was presented at the Media Forum in Minsk . After the presentation the editor-in-chief of Vestnik Kavkaza, Alexei Vlasov, gave an interview to journalists.

Azerbaijan and Syria discuss trade and economic potential in Baku

Azerbaijan started the first Azerbaijani-Syrian Intergovernmental Commission for Economic, Scientific, Technological and Cultural Cooperation today in Baku. The co-chairman on the Azerbaijani side is the Minister of Agriculture Ismet Abbasov, and the Syrian co-chairman is Minister of Oil and Natural Resources Sufian Al-Alao, Trend reports.