A CHRONOLOGY OF AZERBAIJAN’S FOREIGN POLICY

I. Key Government Statements on Azerbaijan’s Foreign Policy

Ali Hasanov, head of the social-political department of the Presidential Administration, tells the Fifth Session of the UN Forum on Minority Issues of the Committee on Human Rights in Geneva that Azerbaijan was the first in the post-Soviet space to have a presidential decree on the defense of the rights and freedoms of national minorities and ethnic groups and to provide government assistance for the development of their languages and cultures (http://news.day.az/politics/369201.html).

Mubariz Gurbanly, a Milli Majlis deputy and deputy executive secretary of the ruling Yeni Azerbaijan Party, says that the opposition and the ruling party in Azerbaijan have “the same position” on the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict (http://news.day.az/politics/368284.html).

Siyavush Novruzov, a Milli Majlis deputy of the ruling Yeni Azerbaijan Party, says that the OSCE Minsk Group should dissolve itself and hand over the discussion of the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict to the UN Security Council (http://news.day.az/politics/368295.html).

II. Key Statements by Others about Azerbaijan

Nikolay Bordyuzha, the secretary general of the Organization of the Collective Security Treaty, says that there is no reason for his group to interfere in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict (http://news.day.az/politics/369906.html).

Eric Rubin, US deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs, says that Washington believes that the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is a “priority” issue (http://news.day.az/politics/367156.html).

Pádraig Murphy, the special representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office for the South Caucasus, says that the opening of an airport in Nagorno-Karabakh would lead to a further increase in tensions in the region (http://news.day.az/politics/369038.html).

III. A Chronology of Azerbaijan’s Foreign Policy

30 November

President Ilham Aliyev signs an executive order on processing of visas for foreigners arriving in Azerbaijan and for those who do not have citizenship (http://news.day.az/politics/369916.html).

President Ilham Aliyev confirms the agreement “on a regional commission for fishing and aquaculture in Central Asia and the Caucasus”(http://news.day.az/politics/369905.html).

President Ilham Aliyev confirms the joint declaration he signed with Tajikistan President Emomalli Rahmon on July 12 (http://news.day.az/politics/369895.html).

Asim Mollazade, a Milli Majlis deputy, says that declarations by Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan “bear a purely propagandistic character” and are intended to “conceal the essence of his policies” of aggression and territorial aggrandizement (http://news.day.az/politics/369641.html).

29 November

President Ilham Aliyev speaks by telephone with Russian President Vladimir Putin (http://news.day.az/politics/369676.html).

President Ilham Aliyev receives the letters of credence from Damira Dzanko, incoming ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina to Baku
(http://news.day.az/politics/369633.html).

President Ilham Aliyev receives the letters of credence from Miko Halas, incoming ambassador of Estonia to Baku (http://news.day.az/politics/369633.html).

President Ilham Aliyev receives the letters of credence from Bernard Tano-Boutchoue, incoming ambassador of the Ivory Coast to Baku (http://news.day.az/politics/369633.html).

President Ilham Aliyev receives the letters of credence from Mohammad Shakir Kargar, incoming ambassador of Afghanistan to Baku
(http://news.day.az/politics/369633.html).

Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov says that, “if Armenia accepts the proposals ofthe OSCE Minsk Group, then it should agree to sign a broader peace treaty” (http://news.day.az/politics/369670.html).

Hafiz Pashayev, deputy foreign minister and rector of the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy, tells Latvian Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis that ADA is “the only higher educational institution in the country which offer scholarship programs for foreigners” (http://news.day.az/politics/369530.html).

Faig Tagizade, deputy emergency situations minister, says that Baku is currently reviewing progress on an IAEA project to clean up lands on the Absheron Peninsula that were contaminated by old iodine factories there (http://news.day.az/society/369541.html).

The Azerbaijani flag was displayed in Yerevan by the Azerbaijani boxing team participating in that sport’s world championship there (http://sport.day.az/boxing/20121129061815243.html).

Ali Ahmadov, deputy chairman and executive secretary of the ruling Yeni Azerbaijan Party, signs a cooperation agreement with Sandor Lezak, a leader of the ruling party in Hungary and vice president of the Hungarian Parliament (http://news.day.az/politics/369595.html).

A delegation of the Milli Majis interparliamentary cooperation working group visits Rome to meet with their Italian counterparts (http://news.day.az/politics/369583.html).

Latvian Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis says that Riga wants to expand its economic cooperation with Azerbaijan, especially in the areas of trade and investment (http://news.day.az/politics/369530.html).

Mohsen Pakayin, Iran’s ambassador to Baku, in a meeting with Niyaz Alizade, first vice president of the Trade and Industry Chamber of Azerbaijan, calls for the creation of a joint Iranian-Azerbaijani chamber of commerce to promote economic contacts between the two countries (http://news.day.az/economy/369494.html).

28 November

President Ilham Aliyev receives Latvian Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis (http://news.day.az/politics/369356.html).

President Ilham Aliyev receives Philip Lefort, special representative of the European Union for the South Caucasus (http://news.day.az/politics/369356.html).

Vice Prime Minister Ali Hasanov tells Latvian Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis that Baku would like to see the broadening and deepening of economic, political and humanitarian ties between the two countries (http://news.day.az/politics/369439.html).

Deputy Prime Minister Abid Sharifov meets in Budapest with Peter Sijarto, the Hungarian state secretary for international relations and economics (http://news.day.az/economy/369346.html).

Ogtay Asadov, speaker of the Milli Majlis, receives Joseph Debono Grech and Pedro Agramunt, co-rapporteurs of the PACE Monitoring Committee for Azerbaijan (http://news.day.az/politics/369426.html).

Samad Seyidov, head of the Azerbaijani delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, says that recent reactions by Armenian officials to questions about their country’s behavior are “in no way surprising” (http://news.day.az/politics/369181.html).

Akram Zeynally, Azerbaijan’s ambassador to Bern, meets with Eric Martin, head of the Swiss Federal Economic Department Administration for Bilateral Ties, to discuss expanding cooperation between the two countries (http://news.day.az/politics/369624.html).

Transportation officials from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Georgia and Turkey sign a memorandum on the “Silk Wind” corridor (http://news.day.az/economy/369398.html).

Latvian Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis says that relations between Latvia and Azerbaijan now involve not only the political, but also the economic spheres (http://news.day.az/politics/369439.html).

Latvian Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis says that Riga hopes for a peaceful resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict within the framework proposed by the OSCE Minsk Group (http://news.day.az/politics/369318.html).

Ian Bix, Australia’s ambassador to Ankara who is also accredited to Baku, tells the Azerbaijani community in Sidney that Canberra supports the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan (http://news.day.az/politics/369397.html).

Mehmet Saglam, vice speaker of Turkey’s Grand National Assembly, says that that body will adopt a measure recognizing the Khojaly tragedy as genocide (http://news.day.az/politics/369244.html).

27 November

President Ilham Aliiyev receives Norberto Yauram, Argentina’s agriculture, livestock and fisheries minister (http://news.day.az/politics/369112.html).

President Ilham Aliyev confirms the Azerbaijani-Turkish agreement on the sale of natural gas to Turkey, the transit of gas across Turkish territory, and the construction of a gas pipeline there (http://news.day.az/politics/368975.html).

Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov says that, “unfortunately, the results of the more recent visits of the co-chairs [of the OSCE Minsk Group] do not provide the basis for speaking positively” about the direction of the talks (http://news.day.az/politics/369175.html).

Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov receives Joseph Debono Grech and Pedro Agramunt, co-rapporteurs of the PACE Monitoring Committee for Azerbaijan (http://news.day.az/politics/369195.html).

Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov receives Fazlur Rahman, a deputy of the Pakistani National Assembly (http://news.day.az/politics/369167.html).

Economic Development Minister Shahin Mustafayev receives Rasim Ljajic, Serbian vice prime minister and minister for domestic and external trade and telecommunications (http://news.day.az/economy/369039.html). Novruz Mammadov, head of the foreign relations department of the Presidential Administration, says that, “it is impossible that [the Nagorno-Karabakh] conflict will stay in its current unresolved situation” (http://news.day.az/politics/369116.html).

Ogtay Asadov, speaker of the Milli Majlis, receives Viktor Tvirkun, secretary general of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization
(http://news.day.az/politics/369042.html).

Govhar Bakhshaliyeva, head of the Azerbaijani delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation, says that, “today there is no way out” for Armenia except to withdraw its forces from Azerbaijan (http://news.day.az/politics/368925.html).

Azer Huseyn, Azerbaijan’s ambassador to Tbilisi, tells Georgian Re-Integration Minister Paata Zakareyshvili that Baku will do what it can to help Georgia in this regard (http://news.day.az/politics/369200.html).

The National Security Ministry seizes a major shipment of illegal drugs that an Iranian citizen was attempting to smuggle into Azerbaijan
(http://news.day.az/society/369124.html).

Norberto Jaugam, Argentina’s agriculture, livestock and fishing minister, says that, “Argentina and Azerbaijan are interested in the joint development of agriculture in both countries” (http://news.day.az/economy/369057.html).

Andrejz Dyha, Poland’s deputy economics minister, says that Azerbaijan’s membership in the World Trade Organization will allow for the stabilization of trade in the region (http://news.day.az/economy/368991.html).

Mohsen Pakayin, Iran’s ambassador to Baku, says that Tehran “considers Nagorno-Karabakh to be part of the territory of Azerbaijan (http://news.day.az/politics/369054.html).

Philip Lefort, special representative of the European Union for the South Caucasus, says that, “Azerbaijan is a very important country for the EU in all connections and that the European Union will do everything possible to develop relations” (http://news.day.az/politics/369128.html).

Rasim Ljajic, Serbian deputy prime minister and ministerfor domestic and foreign trade and telecommunications, says, “Serbia has always supported the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan” (http://news.day.az/politics/369044.html).

Camil Cicek, speaker of Turkey’s Grand National Assembly, says that, “certain countries do not want the establishment of peace and stability in the Caucasus region so that they can conduct their own policy. As a result, the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is not yet resolved” (http://news.day.az/politics/369138.html).

Camil Cicek, speaker of Turkey’s Grand National Assembly, says that Turkey and Azerbaijan have achieved “serious results” in their discussions on ending the visa regime between them (http://news.day.az/politics/369118.html).

Camil Cicek, speaker of Turkey’s Grand National Assembly, says that the potential and economic development of the Black Sea region is attracting ever more international attention” (http://news.day.az/economy/369021.html).

Tsetska Tsacheva, speaker of the Bulgarian parliament, says that, “Bulgaria needs Azerbaijani oil and gas to meet its energy needs” (http://news.day.az/politics/369170.html).

Mario Jaime Trobo, a member of Uruguay’s chamber of deputies, condemns his colleagues for their unauthorized visit to Nagorno-Karabakh (http://news.day.az/politics/368914.html).

Viktor Tsvirkun, secretary general of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization, says that Turkey, while chairman-in-office, has prepared a plan for regional cooperation within the framework of that organization (http://news.day.az/politics/369004.html).

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Turkic Language Countries receives observer status at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization at the latter’s session in Baku (http://news.day.az/politics/369062.html).

26 November

President Ilham Aliyev sends a message of welcome to the first forum of NGOs of the countries of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization meeting in Baku (http://news.day.az/politics/368938.html).

President Ilham Aliyev receives Cemil Cicek, speaker of Turkey’s Grand National Assembly (http://news.day.az/politics/368870.html).

President Ilham Aliyev receives Rasim Ljajic, Serbian deputy prime minister andminister for domestic and foreign trade and telecommunications (http://news.day.az/politics/368870.html).

President Ilham Aliyev receives Viktor Tvikun, secretary general of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization (http://news.day.az/politics/368870.html).

President Ilham Aliyev receives Joseph Debono Grech and Pedro Agramunt, corapporteurs of the PACE Monitoring Committee for Azerbaijan (http://news.day.az/politics/368870.html).

President Ilham Aliyev receives the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group (http://news.day.az/politics/368870.html).

Economic Development Minister Shahin Mustafayev calls for the development of a strong legal foundation for trade between Azerbaijan and Serbia (http://news.day.az/economy/368842.html).

Energy and Industry Minister Natig Aliyev participates in the Warsaw meeting of the Azerbaijani-Polish intergovernmental commission (http://news.day.az/economy/368828.html).

Novruz Mammadov, head of the foreign relations department of the Presidential Administration, says that Azerbaijan will not allow Armenia to draw out the negotiations about the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict (http://news.day.az/politics/368795.html).

Hasan Mammadzade, Azerbaijan’s ambassador to Vilnius, meets with Klaipeda Mayor Vitautas Grubliauskas (http://news.day.az/politics/368823.html).

Shahin Abdullayev, Azerbaijan’s ambassador to Cairo, meets with senior Egyptian ministers to discuss expanding trade and investment
(http://news.day.az/politics/368709.html).

Parviz Ismailzade, consul general of Azerbaijan in Dubai, meets with Dahi Halfan, head of the UAE police (http://news.day.az/politics/368728.html).

Gudrat Gurbanov, head of the State Maritime Administration, takes part in the London meeting of the committee on maritime security of the International Maritime Organization (http://news.day.az/economy/368837.html).

Aliaga Huseynov, chair of the Milli Majlis working group on Azerbaijani-Pakistan interparliamentary ties, receives Maulana Fazel-ur-Rahman, chairman of Pakistan’s Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam Party (http://news.day.az/politics/368936.html).

Fuad Muradov, a Milli Majis deputy, says that Armenia lacks the ability to produce drones (http://news.day.az/politics/368669.html).

Rufat Mammadov, head of AZPROMO, and Milos Bugarin, head of the Trade and Industry Chamber of Serbia, sign a cooperation agreement in Baku (http://news.day.az/politics/368832.html).

Cemil Cicek, speaker of Turkey’s Grand National Assembly, says that resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh problem is “one of the priorities” of Ankara’s foreign policy (http://news.day.az/politics/368800.html).

Fazlur Rahman, chairman of the Pakistani parliament’s special committee on Kashmir, says that Islamabad is proposing to organize special training courses for Azerbaijanis including in the defense sphere (http://news.day.az/politics/368809.html).

25 November

Ali Hasanov, head of the social-political department of the Presidential Administration, says that Baku welcomes the opening of a House of Azerbaijani Cuture in Kojaeli, Turkey (http://news.day.az/politics/368621.html).

24 November

Toshiyuki Fujiwara, director general of the Japan Institute for International Affairs and former Japanese ambassador to Baku, says that, “the role of Azerbaijan in a globalized world is growing rapidly” (http://news.day.az/politics/368597.html).

23 November

Prime Minister Arthur Rasi-zade receives the participants of the Seventh General Assembly of the Intenraitonal Conference of Political Parties of Asia (http://news.day.az/politics/368459.html).

Prime Minister Arthur Rasi-zade receives Du Ginli, secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (http://news.day.az/politics/368457.html).

Deputy Prime Minister Ali Hasanov heads an Azerbaijani delegation to a meeting on “Today Azerbaijan in Europe. Establishing Trust between Azerbaijan and Spain” in Madrid (http://news.day.az/politics/368335.html).

Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov receives Nafi Ali Nafi, an assistant to the president of Sudan, who says that, “Sudan supports the just position of Azerbaijan in the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and is interested in cooperating with Azerbaijan in all spheres” (http://news.day.az/politics/368444.html).

Ali Hasanov, head of the social-political department of the Presidential Administration, says that “despite the world economic crisis, Azerbaijan and Turkey are the most developing countries of Eurasia” and that they are “an example” for others (http://news.day.az/politics/368407.html).

Deputy Foreign Minister Khalaf Khalafov receives Edminas Bogdanas, chief of an administration of the Lithuanian freign ministry (http://news.day.az/politics/368390.html).

Hafiz Pashayev, deputy foreign minister and rector of the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy, says that, “the United Nations is one of the most important organizations for Azerbaijan” (http://news.day.az/politics/368465.html).

Yashar Aliyev, ambassador for special assignments says that, “Armeniansfear that Baku’s actions at the United Nations has led to the growth of Azerbaijan’s authority” (http://news.day.az/politics/368434.html).

Elnur Sultanov, Azerbaijan’s ambassador to Brazil, meets Vitor Paulo, vice chairman of the international affairs commission of the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies (http://news.day.az/politics/368275.html).

Ali Ahmadov, deputy chairman and executive secretary of the ruling Yeni Azerbaijan Party, receives Andrey Klimov, a member of the presidium of Russia’s ruling United Russia Party (http://news.day.az/politics/368332.html).

Elshad Iskandarov, chairman of the State Committee for Work with Religious Organizations, takes part in the Istanbul Summit of the Eurasian Islamic Council (http://news.day.az/politics/368408.html).

Ogtay Asadov, speaker of the Milli Majlis, meets in St. Petersburg with his Moldovan counterpart, Mariana Lupu (http://news.day.az/politics/368369.html).

Mubariz Gurbanly, a Milli Majlis deputy and deputy executive secretary of the ruling Yeni Azerbaijan Party, says that the opposition and the ruling party in Azerbaijan have “the same position” on the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict (http://news.day.az/politics/368284.html).

Asim Mollazade, a Milli Majlis deputy, says Azerbaijan is not interested in revenge for the Khojaly genocide, but does demand justice (http://news.day.az/politics/368267.html).

A delegation of Milli Majlis deputies visits London to take part in a meeting of the Azerbaijani-British inter-parliamentary working group (http://news.day.az/society/368257.html).

Aydyn Mirzazade, a Milli Majlis deputy, says that Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan “came to power through blood and up to now the people do not recognize his legitimacy” (http://news.day.az/politics/368157.html).

Maya Christova, Bulgarian ambassador to Baku, says that Sofia appreciates the decision of the Shah Deniz II consortium on Nabucco West and “hopes that the Bulgaria-Romania-Hungary-Austria route will be chosen” (http://news.day.az/politics/368299.html).

Luc Truyens, Belgium’s ambassador to Baku, says there is “great potential” for the development of trade and investment between Belgium and Azerbaijan (http://news.day.az/economy/368463.html).

Günther Oettinger, European Union commissioner for energy, says that ratification by Azerbaijan of the TANAP accords “demonstrates the commitment” of Baku to supply gas to Europe (http://news.day.az/economy/368265.html).

Andrey Klimov, a member of the presidium of Russia’s United Russia Party, says that “mutual trust” is the key to the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict (http://news.day.az/politics/368375.html).

The General Assembly of the International Forum of Political Parties meeting in Baku adopts a resolution supporting the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan and the UN Security Council resolutions concerning the occupied territories (http://news.day.az/politics/368372.html).

Astemir Karmov, a member of the Kabardino-Balkaria Republic youth parliament, says that, “the stability, which exists in the Caucasus is a precondition for the successful development in all spheres” (http://news.day.az/politics/368344.html).

22 November

President Ilham Aliyev visits Singapore and is received by Tony Tan, that country’s president (http://news.day.az/politics/367706.html).

Industry and Energy Minister Natik Aliyev says that Kazakhstan is interested in transporting its oil to the West via the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline (http://news.day.az/economy/368096.html).

Ali Hasanov, head of the social-political department of the Presidential Administration, says that today, “relations between Azerbaijan are “open” and “characterized by complete mutual understanding” (http://news.day.az/politics/368082.html).

Elnur Aslanov, head of the political analysis and information support department of the Presidential Administration, says that, “a rapid withdrawal of Armenian forces from the territory of Azerbaijan will open great opportunities for the entire region” (http://news.day.az/politics/368025.html).

Ali Ahmadov, deputy chairman and executive secretary of the ruling Yeni Azerbaijan Party, signs a cooperation agreement with Sok An, chairman of the ruling party in Cambodia (http://news.day.az/politics/368168.html).

Ali Ahmadov, deputy chairman and executive secretary of the ruling Yeni Azerbaijan Party, says that the International Conference of the Political Parties of Asia should become a representative body for a major region of the world (http://news.day.az/politics/368153.html).

Ali Ahmadov, deputy chairman and executive secretary of the ruling Yeni Azerbaijan Party, says that the statement of Raffi Ovanesyan in Baku “does not reflect reality” (http://news.day.az/politics/368066.html).

Bahar Muradova, the vice speaker of the Milli Majlis, says that Armenia must recognize that Baku will never tolerate the creation of another independent state in the South Caucasus or allow Armenian forces to remain in occupation of Azerbaijani lands (http://news.day.az/politics/368083.html).

Elman Mammadov, a Milli Majlis deputy, says that, “the Armenian army is not capable of standing up to Azerbaijan by itself” (http://news.day.az/politics/367931.html).

Seymur Orudzhev, president of the ruling Yeni Azerbaijan Party’s youth wing, says that, “Armenians remain alone not only in their own country, but elsewhere as well” (http://news.day.az/politics/368180.html).

Baku hosts a conference on “The Role of NATO in Promoting the Energy Security of the Caspian Basin and the Protection of Important Energy Infrastructure” (http://news.day.az/politics/368122.html).

UN Secretary General Pan Gi-Moon sends greetings to the Baku meeting of the General Assembly of the International Conference of Asian Political Parties (http://news.day.az/politics/368056.html).

Maulan Fazel-ur-Rahman, chairman of the Pakistani Parliament’s special commission on Kashmir, says that, “given that Azerbaijan has always supported the position of Pakistan on Kashmir, it is a matter of principle to support the position of Azerbaijan on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict” (http://news.day.az/politics/368174.html).

Jose de Venesia, former speaker of the Philippino parliament, says that, “Azerbaijan is a mature, successful and democratic state (http://news.day.az/politics/368044.html).

Gennady Zuganov, head of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, says that, “the relationship between Russia and Azerbaijan is strengthening” and that “our party has always stood for friendship and brotherhood of peoples” (http://news.day.az/politics/368003.html).

21 November

Defense Minister Safar Abiyev receives Sheikh Halif bin Ahmad al Halif, commander of Bahrein’s defense forces (http://news.day.az/politics/367865.html).

Ecology and Natural Resources Minister Guseynuglu Bagirov says that Iran wants to use water from the Araz River to raise the level of Lake Urmia (http://news.day.az/politics/367811.html).

The Foreign Ministry says that Azerbaijan is extremely concerned by the fighting in the Middle East (http://news.day.az/politics/367789.html).

Deputy Foreign Minister Mahmoud Mammadguliyev participates in the 13th session of the Azerbaijan-EU Cooperation Committee in Brussels (http://news.day.az/politics/367933.html).

Deputy Foreign Minister Khalaf Khalafov receives Hoang bin Kuan, a member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam (http://news.day.az/politics/367951.html).

Elnur Aslanov, head of the political analysis and information support department of the Presidential Administraiton, says that President Ilham Aliyev has “precisely noted that our basic enemy is the Armenian lobby,” both in Yerevan and in other countries, and that this lobby “is sacrificing the future of the Armenian state and the Armenian people by exerting all possible pressure for the preservation of the status quo of the occupation of the territory of Azerbaijan” (http://news.day.az/politics/367945.html).

Asim Mollazade, a Milli Majlis deputy, says that the Armenian military is “not in a position” to resist Azerbaijani forces (http://news.day.az/politics/367662.html).

Deputy Agriculture Minister Bahram Aliyev receives Martin Jorlingson, head of the Walkenburg municipality in the Netherlands
(http://news.day.az/economy/367950.html).

Adil Garibov, the director of the Baku Institute of Radiation Problems, says that the international community should focus on the dangers that the continued operation of the Metsamor atomic power station in Armenia presents to the region (http://news.day.az/politics/367845.html).

Yuri Shchedrin, Russia’s trade representative in Azerbaijan, says that economic links between Russia and Azerbaijan have a positive vector of development and that over the last five years bilateral trade has “almost doubled” (http://news.day.az/economy/367843.html).

20 November

Defense Minister Safar Abiyev meets Qatari Crown Prince Tamim bin Hamad al Tani (http://news.day.az/society/367554.html).

The Foreign Ministry says that it is “not the position of Baku, but the continuing aggression of Armenia against Azerbaijan that is destructive” (http://news.day.az/politics/367699.html).

Ali Hasanov, head of the social-political department of the Presidential Administration, says that “the Khojaly genocide is not an invention,” but a reality that must be addressed (http://news.day.az/politics/367705.html).

Bahar Muradova, vice speaker of the Milli Majlis, says that relations between Azerbaijan and Russia “are at a normal level and Azerbaijan is fulfilling all the obligations connected with their further support and development” (http://news.day.az/politics/367532.html).

Elshad Iskandarov, chairman of the State Committee for Work with Religious Structures, says that Azerbaijani tolerance is “an example for all of Eurasia” (http://news.day.az/politics/367512.html).

The Australian-Azerbaijani Friendship Group is collecting signatures on a petition against the recognition of Nagorno-Karabakh as an independent state by the parliament of the Australian state of New South Wales (http://news.day.az/politics/367637.html).

Nikolay Patskevich, Belorussian ambassador to Baku, says that bilateral ties between Belarus and Azerbaijan are “characterized by dynamism and a similarity of positions on a large number of international issues” (http://news.day.az/politics/367558.html).

Raja al-Marzugi, advisor to the IMF director for the Near East and Central Asia, says that the growth in the non-petroleum sector of the Azerbaijani economy will compensate for the projected decline in the amount of oil extracted and exported in 2013 (http://news.day.az/economy/367549.html).

The Russian Information and Cultural Center in Baku hosts a conference on the 70th anniversary of the Stalingrad battle (http://news.day.az/society/367506.html).

19 November

Culture and Tourism Minister Abulfas Garayev receives his Kazakhstan counterpart, Mynbay Darkhan Kamzabekuly (http://news.day.az/culture/367298.html).

Elnur Aslanov, head of the political analysis and information support department of the Presidential Administration, says that Azerbaijan uses both economic and political means to put pressure on Armenia, but that there are “other non-military means” that it may use in the future (http://news.day.az/politics/367468.html).

Akrem Zeynally, incoming Azerbaijani ambassador to Vaduz, presents letters of credence to Crown Prince Alois (http://news.day.az/politics/367444.html).

Ogtay Asadov, speaker of the Milli Majlis, receives Michael Joseph Madigan, speaker of the US state of Illinois House of Representatives (http://news.day.az/politics/367457.html).

Bakhtiyar Sadykhov, a Milli Majlis deputy, says that Azerbaijan will never agree to the appearance of a second Armenian state on its territory (http://news.day.az/politics/367153.html).

Musa Guliyev, a Milli Majlis deputy, says the Armenian budget is not today in a position to satisfy the growing demands of the people of that country (http://news.day.az/politics/367040.html).

Otto Hauser, Azerbaijan’s honorary consul in Stuttgart, says that Germany and other countries must put pressure on Armenia (http://news.day.az/politics/367151.html).

Allahshukur Pashazade, sheikh-ul-Islam and head of the Administration of Muslims of the Caucasus, says that residents of that region “consider the preservation of Islamic values important for the securing of peace and stability” there (http://news.day.az/society/367385.html).

Lord Sheikh Mohammad Iltaf tells Britain’s House of Lords that it is “very important that we give complete support to the OSCE Minsk Group” (http://news.day.az/economy/367470.html).

18 November

A source in the European Commission tells the Azerbaijani media that, “the realization of the Southern Gas Corridor is a priority for the European Commission and that its position in that regard will not change” (http://news.day.az/economy/367202.html).

17 November


President Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva are presented with awards by the International Cossack Academy of Ukraine (http://news.day.az/politics/366888.html).

Leyla Aliyeva, vice president of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, says that, “Azerbaijan has become the first country in Eastern Europe to take upon itself the investigation of ‘the green economy’ and complete this task” (http://news.day.az/politics/367022.html).

The Azerbaijani embassy in Argentina, which is jointly accredited with Uruguay, sends a protest note to the Uruguayan foreign ministry about the visit by the chairman of the Uruguayan chamber of deputies to the occupied territories without Baku’s permission (http://news.day.az/politics/366954.html).

Ali Hasanov, head of the social-political department of the Presidential Administration, presents his new book, The Armenian Genocide: Myth and Reality (http://news.day.az/politics/367122.html).

Carlos Pasqual, US special representative for energy issues, says that, “the role of Azerbaijan and Turkey in providing for the energy security of Europe in the future is irreplaceable” (http://news.day.az/economy/367046.html)

16 November

President Ilham Aliyev signs a directive establishing a Center of Azerbaijani Culture at the Azerbaijani embassy in Vienna (http://news.day.az/politics/367008.html).

Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov tells the Organization for Islamic Cooperation ministerial that Azerbaijan is “concerned by the situation in Palestine and Syria” (http://news.day.az/politics/366890.html).

The Foreign Ministry says that it has sent a note to Turkmenistan demanding the release of four Azerbaijani citizens detained when Ashgabat seized a ship on the Caspian (http://news.day.az/politics/366927.html).

Elnur Aslanov, head of the political analysis and information support department of the Presidential Administration, says that Armenian officials have become so desperate that they have resorted to the “Big Lie” technique developed by Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels (http://news.day.az/politics/366939.html).

Nasimi Aghayev, Azerbaijan’s consul general in Los Angeles, speaks to that city’s World Affairs Council (http://news.day.az/society/366907.html).

Leyla Aliyeva, vice president of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, meets with Suzanna Jacob, director of the European Regional Committee of the World Health Organization (http://news.day.az/politics/366987.html).

Leyla Aliyeva, vice president of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, meets with Jean Dusik, regional director of the UN Environmental Program (http://news.day.az/politics/366987.html).

Leyla Aliyeva, vice president of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, meets with Georgy Sanadiradze, director of the Caucasus office of the World Wildlife Federation (http://news.day.az/politics/366987.html).

Lynn Tracey, US deputy assistant secretary for South and Central Asia, says that Washington supports the Trans-Caspian gas pipeline project (http://news.day.az/economy/367009.html).