Today.Az http://www.today.az Covering Azerbaijan inside and outside http://www.today.az/images/logo_small.gif Today.Az http://www.today.az Azerbaijani, Turkish presidents make joint press statements http://www.today.az/news/politics/211399.html Politics Tue, 26 Oct 2021 20:20:00 +0400 Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have made joint press statements in Aghali village of Zangilan.the story will be updated. Azerbaijani, Turkish presidents held one-on-one meeting http://www.today.az/news/politics/211398.html Politics Tue, 26 Oct 2021 19:20:00 +0400 Following the official welcome ceremony in Aghali village of Zangilan, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan have held a one-on-one meeting, Azertag has reported.The heads of state first posed together for official photos.the story will be updated. Azerbaijani, Turkish presidents view works done under “smart village” project in Zangilan http://www.today.az/news/politics/211397.html Politics Tue, 26 Oct 2021 19:00:00 +0400 President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan viewed works done under the “smart village” project implemented in Aghali village, Zangilan district, Azertag has reported.Minister of Agriculture Inam Karimov informed the heads of state of the works done in the village.the story will be updated. Opening of Fuzuli Int’l Airport to speed up investment, social dev’t of Azerbaijan’s ... http://www.today.az/news/politics/211394.html Politics Tue, 26 Oct 2021 18:00:00 +0400 By TrendThe opening of the Fuzuli International Airport will speed up the investment and social development of Karabakh, an expert in international law and international politics Mikhail Finkel told Trend.“The opening of the Fuzuli international airport, the construction of which was completed in the shortest possible time, firstly, indicates that the masters of their land have returned to Karabakh. Secondly, that Karabakh is becoming a part of the world and will be connected with it by flights,” the Israeli expert noted.Finkel stressed that the wisdom of the policy pursued in Azerbaijan lies in the fact that the country has an understanding of the importance of creating connecting arteries."Like any artery connecting Karabakh with the world, Fuzuli International Airport will facilitate visits of politicians, businessmen, investors, public figures, representatives of culture and tourists. People will come to Karabakh, and when they see this beautiful land, they will want to invest money, open enterprises. People will want to work here, rest and travel, and they will also be able to get treatment in the future. I am sure that over time, health resorts and tourist hotels will be opened there," he said.Speaking about the fact that the opening of Fuzuli International Airport will contribute to the economic and social development of the region, Finkel added that it will also strengthen and expand friendly relations between Azerbaijan and various countries of the world."The opening of Fuzuli International Airport will lead to the strengthening of friendship between peoples, more and more representatives of different countries will come to Karabakh," the Israeli expert added.Finkel recalled that nothing was built or created during the years of the occupation of Karabakh by the Armenians."Armenia took out from Karabakh everything that was possible, without building or creating anything. And when they began to lose during the war, they destroyed everything, following the ‘scorched earth’ Nazi policy of Goebbels.""For all 30 years that the Armenians occupied Karabakh, they did not bother to create there either an airport or any other normal infrastructure that would integrate this land into the civilized world," the Israeli expert concluded. First VP shares photos from Zangilan region with President Aliyev [PHOTO] http://www.today.az/news/politics/211396.html Politics Tue, 26 Oct 2021 17:55:00 +0400 First Vice-President of Azerbaijan Mehriban Aliyeva on her official Instagram has shared photos from Zangilan region with President Ilham Aliyev.the story will be updated. Azerbaijan, Bulgaria consider Armenia's war crimes http://www.today.az/news/politics/211390.html Politics Tue, 26 Oct 2021 17:45:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Vugar KhalilovHuman Rights Commissioner Sabina Aliyeva and head of Bulgaria's Commission for Protection against Discrimination Ana Jumaliyeva have discussed Armenia’s war crimes against Azerbaijan, the ombudsman’s office reported on October 25.At a meeting held in Baku on October 25, Aliyeva briefed Jumaliyeva that Armenia grossly violated international humanitarian law during the 44-day war between Armenia and Azerbaijan in late 2020.She recalled that the ombudsman's office had conducted investigative activities and carried out 10 fact-finding missions on Azerbaijan's liberated territories. Aliyeva added that relevant reports had been prepared and sent to relevant international organizations.Furthermore, Aliyeva spoke about the developing mutual relations between the two countries, mentioning her recent official visit paid to Bulgaria.She stressed that the memorandum of understanding signed between the sides will strengthen bilateral relations in the field of human rights and freedoms.Aliyeva also briefed the delegation about the activities of the ombudsman office and its newly-established structural units.Jumaliyeva thanked Aliyeva and noted the developing relations between the two countries. She shared her views on exchanging mutual experience between the institutions and spoke about her anti-discrimination activity.   It must be noted that several meetings and on-site investigations into the facts about human rights violations in Aghdam and Tartar cities will be held within the framework of the visit, the report added. The official visit aims to strengthen mutual cooperation between the two institutions and to monitor the humanitarian situation in the liberated areas. Azerbaijan, NATO mull cooperation http://www.today.az/news/politics/211388.html Politics Tue, 26 Oct 2021 17:36:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Vugar KhalilovDeputy Defence Minister Karim Valiyev and NATO Cooperative Security Division of the International Military Staff Director Francesco Diella have discussed cooperation within the Operational Capabilities Concept (OCC), the Defence Ministry reported on October 25.Valiyev appreciated NATO’s contribution to the training of the Azerbaijani army units, the report added.He noted the Azerbaijani army's improving combat readiness following its victory in the 44-day war between Armenia and Azerbaijan in late 2020.Diella highly appreciated Azerbaijan’s activities in all areas within the framework of partnership with NATO, including participation in peacekeeping operations.The two officials also focused on the future development of cooperation with NATO in various fields.The NATO delegation was received by Defence Minister Zakir Hasanov on October 25.  The post-war regional situation was discussed at the meeting between Hasanov and Diella.The country's relations with NATO started in 1992 when Azerbaijan joined the North Atlantic Cooperation Council. This forum for dialogue was succeeded in 1997 by the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council, which brings together all allies and partner countries in the Euro-Atlantic area.Bilateral cooperation began when Azerbaijan joined the Partnership for Peace (PfP) programme in 1994. Thanks to regular participation in PfP activities, Azerbaijan has been able to contribute actively to Euro-Atlantic security by supporting NATO-led peace-support operations.Azerbaijan’s participation in the PfP Planning and Review Process (PARP) since 1997 has allowed NATO and individual Allies to assist Azerbaijan in developing selected units to improve interoperability with those of the Allies.NATO and Azerbaijan started work on a jointly agreed Defence Education Enhancement Programme (DEEP) in 2008 to integrate NATO standards into the teaching methodologies and curricula of the country’s Professional Military Education (PME) institutions.In 2018, Azerbaijan asked NATO to also involve the Military High School, a pre-commissioning school, in DEEP.Cooperative activities, reform plans and political dialogue processes are detailed in Azerbaijan’s Individual Partnership Action Plan (IPAP), which is jointly agreed upon. SOCAR, BP eye oil, gas cooperation http://www.today.az/news/business/211387.html Business Tue, 26 Oct 2021 17:28:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadAzerbaijan’s State Oil Company President Rovnag Abdullayev and BP Vice-President for Production and Operations Gordon Birrell have discussed bilateral oil and gas cooperation, the company reported on October 26.During the meeting, the parties exchanged views on the progress of exploratory drilling in the shallow part of the Absheron Peninsula. They also discussed the importance of increasing gas production in Azerbaijan from various sources and meeting the growing needs of the local and global gas market.BP's vice-president stated that his company had been interested in working in Azerbaijan's oil and gas sector for a long time.Abdullayev emphasized readiness to develop joint projects with BP, stressing that ensuring energy security in Azerbaijan is a priority for the state and the company.The parties noted the successful continuation of production and operational works within the framework of the Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli (ACG) project. They also discussed the launch of the new ACG foundation in the coming months.Moreover, the guests were informed about the new technological solutions applied in SOCAR to improve the durability and technical characteristics of expired offshore foundations.It was noted that in accordance with its new strategy SOCAR is studying the possibility of supplying energy used in offshore oil and gas infrastructure in the future through renewable sources such as wind energy instead of gas.The sides also considered the prospects of cooperation in this direction in the Azerbaijani sector of the Caspian Sea.Additionally, the parties discussed various aspects of the SOCAR-BP partnership.BP opened its first office in Baku in June 1992 and has since then contributed to Azerbaijan’s oil and gas sector through operating projects such as Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli (ACG), Shah Deniz, Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC), and South Caucasus Pipeline (SCP).Earlier, Azerbaijan’s Energy Ministry and BP signed an Implementation Agreement to build a 240MW solar power plant in the liberated Zangilan and Jabrayil regions. Official welcoming ceremony for Erdogan held in Zangilan http://www.today.az/news/politics/211395.html Politics Tue, 26 Oct 2021 17:22:00 +0400 An official welcome ceremony has been held for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Aghali village, Zangilan region, Azertag reported on October 26.A guard of honor was arranged for the Turkish president in the square decorated with the national flags of the two countries.Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev welcomed Erdogan.The chief of the guard of honor reported to the Turkish president.The state anthems of Turkey and Azerbaijan were played.The Turkish president saluted the Azerbaijani soldiers.Aliyev and Erdogan reviewed the guard of honor.Members of the Turkish delegation were introduced to the Azerbaijani president, while members of the Azerbaijani delegation were introduced to the Turkish president.The guard of honor marched in front of Azerbaijani President Aliyev and Turkish President Erdogan to the accompaniment of a military march. Yashat sends more war veterans to Turkey for treatment http://www.today.az/news/society/211386.html Society Tue, 26 Oct 2021 17:13:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadAzerbaijan’s Yashat Foundation, which was set up to help families of soldiers killed and injured during last year's 44-day Karabakh war, continues to send seriously injured war veterans to Turkey for treatment.Four more veterans - Taghiyev Ilkin, Ismayilov Seymur, Shiraliyev Mehman and Orucov Samir will receive treatment in Turkey.The foundation will monitor the veterans' treatment until their full recovery.To date, 144 war veterans have been sent to Turkey for treatment. The treatment of 98 of them has already been successfully completed and they have returned home. In addition, the foundation also provides medicines for the treatment of wounded war veterans.Earlier, it was reported that the foundation allocated AZN 22.6 million ($13.2M) to improve living conditions of martyrs' families and wounded servicemen after receiving 5,667 appeals from them, as well as AZN 5.6 million ($3.2M) were allocated to pay for the medical and educational expenses of 2,357 such citizens. The foundation also repaid AZN 3.8 million ($2.2M) in loans following appeals by 1,152 martyrs' family members and disabled war veterans.Set up by the presidential decree in December 2020, the foundation’s work covers the families of servicemen killed or disabled during the war and also the families of employees of state bodies (institutions) who became disabled or lost their lives while serving in the liberated lands or while removing the consequences of military operations in the liberated lands.Yashat receives donations made through voluntary financial assistance provided by Azerbaijani citizens, Azerbaijanis living abroad, other individuals and legal entities, as well as other sources not prohibited by law.As of October 26, the foundation has collected over AZN 63.5 million ($37.4M). Aliyev, Erdogan lay foundation for “Dost Agropark” in Zangilan http://www.today.az/news/politics/211393.html Politics Tue, 26 Oct 2021 17:09:00 +0400 President Ilham Aliyev and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan laid the foundation for “Dost Agropark” in Zangilan, Azertag reported.the story will be updated Azerbaijani oil prices continue to rise http://www.today.az/news/business/211385.html Business Tue, 26 Oct 2021 16:54:00 +0400 By TrendThe price of Azeri LT CIF Augusta, produced at the Azeri-Chirag-Deepwater Gunashli (ACG) field, increased by $1.5 on Oct.25 compared to the previous price, settling at $88.19 per barrel, Trend reports referring to the source from the country's oil and gas market.The price of Azeri LT FOB Ceyhan on Oct.25 amounted to $87.25 per barrel, up by $1.39 compared to the previous price.Azerbaijan has been producing Azeri LT since 1997 and exporting it via the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) and Baku-Supsa Western Export Pipeline, as well as by rail to the Georgian port of Batumi.Azerbaijan also sells its URALS oil from the Russian Black Sea port of Novorossiysk, delivering it through the Baku-Novorossiysk pipeline.The price of URALS with shipment from the port made up $83 per barrel on Oct.25, which grew by $1.36 as compared to the previous price.Meanwhile, the cost of a barrel of Brent Dated oil, produced in the North Sea rose by $1.15 compared to the previous price and made up $86.12 per barrel. National artists present their art in Paris http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/211368.html Arts & Entertainment Tue, 26 Oct 2021 16:37:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaAzerbaijani artists have presented  their art works in Art Shopping at Carrousel du Louvre.Rovshan Nur, Sahib Asadli, Leyla Aliyeva, Farida Musaeva, Nihad Aliyev, Fidan Safarova, Zahra Gafarova, Zahra Mammadzadeh, Arzu Yusifova, Ailin Safarova (Azerbaijan), K. Muzaffer Gencher (Turkey) and Anael Sunny (France), Abdelkrim Benbelkasem (Algeria), Tamara Mindiashvili Adamia (Georgia) displayed their mastepieces at ASMAR Art pavilion.The exhibition brought together talented artists from Azerbaijan, France, Algeria, Turkey, Georgia and other countries. ASMAR Art stand aroused great interest among the exhibition visitors."The guests were delighted with the color scheme. , Urban motifs painted in the impressionistic manner by the Azerbaijani artist Rovshan Nur charmed the guests of the vernissage. Moreover, the exhibition visitors also joined art discussions with the artists," said Honored Artist Asmar Narimanbayova.Asmar Narimanbayova was born in a family of eminent artists. Her father Togrul Narimanbayov, was world-famous Azerbaijani artist, while her mother Elmira Huseynova was a sculptor.Asmar grew up in the atmosphere of love to art, music and literature. She is an artist full of light, wide and enthusiastic soul. While creating works in different styles starting from fauvism to impressionism, then from postimpressionism to cubism and expressionism, the artist has found her individual creative manner of the letter, the original color sensation acting as a composition dominant. She has been characterized for her bold and engaging style.Colors in her artworks fill the form with dynamics and saturate her canvas with the strong energy. Narimanbayova’s works are displayed in exhibitions, international festivals and symposiums all over the world. </p><p style="border: 0px; font-family: Roboto, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 19px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: rgb(252, 252, 252);"><br /></p> </body> </html> Women's wrestling team to compete in Serbia http://www.today.az/news/sports/211367.html Sports Tue, 26 Oct 2021 16:10:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaThe U23 World Wrestling Championships  will be held in Serbia on November 1-7.The national women's wrestling team, which will take part in the World Cup, continues training in Baku.The training camp, led by head coach Aslan Aghayev and coach Rovshan Umudov, will last until October 31. The  team, which trains at the Olympic Wrestling Center, will leave for Serbia on November 1.It should be noted that female wrestlers will perform at the world championship on November 3-5.The U23 World Wrestling Championships are the Amateur Wrestling World Championship for athletes under 23 years old and is organized by United World Wrestling. The tournament was established in 2017. EU and Azerbaijan: In search of lost time http://www.today.az/news/politics/211381.html Politics Tue, 26 Oct 2021 15:46:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Orkhan AmashovPerhaps the title chosen for this piece does not do justice to the present level of the EU-Azerbaijan relations, which in economic terms have been remarkably successful.Shortly after Azerbaijan regained its independence in 1991, the European Union was quick to establish ties with Baku. In 1996, the EU-Azerbaijan Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) was signed. After having appointed a special representative for the South Caucasus, the EU included Azerbaijan in the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) and, later, in the Eastern Partnership Initiative.As a result of the strong ties established from 1996 onwards, Azerbaijan has become an important energy partner of the EU, bringing Caspian gas resources to the European market. The 2011 Joint Declaration on the Southern Gas Corridor, described as the most ambitious undertaking of the international hydrocarbon industry, has been an essential part of the partnership.Moment of cautionYet not everything in the EU-Azerbaijan relations has been rosy.  Azerbaijan did refuse to sign an Association Agreement with the EU, which, as President Ilham Aliyev explained during the Munich Security Conference in 2016, was largely due to two fundamental reasons.Firstly, since an Agreement gave the impression of being a unilateral instruction from the Union, the offer of political association and economic integration did not seem to be the right choice for Baku. Secondly, and more importantly, there was no precise wording as to the resolution of the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan based on the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, despite the fact that identical provisions were included in agreements with Georgia and Moldova.In fact, the EU has consistently refused to be proactive in the resolution of the conflict, stating that the issue is within the strict jurisdiction of the OSCE Minsk Group, which in Azerbaijani public opinion, has been an epitome of creative inertia and political impotence.France, a leading member of the EU, despite its co-chairmanship in the aforementioned group, has become the country the upper legislative body of which adopted a resolution recognising the independence of the so-called, illegal and unrecognised "Nagorno-Karabakh Republic". This poorly prepared document, in addition to being full of inconsistencies and legal errors, resulted in irreparable damage to the status of France as a fair mediator, and the repeated utterances from Paris to the effect of the resolution being a mere position of the Senate, not that of the French government, have never proven to be of rehabilitative value.New perspectivesHowever, the prospects of the present relationship no longer depend on the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, which, as President Aliyev has reiterated on numerous occasions, is over.The future is to be determined by the continued process of economic deepening of the relationship, together with the EU’s potential post-conflict role in terms of bringing lasting peace to the region.  The recent trip of Toivo Klaar, the EU special representative for the South Caucasus and the crisis in Georgia, to the region was just one of the numerous top-level visits that were made over the past year.When EU Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Oliver Varhelyi visited Baku in summer 2021, the new perspectives loomed large for many observers. The article penned by Varhelyi upon his return from Azerbaijan highlighted some of the key points. He described the new reinforced partnership with the Union’s Eastern Partnership countries as a “very strong signal”.Azerbaijan, according to him, is the most prosperous country in the region, which apart from being successful in fighting the pandemic, has also managed to avoid a major COVID-induced economic backlash as it emerges out of the crisis, with relatively limited impact.ConnectivityThe future of the South Caucasus and the prosperity of the countries comprising it are hinging upon what the EU commissioner describes as “connectivity”.The EU is cognisant of the economic self-sufficiency of Azerbaijan, which according to Mr Varhelyi, “is a prosperous country that might not need the financial assistance of the European Union”. He rather views the future of economic cooperation as one in which the EU’s role entails “assisting in knowledge” and “bringing in investors and creating the trade routes together”.  A more complete form of prosperity requires an economic outlook that is inclusive of other regional players because when there is limited potential to develop trade and investments capable of creating growth and jobs, the entire region happens to be on the losing side.For the EU, Azerbaijan in its larger neighbourhood should be a key player in a web that connects the Black Sea with the Caspian Sea and trade routes running through Azerbaijan from the Caspian Sea to the Black Sea and to Europe. The port of Baku is, for example, of strategic significance, but in order for the port to be efficient, it needs goods that it can process and it can only get these if it is connected.Energy and beyondAzerbaijan remains a country of considerable significance to Europe in terms of the diversification of the EU energy supplies and phasing out of the use of coal energy. The next phase of this partnership should focus on green energy resources, such as wind, solar hydrogen. Greener energy in rural communities, achieved with the application of new technologies, is one of the components that is going to define cooperation in this area.At a time when some strong and powerful voices across the Continent and beyond claim that the EU is a supranational monstrosity and destined to collapse, due to its perceived inflexibility and arrogance in dealing with the local concerns of member states, the EU is keen to forge efficient relations with its immediate neighbourhood countries, including Azerbaijan. The EU must look presentable, modern and full of progressive ideas.The EU was not a great help to Azerbaijan in terms of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, but its economic engagement with Baku was hugely successful and many key projects could be accomplished to further deepen the ties. Even if it is unlikely that the EU will be a main player in bringing about a comprehensive peace between Azerbaijan and Armenia, the areas in which it can play a significant role, such as the mine clearance in the formerly occupied territories and fostering closer cooperation between the regional actors, are too important and manifold to be overlooked.Now the EU and Azerbaijan are in search of lost time, and it remains to be seen if it will be possible to recover some of the lost opportunities of the past decades. Hopes are there. Time will tell. Aliyev, Erdogan lay foundation for Zangazur corridor [PHOTO] http://www.today.az/news/politics/211391.html Politics Tue, 26 Oct 2021 15:45:00 +0400 A foundation stone has been laid for the Horadiz-Jabrayil-Zangilan-Aghband highway (Zangazur corridor), Azertag reported on October 26.Prior to the ceremony, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan viewed the construction progress on the Ahmadbayli-Fuzuli-Shusha highway.The heads of state then laid the foundation stone for the Horadiz-Jabrayil-Zangilan-Aghband highway (Zangazur corridor).Chairman of the Board of Directors of Azerbaijan Highway State Agency Saleh Mammadov informed the heads of state of the work done.the story will be updated. Reps of SMEs of Russia’s Yaroslav in Azerbaijan in search for potential partners - Russian ... http://www.today.az/news/business/211380.html Business Tue, 26 Oct 2021 15:30:00 +0400 By TrendA delegation of representatives of small and medium businesses (SMEs) of Russia’s Yaroslav region has arrived in Azerbaijan, Ruslan Mirsayapov, Trade Representative of Russia in Azerbaijan told Trend.According to him, as part of the business mission, the heads of seven companies of the Yaroslav region will hold business meetings with potential partners.“These companies plan to find partners in Azerbaijan to promote tanks for storage and transportation of liquid carbon dioxide, as well as to promote the sale of food and drinks, spare parts for vehicles in the local market,” Mirsayapov said.The Russian delegation also plans to discuss the supply of equipment for the construction industry to Azerbaijan, the trade representative said.“The delegation also included representatives of the company, who intend to establish cooperation in the supply of plywood of various brands and spherical tents for glamping [a type of camping] to Azerbaijan,” Mirsayapov said.The visit of the Russian delegation to Baku will last until October 28. Over 70 mines, munitions defused in liberated lands http://www.today.az/news/politics/211379.html Politics Tue, 26 Oct 2021 15:19:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Vugar KhalilovSome 77 mines and unexploded ordnance were found and defused on Azerbaijan's liberated territories on October 18-23, Azerbaijan’s Mine Action Agency has reported on its official Twitter page.The agency found and defused 10 anti-personnel, 37 anti-tank mines and 30 unexploded munitions in Tartar, Aghdam, Fuzuli, Shusha, Gubadli, Jabrayil and Zangilan regions during the reported period.Overall, 93.7 hectares were cleared of mines and unexploded ordnance in this period.Earlier, the agency made public the results of its operations from November 2020 to October 2021. It said that 48,411 mines and munitions were found and defused from November 10, 2020, to October 15, 2021, on territories liberated from Armenia's occupation in last year's war.Armenia deliberately and constantly planted mines on Azerbaijani territories, in violation of the 1949 Geneva Convention, thereby being a major threat to regional peace, security and cooperation.Some 160 Azerbaijanis have been killed or injured in the explosion of mines planted by Armenians in Azerbaijan’s formerly occupied regions since the end of the war in autumn 2020 that saw Azerbaijan liberate most of its territories in and around the Nagorno-Karabakh region.On June 12, Azerbaijan handed over 15 Armenian prisoners in exchange for a map detailing the location of 97,000 mines in formerly-occupied Aghdam.On July 3, Armenia submitted to Azerbaijan maps of about 92,000 anti-tank and anti-personnel mines planted during the occupation of Fuzuli and Zangilan regions.In his interview to CNN Turk channel on August 14, President Ilham Aliyev said that the accuracy of the maps provided by Armenia at the latest stage is only 25 percent.The scale of destruction in Azerbaijan’s formerly occupied territories suggests deep hatred and animosity against Azerbaijanis, with many experts describing these mass destructions as genocide.Azerbaijan and Armenia resumed the second war after that latter started firing at Azerbaijani civilians and military positions starting September 27, 2020. The war ended on November 10 with the signing of a trilateral peace deal by the Azerbaijani, Russian and Armenian leaders.The peace agreement stipulated the return of Azerbaijan's Armenian-occupied Kalbajar, Aghdam and Lachin regions. Before the signing of the deal, the Azerbaijani army had liberated around 300 villages, settlements, city centres and historic Shusha city. The Azerbaijani army declared a victory against the Armenian troops. The signed agreement obliged Armenia to withdraw its troops from the Azerbaijani lands that it has occupied since the early 1990s. Country registers 2,266 new COVID-19 cases, 1,194 recoveries http://www.today.az/news/society/211389.html Society Tue, 26 Oct 2021 15:00:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadAzerbaijan registered 2,266 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, Operational Headquarters under Cabinet of Ministers reported on October 26.Some 1,194 patients have recovered and 24 patient has died in the reported period. So far, 520,068 COVID-19 cases have been registered in the country. Some 486,426 patients have recovered, 6,939 people have died. Currently, 26,703 people are under treatment in special hospitals.Over the past day, 13,552 tests were conducted in Azerbaijan to reveal coronavirus cases.In general, 5,131,033 tests have been conducted in Azerbaijan so far.So far, some 9,424,902 COVID-19 vaccines have been provided to Azerbaijani citizens. The first dose of the vaccine was given to 5,086,757 citizens, and the second one to 4,338,145 citizens. In addition, in the past 24 hours, some 41,233 citizens have been vaccinated against COVID-19. Youth and sports minister visits Taekwondo Federation http://www.today.az/news/sports/211366.html Sports Tue, 26 Oct 2021 14:49:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaThe Minister of Youth and Sports Farid Gayibov has visited Azerbaijan Taekwondo Federation.Farid Gayibov met with members of the national taekwondo team. He watched their training process and inquired about the conditions created in the federation.Executive Vice President of the Azerbaijan Taekwondo Federation Naghi Safarov briefed the Minister on the activities of the federation.The sides exchanged views on preparations for competitions, work with young athletes, difficulties and future plans of the federation.The National Taekwondo Federation has trained many prominent athletes since its founding in 1992. Many of those athletes now enjoy international recognition.The Federation’s training facility houses new, state-of-the-art training equipment and has a proud history of bringing up more than 500 black belt recipients and athletes. Famous tar musician films music video in Gubadli http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/211365.html Arts & Entertainment Tue, 26 Oct 2021 14:37:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaAzerbaijani tar musician Humay Gadimova has filmed a music video in liberated Gubadli region. The music video features a music piece "Separation" composed by  People's Artist Emin Sabitoglu, Trend Life reported. The musical composition personifies the end of separation and return of Gubadli to Azerbaijan.October 25, 2020, Gubadli was liberated from almost 30 years of Armenian occupation. The region of Azerbaijan was occupied by the Armenian Armed Forces on August 31, 1993.During the occupation, the Armenians destroyed  religious, historical, cultural monuments and cemeteries in Gubadli. The invaders also committed terror against the region`s rich nature.  Forests were cut down and burned there, rare species of trees and plants were destroyed. </p><p style="border: 0px; font-family: Roboto, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 19px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: rgb(252, 252, 252);"><br /></p> </body> </html> Azerbaijan prolongs program of cooperation with FAO http://www.today.az/news/business/211376.html Business Tue, 26 Oct 2021 13:58:00 +0400 By TrendThe term of the partnership program between Azerbaijan and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is being extended, Trend reports.In this regard, the approval of the "Protocol on the extension of the agreement on the FAO-Azerbaijan partnership program between the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization” was discussed at a meeting of the Committee on International Relations and Inter-Parliamentary Relations of the Azerbaijani Parliament.The MPs stressed the importance of extending the agreement.After discussions, the document was put to a vote and adopted. Azerbaijani, Turkish leaders inaugurate Fuzuli International Airport [PHOTO] http://www.today.az/news/politics/211383.html Politics Tue, 26 Oct 2021 13:53:00 +0400 An opening ceremony of the Fuzuli International Airport has been held, Azertag reported on October 26.Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attended the opening ceremony.The Azerbaijani and Turkish presidents cut the ribbon symbolizing the opening of the airport.The symbolic keys of the Fuzuli International Airport were handed over to the presidents.The heads of state viewed conditions created at the airport.President of AZAL Jahangir Asgarov informed the heads of state of the works done.It was noted that the Fuzuli International Airport, known as the air gateway to Karabakh, was built at the most modern level. The airport has the capacity to receive any type of aircraft. The runway is 3,000 meters long and 60 meters wide. Equipped with the state-of-the-art infrastructure, the airport's terminal can process at least 200 passengers per hour. All the work done here was carried out in accordance with international norms and standards. Extensive landscaping work has been carried out around the airport. An Air Traffic Control Tower equipped with automated systems has been built. This makes it possible to operate flights from Fuzuli International Airport in accordance with ICAO and IATA standards. Baggage conveyors, registration system, VIP lounges, shops, restaurants and other necessary facilities have been established at the airport. All the criteria for the convenience of passengers have been taken into account.It was also noted that international airports are also under construction in Zangilan and Lachin, and their construction will further expand the region's transport capabilities.Then the heads of state were informed about the activities of the Souvenir Production Enterprise to be opened in Jojuq Marjanli. Twenty-five residents of Jojuq Marjanli village will be provided with jobs at the enterprise to be established with the financial support of Jojuq Marjanli Development Foundation, TUIB and TIKA. It will produce gift pottery, small carpets, handicrafts and other products. The state also supported the construction of the plant. The company was established under the auspices of the Small and Medium Business Development Agency. Production equipment was purchased and specialists from Turkey were involved in the organization of production. In addition, 15 greenhouses have been established with the support of TIKA. Lavender and rosemary plants and vegetables will be grown in greenhouses run by 15 families.The heads of state then had a conversation.President Ilham Aliyev: Thank you. Take a close-up. My dear brother has given me these beautiful watches. The image of Kharibulbul is also on it.President Recep Tayyip Erdogan: We have been to Shusha. Shusha is close from here. Kharibulbul is also a symbol of Shusha.President Ilham Aliyev: Yes, thank you very much, thank you. Azerbaijan to open embassy in Vatican http://www.today.az/news/politics/211370.html Politics Tue, 26 Oct 2021 13:30:00 +0400 By TrendAzerbaijan will open an embassy in the Vatican, Trend reports.In this regard, at a meeting of the Committee on International Relations and Interparliamentary Relations of the Parliament of Azerbaijan, the draft law ‘On the establishment of the embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan under the Holy See’ was discussed.The MPs noted at the meeting that the opening of the Azerbaijani embassy in the Vatican will make an important contribution to the development of relations between the two countries.After discussions, the bill was recommended for consideration at the plenary session of the Parliament. Azerbaijan reveals funds allocated for drawing up master plan for Gubadli city http://www.today.az/news/politics/211369.html Politics Tue, 26 Oct 2021 13:17:00 +0400 Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has signed a decree on measures to draw up a master plan for the city of Gubadli, located in the East Zangezur economic region.According to the decree, 500,000 manats ($294 204) are initially allocated from the funds provided in the state budget of Azerbaijan for 2021 for the restoration of the liberated territories for the State Committee for Urban Planning and Architecture for the preparation of the master plan of the city of Gubadli, located in the East Zangezur economic region.It is noted that the Ministry of Finance was instructed to provide funding in the amount specified in this order, and the Cabinet of Ministers was instructed to resolve other issues arising from this order. Baku, Ankara consider co-op in military education http://www.today.az/news/politics/211384.html Politics Tue, 26 Oct 2021 13:15:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Vugar KhalilovAzerbaijani Defence Minister Zakir Hasanov and Turkish National Defence University Rector Erhan Afyoncu have discussed bilateral cooperation in military education, the Defence Ministry reported on October 25.“The minister emphasized the importance of developing cooperation in the field of military education, as well as in other areas within the framework of the military alliance with Turkey,” the report added.Hasanov stressed the necessity of applying the Turkish army model in Azerbaijan and exchanging experience with the Turkish National Defence University in the military education sphere.Hasanov thanked the delegation for Turkey's moral and political support during the 44-day war between Armenia and Azerbaijan in 2020.Afyoncu congratulated Azerbaijan on the victory in the Second Karabakh War. He stressed that mutual exchange of experience in military education between the two countries has a positive impact on increasing servicemen's knowledge and skills.He assured that military cooperation between the two countries will continue.Azerbaijan and Turkey periodically hold joint drills to improve interaction and communication between their army units.Military cooperation between Azerbaijan and Turkey first emerged in 1992, with an agreement signed between the Azerbaijani and Turkish governments on military education and weapon equipment and deals to help strengthen the bond between the two nations.On June 15, the two countries signed a memorandum of alliance that cemented the existing military, political and economic cooperation.The Shusha Declaration on Allied Relations that President Ilham Aliyev and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan signed during the first official visit to Shusha eight months after Azerbaijan’s victory in the war with Armenia, also focuses on defence cooperation.It affirms joint efforts by the two armies in the face of foreign threats. The declaration also pledges joint efforts for the restructuring and modernization of the armed forces. Moreover, the two nations affirm to encourage the execution of joint projects with the aim of developing capabilities in the field of sea, air, and space.In an interview with Turkey's Anadolu Agency on September 27, President Ilham Aliyev said that the signing of the Shusha Declaration raised bilateral relations to an even higher level. Turkish president arrives in Azerbaijan's Fuzuli [PHOTO] http://www.today.az/news/politics/211382.html Politics Tue, 26 Oct 2021 13:06:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Vafa IsmayilovaTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has arrived at the Fuzuli International Airport.Erdogan will attend the opening of the Fuzuli International Airport, the construction of which was completed within a short term, the ceremony of laying the foundation for a regional highway and for the Smart Agricultural Park, which will be built in Zangilan district through Turkey's support.During the meetings within the visit, all aspects of relations between Azerbaijan and Turkey will be considered, and steps to deepen bilateral cooperation will be discussed.Regional and international issues on agenda are also to be discussed.Erdogan's aircraft will be the first international plane to land in the Fuzuli International Airport.Turkey was the first country to give Azerbaijan political and moral support during the 44-day Karabakh war with Armenia in 2020.On June 15, 2021, the two countries signed a memorandum of alliance that cemented the existing military, political and economic cooperation.The Shusha Declaration on Allied Relations that President Ilham Aliyev and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan signed during the first official visit to Shusha eight months after Azerbaijan’s victory in the war with Armenia, also focuses on defence cooperation.It affirms joint efforts by the two armies in the face of foreign threats. The declaration also pledges joint efforts for the restructuring and modernization of the armed forces. Moreover, the two nations affirm to encourage the execution of joint projects with the aim of developing capabilities in the field of sea, air, and space.In an interview with Turkey's Anadolu Agency on September 27, President Ilham Aliyev said that the signing of the Shusha Declaration raised bilateral relations to an even higher level. Minister: Azerbaijan's business, investment climate constantly improving http://www.today.az/news/business/211372.html Business Tue, 26 Oct 2021 12:52:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadAzerbaijani Economy Minister Mikayil Jabbarov has said that the country's business and investment climate is constantly improving.He made the remarks while speaking at the online panel session “roundtable on sustainable investments” at the 7th World Investment Forum.Jabbarov added that the legislation, business registration, tax and customs systems are being improved.The minister expressed confidence that the forum will contribute to the steps taken to improve the investment climate, and informed about the priorities of the country's investment policy.He noted that the restoration of the country’s liberated territories created new challenges and realities for development and increased the investment attractiveness of the country's economy.Speaking about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the national economy, Jabbarov noted the relevant support measures from the Azerbaijani government, as well as priorities for the country’s socio-economic development until 2030.Moreover, Jabbarov emphasized that attracting local and foreign investment, sustainable development of the non-oil sector are of particular importance to support a comprehensive recovery of the country's economy in the post-pandemic period. In this regard, he noted that industrial zones, the Alat FEZ, are favorable mechanisms for revitalizing investment activity.The minister added that the Azerbaijan Center of the Network of Centers of the Fourth Industrial Revolution of the World Economic Forum, which started operating on April 1, 2021, has contributed to the development of the digital ecosystem in the country.He underlined that the Fourth Industrial Revolution is an important platform for developing a green economy and attracting investments, giving impetus to the rapid implementation and application of technologies.The forum was attended by the representatives of Turkey, Russia, China, Germany, Great Britain, Korea, Mexico, Thailand, Egypt and other countries. The participants discussed priorities of economy, industry, trade and investment in the formation of national and international investment policy for the coming years. In addition, speeches on accelerating investment in key sectors for sustainable recovery were heard and discussed. Some forces trying to break stability in region - Secretary of Security Council of Azerbaijan http://www.today.az/news/politics/211375.html Politics Tue, 26 Oct 2021 12:33:00 +0400 By TrendSome forces are again trying to upset stability in the region, Secretary of the Security Council of Azerbaijan Colonel-General Ramil Usubov said at the opening ceremony of the National Security course, Trend reports.After the victory in the 44-day Armenia-Azerbaijan second Karabakh war, some forces have resorted to various provocations in order to carry out their insidious plans.Usubov expressed gratitude to the Chief of the State Security Service, Colonel-General Ali Naghiyev, Assistant to the President of Azerbaijan - Head of the Foreign Policy Affairs Department of the Presidential Administration of Azerbaijan Hikmat Hajiyev for their participation in the event and for the conditions created to hold such event.Secretary of Azerbaijan’s Security Council stressed that thanks to the successful foreign and domestic policy pursued by the President of Azerbaijan, Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Ilham Aliyev, Azerbaijan is recognized in the world as a stable state, and this factor, in turn, created the basis for the comprehensive development of all spheres in the country.“Currently, without the direct participation of Azerbaijan, it is impossible to implement transport, logistics and major energy projects of the international level, and make important political decisions. Along with this, recently, especially after the victory of Azerbaijan, gained in the second Karabakh war, some forces are again trying to upset stability in the region, implementing their insidious plans, resorting to various provocations,” Usubov said.Speaking about the joint effective fight of the special services and law enforcement agencies against these threats, Usubov stressed that the necessary measures are being taken to increase the military potential and defense capability of the Azerbaijani state. Turkish president leaves for one-day visit to Azerbaijan http://www.today.az/news/politics/211378.html Politics Tue, 26 Oct 2021 12:30:00 +0400 By TrendTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has left for a one-day visit to Azerbaijan, Trend reports.Mayor of Ankara city Vasip Sahin saw off the president of Turkey at the airport of Ankara.President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is accompanied by Minister of Environment and Urban Development Murat Kurum, Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlut Cavusoglu, Minister of National Security Hulusi Akar, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Adil Karaismailoglu, Head of the Communications Department of the Presidential Administration of Turkey Fahrettin Altun and Presidential Spokesman Ibrahim Kalin. Revanchist forces in Armenia engaged in anti-propaganda campaign against Azerbaijan - State ... http://www.today.az/news/politics/211374.html Politics Tue, 26 Oct 2021 12:15:00 +0400 By TrendThe ceremony of opening the course on "National Security" was held at the International Anti-Terrorism Training Center under the State Security Service of Azerbaijan on October 25, Trend reports citing the service’s website.The course has been organized with the assistance of the Service of the Secretary of the Security Council of Azerbaijan.The event was attended by Secretary of the Security Council of Azerbaijan Colonel General Ramil Usubov, Assistant to the President of Azerbaijan - Head of the Foreign Policy Department of the Presidential Administration Hikmat Hajiyev, Head of the State Security Service Colonel General Ali Naghiyev, senior officials of state bodies and a representative of the Secretary General of the National Security Council of Turkey.Within the framework of the course, which will continue until October 29, lectures are scheduled to be delivered on various aspects of national security by 54 representatives of 32 government agencies, practical exercises, and panel discussions will be held.The course is aimed at assessing the situation in the field of national security, threats in this area, improving the joint work of the relevant structures in ensuring national security, and exchanging experience between government organizations.The Secretary of the Security Council Ramil Usubov expressed gratitude to the head of the State Security Service for the conditions created for the course, and to the assistant to the President of Azerbaijan for participation in the event.According to Usubov, thanks to the successful foreign and domestic policy pursued by the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Ilham Aliyev, Azerbaijan is known in the world as stable country, and this factor has created the basis for comprehensive development of all spheres in the country."Today, without the direct participation of Azerbaijan, it’s impossible to implement transport, logistics and large-scale international energy projects, and to make important political decisions. Recently, especially after the victory achieved in the 2020 second Karabakh war, some forces, carrying out their insidious plans, are trying once again violate stability in the region, and resort to various provocations," he pointed out.Speaking about the joint effective struggle of the special services and law enforcement agencies against these threats, he stressed that the necessary measures are constantly being taken to strengthen the military potential of the state, to increase its defense capability.Assistant to the President of Azerbaijan - Head of the Foreign Policy Department of the Presidential Administration Hikmat Hajiyev spoke about the reliable provision of national security, which is a priority issue for each state, and noted the importance of the National Security Concept prepared under the leadership of President Ilham Aliyev.He noted that for about 30 years, the main factor directed against the security of the state was the aggressive policy of Armenia, however, Armenian fascism was destroyed thanks to the victory achieved by the Azerbaijani army in the second Karabakh war.“For about 30 years, the main factor directed against the security of Azerbaijan was the aggressive policy of Armenia. However, Armenian fascism was destroyed thanks to the victory achieved by the Azerbaijani army in the second Karabakh war,” Hajiyev said.The head of the State Security Service Ali Naghiyev pointed out the importance of conducting the "National Security" course, stressed the importance of combining efforts against threats currently directed against the security of Azerbaijan, an effective and coordinated struggle of the relevant structures against possible threats.According to him, despite Azerbaijan's calls for peace, the forces that live with revanchist ideas and are unable to accept the real situation in the region, are taking destructive steps."These destructive elements in Armenia, unable to accept the current situation, are constantly conducting anti-Azerbaijani propaganda, trying to sow discord between different peoples living in Azerbaijan, exacerbate relations between our country and neighboring states. Under the leadership of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, the relevant state bodies are monitoring possible provocations of Armenians against our country, they are taking adequate measures," Naghiyev said.He also spoke about the measures taken to neutralize the sabotage and intelligence activities against Azerbaijan by the special services of certain countries.“The participation of some citizens in the activities of illegal armed groups abroad, in armed conflicts, and their military training is one of the disturbing issues. The focus is constantly on the issue of provocative and terrorist actions that the citizens may commit in the future on the territory of our country,” he stressed.The State Security Service will take decisive measures against all actions aimed at violating the existing stability, added Naghiyev. Azerbaijan's International Anti-Terrorism Training Center holds opening ceremony for ... http://www.today.az/news/politics/211373.html Politics Tue, 26 Oct 2021 11:51:00 +0400 By TrendThe ceremony of opening the course on "National Security" was held at the International Anti-Terrorism Training Center under the State Security Service of Azerbaijan on October 25, Trend reports citing the service’s website.The course has been organized with the assistance of the Service of the Secretary of the Security Council of Azerbaijan.The event was attended by Secretary of the Security Council of Azerbaijan Colonel General Ramil Usubov, Assistant to the President of Azerbaijan - Head of the Foreign Policy Department of the Presidential Administration Hikmat Hajiyev, Head of the State Security Service Colonel General Ali Naghiyev, senior officials of state bodies and a representative of the Secretary General of the National Security Council of Turkey.Within the framework of the course, which will continue until October 29, lectures are scheduled to be delivered on various aspects of national security by 54 representatives of 32 government agencies, practical exercises and panel discussions will be held.story will be updated President lauds role of Gubadli's liberation in Karabakh war course [PHOTO] http://www.today.az/news/politics/211377.html Politics Tue, 26 Oct 2021 11:42:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadPresident Ilham Aliyev has praised the crucial role of Gubadli's liberation from the Armenian occupation in the subsequent course of the 44-day war in 2020.He made the remarks during his meeting with the Gubadli region’s public on October 25.“25 October played an important role in the subsequent course of the war. Because after the liberation of Gubadli, our road in the direction of Lachin was clear, and a few days later we liberated the villages in the southern part of Lachin. Thus, we took control of the Lachin corridor and the outcome of the war was already decided,” he said.The president added that after Gubadli “we continued our victory march, our victory mission with dignity, and raised the national flag in Shusha on 8 November”.ReconstructionAliyev noted that the practical work related to the future development of Gubadli region is underway. He stated that the new substation was opened, which is the seventh on the liberated lands.“This infrastructure project takes into account the future development of Gubadli until 2050... However, this substation is designed for 40 megawatts, and if necessary, this capacity can be doubled. In other words, this is how we see the future development of Gubadli,” the president said.He said that a four-lane road from Zangilan to Gubadli and Lachin is under construction, for the comfortable use of people and delivery of products to shops on time and without delays.Zangilan airportAliyev stressed that the Zangilan airport will be commissioned next year.“Zangilan airport will be commissioned next year. Zangilan and Gubadli are actually one and the same zone – the distance is not very large. Therefore, the people of Gubadli will also use it,” he said.He noted that the economic development plan for the Gubadli region must be prepared separately, as infrastructure projects have been approved. He added that the master plan will cover all the issues related to social infrastructure - schools, hospitals and other social facilities, residential buildings.Gubadli master planSpeaking about the reconstruction process, Aliyev underlined that Gubadli city was razed to the ground, there is not a single building that has been preserved.He noted that the master plan of Gubadli is being prepared and in the coming months it will be presented.“Of course, this master plan will meet the most modern requirements. The nature and historical past of Gubadli will be taken into account in planning the architecture. At the same time, specific work on the future development of Gubadli district is already underway," he said.Aliyev emphasized that after the reconstruction is completed on all liberated territories, streets and schools there will be named after martyrs.He added that that area has great potential, rich nature, and natural resources.“Two large rivers pass through the territory of Gubadli district – the Bazarchay passes right through the center of the city. The Hakari River is a great asset not only for Gubadli but for all of Azerbaijan… Therefore, proper planning must be carried out of what economic development should be like and what areas will develop. Of course, we will attract local and foreign investors. So we have major plans and there is a conceptual approach,” he said. Russian Drama Theater stages Nizami`s "Seven Beauties" http://www.today.az/news/politics/211364.html Politics Tue, 26 Oct 2021 11:35:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaAzerbaijan State Russian Drama Theater has staged Nizami Ganjavi`s "Seven Beauties".The play was staged by Lithuanian director Jonas Vaitkus and his production team. The premiere took place on December 7, 2012.It is incredibly difficult to translate the philosophical thought of Nizami Ganjavi into the language of dramatic theatrical action. However, the theater team together with a Lithuanian production team coped with this task brilliantly.The staged version of classic's poem as interpreted by a European director and the actors' play made a great impression on the audience.After performance, the Culture Minister Anar Kerimov stressed that he had witnessed the work of real professionals in their field.The Culture Minister praised the new look on Nizami Ganjavi`s philosophy. He stressed the importance of the poet`s legacy that has a great value. The State Russian Drama Theater named after Samad Vurgun plays an important role in the cultural life of the country. Charismatic and extraordinary talented theater actors always surprise the audience with wonderful performances.Many works of Russian literary figures such as Tolstoy, Pushkin, Chekov, Gogol, Lermontov, Mayakovsky, Lavrenyov, as well as Azerbaijani literary figures such as Jafar Jabbarli, Mirza Fatali Akhundov, Ali bay Huseynzade, Najaf bay Vazirov, Huseyn Javid, works of world classics such as Shakespeare, Schiller, Moliere, Dumas, Hugo, Balzac are staged in the theater.The theater team pays special attention to young viewers, and plays a significant role in introducing theater art to children.Nowadays, Azerbaijan State Russian Drama Theater is one of the most popular theaters in the country. Azerbaijani musicians shine in Strasbourg http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/211363.html Arts & Entertainment Tue, 26 Oct 2021 11:17:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaAzerbaijani musicians have successfully performed at Palais des Fêtes de Strasbourg.The ethno-jazz concert was timed to the 30th anniversary of the restoration of Azerbaijan's independence and the 20th anniversary of Azerbaijan's membership in the European Council.The Franco-Azeri music band consists of  jazz musician Etibar Asadli, Honored Artist Shahriyar Imanov (tar), French musicians Billy Martin (drummer) and Samuel de Zaldua (double bass).The concert was sold out. Some listeners heard Azerbaijani jazz for the first time and expressed their admiration.Etibar Asadli is the author of 11 plays for piano, theme and variation, sonata, for violin and piano 2 preludes, 3 plays for flute and flute, 2 preludes for violin, 1 romance and for the great symphonic orchestra 1 symphonic overture.In 2008-2013, he successfully performed at multiple festivals, including Baku Jazz Festival and the festival dedicated to Kovkeb Safaraliyeva He gave many solo concerts in many parts of the world, thrilling everyone with his own music pieces. Etibar Asadli has shared the stage with many worldwide famous musicians like Turkish clarinet performer Hushnu Shenlenderegy, mugham singers Alim Gasimov and Farghana Gasimova.During the concert with mugham singers, he managed to synthesize jazz with mugham and achieve a very interesting performance. In 2014, he performed several concerts as a part of the Rast group in the 48th Montreux Jazz Festival that took place in Switzerland. In October though, he performed a solo concert in the International Baku Jazz Festival. Next year, the musician performed ethnic-jazz concert in Paris alongside with tar musician Shahriyar Imanov within Azerbaijan's Days of Culture.He also took part in the Les 2 Mondes festival held in France, where he synthesized mugham and jazz.Shahriyar Imanov had his first competitive entry in 1999 in memory of Haji Mammadov and won the 1st place. His first solo concert took place in 2001. The musician was accompanied  by the Azerbaijan State Orchestra. In 2007, he won the Republican contest in memory of Akhsan Dadashov.He also took the 1st place at the International Mugham Festival 2013.   National documentary wins prize in Poland http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/211362.html Arts & Entertainment Tue, 26 Oct 2021 10:54:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaThe documentary "The Last One" has won Bronze Castle Award at the 25th OFF CINEMA International Documentary Film Festival.The festival was held in Poland and featured 13 documentaries along with the film "The Last One"."The Last One" is about the last inhabitant of the Kurdili island, Vitaly Pronin. In 1981, as a result of rising water levels in the Caspian Sea, Kurdili, once a bustling island, became uninhabitable. Most of the population moved from the island. No one lived there anymore except for 68-years-old Vitaly.The film was produced by the Baku Media Center and "Salnamefilm" studio with the support of the Azerbaijan Culture Ministry.Executive producer of the film is Arzu Aliyeva,producers - Orman Aliyev and Nazim Huseynov, film director-Fariz Ahmadov,  scriptwriters - Esmira Ayyub and Fariz Ahmadov, cinematographer - Mateusz Czuchnowski. After its premiere at the Rotterdam International Film Festival 202, the documentary  has been presented at prestigious festivals in various countries.The film has won Golden Maple Award for Best Documentary at the 15th Jahorina Film Festival in Bosnia and Herzegovina.Note that the director of the film, Fariz Ahmadov, is currently the director of the Azerbaijanfilm  Studio. His films have won multiple awards at international festivals.  Chronicles of Victory: President Ilham Aliyev addresses the nation on October 26, 2020 [PHOTO/VIDEO] http://www.today.az/news/politics/211361.html Politics Tue, 26 Oct 2021 10:39:00 +0400 President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has addressed the nation on October 26, 2020.Trend presents the interview.Address of President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev- Dear fellow compatriots!The second Karabakh war has been going on for about a month. This war is a patriotic war for our people. We are liberating our homeland from occupiers. During this time, the glorious Azerbaijani Army has liberated many settlements from the enemy. We are restoring historical justice on the battlefield because Nagorno-Karabakh is ancient and historical land of Azerbaijan. The Azerbaijani people have lived and built on these lands for centuries. We know the history of Karabakh perfectly well. A great deal of work has been done in recent years to convey this history to the world community. In general, the world did not have much of an idea about Azerbaijan in the early 1990s. Armenian lobbying organizations operating in many countries were able to create a distorted image in the world, in international public opinion by circulating false information both about the history of the region and the history of the conflict. This is why sanctions were imposed on us even though it was our lands that were occupied, and these sanctions are still in force. In the early stages of our independence, the US Congress imposed sanctions on Azerbaijan, claiming that Azerbaijan is engaged in aggression against Armenia, and these sanctions are still in force. Can you imagine that? At that time, Azerbaijani diplomacy could not counter Armenian lies with any arguments. As a result of consistent work in recent years, we have informed the world community about the history of Karabakh, the history of the conflict, and all this work helps us today. The world already has a more objective view on this issue, a more objective vision. It is thanks to our tireless efforts that we have been able to achieve this. I am absolutely right when I say that we are restoring historical justice. I was able to prove to the whole world during the live debates at the Munich Security Conference that this is our historical land. I provided information about the Kurakchay peace treaty signed at the beginning of the 19th century. There was no information about this treaty in the world at all. Unfortunately, there was no extensive information about the Kurakchay treaty in Azerbaijan either, The Kurakchay peace agreement was signed by the Khan of Karabakh and Shusha, Ibrahimkhalil khan, on the other side a general of Tsarist Russia. This agreement is available on the Internet and everyone can see it. I am sure that after my words, a large international audience keenly following the current situation on the battlefield will go to these sites and see that there is not a word about the Armenian people in that agreement. The Armenian people were not here at that time. The Armenian people were brought to our ancestral lands after the Kurakchay, Gulustan and Turkmenchay peace treaties. They were deliberately brought and placed in Karabakh, one of the most fascinating corners of our country, and conditions were created for them. The objective of this was obvious – to change the religious composition in the new lands of the empire, to expel Muslims from their ancestral lands, drive them away and create a new reality. Unfortunately, they achieved this goal.After that, the Armenian population was brought en masse from neighboring countries, settled in the Nagorno-Karabakh region, in the ancestral lands of the Azerbaijanis, and demonstrating their typical character, gradually began to take possession of all our lands. After the Bolshevik revolution in the early 20th century, there was a great danger that the Bolshevik government would hand over Nagorno-Karabakh to Armenia. The Caucasus Bureau has protocols dated July 1921. It is enough to look at the protocols of the Caucasus Bureau to see that there was such a threat. But I think that due to the efforts of Nariman Narimanov and others who correctly assessed the reality, they could not achieve this goal. The protocols of the Caucasus Bureau state that Nagorno-Karabakh should be kept as part of Azerbaijan. During all these years, fake Armenian scholars and patrons have been trying to prove that Stalin separated Nagorno-Karabakh from Armenia and gave it to Azerbaijan. This is a lie! Open and look at the protocol of the Caucasus Bureau, which says that Nagorno-Karabakh should be kept as part of Azerbaijan! This once again confirms that this is our land. Unfortunately, after that, the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Region was established, and the region was given a special status. But I must also say that this was not a republic, but a region. There was a lower level of self-government. It is enough to look at the history to see that the Armenians living there had great rights and opportunities.In Soviet times, a few years before the conflict, separatist tendencies were widespread. However, there was no reason for that. Of the nine members of the bureau, the governing body of the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Region, eight were Armenians and one was Azerbaijani, and he was the first secretary of the Communist Party of Shusha district. The first secretary, the head of the government, the chairman of the parliament of Nagorno-Karabakh were Armenians. What did they want? Azerbaijan invested so much in that region, built a railway there in the 1970s, the Sarsang water reservoir, the Madagiz water reservoir – I have restored its name – the Sugovushan water reservoir were built. All these investments were made at the expense of the state budget of Azerbaijan. however, the Armenians were ungrateful, took advantage of the situation and of the presence of anti-Azerbaijani leadership in Moscow, and separatist tendencies emerged in the region. What did they do prior to that? The Armenians had been making preparations for that. Heydar Aliyev was the target of these preparations. They understood perfectly well that the presence of Heydar Aliyev, his great authority in the Soviet leadership ruined their plans. Therefore, unfortunately, national traitors from Armenia and other places, from Azerbaijan were sending numerous anonymous letters to Moscow and carrying out a smear campaign in order to eliminate the Heydar Aliyev factor. Less than two weeks after Heydar Aliyev had resigned from all posts, Armenian separatists rose up and demanded that Nagorno-Karabakh be separated from Azerbaijan and annexed to Armenia. This was when the troubles of our people began. An illegal special committee was set up in Nagorno-Karabakh and an ardent pro-Armenian man was appointed its head. This, in fact, laid the groundwork for the secession of Nagorno-Karabakh from Azerbaijan. Unfortunately, the then leaders of Azerbaijan simply observed all these dangerous events. They could not raise their voice, they did not have the courage, just kept their head down and did what they were told to do from Moscow. At that time, the people leading Azerbaijan did not have a gram of Azerbaijani blood. Although they were considered Azerbaijanis, they did not have a single gram of national spirit and were cosmopolitan people. They could not even speak the Azerbaijani language properly. This is the history of Nagorno-Karabakh. After that, large-scale military operations were launched against Azerbaijan and our lands were occupied.The loss of Shusha and Lachin in May 1992 and the occupation of Kalbajar in April 1993 created a geographical link between Nagorno-Karabakh and Armenia. There was no such connection before. The Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Region had no border with the Republic of Armenia.Those tragic events somewhat created a new reality. After that, the issue was taken over by international mediators and the Minsk Group was established in 1992. The activities of the Minsk Group are obvious. After some time, the co-chairs of the Minsk Group concentrated almost all power in their hands and virtually monopolized the issue. In fact, the Minsk Group as a group was paralyzed and the three co-chair countries began to deal with this issue. But was there a result of that? There was not! There was no result for us, but there was one for Armenia. Armenia wanted the negotiations to last forever, Armenia wanted to deceive us forever, this issue to remain in a frozen state, and our lands to stay under occupation forever. But what did the Minsk Group do? Was it able to put pressure on the occupier? No! Did it want to put pressure on it? No! I have repeatedly raised the issue with them: if you want to see a solution, impose sanctions on Armenia. All this is in your hands. You are permanent members of the UN Security Council and can resolve any issue. In particular, officials of these countries say that they agree on this issue. This is also an interesting issue. How is it possible that in all other matters – nuclear weapons, the situation in the Middle East, the situation in Asia, the situation in Europe – their interests are completely different? What other issue do their interests overlap on? None! Only in the issue of Nagorno-Karabakh. Why? Everyone understands that. This frozen state, of course, was in everyone's interests except ours – first of all, in Armenia's interests.Armenia is conducting illegal settlement on these lands. Has anyone said a word? No! This crime, this international crime runs counter to the Geneva Conventions. Does anyone ask them why they are conducting illegal settlement? And even demonstrate it. You transfer and place Armenians from Arab countries in our cities, including Shusha. Nobody says a word. What does this mean? It means go on, bring them here and settle as many as you want, Armenianize these lands and erase the cultural heritage of Azerbaijan. That was the message. Didn't these three countries have the opportunity to show the aggressor its place? They didn't want to. This reality suited them.Therefore, it is impossible to assess the activities of the Minsk Group otherwise. We were being pushed to accept this situation, as it were. We were being told that new realities had emerged and that we must reckon with them. We have created a new reality. Everyone has to reckon with the new reality now. But what do we see? Notice what is happening when we began to liberate our lands from the occupiers. Look at the strong pressure being put on Azerbaijan from all sides. They have started running around. What happened? For 28 years, this issue dragged on and they pretended to be addressing it. They kept coming and going, there were endless meetings and negotiations. We are fed up with these negotiations. How long can one negotiate with the enemy? In addition, the enemy becomes impudent, and they tell us, no, there is no military option and the issue must be resolved only peacefully. Who says there isn't? Isn't this a military solution now? What are we doing? We are single-handedly implementing UN Security Council resolutions although this is the responsibility of the UN Security Council. We are doing this alone. We have created a new reality. Reckon with it! But what do we see? There is a meeting here, a meeting there. What about the ceasefire? Who has violated the ceasefire? This means that all their activities are now aimed at saving Armenia, an aggressor that committed the Khojaly genocide, attacked Ganja with ballistic missiles from the territory of Armenia. This is their activity.As far as the ceasefire is concerned, the first time the ceasefire entered into force on 10 October. My position was that this should be of a humanitarian nature, and we agreed to this in order to exchange the bodies of the dead, hostages and prisoners. However, less than a day later, Armenia flagrantly and insidiously violated the ceasefire by bombing Ganja at night. Then, on 17 October, a new ceasefire was declared. And again, Armenia violated it two minutes later. This morning, at 8 o'clock, a new proposal came in. But when I inquired about at 9 o'clock in the morning, Armenia violated the ceasefire a few minutes later by firing on Tartar district again. However, I have instructed the Azerbaijani army again to show restraint for the time being and not to succumb to provocations. My position is known to my people. This issue must be resolved either by military or by peaceful means. I suggested: if you want a peaceful solution, well, we will stop. But we must be told immediately that Armenia is leaving our lands. A timetable should be provided – after how many days they would leave a particular district, after how many days they would leave the next district and after how many days they would leave other districts. A timetable should be provided. Has Armenia provided this timetable? It has not. This being the case, if the ceasefire continues and the issue remains frozen again, this cannot suit us. This is the first thing.Secondly, we have accurate information that Armenia is already on its knees on the battlefield and simply wants to take advantage of the ceasefire to mobilize its resources again, wants to re-arm and pursue a new policy of aggression against us. There is such information and, unfortunately, over the past month, weapons, various types of weapons have been supplied to Armenia in large quantities. We have all the lists. Some of them have been published in our media. There is a whole list of when and what plane arrived, where it arrived, what it brought, how it was offloaded and where the cargo was sent? Then why are those interested in a ceasefire sending weapons to Armenia? After all, Armenia is already on its knees. We have already hit it on the head so that it can hardly recover. The prime minister of Armenia, who danced in a drunken state on Jidirduzu and behaved like a great commander, now falls at everyone's feet asking for help, begging for assistance, humiliating himself and humiliating his people. Just don't give them weapons and it will be over. Don't give them weapons. Who gives anything to us? Nobody! Don't give them weapons. If you want this to end, don't give them weapons. He will surely come round in a couple of days. On the one hand, there is talk of a ceasefire, but on the other, weapons are being sent to them. What is this? Are we supposed to be silent about this?The people of Azerbaijan should know everything. For 17 years in my capacity as President, I have always told the truth to the Azerbaijani people – always. I regularly report to the people on all the issues. And I am doing that to this day. This may not be complete information because there are certain diplomatic rules. However, whatever can be said, I say to the Azerbaijani people and the whole world. If you want to save Armenia, tell it to leave our lands, get away immediately! Let this jester, who danced in Shusha, on Jidirduzu, in a drunken state declare that he is leaving. Calling world leaders five or six times a day will not solve the problem. Our position remains unchanged, we are defending the truth and justice.I would like to touch upon another issue. The legal framework for the settlement of the conflict is quite broad. We have expanded this framework. Today, there are not only UN Security Council resolutions, but also other documents. The UN General Assembly has adopted a resolution, the Non-Aligned Movement, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the European Parliament and other organizations. The document we have initialed with the European Union contains a special provision on the sovereignty of our country, the inviolability of our borders and territorial integrity. In other words, it is a legal framework that allows us the opportunity to teach the enemy a lesson on the battlefield, to drive them away, to remove them from our lands. But look at what is going on lately? The Minsk Group co-chairing countries have convened a meeting of the UN Security Council. They have done it once before. Apparently, the document adopted there did not satisfy them. This time, a few days ago, we heard about the appearance of a new document. We immediately took action and prevented the adoption of this document even though the three co-chair countries exerted great pressure on other members of the UN Security Council.What was the purpose of this? The goal is very clear – to overshadow the resolutions adopted in 1993 demanding the withdrawal of the Armenian armed forces from our lands, to leave them in the past so that they lose their power and significance. This was the goal. How fair is this? We saw further attempts to provide support to the occupier. What is the result? It did not pass. How? The member countries of the Non-Aligned Movement stood up like real men and did not allow this to happen, they supported us – I say thank you to them. And this happened despite the fact that they came under pressure and may have even been threatened. But they stood up like men for us just as we stand up for them. This shows that nothing will work. My dear brother, the President of the Republic of Turkey has repeatedly said that the world is bigger than five countries. And he is absolutely right. This vote proved it. They joined their forces and put forward another document that meets the interests of Armenia, but it did not work out.Because justice prevailed. No matter how hard they tried, justice prevailed. Justice and international law are on our side. Therefore, we will continue to go our own way. If they want a ceasefire, then let them tell the occupying state to go away, to leave our lands. Otherwise, we will go to the end, all the way. And we will continue to drive the enemy away, as we have been doing. They are already running away from us and we will continue to chase them. Because we are right and we are strong.As I have been saying for the past few years, the world is not the same any longer. The force factor comes to the fore and this was not done by us. Take a look – do large states reckon with international law today? No! Do they reckon with the UN Security Council? No! Everyone does what they want in their places, one enters there, another one enters there, the third one divides some territories. There is no semblance of international law. So why should we defend it? We are defending it anyway and are not taking steps outside the law. We are not entering the territory of Armenia, we are restoring the territories recognized by the international community. If the permanent members of the UN Security Council, the co-chairs of the Minsk Group could not do this, then let them step aside and not interfere. Unlike Armenia, we do not ask anyone for help. Let them not interfere and test the patience of the Azerbaijani people. This war will end tomorrow and we will achieve our goal. What will our relationship be like? Will the Azerbaijani people forget this injustice? They will not. Let them give this a thought. Today, Azerbaijan is not a state the interests of which can be ignored. No! The day will come when they will come here with requests and proposals, including those on cooperation. How will they look in our eyes? They have mobilized all their forces against us today. I have been putting up with this for a month, a whole month. I was silent about it, but we are fed up. This is the first thing.Second, the mediator must be neutral. If it is not impartial, then it should give up its candidacy. If a mediator is not neutral, then it cannot be a mediator. The mediating countries should now come up with new functions for themselves. What will they do? They can no longer talk about the liberation of five districts. Where are these five districts now? Four of them are already with us. This question is already in the past, it is over. We have taken them back ourselves – Fuzuli, Zangilan, Jabrayil, Gubadli. Most of these districts are with us. We also have a part of the former Hadrut and currently Khojavand district. So let them think.We are not against negotiations. As a result of yesterday's talks in the United States, the decision was made to hold a meeting between the foreign ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia in Geneva in a few days. I don't mind that, let them meet. Over the course of these 28 years, there have been so many useless meetings, so there is no difference. I do not mean to say that I regard this meeting as useless. No. We want it to make sense. And this should speed up the settlement of the conflict. The patrons of Armenia, I appeal to you: if you want to save this fake state, tell it to get out. One word of yours is enough for it to get out – just one word. If Armenia is not provided with financial, economic, military and political support, will it be able to stand on its feet? No! I will provide the Azerbaijani people with some data on their equipment we have destroyed. Everyone can count this, go online, see the cost of this equipment and ask a question. Where does this poor and impoverished country get all this? Where does this money come from in a country that is mired in problems? We have already destroyed so much of their equipment and they are still bringing more. Never mind, let them bring it, they know better.This is our position at this stage, and we are ready to resolve this issue by military-political means. But it must be resolved. The ceasefire has been declared, alright, let there be a ceasefire. Armenia has violated it, we are recording every violation, every single one. I have given the instruction to record every violation. This information is immediately sent to the OSCE representative and other countries interested in the ceasefire, so that they can see how many times the Armenians have violated it. We have all the data. A military-political solution should resolve the issue of restoring the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan.As for the future of the Armenians who were settled on our ancestral lands 200 years ago, I have said that they are our citizens too. They must also get rid of this junta. If they cannot save themselves, we will help them. Didn't the new government of Armenia represented by Pashinyan say that those who governed Armenia are criminals? I was saying exactly the same. What happens if those who governed the country before Pashinyan for 20 years were criminals? What is this country then? It is a criminal country. The two ex-presidents also headed the junta in Karabakh and then led Armenia. A criminal case has been opened against both. They are criminals who sucked the blood of the Armenians living in Karabakh. Where did they get so much property, wealth and fortune? Where? They got it by sucking the blood of the Armenian people. So I repeat: the people living in Nagorno-Karabakh are our citizens. The Azerbaijani people are tolerant. These people are not to blame. Whoever is to blame is being brought to account, and I said that the blood of the Azerbaijani people would not remain unavenged. The criminals who committed the Khojaly genocide have already been destroyed in the battles that have lasted for a month. Justice has prevailed. Therefore, I want to reiterate my position. We will definitely return to these lands by military-political means. The military stage may end today. We will resolve the issue politically. Azerbaijanis will return to Shusha, Azerbaijanis will return to Khankandi. They will return to all other places where they used to live. Conditions will be created for the Armenian population. We must gradually learn to live together, both them and us. I see it this way, and my approach is based both on the norms of morality and on the norms of international law. Armenia wants to drive us out of there, then to carry out ethnic cleansing, to Armenianize our sites, to settle Armenians from abroad. Pashinyan, you wanted to build a road to Jabrayil? So? Where is this road? You wanted to build a parliament building in Shusha? So? It all went to hell.I want to say again that no force can make us deviate from our path. Successes on the battlefield have created a new reality at the negotiating table.Now I want to share some information with my dear people. I am presenting a list of the enemy's equipment and military booty we have destroyed and taken over since 27 September. So 252 tanks have been destroyed, 53 tanks have been taken as booty – in total Armenia has lost 305 tanks. But they still have more. Look how many tanks they had. Fifty infantry fighting vehicles have been destroyed, 29 have been taken as booty – a total of 79 units. Then, 251 guns of various calibers have been destroyed, 24 have been taken as booty – 275 in total. Sixty-one mortars have been destroyed, 45 were taken as booty – 106 in total. Fifty-three anti-tank weapons have been destroyed, 82 Grad installations have been destroyed. Two units of "Hurricane" multiple launch rocket system have been destroyed. One "TOS" unit has been destroyed, four anti-aircraft missile systems "TOR", about 40 "OSA" installations, four "KUB" complexes, one "KRUG", two "S-125" have been destroyed. Six S-300 launchers, one of the most expensive launchers, have been destroyed. One detection station and one locator. The price is well known. Everyone can count this. We have destroyed two "Elbrus" and one "Tochka-U" operational-tactical missile systems. Trucks – 231 trucks have been destroyed, including 20 with ammunition, 173 trucks have been taken as booty. In total, we have deprived the enemy of 404 trucks.Now I will ask the question again. I will keep asking this question every time. I will keep asking it until there is an answer. Where does this money come from? Let the pro-Armenian observers, mediators, political scientists tell where it comes from. We have money and everything is transparent. The people of Azerbaijan know how much money we have, the world knows, everyone knows. We are buying it with our own money. We don't depend on anyone. How did this bankrupt country buy this? Armenia's external debt is about $8 billion. Foreign exchange reserves amount to $1.5 billion. In fact, these are not free funds. These are bank reserves. They cannot use them. If they use it, then their so-called currency will fly somersaults. Who gave you so many weapons? Why doesn't anyone ask? During this month, I give interviews every day. They ask me what Turkish F-16s are doing in Azerbaijan. I am tired of answering. Open up satellite images, can't you see what they are doing? Go and see what F-16s are doing. Are they in the air or on the ground? Everyone knows that they are on the ground. They arrived for exercises and stayed behind when the war broke out. Our Turkish brothers left them here to give us moral support. But if we are attacked from outside, they will see these F-16s. There are only five or six planes left at the airport and they ask about it every time. I answer these questions. But ask Armenia too, ask those who give them weapons. Ask these questions – why are you giving Armenia weapons? Have they been paid for? Do the citizens of the countries producing these weapons know how much of their goods was lost in a matter of one month? Do they know how much weaponry we have destroyed? No journalist asks me this question. Isn't this interesting? It is interesting. Never mind. We are already accustomed to the fact that for all these years, slander, lies and fabrications against Azerbaijan have shown no sign of abating. Both foreign media and the Azerbaijani people see that I am answering all these questions and answering them properly. And I do not stoop to their level. Never! I answer them properly and they are silenced. They cannot answer. I say – go look in the mirror. Did you come here to blame us? They don't ask questions, they act like a prosecutor, accuse us. Who are you? I respect journalists a lot. Therefore, they take advantage of that. I speak to them in a calm manner. But they should know that I can talk to them in any form. This is a reality. This reality is against us. But we have changed this reality. These new lists show again that we have changed this reality.Now, it is with great satisfaction and pride that I will bring to the attention of my people the list the Azerbaijani people are looking forward to. So I am informing my dear people of the list of settlements liberated yesterday. The following villages have been liberated in Zangilan district: First Alibayli, Second Alibayli, Raband, Yenikand. Liberated villages of Jabrayil district: Govshudlu, Sofulu, Dagh Mashanli, Kurdlar, Hovuslu, Chalabilar. The settlements of Gubadli district liberated yesterday: Padar, Afandilar, Yusifbayli, Chaytumas, Khanlig, Sariyatag, Mollaburkhan and the city of Gubadli!I already shared this good news with the Azerbaijani people yesterday. I want to convey this joyful news to the entire Azerbaijani people again. It is a great honor for me to bring joyful news to the residents of Zangilan, Jabrayil and Gubadli districts who lived in these villages. True, there is nothing left of these villages. But never mind, we will restore them. Both the Azerbaijani people and the state have enough strength to do that. If only our lands were free. If only our flag was raised in all the liberated lands. We are liberating these lands at the cost of the life and blood of our soldiers and officers. We have asserted ourselves both on the battlefield and on the political plane, we have asserted ourselves in the world. We have asserted the Azerbaijani people as a proud people, as a brave people, as an invincible people. No pressure can affect us. No threat can turn us off our path because we are on a fair path, we are united like a fist. This unity is eternal and will be eternal!Dear compatriots, I promised you on the first days of the war that we would drive the enemy away from our lands, drive them away to the end. Karabakh is ours! Karabakh is Azerbaijan!</p><p style="border: 0px; font-family: Roboto, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 19px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: rgb(252, 252, 252);"><br /></p> <a target="_blank" href="http://photos.today.az/images/add1/add1.jpg"><IMG src="http://photos.today.az/images/add1/t_add1.jpg" border=0 /></a><br /><br /> <a target="_blank" href="http://photos.today.az/images/add1/add2.jpg"><IMG src="http://photos.today.az/images/add1/t_add2.jpg" border=0 /></a><br /><br /> <a target="_blank" href="http://photos.today.az/images/add1/add3.jpg"><IMG src="http://photos.today.az/images/add1/t_add3.jpg" border=0 /></a><br /><br /> <a target="_blank" href="http://photos.today.az/images/add1/add4.jpg"><IMG src="http://photos.today.az/images/add1/t_add4.jpg" border=0 /></a><br /><br /> <a target="_blank" href="http://photos.today.az/images/add1/add5.jpg"><IMG src="http://photos.today.az/images/add1/t_add5.jpg" border=0 /></a><br /><br /> Turkish president due in Azerbaijan on October 26 http://www.today.az/news/politics/211371.html Politics Tue, 26 Oct 2021 10:29:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Vafa IsmayilovaTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will pay a one-day working visit to Azerbaijan on October 26, the country’s presidential administration has said.Erdogan will attend the opening of the Fuzuli International Airport, the construction of which was completed within a short term, the ceremony of laying the foundation for a regional highway and for the Smart Agricultural Park, which will be built in Zangilan region through Turkey's support, the report added.All aspects of Azerbaijani-Turkish relations and steps to deepen bilateral cooperation will be considered during the meetings to be held during the visit.Regional and international issues on agenda are also to be discussed.Erdogan's aircraft will be the first international plane to land in the Fuzuli International Airport.Turkey was the first country to give Azerbaijan political and moral support during the 44-day Karabakh war with Armenia in 2020.On June 15, 2021, the two countries signed a memorandum of alliance that cemented the existing military, political and economic cooperation.The Shusha Declaration on Allied Relations that President Ilham Aliyev and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan signed during the first official visit to Shusha eight months after Azerbaijan’s victory in the war with Armenia, also focuses on defence cooperation.It affirms joint efforts by the two armies in the face of foreign threats. The declaration also pledges joint efforts for the restructuring and modernization of the armed forces. Moreover, the two nations affirm to encourage the execution of joint projects with the aim of developing capabilities in the field of sea, air, and space.In an interview with Turkey's Anadolu Agency on September 27, President Ilham Aliyev said that the signing of the Shusha Declaration raised bilateral relations to an even higher level. Chronicles of Victory: President Ilham Aliyev interviewed by Italian Rai 1 TV channel on ... http://www.today.az/news/politics/211360.html Politics Tue, 26 Oct 2021 10:15:00 +0400 President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev was interviewed by the Italian Rai 1 TV channel on October 26, 2020.Trend presents the interview.- Mr. President, good afternoon. Please tell us if this new truce, this new ceasefire will hold. If I am not mistaken, this is the third ceasefire.- Everything will depend on how Armenia behaves because the first two ceasefires were disrupted by Armenia. After the first ceasefire, which was declared for humanitarian considerations, Armenia violated the ceasefire within 24 hours and barbarically launched a ballistic missile at the city of Ganja at night. As a result of the first shelling, 10 people were killed and many were wounded. Then they hit Ganja again, and also at night. There were even more victims. So we had to answer. As for the second truce, we have a chronology of Armenia's violations of the ceasefire. They violated it literally two minutes after the appointed hour of the truce. Today, at 8 o'clock, a new truce came into force. Now it is 10 o'clock in the morning in Baku. At about 3-4 minutes after the ceasefire entered into force at 8 o'clock, several shells were fired at the city of Tartar again. We are not reacting to this. We hope this was an accident, but if this continues, we will be forced to respond adequately.- Mr. President, what actually caused the outbreak of hostilities at the end of September? Why did this happen?- There was a series of events of political and military nature. Armenia's main goal was to disrupt the process of negotiations in every possible way. The new government of Armenia has repeatedly stated that the fundamental principles are unacceptable for it, that it is not going to return a single centimeter of the occupied territories, which contradicts the fundamental principles. The prime minister stated that we should negotiate not with Armenia but with the so-called leaders of Nagorno-Karabakh, which is unacceptable both for us and for the OSCE Minsk Group. He also stated that 'Karabakh is Armenia, full stop', thereby completely undermining the negotiations. In the past year, there were practically no negotiations, and in order to shift the blame on us, Armenia made three sabotage attempts – in July on the border, in August when they sent a sabotage group, and in September when they shelled our cities. They probably thought that we would show restraint again, but that did not happen. We answered them in a manner that they are now regretting it.- On what conditions will you agree to stop the hostilities then? You have repeatedly spoken about the need for a constructive approach on the part of Armenia. What should a constructive approach be like?- A constructive approach should be that they must publicly declare, through the prime minister, that they accept the fundamental principles. The fundamental principles envisage the return of seven districts located around the Nagorno-Karabakh autonomous region to Azerbaijan and the return of Azerbaijani refugees to the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, including the ancient Azerbaijani city of Shusha. These approaches are, in principle, based on four UN Security Council resolutions, which require practically the same. But when the Armenian prime minister says that not a single centimeter of land will be given to us, when the Armenian defense minister says that Armenia will start a new war for new territories and when aggression is carried out against us, this is not a constructive approach, of course. He must say that yes, the occupied territories will be returned to Azerbaijan, that the Azerbaijanis will return to Nagorno-Karabakh, including Shusha, and then, of course, we will come to an agreement very quickly.-Mr. President, there is one very controversial issue. Some countries, not only Armenia, but also France, have somehow accused you and Turkey of sending thousands of mercenaries, jihadists from Syria to Karabakh via Turkey. How will you respond to such accusations, and how will you respond to the accusations that speak of the presence of Turkish troops and Turkish military aircraft on the territory of Azerbaijan?- I have already answered this question many times and I will answer it again. First, such unfounded accusations were brought against us by only two countries – France and Russia. France said that through the President, Russia through the head of the Foreign Intelligence Service. These charges were brought against us immediately after the outbreak of hostilities. Although almost a month has already passed, not a single piece of evidence, no proof was provided to us. In fact, I will say this for the first time – I asked the French side for the heads of relevant agencies to meet, discuss the issue and provide us with evidence. Nothing was presented to us. Therefore, these are all insinuations. All this is an attempt to cast a shadow on Azerbaijan. I regret that such unfounded accusations come from the co-chair countries, which are supposed to be objective. After all, we do not talk every day about how many weapons are supplied from Russia to Armenia. We do not talk about the fact that Armenia would not have lasted a day in the occupied territories without external assistance. Political support, military support, moral support – all this comes from countries that are supposed to stay neutral. Therefore, we strongly reject these insinuations. It is not necessary. We have 100,000 soldiers of the regular army. If necessary, we will announce overall mobilization, which, by the way, we have not done unlike Armenia. Therefore, this is all lies and slander. As for the participation of Turkish troops in operations, this is also a lie. There is not a single piece of evidence. The fact that Turkish F-16s are on the territory of Azerbaijan was a result of our joint military exercises on the eve of the conflict. We do not talk about how many Russian MIG-29s and Su-30s are on the territory of Armenia. We do not talk about the fact that 5,000 Russian troops are located at the base in Armenia in Gumru and, according to our data, there are periodical supplies of the Armenian armed forces from there. These are facts, in contrast to what is being said about us. Therefore, I suggest that those who want to accuse us first deal with themselves and then make such hasty conclusions based on false information.- Mr. President, my last question more or less also concerns our country, Italy. You probably know that in Europe there are many successful examples of a peaceful settlement of territorial disputes or separatism. We have one of such examples in Italy. It is Alto Adige/Südtirol. Don't you think that Italy could help you with its experience in resolving the status of Karabakh? Moreover, Italy has very good, close and strong political and cultural relations with you and also with Armenia.- Yes, I believe that Italy can play a very important role in the settlement of the conflict. I must say that when the Minsk Group was formed, a very long time ago, almost 30 years ago, it was the Italian representative, the Italian diplomat who was the leader of this Minsk Group. That was before the institution of co-chairs was established. After the institution of the co-chairs was created, the Minsk Group as a group of countries did not produce any results because the co-chairs took this activity into their monopoly. We know what this has led to. For 28 years, there has been no progress, no results, only promises, only bureaucratic procedures. In essence, it seems to us today that the activities of the co-chairs were aimed at freezing the conflict, not at resolving it. As for the model that exists in Italy, we have studied it. We also studied the model of the Aland Islands and other successful autonomy experiences. Azerbaijan, unlike Armenia, is a multiethnic state. In Armenia, as you probably know, 99 percent of the population are Armenians. Therefore, this is a very positive experience of self-government which could be applied in our case. In fact, as far as I know, such proposals were made in the mid-1990s. Even groups of representatives of non-governmental organizations and political scientists have visited your country, the region you are talking about, and the Aland Islands. But Armenia has always categorically rejected this. They believed that they would be able to occupy our territories forever relying on military, political and economic support from leading countries of the world, but they made a gross miscalculation. We are proving our case on the battlefield today. We are implementing UN Security Council resolutions and are restoring international law.- Mr. President, the very last question: at what level will we be in this conflict in one year? Or will it already be resolved by then?- You know, I communicate with representatives of foreign media almost every day during this month, and in my addresses to the Azerbaijani people I always clearly state our position. We see the future of the Karabakh region – not only the upper part of it but also the plain because Karabakh is a large part of Azerbaijan – as a prosperous and peaceful territory where Azerbaijanis, who must return there, and the Armenians who now live there will live in peace. Our position is this. I believe that this can be achieved with mutual goodwill of the parties. After all, thousands of Armenians live in Baku and other cities of Azerbaijan today. The Azerbaijanis and Armenians have joint businesses in Russia and Georgia. There are mixed families. Therefore, I think that reconciliation is possible. The Armenian leadership should simply abandon its aggressive policy. And if this happens, with our investments and our experience of rebuilding the country, we can turn this region into one of the most prosperous regions in the world. But for this to happen, the consequences of the war must be eliminated. The occupation must be eliminated, the Azerbaijanis must return to the lands where they have lived for centuries, and live in harmony with the Armenian population. It will not be easy and it will take time. But we know how countries were reconciled after World War II, when European countries were at war – the current neighbors, and many people were killed. But this should not sit in the memory all the time and produce hatred, which is what Armenian ideologists are doing today. Goodwill must be shown. If that happens, what I am saying will happen. If not, we will return these lands anyway. And the current state of affairs on the battlefield is showing that. We will return them at any cost. Either peacefully or war, but we will return them. Therefore, I think the Armenian leadership should seriously think about it and take the right step.- Thank you very much, Mr. President, and as they say in Italian, Bono Fortuno!- Thank you, all the best to you too. 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The Azerbaijani army declared a victory against the Armenian troops. The signed agreement obliged Armenia to withdraw its troops from the Azerbaijani lands that it has occupied since the early 1990s.The peace agreement stipulated the return of Azerbaijan's Armenian-occupied Kalbajar, Aghdam and Lachin regions and urged Armenia to withdraw its troops from the Azerbaijani lands that it has occupied since the early 1990s. Before the signing of the deal, the Azerbaijani army had liberated around 300 villages, settlements, city centres, and historic Shusha city. SOFAZ revenues from oil, gas fields hit $4.2bn http://www.today.az/news/business/211358.html Business Mon, 25 Oct 2021 18:00:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadThe Azerbaijani State Oil Fund (SOFAZ) revenues from the country’s major oil and gas fields amounted to $4.2 billion in January-September 2021, SOFAZ has reported.The Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli block of fields, which are the largest oil field in the Azerbaijani sector of the Caspian Sea, accounted for $3.9 billion of this revenue.The fund’s revenues from the Shah Deniz field, which is among the world’s largest gas-condensate fields, amounted to $329.1 million, including $109 million from condensate, in the first nine months of the year.Earlier, it was reported that SOFAZ sold funds in the amount of $4.3 billion at foreign currency auctions during the reported period.The fund's revenues from the country’s major oil and gas fields amounted to $3.8 billion in 2020, with Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli (ACG) accounting for $3.5 billion of this revenue and Shah Deniz for $293.9 million.Established in 1999, SOFAZ is a sovereign wealth fund, which accumulates and preserves Azerbaijan’s oil and gas revenues for future generations.The fund accumulates income from the sale of oil contracts, and in 2003 it started to make transfers to the state budget of Azerbaijan. As for now, SOFAZ's contribution to the country’s GDP is over 80 percent.The contract for the development of the ACG oil fields was signed on September 20, 1994, and entered force in December. The contract for the development of the ACG block was extended to 2050 in September 2017.The shareholders in the ACG project are BP (operator, 30.37 percent), SOCAR (25 percent), MOL (9.57 percent), INPEX (9.31 percent), Equinor (7.27 percent), ExxonMobil (6.79 percent), TPAO (5.73 percent), ITOCHU (3.65 percent), ONGC Videsh Limited (OVL) (2.31 percent).The contract on the development of the Shah Deniz gas field was signed in 1996. Shareholders of the Shah Deniz project are BP (operator, 28.8 percent), TPAO (19 percent), AzSD (10 percent), SGC Upstream (6.7 percent), PETRONAS (15.5 percent), LUKOIL (10 percent), and NICO (10 percent). Italy Azerbaijan’s largest trade partner in Jan-Sep http://www.today.az/news/business/211354.html Business Mon, 25 Oct 2021 17:45:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadItaly was Azerbaijan's largest trade partner in January-September 2021, with the trade turnover between the two countries amounting to $5.9 billion, the State Customs Committee has reported.Of the total turnover, the export of Azerbaijani products to Italy amounted to $5.6 billion, while imports from Italy were $327.9 million.The trade turnover between the two countries amounted to $3.4 billion during the corresponding period of 2020. Thus, the trade turnover between the two countries increased by $2.5 billion.It should be noted that last year Italy was Azerbaijan's main trade partner as well, with a trade turnover amounting to $4.5 billion. Azerbaijan is one of Italy’s main energy resources suppliers. Over 100 Italian companies, operating in various fields, are registered in Azerbaijan. In addition, Italian companies have contracts worth over € 10 bn ($11.8bn) for Azerbaijani projects both outside and inside the country.Azerbaijan’s overall investment in Italy’s economy is estimated at 1.7 billion euros ($2bn), while Italy invested about 770 million euros ($910.8M) in Azerbaijan.Moreover, Azerbaijan accounts for more than 90 percent of Italy’s total trade with the South Caucasus countries. Azerbaijan is the main destination of Italian exports to the South Caucasus region, with a 7 percent increase in 2020 as well.Additionally, Italy was one of the first countries that voiced its support for Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity and later on interest in participation in restoration works carried out in Azerbaijan's liberated territories. Thus, Italy and Israel have already started the implementation of a joint project to turn the liberated Zangilan region into a smart city.Azerbaijan’s overall trade turnover amounted to $22.9 billion during the first nine months of 2021. Of the total turnover, export amounted to $14.6 billion or 63.6 percent, while import was $8.3 billion or 36.3 percent, resulting in a surplus of $6.2 billion. Turkey converts high-speed target drone into missile http://www.today.az/news/regions/211353.html World news Mon, 25 Oct 2021 17:30:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Vugar KhalilovDefence Industry Chief Ismail Demir has said that Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) converted the SIMSEK (Lightning) high-speed target drone into a missile, Yeni Shafak newspaper has reported."Our target plane, SIMSEK, tired of being hit, has now decided to shoot! SIMSEK has become a GPS-guided missile that can fly autonomously and hit targets at long distances. He didn't tell the distance. Congratulations TAI, Congratulations ROKETSAN," Demir wrote on his official Twitter account.TAI SIMSEK is a turbojet-powered radio-controlled high-speed target drone designed, developed and built by the Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) in 2009-12 for the needs of the Turkish armed forces.Turkish Aerospace Inc. is the center of technology in design, development, manufacturing, integration of aerospace systems, modernization, and after-sales support in Turkey.Located in Ankara, the Turkish Aerospace production plant covers an area of 5 million square meters with an industrial facility of 150,000 square meters.The company has a modern aircraft facility furnished with high technology machinery and equipment that provide extensive manufacturing capabilities ranging from parts manufacturing to aircraft assembly, flight tests and delivery.As of 2010, Turkish Aerospace employs over 1,500 engineers. Of them, approximately 850 are research and development engineers working in military research projects. Turkey, Africa to cooperate on energy http://www.today.az/news/regions/211351.html World news Mon, 25 Oct 2021 17:10:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Vugar KhalilovTurkey will cooperate with Africa on renewable energy sources, energy efficiency, electricity distribution, and transmission, Yeni Shafak newspaper reported on October 25.The relevant agreement has been reached during Turkish President Erdogan’s recent visit to African countries.In the new period, cooperation will be realized on renewable energy sources, energy efficiency, electricity distribution, and transmission, the report added.Turkey will carry out reserve determinations in Africa through geochemistry, geophysics and drilling studies as a part of cooperation on mining, exploration of mineral resources, geological exploration, laboratory studies, preservation and disposal of mine wastes.The cooperation will also be made in the field of energy, hydrocarbon and mining, the newspaper said.Crude oil, petroleum products and LNG trade will also be carried out with Africa. Collaborations on the construction of oil and natural gas infrastructure, liquefaction of natural gas and exploration, transportation and marketing of oil and natural gas are envisaged.It should be noted that the trade volume between Turkey and Africa has been increased to $25 billion from $5.3 billion in 2003.On October 17, Erdogan launched his four-day diplomatic tour to three African countries, Angola, Nigeria and Togo.One of the purposes of his visit was to break the economic hegemony of former colonial powers and to counter the rising influence of China on the African continent.Erdogan's trip to Angola, Nigeria and Togo was considered as an opportunity for Turkey to build a partnership with African economies and highlight the injustices of traditional players' failures in dealing with Africa. Azerbaijan, NATO mull post-war regional situation http://www.today.az/news/politics/211357.html Politics Mon, 25 Oct 2021 17:09:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Vugar KhalilovDefence Minister Zakir Hasanov and NATO'S Cooperative Security Division of the International Military Staff Director Francesco Diella have discussed the post-war regional situation, the ministry reported on October 25.Hasanov briefed the delegation on Azerbaijan’s activities on the liberated territories following its victory in the 44-day war with Armenia in late 2020 and the current situation on the state border.Diella expressed satisfaction with the current state of NATO's cooperation with Azerbaijan.He underlined that positive results have been achieved in the field of cooperation and stressed the importance of further development of relations.The country's relations with NATO started in 1992 when Azerbaijan joined the North Atlantic Cooperation Council. This forum for dialogue was succeeded in 1997 by the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council, which brings together all Allies and partner countries in the Euro-Atlantic area.Bilateral cooperation began when Azerbaijan joined the Partnership for Peace (PfP) programme in 1994. Thanks to regular participation in PfP activities, Azerbaijan has been able to contribute actively to Euro-Atlantic security by supporting NATO-led peace-support operations.Azerbaijan’s participation in the PfP Planning and Review Process (PARP) since 1997 has allowed NATO and individual Allies to assist Azerbaijan in developing selected units to improve interoperability with those of the Allies.NATO and Azerbaijan started work on a jointly agreed Defence Education Enhancement Programme (DEEP) in 2008 to integrate NATO standards into the teaching methodologies and curricula of the country’s Professional Military Education (PME) institutions.In 2018, Azerbaijan asked NATO to also involve the Military High School, a pre-commissioning school, in DEEP.Cooperative activities, reform plans and political dialogue processes are detailed in Azerbaijan’s Individual Partnership Action Plan (IPAP), which is jointly agreed upon. Country registers 1,477 new COVID-19 cases, 628 recoveries http://www.today.az/news/society/211356.html Society Mon, 25 Oct 2021 17:00:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadAzerbaijan registered 1,477 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, Operational Headquarters under Cabinet of Ministers reported on October 25.Some 628 patients have recovered and 21 patient has died in the reported period. So far, 517,802 COVID-19 cases have been registered in the country. Some 485,232 patients have recovered, 6,915 people have died. Currently, 26,655 people are under treatment in special hospitals.Over the past day, 9,183 tests were conducted in Azerbaijan to reveal coronavirus cases.In general, 5,117,481 tests have been conducted in Azerbaijan so far.So far, some 9,383,669 COVID-19 vaccines have been provided to Azerbaijani citizens. The first dose of the vaccine was given to 5,060,409 citizens, and the second one to 4,323,260 citizens. In addition, in the past 24 hours, some 366 citizens have been vaccinated against COVID-19. Turkey gets 9.22 percent of power from wind energy in 1H2021 http://www.today.az/news/regions/211350.html World news Mon, 25 Oct 2021 16:49:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Vugar KhalilovTurkey obtained 9.22 percent of its electricity consumption from wind energy in the first half of 2021, Turkish Wind Energy Association (TWEA) Chairperson Ebru Arici told Yeni Shafak on October 25."We produce nearly 20 percent of the country's electricity from time to time in daily production, which is a very significant rate," Arici added.For Turkey, which has prepared a roadmap for the fight against climate change after the ratification of the Paris Agreement, the transition to renewable energy sources is no longer an alternative, but a necessity.“The sooner and the more we can bring to our economy this domestic and emission-free resource, for which we do not give money, the more benefits we will create both for our country and for climate targets,” Arici stressed.She added that Turkey's onshore wind potential is around 100,000 million watts (MW), of which only 10 percent is being used. There is currently 10,585 MW of wind-installed power in the country.Energy is produced with 3,868 turbines in 270 power plants and approximately 1,200 MW of power is under construction in 44 of the plants that have been commissioned with partial acceptance, Arici said.The permit processes of 36 projects with a total power of 764 MW are still in progress, she added.Arici stressed that for the past five years the green transformation has been on Turkey’s agenda and the country is experiencing the positive results of taking early and fast progress today. “We see that the renewable energy sector has started to work on 'green energy use' with other sectors. Companies from different sectors, from heavy industry to textiles, are now using green energy and certifying that they neutralize carbon emissions. We think that this process will accelerate after we become a party to the Paris Agreement,” Arici underlined.She also drew attention to the importance of including all sector representatives, especially those that generate intense emissions, in the regulations.“We also find it very positive that the 'Climate Change Ministry' has been added to the Environment and Urbanization Ministry. However, it is extremely important to implement regulations that will pave the way for these sectors to become renewable energy producers,” she said.Stating that more than 20,000 people are employed in the wind energy sector, she underlined that the domestic wind industry is at a highly developed point.“More than 70 percent of wind energy equipment production is exported to 45 countries in six continents. According to the WindEurope Report, Turkey ranks 5th in wind energy equipment produced in Europe. Today, thousands of components, from turbine blades to towers, from turbines to generators, from fasteners to gears, can be produced in the domestic industry. Our production capability and domestic technology development skills are quite high. Total exports of 24 companies operating in the wind industry are € 720 million,” Arici concluded. Ilham Aliyev congratulates president of Uzbekistan http://www.today.az/news/politics/211355.html Politics Mon, 25 Oct 2021 16:35:00 +0400 President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has sent a congratulatory letter to President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev.story will be updated Azerbaijan records surge in tourist inflow http://www.today.az/news/business/211344.html Business Mon, 25 Oct 2021 16:35:00 +0400 By TrendAs many as 72,688 tourists visited Azerbaijan in September 2021, which is 99 percent more compared to the same month of 2020 (36,531), Trend reports citing the State Tourism Agency.From January through September 2021, 515,280 tourists visited Azerbaijan, which is 25 percent less compared to the same period of last year (686,303).Most of the tourists who visited Azerbaijan in September were the citizens of Turkey (20,186), Russia (18,967), Iran (16,270), Georgia (5,503) and Ukraine (1,270). This indicator is followed by Israel, the UK, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kazakhstan, Germany, the US, Belarus, India and Italy.The coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on the tourism industry. Thus, the flow of tourists from the US to Azerbaijan decreased by 81.7 percent, Eastern Europe - by 79.5 percent, Western Europe - by 74.8 percent, African countries - by 97.1 percent, from the Middle East region - by 88 percent, Central Asia - by 91.6 percent, Southeast Asia - by 79.9 percent, Northeast Asia - by 88.9 percent, South Asia - by 91.8 percent compared to September last year. Erdogan vows zero tolerance to violence against women http://www.today.az/news/regions/211349.html World news Mon, 25 Oct 2021 16:15:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Vugar KhalilovTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that there will be zero tolerance to violence against women in the country, Yeni Shafak newspaper has reported.the president made the remarks at the “Women on the Road to Great Turkey” meeting in Eskisehir held after several openings and events in the city.Erdogan said that the government, which has been fighting the problem for years, has drawn up a roadmap and announced a comprehensive action plan in June related to the issue.He added that the Violence Prevention and Monitoring Centers (SONIM), which had been established in 81 provinces, work to solve problems in this sphere.Highlighting their importance in the fight against violence, Erdogan described SONIMs as one of the structures that the government had established to strengthen the coordination on the issue.“We took one more step to strengthen this structure even more and established contact points for 372 social service centers of our Ministry of Family and Social Services. These contact points will allow us to address this issue more widely by working in conjunction with SONIMs. We are also determined to fight violence against women to the end," he stressed.Emphasizing that they realize their dreams of a big and strong Turkey with all the members of the nation, without making any distinction between men and women, Erdogan said: "We design and implement every vision and every project for the future of our country together with you."He stressed that women in Turkey made the most progress especially in education, production, employment, politics, and social life during his tenure as prime minister."I am expressing this assertively, we have established the infrastructure, provided the opportunities and removed the obstacles that will enable our women from all walks of life to realize their potential for themselves, their families, their cities, and their country. The distance that especially our women have covered in the field of education and production is truly an expression of historical success,” Erdogan underlined.Stating that there is still a long way to go, Erdogan said that he sees no obstacles for being more hopeful for the future and setting bigger goals.“The first party in our country to establish a truly institutional and effective organization of women's branches is the AK Party. In addition to politics, I have always stood by the struggle of our women to take the place they deserve in bureaucracy and the business world. I supported every step that made women become independent entrepreneurs, independent producers, and independent business persons, rather than just an element of the family business. In our country, from teachers to academics, from bankers to judges, our women have a representation level close to their rate in the population," he underlined.Erdogan noted that while supporting women in all areas of life, their position in the family, especially as mothers, should not be neglected."We are determined to support our women more in terms of their position in the family as well as in the education and production process. Some perverted minds may see the place of women in other areas of life as alternatives to each other. As in the West, we will not leave the square to those who are eager to transform women into a commodity under the name of liberating women. We see men and women as comrades who struggle together in every aspect of life,” he stressed.Furthermore, Erdogan said that the government attaches great importance to the participation of disabled people in society and economic life, reminding that they enacted the law on the disabled, the first framework regulation on the subject, in 2005.He added that Turkey was one of the first countries to sign the convention on the rights of the disabled in 2007, and the Ministry of Family and Social Services continues its efforts to overcome all kinds of difficulties faced by the disabled.The Turkish president added that the government employs disabled citizens in the public sector or supports them to set up their own businesses."Our disabled citizens have different types of disability, we know this. In this context, we started to focus on thematic applications according to the type of disability related to our disabled citizens,” he said.Erdogan also noted that the Cooperative Law, which will facilitate the establishment of cooperatives for women and disabled people, has just been passed by the Parliament. He added that the law brings positive discrimination to the cooperatives mostly made up of women, and consist of disabled people.He said that certain cooperatives are exempt from some payment obligations such as registration and announcement fees at the trade registry directorate during the establishment phase and during its activity.Commenting on the activities of Women Counseling Centers, Erdogan said that these centers play an important role in increasing women's participation in social life by supporting their access to social, cultural, professional, and sports activities.Stating that the Ministry of Family and Social Services continues to expand these centers, Erdogan said that some municipalities have established structures that carry out similar activities as well.Erdogan stressed that the government needs the contribution of every citizen, both male and female, on the path of Turkey's development and growth."When we exclude women from our development cause, we lose half of our potential. However, every effort, every idea, every person means a lot to us. With this understanding, we have given and continue to give the greatest support in our history to our women entrepreneurs," he underlined.