President Ilham Aliyev, Antony Blinken hold telephone conversation

On April 30, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken made a phone call to President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev.

During the telephone conversation. Antony Blinken underlined the importance of peace treaty talks between Armenia and Azerbaijan, and pointed out that the U.S. would continue its support to this end. The U.S. Secretary of State said he believes in possibility of achieving peace and touched upon the opening of the checkpoint on the Azerbaijan-Armenia border.

President Ilham Aliyev noted Azerbaijan supports the peace agenda and that Azerbaijan had been the initiator of starting peace treaty talks and normalization of relations with Armenia. In this respect, the Azerbaijani side proposed 5 principles to Armenia in line with the norms and principles of international law.

With respect to setting up the “Lachin” checkpoint on the Azerbaijan-Armenia border, President Ilham Aliyev said that the checkpoint had been set up in accordance with Azerbaijan’s sovereign rights and all international rules.

The Azerbaijani President underlined that the aim was to ensure control rather than restrict movement as passage is already allowed through the checkpoint.

During the telephone conversation, the Azerbaijani leader noted that the rights of the Armenian population living in the Karabakh region of Azerbaijan would be ensured in line with the Azerbaijan’s Constitution and international documents the country is party to.

Source: Trend News Agency

Civilians cross Azerbaijani border checkpoint at beginning of Lachin-Khankendi road (VIDEO)

A video posted on social networks shows how Armenians are going through passport control conducted by Azerbaijani border guards at the border checkpoint at the beginning of Lachin-Khankendi road.

The crossing in accordance with the law proceeds in a disciplined manner, in an atmosphere of mutual courtesy.

This once again shows that all the efforts of Armenians to propagate lies about the so-called “blockade” of the Lachin-Khankendi road and the “ethnic cleansing” of Armenians in Karabakh are doomed to failure.

In order to prevent the transportation of manpower, ammunition, mines, as well as other military equipment from Armenia for illegal Armenian armed groups on the territory of Azerbaijan, and as an adequate response to the unilateral establishment of a checkpoint by Armenia on the border with Azerbaijan on April 22 at the entrance to the Lachin-Khankendi road contrary to the trilateral statement of November 10, 2020, on April 23 at 12:00 (GMT+4), the units of the State Border Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan set up a border checkpoint in its sovereign territories, on the border with Armenia, at the beginning of the Lachin-Khankendi road.

Source: Trend News Agency

Western regions of Azerbaijan suffer from storm winds, hail and mudslides

On Sunday afternoon, a number of western regions of Azerbaijan suffered from heavy rains with hail and gale-force winds, which caused mudslides. The disaster caused damage to the agriculture of the region. Heavy hail seriously damaged fruit trees and caused damage to residential buildings and outbuildings. In some places, the size of hailstones reached a chicken egg. The city of Mingachevir and regions of Geranboy, Goygol and Dashkesan suffered the most. In the Terter region, heavy rains flooded the villages of Agkend, Damirchilar and Gasangaya. For this reason, the Ministry of Emergency Situations evacuated a part of the population. Numerous videos of users in social networks and sent to the Turan agency vividly demonstrate the consequences of the disaster.

Source: Turan News Agency

Azerbaijan’s State Border Service talks detained border violators in April 2023 (PHOTO)

During April 2023, the State Border Service (SBS) of Azerbaijan detained 41 people for violating the state border, 22 of whom are citizens of Azerbaijan, 10 citizens of Nepal, one citizen from Iran and another from Pakistan, as well as two – from Tajikistan, and five – from Sri Lanka, the SBS told Trend.

“Some 20 people were detained while trying to cross the state border with fake passports, visas and stamps, one person was detained while trying to cross the state border bypassing the checkpoint.

Moreover, 691 people were detained for violating the rules of the border regime, and appropriate measures were taken against them.

As a result of measures to combat crime, the law enforcement agencies of Azerbaijan identified and handed over to the relevant authorities 260 people who are wanted, prevented the departure of 446 people who have restrictions on leaving the country, and the entry of 20 people who are prohibited from entering the country.

Furthermore, as a result of measures to combat illicit drug trafficking, 971.3 kilograms of narcotic drugs and 25,585 tablets of psychotropic drugs were found and seized,” the SBS’s report says.

Resulting of measures taken in the framework of combating smuggling activities, smuggling in the amount of 28.5 million manat ($16.7 million) was detained, including pistol cartridges, drones intended for video filming, jewelry, narcotic drugs and tobacco products.

Source: Trend News Agency

State Border Service of Azerbaijan talks contraband-heavy April 2023

In the results of the implementation of measures of the combating smuggling activities, contraband totaling 28.5 million manat ($16.7 million) was detained last month, Trend reports via State Border Service of Azerbaijan.

According to the information, contraband includes drones designed for video shooting, jewelry, narcotics, bullets and tobacco products.

April was a busy month for Azerbaijan in terms of preventing various drug smuggling operations, in particular from Iran. During drug busts, citizens of Nepal and Sri Lanka have also been detained

Azerbaijan’s neighboring countries are Russia to the north, Georgia to the northwest, Iran to the south, Turkiye to the west (via the Azerbaijan’s Nakhchivan to the northwest) and Armenia to the west and via Nakhchivan to the north and east.

Source: Trend News Agency

Bicycle rally held in the village of Belovodskoye

A bicycle rally took place in the village of Belovodskoye, Chuy region on May 1. More than 50 locals took part in the 10-kilometer distance, with 5-6 motorcyclists accompanying them. The bicycle rally started on the central square, passed through the village’s internal streets, and ended at the same location. The District Road Safety Department ensured safety on the roads during the event. Afterward, a festive concert was held on the square.

Source: Central Asian News Services

Bicycle rally held in Karakol town

A bicycle rally was held in Karakol town on May 1. More than 150 people, aged between 3 and 65, participated in a bicycle rally. The event was attended by residents of Karakol and Ak-Suu district, and it started from the central square of Karakol and ended in Victory Park, covering a distance of 5.5 km. The rally was organized to promote a healthy lifestyle, and families participated in large numbers, according to Anastasia Stytsenko, one of the organizers.

Source: Central Asian News Services

Wedding celebration organized at Boorukerdik orphanage

A newlywed couple received a blessing from elders living in the Boorukerdik orphanage, the head of the social institution Aigul Kalmatova reported. One of their employees of the foster house Nuraida Osmonali kyzy got married and celebrated her wedding by organizing a lunch and sharing their joy with the residents of the orphanage. The children decorated the rooms to welcome the newlyweds, and the seniors gave their blessings to the family. The couple also invited four children from the orphanage, who were accompanied by social workers to attend the celebration. The Boorukerdik orphanage is home to senior citizens and children.

Source: Central Asian News Services