President Ilham Aliyev embarked on visit to Kazakhstan

President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has arrived in the Republic of Kazakhstan to participate in the 10th summit of the Organization of Turkic States to be held under the motto “Turk Time”, APA reports.

A guard of honor was lined up for the head of state at Nursultan Nazarbayev International Airport.

President Ilham Aliyev was welcomed by Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Alikhan Smailov.

Source: Azeri-Press News Agency

Public Union established in France regarding Western Azerbaijan

The “Protection of the Heritage of Western Azerbaijanis and the Right to Return” Public Union has been established in France by Azerbaijanis deported from Armenia, APA reports.

The main goal of the organization is to prevent the destruction of the rich cultural heritage created by the Azerbaijani people over the centuries on the territory of Armenia, to direct the attention of the international community to this problem, and to support the peaceful return of Western Azerbaijanis to their historical ancestral lands.

The co-founder of the organization, officially registered with the name “Association pour la Protection du Patrimoine et le Droit au Retour des Azerbaïdjanais Occidentaux”, is Zaur Sadigbayli, who is originally from Yerevan.

The establishment of the public union will contribute to the work of increasing the awareness regarding the realities of the Western Azerbaijan at the international level.

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Azerbaijan reveals funds spent on restoration of liberated areas over last 3 years

Over the last 3 years, about 12 billion manats are scheduled to be spent on the restoration of liberated areas, Minister of Finance Samir Sharifov said during the discussion of the budget envelope “On the State Budget of the Republic of Azerbaijan for 2024” at the meeting of the Industry and Entrepreneurship Committee of the Milli Majlis of Azerbaijan, APA reports.

The minister noted that initially 7.4 billion manats were scheduled in this regard. “Later, it was planned to channel the extra income in this direction, and the savings in some state institutions were also channeled in this direction. Thanks to them, these funds increased from 7.4 billion manats to 12 billion manats. Therefore, if any additional revenue is generated in the state budget, and if there is no budget conflict, it will be channeled to restoration of the liberated areas.”

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Armenian singer plagiarizes Azerbaijani composer Alakbar Taghiyev’s song “Sene qurban”

Azerbaijan’s Intellectual Property Agency investigated the fact that the famous Azerbaijani composer Alakbar Taghiyev’s musical piece “Sene qurban”, which was included in the “Golden Fund” of Azerbaijan Radio in 1968, was appropriated and performed by Armenians under the name “Garun” and shared on YouTube, APA reports.

According to the Agency, the performed musical work “Garun” coincides with the musical work “Sene qurban” by the Azerbaijani composer Alakbar Taghiyev: “We inform that “Sene qurban” is a song composed by Alakbar Taghiyev to the poem of Azerbaijani poet Mikayil Mushfig and first performed by Zeynab Khanlarova in 1968. The song “Sene qurban” by the composer A. Taghiyev (the name of Mikayil Mushfig is indicated as the author of the lyrics) was registered at the Intellectual Property Agency (at that time the agency was called the Azerbaijan Republic Branch of the All-Union Copyright Agency) on June 10, 1978.

Later, this song was performed in Armenian under the name “Garun” (Translated into Azerbaijani “Bahar”) by Armenian singers Tigran Asatryan, Spitakci Hayko, Iranian-American pop singer Andranik Madadyan and others.

The Armenian-born singer A. Madadyan changed the lyrics of the song “Sene qurban” by the Azerbaijani composer Alakbar Taghiyev and sang it under the name “Garun” (Translated into Englsh “Spring”) in order to lose track. The mentioned fact is another example of Armenian literary and music theft that has been going on for many years.

In the “information” section given about the music piece “Garun” posted on the YouTube channel, the personal rights of the author were not mentioned, and the property rights of Alakber Taghiyev were violated from the point of view of placing it on the YouTube channel for commercial purposes.

Source: Azeri-Press News Agency

EBRD increases its investment portfolio for Azerbaijan

The volume of the active portfolio of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in Azerbaijan as of September 30, 2023, increaased to EUR 814 mln. (including undisbursed commitments), EBRD told APA-Economics.

This figure is 3,4% or EUR 27 mln. more than the last indicator presented by the bank. The number of implemented projects was 31.

It was noted that 88% of the portfolio (719 million euros) accounts for investments in sustainable infrastructure, 8% (67 million euros) for investments in industry, trade, and agribusiness, and 4% (29 million euros) in financial institutions. The volume of operational assets of the bank increased by 7,1% in the country and amounted to 734 million euros.

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Azerbaijan’s MFA official responds anti-Azerbaijani statements by the U.S. Department of State officials

Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Aykhan Hajizada has responded to anti-Azerbaijani statements by the U.S. Department of State officials, APA reports citing the Press Service of the Ministry.

Mr. Hajizada while answering the question “On October 31, 2023, during the testimony before the Senate Appropriations Committee the U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that the supplemental funding is needed among others to tackle grave humanitarian needs in Armenia created by conflict, and later on November 2, 2023, the State Department in response to the Voice of America’s question has emphasized that the U.S. strongly supports the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Armenia and noted that any violation of this sovereignty and territorial integrity will lead to serious consequences. How would you comment on these remarks?” said that unfortunately, the United States, while being a mediator for decades, has never advocated so steadfastly for supporting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Azerbaijan and for providing humanitarian assistance to Azerbaijani refugees and IDPs who became the victim of ethnic cleansing perpetrated by Armenia.

“Moreover, the United States has never called for the de-occupation of Azerbaijan’s territories, withdrawal of the Armenian armed forces, as well as the abolishment of the Armenian puppet regime in line with international obligations, including within four UN Security Council resolutions.

On the contrary, the United States directed Armenia on the wrong path and supported the sustainment of the illegal regime in the territories of Azerbaijan by funding and providing opportunities for the representatives of the separatists to visit the United States to advocate for their illegitimate cause.

There would be no need to resolve the threat against Azerbaijan by force, and the issue would have been solved peacefully if the United States had react differently with regard to threats against Azerbaijan and international peace and security. It was the mediation efforts involving the United States failing to yield results and the failure to prevent Armenia’s aggressive policy that led Azerbaijan to liberate its lands militarily. Therefore, among other facts, the United States also bears responsibility for its inaction to resolve the former conflict peacefully.

It is important to end the policy of emboldening the aggressor state Armenia in our region, which is a major impediment before ensuring peace and stability,” he said.

MFA Official noted that it is unacceptable to speak with Azerbaijan with the language of threat: “Any unfriendly action against Azerbaijan would not bear positive results, and such actions would be adequately addressed.”

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U.S. supported the sustainment of the illegal regime in the territories of Azerbaijan – MFA

There would be no need to resolve the threat against Azerbaijan by force, and the issue would have been solved peacefully if the United States had reacted differently with regard to threats against Azerbaijan and international peace and security, spokesperson for Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry Aykhan Hajizada said as he responded to anti-Azerbaijani statements by the U.S. Department of State officials, APA reports.

“The United States directed Armenia on the wrong path, and supported the sustainment of the illegal regime in the territories of Azerbaijan by funding and providing opportunities for the representatives of the separatists to visit the United States to advocate for their illegitimate cause.”

“It was the mediation efforts involving the United States failing to yield results and the failure to prevent Armenia’s aggressive policy that led Azerbaijan to liberate its lands militarily. Therefore, among other facts the United States also bears responsibility for its inaction to resolve the former conflict peacefully,” he noted.

“It is important to end the policy of emboldening the aggressor state Armenia in our region, which is a major impediment before ensuring peace and stability.

It is unacceptable to speak with Azerbaijan in the language of threat. Any unfriendly action against Azerbaijan would not bear positive results, and such actions would be adequately addressed,” Hajizada emphasized.

Source: Azeri-Press News Agency