Brent oil price down below $83 per barrel on London’s ICE first since March 13


The price of futures contracts of Brent crude oil for July delivery has dropped below $83 per barrel on London’s ICE for the first time since March 13, according to trading data, APA reports citing TASS.

As of 9:28 p.m. Moscow time (6:28 p.m. GMT) the Brent price was down by 0.91% at $82.94 per barrel.

As of 9:40 p.m. Moscow time (6:40 p.m. GMT) the Brent price was down by 1.02% at $82.85 per barrel whereas the price of futures contracts of WTI crude oil for June delivery was down by 1.01% at $78.44 per barrel.

Source: Azeri-Press news agency

Commander of Azerbaijan’s Combined Arms Army pays an official visit to Iran


Deputy Minister of Defense – Commander of the Combined Arms Army, Colonel General Kerem Mustafayev pays an official visit to the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Azerbaijan told APA.

Within the visit, meetings were held with the First Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Major General Aziz Nasirzadeh and other officials.

The meetings discussed the current situation and development prospects of military cooperation between Azerbaijan and Iran, and exchanged detailed views on regional security.

Source: Azeri-Press news agency

Sri Lanka is ready to share its experience in cultural heritage preservation with Azerbaijan


Within the framework of the Dialogue Forum, Minister of Culture of Azerbaijan Adil Karimli had another meeting on May 3 with Sri Lanka’s Minister of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs Vidura Wickramanayaka, the Ministry told APA.

During the conversation, cooperation in the field of preservation of cultural heritage was discussed. Saying that his country has rich traditions related to the preservation of cultural heritage, the Sri Lankan Minister pointed out that they can share their experiences in this field with Azerbaijan.

Vidura Wickramanayaka invited the Minister of Culture of Azerbaijan for an official visit to Sri Lanka.

Source: Azeri-Press news agency

President of Azerbaijan: We highly value Poland’s position that spans the entire South Caucasus


‘We highly value Poland’s position, as a member state of the European Union and as an initiator of the Eastern Partnership program, which contributes to shaping the EU’s policy aimed at fostering regional cooperation that spans the entire South Caucasus,’ President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev said in his congratulatory letter to President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda on the occasion of Constitution Day, APA reports.

The Azerbaijani leader extended his sincerest congratulations and best wishes to Andrzej Duda and, through him, to all the people of Poland on behalf of himself and the people of Azerbaijan.

‘We are pleased with the current level of relations between Azerbaijan and Poland, which are founded on traditions of friendship and mutual respect. Our rapidly developing cooperation in economy, transportation, culture, and other areas serves the interests of both our countries and our people,’ the letter reads.

President Ilham Aliyev expressed confidence that joint efforts would
be continued to realize the existing potential of Azerbaijan-Poland relations, to expand the scope of Azerbaijan-Poland cooperation, and to infuse it with new content.

Source: Azeri-Press news agency

Baku hosted 31th meeting of CIS Information Council


On May 3, the 31st meeting of the CIS Council of Heads of State News Agencies (CIS Information Council) was held in Baku, APA reports.

The meeting was organized at the building of Azerbaijan State News Agency (AZERTAC).

The leaders of the AZERTAC, TASS, BELTA, Kabar and Khovar agencies and their deputies, who attended the meeting, discussed the perspective directions of cooperation in the year of the Russian Federation’s CIS presidency, as well as the issues of professional mutual activity in preparation for marking the 80th anniversary of the II World War next year.

Source: Azeri-Press news agency

Neocolonial policy of France on the edge of collapse- French Guiana is also on the path to liberating itself from colonization-ANALYSIS


In the 21st century, France still does not intend to withdraw from its neocolonial policy. Official Paris today still maintains control over 13 territories in South and Central America, Africa, Asia, and Oceania, thousands of kilometers away from its European borders.

These territories, with different administrative and legal statuses, have been turned into victims of France’s exploitative neocolonial policy for centuries.

The largest of these territories is considered French Guiana. Its area is 83,534 square kilometers, slightly smaller than Azerbaijan in terms of territorial size.

French Guiana is located in the northeast of the South American continent and has been under French administration since the 17th century. When we look at history, we can see the extent to which France’s colonial policy has negatively affected the ethnic composition, population, and quality of life in the territories it occupied, with French Guiana being a prime example. It was the French colonists who systematically extermina
ted the local indigenous peoples and began to exploit indigenous labor by importing African slaves from Africa. The consequences of this relentless colonial policy are still felt today. Only 3% of the population are indigenous peoples, while 70% are descendants of Africans brought here as slaves. Despite efforts to change the ethnic composition through “whitening” attempts, the French population in the region accounts for 12% and continues to decline. On the other hand, France has also used French Guiana, with its harsh tropical climate, more as a place to exile criminals and political activists.

However, from the mid-19th century onwards, France developed a “strong affection” for French Guiana. This was due to the discovery of significant gold and bauxite deposits in the region. It was from this period that France began to regard French Guiana as one of its main colonies.

Therefore, unlike its neighbors Suriname (Dutch Guiana) and Guyana (British Guiana), French Guiana was not granted independence. In the
21st century, France still does not want to grant independence to the region, despite protests from the local population and the severity of the social situation, implementing racial and national discrimination policies in the region. Instead, since 1946, France has declared French Guiana as its overseas department, tightening its control over it even further. For example, France can declare a state of emergency and military rule in French Guiana without the consent of local authorities.

The scale of French exploitation is so significant that today, 80% of the production capacity in French Guiana, from agricultural lands to immovable property, belongs to French corporations. Compared to the mainland, unemployment in the region is three times higher, while social benefits and labor rights are twice as low. These factors have led to the marginalization of indigenous people in political and economic governance, along with the rise of the struggle for freedom in French Guiana, alongside the memory of historical
colonization. These protests against neocolonial France already have initial results. Last month, local parliamentarians, mayors, and members of territorial councils granted legislative representation to six representatives of the indigenous people in the legislative body, giving them the right to make final decisions on infrastructure projects, including indigenous land areas. They adopted this decision inspired by a similar decision adopted in New Caledonia.

In light of popular protests, if official Paris confirms the region’s autonomous status, 90% of the land owned by the French state would be given to indigenous peoples. Thus, France’s largest colony, which it has exploited for 400 years, would now slip from its grasp.

In other words, just like in New Caledonia and other overseas territories, aspirations for independence have surfaced in French Guiana. This process is closely monitored by Azerbaijan, which is also fighting against neocolonialism. The regions victimized by France’s colonial policies are
aware of this and highly appreciate Azerbaijan’s support for the process.

French Guiana, in its struggle for freedom, also values the support it receives from Azerbaijan. Cindy Adela Pollux, a member of the Political Bureau of the Social Liberation and Decolonization Movement of French Guiana, expressed gratitude for Azerbaijan’s attention to France’s neocolonial policy and its support during an event organized by the Baku Initiative Group on “Decolonization: Empowerment and Development of Women” held in Baku in November 2023.

Official Baku, in turn, intends to continue supporting French Guiana and other peoples who have long been under France’s exploitation in determining their own destinies.

Source: Azeri-Press news agency

Traffic accident in Azerbaijan’s Kalbajar kills a military serviceman, injures others -UPDATED 1


On May 3, Azerbaijan’s military serviceman Ahmadov Fuad Jalal, who was injured as a result of a personal car accident in Kalbajar district, died, the Ministry of Defense released information, APA reports.

According to information, other military personnel who were injured as a result of the accident and were evacuated to a nearby military medical facility are under the supervision of our doctors.

“An investigation is underway into the traffic accident that took place outside of service,” the Ministry of Defense said.

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A traffic collision occurred in Kalbajar district of Azerbaijan, APA’s local bureau reports.

The accident was registered in the Gozlu village of the district. A truck collided with a passenger car.

5 people were injured in the accident. The injured people were placed in the hospital. District Police Department’s employees were involved in the scene.

Source: Azeri-Press news agency

Aghdam’s cultural and historical heritage was transported to Armenia, Azerbaijani Deputy Minister says


‘Aghdam’s rich cultural and historical heritage was destroyed, as well as transported to different places of Armenia,’ said Farid Jafarov, the Deputy Minister of Culture of Azerbaijan at special session on ‘Impact of mines and unexploded ordnance on cultural property’ held within framework of 6th World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue in Aghdam city, APA reports.

‘Currently, this city is the city of ruins. But now we are witnessing the return of life to Aghdam,” he added.

Farid Jafarov touched on the topic of impact of landmines on cultural heritage: ‘We know that there is a special UNESCO convention on this. 110 million mines have been planted around the world, and unfortunately, Azerbaijan is at the top of this list. 67 people became victims of mines after the war. 1.5 million landmines were planted in Aghdam alone.”

Source: Azeri-Press news agency