Azerbaijan Airlines New Campaign Due to Novruz Holiday – Baku – New York Baku

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Azerbaijan Airlines ,AZAL, announced the launch of a new campaign due to Novruz holiday.

During the national spring holiday Novruz, discounts will be applied to air tickets on a number of destinations.

The campaign is applied to the following destinations (the full cost of the air ticket, including taxes and fees):

Baku – New York – Baku – 599 EUR

Baku – Milan – Baku – 299 EUR

Baku – Paris – Baku – 299 EUR

Baku – Prague – Baku – 299 EUR

Baku – Berlin – Baku – 299 EUR

Baku – Dubai – Baku – 199 EUR

Air ticket sales period within the campaign: March 16-31, 2017

Flights period: April 1– May 6, 2017

The number of air tickets on discounts is limited.

Air tickets can be booked on the website of the company www.azal.az, purchased at AZAL sales offices and official sales agencies.

Senate of Colombia adopts resolution on Khojaly genocide

Senate of Colombia adopts resolution on Khojaly genocide.

The Senate of Colombia adopted a resolution related to the 25th anniversary of the Khojaly genocide, the Azerbaijani Embassy in Colombia told Trend.

In the document, the Senate of Colombia honored the memory of the victims of the genocide and expressed solidarity with the Azerbaijani people, the embassy said.

The resolution noted the importance of preventing the similar acts which led to the death of hundreds of civilians in the history of mankind.

The Colombian senators also expressed support for the peaceful settlement of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

The document signed by the vice president of the Senate of Colombia, the president of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, was handed over to Azerbaijani Charge d’Affaires in Colombia Ramil Farzaliyev.

On February 25-26, 1992, the Armenian armed forces, together with the 366th infantry regiment of the former Soviet troops, stationed in Khankendi, committed an act of genocide against the population of the Azerbaijani town of Khojaly.

As many as 613 people, including 63 children, 106 women and 70 old people were killed as a result of the massacre. A total of 1,000 civilians became disabled as a result of the onslaught. Some 1,275 innocent residents were taken hostage, while the fate of 150 people still remains unknown.

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.

The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.

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US Congressman from New Jersey makes Khojaly statement

US Congressman from New Jersey Donald Payne has made a statement on the 25th anniversary of Khojaly genocide, Azertac reported.

In his statement, Payne said Khojaly tragedy was a brutal murder of more than 600 civilians, mostly women, children and elderly, in the Azerbaijani town of Khojaly 25 years ago. Congressman Payne called on his colleagues to join him in remembering the victims of the tragedy.

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Azerbaijani & American artists to present “Diversity”

Art Tower Gallery invites art lovers to enjoy the final exhibition within the project “Art expedition” on March 13, Trend Life reported.

Entitled “Diversity”, the expo will feature works created during a joint workshop of Azerbaijani and American artists.

American artists Jacob Marty and Shane Guffogg and Azerbaijani masters  Eldar Babazadeh, Namig Ismayilzada Fidan Kim, Sala Mammadov, Ilgar Tahiri, Eldar Hasanov, Roya Hasanova created worked together during a month.

The project aims at showing the view of artists from different countries, as well as promoting Azerbaijani traditions and culture. It also helps to exchange artistic experience and to strengthen international cultural cooperation.

As part of the project, the foreign guests got acquainted with the achievements of Azerbaijani fine arts, creative people and leading exhibition venues in the city.

Every Saturday and Sunday, everyone could visit the Art Tower gallery and view the process of creating art by talented artists.

The exhibition is organized by the U.S. Embassy in Azerbaijan, the Administration of State Historical and Architectural Reserve “Icherisheher” , NGO Arts Council Azerbaijan with support of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

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United States-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce has successfully concluded its annual conference in Washington

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United States-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce (USACC) has successfully concluded its annual conference with a high-level formal reception organized in partnership with Embassy of Azerbaijan at the historic Willard InterContinental hotel. The reception was dedicated to the celebration of 25th anniversary of United States-Azerbaijan Diplomatic Relations.

The high-level reception was very well-attended and featured over 220 distinguished guests, including 17 ambassadors. Some attendees from the American side included Congressman Steve CohenCongressman Henry Cuellar, U.S. Ambassador Robert Cekuta, high-ranking officials from the White House and the National Security Council, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Department of Treasury, U.S. Department of Energy, ExIm Bank, OPIC, U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other government officials, top business executives, heads of international organizations and diplomatic corps. Azerbaijani side was represented by Ambassador Elin Suleymanov, Azerbaijan Ministry of EconomySOCAR,SOFAZ, Center for Analyses of Economic Reforms and Communications, State Committee for Property Issue and other delegates.

The reception formally started with remarks from Amb. Elin Suleymanov, who recognized the myriad of high-level guests in attendance. He touched upon Azerbaijan’s willingness in moving cooperation forward and the importance of maintaining bilateral relations based on mutual interest and respect. Deputy Assistant Secretary of U.S. Department of State Bridget Brink acknowledged that Azerbaijan was amongst the first countries to support the United States immediately after 9/11 attack. She then stressed the importance of energy security and reiterated the support of U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson for Southern Gas Corridor. Ambassador Robert Cekuta also congratulated the guests and highlighted the importance of expanding bilateral relations in all spheres, including trade and business.

Other keynote speakers of the evening were Governor John Sununu and Congressman Steve Cohen.

The highlight of the event was the presentation of ten USACC Appreciation Awards to dignitaries, politicians and companies for their continuous contribution to the United States – Azerbaijan diplomatic, trade and business relations over the past 25 years. Recipients were:

1)    Congressman Steve Cohen for contribution to U.S.-Azerbaijan Diplomatic Relations
2)    Ambassador Robert Cekuta for contribution to U.S.-Azerbaijan Diplomatic Relations
3)    Ambassador Elin Suleymanov for contribution to U.S.-Azerbaijan Diplomatic Relations
4)    Amos Hochstein for contribution to U.S.-Azerbaijan Diplomatic Relations
5)    Governnor John Sununu for contribution to U.S.-Azerbaijan Diplomatic Relations
6)    Boeing for contribution to U.S.-Azerbaijan Business and Trade
7)    BP for contribution to U.S.-Azerbaijan Business and Trade
8)    Chevron for contribution to U.S.-Azerbaijan Business and Trade
9)    PASHA Bank for contribution to U.S.-Azerbaijan Business and Trade
10)  SOCAR for contribution to U.S.-Azerbaijan Business and Trade

Awardees also received newly minted Azerbaijani stamps for the occasion of 25th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations, especially prepared and delivered by the Azerbaijan Ministry of Transportation, Communications and High Technologies.

Source: USACC

Od Chershenbesi-Azerbaijanis mark Second Tuesday of Novruz

115Novruz Bayram – a new month, new year and the cherished first day of spring – is closer with each passing Chershenbe (Tuesday).

Fire Tuesday or as it is called here Od Chershenbesi, a symbol of warmth and home hearth, will be celebrated on February 28 this year.

Celebrations related to Novruz, which is marked in the country on March 21, begin a month before the actual holiday with Novruz Tuesdays. The four Tuesdays are named after the main four elements, called Su Chershenbesi (Water Tuesday), Od Chershenbesi (Fire Tuesday), Torpaq Chershenbesi (Earth Tuesday), and Hava or Akhir Chershenbe (Wind or Last Tuesday).

Last week saw the first Tuesday, which symbolizes life, purity and freshness. The second Tuesday will embody fire, which means warmth and comfort.

Od Chershenbesi notifies that too little remains for warm spring. It’s believed, on this day, the rays of the heavenly fire — Sun, melts snow and nature comes alive.

Fire is somewhat sacred in Azerbaijan, also known as Land of Fire. Some scientists suggest that the presence of fire in the festive rituals is not accidental, as it is recognized as a symbol of life, what is more important, it gives warmth, showing that spring is on its way.

It is very important to light a bonfire in every yard on Fire Tuesday, since fire means the year will be warm and fertile. People jump over the fire, because it is traditionally believed that all troubles and hardships will be left behind, and the coming year will be happy and prosperous.

There is also another belief that on the Fire Tuesday no one should leave his/ her house empty and candles for each family member must be lit on the festival table.

Novruz, a holiday marking equality and fraternity, is celebrated as the symbolic revival of nature.

People say “A good beginning makes a good ending”. So, it is very important for Azerbaijanis to celebrate this festive holiday with a clean house and a richly-set table. The table must be set with at least seven dishes.

As part of the table setting, families will display a khoncha, a big silver or copper tray with semeni placed in the center, candles and dyed eggs for each family member around it. On this day, the groom will give his bride a khoncha with sweets and golden and silver adornments. The bride’s family also has to send gifts to the groom’s house.

Thus Novruz, long celebrated by Azerbaijanis, is a holiday of truly national, humane character and of benevolent, noble purpose.

By Amina Nazarli

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Film on the Khojaly Tragedy premieres at the world-famous Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles

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Film on the Khojaly Tragedy premieres at the world-famous Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles.

documentary film highlighting the 1992 Khojaly Massacre premiered at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles. This is the first documentary dedicated to the Khojaly Tragedy in the United States.

The Khojaly Massacre was committed by the armed forces of Armenia against the Azerbaijani civilians on February 26, 1992 in the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan. Called “the largest massacre in the conflict” between Armenia and Azerbaijan by the Human Rights Watch, the massacre resulted in the murder of 613 Azerbaijani civilians, including over 250 children, women and the elderly. In 2015, the European Court of Human Rights passed a ruling corroborating the facts of the massacre and naming its perpetrators.

Titled “Running from the Darkness”, the documentary was filmed by Los Angeles filmmakers, led by a local organization J-Connect. The premiere screening was hosted at the Museum of Tolerance of the world-famous Simon Wiesenthal Center, which is one of the biggest (400,000 families) and most influential Jewish human rights organizations in the world. The Museum of Tolerance is one of the world’s largest museums dedicated to Holocaust.

The screening was attended by mayors and councilmembers of various cities of the Los Angeles County, other elected officials, consuls general and honorary consuls of various countries, representatives of the U.S. Homeland Security Department, State Department and other federal and state government bodies, renowned faith leaders representing Christianity, Judaism, Islam and other religions, mass media, influential leaders of different ethnic communities (Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese, Filipino, Macedonian, Pakistani, Hispanic, Jewish, Iranian, Turkish, etc.) of Los Angeles and others.

Opening the event, Director of the Museum of Tolerance Dr. Liebe Geft said that despite many tragedies the people of Azerbaijan had to endure in its recent history, Azerbaijan has been able to maintain its centuries-old traditions of interfaith tolerance and multiculturalism.

Speaking afterwards, Consul General of Azerbaijan in Los Angeles Nasimi Aghayev stressed the importance of holding onto the values of interfaith tolerance and harmony in the face of hatred and tragedy, what, in his words, Azerbaijan has been able to do during the last 25 years since the Khojaly Massacre. Describing the film as a story of survival of tolerance against intolerance and stressing the need to educate wider audiences about what happened in Khojaly in 1992 so that similar tragedies do not occur again, the Consul General thanked the filmmakers for masterfully capturing the whole story of this crime against humanity.

Presenting the film, the Board President of J-Connect Josh Kaplan said: “At J-Connect, our organization understands history and the importance of tolerance and cooperation. We react at a base level when we see innocent people and their communities destroyed simply because of their identities. When I learned about the massacre in Khojaly, I knew then that there was an important story that needed to be told. With the world in such turmoil we felt that a story of this complexity, of this emotion and passion was important for the world to hear about in an unbiased and thoughtful manner. We partnered with One Wish Project, a film company whose mission it is to capture powerful stories and bring them to life… The fact that what happened in Khojaly is unknown to most was a huge motivating factor in creating this film. We live in a world that is committed to recognizing and preventing genocide, and yet without recognition and awareness of this tragedy, our world remains at great risk for another Khojaly”

Then the film was screened. Based on interviews with many survivors of the Khojaly Massacre as well with U.S. elected officials, reporters, academic experts, Christian, Jewish and Muslim faith leaders of Los Angeles and an Armenian human rights advocate, the film vividly tells the horrific story of the tragedy. The documentary also highlights how Azerbaijan, confronted with Khojaly tragedy as well as the illegal occupation and ethnic cleansing of around 20% of its sovereign territory by neighboring Armenia in the early 1990s, did not allow the hatred and intolerance to take hold of itself, but on the contrary worked actively to strengthen its age-old identity and traditions of interfaith harmony and tolerance.

Following the well-received screening, Consul General asked the renowned Christian, Jewish and Muslim faith leaders of Los Angeles, namely Bishop Juan Carlos Mendez, Rabbi Yonah Bookstein and Mahomed Khan, to pray for the victims of Khojaly as well as for peace and tolerance. The joint prayer in accordance with the traditions of all three Abrahamic religions was enthusiastically received by the audience.

At the event, the aforementioned faith leaders were presented with Interfaith Tolerance Awards established this year by the Consulate General of Azerbaijan in Los Angeles, honoring the faith leaders’ profound and long-standing engagement in promoting peace, tolerance and harmony among all religions.

The event concluded with the performance of Azerbaijani and European classical music.

Arizona House of Representatives passes a proclamation condemning the Khojaly Genocide

Arizona House of Representatives passes a proclamation condemning the Khojaly Genocide.

Arizona State House of Representatives passed a proclamation on February 23, 2017 recognizing and condemning the Khojaly Genocide, which was committed by Armenia’s army against Azerbaijani civilians in 1992 fleeing the town of Khojaly in Azerbaijan’s Nagorno-Karabakh region.

Read by the House Appropriation Committee Chairman Rep. Don Shooter on the House Floor, the proclamation was presented to Azerbaijan’s Consul General in Los Angeles Nasimi Aghayev. As a sign of respect for the innocent victims of the Khojaly Genocide, all legislators listened to the proclamation standing.

The proclamation says that on February 25 and 26, 1992, Armenian armed forces occupied the town of Khojaly in Azerbaijan and “killed more than six hundred civilians, wounded more than one thousand civilians; and captured more than one thousand two hundred civilians”.

The document further states: “Documenting this mass killing the Human Rights Watch called it the “largest massacre in the conflict”; major United States and international news organizations reported about the killings with horror; and numerous governments around the world as well as State Legislatures and Governors of 20 U.S. States passed resolutions/proclamations condemning the attack”.

The proclamation specifically mentions that the “perpetrators of this genocide are still at large and have not been brought to justice yet”.

“Tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan are still running high because Armenian army continues to occupy twenty percent of Azerbaijan’s internationally recognized territory, in the Nagorno-Karabakh region and the surrounding seven districts”, the document continues.

It also mentions that “resolutions condemning the occupation of Azerbaijan’s territory by Armenian forces have been passed by the United Nations Security Council and the General Assembly”.

The proclamation concludes by stating that the Arizona State House of Representatives honors the victims of the Khojaly tragedy, and recognizes February 26, 2017, as the 25th Anniversary of the Khojaly tragedy.

It should be noted that this is the second official document on Khojaly adopted by the Arizona State Legislature. The first document was passed by the upper chamber of the Legislature – the Arizona State Senate – on February 26, 2015.

Consulate General of Azerbaijan in Los Angeles

 

Statement by Hikmat Hajiyev,Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Statement by Hikmat Hajiyev,Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

As stated by the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Azerbaijan on February 25 at midnight, the armed forces of Armenia made an attempt to penetrate into the positions of the armed forces of Azerbaijan with the aim of conducting large-scale provocation on the frontline and trying to seize advantageous positions in Khojavand-Fizuli direction of the front.

The escalation of the situation in the front and perpetration of military provocations are continuation of Armenia’s political provocations as holding of illegal “referendum” in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan on February 20, 2017. The political and military provocations of Armenia are aimed at deliberate escalation of the situation and undermining the efforts for solution of conflict via the substantive talks, diverting the attention of the international community in the eve of Khojaly genocide from the responsibilities borne by Armenia for Khojaly and strengthening already lost social support base and position of Armenia’s ruling regime in forthcoming parliamentary elections in Armenia.

Azerbaijani side has repeatedly emphasized that the illegal presence of armed forces of Armenia in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan remains the prime reason for the escalation of the situation. The events occurred in April last year proved it over again. The international community and particularly the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs at the Heads of State level on many occasions stated that the status quo is unacceptable and unsustainable and it must be changed.

With a view of preventing the escalation of situation and changing the status of quo of occupation and ensuring sustainable peace in the region, full and unconditional withdrawal of the armed forces of Armenia from all occupied territories of Azerbaijan has to be provided based on the relevant resolutions of the United Nations Security Council.

Instigator of the escalation of situation in the front is Armenia and thereby, all responsibility falls on political-military leadership of Armenia.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan

 

Armenia continues breaking ceasefire with Azerbaijan

Over the past 24 hours, Armenia’s armed forces have 120 times violated the ceasefire in various directions along the line of contact between Azerbaijani and Armenian troops, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry told Trend Feb. 25.

The Azerbaijani army positions located in the Farahli village and on nameless heights of Azerbaijan’s Gazakh district underwent fire from the Armenian army positions located on nameless heights of Ijevan district and in the Shavarshavan village and on nameless heights of the Noyemberyan district of Armenia.

Meanwhile, the Azerbaijani army positions located in the Munjuglu and Aghbulag villages of Azerbaijan’s Tovuz district were shelled from the Armenian army positions located in the Aygedzor and Chinari villages of Armenia’s Berd district.

The Azerbaijani army positions located on nameless heights of Azerbaijan’s Gadabay district underwent fire from the Armenian army positions located on nameless heights of Armenia’s Krasnoselsk district.

Moreover, the Azerbaijani army positions were shelled from the Armenian army positions located near the Armenian-occupied Goyarkh, Chilaburt villages of the Tartar district, Shikhlar, Garagashli, Namirli, Marzili villages of the Aghdam district, Kuropatkino village of the Khojavand district, Garakhanbayli and Gorgan villages of the Fuzuli district, as well as from the positions located on nameless heights of the Goranboy, Tartar, Aghdam, Khojavand, Fuzuli and Jabrayil districts of Azerbaijan.

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts. The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.

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