President Ilham Aliyev receives OSCE delegation led by its Chair-in-Office (VIDEO/PHOTO)

BAKU: President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev received OSCE Chair-in-Office, Minister for Foreign and European Affairs and Trade of Malta Ian Borg and his accompanying delegation, Trend reports. OSCE Chair-in-Office Ian Borg recalled the meeting and discussions held on the sidelines of this year's Munich Security Conference with the President of Azerbaijan, saying that his visit has a regional character. He mentioned that Malta supports the normalization of relations between Azerbaijan and Armenia, as well as the negotiation process on a peace treaty. President Ilham Aliyev emphasized that it was Azerbaijan that initiated the peace process between Azerbaijan and Armenia and its fundamental principles forming the basis of this process, and that the text of the peace agreement was prepared by Azerbaijan and presented for discussion. The Azerbaijani President noted that the negotiation process is currently underway between Azerbaijan and Armenia to advance the peace agenda. The head of state not ed that although the consequences of Armenia's military aggression against Azerbaijan and the occupation of its lands has been on the agenda of the OSCE since its inception, neither this organization nor the OSCE Minsk-Group co-chairmanship mechanism had done anything to eliminate the consequences of the conflict, liberate Azerbaijani territories from occupation, and ensure the return of internally displaced persons. During these years, the negotiation process conducted by the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group contributed to perpetuating the occupation of Azerbaijani territories. President Ilham Aliyev emphasized that Azerbaijan, through its own determination and strength, has brought an end to the occupation, ensuring territorial integrity and sovereignty in accordance with international law and the UN Charter. Noting that the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict is now a thing of the past, the head of state proposed the dissolution of the OSCE Minsk Group and all associated institutions. The Azerbaijani leader point ed out that Azerbaijan had raised this issue, and there appears to be no reason for Armenia to oppose it. During the meeting, discussions revolved around transportation connectivity matters within the OSCE framework. Ian Borg noted that his country backs the concept of small island developing states and advocates for the enhancement of their relations with the European Union. Considering Azerbaijan's COP29 Presidency, he expressed readiness for cooperation with Azerbaijan in this regard as well. President Ilham Aliyev stressed that the concerns of small island developing states will be one of priorities of the Azerbaijan's Presidency of COP29. Highlighting the visit of Patricia Scotland, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, to Azerbaijan, the head of state touched upon the cooperation between the small island developing states affiliated with this organization and similar other countries, addressing existential challenges faced by them within the COP framework, and conducting various events. President Il ham Aliyev underlined that Azerbaijan is interested in cooperation with Malta in this regard. Source: Trend News Agency

Delegation of Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference visits tomb of Great Leader Heydar Aliyev, Alley of Martyrs (PHOTO)

BAKU: The delegation headed by Vice-Chairperson of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and Chairperson of Good-Neighborliness, Friendship and Cooperation Commission of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Chen Wu has paid respect to the memory of Heydar Aliyev, the National Leader of the Azerbaijani people, architect, and founder of the modern independent Azerbaijani state, in the Alley of Honor and laid a wreath at his tomb, Trend reports. The delegation also paid homage at the Alley of Martyrs, placing a wreath at the Eternal Flame Monument to honor the martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the country's independence and territorial integrity. The guests, while taking in the panoramic view of the capital from Baku's highest point, received insights into the history of the Alley of Martyrs and the ongoing urban development and construction projects in the city. Source: Trend News Agency

Speakers of Azerbaijani and Armenian parliaments to meet in Geneva

BAKU: Speakers of the parliaments of Azerbaijan and Armenia, Sahiba Gafarova and Alen Simonyan, will meet in Geneva, Switzerland, on May 16, Trend reports. The Armenian delegation will participate in the preparatory committee session of the Sixth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament on May 15-18. Source: Trend News Agency

Western Azerbaijan Community urges OSCE to support return of Azerbaijanis expelled from Armenia to their homes

BAKU: Chairman of the Western Azerbaijan Community (WAC), Aziz Alakbarli, has sent a letter to the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Maltese Foreign Minister Ian Borg, urging the OSCE to support the return of Azerbaijanis expelled from Armenia to their homes, Trend reports. The letter refers to the expulsion of Azerbaijanis from Armenia and the destruction of their cultural heritage, cemeteries, mosques, and other places of worship. Aziz Alakbarli emphasized that the main goal of the Western Azerbaijan Community is to ensure the peaceful, safe, and dignified return of Azerbaijanis expelled from Armenia to their homes within the framework of international law. The letter notes that the Community respects international law, including the territorial integrity of states, is ready for dialog with Armenia on the issue of return, and regrets that Armenia avoids dialogue. The head of the WAC also brought to attention that Armenia has tried to prevent the participation of the Western Azerbaijan Community in OSCE events and urged the organization to condemn these attempts by Armenia against the freedom of expression and activities of civil society. The original letter was presented to Ian Borg by the correspondent of Western Azerbaijan Community Television at the joint press conference of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office and the Azerbaijani Foreign Minister in Baku. Source: Trend News Agency

Azerbaijan extends arrest term of former so-called ‘president’ of illegal separatist regime

BAKU: The term of preventive measure in the form of arrest against the former so-called 'president' of the illegal separatist regime in Karabakh Arkady Ghukasyan has been extended, Trend reports. The submission on the extension of the preventive measure against the accused was considered at the Binagadi District Court of Baku. The court extended the arrest period for 5 months. To note, a total of 15 members of the separatist regime have been brought to justice in the criminal case, which is being investigated by a joint investigative group consisting of employees of the Prosecutor General's Office and the State Security Service. Over the years, the Prosecutor General's Office opened criminal cases against these individuals, and they were put on the international wanted list. After the local anti-terrorist measures carried out last year, the law enforcement agencies of Azerbaijan detained the former so-called "presidents" of the illegal separatist regime, Arkady Ghukasyan, Bako Sahakyan, Arayik Harutyunyan, former so-called "Minister of Foreign Affairs" David Babayan, as well as former so-called "chairman of Parliament" David Ishkhanyan, Generals Lev Mnatsakanyan, David Manukyan, and former so-called "Minister of State" Ruben Vardanyan. All of them were arrested and taken to Baku. The detained separatists are accused of crimes against peace and humanity, war crimes, terrorism, financing of terrorism, murders, the creation of illegal armed groups, etc. Source: Trend News Agency

Azerbaijan always supports China’s territorial integrity and “One China” policy – President Ilham Aliyev

BAKU: President Ilham Aliyev emphasized Azerbaijan's consistent support for China's territorial integrity and its "One China" policy, as he received the delegation headed by Shen Yueyue, Deputy Chairman of the All-China Committee of the People's Political Consultative Conference of the People's Republic of China, Chairman of the China Committee of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization for Good Neighborliness, Friendship and Cooperation, Trend reports. 'A statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan reiterated this support and condemned the elections held in Taiwan.' The head of state also highlighted the prevalence of trends supporting separatism and policies based on double standards globally. Source: Trend News Agency

OSCE member states’ approach to Azerbaijan lacks consistency – FM

BAKU: Throughout the years, the lack of a consistent approach from OSCE member states has been apparent, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan Jeyhun Bayramov said during a joint press conference with OSCE Chair-in-Office, Minister for Foreign and European Affairs and Trade of Malta Ian Borg, Trend reports. The minister emphasized that this remains a sensitive matter for Azerbaijan. "In the early 90s, alongside the UN, we appealed to the OSCE for justice. However, at that crucial juncture, certain member states of the organization intentionally disregarded this matter, and subsequently, other states also ignored it. Today, we can see everyone suffering the consequences caused by diminished respect for international law and institutions," stressed the minister. Source: Trend News Agency

OSCE fully supports Azerbaijan and Armenia in achieving peace – Chair-in-Office Borg

BAKU: The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) is fully committed to supporting Azerbaijan and Armenia in their efforts to achieve peace, OSCE Chair-in-Office, Minister for Foreign and European Affairs and Trade of Malta Ian Borg said during a joint press conference with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan Jeyhun Bayramov, Trend reports. 'We need to pursue a diplomatic track for lasting peace. During my recent visit to Armenia, I emphasized the importance of conducting negotiations in good faith to achieve a solution. As OSCE Chair, we endorse all pragmatic approaches and urge countries to prioritize the future well-being of their people. Additionally, we are considering measures to enhance relations with Azerbaijan,' he added. Source: Trend News Agency

Azerbaijan perceives recent developments in relations with Armenia positively – FM

BAKU: Azerbaijan perceives recent developments in relations with Armenia in a positive light, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan Jeyhun Bayramov said during a joint press conference with OSCE Chair-in-Office, Minister for Foreign and European Affairs and Trade of Malta Ian Borg, Trend reports. The Azerbaijani minister emphasized the historic significance of the achieved result. "This outcome was exclusively attained through direct negotiations between the two countries. We hope that work in this direction will continue in a positive way. Intensive negotiations have resumed since February, and we generally evaluate them positively. Meeting our expectations is crucial in this significant and intricate process," he elaborated. Source: Trend News Agency