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On 15 May, the European Commission and High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy published the annual Neighbourhood Package, in which they assessed the first year since implementing the new European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP). The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS) welcomes this agreement on an open-ended extension for the EU–Azerbaijan ENP Action Plan, following its expiry on 31 December 2011, which will remain in force until the final Association Agreement is signed.


The annual TEAS Business Forum took place at No.4 Hamilton Place, London, on 2 May 2012, attracting more than 250 delegates.

The conference, entitled Azerbaijan and Turkey – Diverse Investment Opportunities, focused on a wide range of business sectors, including, energy; project finance; investment banking; ICT; agriculture; and Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG). The event featured around 40 speakers, each providing comment and opinion on their field of expertise.


On 24 April, a group of around 50 diplomats, dignitaries, academics, and others attended a fascinating lecture at Committee Room G in The House of Lords entitled What is a Nation?, delivered by the renowned political sociologist Dr James Dingley, Chairman, Francis Hutcheson Institute, at the invitation of The Lord Laird of Artigarvan and supported by The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS).


In response to the murderous attacks which took place in the French towns of Montauban and Toulouse in March 2012, The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS) has offered moral and financial support to the victims’ relatives and families of the Ozar-Hartorah school in Toulouse by partnering with the Association française des Victimes du Terrorisme (


On 15 March, the King’s College War Studies Russian and Eurasian Research Group and the European Centre for Energy and Resource Security (EUCERS) held a half-day conference at King’s College, London, entitled Bridge or Barrier? The Role of Central Asia in 21st Century International Politics. This was organised in co-operation with TEAS, and attended by delegates from the academic and business worlds.


TEAS’ Novruz celebration, organised in collaboration with the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the UK, with support from the Ministry of Culture and Sport of the Republic of Azerbaijan, took place at Gibson City Hall, London, on 15 March 2012.


The roots of the ongoing Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh were outlined in the heart of London on 6 February during the launch of a new book, published by The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS), entitled The Armenian Question in the Caucasus: Russian Archive Documents and Publications.


Lieutenant-General Movses Hakobian, Armenian Armed Forces Commander in Nagorno-Karabakh, has revealed that the Armenian-controlled territory has substantially boosted its weapons arsenal over the last six months, according to RFE/RL. The Commander estimated that the ‘military potential’ of his troops grew by 20 per cent during the first half of 2011.


The EU has agreed that it would be premature to hold a referendum on the status of of Nagorno-Karabakh. Peter Semneby, EU Special Representative to the South Caucasus, commented: "Any voting on the status of Nagorno-Karabakh will only occur at the end of a long process. It is now necessary to agree the principles upon which this should evolve to create guarantees for all sides." He called upon both Azerbaijan and Armenia to implement the Madrid Principles, as proposed by the OSCE Minsk Group.


Despite having been killed over a month ago, the corpse of 22-year-old Azerbaijani soldier Mubariz Ibrahimov remains unrepatriated. The dead soldier was shot in the back during skirmishes with the Armenian militia along the northern part of the Nagorno-Karabakh contact line, close to the Chayli village in the Terter region. The fighting also claimed the lives of four Armenian soldiers.