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    Also in this issue: Shah Deniz Consortium opts for the Trans-Adriatic PipelineOSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs call for peace at G8 SummitAzerbaijan Through the Lens travels to the European ParliamentFive Roads Back Home highlights faces of IDPs to a Paris audienceNew UK Ambassador to Azerbaijan announced


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    The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS) is a UK-registered pan-European organisation dedicated to raising awareness of Azerbaijan and fostering closer economic, political and cultural links between that country and the nations of Europe.

    As well as promoting the positive aspects of Azerbaijan, TEAS also highlights the plight of the 875,000 refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) within the country. These people are unable to return to their homes and lands because of the illegal occupation of Nagorno-Karabakh and seven surrounding regions by Armenias armed forces in defiance of four UN Security Council resolutions.

    TEAS has three main facets to its operations: Culture TEAS raises awareness of Azerbaijans rich and vibrant culture to a worldwide

    audience by organising cultural events and operating as a networking centre. Business TEAS supports its membership of European and Azerbaijani businesses. It

    provides a platform for organisations to establish links and strengthen their existing business relationships via a programme of networking opportunities across the regions.

    Public Affairs TEAS works to increase awareness about Azerbaijan amongst key opinion- formers, key decision-makers and other political, academic and civil society stakeholders.

    In pursuit of its objectives TEAS: Organises meetings with interested parties, opinion-formers and decision-makers Arranges roundtables, seminars, lectures and conferences Publishes pamphlets, reports, bulletins, books and films. Facilitates fact-finding trips by politicians and business people

    Mailing ListTEAS is always bringing the latest news, views and interviews from Azerbaijan. Sign up to our mailing-list to receive the latest information straight to your inbox: www.teas.eu

    Welcome to the TEAS Magazine

    FacebookThe TEAS Facebook page is your chance to learn about the latest news, events, campaigns and other Azerbaijan-related items. Visit and like our page at: http://bit.ly/TEASFB.

    Membership and SponsorshipTEAS offers a range of corporate and individual membership packages, providing such benefits as advertising, trade missions, networking, business sector advice and hotel discounts.

    TEAS also offers numerous sponsorship opportunities throughout the year for its events and conferences. To find out more, e-mail: membership@teas.eu.

    Upcoming Events For full details of all TEAS events, go to www.teas.eu/upcoming-events


    15 SeptemberLiberal Democrat Party ConferenceTEAS Jazz ReceptionArgyll II Room, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Congress Road, Glasgow, Strathclyde, G3 8QTMain speaker: Lord German22.0023.30. Free admission (inside secure area)

    22 SeptemberLabour Party ConferenceTEAS Jazz ReceptionCharlotte Room, The Grand Brighton, 9799 Kings Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 2FWMain speaker: Gerry Sutcliffe MP21.0023.00. Free admission (conference pass required)

    1 OctoberConservative Party ConferenceTEAS Jazz Reception Alexandria A, The Midland, Peter Street, Manchester, M60 2DSMain speaker: Christopher Pincher MP21.3023.00. Free admission (conference pass required)

    TEAS presence at the three main party conferences this year will comprise sophisticated jazz receptions, featuring Sabina Rakcheyeva and the Deco Ensemble. Azerbaijani violinist Sabina has been resident in London for several years, having previously studied and resided in Brussels and New York, where she was the first Azerbaijani to graduate from the Juilliard School. To date, she has performed in more than 40 countries around the world. The CD UnVeiled was her excellent debut album Songlines magazine and she is also Cultural Advisor to TEAS. At the jazz receptions, Sabina and the London-based Deco Ensemble will perform a vibrant mix of standards, tangos and their own compositions.

    Refreshments will be served at all receptions. For more information, e-mail Orkhan Amashov on orkhan.amashov@teas.eu.

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    From the TEAS DirectorLionel Zetter, Director, TEAS

    Politics and News

    Our role here at TEAS is to raise awareness of Azerbaijan and that involves talking about both the problems and the opportunities.

    The opportunities are many. The country is blessed with enormous oil and gas reserves. Other minerals are present in great abundance. The soil is fertile, and the climate benign. The economy is booming, and poverty rates have tumbled from over 50 per cent to just 6 per cent in six years.

    Despite all this, Azerbaijan has severe problems, and needs the help of the West. Currently, Armenia occupies around 18 per cent of Azerbaijani territory, in defiance of four UN Security Council resolutions. As a result, Azerbaijan has to care for approximately 875,000 refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

    We realise that the West and the world at large has other problems and other priorities. That is why TEAS does not restrict itself to political lobbying to highlight the conflict with Armenia and the plight of the refugees and IDPs. We facilitate trade missions and meetings between representatives of Azerbaijani and European businesses and organisations, and hold business forums in the capitals of Europe. We also hold cultural events concerts and exhibitions to showcase Azerbaijans rich cultural heritage.

    However, sometimes we need to reach out to a different audience. That is why we were so pleased to have the opportunity to sponsor the charity football match between the Arsenal Legends and a World Refugee IDP (WRIDPs) XI. Such Arsenal football legends as Tony Adams and Ian Wright played against a team that included refugees and IDPs from Azerbaijan and various African countries. The guest managers were Mo Farah and Fabrice Muamba.

    The result was a great day out for over 3,500 fans, a terrific game of football and tens of thousands of pounds raised for refugees and IDPs.

    Lionel Zetter, Director, TEAS

    On 23 June, a charity football match, sponsored by TEAS, took place between the World Refugee Internally Displaced Persons (WRIDPs) XI and the Arsenal Legends at Barnet FCs Underhill Stadium, attended by a crowd of 3,600. Mo Farah, the Olympic double gold medal-winning British athlete, managed the Arsenal Legends, and Fabrice Muamba, the former Bolton Wanderers footballer, managed the WRIDPs XI. The match generated considerable media interest.

    The match raised much-needed funds for The Refugee Council, in addition to providing assistance to some of the approximately 875,000 refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Azerbaijan, whose lives were disrupted by the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

    The cause was close to the heart of Mo, originally from Somalia, and Fabrice, who comes from the Democratic Republic of Congo, both of whom have built new lives in the UK. TEAS sponsored the event to commemorate UN World Refugee Day, which fell on 20 June.

    The Arsenal Legends team included former England and Arsenal captain Tony Adams, Ian Wright, Paul Davis, Ray Parlour, Perry Groves and Michael Thomas. Syed Kemall MEP also demonstrated his footballing skills

    in the WRIDPs XI, and Cabinet Minister Rt Hon Theresa Villiers MP, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, presented the trophies at the end.

    Fabrice Muamba recalled: You always achieve more if you are very disciplined and organised. As a refugee myself, I have always had a winning attitude, and this made me into the person I am today.

    Tony Adams said: Hopefully this match will generate awareness of the IDPs and refugees across the world, in addition to raising funds for The Refugee Council. Mo Farah commented: Were making a difference and are making people aware of whats happening and the current situation. All the players and myself are happy to help out. Ian Wright said: The more we can do

    (from left) Fabrice Muamba, Tony Adams and Mo Farah were three of the sporting legends that contributed to the match

    TEAS celebrity football match turns the spotlight

    on IDPs and refugees

    The press conference was led by actor and football pundit Tom Watt

    The match attracted a high level of media attention

    Mo Farah demonstrates his famous Mobot at the presentation ceremony, watched by Theresa Villiers MP

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    to arrange events like this, the better. If you get a good turnout like this, the match can certainly help increase awareness.

    The game was very competitive, with both teams demonstrating huge passion for the match, which ended in a 11 draw. There was some excellent creative tactical work in the midfield from the WRIDPs XI, with Azerbaijani IDP Vurghun Hasanzade taking his chance and scoring towards the end of the first half. Each time England and Arsenal

    legend Tony Adams appeared, an ecstatic crowd demonstrated their appreciation, only topped by the applause for Mo Farah himself, when he appeared in an Arsenal strip. Arsenal adopted a 442 formation throughout, a time-honoured approach that paid dividends, particularly with the equalising goal from mer Riza.

    Arsenal nemesis Mickey Thomas also appeared for the WRIDPs XI, and