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www.teas.eu June 2013
20TH CASPIAN OIL AND GAS EXHIBITION HELD IN BAKU
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Also in this issue: IDP and refugee football team to play against the Arsenal legendsUK Prime Minister Cameron close friend and partner to AzerbaijanEBRD predicts 3.5 per cent GDP growthOccupation forces place Nagorno-Karabakh under flood threatFidan Hajiyeva gears up for Proms performance
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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
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2428 JuneAzerbaijan Through the Lens: Photography Exhibition (Belgium)European Parliament, Rue Wiertz 60, B1047 BrusselsMezzanine Yehudi Menuhin (2nd floor), Paul Henry Spaak BuildingOpening hours: 09.0018.00hrs. Free admission.
Following the successful Azerbaijan Through the Lens exhibitions in London, Paris and Berlin, featuring photographs from TEAS photography competition of the same name, the exhibition continues its European tour at the heart of Europe in the European Parliament in Brussels. The photographs give an excellent introduction to Azerbaijan, showcasing many aspects of Azerbaijani life, culture, nature and history.
Organised in collaboration with Katarna Nevedalov MEP (S&D, Slovakia). For more information, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com.
Forthcoming Azerbaijani eventsFor full details of all TEAS events, go to www.teas.eu/upcoming-events
23 JuneCharity Football Match: World Refugee IDP XI vs. The Arsenal Legends (UK)Barnet FC, Underhill Stadium, Barnet Lane, Barnet, Hertfordshire, EN5 2DNGates open 14.30hrs; Kick-off 16.00hrs. 3 (under-12s free).
This TEAS-sponsored charity football match is between the World Refugee IDPs XI and the Arsenal Legends. Mo Farah, the Olympic Double Gold Medal Winning British Athlete, will manage the Arsenal Legends, and Fabrice Muamba, the former Bolton Wanderers footballer, will manage the World Refugee IDP XI.
The Arsenal Legends team will include Tony Adams, the former England and Arsenal captain, Lauren, Nigel Winterburn, Ian Wright, and Michael Thomas. Several MPs and MEPs will also play in the World Refugee IDP XI.
20 June has been designated by the UN as World Refugee Day, remembering the plight of refugees around the world. This includes the Azerbaijani refugees and IDPs who are unable to return homes due to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Tickets are available from the Barnet FC website at http://bit.ly/idparsenal.
2023 JunePhotography exhibition: Five Roads Back Home by Philipp Rathmer (France)La Galerie Joseph, 7, rue Froissart, 75003 ParisOpening hours: 10.0018.00hrs. Free admission.
On the occasion of World Refugee Day, TEAS presents Philipp Rathmers stunning photography exhibition, entitled Five Roads Back Home. This is his study of the ongoing situation affecting some of the Azerbaijani refugees and IDPs who continue to live in camps across the country.
The exhibition, first shown in Berlin, will run in Paris, before continuing to Brussels, Istanbul and Baku in 2013. Philipp Rathmer will be attending the opening night, which will take place at 19.00hrs on 20 June, at La Galerie Joseph, Paris. To attend the opening, please RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Politics and News
The five stages of the Tour dAzerbaidjan concluded on 21 March. Much to the joy of the local fans, Christoph Schweizer (Baku Synergy Cycling Project, Azerbaijan) applied his sprinting abilities to claim the opening stage in Baku. Stage 2 was no less dramatic, as Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev (Continental Team Astana, Kazakhstan) and Oleksandr Surutkovych (Baku Synergy Cycling Project) put in brilliant performances in the mountains. This stage was won by Ukrainian Sergiy Grechyn (Torku Sekerspor, Turkey), who retained the general classification leaders blue jersey for the remainder of the competition.
Stage 3 concluded with Vitaliy Popkov (ISD Continental Team, Ukraine) and Stig Broekcx (Lotto-Belisol, Belgium) cycling neck-and-neck to claim the finishing line. In fact, Popkov claimed victory, with Schweizer finishing third and regaining the green jersey as the Tours top sprinter.
Stage 4 proved to be an endurance test for all cyclists, concluding in a maiden career victory for Jan Hirt (Leopard-Trek Team, Luxembourg), while there was yet another podium finish for the Baku Synergy Cycling Project, as Connor McConvey achieved second place.
As sports cycling in Azerbaijan remains comparatively underdeveloped, Sahib Alekperov, Vice-President, Azerbaijani Cycling Federation, commented that the Tours greatest achievement was a significant increase in the number of cyclists taking to Azerbaijani streets. The recently-formed Baku Synergy Cycling Project Team was particularly delighted by their performance, as riders Connor McConvey and Christoph Schweizer claimed the Tours King of the Mountains and Best Sprinter titles. Jeremy Hunt, Manager, Baku Synergy Cycling Project Team commented on the positive future of Azerbaijani cycling, saying that qualification for the 2016 Olympics remains realistic. He said: There are many talented riders here. No less importantly, Azerbaijan has all of the resources needed to allow them to maximise their potential.
For the final stage, the Tour returned to Baku, where Tomas Vaitkus (Lithuanian National Team) achieved victory. Meanwhile, the overall winner was Sergiy Grechyn, who commented: Ive shown with this victory that I still have a lot to offer, and still know how to win! Oleksandr Surutkovych and Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev respectively took the second and third places in the competition.
A victorious Sergiy Grechyn stand on the podium alongside second prize winner Oleksandr Surutkovych (left) and Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev (right)
The World Refugee Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) XI and the Arsenal Legends will meet for a TEAS-sponsored friendly match at Barnet FCs Underhill Stadium on 23 June. The guest manager for the Arsenal Legends will be Mo Farah, the Olympic Double Gold Medal Winning British Athlete, and his counterpart for the World Refugee IDP XI will be Fabrice Muamba, the former Bolton Wanderers footballer.
The Arsenal Legends team will include the
former England and Arsenal captain Tony Adams, Lauren, Nigel Winterburn, Ian Wright, and Michael Thomas. Several MPs and MEPs will also play in the World Refugee IDP XI.
UN World Refugee Day is commemorated every year on 20 June, remembering the plight of all refugees. This includes the 875,000 Azerbaijani refugees and IDPs who are unable to return to their homes, due to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. For more information, go to www.teas.eu/upcoming-events.
Sergiy Grechyn achieves victory in the first Tour
Afghanistan to remain
after 2014During a briefing to journalists in Baku, Khazar Ibrahim, Azerbaijani Ambassador to NATO, revealed that Azerbaijani peacekeepers would remain in Afghanistan after the withdrawal of US troops from the country at the end of 2014. They will serve alongside troops from eight partner countries. Mr Ibrahim stated that Azerbaijan would reduce its presence in Afghanistan after 2014. He said: The name and essence of the mission will be changed, and a concept for the operations is