By empty (5/16/2002 issue of the CACI Analyst)Steve Mann held talks in Baku on 16 May with Azerbaijan\'s President Aliev and oil-sector officials on unspecified minor obstacles to the planned Baku-Ceyhan oil-export pipeline and approaches to dividing the Caspian Sea between the five littoral states. Mann commended the \"realistic approach\" demonstrated by Russia, Kazakhstan, and Azerbaijan to dividing the sea into sectors. Russia and Kazakhstan have just signed an agreement demarcating their respective sectors, and Aliev reaffirmed on 16 May that Azerbaijan and Russia will probably do the same next month.
By empty (5/17/2002 issue of the CACI Analyst)The U.S. State Department on 16 May named one Armenian company and one businessman subjected to sanctions for allegedly supplying to Iran equipment or technology that could be used in the manufacture of weapons of mass destruction, RFE/RL\'s Yerevan bureau reported.
By empty (5/17/2002 issue of the CACI Analyst)The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (TDA) has approved seven separate grants totaling some $2.
By empty (5/18/2002 issue of the CACI Analyst)After a five-week trial, Azerbaijan\'s military court passed sentence on 17 May on seven Azerbaijani citizens who volunteered to fight on the Chechen side in the ongoing war. The men were charged with belonging to illegal armed formations, illegal possession of weapons, and deserting from the Azerbaijani Army. Four received suspended sentences of between two and four years, one was sentenced to four and the remaining two to five years\' imprisonment.
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