Archive for March, 2013
The President of France Francois Hollande said on Friday that his country will begin pulling out its military troops from Mali by the end of next month. Hollande said the French military intervention in Mali has successfully accomplished its missions in securing the
Serbian officials are meeting at noon on Friday to agree their stance on Kosovo ahead of the key next round of EU-led Belgrade-Pristina talks on April 2. First Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic is expected to decide whether to participate in the new round of talks in Brussels.
Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades says Cyprus has no intention to leave the European Union. The clarification came on Friday in the wake of a tough bailout deal secured with the European Union.
A delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) is arriving in Bulgaria next week to conduct consultations on observing the upcoming snap general elections.
Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that some news stories arguing a large number of Syrians were forcefully sent back to Syria after the incidents in Akcakale Camp yesterday did not reflect the reality. Answering a question on the incident, the Spokesperson for the Turkish MFA, Levent Gumrukcu said that Turkey provided security to more […]
The Greek Cypriot administration will have to rely on Turkey to export the natural gas it hopes to extract from eastern Mediterranean fields, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said in remarks published on Thursday. The foreign minister also reiterated that if Greek Cyprus insists on using
Azerbaijani, Georgian and Turkish foreign ministers signed the final protocol within the ministerial meeting held in Batumi today. The action plan of inter-ministerial cooperation for 2013-2015 has been
Turkey is ready to negotiate a two-state solution to the Cyprus problem, if reunification talks between two sides fail and no agreement is reached over the establishment of a joint commission on gas resources on the island, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has said.
Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Ahmet Davutoglu will travel to Minsk on March 28 for signing of visa exemption and readmission agreements between Turkey and Belarus. Davutoglu will attend the signing ceremony in regards to visa exemption and readmission agreements between Turkey and Belarus as well as discussing bilateral relations, according to a statement released […]
Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic announced he would go on visit to Russia on April 10-11. “The Serbian government pays particular attention to the relations with Russia,” Dacic
Lithuanian FM Linas Linkevicius said that his country would not block Serbia’s EU accession despite “not the best of relations”. If it gets a date for the start of the EU accession
The European Commission announced on March 27 that it has finalised a series of measures for the promotion of regional cooperation in the Western Balkan region, totaling €272.75 million for 2012-2013. EC Commissioner for Enlargement Stefan Fule sadi that, “these funds
The Georgian and Turkish foreign ministers have discussed intensifying the relations between the two countries at a meeting in Tbilisi on Wednesday. Turkish foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu’s visit to Georgia is the first after the power was
An African force currently in Mali should be converted into a UN peacekeeping operation and a separate combat force should be created to confront Islamist threats, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recommended to the Security Council on Tuesday, March 26.
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will visit Georgia on Wednesday, March 27. During the visit Davutoglu will meet with Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, Prime Minister and other officials. The Foreign Ministry stressed that the issues of bilateral cooperation, as well as Turkey’s assistance to Georgia on NATO integration will be discussed during the meetings.
Turkey expects the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) to withdraw from Turkey before the end of summer, Justice Minister Sadullah Ergin announced on March 27. “We have projected the exit [of the PKK militants] before the end of summer,” Ergin said.
The Hague Tribunal has rejected Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic’s request to allow Serbian citizens to serve their sentences in Serbia. According to the proposal, top Serbian officials would give up on the UN General Assembly debate on the Hague Tribunal in return.
Serbia’s Deputy PM Suzana Grubjesic has stated that a community of Serb municipalities in Kosovo needs to have “precise executive powers”. She said that Belgrade would be constructive in the dialogue as long as there was a chance to reach an agreement.
At Tuesday’s meeting of North Atlantic Council in Brussels, NATO welcomed Montenegro’s aspirations towards the membership and encouraged the country to continue reforms. Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Secretary General of NATO, described the meeting with Milo Djukanovic, the Montenegrin Prime Minister, as “very good”.
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) will dispatch over 240 international observers in Bulgaria for the forthcoming parliamentary elections on May 12. A Needs Assessment Mission report of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights
The next trilateral meeting of Georgian, Azerbaijani and Turkish foreign ministers will be held in Batumi, March 28, Georgian
Bulgarian interim Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Marin Raykov will be on a two-day working visit to Brussels, Belgium, on March 26-27. The Bulgarian delegation headed by PM Marin Raykov is comprised of Deputy
Ahmet Davutoglu attended the Arab League’s 24th Ordinary Summit in Qatar where Syria and Palestine dominated the agenda Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Tuesday attended the Arab League’s 24th Ordinary Summit in the Qatari capital of Doha where he said, “We must start working for the Interim Government (of Syria) to get its place […]
Macedonian Minister of Defence, Talat Dzaferi, met with Bulgarian Ambassador to Skopje, Ivan Petkov. The Ministry of Defence announced
The EU Enlargement Commissioner, Stefan Fule, on Monday called on Albania’s parties to ensure that the general elections meet a high standard in order to advance the country’s EU goals. “The existing broad consensus in Albania on European Union integration
The Albanian Parliament ratified the Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) between Albania, Italy and Greece on the construction and operation of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) project, TAP reported on Tuesday. Signed in Athens on February 13, 2013, the tri-lateral IGA
The European Commission gave Croatia a clean bill of health today in its final check before the Balkan state joins the EU in July, but said it would keep watch over corruption and crime. Marking the end of Zagreb’s decade-long effort to join mainstream Europe, European Union Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fuele said Croatia had met […]
Serbian Prime Minister and Interior Minister Ivica Dacic met on Monday with the new head of the EU mission in Kosovo, EULEX, Bernd Borchardt. Dacic insisted during the meeting that EULEX, together with KFOR and UNMIK, should secure full protection of citizens in Kosovo and Metohija.
The United Nations will move about half of its 100 foreign staff members out of Syria after a number of mortar shells fell near their hotel in Damascus, damaging the building and a UN vehicle, the United Nations said on Monday.
Turkey conquered the Balkans five centuries ago. Now Turkish power is making inroads through friendlier means. Two Turkish-run universities have opened in Bosnia’s Ottoman-influenced capital in recent years, bringing an influx of Turkish students and culture to a predominantly Muslim country still reeling from a brutal ethnic war almost two decades ago.Turkish investment has expanded […]
Prime Minister David Cameron will unveil a sweeping immigration crackdown on Monday, March 25, aimed at discouraging migrants from Romania and Bulgaria from moving to Britain when EU restrictions on their right to travel and work there expire next year, Reuters reported. Under his plans, access to Britain’s National Health Service will be curbed, new […]
Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan criticized the Greek Cyprus bailout deal imposed by the European Union, the European Central Bank (ECB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), saying he does not find taxing deposits to be the right method in principle, during a meeting in Finland on Sunday. Stating that the method used to save […]
Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski’s party is on course for victory in the municipal vote that was held after a political crisis, although the opposition has alleged foul play.Preliminary data released on Monday by Macedonia’s State Election Commission, DIK, showed that Gruevski’s main ruling VMRO DPMNE party had won the most votes in 54 municipalities, including […]
Pristina’s leaders thanked NATO for launching its bombing campaign 14 years ago to end the Kosovo war, and stressed their hope of gaining membership of the military alliance.Kosovo president Atifete Jahjaga said that 14 years after the conflict with Serbian forces, Kosovo “is proud and thankful to all NATO’s soldiers and commanders who contributed to […]
The Federation entity’s ruling Social Democrats have urged the High Representative to impose a solution to the prolonged crisis afflicting the entity’s government.Aner Zuljevic, of the ruling Social Democratic Party, SDP, told TV1 that the party was demanding that the Office of the High Representative take a stand over the growing crisis in the Federation […]