Archive for May, 2013
The next, third round of inter-ministerial consultations was held in Bucharest on Thursday, Uzbekistan Foreign Affairs Ministry reported. During the consultations, the sides
Russia’s MiG aircraft maker said Friday it plans to sign a new agreement to ship at least 10 fighter jets to Syria, a move that comes amid international criticism of earlier Russian weapons deals with Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime.
A UN court has acquitted two former allies of late Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic of setting up and arming notorious Serb paramilitary gangs that committed
Armenia’s President, Serzh Sargsyan, on Friday received Ambassador Philippe Lefort, the European Union (EU) Special Representative for the South Caucasus and the Crisis in Georgia.
President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has received former Croatian President Stepan Mesich today. The sides expressed satisfaction with the current development of friendly relations between
The Moldovan parliament on Friday approved a new pro-Western government headed by veteran diplomat Iurie Leanca to end the politically volatile ex-Soviet state’s latest political crisis and set it on a course to EU membership. Fifty-seven out of 101 deputies in parliament voted to approve the appointment of Leanca as
European Commissioner for Enlargement Stefan Fule will arrive on a visit to Macedonia on Friday, May 31.
Romania fully supports Serbia in its efforts to open accession talks with the EU and normalize relations in the region, Romanian PM Victor Ponta has said. Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dačić met with Ponta on Friday.
British Foreign Secretary William Hague has arrived in Belgrade on Thursday and met with Serbian Foreign Minister Ivan Mrkić. The two officials met
The U.S., Turkey and Qatar pushed through a UN resolution Wednesday demanding a probe into the fighting around the Syrian town of Qusair, near Lebanon, and condemnation of foreign fighters supporting President Bashar Assad.
Syria has received the first shipment of Russian missiles that are part of a more sophisticated air defence system, President Bashar Assad said on Thursday. Bashar Assad’s comment on the arrival of the long-range S-300 air defence missiles
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Wednesday addressed the Syrian opposition coalition which has been holding week-long talks in Istanbul. Turkish diplomatic sources said Davutoglu made a speech at the opposition meeting in line
Macedonian plans to host a summit of regional presidents end in fiasco after most of the guests pull out for a variety of reasons – forcing Macedonia’s president to call off the meeting. Gjorge Ivanov said there was no point in holding the summit, or the complementary
MEPs and MPs from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine hope to achieve a breakthrough in their relations at this November’s Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius, but not at the expense of democracy, rule of law and peace. At the Third Euronest Parliamentary Assembly in Brussels on 28-29 May, they pledged to press their governments […]
Syria’s opposition National Coalition Wednesday said it welcomed the US-Russian plan to hold a Syria peace conference in Geneva. In a statement released in Istanbul after days
Talks on the implementation of the Belgrade-Priština agreement and electric power and telecommunications started in Brussels at 11:00 CET. Belgrade’s implementation team is led by
The UN secretary-general has asked the Hague Tribunal to examine the possibility of Serbian war crimes convicts serving their sentences in their home country. Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic asked the UN
Turkish President Abdullah Gül welcomed yesterday the EU decision to lift the arms embargo on the Syrian opposition. “It’s obvious that nobody can suppress people through arms and the army. In this respect, we
Serbia’s Prime Minister Ivica Dačić will attend the plenary session of the European Parliament (EP) Foreign Affairs Committee in Brussels on Wednesday.
President Bujar Nishani on Tuesday said he would not participate in the summit of the South-East European Cooperation Process, SEECP, after his Kosovo counterpart was not invited. Nishani said he would not be going to Macedonia out of “disappointment with the destructive conditionality that
Former Bosnian Croat president Jadranko Prlic and five co-defendants were jailed on Wednesday for between 10 and 25 years for murdering and deporting Muslims in Bosnia in the early 1990s to create a “greater Croatian state”. The six former top Bosnian Croat officials faced 26 counts
EU Delegation head Vincent Degert says the South-East European Cooperation Process is not covered in the Brussels agreement between Belgrade and Pristina. However, the EU “would like to see Kosovo take part in the gathering.”
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has criticized the EU for slow progress on Turkey’s accession talks with the 27-nation bloc, saying that the EU needs a fresh strategic perspective. “With one flower, spring does not come,” he said, referring to the expected opening
President of Tunisia Moncef Marzouki said that they would support political solution in Syria. Marzouki appeared at a joint press conference with President Abdullah Gul and stressed, “We will
Russia said on Tuesday, May 28 the European Union’s failure to renew an arms embargo on Syria would undermine the chances for peace talks
Mali will hold a presidential election on July 28, according to a draft law adopted by the cabinet as the nation struggles to move on from war and an 18-month political crisis.
Ankara quickly rejects a tentative proposal from the European Union on accession negotiations, refusing to open its ports to Greek Cypriot shipping in return for speedier chapter negotiations.
The 42nd National Assembly is to vote on a government headed by Plamen Oresharski on Wednesday at its regular meeting. On Tuesday Oresharski, who is nominated for prime minister by the Coalition for Bulgaria, presented President Rosen Plevneliev with the fulfillment of the government formation mandate, which he received last Thursday.
EU countries have reached an agreement on the extension of the financial and economic sanctions against Syria for another year. They also lifted the arms embargo when it comes to the Syrian rebels.
Political representatives of Serbs from Kosovo should hold a meeting with Prime Minister Ivica Dačić and his first deputy, Aleksandar Vučić. The meeting
Turkey’s efforts to join the EU are going nowhere because Ankara has failed to live up to its obligations for change and reform, the EU said Monday. It is “in the interest of both parties that accession negotiations gain further momentum,” a statement said after a meeting of the EU-Turkey Association Council attended by Turkish […]
The government of Serbia has approved a plan to improve relations with Kosovo in line with the April 19 agreement to normalize relations.
Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki will pay a two-day visit to Turkey on Tuesday to have talks with senior Turkish officials. Marzouki, who is visiting Turkey upon the invitation of Turkish President Abdullah Gül, is scheduled to address the Turkish Parliament on Wednesday.
The summit of Balkan presidents and prime ministers, to be held in Ohrid, Macedonia, over the next weekend, will be a central political topic in the region. The summit will bring together Serbian President Tomislav Nikolić, and his Croatian, Montenegrin, and
Democratic Party (DS) honorary president Boris Tadić and Swedish FM Carl Bildt have agreed that Serbia deserves to get a date for the EU accession talks.