Archive for June, 2013

CoE Secretary General to meet Turkish PM

Monday, June 24, 2013 Comments Off

Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland will visit Turkey on June 25 to meet with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan due to the disproportionate use of force by the police during the mass protests

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EU could decide this week on Serbia’s integration talks date

Monday, June 24, 2013 Comments Off

Serbia expects a decision this week to begin negotiations with the EU, and this will first be discussed in Luxembourg, then in Berlin and finally, in Brussels. The first in a series of key meetings will be held by EU

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Catherine Ashton says Belgrade-Pristina dialogue made progress

Friday, June 21, 2013 Comments Off

Catherine Ashton stated on Friday morning that the high-level dialogue between Belgrade and Priština has yielded concrete progress and agreement on many issues. This includes judiciary, police and local elections, the EU foreign policy chief saif, adding that she will inform the EU member states about this.

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Germany calls Turkish ambassador for explanations over criticism from Ankara on EU bid

Friday, June 21, 2013 Comments Off

Germany summoned the Turkish ambassador, Hüseyin Avni Karslıoğlu, Friday over sharp criticism from Ankara over reluctance to move forward with Turkey’s EU bid.

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Turkey condemns bomb attack in Pakistan

Friday, June 21, 2013 Comments Off

Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday condemned the suicide attack staged during a funeral in Pakistan’s Khyber Paktunkhwa state.

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Germany to vote against Turkey’s EU entry negotiations

Friday, June 21, 2013 Comments Off

Germany has decided to block the restart of Turkey’s EU accession talks over the brutal crackdown on protesters in the country.

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G8 leaders could not reach agreement on Syria

Friday, June 21, 2013 Comments Off

G8 leaders could not reach a consensus despite the leaders’ pressure onRussia in Northern Ireland. G8 leaders could not persuade Russia to find a political solution to the

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EC follows closely the situation in Bulgaria, says Jose Manuel Barroso

Friday, June 21, 2013 Comments Off

Bulgarian Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski met with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso in Brussels. After the talks the two made statements for the media. EC President Barroso stressed on the fact that this was their first meeting and added that the two had an “open and frank discussion” and called the meeting “very useful”.

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Ashton and Fule sent joint letter to EU on Serbia’s accession talks date

Friday, June 21, 2013 Comments Off

Catherine Ashton and Stefan Fule have sent a joint letter to EU members asking for a clear positive decision on the start of accession talks with Serbia. The EU high representative for foreign affairs and security policy, and the organization’s enlargement commissioner sent the letter on Friday.

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NATO Secretary General praises Bulgaria for commitment to the Alliance

Thursday, June 20, 2013 Comments Off

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen praised Bulgaria’s contributions to the Alliance and its commitment to transatlantic security. Rasmussen held talks on Thursday with Bulgarian Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski.

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EU postpones opening talks with Turkey

Thursday, June 20, 2013 Comments Off

Representatives from European Union countries failed to reach an agreement on Thursday that would clear the way for the opening of talks on one of the 35 negotiating chapters for Turkey’s eventual accession into the EU.

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Turkey and Mali sign two cooperation agreements

Thursday, June 20, 2013 Comments Off

Turkey and Mali signed two agreements while Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu met with his Malian counterpart Tieman Hubert Coulibaly in the capital city of Ankara on Wednesday.

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Kuwait appoints ambassador to Kosovo

Thursday, June 20, 2013 Comments Off

Speaker of the Parliament of the Republic of Kosovo Jakup Krasnigi hailed on Thursday the initiative of the State of Kuwait to appoint an ambassador to Kosovo.

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Georgian Defense Minister to visit US and discuss military cooperation

Thursday, June 20, 2013 Comments Off

Georgian Defense Minister Irakli Alasania will pay an official visit to the U.S on August 19, he said making this statement to the media today. Alasania said that he received an invitation to visit the U.S from his

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Croatia and Bosnia sign border crossing agreement

Thursday, June 20, 2013 Comments Off

Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina signed inter-state agreements in Brussels on Wednesday to enable unobstructed traffic of people and goods from July 1. Croatian Foreign Minister Vesna Pusić and the head of the Council of Ministers

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Turkey says it will take action if it sees border threats

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 Comments Off

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has said that Turkey will take action if it sees any new threat of an attack on its porous Syrian border like the twin blasts in Reyhanlı that killed 52 people last month. “If there was any

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Secretary of the Security Council of Russia visits Serbia

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 Comments Off

Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dačić met on Wednesday in Belgrade with Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Nikolai Patrushev. The traditionally good and friendly relations between the two countries provide opportunities for strengthening

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UN Secretary General welcomes Mali peace deal

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 Comments Off

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has praised the signing of a peace agreement between the Government of Mali, the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad and the High Council for the Unity of Azawad early on Tuesday in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, his press office said in a statement.

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Turkey and Hungary to discuss bilateral cooperation

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 Comments Off

Turkish Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Feridun Sinirlioğlu is meeting with his Hungarian counterpart, Zsolt Nemeth, on Wednesday in Ankara, within the scope of political consultations between the two countries at the foreign

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EU hails Mali peace accord

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 Comments Off

EU High Representative Catherine Ashton Wednesday welcomed the signing in the Burkina Faso capital Ouagadougou of a peace deal between the Malian authorities and the main rebel group, National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA).

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Georgia and Ukraine discuss bilateral cooperation

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 Comments Off

Georgian-Ukrainian relations were discussed during a meeting between Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili and Ukrainian Foreign Minister and OSCE chairman Leonid Kozhara in Tbilisi.

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Slovenia backs Serbia on it’s EU path

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 Comments Off

Slovenia is in favor of giving Serbia an EU talks start date as soon as possible, Serbian and Slovenian FMs Ivan Mrkić and Karl Erjavec have said. Slovenia is convinced Serbia deserves to get a date

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France hails Mali peace accord with rebels

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 Comments Off

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on Tuesday welcomed the signature of an election and peace-talks accord between the government of Mali and certain rebel groups in the north of the country, notably Tuareg tribes.

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EU delays parliamentary visits to Turkey

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 Comments Off

The European Union has scrapped a parliamentary visit to Turkey following the Ankara government’s stinging criticism of an EU resolution about the handling of Turkish protests. European parliamentarian Elmar Brok said that visit of the legislative delegation

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Georgian FM says Ukraine could help solving South Caucasus conflicts

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 Comments Off

Georgian Foreign Ministry hopes that Ukraine, chairing the OSCE, will make a “significant contribution” to the resolution of conflicts in the South Caucasus, Georgian Foreign Minister Maya Pandzhikidze said on Tuesday in Tbilisi at a joint news conference with Ukrainian counterpart Leonid Kozhara.

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Georgia and Ukraine to host intergovernmental meeting

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 Comments Off

Representative delegation of Ukraine headed by the Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Vilkul will visit Georgia on June 24-25, Georgian Foreign Minister Maya Pandzhikidze said on Tuesday at a joint briefing

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Greek President visits Serbia

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 Comments Off

 Greek President Karolos Papoulias has arrived in Belgrade and will hold a series of meetings with Serbian officials on Tuesday. Papoulias met with Serbian President Tomislav Nikolić, and wil

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NATO and EU remain the strategic goals for Macedonia

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 Comments Off

Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski called for consensus among the parties with the ruling coalition and the opposition over the European integration of the country. Speaking at the celebrations of the anniversary of the VMRO-DPMNE, PM Gruevski said that the EU

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Croatia to invite Kosovo on EU celebrations

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 Comments Off

Croatian President Ivo Jospović has said that “Kosovo has also been invited” to the celebrations marking his country’s EU entry. “All neighbors and presidents, including Tomislav Nikolić, are welcome, and those

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United States and Russia push for Syrian peace at G8 Summit

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 Comments Off

Russia and the United States agreed at a G8 summit Monday to push for Syria peace talks, even if Presidents Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama made clear their deep differences over the conflict. Gathered with other leaders of the world’s top industrialised countries in Northern Ireland, Obama

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Upcoming elections in Albania are crucial for democracy, EU officials say

Monday, June 17, 2013 Comments Off

Two EU top officials said on Monday that the parliamentary elections in Albania on June 23 represent a crucial test for the country’s democratic institutions and its progress towards the European Union. “We continue to monitor closely the preparations of the elections

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Turkey condemns bus attack in Quetta, Pakistan

Monday, June 17, 2013 Comments Off

The Turkish Foreign Ministry condemned the bus attack in the western city of Quetta, Pakistan on Saturday. According to a written statement, the Foreign Ministry

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UAE and Montenegro discuss economic cooperation

Monday, June 17, 2013 Comments Off

The first meeting of the UAE-Montenegro Joint Economic Committee (JEC), which has been concluded in Podgorica, the capital of Montenegro, focused on laying the foundations for a new start of economic relations between the two countries, in trade, agriculture, investment, food industries, transport, tourism and SMEs in particular.

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Georgian Justice Minister visits Armenia

Monday, June 17, 2013 Comments Off

The delegation headed by Georgian Justice Minister Teya Tsulukiani has arrived on a two-day official visit to Yerevan at the invitation of her Armenian counterpart Hrayr Tovmasyan.

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Georgia and Azerbaijan regional situation and military cooperation

Monday, June 17, 2013 Comments Off

On Monday Azerbaijani Defence Minister Safar Abiyev met with Georgian Defence Minister Irakli Alasania, who is in Azerbaijan on a visit. During the meeting, the ministers discussed Azerbaijani-Georgian relations, the perspectives of military cooperation and the military and political situation in the region.

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