Archive for January, 2014
On Wednesday the Armenian and Georgian defense ministries signed a military cooperation program for 2014. The delegation headed by Georgian Deputy Defense Minister Mikhail Darchiashvili, held meetings with Armenian Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan and the First Deputy Minister David Tonoyan.
Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will meet leader of the Syrian National Coalition (SNC) for Opposition and Revolutionary Forces, Ahmed al-Jarba, in Moscow Feb 4, the Russian foreign ministry said Friday.
Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan arrived in Cairo on Thursday night ahead of scheduled talks with top Egyptian officials on Friday. Zeidan is scheduled to hold talks with Interim President Adly Mansour, Prime Minister
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu Jan. 30 held a series of meetings with African leaders on the sidelines of the African Union summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Davutoğlu met with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn Boshe to discuss both Turkey’s nomination for a rotating U.N. Security Council seat and U.S.-Africa relations.
Peace talks between Syria’s regime and opposition have made slim progress, but have raised hopes for a solution to the country’s civil war, U.N. mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said Jan. 30, announcing that the next round of
Azerbaijan and Serbia discussed cooperation in the defense sector, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry told Trend on Jan. 30. On January 30, Azerbaijan’s Defense Minister, Colonel-General Zakir Hasanov
Activists say the latest Syrian Government shelling has killed at least 16 people in a rebel—held area of the northern city of Aleppo.
US Secretary of State John Kerry said he plans to meet Ukraine opposition leaders during the Munich Security Conference.
The U.S. on Thursday blamed the Syrian government for slow progress in removing its stockpiled chemical weapons, urging Damascus to take “necessary steps” to expedite the process.
The Montenegrin government said it would engage in “increased political activity to win greater public support for NATO membership.” Leaders of political parties in the ruling coalition are said to
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to push for a “constructive dialogue” in Ukraine amid the ongoing unrest in the country. Merkel held telephone talks with the Russian leader asking him to “push at his end for a constructive dialogue between the opposition and government,” the Chancellor’s office said in a statement.
Turkey’s foreign minister on Thursday welcomed the adoption of a new constitution in Tunisia as a significant step on the road to democracy.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday said the operation to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons programme is “now behind schedule” despite Damascus’ ability to speed up the process. Ban told the Security Council in a report that “while remaining aware of the challenging security situation, it is the assessment”
Pakistan and Turkey have pledged to intensify efforts for further promoting their defense cooperation besides discussing proposals for transfer of technology, possibility of export of defense equipment and service, said an official
A bill passed by Ukraine’s parliament to amnesty arrested activists gives protesters a 15-day deadline to leave occupied streets and administrative buildings otherwise it will not be implemented, according to the text published
The Ukrainian parliament approved a bill late Wednesday to grant amnesty to protesters arrested during the anti-government rallies in Kiev and other major Ukrainian cities, the parliament’s press service said Thursday.
France wants a sustainable peace between Armenia and Azerbaijan, French ambassador to Azerbaijan Pascal Monnier said to journalists on Jan. 29, commenting on the situation on the border line between Azerbaijani and Armenian troops.
In a setback to Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed his petition seeking a review of its verdict that declared as unconstitutional the 2007 emergency imposed by the embattled former dictator. A 14—judge bench, headed by Chief Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani, said the time period for filing an appeal has lapsed.
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen criticised Russiaon Wednesday for pressuring Kiev not to sign a free trade pact with the European Union, a move that triggered mass protests.
Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Serhiy Arbuzov will serve for the time being as acting PM following Prime Minister Mykola Azarov’s resignation.
Some of the “most vulnerable” Syrian refugees will be temporarily resettled in the UK, Deputy PM Nick Clegg has confirmed. He said girls and women who had been victims of or were at risk of sexual violence, torture victims, and elderly and disabled people would get priority.
European Union and Russia Tuesday discussed their strategic partnership and touched upon global issues like Iran, Syria and Ukraine during their 32nd summit in Brussels. Speaking at a press conference after their meeting this afternoon, both Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, and Russian President Vladimir
Prime Minister Mykola Azarov and his entire government resigned yesterday in a bid to defuse Ukraine’s deadly crisis, giving in to months of pressure as parliament scrapped anti-protest laws that had infuriated the opposition. Azarov said he had taken a “personal decision” to resign to keep Ukraine together as a state, as parliament met in […]
Syrian peace talks were due to resume in Geneva on Tuesday with the warring sides deadlocked over the explosive issue of transferring power from President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.
Egypt’s Cairo Criminal Court decided to delay the trial of ousted president Mohamed Morsi and some 130 others in the 2011 jailbreak case to Feb. 22. The defending team asked to postpone the trial so as to study the case’ documents.
The EU Rule of Law mission (EULEX) detained Serb local leader of the Serb-dominated north of Mitrovica, Oliver Ivanovic, who is suspected of crimes committed during the Kosovo conflict in 1999.
The French foreign ministry and the United Nations have condemned the violence in Egypt, including the series of bomb attacks on Friday and the violent clashes between demonstrators and security forces on Saturday.
French President Francois Hollande plans to visit Azerbaijan in May this year. Presidents and Foreign Ministers of the two countries will discuss
Former Bosnian Serb army commander Gen. Ratko Mladic has slammed the United Nations’ Yugoslav war crimes tribunal as a “satanic court” and refused to testify as a defence witness for his former political master, Radovan Karadzic.
The EU remains ready to sign an Association Agreement with Ukraine, a statement of European Council President Herman Van Rompuy read. Speaking after a meeting with Poland’s Prime Minister Donald Tusk in Warsaw,
The EU’s Heads of Missions have called on the Ukrainian government to deliver on its promises made in the negotiations with the opposition, and to continue the dialogue. “EU Heads of Missions in Kyiv welcome recent talks between government and opposition. We call upon
The Syrian Government and Opposition on Monday began discussing the formation of a transitional government, in what moderators predict will be the most difficult stage of the first talks to end the three—year conflict. The two sides are expected to negotiate a legal framework for the authority, to be comprised of members of President Bashar […]
The Syrian government came under pressure on Jan. 27 to allow aid trucks into the besieged rebel city of Homs as negotiators sought to keep peace talks on track by focusing on humanitarian gestures.
Ukraine’s Justice Minister Olena Lukash on Jan. 27 warned she could call for a state of emergency after radical protesters seized her ministry in the centre of Kiev. Lukash, who is a participant in negotiations between the opposition and President Viktor Yanukovych