Archive for January, 2014

French President visits Turkey

Monday, January 27, 2014 Comments Off

French President Francois Hollande has arrived in Turkey at the invitation of Turkish President Abdullah Gul. The visit will focus on discussions of the development of political and trade relations, as

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EU Special Representative for South Caucasus visits Azerbaijan

Monday, January 27, 2014 Comments Off

EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus and the crisis in Georgia Philippe Lefort has arrived in Azerbaijan. The Special Representative will hold meetings with Azerbaijani officials. Development

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Egyptian diplomats kidnapped in Tripoli released

Monday, January 27, 2014 Comments Off

Libyan and Egyptian officials say some of the six Egyptian diplomats and embassy staff members kidnapped in the capital Tripoli have been released and the rest are to follow soon.

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Ukraine opposition leaders discuss with protesters after talks with Yanukovich

Friday, January 24, 2014 Comments Off

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich called for an emergency session of parliament to end the country’s political crisis and violent unrest, in a sign he might be ready to soften his hardline stance and strike a compromise. 

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India, Pakistan to make efforts for solving Line of Control situation

Friday, January 24, 2014 Comments Off

Pakistan is very keen that trade across the Line of Control (LoC) takes place smoothly and summoned an Indian High Commission official on Tuesday essentially in an effort to resolve the deadlock said Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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Syrian opposition refused to meet gov’t officials

Friday, January 24, 2014 Comments Off

Opponents of the Syrian regime refused to meet with representatives of President Bashar al-Assad at the UN headquarters in Geneva on Friday.

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Japanese PM to visit India

Friday, January 24, 2014 Comments Off

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will be on a three-day official visit to India starting January 25th during which Japan and India would review all aspects of their wide-ranging bilateral relationship, Indian Foreign Ministry

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Serbia, Bulgaria pledge to boost partnership

Friday, January 24, 2014 Comments Off

Initiation of Serbia’s EU accession talks opens new possibilities for comprehensive deepening of the partnership between Serbia and Bulgaria.

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France condemns use of violence in Ukraine

Friday, January 24, 2014 Comments Off

France will summon Ukrainian ambassador in Paris over the recent violence in Kiev. Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has given instruction to the foreign ministry to summon the Ukrainian

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Syrian gov’t envoys threatens to leave talks

Friday, January 24, 2014 Comments Off

Syrian government envoys threatened on Friday to leave a peace conference on ending the conflict should efforts to secure a face-to-face meeting with opposition representatives fail.

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Indian FM, Kerry discuss diplomatic situation

Thursday, January 23, 2014 Comments Off

The United States and India could soon reschedule a visit by the U.S. energy secretary that was cancelled because of a diplomatic row, New Delhi said after foreign minister Salman Khurshid met his counterpart U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday.

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Egypt President says police state is over

Thursday, January 23, 2014 Comments Off

Egypt’s military-backed interim president said Thursday that the country’s uprisings have put an end to the police state and to abuses, part of a campaign to rebrand the security forces amid a heavy handed crackdown on Islamists and other critics of the government.

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French President to visit Turkey to discuss bilateral relations

Thursday, January 23, 2014 Comments Off

French President François Hollande is preparing to pay a two-day official visit to Turkey on Jan. 27-28 upon the invitation of his Turkish counterpart, Abdullah Gül, to add new momentum to the relations between the two

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Ban Ki-moon, Chinese FM discuss Syrian crisis

Thursday, January 23, 2014 Comments Off

The UN said on Thursday that Secretary General Ban Ki-moon met with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Montreux, Switzerland to discuss the Syrian conflict.

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Turkish EU Minister says membership is an indispensable goal

Thursday, January 23, 2014 Comments Off

While describing Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s recent visit to Brussels as “extremely successful,” the EU Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has said EU membership is an “indispensable goal” for Turkey, despite certain flaws and mutual resentments.

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Bulgaria ready to assist Serbia on EU integration

Thursday, January 23, 2014 Comments Off

Bulgaria is ready to offer technical and expert assistance to Serbia in its path towards EU integration, revealed the Bulgarian Foreign Minister Kristian Vigenin. On Thursday, he met with his Serbian counterpart Ivan Mrkic, who is on an official visit to Sofia.

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Ukraine police, protesters continue clashes in Kiev

Thursday, January 23, 2014 Comments Off

Ukraine’s opposition sought to ratchet up pressure on President Viktor Yanukovich after clashes between police and protesters turned deadly.

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US calls on Azerbaijan, Armenia to continue peace efforts

Thursday, January 23, 2014 Comments Off

U.S. calls on Azerbaijan and Armenia to refrain from violence and continue peace efforts. The U.S. Department of State calls on parties to try to refrain from violence and continue

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Ukraine protesters issue ultimatum

Thursday, January 23, 2014 Comments Off

Ukrainian opposition leader Vitaly Klitschko blamed the government for escalating violence in an article published on Thursday, as another protest leader called for the President to stand down, and the death toll reached at least three.

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International mediators make efforts for Syria peace talks

Thursday, January 23, 2014 Comments Off

International mediators opened a series of meetings with the Syrian Government and Opposition on Thursday in an 11th—hour bid to secure their participation in peace talks scheduled for the next day.

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Obama, Putin discuss Syrian and Iran situation

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 Comments Off

US President Barack Obama spoke via phone to Russian President Vladimir Putin on a number of issues namely the Syrian question and Iran’s nuclear programme.

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French FM calls for immediate ceasefire in Syria

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 Comments Off

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius called on Wednesday, Jan 22, for immediate ceasefires in Syria and the opening of humanitarian corridors to deliver aid to civilians. Fabius, addressing an international conference in Switzerland, said: “This terrible situation, which is killing thousands of innocent women, children and

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Syrian peace conference kicks off

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 Comments Off

Geneva II peace conference began in Switzerland which world powers hope can at least start a process to end three years of civil war. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon opened what will be a day of speeches at Montreux

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EU says Turkey should better observe political criteria for integration

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 Comments Off

Leaders of the European Union (EU) urged Turkey to better observe the EU political criteria in order to join the bloc during talks with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday. The first visit of Erdogan in five years to the EU headquarters came amid graft scandal of his cabinet, the EU’s doubt of the […]

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UNSC to discuss Kosovo report on Feb 10

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 Comments Off

The UN Security Council will discuss on February 10 the latest UNMIK report on the situation in Kosovo. The meeting will focus on the next report by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

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Turkish PM pledges that rule of law will be respected

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 Comments Off

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan gave assurances to the European Union to respect the rule of law, judicial independence and the separation of powers amid the government’s move to draft a controversial judicial bill

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US reminds that Geneva II objective is to implement Geneva I communique

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 Comments Off

The US reiterated Tuesday that the goal of the Geneva II conference, scheduled to begin on January 22 in Switzerland, is to fully implement fully the Geneva I Communique, including “a transitional government based on mutual consent.”

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EC to release next report on Bulgaria next year

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 Comments Off

The next European Commission report on Bulgaria’s progress will be issued in about a year, the EU executive has decided on Wednesday morning, its spokesman confirmed. 

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EC releases CVM report on Romania

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 Comments Off

The European Commission’s preliminary report on Romania notes that the state has made progress in many areas since the previous reports. The Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) report analyzes the two core CVM areas of judicial reform and anti-corruption work.

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Ukraine opposition pledges to continue protests

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 Comments Off

The Ukrainian opposition called on the people to hold a public meeting in Independence Square today at 18:00 by local time.

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Chinese FM says Geneva II talks should focus on dialogue and negotiation

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 Comments Off

Chinese Foreign Minister welcomes Geneva II Conference calling on all parties in Syria to participate. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said there are five principles for an agreement “the future of Syria must be decided by its own people, an inclusive political

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Russian FM says solution to Karabakh depends on parties to the conflict

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 Comments Off

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said during a press conference in Moscow that progress in the negotiations first if all depends on the parties to the conflict. “The meeting of the Armenian and Azerbaijani Presidents in Vienna inspires hope, but the most

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UN withdraws Iran invitation to attend Syria talks

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 Comments Off

U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon pulled out from an eleventh-hour invitation to Iran for attending peace talks on Syria on Monday after the Syrian opposition warned of a boycott of this week’s conference if President Bashar al-Assad’s main

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Morsi to face trial on Feb. 16

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 Comments Off

An Egyptian court on Tuesday set Feb. 16 as the start date for one of the trials of ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi, this one on charges of conspiring with foreign groups.

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Klitschko to meet Yanukovych amid anti-government protests

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 Comments Off

Ukraine’s opposition leader Vitali Klitschko is going to meet Tuesday with President Viktor Yanukovych to discuss violent clashes in the capital Kiev and across the country. “Yanukovich promised me control on the situation in the country, but failed to fulfil it. I will meet with him to seek answers, including on the five demands of the opposition,” Klitschko said.

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