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 It is expected that the militants of the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party will leave Turkey by the end of June, Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey Bekir Bozdağ said, Sabah newspaper reported on Thursday, says Trend.According to Bozdağ, there is no need for a legal framework to ensure security for the PKK."Earlier, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said he will ensure the exit for PKK members from Turkey, and there is no need to create a legal framework as a guarantee to his words," Deputy Prime Minister said.

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Turkey develops new plan for Cyprus

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has read out the new plan Turkey developed to settle the Cyprus dispute. The UN and all interested sides have been presented with the plan.

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Chinese tanker spotted at Iranian coast

Tanker Yuan Yang Hu of China Ocean Shipping (Group) Co., China’s largest shipping company, was spotted at the dock of the Kharg Island of Iran.This has been the first time the Chinese tanker capable of carrying up to 2 million barrels of oil was spotted there since passing of anti-Iranian sanctions by the EU in July 2012.The tanker has already left the area.

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EU to support education in Armenia

Armenian minister of education and science Armen Ashotyan has just visited Brussels and met with the head of the European Commission's directorate for higher education, Jordi Curel Gotor.

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Turkmenistan to host conference on Aral Sea

The Turkmen city of Dashoguz will host a conference devoted to the environment of the Aral Sea. The conference will be attended by representatives of Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, delegations of the UN and the EU.

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 The EU will grant Armenia €1 million for migration affairs. Person in Need and Union of Armenian Aid will realize the migration program, Armenia Today reports.The program will continue for 2.5 years. It will boost migration from Europe to Armenia.Head of the EU delegation in Armenia Trajan Christea said that they will help the government work on the problem.The EU granted Armenia €3 million for migration problems last week. 

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 Croatia, Macedonia, Iceland, Albania, Lichtenstein, Norway and Moldova have joined the anti-Iranian sanctions the Council of Europe passed on March 11, 2013, Interfax-Azerbaijan cites EU Chief Diplomat Catherine Ashton.The latest sanctions add 9 Iranian governmental officials responsible for violation of human rights to the EU blacklist. They were banned from the EU territory and their accounts were frozen. 

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Georgia to liberalize visa regime at Council of Europe

 Georgian Interior Minister Irakly Garibashvili will visit Strasburg today and meet Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjorn Jagland, PACE Secretary General Wojciech Sawicki, Director General for Human Rights and Legal Affairs at the Council of Europe Philippe Boillat,, Executive Secretary of the Group for Drug Control Patrick Pennings.Garibashvili will sign documents and protocols on crime, terrorism, corruption and legal assistance. The documents are essential for Georgia to liberalize the visa regime with the EU. 

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Cypriot deposits to be taxed

 President of the Euro group Jeroen Dijsselbloem said that the EU and Cyprus agreed that 10 billion euro will be granted to the island on condition of restructuring of the Laiki Bank, the country’s second largest bank. The European Commission, IMF and European Central Bank approved the idea.

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Die Welt published an article by Martin Greive headlined 'Europa bereitet sich auf den Zypern-Kollaps vor' ('Europe is preparing for the Cypriot bailout'). The situation surrounding Cyprus has become so tense that the Eurozone is preparing for the worst - the island's bailout and withdrawal from the single currency bloc, the article reads.The risk of such a scenario is becoming higher and higher, Greive believes. As the head of the Euro Working Group, Thomas Wieser, said, this is absolute chaos.

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Cyprus to take urgent measures

The Ministry for Finances of the Cyprus proposed formation of the National Solidarity Fund consisting of income from sales of hydrocarbons, bonds and securities. Other measures the parliament will consider today are trade limitations and reorganization of the banking system.

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EU approves Ocalan’s initiative

 EU Chief Diplomat Catherine Ashton and Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Stefan Fule welcomed the initiative of Abdullah Ocalan, leader of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, to stop violence in Turkey, RIA Novosti reports.Turkish Prime Minister Recep tayyip Erdogan promised yesterday to stop pursuing Kurdish militants if they stop attacking Turkish law enforcers. 

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 The head of the European Union Delegation in Armenia, Traian Hristea, said today that the EU continues to ask Armenia to stop using the Metsamor nuclear power plant as soon as possible, Trend reports referring to Mediamax.Presenting the report, the head of the European Neighbourhood Policy on Armenia, Traian Hristea, noted that the issue on further use of the Metsamor nuclear power plant is one of the main issues on the agenda of Armenian-EU relations.

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Kurdish leader urges militants to leave Turkey

 Leader of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) Abdullah Ocalan, jailed on Imrali Island in the Marmara Sea, has urged the party to stop fighting the Turkish authorities and leave the country to start peace talks, the Peace and Democracy Party announced in Diyarbakir in south-eastern Turkey.

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