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Expert comments on Nobel Peace Prize granted to OPCW

Beniamin Popov, Director of the Center for Partnership of Civilization of the Institute for International Studies of MGIMO, emphasized that the decisive role in awarding the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) was played by its participation in utilization of chemical weapons in Syria.

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Eastern Partnership transportation ministers meet in Luxembourg

Transportation ministers of the Eastern Partnership met in Luxembourg yesterday, Trend reports.Georgian Minister for Economy Georgy Kvirikashvili and Infrastructure Minister David Narmania described progress in adopting EU standards in Georgia.Narmania said that a conference of donors set for 2014 will focus on the problems of financing infrastructure projects.

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CE mayors to attend Yerevan conference

Yerevan will host an international conference of capital cities of members of the Council of Europe at the National Gallery of Armenia at 2.30 pm on October 11, News.am reports.The conference was organized as part of Armenia’s chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. The Yerevan Mayor’s Office and the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the EU helped organize the conference.

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Stepanavan (Armenia) will host an Armenian-Georgian conference on regional cooperation of the Eastern Partnership members and the program for regional development, News.am reports.The program focuses on trans-border cooperation of administrations, inhabitants of regions, civil officials to solve common problems.

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Georgia and Austria discuss simplification of visa regime

Georgian Foreign Minister Maya Panjikidze met Austrian Chancellor Wolfgang Schussel, Trend reports.Panjikidze described the current processes in Georgia, its attitude to the Vilnius summit where the Georgian-EU association agreement will be signed, free trade agreement and a simplification of the bilateral visa regime.

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World press on Iranian nuclear crisis (October 9, 2013)

The Jerusalem Post published an article devoted to the ongoing Iranian nuclear crisis  headlined "Iran to offer to halt 20% enrichment." "Iran will reportedly offer to stop enriching uranium to levels of 20% purity in upcoming talks with world powers in Geneva, as well as offer to open the country's nuclear facilities to more intrusive international inspections," the article begins. "The Islamic Republic is also considering offering to close the underground uranium-enrichment facility near Qom," the article reads. 

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Georgian expert describes Azerbaijani presidential polls

Iosif Tsintsadze, Rector of the Georgian Diplomatic Academy, said that Azerbaijan had no immanent processes and the presidential polls were demonstrating the solidarity of the nation. He believes that Azerbaijan has good chances of maintaining a balance between relations with Russia, the EU and the US.

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Georgian Foreign Minister Maya Panjikidze has meet Georgian students studying in Germany and held a Q&A about international affairs.Students arrived for the talks with Panjikidze from Berli, and Saarbrucken. They were especially interested in practical results following the Vilnius summit and signing of the association agreement with the EU. They asked questions about plans to integrate in the NATO and relations with Russia.

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Azerbaijani-EU cooperation discussed in Baku

Mahmoud Mamedguliyev, Azerbaijani Deputy Foreign Minister, Gunnar Vigandinon, director of the EU foreign service for Russia, Eastern Partnership, Central Asia, OSCE and regional cooperation, attended the 14th session of the Azerbaijani-EU cooperation committee in Baku yesterday, Trend reports.They discussed cooperation within the framework of the European Neighbourhood Policy and the Eastern Partnership. The officials expressed satisfaction with the signing of agreements on a simplification of the mutual visa regime and readmission set for the Vilnius summit.

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Will Assad resign?

The US insists that the Syrian president resign, Assad wants to stay until an election, Russia supports him, Europe is beginning to hesitate

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