European Commissioner for Foreign Affairs Catherine Ashton and European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle have called on Georgia to abstain from political prosecutions.
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Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian has met British Foreign Secretary William Hague in London and discussed bilateral relations.Nalbandian’s previous visit to London made two years ago.They discussed stimulation of political dialogue, cooperation and expansion of business ties. Nalbandian noted potential for further development of relations. Hague mentioned progress in development of Armenian-EU relations.
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Azerbaijan and the EU plan to simplify the visa regime in November 2013, Azerbaijani Deputy Foreign Minister Mahmoud Mamedguliyev reports.They plan to conclude negotiations in late May and sign the documents at a summit of the Eastern Partnership in Vilnius on November 28-29.The previous round of talks was held in Brussels on March 11-12.According to agreements, Azerbaijani citizens will need fewer documents to present in order to receive visas. The EU will issue multi-use visas with extended terms. Prices for visas will drop.
Tbilisi will host the first conference of culture ministers of the Eastern Partnership on June 27-28 to discuss realization of the partnership’s culture program and further steps, ITAR-TASS reports.The program was developed to reform culture policy of members of the Eastern Partnership, improve potential and professionalism of culture operators, regional cultural ties and dialogue, cooperation of organizations and culture figures of the EU and the region.
Interview by Maria Sidelnikova, exclusively to Vestnik KavkazaThe head of the Caucasus Studies Sector in the Center of the Post-Soviet States Problems Studies under the Russian Strategic Research Institute, Yana Amelina, told Vestnik Kavkaza about her vision on relations between Moscow and Tbilisi and the situation over Abkhazia.- How would you assess the current state of Russian-Georgian relations?
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that the international conference on Syria hosted by Geneva will be attended by ministers, RIA Novosti reports.The foreign minister emphasized that it was essential to gain support of the conference from Syrian opposition and government.Lavrov had negotiations with US Secretary of State John Kerry. They agreed to continue the Geneva talks started on June 30, 2012. Some EU states agreed to take part in the forum.
An Azerbaijani delegation to the Euronest PA headed by Elkhan Suleimanov will visit Slovenia to meet Speaker of Parliament Janko Veber, Prime Minister Alenka Bratusek, members of the parliamentary committee for foreign affairs and committee for EU affairs and members of the Slovenia-Azerbaijan friendship group on May 17.The sides will discuss the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
The delegation of the monitoring committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) arrived in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi today, as did the special rapporteurs for Russian-Georgian relations.
Armenian and French Foreign Ministers Edward Nalbandian and Laurent Fabius met in France, Armenia Today reports.The ministers noted development of bilateral relations, political dialogue and a wide range of documents, cooperation in education and culture.They discussed relations of Armenia and the EU and Armenia’s chairing the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.
Six female and nine male militants of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) left the Hakkari Province of Turkey a week ago and has arrived in North Iraq.PKK withdrawal from Turkey started on May 8.PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan urged the organization to leave Turkey. All militants giving up voluntarily will be given a chance to leave.The war of Turkey and the PKK, an organization recognized as terrorist by the UN and EU, has resulted in over 40,000 people dead in over 25 years.
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is providing a $12 million loan to Azerbaijan's largest furniture manufacturer to finance further improvements in its production facilities, EBRD's Baku office reported in its statement released on Monday."The proceeds of the EBRD loan will be used to finance the quality control of its production facilities in order to maintain high standards throughout all entities.
Turkish President Abdullah Gul said at the World Energy Forum in Istanbul that the Trans-Anatolia Gas Pipeline (TANAP) was a significant aspect of EU energy security.Azerbaijani gas from Shah Deniz will be only the first stage of fuel deliveries to Europe. More sources will be available later.Statoil and BP will get 12% of shares in TANAP each, Total will get 5%.TANAP will transfer 16 billion cubic meters of Shah Deniz gas annually. 6 billion cubic meters will be delivered to Turkey and the rest to Europe.
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Former Latvian president Vaira Vike-Freiberga has attended the 1th South Caucasus Forum held in Baku,