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EU supports OSCE Minsk Group’s efforts on Nagorno-Karabakh

The European Union supports the efforts of the OSCE Minks Group to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, EU commissioner for EUenlargement Stefan Fule said while on a visit to the Armenian capital of Yerevan, RIA Novosti reports.“The EU not only supports the efforts of the OSCE Minsk Group on the resolution of the Karabakh conflict, but is carrying out a concreteprogram to build trust in the region, including in Karabakh,” Fule said at a joint news conference with Armenian Foreign Minister EduardNalbandyan.

Turkish premier to discuss EU cooperation, membership in France

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan starts on Tuesday atwo-day visit to France. The main topics of his talks with FrenchPresident Nicolas Sarkozy will be economic and security cooperation,as well as France’s opposition to Turkey joining the EU, ITAR-TASSreports.France and, of late, Germany, have expressed fears about acceptingTurkey, with a population of some 70 million Muslims, into theEuropean Union. Erdogan slammed Sarkozy’s position in an interviewwith Euronews on January 30.

Kazakhstan focused on Russia’s plan for new European security deal

Kazakhstan will cooperate in the working out of a proposal for a new European security treaty proposed by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and supports its position on the necessity to develop a system for the prevention and resolution of conflicts, current OSCE chairman and Kazakh Foreign Minister Kanat Saudabayev told RIA Novosti. Russia has proposed concluding a new deal on European security to member states of NATO, the EU, the CSTO, CIS and the OSCE. Moscow’s proposal is based around the creation of a mechanism that would

Paris takes active role in Nagorno-Karabakh

Paris takes active role in Nagorno-Karabakh

The beginning of 2010 was marked by the growing interest of the European Union in the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process.

The Turkish government has announced the amendments to the Constitution

The Turkish government has announced a set of constitutional amendments aimed at further democratization of the country and acceleration of the process of its integration into the European Union, RIA Novosti reports. Constitutional reform includes changes in 23 articles of the Turkish constitution, adopted after a military coup in 1980 and the possibility of impleading its organizers.

Mideast Quartet urges Israel to freeze settlement construction

Mideast Quartet urges Israel to freeze settlement construction

The Middle East Quartet of international mediators met in Moscow on Friday and called on Israel to cease settlement construction in east Jerusalem.

Georgia to present state strategy on South Ossetia and Abkhazia in OSCE

Georgian Minister of State for Reintegration Temur Yakobashvili will present a state Georgian strategy towards South Ossetia and Abkhazia on Friday in Vienna at the headquarters of the OSCE."We will hold a presentation of our strategy, which has already had a successful test run in the UN, US, EU", - said Yakobashvili, Azeri Trend international news agency reports. He stressed that the strategy is accepted by both politicians and academic circles, who consider this document to be a good basis for resolving conflicts.

Hillary Clinton in Moscow for Mideast, arms talks

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Moscow on Thursday to discuss a new nuclear arms reduction deal and participate in a meeting of the Middle East Quartet of international mediators, RIA Novosti said.During her March 18-19 visit, Clinton will meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov for talks on the final stages of a deal to replace the START 1 arms control treaty.

Georgia to start talks on EU associate membership this summer

Talks on EU associate membership for Georgia will begin this summer, Georgian Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze told journalists in Tbilisi on Wednesday, Georgia Online reports.

Hillary Clinton heads to Moscow

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will arrive in Moscow on a two-day visit on Thursday, a White House official said. 

Georgian Prime Minister discussed in Brussels air communication with the EU

During the working visit Prime Minister of Georgia Nika Gilauri held in Brussels on a series of meetings on making of some agreements on air communication. He met with his Belgian colleague Yves Leterme, with the European Commissioner for Transport Affairs Sim Calas and the European Commissioner for Enlargement of EU and Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fule - reports "Georgia online".

Prime Minister Erdogan goes to the UK

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, at the invitation of British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, will go to London tomorrow, said TRT Russian. The two-day visit of Prime Minister Erdogan will be accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister and State Minister Cemil Cicek, government ministers and Zafer Chaglayan Egemen Bagysh, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and MPs.

Kokoity: EU must assess Georgian "information provocation"

The situation with the demonstration of the Georgian TV Company "Imedi" TV report about the supposed invasion of Russian forces in Georgia and the murder of President Mikheil Saakashvili and the ensuing movement of the Georgian forces to the border of South Ossetia should be discussed at the next round of Geneva consultations on security issues in the Caucasus, South Ossetian President Eduard Kokoity considers, RIA Novosti reported.

EU considers sanctions against Iran

In the European Union has been achieved assent to imposition of sanctions against Iran - in connection with  enrichment of uranium conducted by Tehran. This statement was made by Finnish Minister of Foreign Affairs Alexander Stubb, Radio Liberty reports. Speaking in Saariselka during the meeting of EU foreign ministers, the Minister expressed  hope that he manage to convince China and Russia in necessity to vote for UN resolution,  imposing new sanctions against Iran.

“Vestnik Kavkaza” editor-in-chief answers readers’ questions.

Alexei Vlasov talking about the visit of Armenian President Serge Sargsyan to France, the work of Alexander Khloponin as permanent presidential envoy to the North Caucasian Federal District and Moscow State University South Caucasus study courses.  

Armenian President called the Security Council.

Today Armenian President Serge Sargsyan called a conference of Security Councile. On the agenda of Security Council were the question concerning the forthcoming spring conscription, the changes in the structure of police and also were presented the details of the last visit of Serge Sargasyan to France.

Iran is ready to sign a non-aggression pact with the countries of the region.

Iran is ready to sign a non-aggression pact with the countries of the region.

Iran isn’t an enemy of Saudi Abaria and  “the existing on the Middle East crisis is created by USA for achievement of it’s own aims including the usage of Middle Eastern petroleum reserves” – said the adviser of speaker of Iranian Parliament on the Foreign Policy Hussein Sheikhulislam – reports the information agency ISNA quoting the TV channel Al-Alem.

Azerbaijan is dissatisfied by Armenian sluggishness in the approval of Madrid principles of the settlement of Karabakh conflict.

Azerbaijan has expressed the dissatisfaction by the position of Armenia, which delays the approval of renewed Madrid principles, which were formulated by mediators from Minsk group of OSCE as an foundation of negotiations between the countries.

Teheran has assigned the priorities of it’s Foreign Policy.

Teheran has recounted the aims of it’s Foreign Policy in the new year by Iranian calendar and has mentioned the nuclear question, nuclear disarmament and expansion of diplomatic relations as main priorities – reports Press TV quoting ILNA news agency.

GUAM will consider the experience of the Visegrád Group

 GUAM (Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Moldova) will consider the experience of the Visegrád Group(Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia) in matters of international trade, investment and energy policy , said Georgian Deputy …

EU enlargement commissioner to visit Turkey

European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fule will make an official visit to Turkey on March 15-16, for talks on the main issues of Turkish-EU cooperation, reports Trend news agency with reference to an EU statement."I am sure that eventually, Turkey will become an updated, modern and reformed country whose membership of the EU will be in the interest of both sides," Fule said before leaving.Fule’s visit to Turkey is the first since he was appointed several months ago.

Russia – Georgia: the BORDER is half-open.

Russia – Georgia: the BORDER is half-open.

Georgian experts have different opinions about the advantage of the opening of “Upper Lars”. 

Sarkozy: Armenia and Azerbaijan should come to a compromise

Yerevan and Baku should come to a compromise to resume the “dynamics of peace” in Nagorno-Karabakh, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said.The French leader was speaking during the talks with his Armenian counterpart Serzh Sargsyan. The meeting took place on Wednesday evening at the Élysée Palace, ITAR-TASS reports."Each of the sides should make efforts to find a compromise for the resumption of the peaceful dynamics of the resolution of the conflict [in Nagorno-Karabakh]," Sarkozy said.

French, Armenian presidents hold Paris talks

Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan and his French counterpart Nicolas Sarkozy discussed in Paris on Wednesday the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process, regional security, Armenian-Turkish reconciliation and other bilateral issues, reported.

European Commission allocates 200 million euro for Nabucco

The European Commission has allocated 2.3 billion euro for the realization of gas and energy projects, 200 million euro of which will go on the building of gas pipeline Nabucco. At the same time, the new EU commissioner on energy, Gunter Ettinger, declared the money is frozen until final approval of investment decision, Kommersant writes.  

Azerbaijan looks for new allies

Azerbaijan looks for new allies

The situation in the South Caucasus forces Baku to revise foreign-policy and export priorities.

The fate of Nabucco will be decided in Brussels

The decision to either start the construction of the gas pipeline Nabucco or eventually close down the project will be made by the EU before the end of this year during a special conference in Brussels, ITAR-TASS reported, referring to diplomatic sources at the European Commission.  

European Commission provides grant for small businesses in Azerbaijan

The European Commission has allocated 7 million euros in funds for the support of small-and medium-sized businesses in six former Soviet republics, including Azerbaijan.

EU's Eastern Partnership will help resolve Karabakh issue

  The European Union's Eastern Partnership program will play a role in the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, according to the secretary general of the Dutch Foreign Ministry, Ed Kronenburg. “When the EU achieves better relations between the countries of South Caucasus region through the Eastern Partnership, this will positively affect the resolution of this important issue for Azerbaijan," Kronenburg said at the official opening of the Dutch Embassy in Azerbaijan, Trend news agency reports.