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Geneva holds new inter-Syrian round of peace talks

Syrian government and opposition delegations started today a new round of peace talks at the UN headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, after 10 months of the failure of the last attempt to end the conflict, Prensa Latina reports. …

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Today, the head of the Socio-Political Department of the Presidential Administration of Azerbaijan, Ali Gasanov, stated that the opening of the border between Turkey and Armenia does not correspond to the interests of either Turkey or Azerbaijan, reports APA. In his opinion it will introduce more chaos into the negotiations.He also said that he believes that the border will not be opened until Armenia comes to a constructive position.

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The minister of foreign affairs of Turkey, Ahmet Davutolu, and a member of the UN 'Freedom Flotilla' Commission, Sir Desmond de Silva, held a meeting in Ankara during which the incident of the 'Freedom Flotilla' was discussed, reports Trend.Davutou said that international opinion is very important to Turkey and that they are going to help the commission and show that no country stands above international law.

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The announcement by the assistant of the Russian president, Sergey Prikhodko, that Aleksandr Lukashenko's statement promising to recognize Ossetia and Abkhazia could be published, was made after a direct order from Dmitri Medvedev, reports ITAR-TASS.Belorussian president Aleksander Lukashenko responded that he does not want to comment on this statement and that the Russian side inconsistently and dishonestly pulls phrases out of the discussion.The reply of the Russian side was that they can publish the part of the discussion where the leader of Belarus speaks on the matter.

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During the visit of Dmitry Medvedev to Azerbaijan there are plans to discuss various documents that will a push for a financial relationship between the two countries, said Russian trade representative in Azerbaijan, Yuri Shedrin, reports Trend. " Among such documents are the agreement on delineating the borders, the reconstruction of the bridge over the river Samur and use of its resources and an agreement on regulating the property of the embassies," he said.Also during the visit a number of documents will be signed, regulating relations with a nu

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A protocol for prolonging the Russian base in Gyumri was signed during the visit of Dmitry Medvedev to Yerevan. The changes to the protocol apply to the period of the existence of the military base, which was initially for 25 years, starting in 1995. It has now been changed to 49 years, reports Russia-24, citing the Armenian Foreign Minister, Edward Nalbandyan.Some other corrections were also made. The presence of the base now provides protection not only to the interests of Russia, but to the security of Armenia.

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Russia and Armenia have signed a Protocol on developing and enforcing scientific and technical cooperation in studying pollution in near earth space and meteor safety, reports News.am.One of the main objects of cooperation is the Burakan observatory, which is planned to be equipped with new Russian optics. The price of the project is more than 4.6 million euros.Both sides agree that it is crucial to unite efforts in educating the young and attracting young scientists.

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The prospects for military and industrial cooperation between Turkey and Azerbaijan were discussed at a meeting between the minister of defense of Azerbaijan, Safar Abiev, and an advisor to the ministry of defense of Turkey, Murad Bayar, according to the press agency of the ministry, reports Trend. Opinions on the Treaty of Strategic Partnership and Mutual Assistance were discussed.

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The official representative of the ministry of foreign affairs of Iran, Ramin Mekhmanparast, warned Israel not to attack Iran's nuclear facilities. He noted that any aggression towards Iran, including the Busherskaya Nuclear Power Plant, will provoke an immediate response.Mekhmanparast confirmed that fuel is being loaded into the reactor of the plant, a process that will last for 3-4 weeks.

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A representative of the press-service of the White House, Dan Burton, has denied previous information that president Barack Obama issued an ultimatum to the prime minister of Turkey, Redzhep Tayyil Erdogan, reports Trend, referring to CNN Turk.On Monday morning the UK's Financial Times newspaper, referring to its own sources in the US administration, wrote that the USA will cease exports of weaponry to Turkey, if it does not change its policy towards Iran and Israel.Burton claims that there was no ultimatum and that Barack Obama simply discussed var

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A meeting of the presidents of Russia, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Tadjikistan will take place in Sochi on the 18th of August, the Kremlin press service says.The first similar meeting took place in 2009 in Dushanbe, when the Russian leader noted that a new format of cooperation is being born, which?will allow discussion of various problems, including drugs and terrorism.16.08.2010

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The president of Turkey Abdullah GЭl is arriving in Azerbaijan on a two-day official visit, reports ITAR-TASS. Negotiations concerning energy, transport and investments between him and his colleague will take place.Ways of resolving the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh will also be discussed. An agreement on a mutual non-visa regime will be signed at the end of the visit.16.08.2010

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Teheran is not ready to have bilateral negotiations with Washington, but can discuss their style of solving international problems, the Iranian news agency FARS reports citing a representative of the ministry of foreign affairs, Rahmin Mehmanparast."Iran has no need for bilateral negotiations with the USA.

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OSCE MG urges Armenia and Azerbaijan to speed up development of principles for Nagorno-Karabakh settlement

Within the framework of the visit of the OSCE Minsk Group to Baku andYerevan on the Nagorno-Karabakh settlement, emphasis was put on thecommitment of the three countries to a peaceful solution, based on theHelsinki principles of non-use of force, territorial integrity and theequal rights of all peoples for self identification, Trend reports.They noted the progress reached in Italy by the three presidents ofthe USA, Russia and France and their affirmation of the declaration on26th June 2010.

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Azerbaijani Defense Minister Safar Abiyev met with the co-chairs ofOSCE Minsk Group today. According to 1news.az, citing the ministry’spress-service, Abiyev told the co-chairs that in order for peacefulsettlement of Nagorno-Karabakh problem Armenia has to withdraw itsforces from the occupied territory.The minister said that it is time for the co-chairs to demand Armeniafree Nagorno-Karabakh.

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