The ongoing negotiations over a settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh issue can be much more productive if more influential politicians took part in the search for consensus. Dr. Svante Cornell, Director of the Institute for Security and Development Policy, one of the leading experts on Asia-Caucasus issues, believes that this is the least the United States could do to draw more world attention to this problem
The Nagorno-Karabakh peace process could be more fruitful if there were more authoritative politicians involved. The US could play that role to demonstrate that it is more concerned about the problem, Doctor Svante Cornell, Director of research at the Institute for Central Asia and the Caucasus.
Russia and the USA agree that international mediators need to encourage Palestine and Israel to talks, against the background of Palestine striving for UN recognition as an independent state, a high-ranking spokesman of the US administration said.
Last week ended with five full days of gains. This week started with falls as worries from Greece mounted and sent US stocks tumbling Monday morning. The decline followed the move late Friday from European leaders who postponed a decision about Greece' next bailout installment until October, Western media reports.European markets also fell broadly on Monday after a two-day meeting of the European finance minister on Saturday which ended without any real progress.
The Plenipotentiary Presidential Envoy to the North Caucasian Federal District, Alexander Khloponin, met Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to discuss the achievements of the North Caucasus. The region increased its GDP by 11% and industrial output by 13%.
The head of Ingushetia, Yunus-Bek Yevkurov, believes that the problem of corruption and clannishness, in which Ingushetia and the North Caucasus are blamed, is artificial and the same as in Russia in general. He told about it in the interview to VK. We publish the first part of it.
Israel fears that tensions with Egypt could result in the renouncing of gas deals with Israel. Tel Aviv is searching for a new energy supplier. The only alternative source is gas from Azerbaijan. Current supplies reach Israel through Turkey.
As part of the 10th International Investment Forum "Sochi-2011", 289 agreements have been signed to date worth an estimated 429 billion rubles, the forum's organizers announced at the final press conference
The state corporation "Bank for Development and Foreign Economic Affairs" (Vnesheconombank) and the company "Resorts of the North Caucasus" (RNC) have entered into an agreement providing investment advisory services. The document was signed at the International Investment Forum "Sochi-2011.”
The Washington Post reported that Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Thursday she is optimistic the two American hikers being held in Iran will be released, despite a delay since Iran’s president announced the planned release. Clinton and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said they continue to hope that the Iranian regime will release the two men as a humanitarian gesture. The pair has been jailed more than two years. Clinton said the U.S. has received word through a number of sources that the hikers will be released and returned to their families.