International Organizations

Alexander Gusev: "The CIS is gradually transforming into the Eurasian Union"

Alexander Gusev: "The CIS is gradually transforming into the Eurasian Union"

Darya Melikhova, exclusively for Vestnik Kavkaza "The Kremlin’s ambitions for the creation and successful existence of the Eurasian Union are doomed to fail sooner or later, due to the political attitude of the Russian government, a lack of resources, as well as internal social and economic problems in Russia”, said Zbigniew Brzezinski, ex-United States National  Security Advisor to the President, a few days ago.

Turkish president arrives in New York to participate in UN General Assembly

Turkish President Abdullah Gul arrived in the USA on Saturday to participate in the 65th session of the UN General Assembly, reports Trend, citing CNN Turk. During his nine-day visit he will deliver a speech at the UN summit on goals of the millenium development and hold two summit sessions. Abdullah Gul is to chair the first session of the UN Security Council.

DECO 2010 in Teheran

The 3rd International Conference of Furniture, Design and Interior Decoration (DECO 2010) is to take place on 27-28 of September in Teheran, reports Iran News, citing the ISNA agency. Challenges for the furniture industry, opportunities and prospects, creating a specialized industrial zone, new trends in furniture, copyrights, investments, invironmental protection and other issues are to be discussed during the conference, claimed the Entrepreneurial Society

UN Security Council condemns terrorist act in Vladikavkaz

The UN Security Council has condemned the terrorist act in Vladikavkaz, which resulted in 17 people dead and 160 injured. A bomb exploded on the 9th of September near the central market in the North Ossetian capital, Vladikavkaz. Members of the UN Security Council expressed their condolences to the families of the victims and to the Russian people. The chairman of the European Parliament, Jerzy Buzek, has also expressed condolences.

Regular meeting of GUAM National Coordinators Council in Kiev

The 19th session of the National Coordinators Council of the GUAM Organization for Democracy and Economic Development, chaired by the Ukrainian Foreign Minister Olexandr Gorin, took place today in Kiev. Issues surrounding the political coordination of member countries of the GUAM in several international organizations such as the UN and the OSCE. Issues of cooperation with the US and Japan were also discussed.

Co-chairmen of OSCE Minsk Group call for ceasefire regime to be maintained

The co-chairmen of the OSCE Minsk Group Igor Popov (Russia), Robert Bradtke (USA) and Bernard Fassier (France) have made a joint statement after their visit to Azerbaijan and Armenia, invoking both sides to respect the ceasefire agreement, reports Trend, citing the OSCE website. The co-chairmen visited Baku, Nagorno-Karabakh and Yerevan on September 6-9. On September 8 they crossed the contact line on the Stepanakert/Hankendi road. They also discussed the upcoming visit of

UN expert on human rights of internally displaced persons to visit Caucasus

The Representative of the UN Secretary-General on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons, Walter Kalin, is to visit the South Caucasus region from the 13th to 18th of September, reports Trend. After several meetings in Tbilisi, he will visit Sukhumi and Gali and end his visit in Yerevan. During the visit he will observe the conditions of displaced people suffering from regional conflicts. Refugees issues will be discussed during the meetings with authorities

Co-chairmen of the OSCE Minsk Group to visit Baku

The co-chairmen of the Minsk group of the Organisation for Securityand Cooperation in Europe are going to visit Baku on the 7th ofSeptember, reports Trend, referring to the French co-chairman, BernardFasie.According to him, it will be a regional visit and after Baku they willhead to Nagorno-Karabakh and then on to Yerevan. The details of thevisits are being discussed.

Erdogan speaks on new program

Erdogan speaks on new program

Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan made a speech on the PBS TV channel about Turkish policy. He spoke about the renewal of Syrian-Israeli negotiations under the mediatorship of Turkey, so that both sides can make the corresponding demand and have Israel act according to the norms of international law, TRT reports.Erdogan gave his assessment of events in northern Iraq and the terrorist attacks in the region and the process of Turkey becoming a member of the EU.

Iran plans to minimize repercussions of international sanctions

Iran has established a headquarters for special economic actions to be taken against the international sanctions, ITAR-TASS reports, citing Iranian Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki.He said that they had taken measures against the sanctions in the past. These measures had helped the country save $180 billion in the past 5 years. Mottaki believes that sanctions are an ineffective method that have never lead to the desired result.

G8 leaders to have talks

The Kremlin expects to discuss the measures for fulfilling thenon-proliferation decisions of the G8 summit, the Russian president'sassistant, Sergey Prikhodko, said, ITAR-TASS reports.He said that the G8 leaders at the meeting in Canada will confirmtheir commitment to the two decisions of the two key forums (theWashington summit and the NPT conference) and discuss measures aimedat fulfilling the decisions.

South-Eastern European countries summit ends

The summit of heads of South-Eastern European countries in Istanbul ended with approval of the final declaration, TRT reports.The summit considered the terrorist issue that Turkey faces today. The written declaration, besides the final one approved, critizes the latest terrorist attacks.The participants in the summit also considered the Kosovo issue. Despite various diplomatic approaches, the problem must be solved within the framework of European cooperation.

PACE has 2 views on ‘freezing’ Russian-Georgian issue

The monitoring commission of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Councilof Europe (PACE) failed to make a decision on ‘freezing’ talks on theRussian-Georgian issue, with the votes split into two groups, RIANovosti reports, citing the first deputy chairman of the internationalcommittee of the State Duma, Leonid Slutsky.The Russian-Georgian issue has been discussed at almost every sessionof PACE since October 2008, after the military conflict in SouthOssetia.

PACE consultations to continue

The Armenian and Azerbaijani delegations to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe have agreed to continue consultations, RIA Novosti reports, citing the press-service of the Armenian National Assembly.Armenia proposed that one representative of the opposition from each country should take part. The Armenian delegation was represented by Armen Rustamyan and David Arutiun, the Azerbaijani delegation by Sabir Gadjiyev and Samed Seidov.

Summit on cooperation in South-East Europe held in Istanbul

The prosperity and future of the Balkans is being discussed at thesummit on South-East European cooperation in Istanbul, TRT reports.Besides Turkey, participants in the summit are Albania,Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Greece,Croatia, Moldova and Montenegro. This year Slovenia will join thesummit as the 12th member. Turkey will hand over the chairmanship toMontenegro.