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.
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.
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.
The USA wants specification of the general principles of Nagorno-Karabakh settlement and a signing of a final document.
A new wave of confrontation around Iran is the result of relationsbetween Russia and the USA. Obama's administration managed to findcommon ground with the Kremlin. Russia agrees more with the USapproach to solving the Iranian nuclear issue.
A session of the six international mediators on the Iranian nuclearprogram will be held on July 2 in Brussels, an official spokesman ofthe Russian Foreign Ministry, Andrey Nesterenko, said at a newsbriefing in Moscow, Interfax reports.
AzerbaijaniPresident Ilkham Aliyev and President of Bulgaria GeorgiParvanov have held an extended meeting, AzerTag reports.Ilkham Aliyev greeted Parvanov and emphasized the importance of themeeting for further development of relations. He said that Azerbaijanis ready to develop cooperation in all sectors – economic, political,energy and cultural.
Co-chairs of OSCE MG lay groundwork for meeting of foreign ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia in Kazakhstan
Co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group on Nagorno-Karabakh settlement Robert Bradtke (USA), Igor Popov (Russia), Bernard Fassier (France) and the personal representative of the OSCE Andjey Kasprshik will visit Yerevan on 4-5 July. The co-chairs will travel on to Baku, ANS reports.
Georgian Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze has visited the UK, where he met the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs William Hague and one of the members of the Liberal Democratic Party and member of the UK Cabinet William Wallace, Georgian media report.They discussed the territorial unity and sovereignty of Georgia and the Euroatlantic integration of Georgia and bilateral cooperation.
espite the visible agreement of the sides, the process does not move any further. In the new season the mediators expect to see actual results of their diplomatic efforts.
The process of normalizing Armenian-Turkish relations can only be continued if Turkey respects the agreements achieved with other countries, Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian said at a press-conference with the federal minister of Austria on European and International affairs Michael Spindelegger, News Armenia reports.
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.
Armenia and Kuwait will sign an agreement in Yerevan tomorrow on stimulation and mutual protection of investments, News Armenia reports.According to a message from the Armenian Finance Ministry, the agreement will be signed by Armenian Minister of Finance Tigran Davtyan and his Kuwaiti counterpart Mustafa Jazem al-Shamali, who arrived in Yerevan on Thursday.
The issue of the Caspian Sea's legal status is expected to be resolvedsoon, chairman of the OSCE Kanat Saudabayev said at the internationalconference on disarmament of Central Asian and Caspian states, Trendreports.There are 5 states on the coasts of the Caspian - Azerbaijan, Russia,Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Iran. The world’s largest lake hasbiological resources, oil and gas fields. Construction of theTranscaspian pipeline project would give Europe access to thehydrocarbonic potential of Central Asia.
The special representative of the EU to the South Caucasus, PeterSemnebi, will discuss the Nagorno-Karabakh settlement within theframework of his visit to Baku next week.He will arrive on 29th June, Trend reports. Semnebi will consider suchissues as the upcoming parliamentary elections, work on theassociative agreement aimed at Azerbaijani rapprochement with the EUand the latest military incident on the Nagorno-Karabakh borderline.
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.
Azerbaijani President Ilkham Aliyev met a delegation on Wednesday, headed by Iranian Minister of Economic Affairs and Finance Seyed Shamseddin Hosseini, AzerTag reports.Aliyev emphasized that the ties between the two countries are developing well.Hosseini presented the Azerbaijani leader with greetings from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. He also thanked Aliyev for participating at the 35th annual meeting of the group of the Islamic Development Bank.
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.
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.
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.