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PA of CSTO in Yerevan

The first visiting session of the Council of the Parliamentary Assembly of the CSTO (Collective Security Treaty Organization) will take place in Yerevan on Monday in the building of the National Assembly of Armenia, News Armenia reports, citing the parliamentary press-service.The session will be headed by the chairman of the Russian State Duma, chairman of the PA of the CSTO Boris Gryzlov. Parliamentary delegations from Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia and Tajikistan will participate in the assembly.

Turkish Premier to tour South American countries

Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan has embarked on a South Americantour, visiting Brazil, Argentina and Chili, TRT reports.Before arriving in Brazil, Erdogan announced at Esenbog airport inAnkara that the policy is aimed at broadening relations with thecountries of Latin America and the Caribbean Sea, and has producedresults.

Five Russian State Duma deputies became persona non grate in Azerbaijan

The Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry declared five Russian State Dumadeputies persona non gratae for monitoring the elections in thebreakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh, RIA Novosti reports, citing thepress-secretary of Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry, Elkhan Pulukhov.According to Pulkhov, the deputies are: Constantine Zatulin, IgorChernyshov, Kiril Cherkasov, Tatyana Volozhinskaya and MaksimMishetsko.

Iranian visit to Georgia under consideration

Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili did not confirm that IranianPresident Mahmud Ahmadinejad's visit to Georgia had been decided,though he noted that Premier Nika Gilauri plans to visit Tehran todiscuss economic issues, Iran News reports.“The Iranian leader received the invitation 4 or 5 years ago. A lothas changed since then”, Saakashvili told TV journalists on May 25th.He noted that Georgia and Iran had agreed on lifting their visaarrangements, which had attracted more Iranian tourists to Georgia.

Lithuania, Azerbaijan discuss perspectives for cooperation

The first session of an Azerbaijani-Lithuanian intergovernmentalcommission in Vilnius took place today, Trend reports, citing theLithuanian embassy in Azerbaijan.The sides discussed the issues of economic cooperation and other topical issues.The Azerbaijani side of the commission was headed by Minister of TaxesFazil Mamedov, and the Lithuanian side by Foreign Minister AudroniusAzubalis.

Russia supports the dialogue of the ‘Six’ and Iran

Russia calls for a dialogue of the ‘Six’ international mediators(Russia, the USA, China, France, UK and Germany) on the Iraniannuclear program settlement with Tehran, the official spokesman ofRussian Foreign Ministry Andrey Nesterenko said in his commentspublished on the ministry’s website on Tuesday.

No response from Armenia to the latest Madrid principles suggestions

"We are waiting for Armenia to respond but we have not yet received any answer" - foreign minister of Azerbaijan Elmar Mamedyarov announced commenting on the negotiations between Armenia and Azerbaijan on the Karabakh settlement, Armenia today reports. 

South Ossetian-Russian joint efforts against illegal migration

South Ossetian Interior Minister Valeriy Valiyev and Russia's deputyhead of the Federal Migration Service, Sergey Kaliuzhniy, have signedan agreement on joint efforts against illegal migrants in Tskhinvali.The document is the extension of a Russian-South Ossetian agreement onbilateral visa-free travel signed in Moscow on February 1.

Sanctions against Iran will not affect Russian interests

Possible sanctions against Iran "would not affect existingRussian-Iranian economic contacts", the chairman of the Russian upperhouse's committee on international affairs said.The UN SC resolution project for Iran is well-balanced and wasconcerned by Russia, the USA and China, Mikhail Margelov said.

Unresolved South Caucasian conflicts create obstacles for EU

Unresolved conflicts are an obstacle to stability in the SouthCaucasian region, a member of European Commission delegation toArmenia said at the international 'Caucasus-2009' conference inYerevan on Friday. Onno Simons said he believes that there is a riskof conflict renewal, Georgia Online reports. He also noted that Georgia is an example of the negative effect ofunresolved conflicts, resulting in disrupted energy supplies.

Armenia appreciates Russian role in Nagorno-Karabakh settlement

Armenia appreciates Russian role in Nagorno-Karabakh settlement

Russia plays a constructive role in the process of Nagorno-Karabakhsettlement within the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group, ArmenianForeign Minister Edward Nalbandian said, Madiamax reports.Nalbandian noted that Russian President Dmitry Medvedev had made greatpersonal contribution to the peace process by initiating meetingsbetween Azerbaijan and Armenia leaders.

Armenia denies new road-map plan in relations with Turkey

A new road-map in normalizing Armenian-Turkish relations will not bedeveloped, Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian said on Friday,RIA Novosti reports.Deputy of the minister from the Turkish Justice and Development PartySuat Kinikoglu said on Thursday in Washington that the two countrieswill freeze negotiations until a new document is developed.

UN General Assembly head to visit Iran

The head of the UN's General Assembly Ali Abdussalam Treki will visitIran in June, Trend reports, citing Iranian media.Treki will also visit Bahrain, Egypt, Turkey and other countries in the region.

Turkey and Greece may start cooperating

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that Turkey and Greecehave overcome obstacle in their relations and may start cooperating,TRT International reports.In an interview with the Elefterotipia newspaper, Davutoglu said thatthe new period of relations started after Premier Erdogan's visit toAthens.

Turkey does not recognize the elections in Nagorno-Karabakh

Turkey does not recognize the elections in Nagorno-Karabakh

The Turkish Foreign Ministry published a declaration on parliamentaryelections in the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh. According tothe information on the ministry’s website, the authorities in Ankarado not recognize the elections, which will be held by separatists onMay 23rd.“The norms of international law are violated on the occupiedterritories of Azerbaijan”, the declaration says. The document alsonotes that the separatists’ actions violate UN Security Councilresolutions and the principles of the OSCE Minsk Group.

Azerbaijan is still open for dialogue with Armenia

Azerbaijan is still open for dialogue with Armenia, despite thecomplicated situation in the South Caucasus, the head of thedepartment of political analysis and information of the Azerbaijanipresidential administration, Elnur Aslanov, told an internationalpractical science conference, ITAR-TASS reports.

European Parliament arguments on South Ossetian war report

The European Parliament approves the basic arguments of the reportmade by the independent international commission of the EU headed byHeidi Tagliavini, investigating the circumstances of the SouthOssetian conflict. The report shows that Georgia was the initiator ofthe war in South Ossetia, the resolution made at a plenary session ofthe Supreme Legislative Body of the EU in Strasbourg said, ITAR-TASSreports.

Armenia and Orenburg territory sign cooperation agreement

The Armenian government and Orenburg territory will sign an agreementon cooperation on Friday, aimed at establishing mutually beneficialbilateral relations, the governor of the territory Alexey Chenyshovsaid at a meeting with Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan, the Armenianpresidential press-service said, News Armenia reports.Chernyshov said he arrived in Armenia with a delegation consisting ofheads of departments and specialists from different spheres.

Sargsyan considers 2010 the period of Armenian economy restoration

Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan said at a meeting with the head ofthe IMF mission in Armenia, Mark Louis, and deputy chairman of the IMFin Armenia, Giermo Tolosoy, that 2010 will be a very active year forthe republic from the economic restoration point of view, News Armeniareports.