Alexis Tsipras in Marrakesh for the Conference on the UN Global Compact for Migration
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will be in Marrakech Morocco on 1011 December 2018 to attend the Intergovernmental Conference on the UN Global Compact for Safe Orderly and Regular MigrationThe participation of Alexis Tsipras at the Conference according to information of the International Balkan News Agency will enable the Greek Prime Minister to have bilateral contacts and meetings with country leaders who will be in MarrakechAccording to organizers the heads of State and Governments ministers and other senior leaders civil society representatives and representatives of the private and public sectors will gather in Marrakesh at a highlevel conference from 10 to 11 December to formally adopt the firstever Global Compact for Safe Orderly and Regular MigrationTh...
The first step has been taken in Moscow
While the ice might not have melted in the relations between Greece and Russia in the frozen Moscow during the visit of the Greek Prime Minister it was a first step in the right direction as pointed out by Greek sources at the end of the official program of Alexis Tsipras in the Russian capitalThe Russian side is maintaining a waiting stance with regard to the revival of the two countries relations as the crisis that broke out in the summer with the deportations of wellknown diplomats have not yet been overcome as was evident by the Russian Presidents statementsThe positive of the meetings in Moscow however can be focused on the fact that the actual visit took placedespite the fact there were second thoughts from the Russian sideIt takes time to reinstate relatio...
Giorgos Katrougalos in New York and Washington
US Deputy Foreign Minister Giorgos Katrougalos will travel to the United States on December 1214 to have a series of meetings both in New York at the first stop of his visit on December 12 and Washington on December 1314In New York Katrougalos will meet with the UN SecretaryGenerals Special Envoy for Cyprus Jane Holl Lute who will travel to Nicosia in the coming days to continue consultations with the leaders of the two communities as a continuation of the new initiative by the UN Secretary General to resolve of the Cyprus problemAccording to information of the International Balkan News Agency apart from the meeting with Lute the Greek deputy Foreign Minister might also have a meeting with the United Nations Special Representative for the naming dispute of fYROMacedon...
Skopje responds to Bulgarian Deputy PM Karakachanov's threat over Zaev's 'Macedonian language'
The Foreign Ministry in Skopje has responded to Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister and VMRO party leader Krassimir Karakachanovs threat to block the former Yugoslav republics path to the EU and Nato if its Prime Minister Zoran Zaev continues to claim the Prespa Treaty recognises a Macedonian languageWords such as those by Karakachanov could reate negative attitudes and hostility instead of friendship the Foreign Ministry saidThe Republic of Macedonia will continue its active constructive and good neighbourly policy in the future in the spirit of the Treaty with Bulgaria and the European values the Foreign Ministry in Skopje saidKarakachanov in a statement issued by VMRO on December 8 had advised Zaev not to misuse the topic of the Macedonian languageThe VMRO l...
Government swifts focus to the constitutional amendments in fYROM - Reactions to Zaev's statements continue
Zoran Zaevs statements on the Macedonian language brought the strong retort of Alexis Tispras coalition partner and current Defence Minister and leader of Independent Greeks Panos Kammenos It is now obvious that all talks on the survival of the socalled Prespes agreement have come to an end Kammenos said referring to the provocative behaviour and irredentism from the part of fYROMacedoniaOn his part however government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos said in an interview that all the necessary moves would be made by the government of fYROMacedonia to ensure the absolute respect for the Prespes agreement from our neighboring country As he stressed there needs to be a detailed discussion and explanation of certain things in relation to the agreement on the part of fY...
Immigrants in BiH, a humanitarian or security issue?
Just a year back Bosnia and Herzegovina BiH did not interest immigrants as a gateway to European Union countries but since Croatia and Hungary closed the borders with Serbia it became the logical choice for them to try to reach the desired destinationAccording to official data more than 23 000 migrants entered BiH in the first eleven months of this year A large number of them is in the immigration centers in Federation BiH Since Croatia tightened the control on the borders with BiH illegal migrants have to stay in one of the poorest countries in the EuropeFollowing official information it seems that everything is perfect and that situation is under control But according to many local security experts it is far from the truth to say that there are credible data about ...
The Kosovo army is being established with the blessings and support of the United States
Kosovos political leadership is determined to go forward with the establishment of the countrys military armed forces despite reactions from Belgrade and Brussels The proposal to transform the Kosovo Security Forces FSK into a regular army will be tabled in parliament for vote on December 14 and all indications are that it will passThe establishment of an army by Kosovo is of great concern to the Serbian population since they believe that it will be used to enforce the sovereignty of the state of Kosovo in the north Belgrade also condemns the creation of an army fearing that it will pose a threat to the Serb population in Kosovo Prime Minister Ana Brnabic did not exclude Serbias military intervention if the newly formed army is deployed in the northern part of Kosovo where S...
EBRD: TAP is a good opportunity to give up the use of coal
The construction of the TransAtlantic Pipeline TAP which will bring 10 million cubic meters of gas from Azerbaijan will open up new opportunities for the region in order to pass from the use of coal to the use of gasThis is stated in a recent report issued by the European Bank for Reconstruction and DevelopmentAccording to the report TAP is a project with a low carbon emission Meanwhile EBRD has also stopped the funding of coal based projects under its new strategyMeanwhile natural gas has become a very good solution with the launch of TAP project for the countries which have not had any access to this energy source EBRD saysTAP along with TANAP is part of the Southern Gas Corridor project which will carry gas from the gas rich fields of Shah Deniz to Gr...
Bushati: Albania contributes for the peace and stability in the Balkan region
Albania fully supports the priorities of the Italian chairmanship of the Organization for Security and European Cooperation OSCE which were presented at the beginning of the year This was declared yesterday by the minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Ditmir Bushati in the 25thmeeting of the OSCE Ministerial Council in Milan According to him Albania will continue to offer its precious contribution not only for the implementation of peace and stability in the Balkan region but also in the OSCE regionThe minister also stressed that trust should be built and that constructive dialogue should be held in order to address critical and complex challenges such as conflicts violent extremism terrorism cyber threats waves of refugees organized crime and obstacles in economic de...
FYROM: Debates continue about the constitutional amendments
Debates continue in Skopje regarding the constitutional amendments needed to happen for the countrys new name to be effective The government is holding public debates with university professors experts and members of the public During these debates the countrys Prime Minister Zoran Zaev has declared that the country cannot advance in its EuroAtlantic path if it still has pending issuesWith this agreement Macedonia will no longer have bilateral contests and the country will be able to advance in its integration path without encountering any hurdles Zaev saidFYROMs Foreign minister Nikola Dimitrov underlined the fact that the agreement and the constitutional amendments are being made for the sake of future generationsWe cant afford to wait any longer to assume ...