1. a group of osce representatives will monitor on Wednesday the contact line between Armenian and Azerbaijani troops at the border between the two countries, the Armenian Defense Ministry's press service has sai



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Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey sweep, June 16

Armenia
1. A group of OSCE representatives will monitor on Wednesday the contact line between Armenian and Azerbaijani troops at the border between the two countries, the Armenian Defense Ministry's press service has said.

2. Armenia should vote against the UN's possible sanctions against Iran, the head of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation-Dashnaktsutyun faction, Vahan Hovhannesyan, said today.
3. An Armenian-Azerbaijani-Russian presidential meeting will be held in Saint Petersburg on the sidelines of the 14th International Economic Forum, to be held on June 17-19. The current stage of Karabakh conflict settlement will be the focus at the meeting.

4. An activist of the [opposition] Armenian National Congress' (ANC) Arabkir unit, businessman Armen Hovhannisyan, was arrested on 15 June. Hovhannisyan dealt with production of video CDs and zipped CDs [as given] disseminated by the ANC.
5. Armenia is ready to resume consultations with Turkey, if it change its position on the signed protocols between the two countries, the Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian said in Tbilisi.

Azerbaijan
1. An agreement on economic and technological cooperation was signed within the meeting between Azerbaijani Prime Minister Artur Rasizade and a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China, He Guoqiang. China will provide Azerbaijan with grant aid worth 20 million yuan under the agreement.

2. Caucasus Studies Institute at Tehran University and Center for Central Asia and the Caucasus Studies Institute for Political and International Studies of IRI Ministry of Foreign affairs (IPIS) will organize a seminar titled “Azerbaijan Republic 2010.Regional Role, Extra-Regional Importance” in Tehran on Sept. 19, according to the press-release of the Institute.
3. Three of the 13 Azerbaijani students who were evacuated from the Jalalabad region of Kyrgyzstan to Bishkek are citizens of Azerbaijan, others - the citizens of Georgia, Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry spokesman Elkhan Polukhov.
4. SOCAR's Complex Drilling Operations Trust Absheron department started drilling of two wells on the field Pirallahi to increase oil production, SOCAR said. Both wells are drilled at a depth of 700 meters.
5. “The Individual Partnership Action Plan with NATO is successfully implemented, and the bilateral relations are dynamically developing," the National Security Minister of Azerbaijan, Lieutenant-General Eldar Mahmudov said during receiving NATO Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia Robert Simmons, who is on a working visit to Baku.  

6. Azerbaijani and Russian border guards have conducted joint exercises in the Caspian Sea. The main purpose of the exercises was the improvement of joint activities in the field of maritime boundaries, preventing of threats in the sea and rescue operations.


Georgia
1. Foreign Minister of Georgia Grigol Vashadze will visit Brussels June 17-18. During the visit, Georgia and the EU will sign an agreement on simplifying procedures for issuing visas, a source at the Foreign Ministry of Georgia said.
2. Alla Dudayeva, the widow of the first Chechen president Dzhokhar Dudayev, asked the European human rights organizations and the European Court on Human Rights to protect the rights of a citizen of Georgia and Russia George Zaridze, who protests the decision of the Bulgarian court for extradition to Russia.
3. Georgia's opposition Alliance for Georgia has split up, with its four constituent parties agreeing to continue "close cooperation" while going their separate ways, the alliance's leader, Irakli Alasania, has said.
4. Georgia will send humanitarian aid to Kyrgyzstan, Georgian Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze said.

5. Electricity supply has been restored to South Ossetian capital Tskhinval and other settlements of the republic, the director of the South Ossetian Energoresurs electricity company, Aslan Gabarayev, said on Wednesday.

6. The foreign ministry of South Ossetia has expressed concern about the fire opened from Georgia on the Disevi village in the republic's Tskhinvali district, South Ossetian deputy foreign minister Alan Pliyev told Interfax on Wednesday.

Turkey
1. Israel considers the Turkish Muslim charity IHH involved in organising a flotilla of aid ships to Gaza last month as a "terrorist organisation," public television said Wednesday.
2. US lawmakers slammed "disgraceful" Turkey on Wednesday over its ties to Iran and charged Ankara had the "blood" of nine Turks killed in an Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship on its hands. "There will be a cost if Turkey stays on its present heading of growing closer to Iran and more antagonistic to the state of Israel," warned Representative Mike Pence, the number three House Republican.

3. Turkey has started the phase of imposing penalties against Israel because Tel Aviv did not apologize for the attack against the freedom flotilla that killed nine Turkish peace activists and injured many others, Yedioth Ahronoth said on its online edition Wednesday.

4. The central administration budget posted a surplus of TL 5.81 billion in May, although the total figure stood at a deficit of TL 9.98 billion in the first five months of 2010. The Finance Ministry unveiled the budget results for May and the January-May period on Tuesday in a written statement.

5. The United Arab Emirates and Turkey have explored the prospects of stronger cooperation between the two countries on family, youth and social issues.UAE minister of state and chairwoman of Marriage Fund Maitha Al-Shamsi and Turkish minister to the UAE S. Vural Altay, in a meeting in the UAE, also discussed Monday the exchange of social expertise and the conduct of studies and researches.

6. The Turkish Navy Task Force (TDGG) is set to dock ports in Croatia and Bosnia-Hercegovina on 18-21 June as part of a two-month tour of the Mediterranean. The Turkish naval task force began its tour on 10 May and it will cruise in the Mediterranean until 5 July.
7. A Turkish newspaper reported on Wednesday that Turkey would halt military cooperation with Israel and not send back the ambassador it withdrew after a deadly Israeli commando operation to stop a Gaza aid convoy.



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