Foreign relations

Turkish government announces details of Kurdish plan
2009-11-15ANKARA, Turkey -- Interior Minister Besir Atalay on Friday (November 13th) revealed details of the government's long-awaited plan to give more rights...
Bulgarian ambassador to Turkey resigns
2009-11-15SOFIA, Bulgaria -- Branimir Mladenov, Bulgaria's ambassador to Turkey, has resigned, the foreign ministry confirmed on Friday (November 13th) amid me...
Kosovo unveils plans for Serb-language TV channel
2009-11-13PRISTINA, Kosovo -- The time has come for a TV channel that broadcasts in Serbian, International Civilian Representative (ICO) Pieter Feith and Prime...
Sudanese president skips Istanbul summit
2009-11-09ANKARA, Turkey -- Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has decided not to attend the Organisation of Islamic Conference summit in Istanbul, officials we...
Slovenian president wants non-binding referendum
2009-11-08LJUBLJANA, Slovenia -- President Danilo Turk said on Friday (November 6th) that he supports holding a consultative referendum in Slovenia over the ag...
thumbnailCroatia, Slovenia turn to arbitration
2009-11-05A deal on the border dispute between Croatia and Slovenia was signed Wednesday by the countries' prime ministers.
Slovenia wants visa regime relaxed earlier
2009-11-05BRUSSELS, Belgium -- Slovenia wants to move up the date for relaxing the EU's visa restrictions on Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia. At Wednesday's (...
Macedonia's Ivanov urges mutual concessions in name dispute
2009-11-02SKOPJE, Macedonia -- President Gjorge Ivanov said on Sunday (November 1st) that both Macedonia and Greece should make concessions to boost negotiatio...
Russia stresses support for BiH's sovereignty
2009-11-02SARAJEVO, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) -- Russian Ambassador to Sarajevo Aleksander Bocan-Harchenko said on Sunday (November 1st) that Moscow support...
Macedonia's Gruevski backs referendum on name
2009-11-01SKOPJE, Macedonia -- Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski said on Friday (October 30th) that his country will not change its name without a referendum. He...
Croatian government approves arbitrage agreement with Slovenia
2009-11-01ZAGREB, Croatia -- The cabinet approved an arbitration agreement with Slovenia on Friday (October 30th) that should result in solution to the year-lo...
thumbnailAuthor Kadare transcends borders
2009-10-30Acclaimed author Ismail Kadare has brought pride to Albanians, but some question whether literature should be viewed through the lens of patriotism.
thumbnailUS vice president hails changes in Romania
2009-10-26Joe Biden praised Romania's accomplishments over the past 20 years, and said the new democracies of Eastern Europe can be an example to others struggling for freedom.
Christofias, Talat discuss Cypriot property issues
2009-10-23NICOSIA, Cyprus -- President Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat met again on Thursday (October 22nd) to discuss reunify...
US vice president visits Romania
2009-10-23BUCHAREST, Romania -- US Vice President Joe Biden made a daylong visit to Bucharest on Thursday (October 22nd). He met with key political leaders and...
Sejdiu says Kosovo's status is closed case
2009-10-22PRISTINA, Kosovo -- President Fatmir Sejdiu said on Wednesday (October 21st) that the final status of Kosovo must be considered a closed case. He was...
Macedonia to appoint ambassador to Kosovo
2009-10-22SKOPJE, Macedonia -- The foreign ministry announced on Wednesday (October 21st) it will soon initiate procedures for appointing an ambassador to Koso...
Gul says Turkey will criticise Israel if necessary
2009-10-19ANKARA, Turkey -- President Abdullah Gul said on Sunday (October 18th) that Ankara will continue to criticise Israel if it makes "mistakes". "Turkey...
Turkey ends visa fee for Albanians
2009-10-19TIRANA, Albania -- Turkey has abolished the fee of 10 euros per visa for Albanian citizens, following an agreement between the respective foreign min...
Tadic says Serbia will not interfere in BiH talks
2009-10-18BELGRADE, Serbia -- President Boris Tadic said on Friday (October 16th) that Serbia will not interfere in EU and US-led talks in Bosnia and Herzegovi...
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