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Medvedev urges to develop various trends of Russia-Germany coop

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (2nd R), his wife Svetlana (L) meet with German President Christian Wulff (2nd L) and his wife Bettina (R) at the Kremlin, in Moscow, on October 12, 2010. Wulff is on his state visit to Russia. (Getty Images)

 

MOSCOW, October 12 (KATAKAMI / Itar-Tass) – Russian President Dmitry Medvedev hopes that the negotiations with his German counterpart Christian Wulff will be fruitful and interesting. Medvedev stated about it Tuesday opening a narrow-format meeting with his German counterpart. Before the negotiations both leaders with their spouses were participating in an official welcome ceremony of the German high guest, who is on a state visit in Russia.

“I hope for interesting and fruitful negotiations,” Medvedev stated.

“The scale of your visit notes broad and diversified relations between Germany and Russia,” Medvedev said. “Our relations are strategic, partnership and highly developed,” he pointed out. “Germany is our major partner in the European Union,” the Russian president remarked. “We have highly developed economic ties and we also have special relations between political structures, regions, parties, civil society institutions; all this is making the essence of relations,” the president underlined.

“We should develop various trends of cooperation,” Medvedev urged, noting humanitarian contacts in this respect.

The German president agreed with his Russian counterpart that his visit will contribute to the development of bilateral relations. “I hope that we will have an opportunity to discuss all issues we are interested in,” Wulff said.

“Germany and Russia have a long common changeable history and we take your friendship as a great gift to the German people,” he said. “Our mutual sympathy and interests confirm how close our peoples are,” the German president added.

“We are following with a keen interest the situation in your country and consider ourselves as natural partners in promoting the modernization in Russia,” Wulff said. “We are seeking to intensify relations with your country, which is passing the stage of reforms, and to expand relations not only in economy, but also in education, legal protection, public institutions and culture,” he added.

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Photostream : Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev meets Germany's President Christian Wulff

 

From left: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's wife Svetlana, German President Christian Wulff, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, and Wulff's wife Bettina prepare for a photo in the Moscow Kremlin, on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010. Wulff is on a state visit to Russia.

 

 

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (2ndR), his wife Svetlana (L) meet with German President Christian Wulff (2ndL) and his wife Bettina (R) at the Kremlin in Moscow on October 12, 2010. Wulff is on a state visit to Russia. (Getty Images)

 

 

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (L) presents flowers to German President Christian Wulff's wife, Bettina at the Kremlin in Moscow on October 12, 2010. German President Christian Wulff and his wife Bettina are on a state visit to Russia. AFP PHOTO / POOL / ALEXANDER NEMENOV (Photo : ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images)

 

 

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (L) shows the way to German President Christian Wulff (R) as he arrives at the Kremlin in Moscow on October 12, 2010 during his state visit. (Photo : ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images)

 

 

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev (R) talks to Germany's President Christian Wulff during their meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow October 12, 2010. (Getty Images)

 

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Tears Shed as Bali Bomb Victims Remembered

Bali bomb victims and relatives throw flower petals at a memorial site in remembrance of those killed in the 2002 twin nightclub terror attacks that killed 202 people, in Kuta, Bali, Indonesia, Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010. (Getty Images)


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October 12, 2010. Denpasar (KATAKAMI / THE JAKARTA GLOBE) — In emotional scenes, about 100 relatives and friends of the victims of the 2002 Bali Bombings gathered at the monument that marks the location of the deadly terrorist attacks to remember their loved ones on Tuesday.

Many of those gathered for the solemn ceremony were members of Yayasan Isana Dewata, an association comprised of people who lost loved ones in the Oct. 12 attacks.

Many, including Ni Nyoman Rencini, wept openly. Her husband, a local travel agent, was waiting for a customer on Jalan Legian, Kuta, when he was killed.

“I have tried to let go and move on with my life,” she sobbed. “The only thing that matters to me now is how to keep on working and earning enough to raise my children. But no matter how hard I try, I still can’t forget what happened, especially during the yearly commemoration,” she said.

About 80 foreign dignitaries, meanwhile, and friends or family of the victims of the bombing gathered at Australia’s Consulate-General in Bali to commemorate the eight anniversary of the attacks.

Melinda Rio, an Australian counsel, told the Jakarta Globe that the ceremony was held in the memorial gardens of the Consulate-General lasted 30 minutes

The ceremony featured representatives from a number of foreign nations who lost citizens in the devastating terrorist attacks — including New Zealand, Poland, Japan, Switzerland, the United States, Great Britain, Canada, Brazil, Denmark, Italy and Germany — as well as Australia and Indonesia.

Acting Australian Consul-General Brent Hall and Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika, representing countries that respectively lost 88 and 38 citizens in the suicide attacks, laid a commemorative wreath together, before the remaining country representatives and friends and family members of those who lost loved ones followed.

In eastern Sydney, meanwhile, there were emotional scenes as a memorial wall listing the 43 victims from the state of New South Wales was unveiled at the Bali Memorial in Dolphins Point at Coogee.

Six of those lost were members of the Coogee Dolphins Rugby League Club.

NSW Premier Kristina Keneally was quoted by the Australian Associated Press as saying that the Bali victims were innocent people.

“The victims of this atrocity were not soldiers, they had not gone to fight a declared enemy,” she said. “The innocence of those victims [and the] benign and harmless reasons for them being where they are, when they were, only underscores the savagery of those people who took their lives.”

 
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PM Netanyahu 'Seeking freeze formula'

 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opens the weekly cabinet meeting at his Jerusalem office on October 10, 2010 in Jerusalem, Israel. Netanyahu if facing increased pressure from the U.S. to renew the 10-month freeze on settlement construction in the West Bank, an issue opposed by many of the coalition government members. He also gave his support to Israel's proposed citizenship oath, which would require all non-Jewish citizens to vow their allegiance to the State of Israel as a ''Jewish and democratic state''.

 

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October 12, 2010 (KATAKAMI) — After PM Netanyahu demands recognition of Jewish state as precondition for freeze, sources say he does not intend to derail talks. Shas willing to support freeze; Habayit Hayehudi, Yisrael Beitenu are not
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may have demanded conditions the Palestinians are unable to meet, but he has agreed to the principle of a continued settlement construction freeze. Following his Knesset speech, government sources close to the prime minister said Monday the proposal he presented was not his final offer, and discussions are now underway regarding what must be received in return. Meanwhile the US on Monday again reiterated its expectation of a continued moratorium.

Despite the confusion in the government regarding Netanyahu’s declaration that he is ready to extend the freeze in exchange for Palestinian recognition of Israel as the state of the Jewish people, sources emphasized this was “not an attempt to put an end to negotiations or cause the talks to break down.” This deal, they said, was tabled a month ago and rejected by the Palestinians, but “alternative formulations” are being sought.

“If the Palestinian leadership says unequivocally to its people that it recognizes Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people, I am willing to convene my government and request a moratorium on construction for a further limited period,” Netanyahu said to the Knesset plenum opening the winter session.

“The prime minister’s words leave an open door for reaching an agreement around a freeze, while at the same time he tries to win points regarding Israel’s character as a Jewish state,” a senior minister close to Netanyahu said Monday evening. “The freeze is still on the table.”
The forum of the top seven ministers is expected to convene Tuesday, though it is not yet clear whether this issue will be on the agenda. The prime minister met Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman in the Knesset on Monday, while on Thursday he is expected to meet Opposition Chairperson Tzipi Livni.

Freeze ‘with significant US agreements’

It was in fact from the right side of the political spectrum that Netanyahu received support. Shas leader MK Eli Yishai said to Ynet in a special broadcast from the Knesset that his party would not quit the government even if there is an additional freeze – “so that Kadima won’t get in (the government) and cause an even deeper freeze.” Already in August, Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef said he would not oppose a continued freeze for a limited period.

However, it is still not clear whether Netanyahu will be able to muster a majority in favor of extending the freeze – even with Shas on board, Yisrael Beitenu and Habayit Hayehudi are still opposed. Some senior Likud ministers will back Netanyahu in return for “significant agreements with the US.”
The prime minister let slip another hint during the Likud faction meeting Monday, when he asserted there were “other important interests apart from building in the settlements” – words that riled the rightwing members of the party.

Netanyahu is also under pressure from the left, including from Labor’s Ehud Barak. The party discussed the talks on Monday and their chances of success, and Barak reiterated his position, saying things would be clearer by April, when Labor’s position in the government would also be made clear.
Labor ministers emphasize that if there is no progress in the political progress, there is no point them being in the government.

 
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U.S. after Netanyahu proposal: Our position on settlements hasn't changed

 

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (C), looks on as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel (L) and President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority (R) shakes hands as they re-launch of direct negotiations between Israeli and Palestinian Authority at the State Department in Washington, DC, on September 2, 2010. (Getty Images)

 

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October 12, 2010 (KATAKAMI) — Netanyahu offers renewal of settlement freeze in exchange for Palestinian recognition of Israel as Jewish state; U.S. State Department says Obama administration committed to Israel’s democracy as a Jewish state.

The U.S. State Department on Monday dodged a direct response to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s offer to extend the settlement freeze in exchange for Palestinian recognition of a Jewish state, saying that the U.S. position on settlements hasn’t changed.

“Our position on settlements is well known. As we’ve noted we would like to see the settlement moratorium extended. Beyond that, we are not going to get into the substance of our discussions with the parties,” a U.S. State Department official said when asked by Haaretz for a response to Netanyahu’s Knesset speech.

“U.S. policy has been consistent. Both President Obama and Secretary Clinton are committed to Israel’s democracy as a Jewish state,” he said.

Netanyahu spoke at the opening of the third session of the 18th Knesset on Monday, and proposed an exchange of gestures to the Palestinians, wherein Israel would renew its settlement freeze if the Palestinian Authority would recognize Israel as the Jewish homeland.

The Palestinians quickly issued a statement saying they reject the offer and that “the issue of the Jewishness of the state has nothing to do with the matter,” emphasizing that Israel must freeze the settlements before they could return to U.S.-backed peace talks.

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Clinton in Sarajevo to push for Bosnian reforms

October 12, 2010. (KATAKAMI / Reuters) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would press Bosnia’s quarrelsome leaders on Tuesday to set aside deep ethnic divisions and bring the Balkan nation more fully into Europe’s fold, U.S. officials said.

Clinton, on a diplomatic swing through the Balkans, would step up U.S. pressure on Bosnia’s Serb, Croat and Muslim leaders to enact political and economic reforms that could open the door to both European Union and NATO membership, the officials said.

Since the 1992-95 war in Bosnia in which about 100,000 people were killed, it has lagged in reforms and remains near the back of the queue of Western Balkan countries aspiring to EU and NATO membership.
“It is fair to say that the political process is stalled,” Philip Gordon, U.S. assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs, told reporters during Clinton’s flight to Bosnia on Monday.

“That is one reason the secretary wanted to come here and underscore for the parties their need to move forward with the types of reforms that will strengthen their candidacies for European Union membership and NATO membership,” said Gordon.

Clinton’s arrived just over a week after presidential and parliamentary polls in the former Yugoslav state which appeared to do little to change ethnic rivalries that have dogged the uneasy union of its Muslim-Croat federation and Serb Republic.

The deadlock has set back Bosnia’s chances of EU and NATO entry, with leaders unable to agree on constitutional reforms or on dividing fixed military assets — conditions that Western nations say are essential if it is to meet membership standards.

Gordon said Clinton would stress to leaders of all three communities, starting with Bosnia’s tripartite presidency, that it was time to follow through on the promises of U.S.-brokered 1995 peace accords which ended Bosnia’s war.

“The rest of the region is moving toward Europe and Bosnia is going to have to overcome these ethnic divides,” said Gordon.

Clinton’s visit is her first as secretary of state to Sarajevo, a city that dominated the headlines during the administration of her husband, former U.S. President Bill Clinton.

She will travel on to Belgrade where U.S. officials say she will urge Serbia’s leaders to follow through on an offer of talks with the former Serbian but ethnic Albanian dominated province of Kosovo, which declared independence two years ago and remains a point of friction for the region.

Clinton will visit Kosovo on Wednesday, seeking to emphasize the U.S. commitment to equal rights for its Serb minority population, before moving on to Brussels for discussions with her NATO counterparts.

 
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Photostream : Hillary Clinton in Sarajevo

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US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on her arrival, in Sarajevo, Bosnia, Monday, Oct. 11, 2010. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is pressing political reforms to the restive Balkans with the hope that such changes will lead to the region's full integration into the European Union and NATO. Clinton arrived Monday night in Sarajevo, the capital of ethnically divided Bosnia-Herzegovina, which just held elections, to urge the country's new leadership to make EU membership a priority. She then travels to Serbia and its now-independent former province of Kosovo to encourage the bitterly divided sides to normalize relations. (Getty Images)

 

 

US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton waves as she walks out of airplane, upon arrival at Sarajevo airport, late on October 11, 2010. Secretary Clinton arrived in two-day visit to Bosnian capital on her tour of the Balkans. Clinton's visit to Balkans also includes visits to capitals of Serbia and Kosovo. (Getty Images)

 

 

US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, centre left, is greeted by unidentified officials, on her arrival, in Sarajevo, Bosnia, Monday, Oct. 11, 2010. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is pressing political reforms to the restive Balkans with the hope that such changes will lead to the region's full integration into the European Union and NATO. Clinton arrived Monday night in Sarajevo, the capital of ethnically divided Bosnia-Herzegovina, which just held elections, to urge the country's new leadership to make EU membership a priority. She then travels to Serbia and its now-independent former province of Kosovo to encourage the bitterly divided sides to normalize relations. (Getty Images)

 

 

US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, on her arrival, in Sarajevo, Bosnia, Monday, Oct. 11, 2010. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is pressing political reforms to the restive Balkans with the hope that such changes will lead to the region's full integration into the European Union and NATO. Clinton arrived Monday night in Sarajevo, the capital of ethnically divided Bosnia-Herzegovina, which just held elections, to urge the country's new leadership to make EU membership a priority. She then travels to Serbia and its now-independent former province of Kosovo to encourage the bitterly divided sides to normalize relations. (Getty Images)

 

 

Kosovars walk near a billboard with a photo of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in Pristina October 11, 2010. Clinton travels to the Balkans on Monday, seeking to buttress the fragile peace that was one of her husband's chief foreign policy achievements as president. Clinton will urge reconciliation for Bosnia, Serbia and Kosovo, which battled through the collapse of Yugoslavia in the 1990s and dominated the news when former U.S. President Bill Clinton was in office. (Getty Images)

 

 
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