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Israel Returns Czarist Site in Jerusalem to Russia

File picture : Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, left, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

 

March 21, 2011 (KATAKAMI.COM / AP) — The decision to vacate the property known as Sergei’s Courtyard defuses a long-standing dispute between the two countries and could generate new goodwill ahead of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to Moscow this week, AP reported on Monday.

An Israeli official says the authorities are “vacating the Sergei Courtyard in accordance with the understandings reached between Israel and the Russian federation.”

He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the matter.

Netanyahu is expected to urge Moscow not to sell sophisticated missiles to Syria and to support efforts to keep Iran’s nuclear ambitions in check.  (*)

 

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Russian Prime Minister Putin says Security Council resolution on Libya "flawed"

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin

 

 

RUSSIA, March 21, 2011 (KATAKAMI.COM) — Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Monday criticized the UN Security Council resolution on Libya for allowing foreign military intervention in a sovereign state, RIA NOVOSTI reported on Monday.

“The Security Council resolution is flawed, it allows everything and is reminiscent of a medieval call for a crusade,” Putin said. “In fact, it allows intervention in a sovereign state.”   (*)

 
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Russian youth urge the West to stop attacks on Libya

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RUSSIA, March 21, 2011 (KATAKAMI.COM) — Activists from pro-Kremlin youth groups are protesting the UN military operation  against Libya outside several Western embassies in Moscow, RIA NOVOSTI reported on Monday.

A military operation against Libya’s strongman Muammar Gaddafi, who has ruled the country with an iron fist for more than 40 years, began on Saturday, involving the United States, Britain, France, Italy, Canada and other countries.

Members of the Nashi and Stal (Steel) movements set up pickets in front of the British, French and U.S. embassies and the NATO mission in Moscow.

“Innocent people have already been killed in this massacre, and we demand that the West stop interfering in Libya’s sovereignty and cease attacks on its citizens,” Stal leader Oleg Sokolov told RIA Novosti.

“We are certainly not trying to support the Gaddafi regime, but it is clear that the West’s real intension is not to bring democracy to Libya,” Sokolov said.

Libyan television has reported that at least 50 civilians have been killed and over 150 wounded in the UN strikes and that many health and education facilities have been destroyed.

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Photostream : Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas meets Hungarian President Pal Schmitt

Hungarian President Pal Schmitt (R) and his Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas inspect an honour guard during a welcoming ceremony in Budapest March 21, 2011. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh

President of Palestinian Authority, Mahmud Abbas (L) and his Hungarian counterpart Pal Schmitt review a guard of honour in front of the presidental palace in Budapest on March 21, 2011 during his welcoming ceremony. Mahmud Abbas arrived on March 20, 2011 for his two-day official visit to Hungary. (Photo by ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP/Getty Images)

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, right, and Hungarian President Pal Schmitt, left, pose in front of the view of the Parliament building and the River Danube before their meeting in Budapest, Hungary, Monday, March 21, 2011. Abbas is on a two-day official visit in Budapest to meet top Hungarian politicians. (AP Photo/Bela Szandelszky)

Hungarian President Pal Schmitt (R) gestures as he welcomes his Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas to the presidential palace in Budapest March 21, 2011. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh

 
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The Government of Indonesia Calls for the Protection of Civilians in Libya and an End to Violence

Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa


Jakarta, Indonesia, March 21, 2011 (KATAKAMI.COM) — Responding to the recent developments in Libya, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia underlines that:
 

“Throughout the course of recent developments in Libya, the Government of the Republic of Indonesia has consistently called for the protection by the international community, consistent with the principles of international law and the Charter of the United Nations, of innocent civilians who have fallen victims of unchecked violence.

A strict implementation of Security Council resolution 1973 adopted last 17 March 2011 offers the potential for such protection of innocent civilians.

 

The Government of Indonesia emphasizes that ultimately, however, there is an urgent need for the promotion of conditions conducive for a peaceful, democratic political process to take place in Libya. For the avoidance of a cycle of violence and conflict. For the people of Libya to be able to chart their own democratic future.  (*)

 
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New Iranian calendar year begins

Happy Nowruz

March 21, 2011 (KATAKAMI.COM) — The new Iranian calendar year 1390 has begun and all the Iranians around the globe are celebrating their biggest cultural and national event, Nowruz.

As reported by Iranian Television PRESS TV on Sunday, Nowruz, celebrated on the day of the astronomical vernal equinox, is the first day of spring in northern hemisphere.

Nowruz is observed in 11 countries, namely the Islamic Republic of Iran, Afghanistan, Albania, Azerbaijan, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkey, and Turkmenistan.

Nowruz is an ancestral festivity marking the first day of spring and the renewal of nature. It promotes values of peace and solidarity between generations and within families as well as reconciliation and neighborliness, thus contributing to cultural diversity and friendship among peoples and different communities.

The International Day of Nowruz was registered on the UNESCO List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity on February 23, 2010.  (*)
 
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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad extends Nowruz message

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

IRAN, March 21, 2011 (KATAKAMI.COM) —Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has congratulated all Iranians around the world on the occasion of the new Iranian calendar year, Iranian Television PRESS TV reported on Monday.

In his Monday morning message, President Ahmadinejad hailed Nowruz as a celebration for the whole world and a most prominent cultural heritage of the Iranians.

He expressed hope that the advent of spring would bring peace and justice to the world.

Ahmadinejad also said that the previous Iranian calendar year was a year of dignity for Iranians and wished a prosperous and successful year for the nation.

International Nowruz Day was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in its resolution last year at the initiative of several countries that share this holiday — Afghanistan, Albania, Azerbaijan, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, India, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkey, and Turkmenistan.

The representatives of the mentioned countries will also celebrate Nowruz ceremonies in the building of the United Nations headquarters in New York on Monday.

Tehran will also host the international Nowruz festival with the presence of the presidents of Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Armenia on March 27 and 28. (*)
 
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