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RFE/RL Interviews: The Best Of 2006
December 04, 2006 12:48 GMT
A special page devoted to RFE/RL's interviews with newsmakers and other leading figures from across our broadcast region.
Iranian military observers watching manuevers in November (Fars) - In January, former UN chief weapons inspector
told RFE/RL that the West should offer Iran security guarantees as a way of extracting concessions from Tehran concerning its nuclear program.
A Ukrainian border guard at one of 150 posts set up by Ukraine along its border with Transdniester this spring (TASS) - In a long and wide-ranging interview with RFE/RL in February, Moldovan President
discussed his country's breakaway Transdniester region and relations with Ukraine, Russia, and the West.
A man in Pakistan treads on an EU flag during a February demonstration in Karachi (epa) - In March, moderate Bosnian Muslim leader
Reisu-UI-ulema Mustafa Ceric
told RFE/RL that European Muslims can play a unique role in bridging the gap between the Islamic world and the West.
An Iraqi man displays a Koran destroyed during fighting with insurgent militias in Baghdad in July (epa) - During an interview with RFE/RL's Radio Free Iraq in April, former Iraqi Prime Minister
warned of the beginning of a "social split" in Iraq that, if unchecked, could lead to "catastrophe."
Russian peacekeepers in the Georgian region of South Ossetia in November (epa) - In May, RFE/RL spoke with Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe chairman in office
Karel De Gucht
about models for resolving the so-called frozen conflicts in the former Soviet Union.
U.S. Minsk Group co-Chairman Matthew Bryza (left) and his fellow co-chairs arrive in Baku in October (Turan) - U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State
, the U.S. co-chair of the Minsk Group tasked with negotiating a settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan, made headlines by telling RFE/RL in June that a solution requires more "political will" from the leaders of the two countries.
Mikhail Kasyanov (center) with other opposition figures at the Another Russia conference in Moscow in July (TASS) - During an exclusive interview with RFE/RL in July, former Russian Prime Minister
, who has said he will run for president in 2008, warned that the "anticonstitutional policies" of President Vladimir Putin will likely produce "a political crisis" during the 2007-08 election season.
Demonstrators in Moscow face off with Soviet tanks on August 20, 1991 (TASS) - In August, the world marked the 15th anniversary of the 1991 coup attempt that brought about the collapse of the Soviet Union. In an exclusive RFE/RL interview, former Soviet President
recalled the three tumultuous days that changed the world.
An oil tanker truck burns in Jalalabad following a Taliban bomb explosion in July (epa) - To mark the fifth anniversary of 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States, RFE/RL spoke with former Taliban spokesman
Mullah Abdul Salem Zaeef
. Zaeef expressed no regrets for "defending Islam and the rights of Afghanistan."
Russian teens in St. Petersburg participating in a rally in honor of slain journalist Anna Politkovskaya in October (epa) - Russian investigative journalist
, known for her reporting on the conflict in Chechnya, was gunned down in Moscow on October 7. In her last interview two days earlier, Politkovskaya told RFE/RL that she was investigating allegations of torture by forces loyal to pro-Kremlin Chechen Prime Minister Ramzan Kadyrov.
Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf (left), U.S. President George W. Bush (center), and Afghan President Hamid Karzai at the White House on September 27 (epa) - Afghan President
sat down with RFE/RL in November to discuss relations between his country and Pakistan, among other things. Karzai announced that he had proposed a joint council that would bring together people from both sides of the border to discuss ways of eliminating the violence.
RFE/RL Interviews: The Best Of 2006
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