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The Week Ahead: January 25-31

The presidents of Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Russia meet in Sochi on January 25.
The presidents of Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Russia meet in Sochi on January 25.

The Week Ahead is a detailed listing of key events of the coming week affecting RFE/RL's broadcast region.

MONDAY, January 25:

Afghanistan: A three-day conference on the reconstruction of Afghanistan opens in Prague.

Armenia/Azerbaijan: The presidents of Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Russia meet in Sochi to discuss the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Background: "Armenian Foreign Minister Warns Turkey, Cools Karabakh Peace Talk" (RFE/RL)

Broadcast Region: The presidents of Turkey, Afghanistan, and Pakistan hold meeting to discuss trilateral relations (Reuters).

Iran: The 28th Fajr International Film Festival opens in Tehran (to February 4).

Background: "British Directors Lead Boycott Of Iran's Cultural Showpiece" (The Independent).

Ukraine: Russian Ambassador Mikhail Zurabov, appointed in August, arrives in Kyiv.

Background: "Yushchenko Balks At Envoy" ("The Moscow Times")

Background: "Russia To Send Envoy To Ukraine, Ending Freeze" (RFE/RL)

TUESDAY, January 26:

Afghanistan: Afghan President Hamid Karzai visits Germany, due to meet Chancellor Angela Merkel (Reuters).

Armenia/Iran: Iranian Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki visits Armenia to meet with his Armenian counterpart Edward Nalbandian.

Iran/Russia: Iranian Supreme National Security Council Secretary Saeed Jalili visits Moscow for talks on nuclear cooperation (NOTE: This visit was reported postponed on January 26).

Kazakhstan: Kazakh Foreign Minister and OSCE Chairman-in-Office Kanat Saudabayev attends an EU-OSCE joint ministerial meeting in Brussels.
Background: "Kazakhstan Lays Out Vision For Controversial OSCE Chairmanship" (RFE/RL)

Russia: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev meets Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Sochi (Reuters).

Russia/NATO: Top Russian and NATO generals meet in Brussels (RIA Novosti).

WEDNESDAY, January 27:

Moldova/Romania: Romanian President Traian Basescu makes an official visit to Moldova.

South Caucasus: The European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee discusses the EU Strategy for the South Caucasus.

World: World Economic Forum opens its annual meeting in Davos (to January 31).

World: International Holocaust Remembrance Day; 65th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenhau concentration camp by Soviet troops.

THURSDAY, January 28:

Afghanistan: Britain hosts an international conference on Afghanistan.

Background: "Afghan Talks Could Set Timetable For Security Transfers" (Reuters)

Georgia/Russia: Ninth round of Geneva talks between Russia and Georgia (to January 29).

Iran: Iranian Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki visits Switzerland to attend the World Economic Forum (Trend).

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