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The Week Ahead: July 26 - August 1

The global Convention on Cluster Munitions comes into effect on August 1.
The global Convention on Cluster Munitions comes into effect on August 1.

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

MONDAY, July 26:

EU: EU foreign ministers are expected to discuss and formulate a common response to the ICJ opinion on Kosovo.

Background: "UN Court Says Kosovo Independence Legal" (RFE/RL)

Iran: Tehran expected to respond to International Atomic Energy Agency concerns about nuclear fuel-swap deal negotiated in May.

Moldova/Russia: Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin visits Moldova and the breakaway region of Transdniester.

Turkey: UK Prime Minister David Cameron visits Turkey (until July 27).

World: Sweden hosts the annual conference of the International Council for Central and East European Studies, bringing together some 1,500 researchers, analysts, politicians, and journalists (until July 31).

TUESDAY, July 27:

Bosnia-Herzegovina: A London court is expected to rule on whether to extradite former Bosnian Presidency member Ejup Ganic to Serbia.

Background: "Bosnian Courts Could Have Resolved Ganic Case Years Ago, Critics Say" (RFE/RL)

Georgia/Russia: 12th round of Geneva discussions on stability and security in the Caucasus.

Background: "Statement by the Co-Chairs of the Geneva International Discussions" (OSCE)

Iraq: Parliament convenes for second legislative session.

OSCE: OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatovic delivers first report to OSCE Permanent Council.

Turkey: German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle visits Turkey.


Russia/Ukraine: National holiday marking the Baptism of Rus.

Turkey: French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner visits Turkey.

Ukraine: IMF expected to finalize $14.9 billion bailout loan for Ukraine.

THURSDAY, July 29:

Azerbaijan/Turkey: Turkey-Azerbaijan business forum held in Baku.

CIS: CIS interstate anticorruption council experts group meets in Minsk (until July 30).

FRIDAY, July 30:

Afghanistan/Pakistan: Afghan President Hamid Karzai expected to visit Pakistan.

SATURDAY, July 31:

Azerbaijan: Opposition Musavat Party and Union for Democracy to hold protest action in Baku.

Moldova/Russia: Deadline set by Russia’s consumer-protection agency for Moldova to resolve purported problems with quality of exported wine expires.

Background: "Moldovan Minister Rejects Grounds For Russian Wine Ban" (RFE/RL)

Russia: March of Dissent rallies expected in Russian cities.

World: Fifth World Youth Congress convenes in Istanbul, with delegates from around the world discussing strategies for combating poverty and developing sustainable economies.

SUNDAY, August 1:

World: The 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions becomes binding international law.

Background: "Some 100 States Signing Cluster-Bomb Ban, But Big Powers Absent" (RFE/RL)

World: 35th anniversary of the Helsinki Final Act.

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