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The Week Ahead: September 12-18

The mandate of the EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia (EUMM) is scheduled to expire on September 14.
The mandate of the EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia (EUMM) is scheduled to expire on September 14.
The Week Ahead is a detailed listing of key events of the coming week affecting RFE/RL's broadcast region.

MONDAY, September 12:

Afghanistan: International Monetary Fund mission to visit Kabul (to September 14).

Armenia/Belarus: Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian visits Minsk.

Georgia/Russia: The next round of Russian-Georgian talks about Russian admission to the WTO to be held in Switzerland.

Iran: Iran's first nuclear power plant, Bushehr, to be officially launched.

Kazakshtan/OSCE: Astana hosts a conference examining a draft law on television and radio broadcasting in Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan: The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to education Kishore Singh visits Kazakhstan (to September 20).

Pakistan/Iran: Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani visits Tehran to hold talks with the Iranian leadership and discuss the regional situation (to September 13).

Russia/U.K.: British Prime Minister David Cameron visits Russia, meets with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in Moscow.

Russia: The Baikal Economic Forum opens in Irkutsk (to September 14).

Ukraine: Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych is expected to visit Turkmenistan (to September 13).

UN: Eighteenth session of the Human Rights Council meeting opens in Geneva.

TUESDAY, September 13:

EU: The European Commission is due to outline proposals to tighten the rules of the passport-free Schengen area in Brussels.

Russia/OSCE: Director of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR) Janez Lenarcic visits Moscow to discuss matters related to monitoring the upcoming Duma elections.

Ukraine: Kyiv hosts its First International Petroleum Summit.

UN: The 66th United Nations General Assembly opens in New York (to September 30).

UN: A global conversation with the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to be streamed live on Facebook, Twitter, Weibo, Livestream, and UN Webcast.

WEDNESDAY, September 14:

EU: First session of the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly attended by representatives from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine to be held in Strasbourg (to September 15).

Georgia/EU: The mandate of the EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia (EUMM) is scheduled to expire.

Kyrgyzstan: Kyrgyz Prime Minister Almazbek Atambaev visits China to discuss the China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan railroad project (to September 16).

Russia/France: Russia's special envoy to NATO Dmitry Rogozin is scheduled to visit Paris to discuss NATO’s plan to build a missile-defense system in Europe.

Ukraine: Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Russia to visit the Ukrainian region of Lugansk (to September 15).

THURSDAY, September 15:

Belarus: The Supreme Court of Belarus is scheduled to start handling the case of the terrorist attack in the Minsk metro last April.

UN: International Day of Democracy.

Russia: Tenth International Investment Forum, attended by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, opens in Sochi (to September 18).

Ukraine: The Eighth Yalta Annual Meeting titled "Ukraine and the World: Common Challenges, Common Future," organized by the Yalta European Strategy (YES), opens.

FRIDAY, September 16:

Belarus/Russia: Russian-Belarusian military exercise Shield of the Union-2011 to begin at the Gorokhovetsky and Ashuluk military training areas in Russia (to September 22).

Russia: Final shareholder agreement for the Gazprom-led South Stream gas pipeline to be signed in Sochi.

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