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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 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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