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January 28, 2004
Armenia: PACE Hears Of Progress Domestically, But Also Of Voting Flaws, Lack Of Progress On Nagorno-Karabakh
The Council of Europe has presented a report on the progress made by Armenia in fulfilling its obligations to maintain democratic and human rights standards in the three years since it became a member. The report criticizes the Armenian government for widespread flaws in elections last year and for its failure to make progress in peace talks with Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh.
January 27, 2004
Azerbaijan: PACE Lambastes Baku Over Political Prisoners, Slow Pace Of Reforms
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) today held a debate on the controversial issue of political prisoners in Azerbaijan and examined Baku's commitments to democratic standards. The debate followed the publication last week of a report by Human Rights Watch that strongly criticized Azerbaijani authorities for stepping up pressure on their opponents following last October's disputed presidential elections.
January 27, 2004
EU: 'Wider Europe' Promise Opens New, But Distant, Prospects For South Caucasus
European Union foreign ministers yesterday decided the bloc should start looking into ways of incorporating Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan into the "Wider Europe" framework of cooperation with new neighbors. This is a landmark event for the three countries, which had been excluded from the program a mere six months earlier.
January 26, 2004
Western Press Review: Debating Iraq's Elections, U.S. Policy In Azerbaijan, And Georgia's New President
Prague, 26 January 2004 (RFE/RL) -- Several analyses in the media today consider the time table for a transfer of power in Iraq, as the debate over how to best conduct elections in the country continues. Also discussed is U.S. policy in Azerbaijan; the Afghan Supreme Court's constitutional loophole; and the inauguration yesterday of Georgia's new president, Mikheil Saakashvili.
January 23, 2004
Azerbaijan: Human Rights Watch Accuses Baku Of Electoral Fraud, Police Torture
Prague, 23 January 2004 (RFE/RL) -- A leading human rights watchdog group is accusing Azerbaijan's authorities of arresting and torturing political opponents following October's disputed presidential election.
January 22, 2004
Russia/Ukraine: Putin, Kuchma Meeting To Focus On Forging Closer Ties
Russian President Vladimir Putin visits Ukraine tomorrow for talks with counterpart Leonid Kuchma. The official reason for the visit is cultural, but as RFE/RL reports, the agenda is bound to hold some difficult issues for the two neighbors.
January 15, 2004
Caucasus: Robust Nature Conservancy Blossoms In South
The Southern Caucasus republics -- Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan -- are still struggling to adapt to the new era that emerged from the collapse of the Soviet Union more than a decade ago. Like other countries in transition, the priority in the Caucasus has been on how to achieve working political and economic systems amid poor infrastructure and fragile social and ethnic situations. Despite the region's practical difficulties, however, a robust nature conservation movement has emerged.