Saturday 1 October 2005
September 23, 2005
World: Emphasis On Infrastructure Could Boost CIS States
Construction workers in Tajikistan (file photo) The World Bank annual meetings this week are reviving focus on infrastructure development as a way of lifting countries out of poverty. The new emphasis has special importance for the poorest of the Soviet successor states, which inherited major infrastructure stocks but have been unable to maintain them. This has contributed to a decline in living standards in states from Moldova to Tajikistan.
September 21, 2005
Moldovan President In Kyiv To Discuss Transdniester
President Voronin (file photo) 21 September 2005 -- Moldovan President Vladimir Voronin arrived in Kyiv today for talks with President Viktor Yushchenko on Ukraine's efforts to settle the conflict over the breakaway Transdniester region.
September 14, 2005
Breakaway Regions Seek Closer Ties With Russia
Georgia has two breakaway republics 14 September 2005 -- Representatives of four regions that have broken away from ex-Soviet republics reiterated their intention in Moscow today to seek international recognition and closer ties with Russia.
August 30, 2005
CIS: Death Notices Serve To Revive Moribund Organization
Will one of these leaders destroy the CIS? Meeting in the wilds of Belarus on 8 December 1991, the presidents of Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus announced the creation of a new Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) on the ruins of the crumbling USSR. Two weeks later, on 21 December 1991, the presidents of 11 former Soviet republics (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan) met in Almaty and signed a protocol to that declaration affirming their countries' membership in the CIS.
August 29, 2005
Moldova: Chisinau Marks Liberation Anniversary, But Some See It Otherwise
Moldovan President Vladimir Voronin and other senior government officials on 24 August took part in solemn celebrations of the 61st anniversary of the liberation of Moldova from the Nazis by the Soviet Army. On the same day, a group of demonstrators in front of the Russian Embassy in Chisinau denounced the Soviet liberation of Moldova as "occupation" and urged an official reinterpretation of the country's 20th-century history.
August 27, 2005
Romania: RFE/RL Speaks With Foreign Minister Mihai Razvan
Romanian Foreign Minister Mihai Razvan Ungurea Romanian Foreign Minister Mihai Razvan Ungurea speaks to RFE/RL about his country's role in resolving the Transdniester conflict, the expansion of the negotiation format, and Romania's efforts to been seen as an exporter of democracy and to join the EU.
August 18, 2005
Presidents Gather At Ukrainian Youth Camp
18 August 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Four presidents and a number of regional celebrities are expected to join some 3,000 children today at Artek, Ukraine, to help celebrate the 80th anniversary --> http://www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2005/08/605cba43-6c5b-42dd-9b86-2f0cb9a9376f.html of the former elite camp for Young Pioneers.