Saturday 31 January 2004
January 30, 2004
Ukraine: PACE Censures Efforts To Change Constitution
The Council of Europe, which sets standards for its members on the democratic conduct of government and the defense of human rights, yesterday held an emergency debate on the political crisis in Ukraine. Opposition parties accuse the government of attempting to cling to power through controversial changes to the constitution. RFE/RL correspondent Askold Krushelnycky is in Strasbourg and followed the heated debate.
January 30, 2004
NATO: Ten Years On, Partnership For Peace Looks Farther East
By Eugene Tomiuc NATO's Partnership for Peace, which this month marked its 10th anniversary, has been hailed as one of the most successful programs in the history of the alliance. The PFP has exceeded expectations in achieving its primary goal of fostering military cooperation with ex-communist countries -- 10 of which have joined or are set to join the alliance. Experts now say the PFP could turn its focus to Central Asian states as part of the war on terrorism, and on the Western Balkans.
January 29, 2004
Iraqi Paper Lists Companies And Organizations Hussein Allegedly Bribed With Oil
The Iraqi daily newspaper "Al-Mada" in its 25 January edition published a sensational list of companies, organizations, and individuals who allegedly were allocated crude oil in return for political support for the regime of Saddam Hussein.
January 22, 2004
Ukraine: Council Of Europe Delegation Urges Repeat Of Controversial Ukrainian Vote On Constitution
The Council of Europe this week sent a delegation to Kyiv to investigate the political turmoil in Ukraine. The delegation says it is alarmed by some aspects of the government's attempts to introduce changes to the constitution ahead of presidential elections in October. Some government supporters accused the council of interfering in Ukraine's internal affairs.
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 19, 2004
PACE Official Concerned About Democracy In Ukraine
Kyiv, 18 January 2004 (RFE/RL) -- A leader of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) said today that the body is strongly concerned that Ukraine's constitutional crisis is threatening to undermine democracy in the country.
January 16, 2004
Ukraine: Opposition Disrupts Parliament
The head of the Ukrainian parliament has suspended proceedings until next month, following days of disruption by opposition forces. The opposition is battling proposed constitutional changes that would curtail the president's powers. RFE/RL correspondent Askold Krushelnycky reports that the opposition considers the changes an attempt to preserve President Leonid Kuchma's influence.
January 15, 2004
Russia/Ukraine: Ire Over Kerch Straits Mellows
Last year tension heightened dramatically between Russia and Ukraine over Tuzla Island in the Kerch Strait, a narrow body of water providing access from the Black Sea to the Sea of Azov. It took a meeting between the two countries' presidents to defuse the situation. RFE/RL reports on what has happened since.
January 12, 2004
Western Press Review: Russia's Waning Influence in the Caucasus, Putin's Re-Election Bid, Ukrainian Reform
Prague, 12 January 2004 (RFE/RL) -- Among the topics being discussed in some of the major dailies today are Russia's waning influence in the Caucasus, the Kremlin's tight-fisted control of national politics ahead of presidential elections in March, encouraging liberal political reform in Ukraine, and the high hopes pinned on Georgian President-elect Mikheil Saakashvili: Are they too high to be realized?