FYROM: Campaign for the referendum is coming to an end
The campaign for the referendum on the issue of the name has entered its final stage Theres only four days remaining now until the country observes 48 hours of electoral silenceIn the ralliesheld during the weekend PM Zoran Zaev called on citizens to vote in favour of the referendum by considering it as a historical opportunityNobody will try and contest our identity any more Nobody will refer to our country as FYROM Were Macedonians and we speak the Macedonian language PM Zoran Zaev saidLeader of BDI Ali Ahmeti said that on September 30 people should embrace the future of the countryThe agreement on the name offers stability security good relations between ethnic groups Therefore on September 30 it should be supported Ahmeti saidThe leader of V...
Kosovo’s Thaci and Pacolli to attend the UN General Assembly
President of Kosovo Hashim Thaci and Foreign Minister Behgjet Pacolli have travelled to New York to participate in the annual session of the UN General AssemblyThe president of Kosovo declared that he and the head of the countrys diplomacy will hold meetings with world leaders in order to push Kosovos EuroAtlantic agenda forward and secure more recognitions of the countrys independenceDuring his stay in the US president Thaci will also attend the annual reception of the US president Donald Trump and First Lady Melanie TrumpIBNA learns that on the sidelines of this session there will also be a meeting between president of Kosovo Hashim Thaci and his Serb counterpart Aleksandar VucicThe meeting will be assisted by US senior officials but it will also be attende...
In its effort to exit the crisis, Turkey is 'betting' on Energy 
Energy and the petrochemical industrywill be the main pillar of the New Economic Plan for the period 20192021 in Turkey According to the countrys Finance Minister Berat Albayrak and the New Economic Plan Yeni Ekonomi Program YEP with state aid and incentives special emphasis will be placed on the development of Renewable Energy Sources RES and the utilisation of national lignite reserves for the purpose of generating electricityThe objective is to reduce the current account deficit as it stands today With balance discipline and transformation as Berat Albayrak has speculated it is also expected to create special development zones for RES In fact he is implementing what he had announced earlier this year as Turkeys Energy and Natural Resources Minister in the fr...
Journalists sued by Defense Minister for libel released from custody
The Greek coalition government was accused of being authoritarian and attempting to intimidate the press following the arrest of three journalists over the weekendThe publisher of Fileleftheros newspaper along with the editorinchief and the chief political editor were detained by police after Defense Minister Panos Kammenos filed a lawsuit against themThe legal action came in response to a report in the newspaper claiming EU funds aimed to help Greece cope with the refugee crisis were being misused Kammenos denied having any involvement in the management of funds destined to help alleviate the refugee crisisKammenos who also leads the ruling Independent Greeks party also took legal action against four more Fileleftheros journalists who reported on the s...
FYROM-Macron: The agreement is crucial for your country’s future, I am FOR
In a video message to the citizens of fYRO Macedonia ahead of upcoming referendum French President Emmanuel Macron said that agreement with Greece secures the future of the country and believes in wisdom of the citizensLadies and gentlemen dear friends I will take up a little of your time to address you directly Our two countries have fostered diplomatic relations for 25 years Twentyfive years of common past and linked destinies among our nations whose roots are deeply embedded throughout the centuriesIn this regard a lot of things have been done in recent years however a major step forward was made on June 17 2018 The step was made with the courage of your leaders between your country and Greece which ended the 27yearold disputeThe Prespa Agreement of Jun...
Mass arrests in the Turkish Air Force
Fifty months after the attempted coup against Recep Tayyip Erdogan which according to the Turkish government was a work of the Guilenists FETO the cleansing within the Turkish armed forces is proceeding at unimpeded paceOn Friday arrest warrants were handed over to 110 Turkish Air Force officers on duty accused of being affiliated with Imam Glen who lives in selfexile in the US The Turkish authorities argue that even today there are nuclei of the Fethullah Glen FETO terrorist organization and this is the reason for the continuation of the operations Among the arrested are three policemen and five pilots as well as officers serving at Incirlik air baseBy Friday night 85 officers had been arrested and the authorities were looking for the rest in 15 Turkish citie...
fYROM: Gjorge Ivanov will abstain from the referendum
His decision to abstain from the referendum about the name issue announced the President of fYROMacedonia Gjorge IvanovThe countrys president speaking at a rally in New York reiterated the claim that the Prespes Agreement is detrimental to the national interests of the country and added that in assuming his duties he has vowed to abide by the Constitution and the lawsThe mandate I received from the citizens of the country twice is to prevent a change of the Constitution in order to change the constitutional name and not to accept ideas and suggestions that will threaten the Macedonian national identity the Macedonian language and the Macedonian cohabitation model I will keep these promises in full and for this reason I will not vote Gjorge Ivanov saidThe Presiden...
Cyprus lures London investors as ExxonMobil stands defiant in face of Turkish warnings
A full spectre of opportunities and incentives that Cyprus is offering investors were presented at Bloombergs London headquarters on Friday at an event organised by the Cyprus Investment Promotion AgencyThe lead speaker was the President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades in London on a stopover on his way to the New York UN General AssemblyHis speech focused on the comparative advantages Cyprus is offering He said that along with the positive repercussions of an ambitious reform programme and the careful management of state finances these advantages have already resulted in renewed substantial investments in a wide range of sectorsHe added that a testament to the fruit borne by his governments efforts and a confirmation of our economic management with obvious pos...
Athens is looking forward to an energy co-operation between Greece and fYROMacedonia
Next week the Greek Minister of Environment and Energy Giorgos Stathakis is expected to visit the fYROMacedonian capital Skopje with thepurpose of his visit beingan energy cooperation between Greece and fYROMacedoniaThere is a framework of agreements and prospects for the energy sector that are absolutely beneficial for both countries the Greek minister noted considering that new important energy agreements between the two sides will followThe construction of a natural gas pipeline from the Thessaloniki region to Negotino is underway on the initiative of the National Gas Transmission System Operator DESFA Athens and Skopjehave been in contact since October 2016 for the interconnection of the two countries Natural Gas Systems The two sides had even signed a Memorand...
Kosovo continues to recruit terrorists
In 2017 also Kosovo proceeded with the militant recruitment of terrorist for terrorist organisations operating in Syria and Iraq According to a State Department report last year 403 people from Kosovo joined the Islamic State and the Al Nusra organisations Of these 74 were killed 133 returned to Kosovo while 196 still remain in the war zones in Syria and IraqThe biggest problem identified until now linkedto the recruiting of militants for the Islamic state by Kosovo is the religious propaganda and the authorities inability to dismantle the recruited trafficking networks For Serbia the report says it has made progress in countering terrorism and preventing its citizens from being recruited in order to go to the Middle East and join terrorist groupsIt is also reported th...