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Updates on Libyan war/Stop NATO news: October 27, 2011

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NATO’s Global Juggernaut: Dominos Falling, Hunting Season In Full Swing

Bodies Of 267 Libyan Loyalists Found In Sirte Mass Graves

Bacchanal of Blood: Putin Condemns World Media’s Coverage Of Gaddafi Killing

Might Is Right: Libya, New NATO Model For Syria And Beyond

America’s Pastime Is War: After Libya, Syria…Iran

War Against Syria: Risky Gamble For The U.S.

Oakland Versus Damascus: Time For No-Fly Zone Over U.S.

Venezuela Won’t Recognize Libyan Regime NATO Has Installed

Military Partner: NATO Validates Tunisian Election

Ukraine: NATO Wants To Oversee Legal System, Dictate Verdicts

U.S. Aegis Class Guided Missile Ship Visits Bulgaria

Georgian Defense Conference: NATO Agenda From Lisbon To Chicago

U.S., NATO Preside Over Georgia Defense And Security Conference

Georgia: NATO Caucasus Representative Prepares Chieftain’s Visit

NATO Head’s Visit To Demonstrate Support For Georgia

Azerbaijan, Turkey Finalize Caspian-EU Direct Energy Route

EU Holds Talks With Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan On Trans-Caspian Pipeline

Eastern Partnership: “South Caucasus Very Important For European Union”

Azerbaijan Euro-Atlantic Council Conducts Inaugural Meeting

Canada, U.S. Jointly Host NATO’s Largest-Ever International Non-Lethal Capabilities Technology Showcase

Afghan War: NATO Base Under Attack In Kandahar

Pakistan Fires Warning Shots At NATO Helicopters In FATA

Pentagon Strengthens Military Ties With Cambodia, ASEAN

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NATO’s Global Juggernaut: Dominos Falling, Hunting Season In Full Swing

http://rt.com/politics/columns/bridge-too/nato-gaddafi-us-yugoslavia/

RT
October 27, 2011

NATO hunting season in full swing
Robert Bridge

Like dominoes they are falling: Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya. Even al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was taken out in a surprise ambush by US special forces at his secret hideout inside of nuclear-armed Pakistan.

Since its first act of aggression on the territory of a sovereign state (on February 28, 1994, NATO aircraft shot down four jets in the Bosnian War) each successive NATO operation is revealing an increasingly disturbing trend: the leaders of the condemned countries are meeting violent, even barbaric ends. Has the rule of law taken a back seat in NATO’s global juggernaut?

Compare the ‘natural’ death of Slobodan Milosevic, former President of Serbia and Yugoslavia, with that of the grisly murder of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. Shortly after the end of the Yugoslavian War, which saw a massive NATO aerial bombardment that lasted from March 24, 1999 to June 10, 1999, Milosevic was sent to The Hague to stand trial for charges of war crimes. Milosevic surprised his accusers by deciding to represent himself in the five-year trial. The case, however, abruptly ended without a verdict when the former four-term leader died of an apparent heart attack.

Although NATO’s participation in the Yugoslav War was flawed from the start (it did not have the full support of the UN Security Council), at least Milosevic was treated to a semblance of civilized legal procedure and decorum. Incidentally, Yugoslavia filed a complaint at the International Court of Justice against ten NATO member countries (Belgium, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Canada, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, and the United States). The Court did not decide upon the case, however, because it ruled that Yugoslavia was not a member of the UN during the war.

NATO’s next violation of international law occurred in Iraq, where the United States led a wild goose chase in the hunt for weapons of mass destruction, which failed to materialize.

The Bush administration was then obliged to change its mission statement in Iraq to “democracy building” – an interesting concept from a man who entered the White House due to his selection by a right-leaning Supreme Court, as opposed to his election by We the People.

Meanwhile, Iraq President Saddam Hussein was found hiding in a hole in Tikrit, whereupon he was treated to the humiliation of a medical examination in full view of media cameras. It was a nice gesture, but Hussein was ultimately hanged on Dec. 30, 2006 by the Iraqi interim government. Many observers questioned why the Baathist leader was not granted a ‘fair trial’ at the ICC as opposed to a show trial arranged by his political opponents.

That brings us to Libya, where the world was just treated to ghastly images of Muammar Gaddafi being torn apart by a wild mob moments after his capture. Not only does this barbaric execution – the autopsy revealed Gaddafi died from a gunshot wound to the head – speak volumes about what the future holds for this North African nation (which was doing fairly well for itself with free healthcare and education before the civil war began) it shows exactly how callous NATO has become in its coordination of these jolly little wars.

Although NATO was the primary firepower behind the Libyan opposition’s victory, it did nothing to protect Muammar Gaddafi and ensure that he received a fair trial at the ICC. This was in its power. NATO could have made specific demands on Libya’s opposition that it wanted Gaddafi taken alive. But, possibly not wanting a replay of another highly publicized international trial (ala Slobodan Milosevic), NATO even attacked Gaddafi’s caravan as it was attempting to flee from Sirte. The United Nations resolution never mentioned NATO taking sides in the civil war. It only mentioned that the western military bloc was empowered to “protect civilians.”

Commenting on Gaddafi’s demise, former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, 85, denounced NATO for its role in the overthrow of Libyan leader, saying the “brutal military alliance has become the most perfidious instrument of repression the history of humanity has known.”

Castro also expressed indignation at the killing of Gaddafi and the subsequent treatment of his body, which he said was “kidnapped and exhibited like a trophy of war, a conduct that violates the most elemental principles of Muslim norms and other religious beliefs.”

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin called images of Gaddafi being beaten by the mob “disgusting.”

The killing of Gaddafi was not the first time that a wanted individual received what could best be described as barbaric treatment at the hands of his enemies.

As horrible as al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was, what did the US forces who killed him at his ‘secret’ hideout in Pakistan have to gain by not taking him out alive? By all accounts, bin Laden was unarmed and offered no resistance during the much-hyped gunfight. After his summary execution, his body was dumped into the sea, yet flying him back to Afghanistan alive would have been a much shorter trip. And imagine all the secrets bin Laden took to his grave!

Yes. Osama bin Laden was suspected of committing terrible crimes, but what did his enemies gain by killing him and then disposing of his body in a way that would only further enrage his followers? The answer is simple: nothing.

When will NATO and its member states begin to behave better than their avowed enemies?

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Bodies Of 267 Libyan Loyalists Found In Sirte Mass Graves

http://en.ria.ru/world/20111027/168149469.html

Russian Information Agency Novosti
October 27, 2011

Bodies of 267 Gaddafi loyalists found in Sirte

The bodies of 267 people have been found buried in mass graves in Sirte…Fox News said.

Most of the dead were supporters of Gaddafi and had been executed, Fox News reported late on Wednesday citing a Red Cross source who spoke with an online Libyan newspaper.

The discovery of mass graves in Sirte and its surroundings comes a day after Gaddafi and one of his sons were buried at a secret location in the Libyan desert.

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Bacchanal of Blood: Putin Condemns World Media’s Coverage Of Gaddafi Killing

http://en.rian.ru/world/20111026/168144832.html

Russian Information Agency Novosti
October 26, 2011

Putin condemns footage showing Gaddafi death

MOSCOW: Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Wednesday condemned the way world media covered the death of ousted Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

“Nearly the entire Gaddafi family was killed. His corpse was shown on all world TV channels. It’s impossible to look at it without disgust!” Putin said at a meeting of the coordination council of the All-Russian People’s Front.

Gaddafi, who ruled Libya for 42 years, died shortly after being captured alive by National Transitional Council fighters near his hometown of Sirte last week.

Putin said journalists should be aware of what they are doing when they show such footage.

“Inside of their community, people should realize what they are doing and bear moral responsibility,” he said.

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Might Is Right: Libya, New NATO Model For Syria And Beyond

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/indepth/2011-10/26/c_131214016.htm

Xinhua News Agency
October 26, 2011

Syria next?
By Li Hongmei

Media worldwide have been bent on speculation since Colonel Gaddafi was dragged out of a drainpipe and met a violent end: the killing of Gaddafi would send shivers down the spine of Syria’s al-Assad regime.

This coincided with the tit-for-tat ambassador withdrawal between Damascus and Washington.

The U.S. withdrew its ambassador to Syria on October 24 over “fears for his safety” in the face of what the U.S. said was a growing campaign of incitement against him being orchestrated by the Syrian regime.

The Syrian government gave a quick response the same day, ordering home its envoy to Washington for the sake of consulting on its relations with Washington, actually raising the diplomatic stakes.

With NATO operations in Libya coming to an end, which is said to conclude on October 31, some NATO members somewhat suggested Syria could be the next target.

France, which started the air strikes on Libya, is currently pushing for the UN to take “responsibilities” and sanction the “bloody repression” in Syria.

French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe was cited as saying, “France is asking the UN Security Council to assume its responsibilities and [enforce] sanction[s against] the bloody repression.”

“I hope we will soon reach an agreement on multilateral action that can step up pressure on the Syrian regime,” Juppe said.

U.S. vice-president, Joe Biden, last week triggered the speculation by saying that the military model used in Libya – US air power in support of rebels on the ground backed by French and British special forces – could be used elsewhere.

Further, U.S. senator and former Republican presidential candidate John McCain has also hinted that there is a real chance of intervention in Syria.

Speaking at the World Economic Forum, he said: “Now that military operations in Libya are ending, there will be renewed focus on what practical military operations might be considered to protect civilian lives in Syria.”

It seems that NATO, especially the U.S., finally relished and so cherished the rare victorious fruit from its battle fronts on foreign soils, and Libya acts as an outlandish model which has satisfied the appetite of the powers involved for the unchallenged position of super-military might, as well as its logic: Might is Right.

But, whether or not NATO would recalibrate its focus upon Syria is not merely a question of its willingness and ambition to sweep away all the “anti-West regimes”, but more of a question whether or not the Libya military model could be replicated elsewhere, and how far the proxy war can go.

At least, one thing needs pondering: To launch operations is to “protect civilian lives” from “bloody repression”, but is “friendly casualties” – civilians killed through mistaken bombing, accident and negligence – any less bloody?

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America’s Pastime Is War: After Libya, Syria…Iran

http://www.asiantribune.com/news/2011/10/26/after-libya-syria

Asian Tribune
October 27, 2011

By S.H. Moulana

Riyadh: On a recent visit to Jordan, US Republican Senator John McCain stopped short of referring to striking Syria by US or NATO, but said, “there will be renewed focus on what practical military operations might be considered” against President Bashar Assad’s regime.

McCain said that military action to protect civilians in Syria might be considered now that NATO’s air campaign in Libya is ending.

The US seem to be having a very busy schedule. It started with Afghanistan, then it moved to Iraq, followed by Libya and now eying Syria with the intention of having a go at Iran too. The senator, who is a Vietnam War veteran, has said, “No issue unifies the American people more than the need to protect our friends, our allies — Israel — from the comprehensive threat posed by the Iranian regime.” It looks that the US will never get fed up with war; in short, it has become a pastime for it. However, all these wars are fought not to protect its own borders but thousands of miles away in foreign countries.

The excuse being fighting a “threat to American security”! In the meantime, one wonders why it does not worry about the Yemeni people as much as it worried about the Libyans and the Syrians. The region has become a happy hunting ground for the warmongers because of the two impotent organizations, namely the Arab League and the OIC in which these affected or threatened countries are members.

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War Against Syria: Risky Gamble For The U.S.

http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90780/7628570.html

China.org.cn
October 27, 2011

War in Syria: Gamble for US

-If the West launches a war in Syria, it probably will have to pay a price that is much higher than the price it had paid for the Libyan War. The war probably will even turn into a blasting fuse and lead the entire Middle East into irremediable chaos.

The U.S. State Department recently withdrew its ambassador in Syria Robert Ford because of serious concerns about his personal safety.

It seems that the recent changes of situations are proving that Syria will be the next Libya. Since Qaddafi was killed, the contradictions between the United States and Syria have been intensifying. Both countries have withdrawn their ambassadors. As the U.S. ambassador in Syria was being withdrawn, the severity of United Sates’ accusations against Syria is also escalating. John McCain, a senator of the Republican Party of the United States, said that Syria is a focal point of the United States’ attention and the military operation is an option for the United States.

According to the current situations faced by Syria, including the sanctions and intimidations from the United States, United Kingdom, France and other countries and the prepared Syrian rebels, it seems that Bashar al-Assad will be the next Qaddafi.

Though it may not have the same natural resources as Libya, Syria is important for its strategic geographic position. If the West launches a war in Syria, it probably will have to pay a price that is much higher than the price it had paid for the Libyan War. The war probably will even turn into a blasting fuse and lead the entire Middle East into irremediable chaos. Therefore, it is a gamble for the West to launch a war in Syria, and it is uncertain that whether the West will win or not.

Some media agencies and experts said that the losses were greater than gains in the Libya war. Particularly, the serious injury and death of the long-term leader Muammar Qaddafi have enabled some countries to see through many things. Syrian President Bashar Assad has perhaps been very impressed with Qaddafi’s suffering just before and after his death. The miserable end of Qaddafi will only make Assad tougher.

The death toll in the Libya war has reached at least 30,000. If a war takes place in Syria, Assad, who is clearly aware of the consequences of failure, will perhaps take lessons from Qaddafi and try all means to fight the opposition. Such a mindset would likely result in a higher number of deaths and injuries related to the Syria war.

Syria has a far stronger military than Libya. Syria’s military is the strongest in the Arab world. If Assad resolves to fight to the end, the Syria war will be crueler than the Libya war, with more deaths and a longer duration.

At the same time, al-Assad may make the desperate move of attacking Israel. According to a report by the Israel-based Jerusalem Post in July, the Israeli intelligence agency found that the Syrian military was conducting unusual troop movements in border areas and might launch long-range ballistic missiles toward Israel. Israel said that Syria might want to distract domestic and international attention by fighting a war with Israel.

If a war in Syria occurs, blood, violence, and chaos will again become key buzzwords in the Middle East and North Africa. Under current circumstances, a Syrian war would cost Western powers dearly, and it would be an unwise move and a risky gamble to launch such a war.

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Oakland Versus Damascus: Time For No-Fly Zone Over U.S.

http://english.ruvr.ru/2011/10/27/59455904.html

Voice of Russia
October 27, 2011

Damascus, Oakland and further on…
Boris Volkhonsky

-In the end, the only type of measures the U.S. establishment seems to resort to is teargas. But then, who can tell in what way Oakland is different from Damascus? And won’t this become a habitual practice for the governments of the “civilized” world to handle whatever challenges they may face in future?

“If Occupy Oakland was in Damascus, the U.S. State Department would be telling Wolf Blitzer (a famous CNN journalist and TV show host. – BV) how unacceptable it was to teargas peaceful marchers,” The Huffington Post writes citing a Twitter blogger.

In fact, what started as a marginal event and a kind of theatrical performance staged by a few dozen activists in New York some six weeks ago, has now grown into a global phenomenon no one can put a blind eye to. Protesters are marching in all major U.S. cities and all over Western Europe. Politicians are making conflicting remarks on the “Occupy” movement. Still, the exact goals of the protesters and a possible outcome of the protests remain unclear.

It is clear what they are against – the corporate greed, the unevenness of the public wealth’s distribution, the corrupt legal authorities and governing structures that have proved their complete impotence in the face of the crisis that erupted in 2008, but is far from being over yet.

It is even less clear what reaction is to be expected from local authorities confronting a phenomenon unheard-of in major Western nations since 1968. The recent events in Oakland, where the police used tear gas to disperse the demonstrators, show that the U.S. authorities are not too different in their methods than the much-condemned rulers of Syria. Some blame what happened in Oakland on Mayor Jean Quan, stating that was just an excess of zeal. But while the protests are gaining momentum, many more U.S. mayors might be ready to follow Ms. Quan’s example. At least, according to “Occupy Arrests” Twitter feed, there have already been more than 2,500 arrests world-wide, associated with the Occupy movement. How many are to follow?

The funny thing (if anything can be funny about the use of teargas) is that several weeks ago Jean Quan herself marched with the protesters – in line with Democratic Party policies to position the Occupy movement as a left-wing counter-balance to the Tea Party on the right. But despite the deep political distinction between the two, there is one thing they do have in common – that is, a complete distrust in the existing governing system.

The mistrust of the government is clearly demonstrated by all the latest polls. President Barack Obama enjoys the low rating of 46 percent. A slight consolation for him might be that the Congress is even less trusted – with only about 9 percent approval.

This trend is developing against the growing popularity of the “Occupy” movement. The latest CBS News/New York Times poll shows that 43 percent of Americans agree with the views of the movement.

As usually happens at crisis times, too many people and institutions seek to use the growing popularity of a public phenomenon they have never been associated with. For example, a married couple in Long Island has filed an application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to register a trade mark “Occupy Wall Street”, seeing a potential of it becoming a global trend.

This only reminds of one the early 2000s, when Osama bin Laden’s portrait was printed on thousands of T-shirts in countries like Pakistan.

Osama bin Laden remained the most dreaded terrorist despite the fact that his face was looking out from T-shirts. Likewise, the “Occupy” movement still remains a growing trend and a growing threat to the establishment, while the establishment itself seems not to know how to handle it.

In the end, the only type of measures the U.S. establishment seems to resort to is teargas. But then, who can tell in what way Oakland is different from Damascus? And won’t this become a habitual practice for the governments of the “civilized” world to handle whatever challenges they may face in future?

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Venezuela Won’t Recognize Libyan Regime NATO Has Installed

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle-east/venezuelas-chavez-says-he-wont-recognize-new-government-in-libya/2011/10/26/gIQA7mzjJM_story.html

Associated Press
October 26, 2011

Venezuela’s Chavez says he won’t recognize new government in Libya

CARACAS, Venezuela: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Wednesday that he won’t recognize Libya’s new government and predicted more war in the country.

“For us, there is no government in Libya,” Chavez told reporters at the presidential palace.

“We don’t recognize the government that NATO has installed. It’s installed a government through bombs in Libya and through a genocide…and an assassination,” Chavez said.

“Independently of who the president was, whether you or others didn’t like him…he was the president of Libya,” Chavez said.

He said the conflict has left behind a shattered country, and he predicted that it isn’t over.

“Libya isn’t under anyone’s control. A war will start there now,” Chavez said. “Well, it already started, imposed by NATO and the United Nations Security Council.”

“They destroyed that country, and now there’s chaos there, violence everywhere,” he added.

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Military Partner: NATO Validates Tunisian Election

http://www.nato.int/cps/en/SID-0EB95426-F45A5B10/natolive/news_79860.htm

North Atlantic Treaty Organization
October 24, 2011

NATO Secretary General statement on the Tunisian elections

I congratulate the Tunisian people who participated in the country’s first free and fair elections for the Constituent Assembly. They showed their firm commitment to freedom and democracy. This is a historic achievement for the country that opened the way for the Arab Spring and another important milestone for the whole region.

Tunisia is a valued partner in NATO’s Mediterranean Dialogue and I look forward to enhancing our partnership.

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Ukraine: NATO Wants To Oversee Legal System, Dictate Verdicts

http://www.interfax.com.ua/eng/main/83658/

Interfax-Ukraine
October 26, 2011

NATO member-states may discuss situation in Ukraine while assessing implementation of annual national plan, says Appathurai

-The official…said that during their work in Ukraine they would hold meetings not only with Ukrainian authorities, but also with representatives of the country’s opposition.

NATO member-states may discuss the latest political developments in Ukraine in the context of the country’s implementation of its annual national program for 2011, NATO’s Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy James Appathurai said at a press conference in Kyiv on Wednesday

The latest political events in Ukraine cannot but cause concern and the alliance has already expressed its position, Appathurai said. He stressed the importance of the observance of the law in Ukraine.

Appathurai didn’t rule out that these issues would be considered by the member-states during the assessment of the implementation of the annual national program for 2011, since it has a political aspect.

“The national annual plan has a section on legal reform – the reform of the judicial system. Thus, I cannot rule out the possibility that it will also be discussed when we put up this issue (the implementation of the annual national plan) for general discussion by the NATO countries,” he said.

The official said that the alliance’s delegation arrived in Ukraine to assess the implementation of the annual national program for 2011. Appathurai recalled that the national program deals with the reforms that Ukraine itself put on the plan.

The official also said that during their work in Ukraine they would hold meetings not only with Ukrainian authorities, but also with representatives of the country’s opposition.

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U.S. Aegis Class Guided Missile Ship Visits Bulgaria

http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=63460

U.S. Navy
October 26, 2011

USS Philippine Sea Visits Bulgaria
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Gary A. Prill, Navy Public Affairs Support Element-East Detachment Sigonella

BURGAS, Bulgaria: Guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) arrived in Burgas, Oct. 25, for a regularly scheduled port visit as part of U.S. 6th Fleet’s strategy to enhance regional stability in the Black Sea by strengthening maritime partnerships.

During their visit to Burgas, the first by a U.S. Navy ship in 12 years, the crew will host a reception for local military and civilian officials.

“We have a very busy schedule to include a formal dinner with local military and civilian leaders,” said Capt. Stephen Shinego, commanding officer of Philippine Sea…

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Georgian Defense Conference: NATO Agenda From Lisbon To Chicago

http://www.mod.gov.ge/index.php?page=77&lang=1&type=&Id=1178

Ministry of Defence of Georgia
October 26, 2011

Georgian Defence and Security Conference

On October 27-28 the Georgian Defence and Security Conference will be held at the Radisson Blu Iveria hotel. Georgian and international representatives will discuss the new challenges of the global security sphere, ongoing defence reforms of Georgia and achieved progress at the conference organized by the Ministry of Defence of Georgia…

Duirng two days the participants of the conference will discuss important issues such as the NATO Agenda from Lisbon to Chicago, Georgia’s NATO membership perspectives, the Black Sea Region in the Euroatlantic security dimension, challenges of the security sphere, the ongoing reform in the Georgian defence sphere, main trends in military education, view of civil society and its contribution, democratic control and existing challenges and the way ahead for the ISAF mission.

Along with the forum, the participants of the conference will also hold bilateral meetings with foreign visitors.

10:00    –     opening remarks – Vice Prime Minister of Georgia and State Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, Giorgi Baramidze;
(During 10 minutes photo and video shooting are allowed)

10:45 –     Vice Prime Minister of Georgia and State Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, Giorgi Baramidze meets with U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense  Celeste Wallander;
(At the beginning of the conference cameramen will be allowed only for 3 minutes)

14:30        Minister of Defence of Georgia Bacho Akhalaia meets with U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense  Celeste Wallander.
(At the beginning of the conference cameramen will be allowed only for 3 minutes)

After the end of the meeting, official statements will be made for media.

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U.S., NATO Preside Over Georgia Defense And Security Conference

http://rustavi2.com/news/news_text.php?id_news=43582&pg=1&im=main&ct=0&wth=

Rustavi 2
October 27, 2011

Tbilisi hosts Georgia`s Defense and Security Conference

The Hotel Radisson is hosting a conference dedicated to defense and security issues in Georgia. The Personal Representative of the NATO Secretary General for the South Caucasus and Central Asia, James Appathurai, and the ambassador of the United States to Georgia John Bass are attending the conference along with Georgian authorities.

The conference was opened by the Vice Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Baramidze. But before the beginning of the event, James Appathurai talked to journalists about the goals of the visit.

“This is a defense and security conference and shows the evolution of the strategic culture here in this country. The program will be very interesting and there are a number of very important issues to be addressed. I will have series of bilateral meetings to prepare the important visit coming up which is the visit of the North Atlantic Council led by the Secretary General.

“They are all very much looking forward to this meeting, because they want to do a few things. One is to reconfirm with this visit the commitment of the NATO to out partnership with this country. The principles of our partnership with Georgia have not changed and that includes the Bucharest decisions, which the allies continue to stand by. But we also want to learn more about very substantial reforms carried out by Georgian government,`

Appathurai said and emphasized the significance of Georgia`s participation in the ISAF mission.

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Georgia: NATO Caucasus Representative Prepares Chieftain’s Visit

http://www.interfax.com/newsinf.asp?pg=7&id=283210

Interfax
October 27, 2011

Appathurai preparing NATO secretary-general’s visit to Georgia

TBILISI: NATO Special Representative for the South Caucasus and Central Asia James Appathurai arrived in Tbilisi on Thursday to lay the groundwork for a November visit to Georgia by NATO Council members and the alliance’s Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

Appathurai said that the first thing he would do upon arrival in Tbilisi would be to open an important conference on NATO’s role in security.

The NATO official said he planned to meet with Georgia’s leadership, and the main issue he would discuss at these meetings would be the NATO Secretary General’s upcoming visit.

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http://rustavi2.com/news/news_text.php?id_news=43578&pg=1&im=main&ct=0&wth=

Rustavi 2
October 27, 2011

Appathurai arrived in Tbilisi

The Personal Representative of the NATO Secretary General for the South Caucasus and Central Asia, James Appathurai, has arrived in Georgia this morning. Within the two-day visit, Appathurai will hold meetings with the Prime Minister, Vice PM and the National Security Secretary. Meetings will be held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs too.

One of the main goals of his second visit to the country is to prepare the upcoming visit of the NATO Secretary General to Georgia.

Appathurai is attending the defense and security conference at the Radisson Blu Iveria at the moment.

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NATO Head’s Visit To Demonstrate Support For Georgia

http://en.trend.az/regions/scaucasus/georgia/1950157.html

Trend News Agency
October 27, 2011

Special representative: NATO Secretary General’s visit to Tbilisi – display of support for Georgia
N. Kirtskhalia

Tbilisi: NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen’s visit to Tbilisi is a display of the Alliance’s support for Georgia, NATO Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia James Appathurai told journalists in Tbilisi on Thursday.

“Georgia has achieved great successes with its NATO integration, reforming the country, and we recognize this success of Georgia,” he said.

However, Appathurai said Georgia will have to carry the reforms on the democratization of the country and armed forces to completion to meet NATO standards.

“We help Georgia in this matter. In this regard the Georgia-NATO Commission was established and we implement annual programs. All this brings Georgia close to accession to the Alliance,” he said.

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Azerbaijan, Turkey Finalize Caspian-EU Direct Energy Route

http://en.trend.az/capital/viewpoint/1949697.html

Trend News Agency
October 26, 2011

Europe becomes closer to Azerbaijani gas
Trend Agency expert Seymur Aliyev

BAKU: Azerbaijan and Turkey have recently agreed on a package of documents in the gas sector. This has historical importance for these countries, Europe and Caspian Basin countries. In essence, these agreements, including the most important document on gas transit via Turkey, opened a direct route for Azerbaijani gas to Europe.

Moreover, by signing this agreement, Azerbaijan removed the last obstacles to implement several major energy projects, such as the development of the second stage of the giant field Shah Deniz and the construction of major export gas pipelines (Nabucco, ITGI, TAP). However, this agreement will facilitate the implementation of such projects as the Trans-Caspian gas pipeline, the development of new gas fields in the Caspian Sea and, especially, in Azerbaijan.

The agreement on gas transit allows Baku to determine the route of transporting gas to Europe. Earlier, the Nabucco, ITGI, and TAP pipelines, included in the Southern Gas Corridor submitted their proposals to the Shah Deniz partners. A route will be chosen in the nearest future. Afterwards, a sanction will be given to implement the Shah Deniz second stage (before the end of this year).

Gas, produced from the field, is considered as the main source for the projects of the Southern Gas Corridor. It is one of the priority energy projects for the EU. It intends to diversify the routes and sources of energy supplies and thereby increase EU ***energy security***.

Azerbaijan plans to supply 10 billion cubic meters of gas to Europe from 2017 within the Shah Deniz 2 project.

Another 6 billion cubic meters will be delivered to Turkey in addition to 6.6 billion cubic meters within the Shah Deniz first stage of development.

The contract to develop the offshore Shah Deniz field was signed June 4, 1996. Participants in the agreement are: BP (operator) – 25.5 percent, Statoil Hydro – 25.5 percent, NICO – 10 percent, Total – 10 percent, LukAgip – 10 percent, TPAO – 9 percent, SOCAR-10 percent.

Reserves of the Shah Deniz field are estimated at 1.2 trillion cubic meters of gas.

Presently gas has been transported to Georgia and Turkey via the South Caucasus gas pipeline.

Peak production at the field is projected at 9 billion cubic meters in the first phase.

According to forecasts, gas production will be brought up to 24 billion cubic meters per year within the second stage of field development.

However, gas supplies to Europe may begin much earlier. Today, Turkey re-exports part of Azerbaijani gas to Greece. The signing of the transit agreement will allow transporting direct gas supplies to this country. There is an agreement between the countries participating in this process.

The transit agreement between Azerbaijan and Turkey actually connected Europe and the Caspian region by an energy chain. This agreement opens the way to Europe not only for gas from the Shah Deniz field. Gas from such big Azerbaijani gas fields as Umid, Absheron and other prospective structures may be delivered through this way in the future.

This corridor will also transport natural gas from other countries of the Caspian region.

One can say that after signing the transit agreement, Europe has become even closer to Azerbaijan. Brussels is closer to Baku. It is explained by the necessity to diversify energy supplies to the EU to ensure energy security. This is also explained by the fact that Azerbaijan is the only real supplier of natural gas in this direction today. It has large proven gas reserves worth 2.6 billion cubic meters.

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http://en.trend.az/capital/energy/1949881.html

Trend News Agency
October 26, 2011

Shah Deniz partners hail signing of gas agreements package between Azerbaijan and Turkey

BAKU: The partners in the development of the Azerbaijani Shah Deniz field welcome the signing of an agreement to purchase Azerbaijani gas, its transit and an intergovernmental agreement between Azerbaijan and Turkey signed on Oct. 25, BP-Azerbaijan Foreign Relations Department head Tamam Bayatli told Trend on Wednesday.

“The signed agreements will contribute to BP and its partners’ efforts on the development of the Shah Deniz field, making a final investment decision on the implementation of the second phase of its development, as well as the implementation of the Southern Gas Corridor projects,” Bayatli said.

She said the signing of these documents will allow the Shah Deniz consortium to continue choosing a pipeline for gas export to Europe, as well as approve agreement on gas sale with potential buyers.

The transit agreement is necessary for the implementation of projects of Azerbaijani gas transportation to Europe within the Southern Gas Corridor.

The gas produced during the second stage of Shah Deniz field development is regarded as the main source for the Southern Gas Corridor project. Within Shah Deniz-2 project, Azerbaijan is planning to deliver 10 billion cubic meters of gas to Europe.

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EU Holds Talks With Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan On Trans-Caspian Pipeline

http://en.apa.az/news.php?id=158229

Azeri Pres Agency
October 27, 2011

European Union starts negotiations with Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan on Trans-Caspian gas pipeline
Victoria Dementieva

Baku: The European Union started negotiations on the legal basis of a Trans-Caspian gas pipeline with Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan.

APA reports that Azerbaijani Deputy Foreign Minister Mahmud Mammadguliyev said that the first meeting in this framework was held in Brussels: “The first talks were held in the second week of October in Brussels. Representatives of the European Union, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan participated in the negotiations”.

On September 7, the EU approved the mandate given to the European Commission to negotiate an agreement for the legal framework for a Trans-Caspian gas pipeline system with Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan. The Trans-Caspian pipeline is supposed to connect the Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan shores of the Caspian Sea to export gas via Azerbaijan to Europe. The expected annual capacity of the Tengiz (Kazakhstan) Turkmenbashi (Turkmenistan) Baku (Azerbaijan) Tbilisi (Georgia) Erzurum (Turkey) route amounts to 20-30 billion cubic meters of gas. The cost of the project is estimated at 7.9 billion euros.

On September 13, Russian Foreign Ministry issued a statement that the realization of Trans-Caspian project was impossible till the determination of the legal status of the Caspian Sea by five Caspian littoral states.

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Eastern Partnership: “South Caucasus Very Important For European Union”

http://en.apa.az/news.php?id=158270

Azeri Press Agency
October 27, 2011

Philippe Lefort: “The South Caucasus is very important for the European Union”
Victoria Dementieva

-“Your region has an enormous potential. After the settlement of conflicts, which slows the development of the region, the region’s significance will increase more”.

Baku: “EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton dispalys a great interest in the South Caucasus region, that’s why this region is very important for the European Union”, European Union’s Special Representative for the South Caucasus and the crises in Georgia Philippe Lefort, APA reports.

Lefort recalled that within the Eastern Partnership Summit held recently in Poland, Ashton met with leaders of all three South Caucasus countries: “She plans to visit the region, but the date of the visit is still unknown”.

Lefort said that the EU displayed great interest in the region especially because of the gas export project to Europe: “Your region has an enormous potential. After the settlement of conflicts, which slows the development of the region, the region’s significance will increase more”.

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Azerbaijan Euro-Atlantic Council Conducts Inaugural Meeting

http://en.apa.az/news.php?id=158235

Azeri Press Agency
October 27, 2011

Azerbaijan Euro-Atlantic Council holds inaugural meeting
Ramil Mammadli

Baku: The inaugural meeting of Azerbaijan Euro-Atlantic Council has been held today. APA reports that the agenda of the meeting was approved after its official opening. Chairman of the organization’s organizing committee Sulhaddin Akbar delivered a speech. Then the members of inaugural meeting’s chairmanship, editorial staff and counting commission were elected.

The decision was passed after the discussions on inauguration of the council, the organization’s charter was approved after amendments and annexes. The organizing issues were also considered at the meeting. The council’s Board of Directors and Utilization Review Committee were elected. Former Chairman of Musavat Party’s Assembly Sulhaddin Akbar was elected the Chairman of Euro-Atlantic Council.

The Council’s Manifest was adopted at the conference. Then the current issues were considered.

The council was founded by 145 organizations represented in the NGO sector and an individual person.

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Canada, U.S. Jointly Host NATO’s Largest-Ever International Non-Lethal Capabilities Technology Showcase

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/canada-and-us-jointly-host-natos-largest-ever-international-non-lethal-capabilities-technology-showcase-2011-10-26

Department of National Defence
October 26, 2011

Canada and U.S. Jointly Host NATO’s Largest Ever International Non-Lethal Capabilities Technology Showcase

OTTAWA, ONTARIO: The 2011 North American Technology Demonstration (NATD) being held at the Ottawa Convention Centre is bringing together a thousand of the world’s leaders in defence and security. NATO’s three-day technology demonstration is hosted jointly by the Department of National Defence (DND) and the United States Department of Defence’s Non-Lethal Weapons Program and is expected to attract military and civilian members from over 30 different countries. The 2011 NATD will showcase non-lethal capabilities that can be acquired and fielded quickly in support of NATO and counter-terrorism operations.

“Non-lethal capabilities provide operating forces with an important capability that reduces casualties and collateral damage, and saves lives in situations where distinguishing between adversaries and innocent civilians is difficult,” said the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence. “In hosting this year’s conference, we are injecting over $1.5 million dollars into the Canadian economy.”

Canada is the chairman of the NATO Defence Against Terrorism (DAT) programme of work’s 11th Initiative on non-lethal capabilities. The programme of work for the DAT’s 11th initiative serves to provide NATO forces with better response capabilities that minimize collateral damage.

The schedule for the 2011 NATD includes NATO and Allied Working Group Meetings on 25 October, a conference and static display on 26 October, and a dynamic demonstration of non-lethal capabilities on 27 October.

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Afghan War: NATO Base Under Attack In Kandahar

http://www.pajhwok.com/en/2011/10/27/prt-office-kandahar-comes-under-attack

Pajhwok Afghan News
October 27, 2011

PRT office in Kandahar comes under attack
By Bashir Ahmad Naadem

KANDAHAR CITY: A group of militants attacked the Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) office in southern Kandahar on Thursday afternoon, a witness said.

The American PRT office in the Shirkat Miwa area of the 10th police district came under gunfire at 2.30pm from fighters holed up in a house, Basir told Pajhwok Afghan News.

Kandahar deputy police chief, Col. Rahmatullah Atrafi, acknowledged the assault but gave no further details.

A Taliban spokesman, meanwhile, said a group of insurgents had launched an attack on a joint Afghan-ISAF base in the area. Qari Yousaf Ahmadi said the armed clash was still ongoing.

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Pakistan Fires Warning Shots At NATO Helicopters In FATA

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\10\27\story_27-10-2011_pg1_3

Agence France-Presse
October 27, 2011

NATO helicopters violate Pakistan’s airspace

PESHAWAR: Pakistani officials on Wednesday accused NATO helicopters of violating Pakistan’s airspace over…North Waziristan, along the Afghan border.

“Two helicopters intruded several kilometres inside Pakistan territory in Datta Khel town around 2:00 am (2100 GMT Tuesday),” a military official told AFP.

The helicopters flew in from the eastern Afghan province of Paktia and circled the border village of Zoi Nara for more than five minutes, the official in the provincial capital Peshawar said.

A Pakistani military official said the choppers left after “warning shots” were fired by Pakistan troops. Officials said they were not attack helicopters.

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Pentagon Strengthens Military Ties With Cambodia, ASEAN

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/world/2011-10/27/c_131216282.htm

Xinhua News Agency
October 27, 2011

Cambodia’s visit paves way for military cooperation: senior U.S. defense official

PHNOM PENH: The United States Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for South and Southeast Asia, Robert Scher, said Thursday that his two-day visit to Cambodia is fruitful and creates opportunities for the two countries’ future bilateral military cooperation.

“It’s a fruitful visit. I participated in a series of productive meetings with the Cambodian Ministry of Defense and Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF) to discuss the growing U.S.-Cambodia bilateral defense relationship and how the two countries can continue to make progress together,” he said during a press briefing to conclude his visit.

He said that he also had discussions about Cambodia’s objectives as it approaches to take over the chairmanship of ASEAN in 2012.

The U.S. Department of Defense is committed to continuing to work with the RCAF to develop a professional force that will contribute to regional and international peace and stability, he said, adding that the United States’ overall commitment is to enhance its engagement in the Asia-Pacific region in the future.

“I’d like to stress that the department is committed to continuing to assist in building up the professional capacity of the RCAF…,” he said.

He said the visit reaffirmed to him the important role that a stable and prosperous Cambodia can and does play within ASEAN and the region.

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  1. shirley
    October 27, 2011 at 4:14 am

    INTERESTING PITY THESE COUNTRIES DID NOT FOCUS ON DOING SOMETHING ABOUT THEIR OWN WAR CRIMINALS LIKE BUSH AND BLAIR AND WHAT ABOUT THOSE US RUN SECRET PRISONS AGAINST EU LAW NO MENTION THERE OR THERE OR US TORTURE BASE IN AFGHANISTAN OR THE ICC CHARGE SHEET AGAINST GADDAFI DROPPED FROM 6000 TO 208 PEOPLE THIS WOULD NOT CONSTITUTE GENOCIDE BY ANY STRETCH OF IMAGINATION AND 208 IS DISPUTABLE AND TAKE A LOOK AT HOW OBOMBER OVERRODE THE US CONSTITUTION TO START WAR WITH LIBYA THEN GUTLESS CONGRESS COVERED HIS ARSE THE US HAS A CONSTITUTION MANIPULATED BY PRESIDENTS THIS IS WHAT US CONSTITUTES A DICTATOR AND TIME HAS NO PRESIDENT FOR BEING IN OFFICEJUST BECAUSE US HAS TIME LIMIT AUSTRALIA HAS NO LIMIT ON HOW MANY TIMES ELECTED CAN STAY IN OFFICE FOR DECADES ANOTHER REASON AGAINST GADDAFI NATO THE OBOMER ADM NOW ISSUED ORDERS AGAINST CONSTITUTION THAT ALLOWS KILLING OF US CITIZENS WITHOUT TRIAL US HAS PNHONE TAPPED ITS CITIZENS FOR DECADES DENIES AL JAZEERA US ACESS NATO IS THE 4TH REICHT AND UN ITS TOOL WHY IS THE UN NOT CALLING OUT CLINTON FOR CALLING FOR EXTRA JUDICIAL KILLING OF C GADDAFI ALL PEOPLE OF CONCIENCE MUST STAND UP AND START TO DEMAND INTERNATIONAL LAW BE UPHELD GENEVA CONVENTIONS THE UN IS IN TERMINAL ILLNESS AND COUNTRIES MUST FORM ANTI NATO ALLIANCES WITH ENOUGH POWER TO STOP NATOI RUSSIA CHINA WAKE UP TO BLOCK NATO SYRIA ATTACK HAS SET NATO BACK BUT FOR HOW LONG AND WHAT OTHER DIOBOLICAL PLAN AND INNOCENT VICTOM IS NEXT THE INK BARLEY DRY AND US FORCES NOT EVEN OUT OF IRAQ BEFORE THE VIPER STRIKES AGAIN WITH MUCH THE WEAPONS OF LIES AND LOOK AT WARNINGS OF WHAT WAS HAPPENING FRENCH MEDDLING IN IVORY COAST AMNESTY DROWN OUT WHEN STATED BOTHH SIDES GULTY OF CRIMES PEOPLE MUST GET SERIOUS ABOUT CRIMES AGAINST LIBYA AND WHAT IS STILL HAPPENING MUST GET SOIL SAMPLES OF WHAT TYPE OF WEAPONS NATO USED IN LIBYA ALL PHOTOS REBELS DOCUMENTS CRIMES COMMITED MUST BE COMPILED PILOTS FLYING FOR NATO FULL CAMPAIGN AGAINST HR ORGINIZATIONS AND UN nOT ONE WORD SPOKEN FOR MONTHS ABOUT NATO DEATH TOLL UN IS CULPABLE WRITING ABOUT THIS IS NOT ENOUGH PEOPLE MUST DO MORE NATO MUST FEEL REAL PRESSURE NOW OVER THEIR CRIMES IN LIBYA

  2. rosemerry
    October 27, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    Sen McCain of “bomb Iran” fame: “No issue unifies the American people more than the need to protect our friends, our allies — Israel — from the comprehensive threat posed by the Iranian regime.” Nobody of course has consulted the US population, who have been fed with propaganda against Iran for over thirty years (it was good when the Shah and Savak were in charge). Most Mercans polled do NOT want the US to invade Iran for Israel’s sake. This “ally” does nothing for the USA except influence its policy owards more belligerence.
    NATO now seems to want to impose its will everywhere, even during elections.

  3. Michael
    October 27, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    What Unites ALL Americans:

    1. Distrust of Government

    2. Fear of Police Brutality

    3. Fear of Foreclosures

    4. Fear of Unemployment

    5. Disgust for President(s)

    6. Hatred for Corrupt Government

    7. Fear of Hunger

    8. Hatred for Banking System

    9. Lack of Opportunities (educational, housing, employment)

    10. Lack of Constitutional Protection etc……………………………

    Concerns for Israel can be found NOWHERE!!!

  4. October 27, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    America is such a warmongering liar. It makes me wonder why the American people put up with such leaders……after all….there is a ballot box and just because huge amounts of money are put up….DOESN’T MEAN AMERICANS HAVE TO VOTE FOR MURDERERS AND THIEVES WHO ENJOY DESTROYING OTHER COUNTRIES.
    DO AMERICANS ENJOY THE DESTRUCTION THEIR LEADERS ARE INFLICTING ON COUNTRIES WHO ARE NOT ABLE TO PROTECT THEMSELVES…..
    IF SO…AS A PEOPLE YOU TOO HAVE BLOOD ON YOUR HAND.
    ONE DAY THE WORLD WILL TRULY GET FED UP WITH YOUR MALICIOUS, CRUEL, THEIVING WAYS AND THEN LOOK OUT…….YOU HAVE A LOT OF BORDERS AMERICA.

    • Michael
      October 28, 2011 at 7:46 pm

      I COMPLETELY AGREE WITH YOU and THANK YOU FOR YOUR COURAGE, DECENCY and HONESTY!!!

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