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The first stop of confusion for Russia looms from Astana, to which it has taken its field understandings with Turkey to develop alternative political solutions to the ones drafted by the UN in the Geneva Communique and subsequent resolutions, and a transitional political process in Syria that would keep the fate of Bashar al-Assad in the negotiations' schedule. Moscow's strength could turn out to be its weakness, exactly like Turkey's emerging strength could prove to be a thorn in its side. The weakest party in the equation today are Europe and the Gulf countries. Both had delegated to the 'guarantor duo' the task of succeeding - or failing - in Astana. Iran, too, is not in a reassuring position like the one it had become accustomed to under Barack Obama. Nor is it in full strategic agreement with Russia, because of differing priorities in Syria.
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"If I'm elected President, the Indian and Hindu community will have a true friend in the White House. That I can guarantee you." As Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the US , this open faith in India is a far cry from where the two countries were even a few years ago. India's sense of exceptionalism was fuelled by the George W Bush years. Bush believed India's rise was good for the world, not merely as a balance to a rising China. That strategic anchor prompted him to push through a landmark nuclear deal, without expecting a return present. Ashley Tellis of Carnegie, rumoured to be in the running for post of India envoy, advised Trump to keep the big picture in view when dealing with India. The Bush vision, he said, "hinged on two complementarities: one, that the US would continue to remain the ultimate guarantor of Asian security.
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Third, with the United States no longer the guarantor of the international world order, Europe paradoxically will seek deeper ties with the People's Republic of China to uphold the current system. This, to name a few, will include defending the World Trade Organization and the global free trading system ; the Iran deal , which Trump will likely abandon; the Paris Agreement on Climate Change which a Trump White House might also abandon; and the deeper integration of Europe--China was decidedly in favor of the United Kingdom remaining in the EU prior to the Brexit vote and has been a consistent supporter of the European integration process to facilitate Chinese investment in Europe. As a result of stronger Europe-China ties, human rights issues will likely be less discussed in international forums during the next four years. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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Turkey moved closer to adopting a new constitutional bill extending President Tayyip Erdogan's powers that supporters welcome as a guarantor of stability at a time of turmoil and opponents see as a step towards an authoritarian state. Parliament ratified the first seven of 18 articles in a second round of voting, putting the assembly on track to approve the package as a whole by Friday night. Under the new system, Erdogan could rule in the NATO-member and European Union candidate country until 2029. As debate on the reforms went late into the evening, an independent lawmaker, Aylin Nazliaka, handcuffed herself to the podium in protest against the stronger presidency. A lawmaker from the ruling AK Party attempted to end the protest by force and deputies from other parties then weighed in, one losing her prosthetic arm in the fracas, witnesses said.
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He said they also are making it difficult for aid to reach women, children and the wounded. Russia, Turkey and Iran, guarantors of a Syrian truce, are to meet in the Kazakh capital, Astana, on Monday to work on a cease-fire agreement on Syria. The meeting is an important precursor to the proposed resumption of Syrian peace negotiations in Geneva on February 8. The United Nations has been invited to attend as an observer. Egeland told VOA he hopes the three guarantor powers will be able to stop what he termed the obstructionist practices of the warring parties. Egeland said he hopes the Astana meeting will mark a new beginning for the civilian population of Syria, which has been at war for nearly six years. “The way it is now, it cannot continue,” Egeland said. “The government has to change the way it is blocking our humanitarian access to civilians, but also the armed opposition groups …who are responsible for the besiegement of Foah and Kafraya — they also are not helping us at all.
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On Friday at noon, Donald Trump will become the ultimate guarantor of the West's security.
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As the guarantor has done with notable success, we would continue to promote Argyll and Bute as an excellent place of foreign, multi national companies to invest as they sought to secure entry into the European single market for their products.
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We have particular reservations about an international conference intended to advance peace between the parties that does not involve them indeed which is taking place against the wishes of the Israelis and which is taking place just days before the transition to a new American president when the US will be the ultimate guarantor of any agreement, the Foreign Office said in a statement. There are risks therefore that this conference hardens positions at a time when we need to be encouraging the conditions for peace. Neither the UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson or the UK ambassador to France took part in the conference, instead sending a low-ranking diplomat. According to Haaretz, the concluding statement of the Paris conference called on Palestinians and Israelis to officially restate their commitment to the two-state solution, thus disassociating themselves from voices that reject this solution,” and to “independently demonstrate, through policies and actions, a genuine commitment to the two-state solution,” while refraining from unilateral steps that prejudge the outcome of negotiations on final status issues, including, inter alia, on Jerusalem, borders, security, refugees.
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On Friday at noon, Donald Trump will become the ultimate guarantor of the West's security.
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Indeed, one nation, the United Kingdom, laudably demonstrated why. To the credit of London, it adopted a hands-off approach, saying in an official statement: "We have particular reservations about an international conference intended to advance peace between the parties that does not involve them - indeed which is taking place against the wishes of the Israelis - and which is taking place just days before the transition to a new American President when the US will be the ultimate guarantor of any agreement. There are risks therefore that this conference hardens positions at a time when we need to be encouraging the conditions for peace. That's why we have attended in an observer status and have not signed up to the communique." And last but by no means least, this conference sought to mobilize the globe, and not for the first time, on this one issue, and only days after the UN Security Council did the same thing.
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Technical discussions involving UN guarantor countries are scheduled for next week. The goal of the conference was to unite two opposing sides of the island, which has been divided for over 40 years.
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Turkey's president says his country must continue to underwrite the security of Cyprus, even if a peace deal is agreed to reunify the island that's divided along ethnic Greek and Turkish lines
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Turkish Foreign Minister said that Ankara is opposed to the idea of making the European Union a guarantor of Cyprus reunification, as the bloc is unable to ensure security on the island and adherence to a reunification deal.
France 24
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Rival Cypriot leaders, along with top diplomats from Turkey, Greece and Britain, agreed Thursday to push on with efforts to reunite the divided island and end one of the world's longest-running political rows. The conference in Geneva for the first time brought together Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci with top diplomats of the three guarantor countries to discuss security and other sticking points that have blocked progress for decades. "The participants recognised that this is the time to bring the negotiations to a successful conclusion," the United Nations said in a statement after the conference wrapped up late Thursday. "This is a historic opportunity that should not be missed." "The participants agreed to establish a working group at the level of deputies who will commence its work on January 18," the UN said.
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We want peace, we like the idea of unifying one country but we don't want to lose Turkey as a guarantor of the people in Cyprus. It gives us a sense of security, we always know we will be protected there. There is a pipe dream and reality at the end of the day that my mum and dad would want to be able to sit on their veranda and said that they are home again.
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Hopes of framework agreement to end of the west’s most intractable disputes rise as Turkish prime minister agrees to attend Politicians including Britain’s foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, are due to arrive in Geneva on Thursday for a landmark conference at which the UK, Greece and TurkeyCyprus’s three postcolonial guarantor powers – will join talks aimed at bringing peace to the island. Britain believes the chances of a framework agreement of substance have increased now that the Turkish prime minister, Binalildırım, has agreed to attend. Turkey has always said they would only be represented at such a senior level at the conference if there was serious progress. Continue reading...