On Tuesday, Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, after talks with his counterparts from Germany, France and Ukraine in Minsk, asserted that the Normandy Four ministerial meetings has yielded no breakthrough solutions. He also said Ukraine is to blame for more violations in the security sphere and in what concerns weapons withdrawal than the self-proclaimed republics. At the same time, Lavrov stressed that the Normandy Four casts no doubts at the leaders agreements reached in Berlin and Paris earlier this year. The issue of a possible deployment of an armed mission of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe was not discussed. After the Normandy Four meeting, Lavrov met Frank-Walter Steinmeier, German Foreign Minister, for a bilateral meeting.
Addressing a press conference Nov. 29 in Baku, Azerbaijan’s Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov said that he discussed the issues of development of bilateral cooperation between Azerbaijan and South Africa during his meeting with Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation. The two countries are actively supporting each other on international arena, noted Mammadyarov. He added that the two sides discussed a number of issues related to the cooperation in the tax, financial, defense and energy sphere.
Shimon Ben Ner, Acting Commissioner of the Fire and Rescue Commission, officially announced on Monday evening that after an assessment of the situation, the firefighting services will resume their normal work as of Tuesday morning. With the announcement, Ben Ner ended the state of emergency that has been in effect over the last week as firefighters battled the forest fires that raged across Israel. The last of the reservists who were summoned for the purpose of assisting in putting out the fires will be discharged on Tuesday.
The Foreign Ministers of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairing countries will take part in a “3+2” format meeting on the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, which will be held in the framework of the OSCE Ministerial Council in Hamburg on December 9, said Azerbaijan’s Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov. Mammadyarov made the remarks at a joint press conference with South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane in Baku Nov. 29. He recalled that Azerbaijan had accepted the proposal of France for a meeting of Foreign Ministers in the format of “3 + 2” on the sidelines of the OSCE Ministerial Council in Hamburg on December 9. “I don’t think the replacement of the co-chairs is going to change something. The new French co-chair (Stéphane Visconti) is an experienced diplomat who is familiar with the region,” he said commenting on the replacement of the US and French co-chairs of the Minsk Group.
On Tuesday, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault called on the UN Security Council to convene an emergency meeting on the Syrian city of Aleppo in order to resolve the humanitarian situation in the city. “Faced with the humanitarian catastrophe in Aleppo, he demanded immediate meeting of the UN Security Council in order to examine the situation in the martyred city and the ways of delivering relief to the people”. On Wednesday, the French Foreign Ministry is set to receive President of the City Council of Aleppo Brita Hagi Hassan.
A-G Avichai Mandelblit’s proposed solution for Amona was dismissed on Monday night by residents of the town, which is slated for eviction by December 25, as well as by lawmakers from the Jewish Home party. Mandelblit suggested moving the residents of Amona to temporary structures on three plots located north of the community. The solution is a temporary one, for a period of about eight months, and will move the residents to property defined as “absentee property”, meaning assets granted to the state of Israel which originally belonged to individuals who fled to the territory of a hostile nation during the 1948 War of Independence.
The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) on Tuesday has denounced Iran-backed Houthi militias forming a government in Yemen led by Abdulaziz bin Habtour in what’s been viewed as a provocative move. GCC’s Secretary General Abdulatif Al-Zayani said the Gulf states completely reject this step. The cabinet consists of 42 ministerial portfolios that were equally distributed between the Houthis and supporters of deposed president Ali Abdullah Saleh. This comes as United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed resumes his efforts to find a solution for the crisis and after Kuwait welcomed receiving the legitimate government’s and rebels’ delegations to sign a peace deal.
Four citizens were killed, including three children by Saudi aggression missiles fired on al-Dhaher and Shada districts of Saada province. The missiles also damaged citizens` houses and farms in Shada districts, as well public roads in al-Dhaher. Meanwhile, the missiles forces launched a rocket against the Saudi National Guards Camp and the artillery forces shelled Al-Dhab’ah and Al-Mustahdath locations causing direct damages.
The Japanese Defense Ministry and the Self-Defense Forces discovered in September that their shared communication network had suffered a cyber attack that enabled a hacker to penetrate the Ground Self-Defense Force’s computer system, Ministry sources said on Sunday. Some information may have been leaked in the incident, with an organized attacker such as a nation state strongly suspected, but the full scope of the damage is not clear, the sources said.
The hundreds of thousands of South Koreans who have taken to the streets of Seoul in protest against President Park Geun-hye have done so peacefully in what one long-term resident described as an almost “carnival atmosphere.” Police on the streets have politely guided mothers with children in pushchairs and whole families have joined the candle-lit protests to demand the impeachment or otherwise removal of the president.