In a statement on its website, the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) expressed on Wednesday deep concern over violence in Iraqi Kurdistan region, saying “is deeply concerned about the violence and the reported casualties during demonstrations in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) in the last two days, and calls for restraint and calm on all sides”. It stressed that people have the right to participate in peaceful demonstrations, and the authorities in KRI have the responsibility of protecting their citizens, including peaceful protesters. KRI security forces also are urged to exercise maximum restraint dealing with the demonstrators. UNAMI also exhorted demonstrators to avoid any act of violence, including the destruction of public and private properties. The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq urged the authorities to respect and protect the media, after NRT TV was ordered to suspend its broadcasts because of the content of its reporting on the demonstrations. “The Mission urges the media to abide by the law, while emphasizing the critical role of free and impartial media in any democratic society”, the statement concluded. Several media reported that Kurdish forces have launched a wide-scale arrest campaign in Sulaymaniyah to silence demonstrators, who have protested since Monday because of delayed salary payments and poor services.
The Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations said that the meeting of the Security Council – the 15-member council meeting to review regular report on the Resolution 2231 related to the nuclear agreement – stressed once again the international community’s full support for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and confirmed the importance of its full implementation. The meeting also showed a demonstration of the United States isolation regarding the JCPOA. During the meeting the Permanent Representative of the United States made invented allegations against the Islamic Republic of Iran, coming against the backdrop of US hegemonic intentions in the Middle East region and its expansionist policies. The destructive interventions of the United States in region and the exporting of billions of dollars of sophisticated weaponry, some of which ended up in the hands of Daesh terrorist fighters, are indeed the actual causes of instability. Despite the US assured to “make best efforts in good faith to sustain this JCPOA and to prevent interference with the realization of full benefits by of Iran of the sanctions lifting”, the statements of US Representative regarding to the JCPOA are inconsistent with this commitment. The international community should not allow the United States to continue to undermine the JCPOA.
The Foreign Ministers of Tunisia, Algeria and Egypt reaffirmed on Sunday their support of “the political agreement” as a “framework for the political solution in Libya.They also reaffirmed their commitment to Libya’s unity, stability and regional security.Besides, the three ministers welcomed the Security Council’s Declaration of December 14 on “the situation in Libya,” pointing out the United Nations’ crucial role and political and legal responsibility as the sponsor of the Libyan political dialogue. In this regard, they called on all sides to assume their responsibilities to meet the deadlines set out in the political agreement. They also agreed to continue their security co-ordination efforts between their countries to assess the terrorist organisations’ threats to security and stability in Libya, Tunisia, Algeria and Egypt and in neighbouring countries and to reinforce intelligence sharing in this regard. This tripartite ministerial meeting is part of the implementation of the Tunisian presidential initiative to reach a peaceful solution to the crisis in Libya.
Tens of millions of cyber attacks against Russian government websites are foiled annually nationwide, Federal Security Service (FSB) Chief Alexander Bortnikov told Rossiyskaya Gazeta daily on Tuesday. “As a whole, tens of millions of deliberate attacks on official websites and IT systems of state bodies, including the official website of the Russian president, are thwarted annually. A total of 358 individuals have been convicted since 2012 for crimes committed using computer technologies”, the FSB chief said. Over the past few years, Russia has raised its information security to a qualitatively new level, Bortnikov said. “Since 2013, the state system of exposing, preventing and eliminating the consequences of computer attacks on Russia’s information resources (abbreviated as GosSOPKA) has been consistently building up its potential with the FSB’s leading role”, he said.
Vladimir Putin has told a forum of his supporters that he sees the main objectives of his new presidential program as maintaining Russia’s freedom, social stability and leading place among world nations. Speaking at the Tuesday session of the “Forum of Actions” organized by the All-Russian Popular Front movement incumbent president Vladimir Putin said that Russia had to fulfill the principal historical tasks of the moment, such as population growth, the creation of a new economy and development of its the Arctic and the Far East regions. Putin also emphasized the importance of keeping up with the ongoing revolution in production technologies, healthcare, and education. “Shielding ourselves from these international tendencies or trying to keep up with someone is definitely not our choice, it cannot be our choice”, he said, adding that Russia had all opportunities to restore the spheres of an economy where it used to be a world leader.
The CIA reportedly tipped off Russian security forces about an impending terror attack planned for St. Petersburg last weekend, President Vladimir Putin revealed in a thank you call to U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday.
Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) announced on Friday that it detained seven suspected members of an Islamic State (IS) sleeper cell preparing a suicide attack in St. Petersburg the next day. IS is a terrorist organization banned in Russia. “The information received from the CIA was enough to locate and detain the criminals,” the Kremlin said in an English-language statement.
The CIA reportedly provided advanced warning of the plan to set off explosions at the Kazansky Cathedral and other public places in St. Petersburg.
In its readout of the phone call, the White House said “Russian authorities were able to capture the terrorists just prior to an attack that could have killed large numbers of people.”
The exchange of views between Tunisia and Algeria on several issues were at the heart of the meeting of the 8th session of the Tunisian-Algerian Political Consultation Committee held on Monday in Tunis.The meeting was co-chaired by Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui and his Algerian counterpart Abdelkader Messahel.The Algerian minister said relations between Tunisia and Algeria in the economic field have seen record figures in terms of volume of trade and tourism in the previous year.Indeed, the number of Algerian tourists visiting Tunisia has reached more than two million, he said, while commending the privileged relations between the two countries in terms of security, counter-terrorism and border security.The meeting was an opportunity to discuss the development of the excellent bilateral relations and ways to strengthen them and identify other prospects for co-operation in all areas in the interest of the two countries.
The Ukrainian side will continue its work at the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination of Ceasefire in Donbas, but will have to withdraw its monitors from the occupied territory, deputy spokesman for Ukraine’s Armed Forces Yuzef Venskovych said.
The official noted that the Russian Federation’s statements about the alleged disrespectful attitude of Ukrainian servicemen toward their Russian counterparts at the JCCC are untrue: “These insinuations do not correspond to reality, those on the allegedly disrespectful attitude, and so on.” Venskovych has stressed the fact that the Ukrainian side continues and will continue to fulfill its responsibilities in accordance with the responsibilities assigned to JCCC in the framework of the implementation of Minsk agreements. “Meanwhile, this will certainly complicate the activities of the Joint Centre, since there will be no representatives on the other side if they withdraw their military personnel … If Russian officers withdraw from the JCCC, the Ukrainian Armed Forces are forced to pull back from the occupied territories its monitors who were acting there on behalf of the JCCC to the territory controlled by Ukraine due to the fact that their safety will not be ensured,” said Venskovych.
“The document establishes the principles and norms for regulating the procedure for the readmission of persons who are staying on the territory of Ukraine and Moldova, having violated the entry/exit regime. The agreement also defines the terms of these persons’ stay in both countries,” the report said. The deal also provides for a mechanism for interaction of the parties when implementing the readmission procedure. As UNIAN reported earlier, on October 6, 2017, Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman and his Moldovan counterpart Pavel Filip signed an agreement between the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and the Moldovan government on readmission and the relevant implementation protocol. Moreover, they signed off an agreement on the joint control over the movement of persons, vehicles, goods, and objects via joint checkpoints at the Ukrainian-Moldovan state border.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin during a meeting with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in New York focused on the prospects for a UN peacekeeping mission in Donbas.
The spokesman for Ukraine’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations Oleh Nikolenko said this to an Ukrinform correspondent. “Pavlo Klimkin discussed with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres the prospects for the introduction of a UN peacekeeping mission in the east of Ukraine, protection of human rights in the temporarily occupied Crimea, humanitarian cooperation, including the release of Ukrainian political prisoners and hostages from Russian captivity”, the Ukrainian diplomat said. He also said that the head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry handed over to the UN secretary-general an open letter on behalf of the association of relatives of political prisoners of the Kremlin, and the human rights and public organizations of Ukraine.