18 June 2013 150 United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the appointment today of Major General Michel Finn, of Ireland, as head of Mission and Chief of Staff of the Jerusalem-based UN Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO), the first such operation the world body set up almost 60 years ago. "Major General Finn succeeds Major General Juha Kilpia of Finland, who will ...
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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon Tuesday welcomed the understanding reached on Syria by leaders of the Group of Eight (G-8) industrial nations. Ban welcomed the commitment to bring the Syrian sides to the negotiating table, saying that he stands ready to convene the Geneva Conference on Syria as soon as possible to help the Syrian sides reach "a comprehensive agreement based on the Geneva ...
18 June 2013 150 Visiting Serbia at "an important and transformative moment" in its history, the United Nations human rights chief today urged a steadfast focus on fundamental rights as she hailed a succession of political advances that augur well for the country itself and for the future of the wider region. "It is a positive sign that the authorities are addressing some tough human ...
18 June 2013 150 The top United Nations human rights official today urged the Hungarian Government to revoke a constitutional amendment that threatens the judiciary's independence and endangers the country's system of checks and balances. "Hungary should seek to maintain high standards of human rights protection," said High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay. "Our view is that this ...
18 June 2013 150 Urging "maximum restraint" amid widespread anti-Government protests in Turkey, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Navi Pillay, the world body's human rights chief, called today for constructive dialogue to defuse tensions in the country. "The atmosphere is still clearly highly combustible," said Ms. Pillay, who is the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. ...
Our nuclear programmes are completely transparent. But we are ready to show greater transparency and make clear for the whole world that the steps of the Islamic Republic of Iran are completely within international frameworks. The sanctions are unfair, the Iranian people are suffering, and our (nuclear) activities are legal. These sanctions are illegal and only benefit Israel.
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MOSCOW Russia is steeply ramping up oil deliveries to China, with Asia now importing almost a fifth of oil exports from the world's largest crude producer in a strategic shift meant by the Kremlin to end reliance on weak and saturated European markets.
Russia will increase oil supplies to China by 13 percent in July-September from the previous three months, a shipping schedule obtained by Reuters showed on Tuesday.
Together with supplies to the Pacific port of Kozmino, Russia will export around 750,000 barrels per day to Asia, or 17 percent of its overall exports of 4.4 million bpd.
"Russia has been losing its interest in Europe where oil consumption is stagnant. It's looking increasingly to the East,rdquo; Valery Nesterov, analyst from Sberbank CIB, said.
The speed of changes in export patterns has aroused widespread surprise as it took Russia only five years to re-route huge volumes, previously destined for European markets.
Russia first started supplying China by railway and then by a new pipeline while opening a Pacific port, Kozmino, in 2009.
The projects cost pipeline monopoly Transneft dozens of billions of dollars and spurred criticism from some private Russian producers who said they all had to pay higher tariffs to Transneft so it could build the pipelines. ...
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