Stop NATO News: December 3, 2011

3 December 2011 — Stop NATO

  • Anti-NATO Protests Spread Across Pakistan
  • U.S. NATO Envoy: Missile Shield ‘Whether Russia Likes It Or Not’
  • ThalesRaytheon Awarded NATO Interceptor Missile Upgrade Contract
  • NATO Deploys Armored Vehicles Against Kosovo Serbs
  • Genocide Of The Serbian People: Russia To Send Observers To Kosovo
  • Historic Summit: Community Of Latin American, Caribbean States Founded In Venezuela
  • China, Russia Should Halt West’s Rush To War Against Iran
  • Russia Supplies Missiles To Syria To Protect Coast
  • Norwegian Surveillance Aircraft Crew Given NATO Africa Medal
  • NATO Warships Cross Suez On Way To Djibouti
  • NATO Trains Iraqi Officers At Home And In Europe
  • NATO Short Of Fuel After Pakistan Blocks Shipments
  • Saakashvili: Kyrgyzstan Resembles Georgia Before ‘Rose’ Coup
  • Gul, Biden: Turkish-U.S. War Against Kurds To Continue

Anti-NATO Protests Spread Across Pakistan

http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=10730&Cat=13

News International
December 3, 2011

Countrywide protests continue against Nato attack

LAHORE: Thousands of people turned out in the streets of Pakistan Friday to denounce the unprovoked Nato attacks of last Saturday that resulted in the deaths of over two dozen Pakistani soldiers.

Khateebs in Friday sermons condemned the blatant Nato aggression while leaders of the Jamaat-e-Islami and other religious parties addressed protest rallies and called for a resolute stand against the aggressor.

Protest rallies were held in the federal capital, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar, Multan, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Sargodha, and various other cities and towns.

Jamaate Islami chief Syed Munawar Hasan in his Friday sermon at the Mansoora mosque, Lahore said the US had begun an undeclared war with Pakistan and its drones had killed thousands of innocent citizens in tribal areas.

The latest NATO attack, he said, could be termed blatant aggression and terrorism. The workers of the Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda), Lahore also staged a protest rally and appealed to the international community to stop such violations.

In Rawalpindi, a big rally was staged outside the Press Club, which was addressed by the JI Secretary General Liaqat Baloch, while students of Hamdard University in Islamabad also held a protest rally.

The JI Punjab chief Dr. Syed Waseem Akhtar led the rally in Multan while the Peshawar rally was taken out from the historic Masjid Mahabat Khan and was led by Prof. Muhammad Ibrhaim.

Various rallies were taken out in all four districts of the Faisalabad division. The protesters were holding national flags, placards and banners inscribed with slogans in favour of the Pak Army and against US and Nato forces. The members of Anjuman-e-Tajran Punjab and Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry gathered at Chowk GTS and shouted slogans in favour of the Pak Army.

In Gujranwala activists of the Jamaatud Dawa and another organisation conducted a rally while another was held from the Jamiat office near Nigar Crossing, which culminated at Sheranwala Bagh.

In Okara the Sunni Tehrik, Jamiat Ulema Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) and the Muslim Students Federation (MSF) held rallies in protest against the Nato attack on the Pakistani check post. In Toba Tek Singh three rallies were held to condemn the Nato attack on Friday. The Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba held a rally from the Government Municipal Degree College. The Shabab-e-Milli also held a rally, which reached the same place. The Jamaat-e-Islami rally started from Civil Lines and reached Shuhada Chowk on Jhang Road.

The journalist community in Tank, Waziristan staged a protest rally in which protesters gathered at the District Press Club and marched to the Kashmir Chowk. The rally was addressed by vice president of the press club, Muhammad Rafiq Arain, and patron-in-chief of the Tank Press Club, Shiakh Ehsanullah.

The Christian community of Ghalanai, headquarters of the Mohmand Agency, Friday staged a protest against the Nato attack on the Pakistani post. The protesters organised a public meeting at the main gate of the press club. Addressing the protesters, priest Imran Raza condemned the Nato air strike on the Pakistani post and the killing of jawans.

Meanwhile different civil society organisations and unions in Islamabad will organise a protest rally against the Nato attacks on December 8. This was announced by the representatives of the Islamabad High Court Bar Association, Islamabad Bar Association, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce, Capital Development Authority (CDA) Labour Union and National Press Club here Friday while addressing a joint press conference at the National Press Club. Zaman Mughal was appointed Chairman of the Joint Action Committee.

The representative of different organisations categorically said no political party flags or banners would be allowed at the demonstrations. ‘Only the national flag can be brought to the rally,’ they remarked.

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U.S. NATO Envoy: Missile Shield ‘Whether Russia Likes It Or Not’

New York Times
December 2, 2011

U.S. Official Says Missile-Defense Shield Will Move Forward
By Thom Shanker and David M. Herszenhorn

WASHINGTON: The American ambassador to NATO on Friday dismissed recent expressions of outrage from Moscow over proposed missile defenses in Europe, saying that the NATO deployment will proceed ‘whether Russia likes it or not.’

The ambassador, Ivo Daalder, said the United States was well aware that ‘there are significant forces within Russia’ that believe that the alliance’s system of radars and interceptors could blunt Moscow’s own arsenal of missiles, and thus undermine Russia’s strategic deterrent.

Mr. Daalder said he would meet officials from Moscow at NATO headquarters in Brussels next week to explain — once again — that the alliance shield is designed solely to defend against a potential missile attack from Iran.

‘Whether Russia likes it or not, we are about defending NATO-European territory against a growing ballistic missile threat,’ Mr. Daalder said…

Last week, President Medvedev threatened that Russia would deploy its own missiles and that it could withdraw from the New Start nuclear arms reduction treaty if the United States proceeds with its plans for a missile-defense system in Europe.

Returning to that theme this week, Mr. Medvedev dismissed the idea that he was kicking around a political football.

‘This statement is not of some tactical nature, not to mention some election nature,’ Mr. Medvedev said Thursday at a meeting with Prime Minister Vladimir V. Putin and political supporters, according to the Interfax news agency.

Mr. Medvedev said Russia was open to further negotiations, but would be compelled to respond if the United States proceeded in deploying the missile-defense system.

‘Our response to the European missile shield will be gradual and its first step was already taken when a radar was activated in the Kaliningrad region,’ he said. ‘More steps will follow if necessary.’

He continued: ‘Time has not run out to negotiate an agreement. But we also must understand that if the situation develops the old way, we will have to respond. We have material and military prerequisites for that.’

A spokesman for Russia’s Foreign Ministry told reporters on Thursday that the missile-defense issue would be a focus of a meeting between Russian and the NATO council’s foreign ministers on Thursday.

Separately, senior officials in two former Soviet republics, made statements this week in support of Russia’s position. ‘We share the defense capability concerns and risks of Russia,’ President Aleksandr G. Lukashenko of Belarus told Interfax. ‘Today we are under the protection of Russia’s nuclear umbrella and if the interests of this umbrella are damaged by any grouping, it means damage and danger for us.’

Meanwhile, the speaker of Parliament in Kyrgyzstan said his government supported Russia’s response and its efforts to negotiate a resolution of the dispute.

Thom Shanker reported from Washington, and David M. Herszenhorn from Moscow.

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ThalesRaytheon Awarded NATO Interceptor Missile Upgrade Contract

http://www.defpro.com/news/details/30348/?SID=46bf0ea9e999b6c531d03d02b46f86b4

Defence Professionals
December 2, 2011

ThalesRaytheonSystems awarded NATO ALTBMD Interim Capability (InCa) upgrade

-’Systems such as the Air Command and Control System Level of Operational Capability 1 (ACCS LOC1) and Missile Defence on top of ACCS LOC1 will be critically important to fight as one alliance with warfighters from across the nations trained on common highly interoperable Command and Control systems.’

MASSY, France: ThalesRaytheonSystems (TRS) has been awarded a contract by the NATO Air Command and Control System Management Agency on behalf of the NATO Active Layered Theatre Ballistic Missile Defence (ALTBMD) Programme, to upgrade the operational hardware and software of the ALTBMD Interim Theatre Missile Defence (TMD) Capability (InCa).

‘ThalesRaytheonSystems is committed to supporting this alliance focused approach. Systems such as the Air Command and Control System Level of Operational Capability 1 (ACCS LOC1) and Missile Defence on top of ACCS LOC1 will be critically important to fight as one alliance with warfighters from across the nations trained on common highly interoperable Command and Control systems,’ said Jack Harrington, CEO, ThalesRaytheonSystems, during a briefing to NATO and industry participants at the contract signature ceremony in the NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.

TRS was awarded a contract to develop TMD InCa Step 2 in June 2010 and delivered its part of the system to the end users in December of 2010. TRS worked in close cooperation with the NATO’s ALTBMD Programme Office to field TMD InCa Step 2 and again in August 2011 to conduct operational exercises.

TRS will soon implement additional operator identified requirements to enhance the alliance’s Command and Control capabilities. Under this contract TRS will be upgrading TMD InCa Step 2 to the latest configuration of NATO ACCS. As the world’s first fully integrated C2 system for planning, tasking and execution of air operations, NATO ACCS replaces multiple aging air C2 systems in the NATO nations. 

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NATO Deploys Armored Vehicles Against Kosovo Serbs

http://www.b92.net/eng/news/politics-article.php?yyyy=2011&mm=12&dd=02&nav_id=77609

Tanjug News Agency
December 2, 2011

KFOR fortifies position, Serbs stand watch

NATO troops at Jagnjenica (Tanjug)

JAGNJENICA: KFOR troops fortified their camp in Jagnjenica on Friday with large sacks filled with rocks and sand, said reports from northern Kosovo.

Inside the camp, which stretches to the nearby ethnic Albanian village of ?abra, is a host of army trucks, armored transporters and jeeps, Tanjug is reporting.

From a forest-covered hill above the camp, KFOR troops are videotaping the people gathered at the barricades in Jagnjenica.

Troops are also posted on top of their vehicles, which they used to block the road leading to Zve?an on Monday, after KFOR had broken through the barricade set up by local Serbs.

The trucks and buses removed and damaged in this operation can still be seen in Jagnjenica, and inside the circle KFOR has surrounded by barbed wire are several cars left over from KFOR’s last operation.

In the neighboring village of Zup?e, one lane is open for traffic, so passenger cars were are to travel on the road from Kosovska Mitrovica to Ribari?e on Friday.

Protesting Serbs are also standing watch on Friday at other barricades, while the two official administrative crossings in northern Kosovo – Jarinje and Brnjak – remain closed, so the only way between northern Kosovo and central Serbia remain by bypass forest roads.

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Genocide Of The Serbian People: Russia To Send Observers To Kosovo

http://english.ruvr.ru/2011/12/02/61409376.html

Interfax
December 2, 2011

Russia to send observers to Kosovo to protect Serbs

       
The First Deputy Speaker of the Russian Federation Council (the parliament’s upper house) Alexander Torshin says that Russia must closely watch the situation in Kosovo and help ethnic Serbs who are being persecuted by the Kosovo authorities.

‘Russia should expand its presence in the Balkans,’ he says. ‘It should send its observers there. The presence of foreign observers will most probably make Kosovo’s authorities think twice before persecuting Serbs.’

‘Openness and transparency are very serious matters,’ the Russian MP continues. ‘If an international tribunal on Serbia already exists, an international tribunal on Kosovo will appear sooner or later.’

Mr. Torshin believes that ‘what is happening in Kosovo looks very much like genocide of the Serbian people’.

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Historic Summit: Community Of Latin American, Caribbean States Founded In Venezuela

http://en.trend.az/regions/world/ocountries/1964840.html

Deutsche Presse-Agentur
December 3, 2011

Community of Latin American States founded in historic summit

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez hosted Friday in Caracas a summit that was to create the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), dpa reported.

The new organization is set to bring together 33 countries with a total population of 550 million. CELAC is to hold the same nations as the Organization of American States (OAS), except for the United States and Canada. Several political analysts have noted that it seeks to replace the Washington-based Organisation of American States (OAS), which was created in 1948.

As he opened the summit, Mexican President Felipe Calderon spoke of the ideal of regional integration that inspired many Latin American independence heroes.

‘Today, two centuries later, the ideal still holds and is common to all Latin Americans and Caribbeans. Political, economic, social and cultural integration is a life aspiration, one that is fundamental to our peoples,’ Calderon said.

‘This is not just about bringing together people, but about rallying Latin Americans and Caribbeans around justice, democracy and civil rights,’ he said.

Chavez recalled that the summit had originally been planned for early July, but had to be postponed after he was diagnosed with cancer.

‘I give infinite thanks to my God for allowing me to stand here, whole,’ Chavez said at the Teresa Carreno theatre in Caracas.

The left-wing populist Venezuelan described the OAS as ‘something old, a space that was manipulated, dominated by the United States.’

Other countries in the region, however, rather saw CELAC as ‘complementary’ with the OAS, in the words of Mexican Foreign Minister Patricia Espinosa.

As he arrived in Caracas earlier Friday, Cuban President Raul Castro said that the creation of CELAC could be the most important event for the region in 200 years.

‘For the first time in history we are going to have an organization that is ours,’ Castro said at Caracas airport.

‘If it works, if it is successful – it’s not just the fact of creating it and giving it a name – we can regard this as the biggest event in the 200 years of semi-independence we have had so far,’ he added.

CELAC is bringing together Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Panama, the Dominican Republic, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay and Venezuela.

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China, Russia Should Halt West’s Rush To War Against Iran

http://www.globaltimes.cn/NEWS/tabid/99/ID/686912/China-not-obliged-to-besiege-Iran.aspx

Global Times
December 3, 2011

China not obliged to besiege Iran

[The recent assault on the British embassy in Tehran is far less serious an affair than was the deadly bombing of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade by the U.S. and NATO in 1999, to put matters in perspective  – RR]

The retaliatory revenge from the West ignited by Iranian protesters storming the British embassy on Tuesday is likely to plunge Iran into a bottomless abyss of war.

Western countries demand China follow their lead and slap sanctions on Iran. As a permanent member of the UN Security Council, China should not comply with the request. Instead it should join hands with Russia to help calm the situation.

The US Senate approved tougher economic sanctions against Iran on Thursday, vowing to penalize any financial institutions that do business with Iran’s central bank. Consequently, other countries such as China, Japan and India are prohibited to conduct oil trade with Iran.

Under such an arrogant bill, it is hard to imagine how the US would borrow money from the central banks of its creditors to make up its bleak budget in the future. China need not pay attention to it.

The incursion in Tehran deserves condemnation, but does not necessarily constitute the subversion of a nation. Here is another case. Though its forces bombed one of Pakistan’s military outposts last week, killing 26 soldiers, NATO has received no punishment.

In Iran’s case, it is understandable the EU imposes sanctions against Iran. But, China has no obligation to mess up the situation especially as the EU and the US try to take the opportunity to overthrow Iran for their own interests.

Iran is an Islamic country with a democratic model, but its ardent religious passion has received little understanding and respect from the West for some time. Conflicts have been mounting because of the nation’s reluctance to take orders from the West, which wants Iran to obey their rules. A country of 70 million people in the Middle East, Iran enjoys the right of living a different way from the West if only because it conforms to the will of its people.

China firmly opposes Iran’s development of nuclear weapons, but will only impose sanctions against the its nuclear-related industries and research on the condition explicit evidence has been found.

For China, the danger of Iran developing nuclear weapons is parallel to the West’s efforts to topple Iran in the name of anti-nuclear weapons.

The West suffers from an economic recession, but its efforts to overthrow non-Western governments due to politics and military interests culminate. China, as well as its mammoth neighbor Russia, should keep on high alert and adopt countermeasures if necessary.

China should not shrink before a possible showdown with the West but seek a solution favoring itself. China will adopt concrete measures to show its determination to take its own path. Such a choice is important for China’s interests.

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Russia Supplies Missiles To Syria To Protect Coast

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/article2681753.ece

The Hindu
December 3, 2011

Russia supplied ship killer missiles to Syria
By Vladimir Radyuhin

Russia has supplied ship-killer missiles to Syria in defiance of the growing western demands for an arms embargo against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

Russia has delivered the Bastion anti-ship missile system equipped with Yakhont supersonic missiles to Syria, said Senator Vyacheslav Popov, former Northern Fleet Commander.

Under a 2007 contract, Russia was to supply two Bastion complexes with 72 Yakhont missiles. The fire-and-forget Yakhont with a 300-km range is the Russian version of the Indo-Russian Brahmos missile. The only difference is that Brahmos uses the Indian computer and navigation system.

‘This weapon system will enhance Syria’s defence potential,’ Mr. Popov told the Interfax news agency on Friday.

Another source quoted by Interfax said the Russian missiles ‘will be able to protect Syria’s entire coast against a possible attack from the sea.’

A United Nations commission of inquiry on Monday called for an arms embargo on Syria, but Russia rejected the demand.

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov described such calls ‘dishonest’ as they implied an arms cutoff to the Syrian government but not to its opponents. ‘We know how that worked in Libya when the arms embargo only applied to the Libyan army, whereas the opposition received weapons, and countries like France and Qatar were not embarrassed to admit this publicly,’ he said, adding that was time to ‘stop using ultimatums’ to pressure Damascus and seek a political settlement to the conflict.

Next week Russia is dispatching a flotilla of three warships to Syria.

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Norwegian Surveillance Aircraft Crew Given NATO Africa Medal

http://www.aco.nato.int/norwegian-p3-crews-receive-nato-africa-medal.aspx

North Atlantic Treaty Organization
Allied Command Operations
December 2, 2011

Norwegian P-3 Crews Receive NATO Africa Medal

-The Norwegian SAINT detachment has been deployed to the Seychelles involved in Operation Ocean Shield since September…

London: On 16 November, Commander Maritime Air Northwood, Rear Admiral Jacques de Solms (FRA N) presented the Norwegian P-3 [Lockheed P-3 Orion is a four-engine turboprop anti-submarine and maritime surveillance aircraft] SAINT detachment with the non-article 5 NATO Africa Medal for their deployment as part of NATO’s counter-piracy mission, Operation Ocean Shield.

Throughout their three month operational cycle, the SAINT detachment has flown over 200 hours and created optimum intelligence assessments…

…The P-3 is a ‘force multiplier’ because with its height, speed and sensor range it is able to patrol large areas of ocean in one mission….

The Norwegian SAINT detachment has been deployed to the Seychelles involved in Operation Ocean Shield since September and expect to be home by Christmas.

Background Information:

The non-article 5 NATO Africa medal is given to those serving in counter piracy operations in the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden for 30 days or more.

The Norwegian P-3N has a range of approx. 5000nm and combat radius of 1300nm. It can fly for up to 8 hours and has a service ceiling of approx. 34 000. It is SAR capable (search and rescue: with droppable survival kit containing 2 large rafts and generic survival equipment). It has satellite communications and multiple radio communications (UHF,VHF, HF and Iridium). It has IR & EO (infra-red and electro optics) and is Rover Capable (this is a direct video feed of the IR/EO sensor to a ship that has the compatibility to watch the feed-i.e. Live video)
It carries Tactical common data-link (TCDL-basically a data link of information between ships and aircraft)

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NATO Warships Cross Suez On Way To Djibouti

http://www.aco.nato.int/italian-frigate-joins-snmg2-and-passes-suez.aspx

North Atlantic Treaty Organization
Allied Command Operations
December 2, 2011

Italian frigate joins SNMG2 and passes Suez

Nisida, Naples: TCG GIRESUN, the new flagship of Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 recently rendez-voused in the eastern Mediterranean with Italian frigate ITS GRECALE.

The Group has now passed through the Suez Canal and is sailing to Djibouti to join Task Force 508.

Background Information:

SNMG 2 is a multinational integrated maritime force that forms part of the NATO Response Force and operates under the command of the Allied Maritime Command in Naples. Permanently activated and held at high readiness, it is a mobile and flexible force that allows the Alliance to respond to today’s security challenges. SNMG2 is currently under the command of Rear Admiral (LH) Sinan Azmi TOSUN, Turkish Navy.

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NATO Trains Iraqi Officers At Home And In Europe

http://www.arrc.nato.int/training_mission_iraq/page168504144.aspx

NATO Training Mission-Iraq
December 2, 2011

35 Iraqis Graduate from Senior NCO Course

Taji, Iraq: On the 30th of November, 35 Iraqi Senior Non-Commissioned Officers (SNCO) received their certificates on the successful completion of the ninth SNCO Course, conducted at the Iraqi NCO Academy, Taji.

The NATO Training Mission (NTM-I) Team, which comprises instructors from the Ukraine, United Kingdom and Estonia, have provided advice and support to the NCO Academy staff and students during the three month course.

Throughout the course practical studies enabled the students to develop their leadership skills, expand their knowledge of Information Technology and map reading, learn the theory and practice of organising physical training, and develop a better understanding of the methods used to conduct marksmanship training.

Present at the graduation ceremony were the Director of the Basic Tactical Training Directorate, staff Maj. Gen. Samir (IRQ), Chief of NTM-I’s Training Education and Doctrine Advisory Division, Brig. Gen. Russell Wardle (GBR), Iraqi NCO Academy Commandant, Col. Hayder (IRQ), Chief of the NTM-I Senior NCO and Battle staff Training Cell, Col. Serhii Romitsyn (UKR), as well as other Iraqi, Office for Security & Cooperation-Iraq and NTM-I representatives…

The NATO Training Mission in Iraq (NTM-I) was established in 2004…The aim of NTM-I is to assist in the development of Iraqi security forces training structures and institutions…

NTM-I is…a distinct training mission, under the political control of NATO’s North Atlantic Council. Its operational emphasis is on training and mentoring. The activities of the mission are coordinated with Iraqi authorities and the Office for Security and Cooperation-Iraq (OSC-I) Chief, who is also dual-hatted as the Commander of NTM-I. NATO has an enduring commitment to Iraq.

NTM-I advises and supports the Defence University for Military Studies, National Defence College, War College, and the Defence Language Institute with the other institutions in Baghdad. Other cooperation projects for NATO in Iraq are out-of-country training courses for Iraqi nationals at NATO schools as well as the Iraqi Police (Iraqi Federal Police and Oil Police) training led by Italian Carabinieri.

Currently, NTM-I is a small tactical force of NATO/PfP personnel, representing 12 member nations (as of November 2011): Albania, Bulgaria, Estonia, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Turkey, Ukraine (Partner for Peace), UK, USA.

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NATO Short Of Fuel After Pakistan Blocks Shipments

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011123story_3-12-2011_pg7_25

Daily Times
December 3, 2011

Oil tankers sent back from Torkham

LANDIKOTAL: Torkham Customs officials and the political administration sent back around 68 commercial fuel tankers from the Torkham border, which were crossing to Peshawar.

The Central Bureau of Revenue (CBR) officials reportedly circulated a formal letter amongst custom officials in Peshawar and Torkham asking them to stop commercial fuel export to Afghanistan amid the growing price hike in petroleum products and shortage of petroleum in the country, an official of political administration said.

Sources said that NATO forces stationed in Afghanistan were short of fuel deposits after the government of Pakistan stopped NATO consignments and blocked the fuel supply through the Torkham and Chaman borders.

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Saakashvili: Kyrgyzstan Resembles Georgia Before ‘Rose’ Coup

http://rustavi2.com/news/news_text.php?id_news=43976&pg=1&im=main&ct=0&wth=

Rustavi 2
December 2, 2011

Kyrgyzstan reminds Saakashvili of Georgia of 2003

Georgian President summed up the results of his two-day visit to Kyrgyzstan.

Mikheil Saakashvili said the country has great potential, although Kyrgyzstan with the existing reality reminds him of Georgia like it was years ago.

‘Yesterday I was in Kyrgyzstan. The people there are very nice, very warm, very enthusiastic, very talented, they can do everything, but this country reminded me of Georgia like it was in 2003?, he said.

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Gul, Biden: Turkish-U.S. War Against Kurds To Continue

http://en.trend.az/regions/met/turkey/1964830.html

Trend News Agency
December 3, 2011

Turkish president says Turkey, US to continue fight against PKK

Turkish President Abdullah Gul met U.S. Vice President Joe Biden in Ankara on Friday, Cumhuriyet reported.

‘Our meeting was longer than expected as we knew each other for some time. We discussed terrorism in detail in our meeting, Gul told reporters.

Gul and Biden know each other since Biden was the chairperson of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.

President Gul said the United States would totally withdraw from Iraq in 2012, and they debated Iraq’s situation after this event.

Gul said they mainly focused on regional issues, and had the opportunity to debate files that had a significant place in Turkish-American relations.

‘Our fight against PKK will continue in a strong way,’ President Gul also said.

Earlier on Friday, Biden met Turkish Parliament Speaker Cemil Cicek over breakfast, and visited Anitkabir, the Mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.

Biden will attend Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Istanbul on Saturday.

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