Issue 168

csf-logoAppeal: Belarusian National Platform supports UN Resolution on territorial integrity of Ukraine


We, citizens of the Republic of Belarus, a broad spectrum of civil society organizations, political parties, trade unions, non-governmental organizations and initiatives condemn the official position of the Republic of Belarus to the UN General Assembly March 27, 2014 and support the resolution of the territorial integrity of Ukraine.

We believe that voting against the resolution of the territorial integrity Ukraine official Belarus:

  • entered into conflict with its earlier articulated position in support of the territorial integrity of Ukraine,
  • demonstrated its disrespect to international treaties,
  • showed their contempt for the Ukrainian government and the people,
  • recognized as legitimate the fact of capturing territory of one state by another one.

It is our deep conviction that in a situation where it is critically important to prevent escalation of war by all (and primarily diplomatic) means, Belarus should condemn the act of annexation of the Crimea by Russia, and from the perspective of international treaties, rejection of aggression of one country against another to act as a deterrent side.

Unfortunately, this does not happen, the Belarusian authorities have officially supported the position of Russia, making the Belarusian people a hostage of imperial ambitions of its leadership.

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european-commission-flagEU plans major investment conferences in Moldova and Georgia in June


Moldova-GeorgiaInvestment conferences will be held in Moldova and Georgia on the occasion of the visits of European Commission President José Manuel Barroso to those countries on 12 and 13 June 2014 respectively. The conferences will focus on business activity and investment in Moldova and Georgia, as experience in other countries in Europe shows this is where the new agreements will bring the biggest long-term economic benefits.

The European Union has confirmed its objective to further strengthen the political association and economic integration with both countries, and aims to sign the Association Agreements including Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Areas (AA/DCFTAs) no later than June 2014.

One of the main benefits of the conferences to investors in Moldova and Georgia will be its discussion of what the AA/DCFTAs will mean in practical terms for their businesses. The deadline to apply for invitations is 30 May.

The conferences will also provide opportunities for businesses to showcase themselves and to promote their products and services. International financial institutions and business support organisations will also provide participants with information about their activities in Moldova and Georgia.

Each conference will have an interactive format. The detailed programmes for the conferences will be published on the EEAS website in May.

As the AA/DCFTAs will benefit investors from all countries who are doing business in Moldova and Georgia, and a press release said the EU encouraged participation in the conferences from across the international community.

Participation at the conferences will be by invitation only.

Anyone interested in being invited to either of the conferences, should send their contact details to the European External Action Service’s ENP Division no later than 30 May specifying which of them they would like to attend. The e-mail address for doing so and for other information about the conferences is:
(EU Neighbourhood Info)

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Press release


european-commission-flag“Freedom of the Press, the Right to Know” photo exhibition
Call for Participation


The Freedom of Information Center in cooperation with the Delegation of the European Union to Armenia and OSCE Yerevan Office will organize the “Freedom of the Press, the Right to Know” photo exhibition to mark the World Press Freedom Day on 3 May 2014.

To participate, please send us photos/caricatures/sketches that, in your opinion, relate to the freedom of press and information and showcase the implementation of the right of freedom of expression and access to information.

Best images will be selected by a professional jury and later displayed at the photo exhibition on May 3rd.

The selected materials will also be printed in the special catalogue dedicated to the International Press Freedom Day.

Everyone interested (regardless of professional background) can submit their materials.

Submit the following information and materials by 22 April 2014,16:00:

  1. Name and contact information (phone number and/or email)
  2. Up to 5 images (3.35 megapixel) for potential exhibition
  3. A clear caption for each photo/caricature including: place it was taken, name of the author, and brief description of the photo/caricature.

Please send your materials to or deliver it in electronic format to the Freedom of Information Center at 1/3 Buzand street, 4th floor, Yerevan.
For questions and assistance please contact the FOI Center at; Tel: 560360 or (+3794) 700 974.

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