Showing posts with label independent. Show all posts
Showing posts with label independent. Show all posts

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Poll finds majority in favour of Scottish independence (Second poll favours ‘No Vote’)

A poll ahead of Scotland’s upcoming referendum has found the majority of voters to be in favour of Scottish Independence.
The YouGov research for the Sunday Times has found 51% of people support independence, compared to 49% who want to remain in the UK.
The results are the latest evidence of a dramatic surge for the 'yes' campaign led by First Minister Alex Salmond, which has seen the gap between the sides decrease in a matter of months.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Al-Maliki rules out poll on Kurdish independence (Iraq's Kurds rule out retreating from Kirkuk)

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki o rejected an assertion by the country’s autonomous Kurdish region that its control of disputed territory is here to stay while ruling out its chances of holding a referendum on independence.

“No one has the right to exploit the events that took place to impose a fait accompli, as happened in some of the actions of the Kurdistan region. This is rejected,” al-Maliki said in televised remarks. He was responding to remarks by Kurdistan Regional President (KRG) President Masoud Barzani last week that there was no going back on Kurdish rule in the oil-rich northern city of Kirkuk and other towns now defended by Kurdish fighters against militants.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Independent Kurdish state not reason for war anymore, says AKP spokesperson Çelik

An independent Kurdish state was a reason for war in the past, however the situation has changed, according to Hüseyin Çelik, spokesperson for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).

In Turkey, even the word ‘Kurdistan’ makes people nervous, but their name is Kurdistan,” Çelik told the Financial Times. “If Iraq is divided and it is inevitable, they are our brothers. Unfortunately, the situation in Iraq is not good and it looks like [the country] is going to be divided,” he added, while cautioning that Kurdish independence was not Turkey’s “number one choice.”

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Donetsk, Lugansk republics unite in “Novorossiya” (New Russia) state

Self-proclaimed People’s Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk have united in a state called Novorossiya (New Russia), the chairman of the DPR Supreme Council, Denis Pushilin has said.
“We’ve signed a memorandum on the republics’ union. We've named the united regions as the union of people’s republics,” Pushilin told Itar-Tass on Saturday.
Answering a question about the unification of the republics’ government, he said, “I believe that this will happen in due time. It is expedient.”
The DPR commissions are currently working to form a new social and economic platform under which the new region will live, Pushilin said.
Earlier, Donbass Governor Pavel Gubarev said the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics “signed a document on the union in Novorossiya”.

Ireland: Exit polls show boost for Independents in local elections. - Sinn Féin on course for Dublin Euro win

RTÉ exit polls show that Independent and other candidates appear to have won the highest percentage of the vote in yesterday's local elections, while Sinn Féin appears to be on course to win an MEP seat in Dublin.

The local election poll, which was carried out by Behaviour and Attitudes, took the views of more than 3,000 voters and has a national margin of error of less than 2%.

The poll found Independents and others received 27% of the national vote in the European elections and 28% in the locals.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Madrid blocks Catalan independence referendum

The Spanish Congress on Tuesday voted against a proposal to allow an independence referendum in the Catalan region in the north-east of the country.
The proposal, which had been presented by the Catalan Regional Parliament, was rejected by an overwhelming majority of 299 to 47 with one abstention.
Addressing Congress during the debate prior to the vote, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy strongly criticized the idea of Catalan independence, saying that he "could not imagine Spain without Catalonia," and the move"was a project for fraction and division."

Monday, April 7, 2014

Donetsk Oblast legislators decide to hold referendum on region’s future before May 11

A referendum on the future of Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk Oblast should be held no later than May 11, says a resolution that was issued Monday by legislators of the Donetsk regional council, which declared the formation of a sovereign and independent Donetsk People’s Republic and transformed itself in the Council of the Republic earlier on the same day.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Readout of the Vice President’s Call with Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras

The White House, Office of the Vice President:
"Vice President Biden spoke with Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras today to congratulate Greece in advance of Greek Independence Day celebrations at the White House tomorrow. 
The Vice President expressed appreciation for the valuable role Greece continues to play as a strategic partner and NATO ally. 
He welcomed Greece’s continued economic progress as the government carries out its reforms, and pledged enduring U.S. support for returning Greece to economic growth and prosperity. 

Monday, March 24, 2014

Presidential Proclamation: Greek Independence Day: A National Day of Celebration of Greek and American Democracy, 2014



Almost two centuries ago, the people of Greece laid claim to their independence and began a long struggle to restore democracy to its birthplace. Greek Americans crossed oceans to fight for the freedom of their ancestral homeland, and through two World Wars and a Cold War, Greece and the United States stood side-by-side. On Greek Independence Day, we honor the deep connections between our two nations and celebrate the democratic ideals at the heart of our shared history.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Deputy FM Gerontopoulos attends the Greek Independence Day parade in Melbourne and meets with Greek Australians. -MFA

MFA, Sunday, 23 March 2014
Deputy Foreign Minister Kyriakos Gerontopoulos attended the Greek Independence Day parade in Melbourne today, 23 March, and had a series of meetings with local Greek Australian associations and clubs, within the framework of his four-day visit to Australia, which will last through 26 March.

Mr. Gerontopoulos attended the mass celebrated at the Archdiocese church of St. Eustathios and then, at the Australian War Memorial, watched the parade of Greek schools and associations.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Japan to impose sanctions against Russia over Crimea

TOKYO —Japan on Tuesday said it would slap sanctions on Russia over its “deplorable” move recognizing a Crimean vote to break away from Ukraine.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday signed a decree recognizing Crimea as an independent state following a weekend referendum to secede from Ukraine and join Russia in a move that has fanned the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War.
“It’s deplorable that Russia recognized the independence of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, a move that violates Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” the Japanese foreign ministry said in a statement Tuesday.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Crimea assembly votes for independence from Ukraine. -The declaration referred to Kosovo's separation from Serbia

Pro-Moscow lawmakers in Crimea voted for independence from Ukraine on Tuesday in a precursor to a referendum this weekend for the region to become part of Russia.
The local assembly approved a "declaration on the independence of the autonomous republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol" with 78 out of 81 lawmakers present voting in favour.
The move by the parliament, which has been declared illegal by the new government in Kiev, appeared to be aimed at creating a legal framework for joining Russia as a sovereign state.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Obama reiterates U.S. position against "Tibet independence"

WASHINGTON, Feb. 21 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama reaffirmed Friday that his country recognizes Tibet as part of China and does not support "Tibet independence," said the White House.

Obama articulated the U.S. position during a closed-door meeting with the Dalai Lama at the White House's Map Room, instead of the Oval Office, where he usually receives foreign dignitaries.

"The president reiterated the U.S. position that Tibet is part of the People's Republic of China and that the United States does not support Tibet independence," the White House said in a statement.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Independent Scotland not guaranteed the same EU membership terms – British FM

An independent Scotland will likely have to reapply to join the EU and not be offered the same terms as the UK, Britain’s foreign minister said. Scotland, however, says it has a clear approach to the EU that is “overwhelmingly” in its best interests.
UK Foreign Minister William Hague issued a stark warning to advocates of Scottish independence on Friday, claiming it would be unable to negotiate the same lucrative terms as Britain if they apply to be part of the EU.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Britain to release paper on implications of Scottish independence

LONDON, Jan. 15 (Xinhua) -- Britain will launch Friday a new analysis paper on global implications of Scottish independence, outlining a variety of international benefits for Scots to stay in Britain.
"It will discuss how the UK's overseas network ensures the safety of Scottish people abroad, supports Scottish businesses and promotes shared values, such as democracy, human rights and the fight against poverty," the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office announced Wednesday on its official webpage.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Romanian leaders hailed as a historic moment a decision last night by the Republic of Moldova’s Constitutional Court which set Romanian as the official language...

By Daniel Stroe – Bucharest
Romanian leaders hailed as a historic moment a decision last night by the Republic of Moldova’s Constitutional Court which set Romanian as the official language of the former Soviet republic, 22 years after it gained independence, putting an end to decades of heavily politicized debates on this issue.

The court’s verdict, which is irrevocable, came after a complaint filed by the liberal lawmaker Ana Gutu. She asked the court to clarify the issue of the official language since the Constitution mentioned Moldovan as the state language but the 1991 declaration of independence stipulates Romanian instead.

The court decided that the 1991 declaration of independence represents the juridical and political base of the Constitution, therefore, in case of several discrepancies between the two fundamental documents, the text of the declaration of independence prevails. Basically, the decision says Moldovan, which the pro-Russian groups in Moldova preferred, is in the end Romanian.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Binyamin Netanyahu: Israel an island of democracy in sea of instability

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Thursday night at the annual July 4 celebration at the US ambassador's home in Herzliya that Israel has always been "an island of democracy in a sea of instability and despotism, and this has never been truer than today."

Without addressing the situation in Egypt directly, Netanyahu said that "those who seek liberty are our natural allies."

Netanyahu said that he hopes there will be a time when true democracy will flourish in the region, but this is something that will take time.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

How independent is the reporting in Mali?

French troops are at war in northern Mali, but it's not clear what is actually happening because journalists have been denied access. For many years, Mali had been a model for press freedom in Africa.
Normally, neither side in a conflict is interested in a neutral coverage of events on the battlefield. Mali is no exception. A journalist wanting to report from the warzone has a tough time of it there.
As Marc Dugge, a radio correspondent for the ARD (Germany's public broadcaster) headed for the warzone, he was stopped 100 kilometers (62 miles) from the front. "We have orders not to let reporters through," a soldier in uniform explained, adding "especially, no whites."
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