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Cyprus settlement ‘key’ to solution of region’s tensions: UK minister

A settlement for the Cyprus issue is "key" to the resolution of the tensions in the Mediterranean, according to Wendy Morton, the U.K.'s minister for European Neighbourhood.

Speaking during an interview with private broadcaster CNN Türk, Morton said that the U.K. supports a "comprehensive, fair and lasting" settlement to the Cyprus issue.

All UN peacekeeping missions withdrawing? "We were told: prepare for an emergency"

Namely, it will happen if the UN General Assembly, which has 193 members, cannot agree on a new budget of six billion dollars, which would be valid until June 30, 2022.
Some diplomats blamed changes in negotiation procedures, logistics issues and difficult negotiations that oppose China to Western countries for the delay in reaching an agreement, Reuters reported.

Covert Operations: Unravelling Serbian Officials’ Links to Paramilitaries

A senior official from the Serbian State Security Service, Franko 'Frenki' Simatovic, arrived at a covert paramilitary training camp near the town of Ilok in Croatia in the spring of 1992 - one of many that would allegedly be set up by Serbian security officials during the wars that erupted as Yugoslavia collapsed.

What applies to Kosovo does not apply to Crimea

"The persistence, I can say, and the stubbornness with which the West is introducing its 'rules' is astonishing. It is clear that there is a domestic political context - we need to show voters that they are cool guys in foreign policy towards 'authoritarian opponents' ahead of another election cycle (they are in the US every two years, they should succeed)," Lavrov said.

Stanisic and Simatovic, Belgrade’s Security Strongmen

"Milosevic's men on the ground" was the most common description of these two leading Serbian state security officials - Jovica Stanisic, chief of the interior ministry's State Security Service and his right-hand man, Franko 'Frenki' Simatovic, commander of the service's Special Operations Unit.