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Ăзвеі • Ăzvei • Autumn 2012

Secializdźiś win Exumbran elections

(19 December 2012) - The elections for the five Adzhatian seats of the Exumbran Parliament, that were held last Saturday, were won by the Secializdźiś: they gain two seats. The other three seats go to AVŎD, ĔŚ and NKP. Bloc-Ħĭnzei expressed disappointment over the election results, but the party has been suffering from a loss of members during the last months, so political analysts claimed to have seen this coming. 395,795 people voted in the election. Although elections are mandatory in Adzhatia, many people didn't show up and will be fined.

No deal in airline negotiations

(27 November 2012) - Long and tough negotiations between representatives of a party that wishes to revive the bankrupt Adzhatian airline ACB, the Adzhatian government, the Yukkish airline Air Yukland, and the Kronenburg investment company O3 Investments were concluded today without any result. This was announced by traffic minister Vladislaf Tŭĺĺak early this evening. The ministry's scepticism about the last proposal of joint activities of Air Yukland and a revived ACB, as well as doubts expressed by O3 Investments whether such cooperation would be financially manageable, made the deal collapse, much to the disappointment of the ACB representatives and Air Yukland. Iĺic Kaĺĺek, former warrant-manager of ACB and one of the initiators to revive ACB, reacted with harsh words on the ministry's unwillingness in the matter: 'If the minister hadn't been acting so pigheaded, the Kronenburg investor might have been persuaded to participate; now there is nothing but frustration.'

Although the collapse of the talks on ACB will probably mean that the end of ACB is very definitive, the government hinted that it may invest in Air Yukland in order to keep at least some influence in what companies fly to and from Adzhatia. Cooperation on other areas between our country and other member states of FICT and the Exumbran Convention are being discussed as well.

(Update 7 December) - Adzhatian investors have reacted with moderate enthusiasm on a Kronenburg-Yukkish-Adzhatian idea to organise a joint airline between the three countries. Iĺic Kaĺĺek, former warrant-manager of ACB, said that now the Adzhatian government doesn't wish to participate in a possible revival of ACB, other solutions to reconnect our country to the rest of the world through the air have to be found and the private organisation now proposed may offer a lot more flexibility. One of the partners remains Air Yukland, although it has to require permission from the Yukkish government to proceed with further negotiations, as it is a state owned company. Kaĺĺek expressed hope that the Yukkish government will grant this permission, as it will probably be better for the new airline to have e.g. a modest amount of aircraft to its disposition rather than having to start from scratch.

Adzhatia wants General Assembly on the situation in Tarmorya

(19 November 2012) - The Adzhatian government has proposed to hold a General Assembly to discuss the situation in the North-African FICT member state of Tarmorya, after reports emerged that the country's queen has been kidnapped and/or brought to safety by rebels. 'There is no clarity whatsoever regarding whether or not Tarmorya is stable at the moment', a government spokeswoman said. 'Although the military leader keeps uttering reassuring words, an increasing amount of concerning stories are reported from within Tarmorya, and now that the country's head of state turns out to be missing, we think that the rest of FICT can't do nothing anymore. As fellow FICT member states, we have the right to get some answers.'

Current FICT Secretary General Anatoĺ Bugănskie (also from Adzhatia) continued the cautious stance that he has taken for the last few weeks, but added that he will of course have a General Assembly organised it a sufficient amount of member states backs the Adzhatian request. 'The matter hasn't been on the agenda of the Conference of Ambassadors yet, simply because the Tarmoryan ambassador is instructed by his government to refuse to take part in any such discussion, which would make it pointless', Bugănskie said. Even if a General Assembly is organised, the question remains what the other FICT member states can do if Tarmorya won't attend; FICT doesn't have the means to force a member state to attend a General Assembly, and suspension of a member state would (in this case) lead to less possibilities to diplomatically influence it to do what the General Assembly.

Astrid Kŭćma present at Exumbran Convention ceremony

(15 November 2012) - Foreign affairs minister Astrid Kŭćma visited the Kronenburg capital of Alexanderstad in order to witness the official starting ceremony of the Exumbran Convention, although Adzhatia won't become a full member until after another few weeks. Ms. Kŭćma also represented the Adzhatian Permanent Representative Bohatiŕ Kerećei, who couldn't attend due to illness.

According to the New Courland prime minister Luis Lavalleja, the Adzhatian ratification documents were received on 12 November, so Adzhatian membership of the Convention will officially start on 12 December. Ms. Kŭćma told the press that it was the government's intention to hold Exumbran parliamentary elections on Saturday 15 December. Adzhatia seems to become the only member states where these elections are to be decided by popular vote. Polls indicate that not many Adzhatians intend to use their democratic right for this election; the official campaign has yet to start though.

Dume ratifies treaty of the Exumbran Convention

(6 November 2012) - Yesterday afternoon, the Dume ratified the treaty of the Exumbran Convention, being the last prospective member state to do so. Ratification could already have taken place on 21 September, but fear among smaller member states that the two financially largest countries, Huenan and Kronenburg might not want to ratify, or that the Convention would become effective without those two countries, caused some of them to postpone ratification until at least one of the larger countries confirmed their membership of the Exumbran Convention. Because opposition towards the Convention was much more substantial in Huenan, the Adzhatian government decided to wait until Kronenburg had ratified the treaty. Huenan and Khusqaikama however ratified the treaty in early October, and it will therefore become effective for a majority of the member states somewhere next week. For Kronenburg and Adzhatia (whose ratification occurred after the treaty went into force), the treaty will become effective one month after ratification, so our country will be able to fully participate as of early December.

The government coalition parties, as well as the oppositional NKP, Ĕrevi Śviveź, Dzalităm Partića, PŎA and the two regional members voted in favour of ratification, which is 120 of the current 141 members of the Dume. The right wing parliamentary group of Trŏśtan Frentciŕ was the only party to vote against ratification. Foreign affairs minister Astrid Kŭćma (Bloc-Ħĭnzei) welcomed the results and expressed her hope that the Convention and Adzhatia may have a pleasant working relationship in the future.

Domestic affairs ministry presents district redivision proposal

(2 November 2012) - This morning, the ministry of domestic affairs has presented its proposal for the redivision of the country's current nine districts. As already announced in June, the government wants to implement some changes in order to make the districts more coherent and improve their administrative strengths. According to the proposal, there will be twelve districts in the new situation, instead of nine. While the current two northernmost districts (Śaińe Adźaciaisa Krais and Jantăsănkăm Krais) will be more or less combined to one large district (Śaiń Valaźiś), several other districts will be split and/or their borders relocated. All the current district capitals, except for Sańdźiś Miheleze Lăć, will remain district capitals. New capitals will be Huśte, Takaĺ, Orvŭb and Barhveź.

The new division should be effective as of 1 September 2013.

'Adzhatia should move to the west coast'

(31 October 2012) - The Adzhatian government should really consider moving the country's centre to the west coast. This is the conclusion of Ereh Klamie, an Adzhatian climatologist who published a report yesterday on the effects of the Gulf Stream on our country. He thinks that the eastern part of the country may become inhabitable if the Gulf Stream changes its direction, due to e.g. interruption by melt water from Greenland glaciers. 'The eastern part of the island is already more secluded from the Gulf Stream, also due to the islands, and causes the necessity to keep the harbours open by means of icebreakers', mr. Klamie says; 'moving the country's centre to the west seems like a logical step.'

Elene Bŭkka, the minister for spatial planning, isn't convinced by mr. Klamie's report. 'Before we go into panic mode and start moving everything to the west, I want to see more research on the subject', she says. 'Other reports suggest the opposite, that our country may become more inhabitable and reachable due to global warming and the fact that the Arctic's ice is increasingly melting each year.'

Dume discusses Exumbran Convention

(24 October 2012) - The Dume started discussions yesterday about the Treaty of the Exumbran Convention, which has been ratified by all prospective member states of the Exumbran Convention, except Adzhatia. One of the first discussions concerned the Exumbran Parliament, for which elections must be organised after the treaty has entered into force. The Dume seems tied between those in favour of organising elections by popular vote, and those in favour of having the Dume hold internal elections. As it is understood, most other countries will probably have their parliaments elect their Exumbran Parliamentarians, but a spokesman of the communist NKP - currently the largest party in the Dume - argued that what other countries do or don't do, doesn't matter for Adzhatia: 'If those governments can live with themselves doing this without consulting their citizens, then they can go ahead, because the Exumbran Treaty doesn't have any problems with it, but our party thinks that elections by popular vote are much more democratic and the Exumbran Parliamentary elections in Adzhatia should therefore be carried out that way.'

Journalist found in shed outside Ĕrvie

(23 October 2012) - Journalist Konstantiń Pŭŕvek, who had been missing since 10 September, has been found in a cage in a shed outside the Jantăsănkăm Krais settlement of Ĕrvie, the local police have confirmed. According to them, Pŭŕvek was barely alive when they found him, as his captors apparently just left him starving to death and without anything but some thin clothing to protect him against the cold. The police arrested the shed's owner, a local fisherman called mr. Isăk Isăkśŭn, for questioning, but as he has some mental disorder, it seems unlikely that he is actively involved in Pŭŕvek's kidnapping.

FICT Secretary General: 'more time for Tarmorya'

(18 October 2012) - Current Secretary General of FICT, Anatoĺ Bugănskie has urged the FICT member states, in particular Voskia, to give Tarmorya more time to sort its internal political problems. Earlier this year, the democratically elected government of Tarmorya was overthrown by a military regime, after ongoing protests of radical islamists had destabilised the country in the previous two months. 'By ratifying the Ísðor Treaty, the Tarmoryan government has clearly indicated to be in favour of respecting it', Bugănskie told an Adzhatian journalist. He urged general Daqem Aghruz to respect international laws and regulations on human rights, but said at the same time that maintaining a more democratic system can be put on hold if it can't guarantee the safety of its citizens. 'It is however obvious that, once it can, democracy should be restored immediately', Bugănskie said. 'For now, I think we should grant Tarmorya a little bit more time to put things in order again.'

Exumbran Convention to become operative

(12 October 2012) - The Exumbran Convention will become fully operative as of 10 or 11 November. Last Monday, both Huenan and Khusqaikama ratified the Exumbran treaty, which means that enough member states have ratified it. Only Adzhatia and Kronenburg still have to ratify the treaty; although the Kronenburg house of representatives (Noordkamer) did so last Friday, its senate (Zuidkamer) has to confirm it; it is expected that this will happen somewhere in October.

Although a few weeks ago our country announced to wait with the ratification procedure until Kronenburg would have ratified the treaty, there is no longer a necessity for this course of action: some countries, including Adzhatia wanted to wait until at least one of the (financially) bigger countries (Kronenburg or Huenan) would have confirmed its participation in the Convention by ratification, and due to the fact that for some time it was uncertain whether or not Huenan would ratify at all, Adzhatia wanted to wait for Kronenburg. Now that Huenan is a full member and the treaty will enter into force next month, some politicians have asked for a speedy ratification, but the government hasn't indicated when it will send the corresponding bill to the Dume.

The ministry of foreign affairs did however confirm the candidacies of former director of the Technical University of Pruteilăć dr. Źurvaś Eśka for the (transitional) membership of the Executive Committee of the Exumbran Scientific Commission (ESC), and of the current State Cohesion and Opportunities Commission secretary dr. Taććane Lŏpore for the (transitional) membership of the Executive Committee of the Exumbran Integration Commission (EIC).

Former president Grigeŕ Maććok dies

(28 September 2012) - Former president Grigeŕ Maććok has died. This was confirmed this morning by a family spokesman. Maććok was President of the Adzhatian State from 2006 to 2010, the first one under the 2006 constitution, which had largely reduced the political powers of the president. Before that, he briefly served as minister of domestic affairs in 2005, as part of the controversial government of Ăŕva Ośŕoncei. Maććok himself however wasn't affiliated to any political party, which made him the more popular candidate during the 2006 presidential elections.

Born in 1944, he studied law in Moscow in the early sixties and he subsequently became a legal professional in Ashtinok (at the time known as Bazăŕ Gĕĺ). From the 1996 on he worked as attorney-general.

Mr. Maććok's funeral will take place on 5 October.

Kaupelan gets new Adzhatian ambassador

(26 September 2012) - The foreign ministry announced today that Anatoĺ Bugănskie will be replaced as ambassador of Kaupelan as of 1 October. Mr. Bugănskie has been ambassador to Kaupelan since 1 February 2008, but in 2011 he also became ambassador to FICT after his predecessor was sacked. Now that mr. Bugănskie has assumed the role of Secretary General of FICT, it was decided that Kaupelan will get a new ambassador: dr. Viktoŕ Ŕiveiźa (46) will offer his credentials next week. Previously, dr. Ŕiveiźa worked for the Council of Europe and several non-governmental organisations.

At the same time it was announced that an embassy will be established in Huenan, if Huenan proceeds with the ratification of the Treaty of the Exumbran Convention and (thus) becomes a full member of that organisation. This new embassy will also be responsible for the other two projected Exumbran member states. Currently, the Adzhatian embassy in Vietnam is responsible for Huenan and Dhram Phá, whereas Khusqaikama falls under the Adzhatian embassy in Japan.

Adzhatia ratifies FICT Ísðor Treaty; Exumbran treaty put on hold

(21 September 2012) - The Dume ratified the Ísðor Treaty, the revised treaty of FICT, yesterday afternoon, after only a short discussion. Most small right wing parties, including the recently formed Thursday Front, voted against the treaty and the OVMP communist party abstained. Although the original plan was to have the Treaty of the Exumbran Convention ratified today as well, the government didn't send the ratification proposal to the Dume yet. According to the minister of foreign affairs, Astrid Kŭćma, the government decided to wait until Kronenburg ratifies the treaty first, which should happen somewhere in October. This strategical planning of ratifications should prevent the peculiar situation in which the treaty enters into force at a moment that the country that hosts the organisation's headquarters (Kronenburg) hasn't ratified yet. Only one country can still ratify the treaty before the required two thirds are reached, and Chimor announced that it will ratify on the 1st of October.

The ratification of the Ísðor Treaty means that the required two thirds of the signing member states have been reached, which means that the treaty has entered into force. The Adzhatian ambassador to FICT, mr. Anatoĺ Bugănskie, will therefore take office as Secretary General of the Conference of Ambassadors, succeeding ms. Isèbel Mai Kurataata from Kaupelan. Mr. Bugănskie will be in office for six months, until 21 March 2013. But although the Ísðor Treaty is now in force, still two projected member states have to sign it: Tarmorya and Île de Romanhe. Ms. Kŭćma expressed some concern regarding the current political situation in Tarmorya, which may well prevent the country from signing the treaty and - therefore - from staying a member of FICT.