АЏП, Spring 2014
Adzhatian 'Flexible FESD Budget' proposal adopted at FICT summit
(3 May) - A proposal submitted by the Adzhatian government to make the part of the FICT member states' contribution to the Fund for Economic and Social Development (FESD) more flexible, was adopted today at the fourth regular FICT summit in Port de Boiguehenneuc (Île de Romanhe). Minister of trade and industry Śvein Śŏdz, who wasn't present at the summit but received the news in a text message from the foreign affairs minister, said that this is good news for FICT and FESD, as well as for the member states, including Adzhatia. "To continue the fixed annual contribution as it had been since the fund's creation in 2012 wouldn't have been much use", the minister said. "As FESD lends money to most projects, which it receives back after a certain amount of time, FESD would have been swimming in money after a few years. Lowering the part of the contribution that is allocated to FESD, as the Kaupelanese government proposed, wouldn't have prevented that. I'm certain that the new situation will be more beneficial to all parties, including FESD and Kaupelan."
In the new situation, FESD will always have a maximum amount of money at its disposal. The difference between the money not spent and the maximum amount will be replenished by the member states, so if FESD spends a lot of money, the member states will pay a larger amount of contribution, whereas if FESD spends only a little bit, or receives lended money back, the member states will pay a smaller amount of contribution. This amount will be reviewed every five years in order to see if the amount is too high or too low.
Some details remain to be elaborated. No decision was made on the maximum amount yet, so for the time being, the current budget of FESD applies as such. Also unclear is what will happen if FESD receives an amount of money, most likely from paid back loans, that surpasses the maximum amount set by the General Assembly.
The other main proposal on the summit, to review the trade agreement, was adopted with seven member states voting in favour; only Yukland abstained.
Government postpones decision on Customs Union
(25 April) - The government, consisting of Secializdźiś, AVŎD, and Dzalităm Partića, has postponed a decision on joining the Eurasian Economic Community customs union, of which currently only Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus are members. The issue is topical in most former member states of the Soviet Union and has lead to some controversy already, not to mention a full scale revolution in Ukraine. The goal of the three current members is to create some sort of Eurasian counterpart of the European Union for which even Turkey may be invited.
Prime minister Eigĕń Hameen stated that although joining the customs union could be advantageous for our country, the decision about an Adzhatian membership will not be taken by the current government. Some opposition parties who favour closer ties to Russia accused the government of indecisiveness and being just plain rude by not responding to an invitation. Opponents of the customs union fear that joining could result in the recreation of the Soviet Union and minimise the Adzhatian chances of joining the European Union.
Bloc-Ħĭnzei, Trŏśtan Frentciŕ call for suspension Tarmorya
(22 March) - The conservative opposition parties in the Dume, Bloc-Ħĭnzei, Trŏśtan Frentciŕ (TF), Iństătciŕ Gleŕiă Adźaciai (IGA) and Śăĺveź hă Saħe (ŚhS) called for a suspension of FICT member state Tarmorya, after the controversial appointment of a new ambassador to the Forum only a day before it was the Tarmoryan ambassador's turn to assume the job of Secretary General of the Conference of Ambassadors of FICT. Mr Mansour Agdiri, who is a bit of a mystery in diplomatic circles, as was stated by the newspaper Śaizeźiś Jadeća as well as the Yuklandic newspaper Daclec Tiðændjar yesterday, was put forward by the Tarmoryan president, but doesn't seem to have any visible experience.
"Despite the fact that such a move is not against the rules of FICT, it shows that the Tarmoryan government doesn't care how it treats its partners", Lere Baśćŏt (TF). "Since FICT was created two years ago, the other member states have had nothing but trouble with Tarmorya. That country needs to learn how to behave in international circles; until such a time has arrived, we call for a suspension of Tarmorya as a member state of FICT."
Minister of foreign affairs Demitrieź Fŭĺgan of the ruling Secializdźiś party didn't want to react, apart from stating that it is the business of the Tarmoryan government whom they put forward as ambassador to FICT, or to any other country for that matter, and that suspending a country because they sent a so called 'mysterious' ambassador is out of the question.
(Update 28 March) - Minister of foreign affairs Demitrieź Fŭĺgan has summoned the Tarmoryan ambassador to explain the threats his country's government made this week as a reaction to statements made by Adzhatian opposition parties following the appointment of the Tarmoryan ambassador to FICT, Mr Mansour Agdiri. The Tarmoryan government said that it would "respond harshly" if these statements won't be withdrawn. "These threats are unacceptable", the minister said. "We understand of course that the opposition parties' statements may have caused outrage, but blaming the Adzhatian government for the opinion of political parties is simply not done. The Adzhatian State is a democracy where everyone is entitled to have his or her own opinion."