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FICT Secretary General reacts to Guelphian Senate report

(13 March) - In the South Pacific kingdom of Guelphia, a report issued by the country's Senate on Monday recommends that the country should seek membership of FICT. The Secretary General of FICT, mr. Anatoĺ Bugănskie, welcomed the report, saying that in a way, it was like FICT passed a test with good results, and that as far as he is concerned, Guelphia would be very welcome as a member, if its government decides to go through with it and send a formal application to join to the Secretary General of FICT (currently still mr. Bugănskie, but he will be succeeded by mr. Cyprien Mâchefer on 21 March); in that case, the General Assembly will have to decide on the accession of Guelphia, as written in chapter 2 of the Ísðor Treaty.

If Guelphia joins, it will be the eighth FICT member state under the Ísðor Treaty.

Foreign affairs minister positive on events in Tarmorya

(4 March) - The minister of foreign affairs, Astrid Kŭćma, expressed her satisfaction on the recent developments in the civil war torn North African country of Tarmorya, where a change in leadership of the military junta has lead to the possibility of an opening of talks between the rivalling groups, lead by the prime minister of Île de Romanhe, Guimarc Bonamy. The minister hopes that political and economical stability can be restored in Tarmorya very soon.

The Secretary General of FICT, mr. Anatoĺ Bugănskie, expressed himself in similar wordings, and also thanked the government of Guelphia for a financial contribution to support the FICT General Assembly's objectives of restoring Tarmoryan peace.

Thursday Front wants larger amount of regional seats in the Dume

(3 March)- The Thursday Front (Trŏśtan Frentciŕ, a political group of 11 seats in the Dume that split off from existing parties last year) wants the amount of regional seats in the Dume to be increased to give the districts a greater say in national politics. This was proposed during the first TF party Congress that was held yesterday in Kercei. Currently, only 27 seats of the Dume are elected by regional representation: each of the nine districts are represented by two to four seats, the Dume members of which are elected by means of Single Transferable Vote. Another 115 seats are elected by proportional representation. The TF wants to increase the amount of regional seats to at least 58, which is just over half of 115.

Domestic affairs minister Măććeib Sokolŏv-Ăħćvei (AVŎD) commented that the number of regionally elected seats may well be changed within a few years, as the district division is changed as well as of 1 September, but she said that she considers an increase to 58 seats 'far to much'.

Kŭćma satisfied with outcome FICT summit

(20 January) - Foreign affairs minister Astrid Kŭćma called the outcome of the special General Assembly of FICT that was held yesterday, satisfactory. 'The government would also have accepted suspension of Tarmorya, if the Assembly would have been in favour of that, because, after all, the crisis in Tarmorya is very serious and suspension would have been a strong signal indeed that the Tarmoryans can't go on like this, but we can very well live with the decision to condemn the situation and propose an external mediator to help solve the crisis', she said. The possibility of sending peace keeping troops was also discussed, but it was decided that other international organisations, such as NATO or the European or African Unions, are better equipped for such drastic actions.

Minister pleased with facebook page dedicated to Adzhatic

(13 January) - Communication minister Vladislaf Tŭĺĺak is happy about the Learn Useless Adzhatic facebook page that was launched on Friday by unknown individuals, he told Sanź hă Erendue ("Words and Thoughts") a television programme dedicated to Adzhatic literature this morning. 'Although not very intelligent, it is a great way to let foreigners encounter daily Adzhatic; it may incite them to learn the language and to try more elaborately written litterature', he said. The programme's host had called the Adzhatic facebook page and similar pages of other languages 'the beginning of the end of literature', an assessment that the minister thought to be far too dramatic.

Miheĺśŭńze Jan considers to partly move to other countries

(12 January) - Miheĺśŭńze Jan, the country's largest refrigerator factory, considers replacing part of its activities to other countries. This was announced by a spokeswoman this morning in a preliminary report on the company's figures of last quarter. 'Despite the fact that Miheĺśŭńze Jan did slightly better in comparison to 2011, the board is considering options to bring down costs and to expand market possibilities at the same time', it was said. The company is looking whether it could use the treaties that were signed when Adzhatia joined FICT and the Exumbran Convention to gain easy access to other member states of those organisations. 'Apart from several advantages for Miheĺśŭńze Jan, the move would enhance the relationship between our own country and the fellow members', the spokeswoman added. 'Which was after all the government's intention.' Countries that were mentioned in this context are Harrawi, Île de Romanhe, Kpwahele & Nɣurumba and Yutyrama.

Opposition parties, such as the right-wing Trŏśtan Frentciŕ and the Iństătciŕ Gleŕiă Adźaciai, but also the Năve Komunistiće Partića have indicated that they fear that Miheĺśŭńze Jan's plans may cause a lot of Adzhatians to loose their jobs. Several sites in the country currently employ slightly less than 3500 people.

Special FICT General Assembly to take place on 19 January

(11 January) - Mr. Anatoĺ Bugănskie, Secretary General of the Conference of FICT, has scheduled a special General Assembly to discuss the internal situation in member state Tarmorya after five of the seven member states requested such a meeting; only Yutyrama and Tarmorya itself were against the summit. It will be a meeting with only one subject on the agenda, according to mr. Bugănskie. The foreign minister of Kaupelan, mr. Wasahi Aramduhun, recently proposed to discuss other things as well, such as the conditions for member states to borrow money from the Fund for Economic and Social Development (FESD), after Yutyrama made a request for FESD funding. 'The details for the FESD conditions have to be discussed more thoroughly by the Conference of Ambassadors', mr. Bugănskie said. 'In the mean time, Yutyrama could get a temporary loan until all the details of the FESD have been clarified.'

To be discussed on the 19 January summit is the question whether or not (member states of) FICT has/have the right to react politically to the current political situation in Tarmorya, which has been reported to have evolved into a civil war. Those in favour of reacting, cite article 15 of the Ísðor Treaty, which states that "Each Member State has the right to develop its cultural, political and economic life freely and naturally. In this free development, the Member State shall respect the rights of the individual and the principles of universal morality.", and according to those member states, Tarmorya has failed to do so. Those against reacting to the situation in Tarmorya, cite article 16: "No Member State or group of Member States has the right to intervene, directly or indirectly, for any reason whatever, in the internal or external affairs of any other Member State. The foregoing principle prohibits not only armed force but also any other form of interference or attempted threat against the personality of the Member State or against its political, economic and cultural elements."

Adzhatian foreign minister Astrid Kŭćma simply wants to give a signal to Tarmorya that the ongoing situation in that country is not accepted by FICT standards. 'But the FICT treaty doesn't leave the other member states much to do if the Tarmoryans choose to ignore the opinion of the FICT member states', she says. 'In the worst case scenario, member states of FICT can send a military unity for peace keeping issues, which is possible according to article 19 of the Ísðor Treaty, which could, in this case, overrule articles 16 and 18, but the General Assembly has yet to determine what exactly the current situation in Tarmorya is, and even if the General Assembly thinks in the end that sending a peace keeping force is the right thing to do, there is the risk that the Tarmoryans unite and turn against the FICT force. The Adzhatian government however simply wants the fighting parties in Tarmorya to get to talk to each other to settle the dispute. Our goal during next summit is to propose to the Tarmoryans a ceasefire and an external mediator or external mediators who will discuss the end of hostilities and measures to prevent the country from relapsing.'

A less drastic measure, if Tarmorya doesn't want to talk, is "simple" membership suspension of Tarmorya, but the question is whether membership suspension is as equal a reaction as a civil war is a transgression of FICT regulations.

Could Guelphia get Observer Status in FICT?

(5 January) - Mr. Anatoĺ Bugănskie, Secretary General of FICT, who was invited this morning by a Kaupelanese television programme to talk about the situation in Tarmorya and possible FICT involvement, also commented on a suggestion made by the Kaupelanese minister of foreign affairs, mr. Wasahi Aramduhun, that the Kaupelanese government would like to invite the kingdom of Guelphia to participate in FICT as an observer. 'According to the Treaty of Ísðor, this is not possible as such', the Secretary General said. 'The observer status can only be granted to countries that apply for membership or that apply for the observer status themselves; it is not possible to grant countries the status of observer without those countries having asked for it in the first place.'

Mr. Bugănskie did however say that it could be good for FICT if Guelphia joined as a full member at some point in the future, because it would be good for the budget of FICT; Guelphia seems to be economically stronger than most current FICT members; 'But I don't want it to seem as if FICT only likes Guelphia for its money, of course', he added jokingly.

Interior minister appoints new district governors

(4 January) - Interior minister Măććeib Sokolŏv-Ăħćvei has appointed three new district governors, effective 1 February. The governors of Drezeńe Adźaciaisa Krais, Jantăsănkăm Krais and Sarăm Krais (resp. ms. Agńĕće Matuś-Pŭnas, mr. Nikita Ukcveŕ and mr. Bartŏĺmei Źurvaśĕv) will be replaced by Konstantiń Ćehov, Ăŕseń Dźesfeŕćei and Demitrieź Eśka. All three had indicated last month that they would like to step down.

Adzhatian FICT ambassador repeats call for a General Assembly on the situation in Tarmorya

(31 December) - The Adzhatian ambassador to FICT, mr. Anatoĺ Bugănskie (who currently also serves as the organisation's Secretary General), has repeated the Adzhatian call for a General Assembly to discuss the deteriorating situation in Tarmorya, after reports indicate that the country has succumbed into civil war. Few other ambassadors indicated their opinion after the first call that was made already in November by the Adzhatian government, and some of them didn't even respond at all. In a public speech on the event of the year 2012 coming to an end, mr. Bugănskie said that it is imperative that the member states of FICT should together uphold order and stability in their countries and he called upon the warring parties in Tarmorya to cease hostilities as soon as possible.

Last week, mr. Bugănskie was heard criticising his fellow ambassadors for lack of sense of responsability. Apparently, he has found it very difficult in the last few weeks to organise a Conference of Ambassadors due to conflicting schedules, and the few that were organised were poorly attended.

(Update 4 January) Slowly answers to the Secretary General's call are coming in. In order to call for a special General Assembly, two thirds (i.e. currently five) of the member states of FICT will have to be in favour of such a meeting. Until now, Adzhatia, Kaupelan and Yukland seem to be in favour, with Yutyrama and (obviously) Tarmorya being against. Île de Romanhe and Voskia still have to give their opinions on the matter. If held, the Adzhatian government has offered to host the meeting. Foreign minister Astrid Kŭćma expressed doubt that it would be wise to hold the meeting in Voskia, as suggested in a Kaupelanese newspaper, because Voskia already seems too much involved in the Tarmoryan crisis.

Fake king gives Christmas message

(24 December) - Outrage among politicians and republicans after the regular Christmas message given by president Ăŕva Bekina was preceded on at least two television channels (one of them a public one) by another Christmas message, this one given by mr. Johann Wörth, who, according to monarchists, is the rightful heir to the practically non-existing Adzhatian throne. Soon it turned out to be an impostor however, but a number of spokespersons of political parties have already stated that the channels broadcasting the fake message should suffer the consequences in one way or another. A spokesman of the public channel ART2 apologised for any inconvenience caused and claimed the message was only intended as a joke.