АЏП, Winter 2013/2014

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Гавĕс • Gavĕs • Winter 2013/2014

Foreign minister urges Russia to cease its actions in Ukraine

(2 March) - Demitrieź Fŭĺgan, the minister of foreign affairs, has urged Russia to cease its actions in Ukraine and to refrain from further escalating the conflict. "The Russian decision to send military troops to Crimea is a clear violation of the sovereignty of Ukraine", mr. Fŭĺgan said. "The situation is very delicate and should be resolved with other means than force." He called upon the international community to take immediate action to end this conflict before it really gets out of hand.

Adzhatian MExP Kandercei wants meeting of Exumbran Parliament on Dhram Phá

(16 February) - Adzhatian Member of the Exumbran Parliament (PEC) Juŕ Kandercei (Communist Bloc) has been collecting support from other MExP's to organise a PEC meeting to discuss the status of member state Dhram Phá, which has indicated a desire to change its membership status last year. Kandercei said he finds it incredible that no initiative has been taken yet to assess this request. "If all other member states keep ignoring this problem, we might discover that Dhram Phá will withdraw its request and leave the Exumbran Convention altogether", Kandercei says. "If that is the real spirit within the Convention, I'm not sure I would want my country to remain a member of it either."

Kandercei can count on the support of his fellow Adzhatians Pavoĺ Obak and Măććeib Ŭriuć (both USDF) and Ħristine Sirðicei-Vladimirskie (EDF), who will try to convince the other members of their respective factions. The corresponding parties of Secializdźiś and AVŎD (which are both in the current Adzhatian government) indicated last month that they want the issue to be discussed as soon as possible and welcomed Kandercei's initiative. In order to be able to request a PEC meeting, Kandercei will need the support of at least 38 PEC members. It is not at all certain if he will manage to convince so many of them.

Government disagrees with Kaupelanese FICT budget proposal

(7 February) - The government has expressed disagreement with a recent Kaupelanese proposal to reduce the annual contribution of each FICT member state by 50%, at least in its current form, and has instructed its ambassador to FICT, mr. Anatoĺ Bugănskie, to act according to this stance. "In the current system, 80% of the FICT contribution is allocated to the FESD. This means that the FESD receives money each year, whether it has spent all of its money in the previous year or not, which could result in an increasing amount of unused 'stationary money'. We believe therefore that a fixed contribution doesn't work in the current system", a government spokesman told the АЏП. "The Adzhatian government proposes a maximum annual amount of money for the FESD that is fixed for a period of e.g. five years and reviewed after this period. After each year, the FESD budget will be replenished to the maximum that the member states agreed upon for this period."

Mr. Bugănskie hasn't formally submitted this proposal to the Conference of Ambassadors yet and has adviced his Kaupelanese colleague, mr. Aryanto Nuhusedim, to withdraw the Kaupelanese proposal until such time as the Conference will have agreed on how it wants to distribute the FESD budget. A final proposal could be discussed on the next Meeting of the General Assembly, which will be held in April or May.

President Bekina rejoins Bloc-Ħĭnzei

(4 February) - President Ăŕva Bekina has rejoined the right-wing political party Bloc-Ħĭnzei, the presidential palace has confirmed today. The move raised some eyebrows in the Dume; although it is not officially forbidden for the president of Adzhatia to be a member of a political party, most people thought that an unwritten rule had been well on its way to be in force since Grigeŕ Maććok's tenure (2006 - 2010) that the president is an independent person. Bekina used to be a member of Bloc-Ħĭnzei until the moment that he wanted to become a presidential candidate in 2010 next to the party's former leader Ereh Ħĭnzei, which caused a row within the party, resulting in Bekina ending his membership.

The presidential palace stated that the president will continue to act as a president for all Adzhatians despite his Bloc-Ħĭnzei membership, which is considered a private matter, and that the president wouldn't seek an active role within the party. Critics say that Bloc-Ħĭnzei may have begged Bekina to rejoin in order to boost the party's popularity: since the dramatic result of the 2013 parliamentary elections, polls haven't shown a favourable development for the party, which was the largest ruling party between 2007 and 2010. Ereh Ħĭnzei stepped down as party leader already in 2011. His successor Ħarman Ćĕrðanei stepped down as well after the 2013 elections; former traffic minister Grigeŕ Turkanen has been serving as acting leader since that moment.

Government wants clarity on Dhram Phá status

(12 January) - The government wants to discuss the status of Dhram Phá within the Exumbran Convention as soon as possible, according to foreign affairs minister Demitrieź Fŭĺgan in a televised interview this morning. "Dhram Phá announced that they would seek to become an Observer as of this year, rather than a full member state of the Convention, but the means to have this done are currently not in place", the minister said. "This means of course that Dhram Phá is still a full member state at this moment, but it is uncertain if the country considers itself still a full member." The minister didn't want to comment on rumours that Dhram Phá hasn't paid its contribution for 2013 and that it isn't planning to do so in 2014 either. "We have to solve this problem as soon as possible, so that all parties know what their rights and obligations are", the minister said.

Large scale railway maintenance to start in March

(9 January) - Government plans to improve the national railway system will start in March with a large scale renovation of the existing tracks. This was announced today by the minister of spatial planning, Nikita Ukcveŕ (AVŎD). The single existing track of Adzhatia lies between the capital Ashtinok and the southern town of Alidaŕ and is currently considered one of the more dangerous in Europe. The government whishes to bring the Adzhatian railway up to scratch and has sought advice in Western European countries. In addition, there are plans for extension with two lines from Ashtinok to Huśte and Kosegińdrăt. The maintenance works will last several years and will cost more than 20 billion Peka.