June 30, 2014


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IFJ expels Israel from membership of the Federation 




29/06/2014 12:32:00 









BAGHDAD / NINA / International Federation of Journalists, based in Brussels, decided to expel Israel from the membership of the Federation. 




Moaid al-Lami, member of the Executive Committee of the International Federation of Journalists, president of Iraqi Journalists Syndicate told the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / that “The International Federation of Journalists decided, during the meetings which were held on Saturday and Sunday in Brussels, to expel Israel from the membership of the Union after a vote for the members of the Executive Committee of the Federation and decision got the approval of (14) states out of 17, against (3) states did not vote. 




International Federation of Journalists also decided unanimously to refuse the request of Journalists Association of the Syrian opposition in its membership, which had applied to join the IFJ membership, which includes more than 140 countries, including Iraq. 




During the meetings, it was discussed the reality of press freedoms in states members and the importance of providing safe climates for journalism and the media, especially in countries experiencing hot events. / End









Telephone conversation with Angela Merkel, Francois Hollande and Petro Poroshenko 


29 June 2014, 19:15 




Vladimir Putin took part in a lengthy telephone conversation with Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel, President of France Francois Hollande and President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, during which the four leaders exchanged views on various aspects of the crisis in Ukraine. 



The four leaders welcomed the liberation of the detained observers from the OSCE mission and also saw as a positive step the consultations that took place in Donetsk on June 27 between the parties to the conflict. 



The conversation stressed the importance of organising contacts of this kind on a regular basis.  An appeal was made to Mr Poroshenko to extend the ceasefire. 



The four leaders discussed the possibility of sending OSCE inspectors to monitor checkpoints on the Russian-Ukrainian border. 



Responding to the increasingly serious humanitarian situation in southeast Ukraine, Mr Putin stressed the need for urgent humanitarian aid for this region’s people. 



Issues related to the signing of an Association Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union in Brussels on June 27 were also discussed. 



The four leaders agreed to continue their contacts by telephone in this format.








Vladimir Putin will visit Belarus [opposite Poland] on July 2 


30 June 2014, 16:00 





At the invitation of President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, Vladimir Putin will visit Minsk on July 2 to take part in celebrations commemorating the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Belarus from Nazi occupation. 



The two presidents will also hold talks to discuss current matters on the two countries’ wide-ranging bilateral cooperation agenda and their work together in integration organisations.















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