Poland has softened its opposition to talks between the European Union and Russia on a new cooperation agreement, but it remains unclear if Warsaw will lift its veto soon, diplomats said on Wednesday.
A Polish diplomat said the country’s envoy to the EU told his counterparts this week that Warsaw was keen to end the stand-off between the bloc and Russia. But diplomats from other countries cautioned that they had heard such comments before. Poland vetoed the launch of negotiations for a new EU-Russia strategic partnership last year in protest at a Russian import ban on Polish meat. So far, it has demanded a Russian commitment to end the 16-month-old ban before talks can start. “Our goal is not to block the negotiations, we would like to reach an agreement,” the Polish diplomat told Reuters. The diplomat said Poland would agree to let talks start if the EU attached a suitable statement to the negotiating mandate. Current EU president Germany is making diplomatic efforts to break the deadlock in time for an EU-Russia summit on May 18. EU foreign ministers are expected to discuss the mandate at their April 23 meeting in Luxembourg.
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“We have every right to put these people on trial,” Mr Ahmadinejad asserted.
“But I want to give them as a present to the British people to say they are all free.”
The British government was not even brave enough to tell their people the truth
“I’m asking Mr Blair to not put these 15 personnel on
trial because they admitted they came to Iranian territorial water,” he
added, referring to taped “confessions” made by the British sailors and
Britain says the 15 were in Iraqi waters under a UN
mandate when they were captured nearly two weeks ago. It says the
confessions were extracted under duress.
“I ask Mr Blair: Instead of occupying the other
countries, I ask Mr Blair to think about the justice, to think about
the truth and work for the British people not for himself,” Mr
It is the system that is racist and Le Pen is the only one capable of smashing the system,” he said.
The government is due today to unveil steps universities must take to stamp out campus anti-semitism.
The communities minister, Phil Woolas, is expected to announce that the police should use existing powers under the Public Order Act 1986 to prosecute Islamic extremists, and others, if they make any speeches on campus which are anti-semitic.
Universities are expected to be told to keep a record of any complaints about anti-semitic behaviour, which would include statements or speeches made by students.
(AP) A man who survived the Holocaust as a boy by hiding in basements and attics urged a group of countries on Wednesday to speed the opening of millions of files on Nazi concentration camps and their victims.
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Officers and police dogs charged at groups of marauding youths, some of them wearing hoods, who mingled with commuters and travelers at the Gare du Nord — one of Paris’ most important transport hubs.
LONDON, Mar 25, 2007 (UPI via COMTEX) — The British government is expected to
reveal a plan this week regarding how it will deal with increasing reports of
anti-Semitism on university campuses.
In the wake of recent reports of religious intolerance on British campuses, the
government will begin by asking all university heads to institute a zero
tolerance policy regarding academics attacking Israel, the Times of London
A 2006 report from European minister Denis McShane presented to Prime Minister
Tony Blair revealed that universities have become a breeding ground for
anti-Semitism in recent years.
“During our evidence sessions we heard of Jewish students having anti-Semitic
graffiti scrawled on their doors, and of extremist Muslim groups being invited
to speak on campuses,” his report said.
The Times said the government is expected to push for increased recording of
such incidents and support contact with Israeli academics.