By empty (6/25/2001 issue of the CACI Analyst)An Egyptian government delegation led by Planning Minister Ahmet el-Dersh held talks in Astana on 22 June with Kazakhstan's Prime Minister Qasymzhomart Toqaev on expanding economic, trade, and cultural ties. Tentative agreement was reached that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak will visit Kazakhstan later this year. (RFE/RL).
By empty (6/22/2001 issue of the CACI Analyst)Businessman and former Poti Mayor Roman Melia has written to NATO headquarters demanding $1 million in compensation for damages inflicted on a recreation complex on the Black Sea coast during the Georgian joint maneuvers with NATO states that ended last week. (Caucasus Press) ARMENIAN OPPOSITION PARTY CRITICIZES PRESIDENT OVER PARLIAMENT SHOOTING SUSPECTS' RELEASE 22 June In a statement released on 21 June, the Hanrapetutiun (Republic) Party headed by former Premier Aram Sargsian criticized the release on 20 June of six men charged with abetting the five gunmen who perpetrated the October 1999 Armenian parliament shootings. Sargsian's brother and predecessor as prime minister, Vazgen, was one of the victims of that attack.
By empty (5/22/2001 issue of the CACI Analyst)An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.2 jolted northern Pakistan and neighboring Afghanistan on Tuesday, Pakistan's seismological center said. There were no reports of casualties from the quake, which was centered in the Hindu Kush mountain range in Afghanistan, 180 miles northwest of the Pakistani city of Peshawar.
By empty (6/20/2001 issue of the CACI Analyst)Deputies voted on 19 June to reopen the suspended criminal case into the abortive 1993 attempt by former President Zviad Gamsakhurdia to return to power, Caucasus Press reported. That move is intended as a preliminary to closing the case and rehabilitating the deceased president, whose remains will then be brought back from Georgia from his current resting place in Grozny. National Reconciliation Commission Chairman Vassili Maghlaperidze said that the return of Gamsakhurdia's remains to Georgia is a precondition for reconciliation between the current authorities and Gamsakhurdia's supporters.
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