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Archive for May 17, 2012

Newsline: Threats sent to embassies in Pakistan

Several Western embassies in Islamabad received letters containing suspicious powder and threats to poison supplies for Nato soldiers in Afghanistan, officials said. Islamabad police chief Bani Amin told AFP the embassies had received small packets containing black powder. The letters said the powder was a sample of ‘poison’ that would be hidden in Nato supplies if Pakistan lifts a nearly six-month blockade on convoys carrying supplies for troops fighting the Taleban in neighbouring Afghanistan. The French embassy and the Australian and British High Commissions had received suspicious packages for certain, and other diplomatic missions may also have been targeted.



Newsline: Anti-Putin Protesters Arrested Near U.S. Moscow Embassy

About 20 Russian protesters demonstrating against President Vladimir Putin were arrested in central Moscow. The protesters were detained as they gathered near the U.S. Embassy after their camp at Chistye Prudy station was removed by the police. Police detained hundreds of people in Moscow on May 6 after clashes between riot officers and thousands of demonstrators rallying against Putin one day before his inauguration as president.


Newsline: Czechs embassy opens in Armenia

The Czech Republic has opened its diplomatic mission in Armenia in the building of the Polish embassy in Yerevan. The Czech embassy in Yerevan will have only one employee, charge d’affaires Petr Mikyska. Formally it will be subjected to the Czech embassy in Tbilisi in the neighbouring Georgia. Given the limited capacity of the new mission in Yerevan, Armenia will continue to fall under the consular office in Tbilisi. Short-term visas for Czechs would be issued by the consular office of the Polish embassy. Armenia opened its diplomatic mission in Prague in 2011. Armenia is one of the six former Soviet republics participating in the Eastern Partnership project launched in 2009. The Czech Foreign Ministry said the new mission in Yerevan is the first example of Czech-Polish cooperation in this respect. It said it was one of the models of having missions in some parts of the world and cutting the running costs at the same time.