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Lithuania, Poland Leaders Warn EU Against Russia Talks “Until Georgia Fully Protected”

November 3, 2008

The smaller countries with a history of bad experiences with Russia are telling the others to be more cautious….

Russian soldiers ride by an APC in the village of Nabakevi outside ... 
Russian soldiers ride by an APC in the village of Nabakevi outside the town of Gal. Russia Tuesday declared its opposition to deploying European Union monitors in Georgia’s rebel provinces, while Russian rights groups reported pillaging in Georgian border villages.(AFP/Ibragim Chkadua)

VILNIUS (AFP)–There should be no European Union talks with Russia until it fully respects the ceasefire with Georgia, the leaders of Lithuania and Poland insisted Monday.

In a joint statement, Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus and his Polish opposite number Lech Kaczynski, said they were “deeply concerned with the lack of will on the Russian side.”

Adamkus and Kaczynski highlighted a failure to respect ceasefire clauses covering the withdrawal of Russian troops to pre-conflict positions and on free access to humanitarian aid.

Both Lithuania and Poland are staunch allies of Georgia’s pro-Western leadership.

Adamkus and Kaczynski called for the ceasefire to be “internationally observed and verified” by both the E.U. and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

Monitors should be given unfettered access to the Russian-backed breakaway Georgian territories of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, which Moscow has recognized as independent states. E.U. monitors have so far been unable to gain access to the territories.

And they also drew attention to what they said were the increasing numbers of Russian troops in the region.

Although the E.U. brokered the ceasefire that ended the brief conflict between Georgia and Russia in August, the diplomatic aftermath has divided E.U. member states.

Some western member states, anxious not to antagonize Russia with a tough stance, have suggested that the current Russian pull-back has been sufficient.

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Pakistan: Muhammad Reprts February 5, 2008

February 4, 2008

Dear John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom

Dear Sir,I hope that you and your team at the Peace and Freedom will be alright. I shall repeat my words that Peace and Freedom has been doing a great job by liberating people of tribal areas from terrorists. Now most of the tribesmen have been recognising the role of Peace and Freedom. What the Peace and Freedom has been writing for the last several months is becoming true. You have been doing a great job. You have been saving the world from further death and destruction.

Now the terrorists after defeat in tribal areas have shifted their activities to big cities of Pakistan. Attack on the Army bus near the General Headquarters is indication that terrorists have been trying to get control of the country.

President Pervez Musharraf must now show seriousness in war on terror otherwise the terrorists may take control of Pakistan, which will be disastrous for the whole world.

There are distrubing reports from Waziristan tribal areas where most of the dreaded terrorists have hiding. According to a newspaper report, A pause in the ongoing military operation against Taliban militants in South Waziristan is being seen as a temporary halt to pave way for a truce in the troubled region, residents and elders believe.

However, Inter-Services Public Relations Director General Major General Athar Abbas told Daily Times he was unaware of any offer from militant leader Baitullah Mehsud as was earlier reported by some media outlets.Asked why the military had stopped advancing or even firing, he said it might be a lull to consolidate their positions, and added that “there is no ceasefire at the moment”.

He said any peace deal was related to the civil administration.

However, an unofficial source privy to previous talks between the government and the Taliban militants in the area said efforts were underway to secure a peace deal.

The source remained elusive when asked if the Taliban had made any offer for a ceasefire with the government. The source added, “There is a temporary ceasefire.”

Although the government has not made an official announcement and reports of scattered incidents of firing have been arriving from certain areas, the two sides are striving to secure a permanent peace deal, the source hoped.

He said the Taliban had not requested tribal elders for negotiations with the government, nor had the government assigned the elders any task to start negotiations. There were yet signs that both sides were inclined to reach a truce to bring calm to the area, the source maintained.

Locals confirmed there had been no artillery shelling by security forces or attacks on checkposts by militants since Friday. The locals believe, however, it might be due to excessive snowfall in some areas.

Reports about a ceasefire offer by Mehsud have appeared at a time when troops have made advances against militants in Waziristan, and army officials say they have come close to hideouts of the militant commander.

Dear Sir, I want to present my gratitude for you kindness and love.

Thank you very much,

Yours sincerely,

Muhammad Khurshid
Khar, Bajaur Agency,Tribal Areas Pakistan