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New Quake Spreads Alarm, Sends Mexicans into Streets

An magnitude 6.2 earthquake shook southern Mexico on Saturday and was felt in the capital, where seismic alarms sounded, residents ran into the streets and rescuers briefly stopped combing the rubble left by a bigger tremor earlier this week, reported Reuters. 

The United States Geological Survey said the new quake was relatively shallow and hit near Juchitan, which is a tropical region of Oaxaca state hard hit by another major earthquake on Sept 7.

Already shaken by the two recent earthquakes that have killed at least 380 people in Mexico this month, thousands of people ran out onto the streets again in Oaxaca and Mexico City, some in pajamas when the new tremor shortly before 8 a.m. (1300 GMT).

“I heard the alarm and ran downstairs with my family,” said Sergio Cedillo, 49, who was watching rescuers efforts to find survivors from Tuesday’s quake when the alarm sounded.

No new damage was immediately reported, but rescue efforts were suspended in areas affected by Tuesday’s quake to allow authorities to see if the new tremors would put workers at risk, Luis Felipe Puente, the head of Mexico’s civil protection agency said.

Angela Merkel Tries To Reach Undecided German Voters Ahead Of Sunday Election

German Chancellor Angela Merkel appealed to her conservative party on Saturday to reach undecided voters as the clock ticked down to the election in which she is expected to secure a fourth term in office, London South East writes.

Speaking at a gathering of Christian Democrat (CDU) campaign volunteers in Berlin, Merkel said that the goal was to reach the large number of undecided voters who "make their decision in the final hours".

According to polling data from three research institutes on Friday, the CDU has a commanding lead of between 34 and 35% of the vote over its centre-left Social Democrat (SPD) rivals, which are polling at between 21 and 22%.

It remains to be seen whether Merkel will continue her CDU's current alliance with the SPD or choose to govern with one or more of Germany's smaller centrist political parties.

The election will also see the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) taking seats in the Bundestag parliament for the first time. According to data released Friday, it is polling at between 11 and 13%.

Polls open at 8 am (0600 GMT) on Sunday and first results are expected at 6 pm.

Bulgaria Continues to Return to Turkey Asylum Seekers

Bulgaria continues to return to Turkey asylum seekers. For the past two years, no Turkish citizen who has applied for a refugee or humanitarian status in our country has received it, bTV writes.

Since the beginning of the year, 37 Turkish citizens have been detained in their attempt to leave their homeland.

One third of them have sought protection from the Refugee Agency and the reason as they said is that they are in danger due to persecution in Turkey, but none has been granted status. In 2016 - too.

The Agency is firmly convinced that each request for protection is considered individually and objectively and deny the practice of refusing Turkish citizens.

The return of Turkish citizens persecuted by the Ankara authorities last year has provoked a scandal several times in our country. Even now, there are another 16 people who are waiting for a solution for this, will they get protection in Bulgaria or not.

21 States Were Subjected to Russian Hacker Attacks During the US Elections

Wisconsin, Ohio, California and 10 other states said on Friday they were among 21 states that Russian government hackers targeted in an effort to sway the 2016 presidential election in favor of Donald Trump though no votes were changed.

The Department of Homeland Security confirmed it had notified the states of the activity but declined to identify them. Russia has denied election meddling, and President Trump has denied any collusion with Russia.

Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Minnesota, Texas and Washington state also confirmed they were targeted by Russian hackers but said they were not successful. Arizona and Illinois confirmed last year that they were targets.

The Associated Press confirmed Iowa, Maryland, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Oregon, Oklahoma and Virginia were also targets, bringing the total states identified to 21. Those states did not immediately return messages seeking comment late Friday.

“There remains no evidence that the Russians altered one vote or changed one registration,” said Judd Choate, president of the U.S. National Association of State Election Directors.

 Wisconsin Elections Commission Administrator Michael Haas said Homeland Security told the states that “Russian government cyber actors” targeted state voter registration systems.

Homeland Security officials have said that in most of the 21 states only preliminary activity was observed from hackers and a small number of networks were compromised. Some states had complained in June they had no idea if Russians had attempted to infiltrate their systems.

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla said Friday that hackers had scanned state election systems but not breached the system. “It is completely unacceptable that it has taken DHS over a year to inform our office of Russian scanning of our systems, despite our repeated requests for information,” he said.

Homeland Security spokesman Scott McConnell said in a statement the government believes “officials should be kept informed about cybersecurity risks to election infrastructure” but also wants to protect “the integrity of investigations and the confidentiality of system owners.”

U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded the Kremlin orchestrated an operation that included hacking and online propaganda intended to help Trump win, Reuters reported in August.

Senator Mark Warner, a Virginia Democrat who co-chairs the Senate Cybersecurity Caucus, said Friday in a statement it is “unacceptable that it took almost a year after the election to notify states that their elections systems were targeted.”

 

 

Iraqi Kurds Abroad Begin Voting In Disputed Independence Referendum

Iraqi Kurds abroad began casting their ballots Saturday in a referendum on independence of the autonomous region of Kurdistan amid international opposition.

Kurdish expatriates in China were the first to vote, Karwan Jalal, an electoral official, told?Kurdish news portal Rudaw.

The online vote for Kurdish expatriates is open for three days, Shirwan Zirari, the spokesman for the Kurdistan election commission, said.

"Holding an Iraqi nationality document is necessary for the balloting," he told Iraqi website Alsumaria News.

The exact number?of Iraqi Kurds abroad is?not known, he added.

The referendum is scheduled for Monday in Kurdistan and other disputed areas between Erbil and Baghdad, including the oil-rich province of Kirkuk.

These areas are currently under military Kurdish control.Baghdad is vehemently opposed to the vote, calling it unconstitutional.

 The referendum has raised alarm of Iraq's neighbours - Turkey, Iran and Syria - over concerns it could encourage their own Kurdish minorities to splinter.

 Turkey has warned it may impose sanctions on Kurdistan over the plebiscite.

 The UN has warned of the vote's "potentially destabilizing effect," while the US has said it could fuel regional unrest and distract attention from ongoing campaigns to rout Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

 

Source: iii.co.uk 

Bulgaria, Greece, Romania and Croatia will help the European Integration of the Western Balkans

The four Balkan countries that are members of the European Union - Bulgaria, Greece, Romania and Croatia - will help together for the European integration of the other six countries in the region. This is the reason why the foreign ministers, Ekaterina Zaharieva, Nikos Kodzias, Teodor Melescanu and Maria Peichinovic Bouric, met at a working meeting in New York, the press office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced.

Ministers have reviewed what has been achieved so far by Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, the Republic of Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro and have agreed to give political and expert support to their European perspective. They agreed to visit the candidate countries together to signal that they are behind them in their efforts to meet the membership criteria. Thus, the Western Balkans are becoming not only a priority of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU, but also of the other member states of the region.

"Countries must be valued according to their own merits. We know that the Balkans are often jealous, but it may be constructive and stimulate for the reforms in some countries. Our help should also be expressed in practical ways - providing experts, assisting meetings in Brussels, working on connecting the infrastructure, "said Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva.

UK Needs to Clarify Issues - Emmanuel Macron

The UK must provide more clarity about its negotiating position on Brexit, the French president has said, reported BBC. 

Emmanuel Macron said the issues of EU citizens' rights, the exit bill and the Irish border question must be settled before talks could be held on trade.

On Friday, Theresa May made suggestions including a two-year transition period after Brexit, and that the UK pay the EU for "commitments" previously made.

She hoped this offer, made in a speech in Italy, would unblock Brexit talks.

In the first response by a European leader to the speech, Mr Macron welcomed her initiative, but said the British position still needed to be fleshed out.

"Before we move forward, we wish to clarify the issue of the regulation of European citizens, the financial terms of the exit and the question of Ireland," he said.

"If those three points are not clarified, then we cannot move forward on the rest."

Mrs May said there should be a transition period of "about" two years after March 2019 - when the UK leaves the EU - during which trade should continue on current terms

EU migrants would still be able to live and work in the UK but they would have to register with the authorities, under her proposals.

And she said the UK would pay into the EU budget for decisions made while it was a member, so other member states were not left out of pocket.

Iran Tests Missile Despite Trump Pressure

Iran says it has successfully tested a new-medium range missile, in defiance of US President Donald Trump, reported BBC. 

The launch of the Khoramshahr missile, which has a range of 2,000 km (1,242 miles), was shown on state TV. It is unclear when the test took place.

At the UN on Tuesday, Mr Trump criticised Iran's missile programme and the 2015 nuclear deal with the country.

On Friday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Iran would increase its military power "as a deterrent".

The Khoramshahr missile was first displayed at a military parade on Friday in Tehran. It is capable of carrying multiple warheads, Iranian media report.

Iran's Defence Minister, Gen Amir Hatami, outlined the missile's "unique specifications".

"The ability to evade the enemy's air defence line and to be guided from the moment of launch until the target is hit turns Khoramshahr into a tactical missile," he said.

Iran would "not seek permission from any country for producing various kinds of missile", he added.

Macron Signs French Labor Reform Decrees

 President Emmanuel Macron formally signed five decrees overhauling France’s labor rules on Friday, the first major economic reforms since he took power in May.

The new rules, discussed at length in advance with unions, will cap payouts on dismissals that are judged unfair, while also giving companies greater freedom to hire and fire employees and to agree working conditions.

Macron said that the decrees would become law in the coming days, although they do not take effect in practice until further decrees spelling out finer details are signed before the end of the year.

Leaders and members of labor unions opposed to the reform - not all unions are totally opposed - marched through cities across France on Thursday in protest, albeit in much lower numbers than similar protests a week earlier.

The changes to the labor code are the first in a number of reforms Macron has promised with the aim of reinvigorating the economy and bringing down unemployment. There are also plans to amend the unemployment benefits and pension systems, changes that are likely to provoke much more popular unrest.

At least 4 Migrants Die as Boat Capsizes in Black Sea

At least four people died after a fishing vessel carrying illegal migrants sank in the Black Sea off Turkey’s northwestern province of Kocaeli on Friday, Turkish Coast Guard said.

Search-and-rescue teams have managed to rescue 38 migrants so far after the boat sank at 5.03 a.m. local time (0203GMT) around 64 nautical miles north of the village of Kefken, a written statement said.

Search efforts are ongoing to find the missing 15 to 20 migrants, it added.

 

Uber Stripped of its License to Operate in London

London’s transport regulator on Friday stripped Uber [UBER.UL] of its license to operate from the end of the month, affecting over 40,000 drivers in a huge blow to the taxi app, Reuters reported.

“Uber’s approach and conduct demonstrate a lack of corporate responsibility in relation to a number of issues which have potential public safety and security implications,” Transport for London (TfL) said.
 
The final day of Uber’s license will be on Sep. 30

Europe's Youth Unemployment Poses Risk to Democracy

Europe needs to tackle high youth unemployment to safeguard democracy, public trust and growth, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said in Dublin on Friday.

With almost a fifth of young people out of work, Europe’s ability to innovate may suffer, its cohesion is put at risk and the trust in public institutions could be undermined, Draghi said before a town hall-style meeting with university students.

The EU must foster competition and focus on protecting people rather than jobs if they become obsolete. It must also take a bigger role in education that prepares workers for the economic shifts that can displace entire industries, he said.

 “We have seen how in several countries the weight of the crisis has fallen disproportionately on the young people, leaving a legacy of failed hopes, anger and ultimately mistrust in the values of our society and in the identity of our democracy,” Draghi.

“With a large proportion of young people not having any defined role in society, there is a high risk of social cohesion and of trust in public institutions being undermined, with harm for medium-term growth prospects,” he said in a speech that did not discuss current monetary policy.

While youth unemployment has fallen steadily for years, it is more than twice as high as the euro zone’s overall rate, taking the biggest toll on countries on the bloc’s periphery.

Indeed, over 40 percent of people under 24 in Greece and Spain are unemployed while the rate in Italy is well over 30 percent, Eurostat data shows.

“Protracted periods of unemployment can result in ‘scarring’ effects, leading to a greater likelihood of future unemployment, human capital losses and lower earnings,” Draghi said.

Bulgarian President: 'Fight Against Corruption Must be Uncompromising'

''Bulgaria can attract many more US investors, but to do this, we need to do our homework - the fight against corruption must be really uncompromising.'' This was stated by President Rumen Radev before journalists after holding a meeting in New York with the US President (1993-2001) Bill Clinton, reported BGNES.

"We have the support of President Clinton for a greater presence of Bulgaria in the American business and society," Rumen Radev pointed out.

The head of state has stressed again that there is a difference between the extremely good level of bilateral political cooperation and the lack of presence of US businesses in Bulgaria.

The presidential institution reports that Rumen Radev has invited Bill Clinton to visit Bulgaria again.

Israeli Jets Bombed Site Close to Damascus Airport

Israeli jets have reportedly bombed close to the international airport in Damascus in the third attack by the Israeli military on targets associated with the Lebanese group Hezbollah in as many weeks, reported The Guardian. 

According to social media reports on sites associated with the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad, Israeli planes fired at least two missiles from outside Syrian airspace hitting either a weapons depot or a convoy.

The Facebook page of the National Guard for the Defence of the Homeland, allied with the Syrian military, reported that “an area near the Damascus international airport was attacked by a hostile missile” while images showed a fire burning in the early hours of Friday morning.

The Lebanese television station al-Mayadeen also reported the attack.

The latest airstrikes mark a recent increase in tempo of Israeli interventions which have coincided with diplomatic warnings by the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, that his country will not accept an enhanced Iranian and Hezbollah presence on Israel’s northern borders.

While there have been many attacks attributed to Israel in the area around Damascus international airport – where there are arms depots associated with weapons Israel says are being supplied by Iran to Hezbollah – the issue has become more pressing in recent months as it has become clear that the Assad regime is winning on the battlefield backed by Russia, Iran and Hezbollah.

Israel has made clear that it is deeply concerned by a “day after” scenario involving an expanded Iranian and Hezbollah presence to its north.

The latest reported attack comes only days following Israel’s shooting down of an Iranian-made drone operated by Hezbollah after it entered the demilitarised zone along the border between Israel and Syria on the Golan Heights, and two weeks ago after Israeli warplanes struck a base associated with Syria’s chemical weapons production.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors Syria’s civil war, said the attack earlier this month was on a facility of the Scientific Studies and Research Centre, an agency which the US describes as Syria’s chemical weapons manufacturer.

An Israeli military spokeswoman declined to comment on the reports of the airstrike, saying: “We do not respond to such reports.” Israel, which fought a 2006 war with Hezbollah, sees red lines in the shipment to the powerful Shia group of anti-aircraft missiles, precision ground-to-ground missiles and chemical weapons.

NIMH: Cold Weather with Temperatures of up to 18-23°, in Sofia Around 18°

There will be variable, often substantial clouds over the country today, with rains in some areas, mainly in Western and Central Bulgaria. This is the forecast of the National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology (NIMH), quoted by FOCUS News Agency.

There will be moderate, sometimes strong west-northwestern wind. Maximum temperatures will mostly vary between 18° and 23°, in Sofia around 18°.

The atmospheric pressure will remain lower than the average for September.

Head of state: The Strategic Partnership Between Bulgaria and the United States is a Prerequisite For a Far more Active Cooperation in Investments

The strategic partnership between Bulgaria and the United States is a prerequisite for a far more active economic and investment cooperation, said President Rumen Radev said at a working meeting with the representatives of companies that have invested or are considering making investments in Bulgaria, organized by the Business council for international understanding. During the meeting, the head of state called on the business community in the United States to take advantage of the favourable conditions that our country has established for investors, given Bulgaria's key location, the country's role as a factor of stability in South-eastern Europe, its membership in the EU and NATO, and its highly skilled labour force and its competitive taxation.

"Over the last decades, Bulgaria and the United States have shown that the two countries can be good partners and make achievements in sectors such as defense and security as well as in the development of information technologies", Rumen Radev said. The president pointed out that Bulgaria has preserved its position of an educational hub, considering that Bulgarian students participants in international competitions in mathematics, physics and information technologies have invariably taken the top positions in the ranking. "It is our goal to create opportunities for the young people to stay in Bulgaria to realize their potential. Therefore the institutions support the good business enterprises, especially those in the sectors offering a high added value", the head of state added.  

The expansion of the infrastructure in transport and energy is one of the areas in which our country has been trying to catch up with its partners in the EU as this involves significant investments, the president further said. In the words of the head of state, big companies not only from Europe but also from China and other counties have shown an interest in investing in this sector, and this creates a competitive environment offering good opportunities to businesses.

The representatives of the American business raised questions pertaining to the protection of intellectual property, the development of the transport and energy infrastructure in Bulgaria, the development of the defense industry, the prospects that our country reaffirms its position of a technological hub in South-eastern Europe, among other issues.  

Representatives of IBM, Motorola Solutions, ViaSat, FEDEX, Comcast, AES, among other corporations, took part in the meeting. 

 

 

Source: President.bg

Spain Police Detain Man Accused of Link to Barcelona Attacks

Spanish police on Friday detained a man they said had a close relationship with a number of those involved in last month’s attacks in Barcelona when militant Islamists used a van to hit pedestrians and carried out a follow-up attack, killing 16, reported Reuters. 

The Moroccan man, 24, is a resident in Spain and had connections to the Islamist cell which took part in the attack, especially the imam Abdelbaki Es Satty, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.

Police are looking at the man’s part in the acquisition of materials, specifically hydrogen peroxide, which was used in the manufacture of some 100 kilos of TATP explosives, the ministry said.

The cell had accumulated around 120 canisters of butane gas at a house in a town south of Barcelona with which, police said following the attacks, it had planned to carry out a larger bomb attack.

A blast that destroyed the house in the town of Alcanar on Aug. 16, the eve of the Barcelona attack, was accidentally triggered by the cell, police say. Satty, said to be the leader of the militant group, died in the explosion.

Six of the suspects were killed by police during the attacks and four have been arrested, with two held in prison.

Spanish police have arrested 201 people they claim are associated with militant Islamists since raising the alert level to 4, the second highest, in June 2015.

The Bulgarian Railways Add Extra Seats to Services During Holiday Weekend

The Bulgarian Railway Company, "BDZ - Passenger Transport" EOOD, will provide additional seats over the bank holiday weekend which includes 22nd of September, the Independence Day, reported the Bulgarian National Television.

The company will add extra carriages to trains travelling along the main routes in the country to ensure the comfortable trip of the passengers during the holiday period.

From 21st to 25th of September including, the national railway carrier BDZ, will provide more than 5,600 additional seats to train services on main routes such as: Sofia – Varna - Sofia; Sofia - Bourgas – Sofia; Sofia – Stara Zagora – Sofia; Sofia – Svilengrad – Sofia; Sofia – Mezdra – Sofia; Sofia – Gorna Oryahovitsa – Sofia; Sofia - Rousse – Sofia; Sofia - Lom – Sofia; Sofia – Vidin – Sofia and Sofia – Petrich – Sofia.

BDZ remind passengers that when purchasing return tickets they can get 10% to 30% discount on the regular ticket price, depending on the various discount offers.

Detailed information on train schedules can be obtained from the National Railway Carrier on 0700 10 200.

Trump Signs Executive Order Targeting North Korea's Trading Partners

President Trump signed an executive order Thursday targeting North Korea’s trading partners, calling it a “powerful” new tool aimed at isolating and de-nuclearizing the regime, Fox News reports.

The president announced the order as he met with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly.

He said the order would help target individuals and companies doing business with Pyongyang. Specifically, he said it enhances the Treasury Department’s authority to target those conducting significant trade with the regime, including by sanctioning foreign banks.


“It is unacceptable that others financially support this criminal rogue regime,” Trump said.

He added, “Foreign banks will face a clear choice. Do business with the United States, or facilitate trade with the lawless regime in North Korea.”

On the heels of giving a blistering speech before the U.N. General Assembly where the president blasted “rocket man” Kim Jong Un, Trump said Thursday that he seeks a “complete de-nuclearization” of North Korea.

“We cannot have this as a world body any longer,” he said.

Trump also praised China following reports that its banks are halting business with North Korea.

Chinese banks received a document Monday stating they should halt financial services and loans to new and existing North Korean customers as a result of strict U.N. sanctions passed earlier this month, a source told Reuters on Thursday.

“Our bank is fulfilling our international obligations and implementing United Nations sanctions against North Korea. As such, we refuse to handle any individual loans connected to North Korea,” the document reportedly said.

The move comes after repeated calls from the Trump administration for China to help isolate Kim Jong Un's dictatorship.

“We appreciate it,” Trump said Thursday.

Astronomical Autumn Arrives in Bulgaria

Astronomical autumn (fall) is arriving in Bulgaria Sunday, September 22 at 11:44 pm, the Institute for Astronomy and the National Astronomical Lab on peak Rozhen at the Bulgarian Academy of SciencesBAS, announced.

This year September 22 is the day of the autumn equinox (it is always around this date) in the northern hemisphere, when night and day are nearly of the same length.

In the northern hemisphere, the Sun crosses the celestial equator moving southward. Daylight time becomes shorter and the weather starts to cool down.

In the southern hemisphere, the autumnal equinox corresponds to the center of the Sun crossing the celestial equator moving northward and occurs on the date of the northern vernal equinox, meaning spring begins in Australia and South America.

The autumn equinox marks the first day of the season of autumn.

North Korea may Consider H-bomb Test in Pacific

North Korea said on Friday it might test a hydrogen bomb on the Pacific Ocean after U.S. President Donald Trump vowed to destroy the country, with leader Kim Jong Un promising to make a “mentally deranged” Trump pay dearly for his threats, Reuters reports.

Kim, who has traded ever-more heightened rhetoric with Trump, did not specify what his response would be. His comments were believed to be the first direct message ever issued by a North Korean leader.

However, Kim’s foreign minister, Ri Yong Ho, said North Korea could consider a hydrogen bomb test of an unprecedented scale on the Pacific Ocean, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported.

Ri, who was talking to reporters in New York ahead of a planned address later this week, however also said he did not know Kim’s exact thoughts, according to the report.

Japan, the only country ever to suffer an atomic attack, described the threat as “totally unacceptable”.

Trump said in his first address to the United Nations on Tuesday he would “totally destroy” North Korea, a country of 26 million people, if it threatened the United States and its allies, and called Kim a “rocket man” on a suicide mission.

Nearly 2,800 Migrants have Arrived in Greece so Far this Month

 Almost 500 refugees and migrants arrived on the shores of Greece’s northern Aegean islands this week, taking the number of such arrivals since the beginning of September to nearly 2,800. The majority arrived on Lesvos, Ekathimerini writes.

The island’s mayor, Spyros Galinos, wrote to the European Commission and the Greek government earlier this week warning them about overcrowding at facilities for refugees on Lesvos and calling for some people to be transferred to the mainland.

A total of 1,619 migrants and refugees have arrived on the island since the start of September.

Bulgaria Celebrates Independence Day

On Friday, Bulgarians celebrate the 108th anniversary of the proclamation of independence of the country. September 22 has been celebrated as an official holiday since 1900.

With the act of September 22, 1908, Bulgaria rejects the political vassal dependency on the Ottoman Empire – a result of the decisions at Congress of Berlin in 1878 – and becomes a sovereign state, equal to other European countries.

The act becomes possible after the Russian-Turkish War of 1877-78. It is only 30 years later, after the revolution of the Young Turks in the Ottoman Empire, that Bulgaria can claim its independence.

The decision to proclaim independence is taken in August, 1908 at a meeting between Knyaz (Prince Regnant) Ferdinand and the Prime Minister Alexander Malinov in Hungary. On September 22, 1908, in Tarnovo, Bulgaria is proclaimed a kingdom and Ferdinand I becomes the king of Bulgarians. Tarnovo is chosen especially in order to show continuity with the mediaeval Bulgarian state.


Bulgaria is officially recognised on April 6, 1909 by the Ottoman Empire and, within the next ten days, by European powers.

Traditionally, the biggest celebrations are held in Tarnovo. These start early in the morning and continue throughout the day.

Kosovo Gives Up Bid to join Interpol

The Office of the Prime Minister through a press release on Thursday announced that Kosovo gives up bid for Interpol membership this year, Gazeta Express writes.

The Prime Minister, Ramush Haraidnaj, said that he took the decision to postpone voting on Kosovo’s membership in Interpol, explaining that many Interpol members are in favour of Kosovo joining this international police organisation, however Kosovo lacks necessary support to become member of this organisation, Express reports.

Executive Committee of Interpol decided to include Kosovo’s membership bid into the agenda of the General Assembly of Interpol due to be held from 26-29 September in Beijing, China. But Kosovo minister of Foreign Affairs, Behgjet Pacolli, told media on Thursday that Kosovo has not managed to convince two third of members of Interpol to support Kosovo’s membership.

Kosovo has declared its independence from Serbia in 2008 and it is struggling to get international recognition. Despite being recognised from more than 100 countries of the world Kosovo is not member of the United Nations which is a precondition for the country to join other international organisations


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