Rus News Journal

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Yesterday the president of Abkhazia Vladislav Ardzinba has signed the constitutional law About new presidential elections of Republic Abkhazia . Presidential elections of Abkhazia are appointed to January, 12th, 2005. Promotion of candidates begins today and comes to an end on December, 26th. Registration of candidates in presidents and the candidates offered by them for vice-presidents of republic of the Central Electoral Committee of Abkhazia carries out within three days from the moment of receipt of documents, but not later than December, 29th, 2004. Elections will be recognised by valid if in them will take part not less than 50 % of the voters included in lists for voting. And the candidate who has received more of half of votes, participating in voting becomes the president. Under the law for carrying out of new presidential elections of republic action of articles of the constitutional laws " temporarily stops; About Republic Abkhazia presidential elections and About elections of deputies of National meeting - Republic Abkhazia parliament (in a part contradicting the present constitutional law). The present law operates for carrying out of the nearest presidential elections.
, Tbilisi
Spain has agreed on negotiations with Gibraltar
Yesterday Spain for the first time recognised Gibraltar as the independent subject of international law and has agreed to carry on with it negotiations. The governments of Spain, Great Britain and Gibraltar have agreed yesterday about creation of a tripartite forum for discussion of destiny of this British colony. The forum will gather not less an once in a year and to pass at ministerial level. As they say in the communique, each of the parties will possess a vote and to operate on the general basis without dependence from the constitutional status, in spite of the fact that Gibraltar is not the independent state . This agreement is important break as till now Spain refused to carry on negotiations with Gibraltar, considering that the question on the status of this territory should be solved on a bilateral basis Madrid and London. Great Britain, on the contrary, refused to solve a question without participation of Gibraltar. Softening of a position of Spain is connected with coming to power of the socialist government of Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero. Jose Maria Asnara`s previous conservative office occupied much more more a hard line on this question.

the prime minister of Montenegro in Moscow
has arrived Yesterday to Moscow the prime minister - the minister of Montenegro Lovely Dzhukanovich. The Head of the government of Montenegro is accompanied by representative delegation into which structure enter a number of ministers, mayor Podgoritsy, heads of the large industrial enterprises and travel agencies. Today Lovely Dzhukanovich will carry on negotiations with the mayor of Moscow Yury Luzhkov. Then they will take part in opening of a business forum Montenegro: cooperation prospects . The basic themes of negotiations in Moscow will concern discussions of new projects of partnership in economy and tourism spheres. Following the results of negotiations it is planned to sign a number of agreements on partnership at regional level.