Friday, May 05, 2006

Yushchenko Calls For NATO Referendum, All-European Dialogue On Continential Cooperation And New Energy Strategy; Cheney Meets With Dissident Leader

KIEV, May 4 (Itar-Tass) - "President Viktor Yushchenko said a decision on Ukraine’s accession to NATO would be taken at a nationwide referendum.

“Ukraine’s integration in any structure – the EU or NATO will take place by conducting a nationwide referendum. It’s the people who may decide whether Ukraine enters the EU or NATO,” the Ukrainian president told journalists in Vilnius on Thursday.

At the same time, Yushchenko stressed that referendums should be held when the need arises.

On Euro-Atlantic integration, the president said, “The authorities will pursue a public and open policy on accord with the nation.” Ukraine upholds the beginning of an all-European dialogue in order to work out a new energy strategy, he said.

Yushchenko said he is convinced that the European community should search for new ways to maintain cooperation at regional and continental levels. “Of course, today Europe needs a new energy strategy,” he added."

Itar-Tass News Agency "Decision on accession to NATO to be taken at referendum - Yushchenko" May 4, 2006


... "[U.S.] Officials disclosed belatedly that while in Lithuania to attend a meeting of eastern European leaders, Cheney had met Thursday afternoon with Inna Kulei, the wife of the jailed Belarusian opposition leader, Alexander Milinkevich.

Meanwhile, a private group said Kazakh authorities today barred an opposition leader from traveling to the capital Astana for a meeting with Cheney.

Police refused to grant Galymzhan Zhakiyanov permission to leave his home city, the commercial capital Almaty, the For a Fair Kazakhstan Alliance said in a statement. Zhakiyanov and other leaders of the alliance were invited to meet with Cheney in Astana on Saturday.

Last month, Zhakiyanov and another opposition leader, Bolat Abilov, were barred from leaving the country for meetings with European officials. Sentenced to seven years in prison for abuse of office, Zhakiyanov was considered the Central Asian nation's highest-profile political prisoner before his early release in January.

The vice president's stop in Kazakhstan followed visits in recent months by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns and Samuel Bodman, secretary of energy.

According to the Web site of the U.S.-Kazakhstan Business Association, the Asian country has potential oil reserves of as much 110 billion barrels.

American energy companies are heavily invested in that nation's oil industry, and Halliburton, the company Cheney ran before becoming vice president, has an oil-field services presence there.

"Kazakhstan, an economic success story, is rapidly becoming one of the top energy producing nations in the world," Boucher told a House committee on April 26.

Along with its economic reforms, Boucher said, the nation "has an opportunity to achieve stability by upholding standards of democracy and human rights."

Nazarbayev has ruled the country, which shares borders with China and Russia, since the Soviet Union broke up, and recently was elected to what he has said will be his last term. The elections have been criticized for failing to meet international standards, but administration reaction has been muted. One official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told reporters that the "trend, even though it's not as fast as we would like, is in the right direction."

Still, an opposition leader, Altynbek Sarsenbayev, was killed earlier this year, prompting protests." ...

David Espo/Associated Press "Cheney eyes oil, gas reserves in Kazakhstan"
The Houston Chronicle May 5, 2006

Ukrainian Windfarm, Crimean Autonomous Region, Ukraine, Europe

"Donuzlav Windfarm State Enterprise "
86 D.Ulyanova Str.
97400 Yevpatoriya
Office: (38-06569) 3-35-84
Fax: (38-06569) 6-15-95

The windfarm is located next to the urban village of "Novoozyornoye". The windfarm was put into operation in 1992. The design capacity: 10,9 MW. Today, the windfarm comprises 101 WEGs with a 107.5 kW rated capacity. The actual capacity: 10.9 MW

Photo credit: Donuzlav Windfarm State Enterprise With thanks.

Windfarms of Ukraine: ves_eng.htm


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