April 14th, 2006

war

Not a very dynamic process

News from one of the peace processes I follow:
New talks on Moldova's rebel region scheduled for 19 April in Moscow

Chişinău, 13 April: A new round of Dniester settlement talks will be held on 19 April in Moscow, Ukrainian Deputy Interior Minister and envoy to the Dniester settlement talks Andriy Veselovskyy has told a news conference in Odessa [Ukraine].

Veselovskyy did not rule out that either Moldovan or Dniester representatives will attend the talks.
It's good to hear that he thinks one of the two sides might show up to the talks, isn't it?
politics

One to look out for

Fasinating piece from Transitions On-Line describing a new film about Šuto Orizari, The Shutka Book of Records. It is indeed an extraordinary place - I visited during the conflict in 2001 - and my friend Thammy Evans describes it memorably in her book. Knowing the politics of it all I'm not surprised that the film has drawn some controversy. I note, however, the sensible comments of one guy from an extremely credible NGO quoted in TOL, "The protests should be directed towards the bad policies of Roma parties that are not able to deal with the problems of the Romani community." I'll be looking out for this.