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Local FRIDAY, MARCH 21, 2014

‘Great British Week’ off to a grand start By Nawara Fattahova KUWAIT: British Ambassador to Kuwait Frank Baker yesterday inaugurated the Great British Week, held from March 20 to April 3, 2014 under the patronage of HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. The event is a celebration of all that’s British and the historically close alliance between the UK and Kuwait. “The Great British Week is designed to emphasize the strong and historical bilateral relationship between the two countries, while exhibiting the best of Britain’s traditions and innovation,” said Baker during the opening ceremony yesterday at the Avenues mall. Events are planned over a period of two weeks and will showcase a range of activities from film festivals to concerts and academic lectures to an automotive showcase. “These events will highlight British vision in design, innovation, cuisine, music, film and technology. To commence the week, internationally renowned fashion designer Maria Grachvogel will hold a prestigious invitation-only fashion show at the Avenues in association with top British luxury department store Harvey Nichols,” added Baker. “I’m delighted to see the excitement already evident on social media amongst our Kuwaiti friends for the events we’re organizing. I’m certain that they will all be fantastic occasions and I’m looking forward to sharing in the atmosphere and enjoying the show,” he added. Mohammed Al-Shaya, Chairman of Mabanee Com expressed his happiness to host the Great British Week at the Avenues. “This event promotes British trade and culture along with fashion, food, creativity and innovation.

KUWAIT: British Ambassador to Kuwait Frank Baker opens the Great British Week yesterday at the Avenues Mall. He is flanked by Abdullah Bishara and Waleed Al-Shurian. — Photo by Yasser Al-Zayyat British stores will also offer promotions. The Great British Week strongly reflects the long decades of close and influential relations between the UK and Kuwait,” he said. The embassy is also collaborating with the British Council, Bayt Lothan, Loyac and British schools amongst others, who are hosting a range of exciting activities to

coincide with the Great British Week including cricket matches, a children’s book event and a British-Kuwaiti philatelic and numismatic exhibition. The final event of the Great British Week will see a talk by former Prime Minister Sir John Major at Kuwait University, who will be speaking on the past, present and future of Kuwait-UK relations.

Ukrainian ambassador calls on Russia to end aggression Arab League urged to weigh in as Crimea boils By Chidi Emmanuel

KUWAIT: A vehicle caught fire on Tunis Street in Hawally yesterday. Firefighters controlled the blaze without casualties. — By Hanan Al-Saadoun

A life on the edge By Sunil Cherian


riday Times exclusively brings to our readers a story from the daily lives of mothers who are sandwiched between their duties as a wife, housekeeper, shopper, cook, errand runner and a mother between whatever jobs they are doing. A photo received from a citizen journalist in Egypt on March 20 speaks volumes on the plights of mothers. The photo shows two siblings standing on a windowsill apparently to escape the daily routine while their helpless mother, not fooled by her kids’ mischief and not panicky by the situation trying to make the kids return to the room. The mother knows the adverse effect of her screaming would cause and therefore seems to be calm, controlled and balanced. The photo was taken on Thursday morning when the two girls were spotted on the 3rd floor windowsill of a flat in 6th of October City, in Giza Governorate, 32 km outside Cairo, Egypt. The city hosts Egyptian students and students from the Gulf and Palestinian territories, who study at its private universities. Friday Times while paying honors to all mothers has good news to share: the kids on the windowsill safely returned to their mother’s hands.

KUWAIT: As the tension between Russia and Ukraine over Crimea simmers, Ukrainian Ambassador in Kuwait Dr Volodymyr Tolkach called on Moscow to respect international treaties and Ukrainian sovereignty. During a press conference at the Ukrainian Embassy yesterday, Tolkach rejected Moscow and Crimea’s assertions that they acted in ‘self defense’ to protect the Russian majority in the region. “Russians in Ukraine enjoy more freedom than anywhere in the region. There is no proof whatsoever of ethnic Russians killed in Crimea or in Southeastern Ukraine. More so, 95 percent of Ukrainians indicate Ukraine (and not Russia or the former Soviet Union) as their motherland. Moscow’s claim that it acted ‘to protect the Russian population in the Crimea’ is baseless. They (Russians) were not in any way under attack,” Tolkach insisted, as he rejected the Crimea referendum, which according to him was a ploy by Russia to annex and provoke tensions in the region. He underlined the importance of maintaining efforts towards a diplomatic and peaceful solution to the problem and urged Moscow to refrain from any steps that would endanger such principles. Meanwhile, a resolution adopted by the Ukraine’s parliament yesterday said “Kiev will never recognize Russia’s annexation of Crimea and will press for the liberation of the strategic Black Sea peninsula. Ukraine will never cease to fight for the liberation of Crimea as long and painful as this can be,” said the resolution - an initiative of acting president Olexandr Turchynov. Echoing the Ukrainian new government’s stand, Tolkach said that Ukraine will never give up any part of its territory but insists on dialogue. He called on Russia to end its hostilities. As Kiev rallies international support, Moscow yesterday began a legal process required to make Crimea part of Russia, which according to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, will be completed this week. On Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a treaty to bring the Ukrainian region into Russia and the upper house of parliament is expected to ratify it later today.

Russia, West face off Russia’s moves to annex the Black Sea peninsula have turned a bitter confrontation with Europe and the United States into the biggest crisis in East-West relations since the Cold War. Russia is under enormous pressure to deescalate the tension in the region with the Western countries raining sanction on Moscow over its annexation of the Crimea. On this note, the Ukrainian ambassador called on the international community including the Arab League - which will be having a summit in Kuwait next week - to pressurize Moscow to give up its land grab. “The Russian policy towards Ukraine does not only exterminate the bilateral international-legal basis, it also poses a threat to the global system of international treat. We call on the Arab League to join the international community for regional peace - and preserving the territorial sovereignty of a state,” Tolkach added.

KUWAIT: Ukrainian Ambassador to Kuwait Dr Volodymyr Tolkach speaks to journalists at the Ukrainian Embassy yesterday. — Photo by Yasser Al-Zayyat

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