The scientific roundtable "Russian-Japanese Territorial Debate" opened in Vladivostok (the Primorye administrative centre on the Sea of Japan) on Friday. The roundtable is being held on board the Nadezhda frigate of the Far-Eastern State Marine University. Russian and Japanese orientalists, historians and geographers are participating in the roundtable. The scientists are attempting to give an objective appraisal of the existing problem on the basis of historical and juridical facts. The roundtable is some kind of a prologue to a major scientific and practical conference, "Far-Eastern Scientists on the Territorial Problems of the Region," scheduled for 2002.
The Turkish army has completed preparations for operations in northern Syria and is awaiting orders to launch an invasion of four Syrian cities: Manbij, Tel Tamir, Ain Isa and Tel Rifat