De Facto Government Of Tskhinvali Criticizes OSCE

Tbilisi. October 19 (Prime-News) – De facto government of the unrecognized republic South Ossetia negatively evaluates appointment of Terhi Hakala on the position of the Head the OSCE Mission to Georgia.

The statement released by the Press and Information Committee of the unrecognized republic South Ossetia that with this step “The international community, including the OSCE, has been trying its best to legalize a puppet administration of Dimitri Sanakoev, Head of the Provisional Administrative-Territorial Entity on the Territory of Former Autonomous District South Ossetia”. Continue reading “De Facto Government Of Tskhinvali Criticizes OSCE”

Four Members Of Parliament Fined

Tbilisi. October 18 (Prime-News) – The four members of the Parliament of Georgia have been fined for manipulation with control panels.

Nino Burjanadze, Chairwoman of the Parliament of Georgia, announced the names of the fined MPs at the special plenary session held on Thursday.

MPs Kakha Getsadze, Kakha Rusia, Tsezar Chocheli and Rezo Sarjveladze will have to pay fine.

Nino Burjanadze warned the MPs that sanctions might become even stricter in the case of manipulation with control panels. Continue reading “Four Members Of Parliament Fined”

Irakli Okruashvili Quits Politics

Tbilisi. October 11 (Prime-News) – Irakli Okruashvili, former Minister of Defense of Georgia and leader of “Movement for Unified Georgia”, has taken decision to quit politics.

Koka Guntsadze, the member of the “Movement for Unified Georgia” stated at the briefing held on Thursday that the decision taken by Irakli Okruashvili was preconditioned by his difficult moral and physical condition. Guntsadze added that Irakli Okruashvili’s allies lay no claims to him.

ccording to the statement of Koka Guntsadze, they met with Irakli Okruashvili on Wednesday.

“After two-hour long meeting with Okruashvili, it became clear that it is extremely difficult for him to talk about the details,” Guntsadze said. “Irakli Okruashvili has done his job. He managed to unite the opposition and spoke truth and broke the fear. Under the current condition, at this stage, Irakli Okruashvili is quitting the politics.”

According to the statement of Koka Guntsadze, their team will continue fight against the acting government of Georgia. Opposition parties plan a mass protest rally in Tbilisi on November 02. Continue reading “Irakli Okruashvili Quits Politics”

“Labourists” Call For Mikheil Saakashvili To Resign

Tbilisi. October 04 (Prime-News) – Shalva Natelashvili, the leader of the “Labour Party”, gives a friendly advice to Mikheil Saakashvili, President of Georgia, to resign, to dissolve the parliament of Georgia and arrange new elections.

Shalva Natelashvili stated at the press conference organized on Thursday that the whole Georgia was waiting for the moment when the government of Georgia realizes its crime and leaves illegally occupied posts.

“It’s time to resign, be the first president, who without any dispute and bloodshed hand over leadership to another power,” the leader of the “Labour Party” addressed Georgian President today. Continue reading ““Labourists” Call For Mikheil Saakashvili To Resign”

Mikheil Kareli Presumably To Resign From His Position

Tbilisi. September 12 (Prime-News) – Mikheil Kareli, envoy of the president in Shida Kartli region, names today’s events in Gori shameful.

Kareli told journalists about that at the support action of high-ranking officials who were detained in Gori today.

“When authorities preach democracy in the country, such facts are a shame,” Kareli noted and stated that he would make concrete decision in several days.

Kareli reckons that it is inadmissible that MPs of local council are not allowed to enter administrative building for holding a session. Continue reading “Mikheil Kareli Presumably To Resign From His Position”

Four Candidates Appeal For Batumi City Mayor Post

Tbilisi. September 12 (Prime-News) – Deadline for submission of applications for vacancy of Batumi city Mayor expires on Wednesday evening.

Four candidates have submitted their applications for the position so far. Thus, according to preliminary information, some candidates will appeal for the post till the end of the day including Robert Chkheidze, Vice Mayor of Batumi city.

Batumi city Mayor’s post became vacant two weeks ago after Irakli Tavartkiladze was appointed Ambassador of Georgia to Greece. Continue reading “Four Candidates Appeal For Batumi City Mayor Post”

Gela Bezhuashvili Met With Robert Gates

Tbilisi. September 12 (Prime-News) – Gela Bezhuashvili, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, who is currently visiting the US, met with Robert Gates, the US Secretary of Defense, at the Pentagon.

Prime-News was told at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia that the sides focused on the process of Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic integration.

Special mention was made of the Pentagon’s support for Georgia’s movement to a qualitatively new level of integration into the Alliance – Membership Action Plan. The US side gave an especially positive assessment to the Georgian contingent deployed in Iraq and the ongoing reforms in the defense field in Georgia.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia and the US Secretary of Defense discussed some aspects of military-technical cooperation between the two countries. Continue reading “Gela Bezhuashvili Met With Robert Gates”

Bezhuashvili Pays Official Visit To USA

Tbilisi. September 10 (Prime-News) – Gela Bezhuashvili, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, will pay official visit to the United States on September 09-11.

Prime-News was told at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia that within the frameworks of the visit Bezhuashvili will hold meetings with Condoleezza Rice, the US Secretary of State, Robert Gates, the US Secretary of Defense, Stephen Hadley, National Security Advisor to the US, Tom Lantos, president Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs. Continue reading “Bezhuashvili Pays Official Visit To USA”

Representatives Of CoE’s Monitoring Committee To Arrive In Georgia

Tbilisi. September 10 (Prime-News) – Representatives of the CoE’s monitoring committee will arrive in Georgia on September 10-16.

Prime-News was told at the Parliament of Georgia that within the frameworks of the visit guests would meet Mikheil Saakashvili, president of Georgia, Zurab Noghaideli, Prime Minister of Georgia, and Giorgi Baramidze, State Minister of Georgia for integration into European and Euro-Atlantic structures.

Representatives of the CoE’s monitoring committee will also hold meetings with David Bakradze, State Minister of Georgia for conflict resolution, Giorgi Arveladze, Minister of Economic Development of Georgia, Eka Tkeshelashvili, Minister of Justice of Georgia, representatives of parliamentary opposition parties, Mikheil Machavariani, Vice Speaker of the Parliament of Georgia, Kote Kublashvili, Chairman of the Supreme Court of Georgia, Giorgi Manjgaladze, Deputy Foreign Minister of Georgia, Eka Zghuladze, Deputy Interior Minister of Georgia, representatives of NGOs and mass media. Continue reading “Representatives Of CoE’s Monitoring Committee To Arrive In Georgia”

Headquarters Of Joint Peacekeeping Forces Object To Detention Of Peacekeepers

Tbilisi. August 30 (Prime-News) – The Headquarters of Joint Peacekeeping Forces objects to the detention of the Ossetian peacekeepers in the conflict zone and demands their immediate release.

“The detention of the three peacekeepers of the North Ossetian Peacekeeping Battalion is a rough violation of trilateral agreement,” reads an official statement disseminated by the headquarters.

The Headquarters of Joint Peacekeeping Forces call on the OSCE mission and demand the conduction of trilateral monitoring.

The Georgian law enforcement bodies detained Valiev and Khachirov on Wednesday. They kidnapped the journalists of the broadcasting company the “Rustavi 2” – Levan Jorbenadze, Archil Nikoleishvili and Davit Gvenetadze – and the “Mze” TV – Maka Gigauri, Zaza Kapanadze and Gela Alazashvili, while they were gathering data on detention of Davit Galegashvili, Kakha Brolidze and Dato Kvaratskhelia. Continue reading “Headquarters Of Joint Peacekeeping Forces Object To Detention Of Peacekeepers”

Mikheil Saakashvili: Nothing Unusual In Staff Reshuffle

Tbilisi. August 30 (Prime-News) – Mikheil Saakashvili, President of Georgia, sees nothing unusual in staff reshuffle.

Mikheil Saakashvili told journalists that the government of Georgia is a united, strategic team that implements agreed, stable policy.

“The major difference between our cabinet and the governments of some other countries is that our cabinet is a united team. The government of Georgia is orientated on result,” stated the President of Georgia.

Zurab Noghaideli, Prime Minister of Georgia, named new composition of the cabinet of ministers on Thursday.

Zurab Noghaideli declared at a special breifing on Thursday that on the basis of the decision taken by the President of Georgia Lekso Aleksishvili, acting Minister of Finance of Georgia, will be presented on the post of the President of Georgian National Bank. The candidature of Lekso Aleksishvili will be approved in September, after acting President Roman Gotsiridze quits the post.

The candidature of Nika Gialuri, acting Minister of Energy, is presented on the post of the Mnister of Finance. Aleksandre Khetaguri, President of Georgian Oil and Gas Cooperation, will replace Nika Gilauri on the post of the Mnister of energy of Georgia.

Zurab Noghaideli admitted that Aleksandre Khetaguri occupied the post of Deputy Minister of Energy in previous years and is acquainted with energy system.

Gia Kavtaradze, acting Minister of Justice, failed to retain his post. According to Zurab Noghaideli, Gia Kavtaradze has taken decision to return back to business. The candidature of Eka Tkeshelashvili is presented on the post of the Minster of Justice of Georgia.

Zurab Noghaideli noted that further staff reshuffle was not expected. He will present revised cabinet of ministers and a new program to the parliament of Georgia for approval in two days.

Lado Chipashvili, Minister of Labour, Healthcare and Social Affairs of Georgia, left his post in consequence of staff reshuffle. Lado Chipashvili will be appointed as the Ambassador of Georgia to Czech Republic. Kakha Sikharulidze, former Ambassador of Georgia to Czech Republic will return to Georgia and will occupy an important post at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia.

Davit Tkeshelashvili, acting Minister of Environment Protection and Natural Resources, will become the Minister of Labour, Healthcare and Social Affairs.

Davit Chantladze, acting Deputy Minister of Environment Protection and Natural Resources, will occupy the post of the Minister of Environment Protection and Natural Resources.

President Opened Amusement Park In Village Tamarasheni

Tbilisi. August 30 (Prime-News) – Mikheil Saakashvili, President of Georgia, visited South Ossetian conflict zone, where he opened a new amusement park.

Dimitri Sanakoev, Head of Tbilisi Loyal South Ossetian Provisional Administration, accompanied the President of Georgia in the village Tamarasheni.

New cinema center and disco club was opened in the village Tamarasheni a month ago.

Acting Chairman Of OSCE And Lavrov Discussed August 06 Missile Incident

Tbilisi. August 30 (Prime-News) – Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos, OSCE Chairman-in-Office held meeting with Sergey Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, and discussed the August 06 missile incident.

Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos had briefed Sergey Lavrov about the results of fact-finding visits by his special envoy for this issue, Miomir Zuzul, in Moscow and Tbilisi.

Moratinos admitted that he plans to visit Georgia in the next week.

A range of OSCE-related topics, including the so-called protracted conflicts and the Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) Treaty, were also discussed during the talks.

Miomir Zuzul, the special representative of the OSCE, visited Tbilisi and Moscow in order to investigate the incident connected to the violation of Georgia state border, incursion into airspace and bombing of the territory of Georgia on August 06.

Minister Of Education and Science Denies Information On Closing Azeri Schools

Tbilisi. August 30 (Prime-News) – The government of Georgia does not intend to close schools of national minorities, including Azerbaijani ones, in the country.

Azeri News Agency informs about that referring to Aleksandre Lomaia, Minister of Education and Science of Georgia.

“We did not make any decision regarding shutting down national schools and I am surprised to observe Azerbaijanis’ indignation caused by these gossips,” admitted Aleksandre Lomaia.

Reports on the possible closure of schools, where education is conducted on the Azerbaijani language have recently been spread in media. The reports caused anxiety amongst the population in the Kvemo Kartli region where up to 500,000 Azerbaijanis reside.

According to the Minister, Georgian Government observes and protects its Constitution and legislation and tries to help the citizens to receive education in their native language, and simultaneously to study the official language. The task of the Georgian Government is to enable national minorities, including Azerbaijanis, to study their official language,” he said. Continue reading “Minister Of Education and Science Denies Information On Closing Azeri Schools”

Workshop On Environmental Management Issues Held At Ministry of Defense

Tbilisi. August 30 (Prime-News) – Ministry of Defense of Georgia hosts a three-day workshop on environmental management issues.

Prime-News was told at the Ministry of Defense of Georgia that the workshop is conducted in the framework of Bilateral German-Georgian Project “Establishment of Environmental Management System in the Georgian Armed Forces”.

The participants of the workshop are discussing the scientific-technical aspects of the second stage of the project. Continue reading “Workshop On Environmental Management Issues Held At Ministry of Defense”

Zurab Noghaideli To Organize Briefing Concerning Staff Reshuffle

Tbilisi. August 30 (Prime-News) – Zurab Noghaideli, Prime Minister of Georgia, will organize a briefing concerning the staff reshuffle at 17:00 on Thursday

The Administration of Prime Minister of Georgia refrained from making additional comments about whether the aforementioned briefing was connected to a new staff reshuffle or not. But it must be noted that Dimitri Kitoshvili, Parliamentary Secretary of the President of Georgia, admitted on a special briefing organized on Wednesday that Prime Minister is obliged to present renewed staff of the government for approval to the Parliament of Georgia corresponding to Article 81 of the Constitution of Georgia, as the one third of the government of Georgia has been revised.

Lado Chipashvili, Minister of Labour, Healthcare and Social Affairs of Georgia, left his post in consequence of staff reshuffle. Lado Chipashvili will be appointed as the Ambassador of Georgia to Czech Republic. Kakha Sikharulidze, former Ambassador of Georgia to Czech Republic will return to Georgia and will occupy an important post at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia.

Davit Tkeshelashvili, acting Minister of Environment Protection and Natural Resources, will become the Minister of Labour, Healthcare and Social Affairs.

Davit Chantladze, acting Deputy Minister of Environment Protection and Natural Resources, will occupy the post of the Minister of Environment Protection and Natural Resources. Continue reading “Zurab Noghaideli To Organize Briefing Concerning Staff Reshuffle”

Minister Of Labour, Healthcare And Social Affairs Left Post

Tbilisi. August 29 (Prime-News) – Lado Chipashvili, Minister of Labour, Healthcare and Social Affairs of Georgia, left his post.
entary Secretary of the President of Georgia, voiced the information about staff reshuffle.

According to Dimitri Kitoshvili, will be appointed as the Ambassador of Georgia to Czech Republic. Kakha Sikharulidze, former Ambassador of Georgia to Czech Republic will return to Georgia and will occupy an important post at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia.

Davit Tkeshelashvili, acting Minister of Environment Protection and Natural Resources, will become the Minister of Labour, Healthcare and Social Affairs.

Davit Chantladze, acting Deputy Minister of Environment Protection and Natural Resources, will occupy the post of the Minister of Environment Protection and Natural Resources. Continue reading “Minister Of Labour, Healthcare And Social Affairs Left Post”

Peacekeepers Deny Violation Of Mandate

Tbilisi. August 29 (Prime-News) – Sergey Chaban, Commander of the Russian Peacekeepers dislocated in the Georgian-Abkhazian conflict zone, denies the fact about the violation of the mandate by the Russian peacekeepers.

The Georgian law enforcement bodies detained a column of trucks being in possession of CIS Collective Peacekeeping Forces. About 15 servicemen were traveling in the above-mentioned trucks. One of the trucks collided with a passenger mini bus. Several passengers of the mini bus received slight injuries.

The Georgian side has evaluated the aforementioned fact as a violation of mandate.

Sergey Chaban declared in an interview with the Russian news agencies that eight servicemen traveling in GAZ-66 detained by the Georgian police were released on Tuesday.

Chaban also added that the peacekeepers acted within the framework of their mandate.

Lt-Colonel Alexander Diordiyev, Assistant to the CIS PKF Commander, assessed the Tuesday detention of CIS peacekeepers as “another provocative act of the Georgian authorities against Russian Continue reading “Peacekeepers Deny Violation Of Mandate”

Tsagareishvili Sure Okruashvili Cannot Be Dissatisfied With Him

Tbilisi. August 28 (Prime-News) – Gia Tsagareishvili, Member of the Parliament of Georgia, is sure that Irakli Okruashvili, former Minister of Defense of Georgia, cannot be dissatisfied with him for his statement made for mass media.

Gia Tsagareishvili told Prime-News that the agiotage caused by his statement was directly connected to the establishment of a new party. Continue reading “Tsagareishvili Sure Okruashvili Cannot Be Dissatisfied With Him”

Georgia To Join NATO Air Situation Data Exchange System

Prime-News was told at the Ministry of defense of Georgia that at the moment Georgia is in the final stage of joining the ASDE after which the special systems and equipment will be installed and prepared for testing. Georgia will join the ASDE through the Republic of Turkey. The Memorandum of Understanding between NATO, Georgia and Republic of Turkey regarding ASDE joining is drafted and the final review process of MOU is ongoing.

The NATO requirements for a bi-directional exchange of a RAP (Recognized Air Picture) between NATO nations and partner nations resulted in the development of the Air Situation Data Exchange (ASDE) system. This system manages the controlled exchange of air picture data by filtering the NATO picture in such manner that it is releasable to partner nations.

The ASDE system is developed via a cooperation model between NC3A (NATO Consultation, Command and Control Agency) and NPC (NATO Programming Center). Continue reading “Georgia To Join NATO Air Situation Data Exchange System”

Gela Bezhuashvili To Pay Working Visit To USA And Europe

Tbilisi. August 28 (Prime-News) – Gela Bezhuashvili, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, will pay a working visit to the United States of America and Europe.

Prime-News was told at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia that Gela Bezhuashvili would visit Slovenia from August 31 to September 01, which will assume EU’s rotating six-month presidency in January 2008. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia will depart for Brussels on September 03, where he will participate in an international conference “Joint Efforts – Enhancement of European Neighboring Policy”.

On September 6-7 he will be visiting Berlin and then Washington on September 8-11. Series of trips next month will be concluded by the visit to Lithuania on September 13-14.

Gela Bezhuashvili will participate in the work of the UNESCO 34th general conference held in Paris on October 19.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia will visit the Netherlands on October 17-18. He will participate in the work of the Georgia-EU Co-operation Council on October 15-16 organized in Luxemburg. Continue reading “Gela Bezhuashvili To Pay Working Visit To USA And Europe”