Patriarch Reckons That President’s Decision Was Timely

Tbilisi. November 09 (Prime-News) – The Catholicos-Patriarch of all Georgia Ilia II reckons that Mikheil Saakashvili, president of Georgia, made a timely decision by announcing early presidential elections.

The Catholicos-Patriarch of all Georgia Ilia II told journalists after meeting with the opposition today that the president undertook all steps to release tension in the country.

The Patriarch noted that representatives of the opposition and government expressed their will to release tension during the meeting with him.

He expressed hopes that dialogue between the sides would resume and end with positive result.

Parliament Approved State Of Emergency In Georgia For 15 Days

Tbilisi. November 09 (Prime-News) – The Parliament of Georgia unanimously (with 149 votes) supported decision of the president of Georgia and approved the state of emergency on the territory of Georgia for 15 days.

Nino Burjanadze, Chairwoman of Georgian Parliament, stated at the plenary session today that although the situation has stabilized in Tbilisi since November 07 and in the rest of Georgia, threat to stability still exists.

Burjanadze expressed gratitude to the Catholicos-Patriarch of all Georgia Ilia II for his appeal towards the nation not to yield to provocations of external forces.

Burjanadze appealed to a “healthy representatives” of the opposition for dialogue and noted that she was ready to meet them after completion of the session today.

The presidential decree, which was signed at 23:30 on November 07 imposed restrictions on the press, demonstrations, and strikes, among other activities. The state of emergency expires on November 22.

State Of Emergency Not To Hamper Presidential Elections On January 05

Tbilisi. November 09 (Prime-News) – State of emergency announced in Georgia will not hamper early presidential elections scheduled for January 05, 2008.

Khatuna Gogorishvili, Chairwoman of the parliamentary committee on procedural issues, told journalists about that today.

The Parliament

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Charges Preferred To Badri Patarkatsishvili

Tbilisi. November 09 (Prime-News) – Prosecutor General’s Office preferred charges to businessman Badri Patarkatsishvili.

Nika Gvaramia, Deputy Prosecutor General, stated at the briefing today that Arkadi (Badri) Patarkatsishvili is suspected of conspiracy to overthrow the government (315 article of the Criminal Code of Georgia).

“All the necessary legal proceedings will be undertaken to summon Patarkatsishvili for an interrogation in a status of a suspect,” Gvaramia stated.

International search on businessman will be presumably announced via Interpol tomorrow.

Opposition Reckons Expedient To Hold Dialogue With Government With Participation Of Patriarch

Tbilisi. November 09 (Prime-News) – The united opposition is ready to meet with the Chairwoman of Georgian parliament, however it is expedient to hold the dialogue at the Patriarchy of Georgia with participation of the Catholicos-Patriarch of all Georgia Ilia II.

Tina Khidasheli, member of the “Republican” party, told Prime-News about that after the meeting between the united opposition and the Catholicos-Patriarch of all Georgia Ilia II today.

According to her, representatives of the opposition find it necessary to lift the state of emergency in the country and lift restrictions on mass media in order to establish corresponding conditions for preparation for the presidential elections.

She noted that in other case nomination of united candidate for presidential elections from opposition is pointless.

Zurabishvili: Opposition To Nominate One Candidate For Presidential Elections

Tbilisi. November 09 (Prime-News) – David Zurabishvili, member of the parliamentary faction “Democratic Front”, states that the opposition will nominate one candidate for presidential elections in 2008.

According to him, their candidate will be a big surprise for everyone and he has a great chance of winning the elections.

“It will not be businessman Badri Patarkatsishvili, Irakli Okruashvili, former Defense Minister of Georgia or Tina Khidasheli, member of the “republican” party,” Zurabishvili stated.

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Official Tbilisi Evaluates Critics From Russian Side As Inappropriate

Tbilisi. November 09 (Prime-News) – The Georgian government, in accordance with the democratic norms and principles, provides for the realization of the freedom of speech and manifestation by Georgian citizens. The clear proof of that are the recent manifestations and meetings in Tbilisi.

“At the same time, the Government bears a responsibility to take necessary measures to protect national security, in particular to prevent the actions aimed at the violent overthrow of the democratically elected government, especially when the secret services of a neighboring country are actively involved in this process,” reads the statement of the Foreign Ministry of Georgia.

“There is no human rights crisis in Georgia. The declaration of the state of emergency is a practice common in the whole world, whereas an extreme measure is being taken for the provision of the public order and national security. In this particular case, the state of emergency has been declared in full accordance with the country’s constitution, the relevant legislation and international norms,” the statement reads.

“The decision announced by the President and the reaction to it of the Georgian political spectrum, have clearly proven that the Georgian leadership and whole society firmly stand at protection of the democratic principles and possess significant political resources to solve any problem,” states the foreign Ministry of Georgia.

According to the Foreign Ministry of Georgia, the criticism related to human rights situation in Georgia on the part of the Russian Federation is inadequate, taking into account the dismal record of human rights situation and other democratic rights and freedoms in this country.

“It should be underlined that this dismal human rights situation is largely acknowledged by the democratic international community. It would be more appropriate if more attention was paid in Russia to the human rights situation inside the country rather than

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USA Welcomed Decision To Hold Early Presidential Elections In Georgia

Tbilisi. November 09 (Prime-News) – The U.S. Department of State welcomed decision of the Georgian government to hold early presidential elections and a plebiscite on date of parliamentary elections.

“At the same time, we urge the Government of Georgia to lift the state of emergency and restore all media broadcasts. These are necessary steps to restore the democratic conditions for the election and referendum. We call on all parties to maintain calm, respect the rule of law, and address their differences through serious discussions to strengthen Georgia’s democratic political system. These discussions should take place in a spirit of compromise and in support of Georgia’s sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity, and commitment to human rights,” reads the statement of the U.S. Department of State.

Co-rapporteurs Of CoE To Visit Georgia

Tbilisi. November 09 (Prime-News) – Matthias Eorsi and Kastriot Islami, co-rapporteurs of the CoE Parliamentary Assembly, arrived in Georgia due to the latest developments in the country today.

Prime-News was told at CoE representation in Georgia that the visit aims at getting familiar with situation in the country after announcement of the state of emergency.

Matthias Eorsi and Kastriot Islami will stay in Georgia till November 11. They intend to meet Georgian officials, members of the opposition, representatives of mass media and Ambassadors.

They will hold press conference on November 11.

Whereabouts Of Shalva Natelashvili Unknown For Members Of “Labour” Party

Tbilisi. November 09 (Prime-News) – Members of the “Labour” party are not informed about whereabouts of Shalva Natelashvili, leader of the party.

Paata Jibladze, member of the “Labour” party, told journalists that he does not know if Natelashvili is in Georgia or abroad at the moment. He is absent for the third day.

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Opposition Welcomes President’s Initiative Regarding Elections

Tbilisi. November 09 (Prime-News) – The united opposition welcomes initiative of Mikheil Saakashvili, president of Georgia, regarding appointing presidential elections on January 05, 2008.

According to the opposition, it is a victory of the whole country and points to resolution of political crisis.

“We offered Saakashvili to hold elections in spring, but stubbornness of Saakashvili and his surrounding and their inadequate reaction to peaceful demonstration tensed the situation. I think it is the most optimal solution of the president and it is good both for the country and the president,” David Usupashvili, leader of the “Republican party”, stated after the meeting of leaders of the united opposition.

Giorgi Tsagareishvili, member of the party “Movement for the United Georgia” evaluated president’s initiative as victory of people and stated that they should bring it to the end by winning the presidential elections on January 05.

Mikheil Saakashvili, president of Georgia, appointed presidential elections in Georgia on January 05, 2008. His presidential term expires in 2009. Saakashvili noted that he had reduced his presidential term for the second time, thus he expressed hope to be elected by the people again.

Dialogue Between Opposition And Government To Resume Today

Tbilisi. November 09 (Prime-News) – Dialogue between representatives of the opposition and Nino Burjanadze, Chairwoman of Georgian Parliament, will resume today.

In the interview with the Public Broadcast Nino Burjanadze stated that the sides would gather at the Patriarchy of Georgia on November 09 and continue dialogue at the Parliament of Georgia afterwards.

Nino Burjanadze did not name representatives of the opposition who will participate in the dialogue. It is known that “New Rights” and “Industrialists” will participate in the talks.

Other participants of the process will become known today. Burjanadze hopes that concrete consensus will be achieved during the meetings.

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Georgian Side Accused Popov Of Misinformation

Tbilisi. October 26 (Prime-News) – Dimitri Manjavidze, Deputy State Minister of Georgia for Conflicts Resolution, accused Yuri Popov, Russian Special Envoy of misinformation.

At the press conference today, Manjavidze responded to the claims by Yuri Popov, saying that the session of the Joint Control Commission for Georgian-South Ossetian Conflict Resolution (JCC) had failed owing to the Georgian party.

According to Manjavidze, the Russian party had forwarded the issue on Dimitri Sanakoev at the first day of the JCC session itself. Continue reading “Georgian Side Accused Popov Of Misinformation”

JCC Session To Be Held In Tbilisi On October 23-24

Tbilisi. October 19 (Prime-News) – Session of the Joint Control Commission (JCC) on resolution of the Georgian-South Ossetian conflict will be held at the Office of the OSCE mission to Georgia in Tbilisi on October 23-24.

Russian mass media informs about that referring to Yuri Popov, Envoy at large of the Russian Foreign Ministry, co-chairman of the JCC from the Russian side.

According to him, the sides will discuss issues on resolution of the Georgian-South Ossetian conflict.

“We will discuss security issues, work of the Russian peacekeepers, optimization of checkpoints, possible fortifications, cooperation of the law enforcement bodies,” stated Popov. Continue reading “JCC Session To Be Held In Tbilisi On October 23-24”

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

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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”