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.

Squadron HQ Building Opened In Marneuli

Tbilisi. October 18 (Prime-News) – Presentation of a new squadron HQ building was held at Marneuli aerodrome of the Georgian Air Forces today.

Prime-News was told at the Ministry of Defense of Georgia that in the framework of bilateral defence cooperation between Georgia and Turkey, the Turkish side constructed, renovated and equipped a new building at Marneuli aerodrome, where the squadron headquarters will be located. The new squadron headquarters will assist to better control the flights and improve professional skills of pilots.

Opening ceremony of the squadron headquarters was attended by the Deputy Chiefs of Joint Staff of the Georgian Armed Forces, LTC Alexandre Osepaishvili and LTC Grigol Tatishvili, also, Acting Commander of Land Forces, Maj. Mamuka Balakhadze.

One More Oppositional Faction to Be Established At Parliament On Friday

Tbilisi. October 19 (Prime-News) – One more oppositional faction will be established at the Parliament of Georgia on Friday.

Oppositional faction will be led by MP Valeri Gelbakhiani.

Valeri Gelbakhiani told Prime-News that the new faction would be called ” Our Georgia” and the presentation of the faction would be held at the Hotel Tbilisi Marriott on Friday.

The faction will unite MPs Gocha Jojua, Gogi Tsulaia, Valerian Izoria, Nika Kvezereli, Levan Gzirishvili, Victor Japaridze, Merab Khurtsidze, Arsen Mgeladze and Temur Dolishvili.

“We will speak about our future plans at the presentation of the faction tomorrow and we will show the government how it ought to take care of its citizens,” stated Gelbakhiani.

United Opposition To Hold Rally In Imereti Region

Tbilisi. October 19 (Prime-News) – The united opposition will hold rally in Imereti region today.

The opposition will visit Sachkhere, Chiatura, Zestafoni, Terjola, Kutaisi and Baghdadi.

Gubaz Sanikidze, one of the leaders of the “National Forum”, held a press conference in Kutaisi yesterday and called on the local population to participate in the rally.

The rally will be held in David Aghmashenebeli Avenue today at 17:00 p.m.

Saakashvili: Issue Of Georgia’s NATO Integration To Be Determined After Summit In Bucharest

Tbilisi. October 19 (Prime-News) – Mikheil Saakashvili, president of Georgia, hopes that the issue of Georgia’s NATO integration will be determined after the NATO summit in Bucharest, which will be held in April 2008.

Saakashvili stated about that in Lisbon, where he attended a summit of the European People’s Party.

The president noted that his international efforts were now directed towards gaining support for Georgia’s NATO Membership Action Plan.

“If things come right, after April the issue of Georgia’s accession to NATO will become practically irreversible and it will be a real revolution in our geopolitical situation,” stated Saakashvili.

CEC Starts Checking Of Unified Voters’ Lists

Tbilisi. October 19 (Prime-News) – The Central Election Commission of Georgia (CEC) started door-to-door campaign today.

Prime-News was told at the CEC that the door-to-door program is one of the basic stages of the project of the Unified Voters’ List Improvement, for the Presidential and Parliamentary Elections in 2008, aiming at updating and checking the data existing in the Unified Voters’ List.

From October 19, during 20 calendar days, special groups will visit each family, living on the territory of the election precincts of Georgia and compare the data of their ID cards to the data existing in the unified voters’ list. The process will be accomplished using the door-to-door checking principle.

3000 Special Groups have been created throughout the country, in order to conduct the door-to-door campaign.

Each group consists of 5-9 members, three of them are elected by the appropriate DEC, on the basis of a competition and two members are the representatives of three political parties (“National Movement- Democrats”, political union “Industry will save Georgia” and Georgian “Labour” party), having the best returns, at the previous parliamentary elections.

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.

De Facto Government Of Tskhinvali Accuses Georgian Side Of New Provocation

 

Tbilisi. October 13 (Prime-News) – The government of self-proclaimed republic of South Ossetia accuses the Georgian side of a new provocation.

According to the statement of Irina Gagloeva, Head of Press and Information Committee of de facto government of Tskhinvali, the building of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of self-proclaimed Republic of South Ossetia located in Tskhinvali came under fire late on Friday night.

Gagloeva evaluated the incident as another provocation of the Georgian law enforcer.

Opposition To Publish Manifest Addressed To President

 

Tbilisi. October 17 (Prime-News) – The united opposition will publish manifest addressed to Mikheil Saakashvili, president of Georgia, today.

Presentation of the manifest will be held in house-museum of Ilia Chavchavadze in the village Saguramo.

The manifest includes 11 points. Members of the United National Council have elaborated it last night.

United Opposition Published Manifest

Tbilisi. October 17 (Prime-News) – The United Opposition reckons that the way out of the current situation in the country is to hold fair parliamentary elections in spring 2008 and elect a new government.

This point is highlighted in the manifest adopted by the National Council of the All National Movement today in house-museum of Ilia Chavchavadze in the village Saguramo. The manifest consists of 12 paragraphs.

The manifest is signed by leaders of the “Labour” party of Georgia, “Republican” party, “Conservative” party, “Freedom” party, “Way of Georgia” party, the “People’s party”, “Movement for the united Georgia”, “Ourselves” party, “Kartuli Dasi” party, and “National Forum” party.

The manifest stipulates that the government of Georgia should provide: democratic elections, country’s territorial integrity, independence of judiciary government, reinforcement of local governments, suspension of political violence, freedom of mass media, inviolability of property, worthy living conditions, originality of Georgian nation and its civil integration, implementation of concordat between Georgian Orthodox Church and the government, NATO membership and striving for Euro-integration.

According to authors of the manifest there is a grave social-economic and political situation in Georgia.According to them, it is necessary to consolidate the whole society and opposition political forces in order to prevent serious social and political cataclysm in the country.

Ministries Of Internal Affairs Of Georgia And France Hold Joint Training

Tbilisi. October 18 (Prime-News) – The Ministries Of Internal Affairs of Georgia and France hold trainings on emergency situations.

Prime-News was told at the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia that program provided by the Ministries of Internal Affairs of Georgia and the Republic of France organizes training course for Georgian experts in the sphere of emergency situations.

One of the stages of the program includes the issues concerning forest fires, which engages employees of Emergency Situations Management Department as well as the firemen of local self-governmental agencies from different regions of Georgia.

Certificates will be issued to the trainees upon completion of the program.

“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.

Government To Consider Draft Of State Budget 2008

 

Tbilisi. October 03 (Prime-News) – The Government of Georgia will consider issues concerning draft of the state budget 2008 at the Cabinet Meeting on Wednesday.

It is also planned to consider 17 issues at the meeting.

Prime-News was told at the Administration of Georgian government that David Tkeshelashvili, Minister of Labour, Public Health and Social Affairs of Georgia, would deliver a report on the project on construction of medical facilities, which is implemented with the support of the World Bank.

The Cabinet will also discuss rehabilitation of roads leading to villages and handing of different state owned real estate into possession of Tbilisi city. The report will be delivered by Giorgi Arveladze, Minister of Economic Development of Georgia.

Gela Bezhuashvili, Foreign Minister of Georgia, will deliver a report on the draft of the state budget 2008.

Gia Baramidze, State Minister of Georgia for integration into the European and Euro-Atlantic structures will deliver a report on the 7th session of the Georgia-EU cooperation committee.

UN To Take Decision About Prolongation Mandate To UN Observation Mission In Abkhazia Today

 

Tbilisi. October 11 (Prime-News) – The Georgian-Abkhazian and Georgian-Ossetian conflicts will be discussed at the session of the UN Security Council held in New York on Thursday.

The United Nations ought to take decision about the prolongation mandate to the UN Observation Mission in Abkhazia on Thursday.

Davit Bakradze, State Minister for Conflict Resolution of Georgia, will participate in the work of the session of UN Security Council, who left with working visit to New York on October 06.

The State Minister for Conflict Resolution of Georgia held meetings with Jean-Marie GuehennoUnited Nations Deputy Secretary General, the US Ambassador to the UN and the representatives of eight different countries. Davit Bakradze met with Vitaly Churkin, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the UN, on October 09.

Davit Bakradze will return back to Georgia on October 14.

Zurab Noghaideli To Depart For Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti

 

Tbilisi. October 11 (Prime-News) – Zurab Noghaideli, Prime Minister of Georgia, has departed for Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti on Thursday.

According to the information of the Administration of the government of Georgia, Zurab Noghaideli will visit the theatre in Poti and will inspect rehabilitation process of the internal roads in the city.

The Prime Minister of Georgia will depart from Poti to Senaki, where he will attend the opening ceremony of a new park and will supervise a construction process of the gymnasium.

Zurab Noghaideli will also visit Zugdidi and Khobi. He will visit a nut-plantation and a processing plant in Zugdidi; later he will arrive in the village of Ganmukhuri and meet patriots.

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.

Prosecutor’s Office detained high-ranking officials in Gori region on Wednesday. The detainees are: Vasil Makharashvili, governor of Gori region, David Kechuashvili, assistant of governor of Gori region, Nugzar Papunashvili, Vice Chairman of Gori city Council, and Khvicha Okropiridze, deputy governor of Gori region and Gia Zarandia, former governor of Kareli region.

Action of support for the detained high-ranking officials was held at the building of local administration in Gori. The action was headed by Giorgi Mchedlidze, Deputy envoy of the president in Shida Kartli region.

Local population did not manage to enter the building of local administration. The building was surrounded by Patrol Police.

Confrontation between MPs and Police transformed into a quarrel during which several people were injured.

Participants of the action state that detention of the abovementioned officials is groundless and it is connected to their friendship with Irakli Okruashvili, former Defense Minister of Georgia.

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.

Prosecutor’s Office detained high-ranking officials in Gori region on Wednesday. The detainees are: Vasil Makharashvili, governor of Gori region, David Kechuashvili, assistant of governor of Gori region, Nugzar Papunashvili, Vice Chairman of Gori city Council, and Khvicha Okropiridze, deputy governor of Gori region and Gia Zarandia, former governor of Kareli region.

Action of support for the detained high-ranking officials was held at the building of local administration in Gori. The action was headed by Giorgi Mchedlidze, Deputy envoy of the president in Shida Kartli region.

Local population did not manage to enter the building of local administration. The building was surrounded by Patrol Police.

Confrontation between MPs and Police transformed into a quarrel during which several people were injured.

Participants of the action state that detention of the abovementioned officials is groundless and it is connected to their friendship with Irakli Okruashvili, former Defense Minister of Georgia.

“National Forum” Has Not Made Decision On Joining New Faction

Tbilisi. September 12 (Prime-News) – The “National Forum” party has not made a decision on joining of its two members: Gocha Jojua and Gogi Tsulaia the new faction that will be presumably established at the Parliament of Georgia.

Prime-News was told at the “National Forum” that the party continues consultations with different political forces in the Parliament regarding establishment of the new parliamentary faction.

A new oppositional faction will be presumably established at the Parliament of Georgia by the end of September. Arguably, the faction will be headed by MP Valery Gelbakiani.

According to MP Gogi Tsulaia, he intends to join the new faction.According to him, the faction will have equal opportunities and will be comprised of some MPs from the parliamentary majority.

According to preliminary information, the faction will be comprised of Gogi Tsulaia, Gocha Jojua, who have left the “National Movement”, and Temur Dolishvili.

Saakashvili: Average Salary Of Teachers To Amount To GEL 200 Since January 01

 

Tbilisi. September 12 (Prime-News) – Average salary of teachers will amount to GEL 200 since January 01 2008.

Mikheil Saakashvili, president of Georgia, stated about that at the meeting with teachers and pupils of Borjomi public school on Wednesday.

According to the president, inventory of all public schools in Georgia will be renewed by 2010.

According to Saakashvili, today there are all conditions for citizens for receiving secondary, technical and higher education.

He noted that it is necessary to introduce new technologies in all spheres and schools.

“We all need to create new ideology in schools,” he stated.

Alexander Lomaia, Minister of education and Science of Georgia, and Nodar Grigalashvili, Chairman of the parliamentary committee on education, science, culture and sport, attended the meeting.

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.

President To Visit Borjomi Today

Tbilisi. September 12 (Prime-News) – Mikheil Saakashvili, president of Georgia, will visit Borjomi region today.

Mikheil Saakashvili will open a new building of Police and a new cinema theater in Bakuriani settlement.

The president will also examine several objects and meet teachers and local population.

New Faction To Be Presumably Established At Parliament By End Of September

Tbilisi. September 12 (Prime-News) – A new oppositional faction will be presumably established at the Parliament of Georgia by the end of September. Arguably, the faction will be headed by MP Valery Gelbakiani.

According to MP Gogi Tsulaia, he intends to join the new faction.According to him, the faction will have equal opportunities and will be comprised of some MPs from the parliamentary majority.

According to preliminary information, the faction will be comprised of Gogi Tsulaia, Gocha Jojua, who have left the “National Movement”, and Temur Dolishvili.

Vakhtang Balavadze, member of the parliamentary majority, stated regarding the issue that establishment of the new faction will not affect the ruling faction.

There are 7 parliamentary factions at the Parliament of Georgia.

CEC Approved Substitute Of David Bakradze At Parliament

 

Tbilisi. September 12 (Prime-News) – The Central Election Commission of Georgia (CEC) approved Lali Purtseladze as substitute of David Bakradze at the Parliament of Georgia.

CEC made a corresponding decision at the session on Wednesday.

Purtseladze is a member of the “National movement – Democrats”.

David Bakradze was appointed the State Minister of Georgia for conflict resolution two months ago.

Action Of Support For Detained Officials Held In Gori

Tbilisi. September 12 (Prime-News) – Action of support for the detained high-ranking officials is held at the building of local administration in Gori. The action is headed by Giorgi Mchedlidze, Deputy envoy of the president in Shida Kartli region.

Local population did not manage to enter the building of local administration. The building is surrounded by Patrol Police.

Participants of the action wait for Irakli Okruashvili, former Defense Minister of Georgia. According to widespread information, Okruashvili is in Tbilisi.

Prosecutor’s Office detained four high-ranking officials in Gori region. The detainees are: Vasil Makharashvili, governor of Gori region, his assistant, Nugzar Papunashvili, Vice Chairman of Gori city Council, and Khvicha Okropiridze, deputy governor of Gori region.

High-ranking officials are accused of misappropriation of funds. The detainees were transported to Tbilisi.

Noghaideli To Visit Racha Region

 

Tbilisi. September 12 (Prime-News) – Zurab Noghaideli, Prime Minister of Georgia, will visit Racha region on Thursday.

Prime-News was told at the State Chancellery of Georgia that Noghaideli would get familiar with the development plan of the lake Shaori, and visit abuilding objects in Amblorauri: hotel, trade center, entertainment park, tennis court, reconstructed courts.

During the visit to Racha region, Noghaideli will get familiar with liquidation works of natural disaster at the water supply in the villages Sadmeli and Tolashi.

Noghaideli will also visit villages Bugeuli, Skhvava, Krikhi, and get familiar with construction works of sport ground with artificial coverage.

Prime Minister will be also informed about rehabilitation of Amblorauri-Oni road.

In Oni town, Noghaideli will examine abuilding hotel, trade center, rehabilitation works in local public school and restoration works at buildings damaged by an earthquake.

In Shovi resort Noghaideli will get familiar with rehabilitation of local road and construction works of a new bridge in Saglolo.

 

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.

Bakradze To Put Up Question On Abolishment Of Checkpoint In Meghvrekisi

 

Tbilisi. September 12 (Prime-News) – David Bakradze, State Minister of Georgia for conflict resolution, intends to put up a question on abolishment of Russian peacekeeper’s checkpoint situated near the village Meghvrekisi at the Cabinet Meeting on Wednesday.

Bakradze told journalists before the Cabinet Meeting that respond of the government on the incident at the abovementioned checkpoint would continue and the government would consider illegal actions of the Russian peacekeepers.

According to Bakradze, release of the people who were detained by Russian peacekeepers yesterday does not settle the problem.

Bakradze noted that the government of Georgia is oriented on resolution of the conflict.

The Russian peacekeepers release of two citizens of Georgia detained by.

The Russian peacekeepers stopped a taxi near the village Meghvrekisi, Gori region, on Tuesday in order to check documents of Georgian citizens. Citizen of Georgia Khmiadashvili was driving the taxi and Midodashvili was a passenger.

The Russian peacekeepers insulted the Georgian citizens and took them to Tskhinvali in an armored car through a bypassing road and detained them for several hours.

After demand of the Georgian side the detainees have been released on the same day.

Government Elaborates Preventive Measures Against Floods

 

Tbilisi. September 12 (Prime-News) – The Government of Georgia will consider preventive measures against floods at the session the next week.

Zurab Noghaideli, Prime Minister of Georgia, stated at the Cabinet Meeting on Wednesday that the Ministry of environment protection and natural resources of Georgia was ordered to implement corresponding activities on the rivers Tskhenistskali, Rioni and Aragvi.

According to him, Georgia should be prepared for awaited floods.

Government Considered Changes To State Budget 2007 And Parameters Of State Budget 2008

Tbilisi. September 12 (Prime-News) – The Government of Georgia considered changes to the state budget 2007 and parameters of the state budget 2008.

Nika Gilauri, Finance Minister of Georgia, stated after the Cabinet Meeting on Wednesday that revenue item of the state budget 2007 would increase by GEL

90 million and capital revenues by GEL 200 million.

According to him, funding of the Defense Ministry of Georgia will increase by GEL 315 million, funding of the Justice Ministry of Georgia- by GEL 16,9 million, funding of regional projects – by GEL 59 million funding of the Ministries of culture and Agriculture will increase as well.

Gilauri informed that the government has also considered parameters of the state budget 2008. According to him priorities remain unchanged. New tax reforms will be implemented in January, tax on revenue will decrease; income tax and social tax will be united.

The Minister stated that tax revenues would increase by 10% in 2008.

Bezhuashvili To Pay Official Visit To Lithuania

Tbilisi. September 12 (Prime-News) – Gela Bezhuashvili, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, pays official visit to Lithuania on September 12-14.

Prime-News was told at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia that within the frameworks of the visit meetings will be held with Valdas Adamkus, President of Lithuania, Petras Vaitiekûnas, Minister of Foreign Affairs,and Andrius Kubilius, Vice-chairman of the Seimas.

During his visit to Vilnius Bezhuashvili will deliver a lecture at the Institute of International Relations and Political Sciences.

On September 13-14, a meeting of the foreign ministers of the New Group of Friends of Georgia will be held in Vilnius involving the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Ukraine, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic, as well as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sweden and the European Union’s Special Representative for the South Caucasus.

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.

Gela Bezhuashvili will also meet the high officials of the Congress, National Security Council, Vice-President’s Office, diplomatic corps accredited to Washington, representatives of mass media and scientific circles.

Visit Of Rumanian President To Georgia Postponed

 

Tbilisi. September 10 (Prime-News) – Official visit of Traian Basescu, President of Rumania, to Georgia is postponed.

Prime-News was told at the state chancellery of Georgia about that.

Visit of Traian Basescu was scheduled for September 10-11.

Traian Basescu was scheduled to hold meetings with Mikheil Saakashvili, President of Georgia, Nino Burjanadze, Chairwoman of the Parliament of Georgia, and other officials.

Georgian-Rumanian business forum was scheduled to be held within the framework of the visit of the Rumanian president to Georgia.

Tkemaladze: Candidature Of Aleksishvili May Fail Upon Burjanadze’s Request

Tbilisi. September 10 (Prime-News) – According to Zurab Tkemaladze, leader of the parliamentary faction “Industrialists”, candidature of Aleksi Aleksishvili former Finance Minister of Georgia on the position of president of the National Bank of Georgia (NBG) may fail at the Parliament of Georgia upon request of Nino Burjanadze, Chairwoman of the Parliament of Georgia.

Tkemaladze told journalists that the Parliament might not approve Aleksishvili’s candidature on the post of member of NBG’s council, which will not allow him to become the president of NBG.

Candidature of Aleksi Aleksishvili former Finance Minister of Georgia on the position of president of the National Bank of Georgia (NBG) will be discussed at the Bureau session today.

Parliament To Approve Aleksishvili As Member Of NBG Supervisory Board On Friday

 

Tbilisi. September 10 (Prime-News) – The Parliament of Georgia will approve candidature of Aleksi Aleksishvili as the member of NBG supervisory council on Friday.

Nino Burjanadze, Chairwoman of Georgian Parliament, stated at the Bureau session on Monday that she would support candidature of Aleksi Aleksishvili on the abovementioned position.

According to her, she is not against Aleksishvili’s candidature thus her opinion about him, as the president of the National Bank of Georgia (NBG), remains unchanged.

Burjanadze stated last week that Lekso Aleksishvili would not be independent on the abovementioned position.

Saakashvili To Open Renewed Tennis Courts In Telavi

 

Tbilisi. September 10 (Prime-News) – Mikheil Saakashvili, president of Georgia will visit Telavi and open renewed tennis courts on Tuesday.

Gia Natsvlishvili, envoy of the president in Kakheti region (Eastern Georgia) told Prime-News that rehabilitation works at local tennis courts have been held during the whole summer. Local budget allocated GEL 301 344 to implementation of these works.

“Tbilsatbobmsheni” Ltd implemented the works. The courts correspond to international standards.

Burjanadze To Visit Korea On September 11-17

Tbilisi. September 10 (Prime-News) – Nino Burjanadze, Chairwoman of Georgian Parliament, will pay a working visit to Korea on September 11-17.

Prime-News was told at the press service of Georgian Parliament that within the frameworks of the visit Burjanadze would attend “World Women Forum”.

Burjanadze intends to meet government officilas of Korea.

De Facto Government Of Tskhinvali To Hold All Ossetian Assembly

Tbilisi. September 10 (Prime-News) – De facto government of the unrecognized republic South Ossetia intends to hold All Ossetian Assembly in Tskhinvali on September 18-19.

According to Press and Information Committee of the unrecognized republic South Ossetia, Eduard Kokoity, de facto president of the unrecognized republic South Ossetia held a special meeting with the de facto Cabinet regarding the issue.

It is the sixth assembly of this kind and the first one, which will be held in Tskhinvali.

“The assembly is capturing the interest of ethnic Ossetians from all over the world and it has a huge importance,” Yuri Morozov, De facto Prime Minister said.

Saakashvili To Open Renewed Tennis Courts In Telavi

 

Tbilisi. September 11 (Prime-News) – Mikheil Saakashvili, president of Georgia will visit Telavi and open renewed tennis courts on Tuesday.

Gia Natsvlishvili, envoy of the president in Kakheti region (Eastern Georgia) told Prime-News that rehabilitation works at local tennis courts have been held during the whole summer. Local budget allocated GEL 301 344 to implementation of these works.

“Tbilsatbobmsheni” Ltd implemented the works. The courts correspond to international standards.

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.

It is also planned to hold meetings with heads of international organizations, Sozar Subari, Ombudsman of Georgia, Ambassadors of the CoE countries to Georgia, Zurab Adeishvili, Prosecutor General of Georgia, Nika Gvaramia, Deputy Prosecutor General of Georgia, Giga Bokeria, head of the permanent delegation of Georgia at the Council of Europe, and members of the delegation.

After the meetings the guests will leave for Tskhinvali. After that they will visit Sokhumi. Representatives of the CoE’s monitoring committee will presumably meet the de facto government of Sokhumi.

The guests will leave for Gali to meet Ivo Petrov, Deputy special representative of the UN Secretary General.

They also intend to meet officials of Zugdidi and IDPs.

In the end of the visit the representatives of the CoE’s monitoring committee will hold a press conference at the representation of the CoE in Georgia.

Commander Of Georgian National Guards To Attend Exercises Of Telavi Reservist Battalion

 

Tbilisi. September 08 (Prime-News) – Nika Janjghava, Commander of Georgian National Guards, will leave for Telavi on Sunday, where he will attend military exercises of Telavi reservist battalion.

The military trainings will be held in so-called “Sasroleti” located in Shakriani.

Demonstration military trainings will be launched at 11:00 and Davit Kezerashvili, Minister of Defense of Georgia, is expected to attend the training.

Gregory Karasin Held Meeting With Bagapsh In Moscow

Tbilisi. September 08 (Prime-News) – Gregory Karasin, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, and Sergey Bagapsh, President of self-proclaimed Abkhazia, discussed current situation in the conflict zone at the meeting held in Moscow.

According to the information of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, the issue related to the settlement of Georgian-Abkhazian conflict and difficulties that hamper the restoration of negotiations were discussed at the meeting.

President Of Rumania To Visit Georgia

Tbilisi. September 08 (Prime-News) – Traian Basescu, President of Rumania, will pay an official visit to Georgia on September 10-11.

Prime-News was told at the Administration of State Chancellery that according to the preliminary information Traian Basescu would hold meetings with Mikheil Saakashvili, President of Georgia, Nino Burjanadze, Chairwoman of the Parliament of Georgia, and other officials within the framework of his visit.

Georgian-Rumanian business forum will be held within the framework of the visit of the Rumanian president to Georgia.

Uruzmag Karkusov To Start Working At New Position On Tuesday

Tbilisi. September 10 (Prime-News) – Uruzmag Karkusov will start working at the new position of the Deputy Minister of Economic Development of Georgia on Tuesday.

Prime-News was told at the Ministry of Economic Development of Georgia that Karkusov would be in charge of development of regional projects.

Karkusov will coordinate implementation of economic projects on the territory of South Ossetia.

Uruzmag Karkusov was the Prime Minister of the temporary administration of South Ossetia.

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.

Embassy Of Kingdom Of Spain To Be Opened In Georgia

 

Tbilisi. September 04 (Prime-News) – The Embassy of Kingdom of Spain will be opened in Georgia in the nearest future.

Gela Bezhuashvili, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia and Miguel Angel Moratinos, OSCE Chairman-in-Office, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Spain, reached an agreement on the above-mentioned issue at the meeting held in Brussels. The meeting between Bezhuashvili and Moratinos was held before Moratinos’ departure for Georgia.

The sides noted the necessity of deepening cooperation in the economic field, for which the Georgian side will create all conditions, including a necessary legislative basis.  A decision was reached to hold business forums alternatively in Madrid and Tbilisi.

At the meeting the sides discussed prospects for further cooperation in the OSCE framework, including the Georgian Government’s peace initiatives concerning resolution of the conflicts and OSCE’s role in these processes.

The sides focused on the 6 August incident. Mr. Moratinos pledged to employ all resources at his disposal as OSCE Chairman-in-Office to shed light on the attack on Georgia. Discussions on this matter will continue during his visit to Georgia as well.

The sides also spoke about the use of preventive diplomacy and elaboration of new mechanisms for crisis management.

Tbilisi Expressed Readiness To Hold Negotiations On Russia’s Accession To WTO

 

Tbilisi. September 08 (Prime-News) – Georgia expressed readiness to hold bilateral market access negotiations in the context of Russia’s accession to the World Trade Organization.

An official statement made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia in response to Mr. M. Medvedkov – Head of Delegation of the Russian Federation on World Trade Organization (WTO) accession negotiations reads about that. Medvedkov alleges that the Georgian side ignores Russia’s proposal to hold bilateral negotiations.

The Georgian Government’s main and principal requirement concerning the accession of the Russian Federation to the World Trade Organization (WTO) still remains the same: to legalize and ensure the proper functioning of illegal customs check-points – Gantiadi-Adler (Abkhazia, Georgia), Roki-Lower Zaramag (Tskhinvali region), maintained by the Russian Federation at the Georgian-Russian border. The Georgian Government will support the accession of Russia to the WTO only in case of fulfillment by the Russian Federation of the above-mentioned requirement.

It needs to be noted that on 9 August 2007 the Georgian side, in full compliance with the WTO norms and WTO accession procedures, officially submitted to the WTO Secretariat the Georgian Government’s textual inputs  for relevant sections of the Draft Report of the Working Party on the Accession of the Russian Federation to the WTO, which will be reflected as presented by the Georgian side in the next revised version of this document. The reason as to why the Russian side suggests holding consultations on this issue is therefore beyond understanding. The textual inputs will be reflected in the next revised version of this document as presented by the Georgian side and there is no necessity to agree them with Russia.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, reaffirming the readiness of the Georgian Government to hold the next round of bilateral market access negotiations with Russia within the framework of accession of the Russian Federation to the WTO and states that the Georgian Government has received no official request from the Russian Federation to this end.

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.

According to Lomaia, the Tavtavi program is being implemented for this purpose. “Programs are being developed not only for schools, which will enable all those interested to study the Georgian language,” the Minister said.

Machavariani Denies Information About Dismissal Of Zurab Noghaideli From Post

Tbilisi. August 30 (Prime-News) – Mikheil Machavariani, Vice Speaker of the Parliament of Georgia, denies information about possible dismissal of Zurab Noghaideli, Prime Minister of Georgia, from occupied post.

Mikheil Machavariani told journalists that the above-mentioned speculations were groundless as the President of Georgia instructed Zurab Noghaideli to form a new cabinet of ministers.

At the same time if the President of Georgia intended to replace the Prime Minister of Georgia he would have organized consultations with parliamentary factions.

Parliamentary opposition voiced the speculations about possible dismissal of Zurab Noghaideli.

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.

Zurab Noghaideli, Prime Minister of Georgia, will organize a briefing concerning the staff reshuffle at 17:00 on Thursday.

According to the preliminary information, Gia Kavtaradze, Minister of Justice of Georgia, will leave his post. He will be replaced by Nika Gvaramia, Deputy Prosecutor General of Georgia. Gia Kheviashvili, Minister of Refugees and Resettlement of Georgia, and Roman Gotsiridze are expected to quit their posts.

Prime Minister Named New Composition Of Cabinet Of Ministers

Tbilisi. August 30 (Prime-News) – Zurab Noghaideli, Prime Minister of Georgia, has named new composition of the cabinet of ministers.

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.

Minister Of Internal Affairs Of Georgia To Depart For Baku

Tbilisi. August 30 (Prime-News) – Vano Merabishvili, Minister of Internal Affairs of Georgia, will pay a working visit to Baku, where he will participate in the meeting of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) Council of Interior Ministers.

Azeri News Agencies inform about that.

According to their information, within the framework of the two-day visit Merabishvili will hold meetings with his counterparts from CIS, including Ramil Usibov, the Interior Minister of Azerbaijan. The ministers of Internal Affairs of Georgia and Azerbaijan will discuss the prospects of future cooperation.

A meeting for the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) Council of Interior Ministers will be held in Baku on September 05-06. The issue on unification forces in order to defeat terrorism, organized and transnational crime will be discussed at the meeting.

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.

The first stage of the project was successfully accomplished in June and envisaged restoration of Dedoplistskaro Demilitarization Center and equipment of ammunition depots, security measures and development of NATO standard environmental guidelines.

The next stage of the project envisages establishment of GIS System. In the framework of the second stage, Environmental Management System (EMS) will be established in the Georgian Armed Forces and the environmental laboratory will be equipped with the relevant radiation detectors.

The Georgian side will receive 135 000 Euros allocated for implementation of the second stage of the project. The assigned sum will be spent on establishment of GIS System, hexogen utilization installations at Dedoplistskaro Demilitarization Center and equipment of Environmental Laboratory to be owned by Legal Entity “DELTA”.

The workshop is attended by the experts of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources who provide expert consultations to the Defense Ministry in establishment of GIS system and environmental monitoring activities.

Tkemaladze: Staff Reshuffle Might Not Touch Force Ministers

Tbilisi. August 30 (Prime-News) – Zurab Tkemaladze, the leader of the parliamentary faction “Industrialists”, deems that awaited staff reshuffle might not touch force ministers.

Zurab Tkemaladze told Prime-News that staff reshuffle might affect economic ministers. “Somewhere in September Zurab Noghaideli, Prime Minister of Georgia, will leave his post,” remarked Tkemaladze.

Zurab Noghaideli, Prime Minister of Georgia, will organize a briefing concerning the staff reshuffle at 17:00 on Thursday.

According to the preliminary information, Gia Kavtaradze, Minister of Justice of Georgia, will leave his post. He will be replaced by Nika Gvaramia, Deputy Prosecutor General of Georgia. Gia Kheviashvili, Minister of Refugees and Resettlement of Georgia, and Roman Gotsiridze are expected to quit their posts.

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.

New Office Of “Kokoity Fandarast” Opened In Akhalgori

 

Tbilisi. August 30 (Prime-News) – The movement “Kokoity Fandarast” opened the seventh office in Akhalgori on Thursday.

Activists of the movement and Ossetians residing in the region gathered in the center of the city.

“Days of Kokoity are counted, its time for him to say farewell to Ossetians,” Vladimer Sanakoev, the speaker of the organization “South Ossetian People for Peace”.

Sanakoev also spoke about the abduction of the Georgian journalists in the village Monasteri, the Georgian-Ossetian conflict zone. According to him, the detention of journalists was connected to the fact that Kokoity did not want them to make a report about his separatist surrounding.

The aim of the aforementioned action is to release South Ossetia from separatist regime of Kokoity with help of peaceful means.

The movement unites activists from the whole territory of Georgia.

The offices of “Kokoity Fandarast” have been already opened in Tbilisi, Kutaisi, Rustavi, Tamarasheni and Telavi.

Georgian Express 2007 Implementing Arrangement Signed

Tbilisi. August 30 (Prime-News) – Implementing Arrangement between the Ministry of Defense of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Ministry of Defense of Georgia concerning the provision of host nation support to the British Force during Exercise Georgian Express 2007 was signed at the Georgian Defense Ministry on Thursday.

Prime-News was told at the Ministry of Defense of Georgia that COL Irakli Batkuashvili, the Chief of J-5 Strategic Planning and Military Policy Department of the Joint Staff, and LTC Nick Ridout, Defense Attaché of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, signed the document.

Exercise “Georgian Express 2007” is being held in the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of Georgia Concerning the Conduct of Military Exercises and Training and the Provision of Host Nation Support, signed in Tbilisi 2004.

“Georgian Express 2007” was officially opened in Vaziani military base on August 27 and will be closed on September 9.

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.

Gela Bezhuashvili To Pay Working Visit To Slovenia On August 31

Tbilisi. August 30 (Prime-News) – Gela Bezhuashvili, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, will pay a working visit to the Republic of Slovenia on August 31.

Prime-News was told at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia that within the framework of the visit Gela Bezhuashvili would hold meetings with Dimitrij Rupel, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia, Janez Lenar

Tsintsadze: Only Appearance Of New Faces Might Be Beneficial For Development Of Georgia

Tbilisi. August 30 (Prime-News) – Soso Tsintsadze, political scientist, deems that only appearance of new, professional faces will be beneficial for further development of Georgia.

Soso Tsintsadze evaluated the attitude of the Georgian government towards the motto “membership of one team”, carried out on the account of professionalism, as a wrong principle.

Tsintsadze told Prime-News that the permanent reign of revolution in Georgia might have only negative influence. “The government of Georgia might attract new, professional figures from intelligence and science,” emphasized Tsintsadze.

“I think staff reshuffle was carried out a little bit later. The government of Georgia really required cleansing and revision, but the motto “membership of one team” turned out to be more influential. Everybody knew from the very beginning that Lado Chipashvili was a bad minister, but he was a “team member”,” admitted Tsintsadze.

According to the viewpoint of political scientist, Lado Chipashvili is “honorably exiled” at the moment, but four years later he will end up his career with a collapse.

Tsintsadze deems that it is possible to make right conclusions about this or that minister after three months from his/her appointment. “Consequently government is obliged to carry out permanent staff rotation,” remarked the political scientists.

“I think the first person to be replaced in the government of Georgia is Zurab Noghaideli. Only if Zurab Noghaideli quits his post, I will believe that positive changes are expected in Georgia,” said he.

Tsintsadze named Giorgi Gabashvili, Minister of Culture, Monument Protection and Sport among the “bad ministers”.

Political scientist considers that healthcare and social spheres must be separated, as well as MIA and security systems. “Complicated social background indicates that the unification of these spheres are not righteous,” declared Tsintsadze.

Manana Nachkebia: More Serious Reshuffle Expected In Government Of Georgia

 

Tbilisi. August 30 (Prime-News) – Manana Nachkebia, the member of the parliamentary faction “New Rights”, expects more serious staff reshuffle.

Manana Nachkebia told Prime-News that the staff reshuffle might touch Zurab Noghaideli, Prime Minister of Georgia. She thinks that Gela Bezhuashvili, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, might be appointed as the Prime Minister of Georgia.

“Giorgi Kheviashvili, Minister of Refugees and Resettlement, will quit his post,'” noted the MP and added that dismissal of Lado Chipashvili was connected to the scandal related to Giorgi Kheviashvili.

Manana Nachkebia thinks that the staff reshuffle was part of election campaign. “Mikheil Saakashvili will attempt to create an image of a fair and careering president,” admitted Nachkebia.

 

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.

Dimitri Kitoshvili admitted that as the one third of the government of Georgia has been revised, Prime Minister of Georgia 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.

“Staff reshuffle might touch several ministries,” noted Kitoshvili.

NDP And “Georgia’s Way” To Organize Event Dedicated To Commemoration Of Ilia Chavchavadze

 

Tbilisi. August 30 (Prime-News) – “National Democratic Party” and “Georgia’s Way” organize an event dedicated to the commemoration of Ilia Chavchavadze on Thursday.

Prime-News was told at the “National Democratic Party” that 100 years had passed after the murder of Ilia Chavchavadze.

The event will be held in Tsitsamuri and the representatives of other oppositional parties are invited on the event.

Davit Bakradze Discusses Issues Related To Conflict Resolution In Moscow

Tbilisi. August 30 (Prime-News) – Davit Bakradze, State Minister for Conflict Resolution, is paying a working visit to Moscow, where he holds meetings with the representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.

State Minister for Conflict Resolution discusses issues related to settlement of Abkhazian and Ossetian conflicts with the Russian officials.

Davit Bakradze will hold meeting in the Security Council of the Russian Federation on Thursday.

It is the first visit of Davit Bakradze to the Russian Federation since he has been appointed as the State Minister for Conflict Resolution.

Court To Administer Pre-trail Detention To Ossetian Militaries Suspected In Abduction

Tbilisi. August 30 (Prime-News) – Mtskheta District Court will administer pre-trial detention to Tariel Khachirov and Vitaly Valiev suspected in illegal abduction of the employee of “Tao Bank” and his friends, also TV crews from “Rustavi 2” and “Mze” television stations.

The suspects are accused of carrying weapon illegally and membership of criminal gang.

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.

Opposition Not To Expect Drastic Changes After Staff Reshuffle

 

Tbilisi. August 30 (Prime-News) – Parliamentary opposition estimates yesterday’s staff reshuffle as an attempt to create “effect of change”, failing to have any reflection on country’s development.

Davit Zurabishvili, the leader of the parliamentary faction “Democratic Front”, told Prime-News that the motive of the aforementioned staff reshuffle was obscure and vague for him, as the motto, structure and system of the Georgian government remains unaffected.

Zurabishvili deems that Chipashvili was not reshuffled; he was dismissed, as the post of ambassador cannot be compared to the post of the minister.

Zurabishvili stated that the appointment of Davit Tkeshelashvili as the Minister of Labour, Healthcare and Social Affairs of Georgia surprised him greatly. “Tkeshelashvili has not got any experience in the medical sphere I wonder how he plans to cope with his future duty,” admitted Zurabishvili.

Zurabishvili refrains from making any speculations.

Pikria Chikhradze, one of the leaders of the parliamentary opposition, does not expect any changes after the staff reshuffle. Chikhradze considers that the ruling party will use the staff reshuffle for its election campaign.

According to Pikria Chikhradze, Lado Chipashvili was not able to meet with the expectations of the Georgian government as he failed to cope with his duties and responsibilities.

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.

As the one third of the government of Georgia has been revised; Prime Minister of Georgia 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.

Staff Reshuffle Expected In Cabinet Of Ministers

Tbilisi. August 29 (Prime-News) – Staff reshuffle is expected in the government of Georgia.

Special briefing on the above-mentioned issue will be held at 20:00 on Wednesday at State Chancellery.

Dimitri Kitoshvili, Parliamentary Secretary of the President of Georgia, will voice the information about staff reshuffle.

Burjanadze Discussed Russian-Georgian Relations With President Of German Bundestag

 

Tbilisi. August 29 (Prime-News) – Nino Burjanadze, Chairwoman of the Parliament of Georgia, has delivered a speech at the 16th Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference and talked about political and economic relations among Black Sea-member states.

The conference was held in the Bundestag of Germany. Norbert Lamert, President of Bundestag, hosted the conference.

The emphases were put on regulation of neighboring relations among Baltic Sea Basin-member states from social viewpoint.

Nino Burjanadze admitted in her speech that it was important to deepen political and economic relations among Black Sea Basin-member states.

Bilateral meeting between the Chairwoman of the Parliament of Georgia and the President of German Bundestag was held.

Nino Burjanadze and Norbert Lamert discussed the Russian-Georgian relations.

De Facto Tskhinvali Lays Blame On Georgian Side Regarding Illegal Detention Of Ossetian Peacekeepers

 

Tbilisi. August 29 (Prime-News) –De facto Tskhinvali accuses the Georgian side of illegal detention of Ossetian peacekeepers.

According to the information of de facto Press and Information Committee, Murad Bochiev, Deputy Commander of Ossetian Peacekeeping Battalion, Vitaly Valiev, Company Sergeant Major, and Sergeant Anton Khachirov were detained as a result of special operation carried out by the Georgian law enforcement bodies.

According to their information, the detainees were transported to Gori police department without any explanations. Khachirov and Valiev have been transported to Mtskheta and Bochiev has been released.

The Ossetian side has already provided the headquarters of peacekeeping forces and the OSCE with the information about current developments.

The employees of Counter-Intelligence Department and the Mtskheta -Mtianeti Main Division of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia arrested Tariel Khachirov suspected in illegal detention of Georgian citizens in the South Ossetian conflict zone.

The Ossetian side abducted three citizens of Georgia – Davit Galegashvili, resident of Tbilisi, Matsi Kvaratskhelia and Tsotne Broladze in Akhalgori region, on August 26.

On 27 August journalists from the TV companies – Mze and Rustavi2, who arrived there to cover the incident, were also detained.

Georgian Side Objects To Existing Violations In North Ossetian Peacekeeping Battalion

 

Tbilisi. August 29 (Prime-News) – The State Ministry for Conflict Resolution objects to the staffing of North Ossetian peacekeeping battalion dislocated in the Georgian-Ossetian conflict zone with local residents.

Prime-News was told at the State Ministry for Conflict Resolution that Tariel Khachirov and Vitaly Valiev, the members of the North Ossetian peacekeeping battalion detained on Wednesday, are the residents of Tskhinvali region. The fact that they are the local residents and at the same time are the members of North Ossetian peacekeeping battalion is a rough violation of existing agreement.

Tariel Khachirov and Vitaly Valiev, the arrested suspects, were among a group who had illegally detained TV crews from “Rustavi 2” and “Mze” television stations and three other people, including a 13-year old boy, on August 27 and 26, respectively. All were released on August 27.

Illegally detained journalists have already identified the two suspects .All were released on August 27

NDP And “Georgia’s Way” To Organize Event Dedicated To Commemoration Of Ilia Chavchavadze

 

Tbilisi. August 29 (Prime-News) – “National Democratic Party” and “Georgia’s Way” organize an event dedicated to the commemoration of Ilia Chavchavadze on Thursday.

Prime-News was told at the “National Democratic Party” that 100 years had passed after the murder of Ilia Chavchavadze.

The event will be held in Tsitsamuri and the representatives of other oppositional parties are invited on the event.

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 servicemen”.

Merab Antadze: Russian Peacekeepers Roughly Violated Regulations

 

Tbilisi. August 29 (Prime-News) – Merab Antadze, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, evaluates the August 28 car accident in Khobi as a rough violation of regulations by the Russian peacekeepers.

Merab Antadze told journalist before the cabinet meeting that such armed transportations ought to be agreed with the Georgian side.

“The Russian peacekeepers dislocated in the Georgian-Abkhazian conflict zone violated their mandate,” noted Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs.

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. Khobi police released all the detainees.

Government Not To Tolerate Construction Of New Gas Pipeline On Territory Of De Facto South Ossetia

Tbilisi. August 29 (Prime-News) – The government of Georgia will not tolerate the construction of a new gas pipeline on the territory of de facto South Ossetia till the restoration of territorial integrity.

Zurab Noghaideli, Prime Minister of Georgia, told journalists about that while commenting the information about the construction of Dzarikau-Tskhainvali gas pipeline on the territory of North and South Ossetia.

“The government of Georgia is ready to construct five and even more such pipelines after the restoration of territorial integrity of Georgia,” remarked Zurab Noghaideli.

Merab Antadze, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, told journalists while making comments on the above-mentioned issue that the Georgian side has not received an invitation from the Russian Company “Itera” about organization of negotiations regarding the construction of Dzarikau-Tskhinvali gas pipeline.

According to him, any projects implemented on the territory of Georgia ought to be agreed with the government of Georgia.

Yuri Morozov, Prime Minister of South Ossetia, stated that the Russian Company “Itera” plans to construct gas pipeline and would hold negotiations with the Georgian side on the aforementioned issue.

Igor Khvorov Still Accuses Georgian Side Of August 06 Missile Incident

Tbilisi. August 29 (Prime-News) – Igor Khvorov, Chief-of-staff of the Russian Air force, continues to accuse the Georgian side of the incident connected to the violation of Georgia state border, incursion into airspace and bombing of the territory of Georgia on August 06 and estimates it as a staged provocation directed against Russia.

“There is no need to look for an enemy in the north; a provocateur must be found somewhere else,” stated Khvorov at a news conference held in Moscow.

“Most parts of the missile were absent from the place where it fell. Even considering that part of the unexploded missile was subsequently blown up, its fragments would usually remain, they would not disappear. We have been unable to find two thirds of the units that should have remained. Fragments had not damaged the trees around the impact point. This means the missile stuck into the earth without exploding, while it was technically supposed to have blown up. So could it have been buried there? We have received no answer,” he added.

According to him, the findings of two separate international investigatory groups, composed of western military experts, were politically motivated. Both groups alleged that an aircraft had entered Georgian airspace from the Russian Federation, dropped an anti-radar guided missile, which failed to explode, and returned to Russia on August 6.

Igor Khvorov was the member of the Russian investigatory group studying the case of the August 06 missile incident.

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.

According to him, the government frequently disseminates such information. “Unfortunately, opposition often encourages them,” noted Tsagareishvili.

The MP refrained from answering question about his possible membership of Okruashvili’s party that presumably will be established in September. “Choice will be made in September, when we all sit round the table for negotiation,” stated Gia Tagareishvili.

Tsagareishvili, in an interview with the Georgian daily, Rezonansi, on August 27, also claimed that the party would have a firm power base in the parliament.

“Georgia without Saakashvili – is the major concept of the new party,” Tsagareishvili told Rezonansi. “We are currently working in various different directions and we will have a comprehensive platform.”

State Ministry For Conflict Resolution Objects To Illegal Transportation Of Peacekeepers

 

Tbilisi. August 29 (Prime-News) – The State Ministry for Conflict Resolution of Georgia expresses concern over the August 28 car incident and objects to an illegal transportation of the Russian peacekeepers.

Next Cabinet Meeting To Be Held On August 29 At State Chancellery

Tbilisi. August 29 (Prime-News) – The Cabinet of Ministers will discuss fourteen issues at the cabinet meeting scheduled on August 29.

Prime-News was told at the State Chancellery that Giorgi Arveladze, Minister of Economic Development of Georgia, would present several draft resolutions among them are: draft resolution on “Refusal To Transfer Portable Property Being In State Possession To Possession of Tbilisi”, draft resolution on “Granting 100% Shares of “Sachkhere Regional Hospital-Policlinic Union” Being In State Possession With Right of Governance” and draft resolution on “Transferring Additional Property To the Possession of Sighnaghi Municipality”.

Aleksandre Lomaia, Minister of Education and Science of Georgia, will make a report about introduction additions into the resolution on “Definition of Partial and Full Amount of Budgetary Funding for 2007-2008 Academic Year”.

The Cabinet of Ministers will also hear information presented by Lado Chipashvili, Minister of Labour, Healthcare and Social Affairs, about the project on “Acting Plan of Georgian National Anti-drug Strategy”.

Davit Tkeshelashvili, Minister of Environment Protection and Natural Resources, will brief the Cabinet of Ministers about draft-resolution on “Document of Forestry Policy”.

Next Conscription Of Reservists To Start On August 29

 

Tbilisi. August 29 (Prime-News) – The seventh flow of reservists will be trained in four military bases of Georgia from August 29 till September 15.

According to the information of the Ministry of Defense of Georgia, with the seventh conscription, reservists will be distributed to Senaki, Mukhrovani, Kojori and Telavi reserve battalions.

Reservists from Samtredia and Tskhaltubo regions will depart for Senaki. Reservists from Gardabani, Marneuli and Bolnisi regions will be trained at Telavi reserve base. Students of Technical University of Georgia, Tbilisi Medical University, Ilia Chavchavadze Stated University, Institute of Asia and Africa and Tbilisi University of Economic Relations will be trained at Mukhrovani Reserve Base.

Reservists residing in Gldani-Nadzaladevi, Isani Samgori, Didube-Chugureti and Didgori districts will leave for Kodori.

 

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).

Tbilisi Ascertains Issue Related To Possible Deportation Of Citizens Of Georgia From Russia

Tbilisi. August 23 (Prime-News) – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia attempts to clarify the information on possible deportation of the Citizens of Georgia from the Russian Federation in autumn.

Giorgi Manjgaladze, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, told journalists about that at the briefing held on Thursday.

According to the information of the Russian news agencies, Moscow City Hall plans to clear Moscow from illegal migrants regarding the celebration of Day of Moscow.

De Facto Sokhumi Accuses Georgian Side Of Violating Airspace

Tbilisi. August 23 (Prime-News) – The government of self-proclaimed Republic of Abkhazia accuses the Georgian side of violating airspace.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of de facto Abkhazia, the airspace of de facto republic of Abkhazia was violated from the Georgian side on August 22. The unidentified Georgian aircraft intruded into the unrecognized republic’s airspace over the Gali district.

De facto Sokhumi evaluates the aforementioned fact as an attempt to escalate tension. The Abkhazian side asks international society and parties involeved in conflict resolution process to pay special attention on the above-mentioned fact.

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.

Official Tbilisi Demands That Russian Side Withdraw Its Support Of Separatist Regimes

 

Tbilisi. August 28 (Prime-News) – With respect to the recent development of events, in particular, large-scale military exercises in Abkhazia, Georgia, the Georgian side expressed concern and demands that the Russian side withdraw its support of the separatist regimes.

Prime-News was told at the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Georgia that Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to Georgia Vyacheslav Kovalenko was summoned to Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Merab Antadze regarding the aforementioned issue.

The Georgian side expressed concern over the continuous process of supplying the separatist regimes with arms and military equipment from the Russian territory, training and logistic support of the separatist regime’s military units by Russian officers.

The Georgian side demands that the Russian side abandon uncoordinated activity in the conflict zones and withdraw its support of the separatist regimes.

The Georgian side expressed its readiness for a bilateral dialogue at any level and the belief that joint efforts can lead to a substantial progress in the peaceful resolution of the conflicts, restoration of rights of the victims of ethnic cleansing and their safe and dignified return to their homes, as well as establishment of peace and stability in the Caucasus.

Next Conscription Of Reservists To Start On August 29

 

Tbilisi. August 28 (Prime-News) – The seventh flow of reservists will be trained in four military bases of Georgia from August 29 till September 15.

According to the information of the Ministry of Defense of Georgia, with the seventh conscription, reservists will be distributed to Senaki, Mukhrovani, Kojori and Telavi reserve battalions.

Reservists from Samtredia and Tskhaltubo regions will depart for Senaki. Reservists from Gardabani, Marneuli and Bolnisi regions will be trained at Telavi reserve base. Students of Technical University of Georgia, Tbilisi Medical University, Ilia Chavchavadze Stated University, Institute of Asia and Africa and Tbilisi University of Economic Relations will be trained at Mukhrovani Reserve Base.

Reservists residing in Gldani-Nadzaladevi, Isani Samgori, Didube-Chugureti and Didgori districts will leave for Kodori.

Russian Peacekeepers Criticize De Facto Tskhinvali For Holding Back Information

Tbilisi. August 28 (Prime-News) – The leadership of Joint Peacekeeping Forces dislocated in the Georgian-Ossetian conflict zone has expressed concern over the detention of the citizens of Georgia by the Ossetian militiamen.

Russian news agencies inform about that referring to the statement made Yuri Vereshak, Deputy Commander of Joint Peacekeeping Forces dislocated in the Georgian-Ossetian conflict zone.

According to the statement of Vereshak, the Ossetian side deliberately concealed the fact of detention that occurred on August 26 and only next day the peacekeepers learnt about it from Georgian side.

According to him, they carried out monitoring together with the members of the OSCE mission and confirmed the detention, however the hostages were treated decently.

Kurta And Avnevi Public Schools Incorporated Into UNESCO Network Of Associated Schools

Tbilisi. August 27 (Prime-News) – As a result of the work carried out by the Georgian National Commission for UNESCO (President of the Commission – Minister of Foreign Affairs Gela Bezhuashvili), public schools of Kurta and Avnevi were incorporated into the UNESCO network of associated schools.

Prime-News was told at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia that Despite the fact that over 500 schools all over the world are on a waiting list for the UNESCO associated school status, the issue of schools located in the conflict zone, due to its great importance, was considered ahead of schedule and decided positively by UNESCO.

The public schools of Kurta and Avnevi, which include both Georgian and Ossetian children, will be afforded an opportunity to establish close contacts with schools of the same status, take an active part in various international events, implement a great number of projects with the support of UNESCO and cooperate with the important international organization such as UNESCO.

Russia Banned Export Of Agricultural Products From Abkhazia

 

Tbilisi. August 27 (Prime-News) – The Russian Federation has banned the export of agricultural products from the territory of de facto Abkhazia.

Website of de facto president informs about that referring to Said Tarkil, Deputy Head of the Abkhazian customs service.

According to the information of Tarkil, they received an official notice on the ban of export of agricultural products from the Russian Federation a week ago.

According to him, Russia has banned export of all agricultural products including citruses from Abkhazia.

Russia has reportedly cited the spread of a pig disease, African Swine Fever (ASF), in Abkhazia as the reason for the decision.

Next Conscription Of Reservists To Start On August 29

Tbilisi. August 27 (Prime-News) – The seventh flow of reservists will be trained in four military bases of Georgia from August 29 till September 15.

According to the information of the Ministry of Defense of Georgia, with the seventh conscription, reservists will be distributed to Senaki, Mukhrovani, Kojori and Telavi reserve battalions.

Reservists from Samtredia and Tskhaltubo regions will depart for Senaki. Reservists from Gardabani, Marneuli and Bolnisi regions will be trained at Telavi reserve base. Students of Technical University of Georgia, Tbilisi Medical University, Ilia Chavchavadze Stated University, Institute of Asia and Africa and Tbilisi University of Economic Relations will be trained at Mukhrovani Reserve Base.

Reservists residing in Gldani-Nadzaladevi, Isani Samgori, Didube-Chugureti and Didgori districts will leave for Kodori.

Next Cabinet Meeting To Be Held On August 29 At State Chancellery

Tbilisi. August 28 (Prime-News) – The Cabinet of Ministers will discuss fourteen issues at the cabinet meeting scheduled on August 29.

Prime-News was told at the State Chancellery that Giorgi Arveladze, Minister of Economic Development of Georgia, would present several draft resolutions among them are: draft resolution on “Refusal To Transfer Portable Property Being In State Possession To Possession of Tbilisi”, draft resolution on “Granting 100% Shares of “Sachkhere Regional Hospital-Policlinic Union” Being In State Possession With Right of Governance” and draft resolution on “Transferring Additional Property To the Possession of Sighnaghi Municipality”.

Aleksandre Lomaia, Minister of Education and Science of Georgia, will make a report about introduction additions into the resolution on “Definition of Partial and Full Amount of Budgetary Funding for 2007-2008 Academic Year”.

The Cabinet of Ministers will also hear information presented by Lado Chipashvili, Minister of Labour, Healthcare and Social Affairs, about the project on “Acting Plan of Georgian National Anti-drug Strategy”.

Davit Tkeshelashvili, Minister of Environment Protection and Natural Resources, will brief the Cabinet of Ministers about draft-resolution on “Document of Forestry Policy”.

President Congratulated Georgian Population Upon Assumption Of Virgin Mary From Sioni Cathedral

Tbilisi. August 28 (Prime-News) – Mikheil Saakashvili, President of Georgia, congratulated the Georgian population upon the Assumption of Virgin Mary celebrated on August 28 from Sioni Cathedral, where the Patriarchy of Georgia that Catholicos Patriarch of All Georgia, His Holiness and Beatitude Ilia II conducted a religious service.

“In order to unite Georgia, we ought to restore it, as the destruction separated us,” admitted the president and stated that by building the state churches, army, roads, skyscrapers, schools, hospitals we would be able to restore and unite our country.

“There was an attempt to explode the Georgian defense system with help of modern missile, but it failed to explode. The aforementioned fact proves the existence of Holy Spirit that protects Georgia,” noted Saakashvili.

The president wished good health to His Holiness and added that Georgian government would mark the 30-th anniversary since the enthronement of Georgia’s Catholicos-Patriarch particularly this year.