Gela Bezhuashvili To Participate In UNESCO General Conference

Tbilisi. October 16 (Prime-News) – The General Conference of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) opened its 34th session in Paris, 16 October 2007 that will be attended by the Georgian delegation led by Minister of Foreign Affairs Gela Bezhuashvili – President of the Georgian National Commission for UNESCO.

Prime-News was told at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia that the General Conference is UNESCO’s main governing body that meets every two years and involves delegations of all member states. The agenda of the 34thsession of the General Conference envisages adopting budget and work program for 2007-2008, as well as conducting elections in UNESCO’s Executive Board and other governing bodies.

On the sidelines of the General Conference there will also function educational, cultural, scientific, communications and information, administrative and other commissions, Ministerial Round Table of Education and Science, Forum of Civil Society.

On 19 October the Head of the Georgian delegation Gela Bezhuashvili will address the plenary session of the General Conference and participate in the general policy debates.  The Georgian side will pose the issue of ensuring protection of the cultural heritage in Georgia’s conflict zones.

The same day, on behalf of the Georgian Foreign Minister, a reception will be held at Le Palais de la Monnaie de Parisdisplaying a Georgian archeological exhibition ‘L’or de la Toison’.

Mamuka Katsitadze stated at the press conference organized on Tuesday that the presidential program of subsidies is tied with the low political rating of Georgian president and the ruling party “United National Movement”.

According to Mamuka Katsitadze, it was unfair to give one-time assistance to the people, who were put to this kind of state by the acting government of Georgia.

Mamuka Katsitadze appealed to the population of Georgia to accept the vouchers issued by the government of Georgia and reminded people that it was the money that the government of Georgia has been stealing to the population of Georgia since 2005.

In comparison to previous year the budget of the Ministry of Defense of Georgia has been decreased with GEL 348 334 500.

Parliamentary Committee on Defense and Security has discussed and approved the aforementioned issue today.

Papuna Petriashvili, Deputy Minister of Finance of Georgia, stated at the session of Parliamentary Committee on Defense and Security that it was planned to introduce amendments into the initial draft budget in November. Relatively the budget of the Ministry of Defense of Georgia will be increased from GEL 922 million up to GEL 100 million.

According to the statement of Vera Dzneladze, Deputy Minister of Defense of Georgia, the main part of the allocated money will be spent on increase of salaries to servicemen.

Vera Dzneladze stated that the budget of the Ministry of Defense of Georgia envisages the construction of a new military base in Khoni and improvement of defense system of the country.

State expenditure will be GEL 4.6 billion and revenues – GEL 4.3 billion in 2008, according to the initial draft budget submitted to Parliament for consideration.