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Georgian Premier Nika Gilauri is on a visit to Azerbaijan, where he met Azerbaijani President Ilkham Aliyev and Premier Artur Rasizade. They were closed-door meetings and details about them are unknown, Georgia Online reports. The Georgian premier laid flowers at the tomb of former Azerbaijani president Heydar Aliyev and visited the alley of shekhids, where the memorial to Azerbaijanis that died for their faith is located.

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Ex-speaker of the Georgian parliament and leader of the party "Democratic movement — United Georgia", Nino Burjanadze, is planning to visit the USA in the near future, News.am reports.Her press-service said that she will tell the press about the aims of her visit, News georgia reports. Burjanadze often visits foreign countries, commenting: "The Georgian authorities are into black PR, I am into big-time politics".

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American Monolith will invest a sum of $9 million into Poti, Business Georgia reports.A Limited Liability Company, headed by Georgiy Asatiani, sent a letter to the Ministry of Economy requesting the purchase of 3000 sq. m. belonging to Poti to open an enterprise. But the former deputy minister made a late reply in February, saying that the territory belongs to the mayor's office of Poti and the businessman should address the municipality. The Mayor of Poti, Vakhtang Lemondjava, said that Asatiani got in touch with him on June 21st.

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A Georgian governmental delegation, headed by Premier Nika Gilauri, will arrive in Azerbaijan on July 23rd, where a session of the Georgian-Azerbaijani intergovernmental commission will be held.According to 1news.az, they will discuss gas supply issues, construction of a 500 kilovolt power line, construction of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railroad and the Rustavi-Baku highway.

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7people died in a road accident in Mutso Gorge in Khevsureti region (Eastern Georgia), including two children and women. The Minister of Health, Alexander Kvitashvili, said that a bus with 10 people fell down a gorge, Trend reports. The names of the victims have not been released.

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Tbilisi, Minsk get on track

Georgian authorities consider the customs union, recently established by Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, may become a transport corridor for Georgian wines to Russia, imports of which were banned in 2006.

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About $20.5 million in US financial aid will be allocated for the needs of the Georgian law-enforcement services, Business Georgia reports, citing Georgia's premier Nika Gilauri.The Georgian government will also spend $68.5 on housing improvements for refugees from Abkhazia.

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The several kilometer long queue of cars started on River Psou at the border post between Russia and Abkhazia. People spend 6 hours waiting to cross the border. The problem is that customs and border control takes too much time.At the same time Interfax reported that crossing the bridge on foot takes over 3 hours. People spend hours on the sun because the post is not intended for so many people. People report that crossing the post on Abkhaz territory takes only a few minutes.

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The ship "Vasilius", sailing under the Georgian flag, has been detained in a Libyan port. According to Georgia Online, citing the Georgian Foreign Ministry, there were 11 crew-members, 4 of them Georgians, the others Azerbaijani and Ukrainian.

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The decision of the Georgian parliament to declare February 25th the Day of Soviet Occupation is aimed at augmenting anti-Russian tensions, president of the Georgian union in Russia, Mikhail Khubutiya, told Interfax. He believes that declarations that Georgia was occupied by Soviet forces is baseless, saying that he would use the word "salvation" instead. Khubutiya said that Georgia, its population, had supported the movement and that Sergo Ordzhonikidze and other people had headed the process of aiding Georgia.

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The President of the Union of European Football Associations, Michel Platini, will visit Georgia on August 9th. It will be his 3rd visit to the country, the Georgian Football Federation (GFF) reports. The President of the GFF, Zviad Sichinava, told journalists that one of the main issues they will discuss is the possibility of holding the final of the European Cup in Tbilisi in 2012-2013, Trend reports.

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The Georgian parliament has passed a decree, introducing a commemoration of the Day of Soviet Occupation. The government of Georgia earlier proposed the commemoration of this day, Georgia Online reports.The day will be celebrated on February 25th – the day Soviet forces entered Tbilisi (February 25th, 1921), which led to Georgia joining the USSR. State flags will be hung on administrative buildings and a minute of silence will be introduced. 

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Estonian ‘Varska Vesi’ and Georgian ‘Borjomi’ mineral waters are the most popular brands on the Estonian mineral water market.Sales of ‘Borjomi’ increased by 70% this year. The turnover of ‘Varska Vesi’ increased by 96% on the Prisma trade network, ‘Borjomi’ – by 116%. Experts expect the indicators to rise due to the heat in July, Trend reports. According to the trade site ‘Shelver’, sales of mineral water doubled compared to last year, and tripled compared to the winter season.

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Construction of a new Georgian port has started on the Supsa River in the Lanchutskiy region. An outline presentation of the port with its six moorings took place at the Lanchkhuti municipal headquarters, Business Georgia reports.

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Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili did some slapping of wrists in the Cabinet today. He was dissatisfied with the work of the former Minister of Economy, Zurab Popolikashvili, saying that “he will not tolerate chairwarmers and people that boot investors and make no decisions”. Saakashvili said that the country was on the brink of losing $9 million of investment because of Popolikashvili and his deputy Grigol Gobedjishvili, who sent a reply to an investor 3 months after receiving the letter.

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