Georgia News

page 565

The High Representative of EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton visited the Georgian-South Ossetian border today, observed the work of the European Community Monitoring Mission (ECMM) and the situation, RIA Novosti reports.She expressed support for the territorial unity of Georgia and declared about the necessity of Russia to fulfill the cease-fire agreement signed on August 12th, 2008.

Read

The government of Abkhazia has developed the order of interaction between the authorized strucutre for realization of the complex plan of social-economic development of Abkhazia for 2010-2012 and the governmental customers, RIA Novosti reports, citing the Cabinet.The plan was passed within the framework of realizing the agreement of helping Abkhazia in social-economic development, signed in August 2009.

Read

Georgia and Ukraine should activize trade and economic ties, News Georgia reports, citing the vice-premier of Ukraine Sergey Tigipko, who is on a visit to Tbilisi. Tigipko will meet Premier Nika Gilauri, Finance Minister Kakho Baindurashvili and president of the National Bank Georgiy Kadagidze. On Saturday, the Ukrainian delegation will visit the Black Sea ports of Georgia — Batumi and Poti. Tigipko expressed interest in the reform of the systems of regulation, the Interior Ministry, and tax service.

Read

The first session of the intergovernmental Georgia-Belarus commission for economic cooperation took place in Kobuleti in the Georgian Palace Hotel. The sides signed an agreement on cooperation in the economic sphere and a memorandum on mutual understanding between the trade and industry chambers of Georgia and Belarus, Business Georgia reports. Georgian Minister of Agriculture Bakur Kvezereli chaired the session.

Read

French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said after his recent visit to Georgia that the world today uses dialogue to solve problems, not confrontation. He pointed out that Ukraine and Poland had begun a dialogue with Russia. The minister noted that France and the EU have been expecting a proposal from Georgia to start a similar dialogue, Gazeta.ru reports.

Read

Georgian-U.S cooperation in the sphere of defense and security has been discussed at a meeting between the Georgian Minister of Defence Bacho Akhalaia and the U.S Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Ukraine, Russia and Eurasia Celeste Wallander, Trend reports.The sides discussed reforms of the Georgian armed forces within the charter of the strategic cooperation with the U.S. They also touched upon the issue of Georgia's participation in international operations and training for the operations of the Georgian military.

Read

France wants to see Abkhazia and South Ossetia returned to Georgia and at the same time it wants to keep good relations with Russia, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said at a press-conference after meeting Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili, News Georgia reports.

Read

The former speaker of parliament and leader of the opposition "Democratic movement United Georgia“, Nino Burjanadze, has filed a lawsuit against the Georgian media. Her press-secretary, Khatuna Ivanishvili, said that the suit was initiated against the TV company Rustavi-2, the newspaper Prime Time and internet publisher Droni.ge over reports about a country house she allegedly purchased with money she received from Moscow, Trend reports.

Read

The presentation of a documentary called ‘The museum in the open air’ about good-neighbourly relations between Georgia and Dagestan took place at the Georgian Ministry of Culture, Georgia Online reports. The author of the film is a Georgian director of Dagestani origin, Ali Isayev-Avarskiy. This is the third episode of the trilogy, including writers, experts, and social and cultural workers. Other episodes are ‘Rasul Gamzatov and Georgia’ and ‘Georgia through the eyes of the Dagestanis’.

Read

This year Georgia will spend a total of 1,300,000,000 lari ($708 million) on its regions, Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili said today at a meeting with heads of regional and municipal authorities, Business Georgia reports. He said that the priorities this year are roads, gas, water supplies, irrigation systems, river bank strengthening, schools and tourist infrastructure development. He added that the authorities will provide each village with a skilled agriculturist and doctor.

Read

Baku saw on Wednesday Azerbaijani-Georgian border delimitation talks, Trend reports. The consultations were held by the Azerbaijani and Georgian deputy ministers, Khalaf Khalafov and David Chalaganiya, the press-center of Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry reports. Progress in defining the border was noted. The next session of the state commission will be held in Baku in September.

Read

18th anniversary of bringing into the territory of the Georgian-Ossetian conflict the Joined Forces of peace-making is today celebrated in South Ossetia. As IA RES reports, the authorities and the people of South Ossetia always appreciated  the operation, considering it a unique one.The trilateral peacekeeping forces were brought into South Ossetia on July 14th. Now this day is officially celebrated as a State holiday.    

Read

Georgia has not changed its position over Russia's possible joining the World Trade Organization (WTO), the Georgian premier Nika Gilauri commented on rumors that Washington promises Russia help in this issue, Business Georgia reports.According to him the issue was not on the agenda of talks with the US State Secretary Hillary Clinton, and the official demands of Tbilisi remain in force.

Read

The Georgian reserve assets amounted to?$1.86 billion by the end of June 2010, Prime-Tass reports, citing the National Bank of Georgia.The amount of assets decreased by 11.8% in comparison with the rate of the first half of last year.?Moreover, the Central Bank reports a decrease in foreign currency reserves of 12.7%.

Read

A Georgian TV channel has lost a lawsuit in a Paris court in the case against the satellite operator Eutelsat, accused of illegally shutting down its programs, the official spokeswoman of Eutelsat, Vanessa O’Connor said, RIA Novosti reports. The Georgian channel ‘Georgian Public Broadcasting (GPB)' demanded Eutelsat pay a penalty for illegally stopping broadcasting the programs of the ‘First Caucasian’ channel. It insisted that Russia, which is also renting the satellite, had exerted pressure to shut down the channel.

Read

A group of Azerbaijani journalists will make a 2-day visit to Yerevan. According to Media forum, there will be five Azerbaijani journalists: TV journalist Gulu Magerramli, chairman of the ‘Yeni Nesil’ journalist union Arif Aliyev, editor-in-chief of the ‘Euch nogte’ newspaper Khoshgedem Bakhshaliyev, head of the Institute of Media Rights Rashid Gadjilly and member of AzTV Asaf Guliyev.

Read

Deputies of the Georgian parliament discussed a bill concerning state property in the second reading, involving lifting the limitations on selling the cross-country gas pipeline transporting Russian natural gas to Armenia. A minority of the parliament insists on selling only 49% of the shares, but their proposal was rejected. The current owner of the pipeline is the Georgian Oil and Gas Corporation. The government of Georgia said that they can put a minimum number of shares on the London Stock Exchange in the next 1-2 years.

Read

Populars