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Archive by 2009-10-30
Saakashvili forgot about refugees? 2009-10-30 18:46 “In 2008 GEL 498 000 were at the account of the fund; in 2009 – GEL 800 000, and nothing implied for 2010”, Shatberashvili informed.
Military maneuvers finished in Georgia 2009-10-30 18:18 The maneuvers were attended by high ranks of the Military of Defense, the Armed Forces and mass media.
Budget of Georgia corrected 2009-10-30 17:06 The main changes concerned the healthcare sphere. “Though next year the financing of this structure was planned to be increased, four projects are removed from the budget, - the Minister said. – But in connection of the Parliament’s demand, these programs will be financed in 2010. GEL 60 mln will be spent on healthcare sphere in 2010.”
Abkhazia to request recognition from Ecuador in nearest days 2009-10-30 17:05 At today’s press conference in Moscow Rafael Correa, the president of Ecuador, stated that he was ready to consider the issue of recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia in case official requests would be received.
Appathurai: NATO integration of Ukraine and Georgia won’t spoil relations with Russia 2009-10-30 15:48 He highlighted that the democratic countries meeting certain standards, can become the Alliance members, and it also concerns Ukraine and Georgia. He noted these principles are critical for NATO. Appathurai mentioned that the Secretary general’s position, stating that the practical cooperation between Russia and NATO mustn’t be a hostage of existing divergence.
Tsotne Gamsakhurdia’s attorney to appeal the decision of court 2009-10-30 15:02 Keti Bekauri, the attorney of Tsotne Gamsakhurdia, the son of the late first President of Georgia, intends to appeal against the decision of the Tbilisi Court, which today sentenced Tsotne to 2 months of pre-trial incarceration and declined the demand for release.
Tbilisi disclaims Georgia’s possible exclusion from WTO 2009-10-30 14:35 At the same time, the sources behind the scene mention the issue can really be raised in case the government will ignore the EU and WTO recommendations on taxation of tobacco products.
Georgian woodcutters to be released today 2009-10-30 13:02 According to tentative information, Georgian citizens will be released after paying the fine.
OSCE to return to Georgia? 2009-10-30 12:11 The Greek PM underlined that the situation in Georgia demands significant attention of the OSCE and everything must be done to persuade the world community in necessity to return the OSCE mission to Georgia.
Georgian Ministry of Defense delegation held meetings in NATO HQ 2009-10-30 11:33 Delegation of the Ministry of Defense of Georgia, headed by the deputy Defense Minister Nikoloz Vashakidze, yesterday finished its visit to Brussels.
President of Georgia staying in Brussels 2009-10-30 11:08 Mikheil Saakashvili, the President of Georgia, is staying in Brussels with a visit. According Georgian TV companies, in the course of the visit he has already participated in the summit of the People’s Party of Europe.
PR technologies in struggle for Caucasus
Georgia will speak Russian. What other language is good for dealing with Caucasians? Surely it’s not English. From January 1 2010 the First Caucasian Channel will start operating in Tbilisi to cover the territory of Caucasus. There is a version the authorities are going to bolster anti-Russian forces in North Caucasus. GeorgiaTimes correspondent was trying to find out if the Russian-speaking channel is a new tool of the Georgian authorities in the PR war with Russia.
U.S. frustrating Georgia’s hopes?
The first interview of the U.S. new Ambassador to Georgia John Bass turned out to be rather straightforward and not at all in favor of the ruling elite. In his interview to Rustavi-2 TV channel, he promised to continue the policy of non-recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia; still, he also gave a bitter pill to swallow by saying that U.S. have got no plans to locate an anti-ballistic missile system in Georgia. On the same day, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense Alexander Vershbow hinted at Washington having very small desire to see Georgia and Ukraine in the ranks of the North-Atlantic Alliance.
Georgia forced to comply with WTO rules
Ukrainian tobacco producers urge Georgia to lower excise duties on imported cigarettes. The case was submitted to the World Trade Organization that asked Georgia to comply with free trade rules threatening to stop the country’s membership. Before that Georgian tea vanished from the Ukrainian market and the sales of Georgian wines went down.
They are going to pay for firewood
The Georgian woodcutters detained in South Ossetia will not be released that soon, as it has been promised by some of the Georgian media with reference to negotiators: they will most probably pay a fine. International observers have made sure that the woodcutters were really sawing wood in the territory of South Ossetia. The only point is that neither EU, nor Georgia is going to admit the border guarded by the Russian military to be the state one.
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