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30 Jun. '11 Pernod Ricard Sells Shares in Georgia's GWS
30 Jun. '11 Georgien's Bevölkerung bei 4.469 Mio. - Geostat
30 Jun. '11 UN-Generalversammlung verabschiedet Resolution zu den intern Vertriebenen in Georgien: jetzt 57 Ja-Stimmen (2010: 50-Ja-Stimmen)
The UN General Assembly passed on June 29 Georgia-sponsored resolution reiterating the right of return of all displaced persons and refugees to breakaway Abkhazia and South Ossetia by a vote of 57 in favor to 13 against, with 74 abstentions.
Three similar non-binding resolutions were passed by the UN General Assembly in last three years – one in 2008 (in respect of Abkhazia) and two others in 2009 and 2010.
Georgia says that pushing the resolution annually on the Assembly aims at keeping the issue high on the international agenda and on the other hand at widening support towards such resolution.
In 2008 the resolution was passed with small margin of 14 votes in favor to 11 against and 105 abstentions. The following year 48 countries voted in favor; 19 – against, with 78 abstained. In 2010 margin widened slightly with 50 countries voting in favor and 17 – against, with 86 abstentions.
Armenia; Cuba; Democratic People's Republic of Korea; Laos; Myanmar; Nicaragua; Russia; Serbia; Sri Lanka; Sudan; Syria; Venezuela and Vietnam voted against of the resolution on June 29, 2011.
Delegation from the smallest island nation of Nauru, which like Russia, Venezuela and Nicaragua recognized Abkhazia and South Ossetia, was absent and did not take part in voting.
On top of those 50 countries (including Georgia itself), which voted in favor of the last year’s resolution, seven additional countries joined their support to this year’s resolution, including Antigua and Barbuda; Congo; Costa Rica; Guinea-Bissau; Maldives; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Vanuatu.
Vanuatu’s support comes after it recognized Abkhazia in May, but retracted its recognition shortly after change of government in this small island state in the middle of the South Pacific Ocean in June.
Other countries, which supported this year’s resolution were EU-member states and other Western European nations (Switzerland, which acts as a mediator between Georgia and Russia has abstained), as well as Australia; Azerbaijan; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Croatia; Japan; Malawi; Marshall Islands, Micronesia; Moldova; Montenegro; New Zealand; Tuvalu and the United States.
Turkey has abstained; Ukraine, which was among the supporters of similar resolutions in 2008 and 2009, and Iran, which voted against the resolutions in 2008 and 2009, did not vote this time.
Belarus, whose delegation was present at the session, said adoption of such a resolution in “condition of confrontation” would not help improving situation on the ground; its delegation said that it would not take part in the voting.
Georgia’s UN ambassador, Alexander Lomaia, welcomed the vote result saying that “with every year circle of support is widening.”
Like in previous years, the Russian delegation again slammed the resolution saying that it was politically motivated having nothing to do with humanitarian purposes. The Russian delegation said that the Geneva talks was a proper venue for discussion issue of displaced persons and refugees and if Georgia wanted to raise this issue at the UN General Assembly, representatives of Abkhazia and South Ossetia should also be given a chance to participate in such a decision at the UN.
Like the previous resolutions, the new one again calls for development of a timetable to ensure the return of all internally displaced persons and refugees and requests the UN Secretary General to submit a report on implementation of this resolution at the next, sixty-sixth General Assembly session.
In a recent report submitted last month, the UN Secretary General says that no timetable for the return of refugees and internally displaced persons has been developed “given the prevailing environment and continued discussions among the parties.”
“As long as conditions for organized returns in safety and dignity are not fulfilled and mechanisms for property restitution are not established, the design of a comprehensive timetable or road map for returns must remain an open matter,” the Secretary General said in the report.
29 Jun. '11 Ankvab Runs in Abkhaz Election
29 Jun. '11 Ex-Chair of Constitutional Court: Increasing Number of MPs Requires New Referendum
29 Jun. '11 Armenian, Georgian FMs Hail Bilateral Ties
28 Jun. '11 Legal Controversy Over Proposed Increase in Number of MPs
28 Jun. '11 Bakradze trifft NATO-Generalsekretär in Brüssel
28 Jun. '11 Präsident Saakashvili begrüßt das Abkommen um die Reform des Wahlsystems
28 Jun. '11 Georgien verurteilt 15 Personen, darunter auch der russ. Offizier Yevgeny Borisov, wegen einer Serie von Terroranschlägen in Georgien
Es wurden langjährige Gefängnisstrafen verhängt, gegen Yevgeny Borisov 30 Jahre als Organisator der Anschläge; viele Angeklagte waren nicht anwesend.
The Tbilisi City Court found fifteen people guilty of terrorism and sentenced most of them, some in absentia, to lengthy prison terms in connection to series of explosions including in the capital city Tbilisi, which Georgia said was ordered by a Russian military officer.
The court said in a statement on June 28, that Russian military officer, Yevgeny Borisov, at the time serving in Abkhazia, and a Gali-based Mukhran Tskhadaia, “who was cooperating with the Russian special services, formed a terrorist group with a purpose to terrorize population in various parts of Georgia, to trigger unrests and to target Georgian state’s strategic, political and economic interests.”
The court said that the group “carried out number of terrorist acts in Samegrelo region and Tbilisi in 2009-2010, which resulted into death of a person, as well as caused other grave consequences.”
A woman died in an explosion outside the opposition Labor Party’s office in Tbilisi on November 28, 2010.
Yevgeny Borisov was sentenced to 30 years in prison in absentia.
In March, 2011 the Russian Foreign Ministry said that allegations against its citizen, Yevgeny Borisov, were fabricated. It said that Maj. Borisov had not been in Abkhazia since August 2010 and could not have been involved in organizing series of explosions in Georgia in autumn, 2010.
Upon Georgia’s request Interpol issued “red notice” to assist in the arrest of Maj. Borisov. “Red notice” allows arrest warrants issued by national police authorities to be circulated to other countries to facilitate arrests and help possible extradition.
Mukhran Tskhadaia, who is also wanted by the Georgian police, was sentenced to life imprisonment in absentia; a third person also sentenced in absentia to 30 years is Melor Tskhadaia. Four others, who were arrested in late 2010 and earlier this year were sentenced to 30 years in prison.
28 Jun. '11 Khajimba Runs in Abkhaz Election
28 Jun. '11 Neue Anklage gegen Okruashvili wegen "Formierung einer bewaffneten Gruppe" erhoben
Er lebt seit 2008 im Exil in Frankreich, da er in Georgien in Abwesenheit zu 11 Jahren Gefängnis verurteilt wurde.
The Georgian prosecutor’s office said on June 28, that it had brought charges against exiled ex-defense minister Irakli Okruashvili related to “formation of illegal armed group.”
In unrelated case, Okruashvili, who was granted political asylum by France in April 2008, was found guilty of “large-scale extortion” by the Tbilisi City Court in March, 2008 and sentenced to 11 years in prison in absentia.
On June 23, 2011 the Georgian Interior Ministry said, that its counter-intelligence service arrested a group of men affiliated with Okruashvili, who is a co-founder of opposition Georgian Party, and charged them with formation of illegal armed group, allegedly intending to provide military back-up to the return of Okruashvili back to Georgia during the street protest rallies in late May.
The Georgian Party said that the allegation "is fiction" and "fabrication"; it also said that the police “planted” arms in houses of its activists arrested in connection to the case.
28 Jun. '11 Armenian FM to Visit Georgia
28 Jun. '11 Tbilisi lädt Moskau zu Gesprächen bezüglich des Verfahrens vor dem Int. Gerichtshof, das Georgien wegen der Verletzung etlicher europäischer Menschenrechte während des Krieges im August 2008 initiert hatte
In an attempt to pave way for its case against Russia in the Hague-based International Court of Justice (ICJ), Tbilisi invited Moscow in formal negotiations over its allegations that Moscow committed "ethnic cleansing" in South Ossetia and "ethnically motivated violence" in Abkhazia.
In its case filed before the ICJ shortly after the August, 2008 war, Georgia claimed that Russia violated its obligations under the 1965 International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD-Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination) during three distinct phases of its interventions in South Ossetia and Abkhazia in the period from 1990 to August 2008.
On April 1 ICJ upheld Russia's one of the arguments and ruled that it had no jurisdiction to consider Georgia's case on its merit on the grounds that Tbilisi neither attempted to negotiate specifically CERD-related matters with the Russian Federation nor used other mode of dispute resolution before referring the case directly to ICJ.
Georgia said shortly after that ruling that it would try to resolve, what it called, “technical” problems - which was absence of formal talks with Moscow specifically on CERD-related matter - in order to pave the way for consideration of the case on its merit by the ICJ.
Three months later Georgia made a formal request to Russia via a mediator to launch these talks. A relevant note was handed over by Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister, Nino Kalandadze, to Swiss ambassador in Tbilisi. Switzerland acts as a mediator between Russia and Georgia after the two countries cut diplomatic relations following the August war.
"Georgia took into consideration the Judgment of the International Court of Justice of April 1, 2011, in which the ICJ has established the fact of the existence of dispute between Georgia and the Russian Federation, however has indicated the necessity of holding direct negotiations between the two States in the framework of the above-mentioned Convention," the Georgian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on June 27.
"It is noteworthy that Georgia has repeatedly attempted to resolve the disputes under Convention with Russian Federation through negotiations, including both prior to and since the commencement of major hostilities in August 2008, however no adequate reaction followed from Russian side," it said.
27 Jun. '11 Regierende Partei "National Movement" unterzeichnete ein Abkommen mit sechs anderen Parteien zur geplanten Reform des Wahlsystems, basierend auf den Vorschlägen vom  24.6.
-    Number of parliamentary seats will go up to 190;
-    83 – majoritarian seats; 107 – proportional seats;
-    GEL 1 mln for all the parties clearing 5% threshold;
-    GEL 300,000 out of GEL 1m to be spent on TV ads;
-    Liakhvi, Akhalgori constituencies to be scrapped;
-    Tbilisi to have 15 single-mandate constituencies
-    Voters list to be checked by opposition-chaired group;
-    New Rights, CDM join the deal;

    Proposal was rejected by six opposition parties
The ruling National Movement party signed a deal with several other parties, including with Christian-Democratic Movement (CDM) and New Rights Party, setting up electoral system for the next parliamentary elections in 2012.
The deal, rejected by six opposition parties, is based on proposals tabled by the ruling party on June 24; the final text of agreement, however, contains some amendments, including in regard to campaign funding scheme, and specifies some other provisions.
According to the deal, relevant amendments to the election code should be made before October, 2011.
Electoral System
According to the agreement number of lawmakers in the new Parliament will be increased from the current 150 to 190, wherein 107 will be elected through party-list, proportional system and 83 seats will be allocated to majoritarian MPs elected in single-mandate constituencies.
Increase of number of parliamentary seats will require passing of constitutional amendments by the Parliament, but the move in itself is likely to become a highly controversial. Number of seats in the Parliament was reduced from 235 to 150 in a referendum held in 2003. Georgia’s law on referendum, however, says that a decision, taken as a result of referendum, can only be revised or canceled through new referendum.
Under the existing system 150 seats in the Parliament are split equally (75/75) between MPs elected through party-list and majoritarian systems.
According to the proposal number of majoritarian MPs will be increased to 83 at the expanse of creating ten new single-mandate constituencies, by dividing those constituencies into two where number of registered voters exceeds 100,000; such constituencies are: five large towns, including Kutaisi, Zugdidi, Gori, Rustavi and Batumi, as well as five election districts in the capital city, Tbilisi, involving Gldani, Samgori, Nadzaladevi, Saburtalo and Isani.
Among those 75 majoritarian MPs currently holding seats in the Parliament there are two who were elected in May, 2008 elections in Liakhvi and Akhalgori – constituencies which before the August, 2008 war were under the Tbilisi’s control in breakaway South Ossetia.
Although not directly mentioned the fate of these two mandates in the text of the agreement on new system, but the fact that number of majoritarian MPs will be 83 and not 85 (the proposal envisages creating ten new single-mandate constituencies) indicates that these two constituencies will be scrapped under the new system.
The next Parliament, elected in 2012, will have to elect PM with increased powers when the new constitution goes into force in late 2013. A prime ministerial candidate will require support of more than half of lawmakers, which is at least 96 votes under the proposed system of having 190 lawmakers.
Under the new constitution two-third of votes will be needed to override presidential veto on constitutional amendments, which in case of 190-member Parliament will be 127 votes; to override presidential veto on prime ministerial candidate during constructive non-confidence vote Parliament will need three-fifth of votes, which in case of 190 seats will be 114 votes.
Under the existing system, wherein a majoritarian MP is elected through winner-takes-all rule (this rule will remain in the new system too), the ruling party endorsed its candidates in 71 out of 75 single-mandate constituencies in 2008 parliamentary elections. In addition the ruling party endorsed 48 lawmakers through proportional, party-list system after receiving 59.18% of votes. As a result, although the National Movement in party-list contest received 59.18% support, it managed to take total of 119 seats, which makes 79.3% of seats in the 150-member legislative body.
If the scenario of 2008 elections repeats itself in 2012 parliamentary polls (ruling party garnering 59.18% of votes in party-list system and winning 71 out of proposed 83 majoritarian seats), the ruling party will control up to 70% of seats in the 190-member Parliament – less in percentage points than now (79.3%), but still larger majority than its overall share of the vote.
Voters List
In order to verify accuracy of voter lists, the ruling party is offering to establish a special commission composed of representatives from the authorities, opposition and civil society organizations "on parity basis." Chairman of the commission will be a representative of an opposition party.
Only those parties will be eligible to take seat in the commission, which have decided to join this deal on proposed electoral system reform.
The commission's work will be funded from the state budget.
The commission should secure verification of voter list in a period between October 1, 2011 and July 1, 2012.
In its previous proposal tabled on March 9, the ruling party, was offering to draw up voter list based on biometric identification system only in Tbilisi; the opposition was pushing for applying such system throughout the country. The current deal does not at all envisages this provision.
Party, Campaign Funding
The ruling party’s proposal initially envisaged allocating GEL 1 million from the state budget to those parties, which clear 5% electoral threshold in the next parliamentary elections on the condition that that party was part of this deal.
This provision triggered speculation and accusations that the authorities were trying to buy opposition parties participation into the deal and as a result the final text no longer includes this clause.
According to the final text, all the parties, without exception, will receive GEL 1 million in case of clearing 5% threshold in order to cover election campaign costs.
GEL 300,000 out of this sum will specifically be used for covering TV advertisement cost. Prices on political TV ads ahead of elections usually are increasing ten-fold on the most-watched national broadcasters.
The proposal also envisages doubling of limits set for donations to a party's electoral campaign fund.
The proposal offers to allow a party to receive GEL 60,000 as a donation from a single individual and GEL 200,000 from a single company.
According to the existing electoral code, a party can raise no more than GEL 30,000 from a single individual and no more than GEL 100,000 from a single company.
In the May, 2010 local elections campaign of those five parties, which have cleared 5% electoral threshold was worth of up to GEL 16 million and almost 90% of this sum was the ruling National Movement's share. Much of the ruling party’s funding came from companies with most of them operating in road construction business.
Other Proposals
In other proposals the deal includes a provision to increase deadline for consideration of electoral complaints from current two to four days.
A governmental inter-agency task force will be created from July 1, 2012 in order to address possible violations in respect of use of administrative resources. Similar group was working in previous elections as well, but as some local election watchdog groups say the inter-agency task force didn’t “always manage to conduct a timely investigation of electoral violations.”
The deal also involves media monitoring of campaign coverage and for this purpose a foreign firm will be hired by the Central Election Commission (CEC). The latter was doing the same in previous elections, but after reflecting provision of the deal into election code, the commission will be obliged to hire a foreign firm for this purpose not the local one.
Reactions to the Deal
As of Monday evening the deal was signed by the five parties – ruling National Movement; Christian-Democratic Movement (CDM); New Rights; National-Democratic Party and On Our Own.
Before announcing about their decision to accept the ruling party’s proposals on June 27, New Rights and CDM were part of the group of eight – a coalition which had an agreement since October, 2010 to speak with one voice with the authorities on electoral-related issues.
The New Rights Party said its decision was motivated by pragmatism, arguing that despite shortcomings, in overall, the deal was already “some result”, which was better than being left empty-handed.
Similar position was voiced by the CDM, saying that the deal was not the best option, but it was better than the existing system. The CDM also said it was not in favor of “all or nothing” approach, because such a tactic had failed to bring any result at all in the past.
Other six opposition parties from the grouping, formerly known as group of eight, slammed the deal saying that it was offering only superficial, “façade changes” failing to secure fundamental improvement of the electoral system.
“We continue struggle for fair elections and change of the government through [elections]. Together we will turn this struggle into a large-scale civic movement for “Free Elections” and achieve victory together with the people,” the six opposition parties said in a joint statement on June 27.
27 Jun. '11 Tbilisi arbeitet weiter daran, offiziell als 'Georgia' und nicht 'Gruzya' bei einem dutzend Länder geführt zu werden
Die russische Version “Gruzya” benutznen noch: Bulgaria; Belarus; China; Croatia; Latvia; Lithuania; Estonia; Poland; the Czech Republic; Slovakia, Slovenia; Serbia; Hungary; Macedonia; Ukraine. Zuletzt hat Südkorea der Umstellung des offiziellen Nennung auf “Georgia” anstatt “Gruzya” zugestimmt.
The Georgian Foreign Ministry said on June 27, that South Korea had agreed to refer to the country as “Georgia” instead of its Russian pronunciation “Gruzya.”
“This is of special importance for us taking into consideration the fact that number of countries, including those which are our friends, have failed so far to do so,” Nino Kalandadze, the Georgian deputy foreign minister, said on June 27, adding that Tbilisi acknowledges that switching to “Georgia” from “Gruzya” was related with technical difficulties in those countries.
She said that Tbilisi requested “many countries” to switch on using “Georgia” long time ago and Tbilisi would continue talks on the issue with those countries.
Georgia will have to negotiate the issue with over a dozen of countries, who use the Russian version of its name, among them: Bulgaria; Belarus; China; Croatia; Latvia; Lithuania; Estonia; Poland; the Czech Republic; Slovakia, Slovenia; Serbia; Hungary; Macedonia; Ukraine.
27 Jun. '11 Q1 FDI Up to USD 173.7m - Geostat
27 Jun. '11 Sechs der acht Oppositionsparteien aus dem Wahlreformkreis weisen die Vorschläge der Regierungspartei zurück
Six opposition parties said in a joint statement on June 27, that they reject a proposal put forth by the ruling party on electoral system reform last week.
Politicians from those parties say that the proposal offers only superficial “façade changes” failing to secure fundamental improvement of the electoral system.
These six parties – Republican Party; Our Georgia-Free Democrats; Conservative Party; People’s Party; Georgia’s Way and National Forum – were part of the group of eight, which had an agreement to speak with one voice with the authorities on electoral-related issues.
Two parties from the group – New Rights and Christian-Democratic Movement – announced on June 27, that they accept the ruling party’s proposal, hence quitting the group of eight.
After laying out its proposals on June 24, the ruling party said that the offer was final and no major amendments would be made in them.
Pavle Kublashvili, a senior lawmaker and ruling party’s chief negotiator on electoral issues, said on June 27 that those willing to join the agreement should sign it at a ceremony at 6pm local time on Monday.
“By doing so the authorities again chose language of ultimatums, political horse-trading; blackmailing and has actually said no to political dialogue,” the six opposition parties said in a joint statement on Monday.
“A principle ‘agree or we will do it in our way anyway’ is unacceptable for us,” the statement says. “Change of electoral environment should be based on improvement of unbalanced electoral system and not on offering money to those parties, which will agree on incomplete proposals. Taking part in such a deal can not be regarded as an agreement between the authorities and political opposition.”
The six opposition parties were referring to one of the clauses in the ruling party’s proposal, according to which a party becoming part of the agreement and clearing 5% threshold in the parliamentary elections, planned in 2012, will receive GEL 1 million to cover its campaign costs. A party, which refuses to join the agreement but manages to clear 5% threshold, will not become eligible for GEL 1 million, according to the ruling party’s proposal.
“We continue struggle for fair elections and change of the government through [elections]. Together we will turn this struggle into a large-scale civic movement for “Free Elections” and achieve victory together with the people,” the six opposition parties said in the statement.
Davit Usupashvili, the leader of Republican Party said, this struggle “will be hard.”
“Together with the people we will manage to achieve an environment wherein the authorities will have to return back to the negotiating table. The struggle will be hard; it would have been better if all of us continued this struggle, but two of our colleagues [referring to New Rights and Christian-Democratic Movement parties] have made their choice,” Usupashvili said.
Irakli Alasania, leader of the Our Georgia-Free Democratic Party, said the ruling party’s proposals were superficial failing to fundamentally change electoral system.
“Unfortunately some of our partners have agreed on these proposals,” Alasania said. “Political struggle, which we will continue, does not exclude any method.”
Leader of People’s Party, Koba Davitashvili, said that offering GEL 1 million to those who would agree on the ruling party’s proposal “is insulting.” “We will not do that,” he said.
“Unfortunately the New Rights and Christian-Democrats failed to resist temptation… It would have been possible to achieve much more in case of maintaining unity,” Zviad Dzidziguri, leader of the Conservative Party, said.
The six opposition parties say that their electoral system proposals mainly center around the offer put forth on April 5. Key point of those proposals were drawing voter registry based on biometric identification system and introducing such electoral system, which will prevent a situation wherein party’s majority in the Parliament is larger proportionally than its overall share of the vote.
27 Jun. '11 CDM Accepts Ruling Party's Electoral Proposals
27 Jun. '11 New Rights Accept Ruling Party's Proposals, Quit Group of Eight
26 Jun. '11 Präsident Saakashvili: 'Entscheidung zur Verlegung des Parlaments ist eine historische Reform ...'
Moving various branches of government from the capital city, Tbilisi, to other parts of the country shows that "decentralization process" in on the right track. President Saakashvili said.
He made the remarks while speaking at a ceremony in Batumi on June 25 marking 15th anniversary of the Georgian Constitutional Court, which was moved from Tbilisi to the Black Sea resort town in 2006.
Saakashvili said that a decision to relocate next Parliament from Tbilisi to Georgia's second largest city of Kutaisi in the western part of the country, was "a historic reform, whose importance cannot be overestimated."
He also said that the Parliament will be moved to Kutaisi no matter what the opponents might say.
The constitutional amendment on Parliament's relocation was passed with its first and second reading on June 21 and June 24, respectively. The opposition is against saying that it is causing unjustified expenses; the opponents also say that by moving the legislative body from proximity to the executive it would affect negatively on its oversight functions over the Tbilisi-based executive government.
Saakashvili suggested that the opposition politicians were against of such move, because they, if elected in the next Parliament, did not want to leave the capital and work in Kutaisi.
"Those who do not want Kutaisi, they will fail to get there," Saakashvili said, suggesting that opponents of the decision will not be elected in the legislative body in 2012 parliamentary elections.
"The Georgian people will not let them into Kutaisi [referring to Parliament]. Those for whom Kutaisi, Batumi, Chkhorotsku, Kharagauli, Sokhumi and other [towns] are equally precious, will be allowed into [Parliament]," Saakashvili said.
"That's new Georgia," he continued. "Everything will be decided not by those same 100 people gathering at the same street [apparently alluding on protest rallies on Rustaveli Avenue], but by 4.7 million people, who are the main decision-makers about the future of thier country."
25 Jun. '11 Saakashvili Hails Georgia's Judicial System
25 Jun. '11 Ruling Party's New Proposals on Electoral System Reform
24 Jun. '11 Tbilisi Waste Collection Fee Tied to Electricity Bills
24 Jun. '11 UN Expert Panel on Arbitrary Detention Briefs on Georgia Visit
24 Jun. '11 MP Approved as Georgia's Envoy to ITU, WMO
24 Jun. '11 New Ambassadors to China, Denmark Approved
24 Jun. '11 Acht Männer in Untersuchungshaft im Fall der mit Okruashvili verbundenen Gruppe
23 Jun. '11 USD 115.5m EBRD, IFC Funding for Paravani HPP
23 Jun. '11 Georgian Party: Police Allegations on Armed Group 'Fiction'
23 Jun. '11 Polizei erklärt, dass eine Okruashvili verbundene bewaffnete Gruppe verhaftet wurde
23 Jun. '11 Central Bank Keeps Key Rate at 8%
22 Jun. '11 Survey: TV Viewers' Appetite for News Remains High
22 Jun. '11 Tskhinvali läßt zehn Georgier frei
22 Jun. '11 Russland verurteilt die Ankunft des US-Kriegsschiffes Monterey in Batumi
22 Jun. '11 Saakashvili Meets Polish Parliament Speaker
21 Jun. '11 Rally-Related Bill Passed with First Reading
21 Jun. '11 Georgian Airways Launches Batumi-Moscow Flights
21 Jun. '11 Verlegung des nächsten Parlament nach Kutaisi bestätigt
21 Jun. '11 CDM Leader Calls for Suspending Participation in Geneva Talks
21 Jun. '11 U.S.-Georgia Joint Disaster Preparedness Training
21 Jun. '11 Q1 Real GDP Grew 5.8%
21 Jun. '11 Georgischer Soldat in Afghanistan getötet
20 Jun. '11 Parlament stimmt dem korrigierten 'Liberty Act' zu
20 Jun. '11 Gerichtshof verhängt Untersuchungshaft gegen Nino Burjanadze's Ehemann
Er ist angeklagt, am 30.Mai Angriffe durch eine organisierte Gruppe gegen Polizisten angeführt zu haben.
About two weeks after expiration of deadline for Badri Bitsadze, husband of leader of the May street protest rallies Nino Burjanadze, to post GEL 100,000 bail, the prosecutor’s office requested the court on June 20 to apply pre-trial dentition for him.
The Tbilisi City Court said late on June 20 that it had ruled in favor of the prosecutor’s request.
Bitsadze, who has not been arrested, was charged by the prosecutor’s office on May 30 with spearheading attacks on policemen by an organized group.  On June 1 prosecutor’s office requested court GEL 100,000 bail for Bitsadze to be paid within seven days; no bail has been paid.
The Georgian law enforcement agencies say that Bitsadze has apparently already left the country.
According to one account provided by an opposition politician from the National Forum party, Gubaz Sanikidze, Bitsadze was briefly in the police hands after the riot police dispersed protest rally on the Rustaveli Avenue on May 26. According to Sanikidze he met with Bitsadze in Shida Kartli region, where as Bitsadze told him, was left by the police in the forest while several of his companions taken by the police..
Burjanadze, who says she is not aware of her husband’s whereabouts, made it clear from the very beginning that was not intending to pay any bail and denied charges brought against her husband as fabricated.
20 Jun. '11 Zehn Georgier von Tskhinvali freigelassen
20 Jun. '11 U.S. Warship Monterey Visits Batumi
20 Jun. '11 Prosecutor’s Office Says Probes Alleged Excessive Police Force in May 26 Events
20 Jun. '11 Georgian Church Leader Says Armenian Catholicos 'Clever, but Needs More Experience'
19 Jun. '11 PM: Mudslide Damage Over GEL 10m at Rikoti
19 Jun. '11 Mudslide Kills Four in Central Georgia
18 Jun. '11 Opposition, Ruling Party Negotiators Meet over Electoral Talks
17 Jun. '11 Bill on Neutral Travel Documents Passed
17 Jun. '11 Shamba Says Has Intention to Run in Abkhaz Polls
17 Jun. '11 Finance Minister Replaced
17 Jun. '11 Group of Eight Opposition Parties in Flux
16 Jun. '11 Behörden werden gegen Angebote von Raubkopien des Films zum Augustkrieg Maßnahmen im Internet ergreifen
16 Jun. '11 Tightening Rally Rules Proposed
16 Jun. '11 Ereignisse vom 26.Mai werden auf dem EU-Georgiengipfel zum Dialog über Menschenrechte diskutiert
16 Jun. '11 Russlands Premierminister Putin 'bedauert', mit Tbilisi nur Beziehungen durch einen Mediator zu haben
16 Jun. '11 Shamba Says May Run in Early Abkhaz Polls
15 Jun. '11 Swedish, Georgian FMs Meet in Tbilisi
15 Jun. '11 UN Expert Panel on Arbitrary Detention Visits Georgia
15 Jun. '11 Georgischer Kaukasus-Experte Mamuka Areshidze spricht von der Notwendigkeit, die Unabhängigkeit Abchasiens anzuerkennen
A Georgian pundit and a frequent commentator on Caucasian affairs and conflict issues, Mamuka Areshidze, put an exceptionally rare twist to a discourse within Georgian society on future Tbilisi-Sokhumi relations by saying that Georgia should consider recognizing Abkhazia’s independence.
Areshidze acknowledged, that the idea, which seems to be hugely unpopular within Georgia and which actually has never been a major part of public discussion on Abkhaz-related matters mainly focused on territorial integrity concept, is expected to draw lots of criticism.
“Not only the present government, in the condition of present society in overall there will be lots of obstacles; many people will set against me,” Mamuka Areshidze, the head of Caucasus Center for Strategic Research, said in an interview with the Georgian daily, Rezonansi, published on June 15.
He said that Tbilisi should start considering this approach for very pragmatic reasons.
“We have to take extraordinary measures in order to return not Abkhazia, but to return Abkhazians… If we want to return Abkhazians, we should save them,” Areshidze said.
“Return of Abkhazians will be impossible if we leave them in the situation in which they currently are. Russia is vigorously changing demographic landscape of Abkhazia."
He said that Russia’s policy of encouraging its military personnel serving in Abkhazia and their families to stay in the region after end of service would further change the demographic situation by decreasing already diminished share of ethnic Abkhazians.
He said that independence for Abkhazia should not in any way be unconditional and it should be linked to set of preconditions, including return of refugees and internally displaced persons.
“I am not saying that we should directly give Abkhazia independence and put an end on that. We should put forth preconditions in the context of giving independence, for example return of refugees,” Areshidze said and added that by recognizing Abkhaz independence Tbilisi will distance Sokhumi from Moscow.
“That would be the only way for us to speak with the Abkhazians in presence of the international community without Russia,” Areshidze said.
“I want to say one thing: the time of traditional approaches is over. Our adversary, which has very strong political, diplomatic, as well as military resources, outdistances us in every way. So we have to make such a surprise move which will disarm our adversary – that means the move which will distance our adversary from the Abkhazians,” he said.
The case of South Ossetia is different, Areshidze said.
“Ossetians are not concerned with the problems, which Abkhazians are facing. Russian occupied South Ossetia is purely military territory. Expelling Ossetians from that territory is not on [Russia’s] agenda, while that is on the agenda in case of Abkhazia,” he said.
“The current situation in Abkhazia gives no reason for optimism. The Georgian society got accustomed to the idea that Abkhazia will return back to Georgia’s fold, but it can be dragged out for many years. But situation in this regard is much more difficult with Abkhazia than in respect of South Ossetia, because return of this latter back to Georgia’s fold is more realistic than of Abkhazia,” Areshidze said.
14 Jun. '11 Ombudsman's Human Rights Report Heard in Parliament
14 Jun. '11 Public Defender Says Missing Protesters Found in Detention
14 Jun. '11 Gerichtshof in Tskhinvali erklärt Referendum für 3.Amtsperiode des Präsidenten für verfassungswidrig
14 Jun. '11 Public Defender 'Concerned' over Police Excessive Force in May 26 Events
14 Jun. '11 Azerbaijani FM Meets Saakashvili, PM Gilauri
14 Jun. '11 U.S. State Department Official Visits Tbilisi
14 Jun. '11 Saakashvili Speaks of 'Rival Traitor Groups'
Divisions within the Georgian society, a holdover from the country’s past when feuding fiefdoms were in bitter power struggle, are so deeply rooted that even “traitors” have formed separate rival groups in Georgia recently, failing to even “jointly betray” the country, President Saakashvili said on June 13.
“They all have the same agenda - 'let's make a deal with Russia, with our invaders, let's collapse our country and let’s put an end to its independence'. But these five or six groups of traitors are eating each other and they have even failed to agree to jointly betray [the country] and they are betraying separately - let's call everything with its own name without any European diplomatic language,” Saakashvili said.
Speaking to a group of young people, those who have highest scores in school leaving exams, Saakashvili said that Georgia’s history was full of examples when certain forces were betraying the own country in order to gain power, “so there is nothing new” when some forces take money in exchange of attempting to overthrow the government.
He said that with the new generation emerging since gaining independence after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the old way of making politics was gradually changing.
“We are responsible for our own fate. Rules are changing. New generation has emerged, which believes, that everything is being decided not in Moscow, not in Washington or in Australia, but here on the Georgian soil by multiethnic Georgian nation,” Saakashvili said, adding that “quite a large number of political groups” were following the new rules of making politics.
He also said that recent street protest rallies, which came to a violent end on May 26 with break up of the anti-government demonstration by the riot police, was financed from Russia. “No one already doubts about it,” Saakashvili said.
14 Jun. '11 Außenministerium: Georgien 'wird einige Forderungen nicht korrigieren', welche Russlands WTO-Beitritt betreffen
Georgia will not revise its demands over Russia's WTO entry terms, Nino Kalandadze, the Georgian deputy foreign minister, said on June 13.
"There are some demands, which will not be revised by the Georgian side," she said at a news conference. "Our partners, including the United States, acknowledge that it is Georgia's sovereign right to raise these demands, which concern transparency of border between Georgia and Russia - the issue, which has to be resolved between these two countries."
Last week an opposition politician Kakha Kukava of Free Georgia party alleged, that Georgia was dropping its objection to Russia's WTO entry following a meeting between U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and President Saakashvili in Rome on June 1. Kukava's remarks were extensively carried by the Russian news wires.
The Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister denied the allegation as groundless and said that Georgia's demands "remain in force."
The third round of the Swiss-mediated Russia-Georgia talks over Moscow's WTO entry terms was scheduled for June 2, but it was postponed because of, as officials put it, "technical reasons" after the request of the Swiss side, which acts as the mediator.
13 Jun. '11 Eduard Kokoity sagt, er wolle nicht ein drittes Mal kandidieren
South Ossetian leader, Eduard Kokoity, said he would not run for the third term later this year even if the breakaway region’s supreme court rules in favor of holding a referendum allowing third presidential term.
The court in breakaway region will decide whether to give a go-ahead to a referendum on June 14.
An initiative group, led by deputy defense minister of the breakaway region, Ibragim Gaseev, has launched a campaign to hold a referendum to ask voters whether to allow or not a person to be the president for three consecutive terms.
Another referendum question, if held, will be whether or not to make Ossetian and Russian both the official language in the region.
13 Jun. '11 Azerbaijani FM Visits Georgia
13 Jun. '11 Soviet-Era Symbols
Parliament passed on May 31 package of legislative proposals known as ‘Liberty Charter’, which among other things, also envisages restricting public display of Soviet and Nazi symbols. While latter are actually non-existent in Georgia for public display, there is abundance of the Soviet symbols in the streets and on buildings of Tbilisi and other towns of Georgia – leftovers from the Soviet times. The newly adopted law says that its goal, among other things, is to eradicate “Soviet and Nazi symbols, monuments, statues, [Soviet] names of streets, villages and settlements, as well as other means bearing Soviet and Nazi propaganda and ideology.” According to the law a state commission should be established at the Interior Ministry in charge of collecting information about Soviet symbols available for public display and then will take decision on each such symbol or street and village name associated with the Soviet past. Critics say that the full enforcement of the law through destroying all the material leftovers from the Soviet times would lead to destruction or defacement of many buildings, which already represent part of Georgia’s history. The Soviet-era symbols were partly erased on the top of the Parliament building long before the new law was passed by the Parliament on May 31; but many other Communism symbols still remain on the building.
13 Jun. '11 Ankvab: Wahlen werden nicht zu Turbulenzen in Abchasien führen
The Abkhaz society and political landscape is "mature" enough to avoid turbulence in upcoming early presidential elections, the breakaway region's acting president, Alexander Ankvab, said in an interview with Russian news magazine the New Times.
"Elections will be held as scheduled [on August 26] and there will be no turbulence despite of some dark predictions. We have quite mature society, quite mature political forces and quite democratic electoral law," he said.
Ankvab, 58, who has been the breakaway region's PM since 2005 and the vice president after re-election of late Abkhaz leader Sergey Bagapsh in December 2009, is one of the potential presidential candidates.
But asked whether he would run for presidency or not in the August 26 election, Ankvab declined to answer saying it would "not be nice" to speak about it now as "we have just buried" Bagapsh.
Deadline for nominating candidates expires on July 17.
"There are many problems [in Gali], but they are not as dramatic as Georgia and some other countries want to portray it."
Asked how the upcoming election would influence on relations with Tbilisi, Ankvab said that "no matter who comes into power in Abkhazia, the peace treaty [with Georgia] will be the major issue."
"Peace treaty - that's our future," he said. "We want to live in good-neighborliness. We do not want war... Such a document can be signed, If there is a political will on the part of the Georgian leadership too."
Speaking on Georgia, Ankvab recalled May 26 break up of street protest in Tbilisi by the riot police and said it was "a humiliation of dignity" of the Georgian society.
"Such thing has never happened here [in Abkhazia]. And what for this 'drastic measures' were needed? For a military parade - that is for propaganda purposes. That's the style of [the Georgian] leadership. I do not refer to the Georgian citizens."
On predominately Georgian-populated Gali district of the breakaway region, Ankvab said that "situation is getting better there" and that the district would be integrated into the Abkhaz economy in five years.
 "There are many problems [in Gali], but they are not as dramatic as Georgia and some other countries want to portray it,"he said.
There have been at least four, or possibly five, attempts on Ankvab's life since 2005 with the most recent attack carried out in September, 2010.
No one has ever been arrested for these attacks.
Ankvab said in the interview with the New Times, that investigation was still ongoing and that "internal" Abkhaz forces were behind these attacks; he, however, declined to elaborate on the issue.
In February 2005 a group of unknown gunmen opened fire on a convoy carrying Ankvab, then PM, outside Sokhumi. His car was hit by 17 bullets, local television reported at the time. Ankvab, however, was riding in his deputy’s car and survived unharmed.
In April 2005, Ankvab again survived unharmed when unknown gunmen opened fire on his convoy near Sokhumi in which Ankvab’s driver was wounded.
A roadside land mine, found in June 2007 on a road between Sokhumi and Gudauta, a regular route of Ankvab’s convoy, was also believed to have been aimed at him.
In July, 2007 Ankvab was slightly injured with shrapnel after his car came under grenade attack on a road between Gudauta and Sokhumi.
In September, 2010 Ankvab, was wounded in leg and hand after a grenade hit his house in Gudauta.
11 Jun. '11 Oslo-Based Firm to Develop HPP Project in Adjara
11 Jun. '11 Vorgezogene Präsidentschaftswahlen in Abchasien für den 26.8. festgelegt
10 Jun. '11 Außenministerium empfiehlt seinen Bürgern, von Reisen nach Russland abzusehen
The Georgian Foreign Ministry recommended its citizens on June 10 “to refrain from traveling to the Russian Federation” because of safety concerns.
Travel of Georgian citizens in Russia “is not safe,” the Georgian Foreign Ministry said.
The statement was made in connection to death of a 48-year old Georgian citizen, Gela Bliadze, who, the ministry said, “was beaten to death because of his ethnicity” in Moscow on June 5.
“This crime has been committed on the territory of the country, which carries out policy of state terrorism – plots, finances and implements terrorist acts on the territory of the sovereign country [Georgia],” the Georgian Foreign Ministry said, adding that it was demanding from Russia to investigate and punish perpetrators into the death of the Georgian citizen.
10 Jun. '11 EU bekräftigt die Unterstützung für Georgien bei einem Gipfel mit Russland
President of European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, reiterated EU’s support to Georgia’s territorial integrity while speaking at the end of EU-Russia Summit in Nizhny Novgorod on June 10.
“Let me also recall the EU’s position of continued support for the security, stability, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia and of full implementation of the Six-point agreement of 12 August 2008, as well as its implementing measures,” Herman Van Rompuy said in his opening remarks at a joint news conference with Russian President Dmitri Medvedev and European Commission President José Manuel Barroso.
He also said that the EU-Russia relations were “enjoying its best dynamics for years.”
“We can build on a track record of strengthened trust and constructive dialogue,” he said.
The European Parliament passed a resolution on June 9 on EU-Russia summit calling on Russia, among other things, “to respect the agreements it has signed, to fulfil all of the conditions under the Six-point Ceasefire Agreement and to immediately withdraw its troops from the occupied Georgian territories of South Ossetia and Abkhazia to the pre-conflict positions as well as to guarantee the European Union Monitoring Mission (EUMM) access to those territories.”
The resolution also calls on the European Commission “to persuade Russia to cease issuing passports to residents of the occupied provinces of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.”
At the joint news conference in Nizhny Novgorod, the Russian President said that, among other issues, “major regional conflicts” were also discussed and he listed situation in the Middle East, North Africa, Iranian nuclear program and conflict in Transdnistria.
“In overall conflict situations in Europe [were discussed],” Medvedev added. “It is important to note that in majority of the issues our positions are very close or coincide with each other.”
10 Jun. '11 Swedish FM to Visit Georgia
10 Jun. '11 Armenischer Patriarch Catholicos Karekin II besucht Georgien
The leader of Armenia's Apostolic Church, Catholicos Karekin II, arrived in Georgia on June 10.
Patriarch of the Georgian Orthodox Church, Ilia II, told the Armenian Church leader in the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Tbilisi that the visit “is very important for us, as well as for Armenia.”
“I am sure your visit will further strengthen our friendly relations and I think that we will spare no efforts to strengthen our ties,” Ilia II said.
Schedule of Karekin II’s visit includes meeting with President Saakashvili and trip to Samtskhe-Javakheti, region predominantly populated by ethnic Armenian population; he will also visit Tsalka in Kvemo Kartli region.
Trip to Akhaltsikhe, Akhalkalaki, Aspindza, Ninotsminda and Tsalka is scheduled from June 13 to June 15.
A long-standing property dispute is likely to top the agenda of talks with Georgian church and government officials.
The Armenian Apostolic Church’s main concern remains the return of five churches in Tbilisi and one in Akhaltsikhe. According to the U.S. State Department’s annual report on international religious freedom, the status of at least 30 other churches claimed by the Armenian Apostolic Church remain disputed.
According to the same report officials from the Armenian Church claim, that the Georgian government was unwilling to resolve the issue of ownership of disputed church properties for fear of offending the Georgian Orthodox Church.
The Armenian Church Leader expressed hope while visiting the Holy Trinity Cathedral on June 10, that his visit to Georgia would help to resolve persisting disputes; he, however, did not give any specifics.
10 Jun. '11 Tbilisi Mayor Rejects Criticism on Labor Rights
10 Jun. '11 Russisches Außenministerium äußert sich zur 16.Runde der Genfer Gespräche
The most recent, sixteenth round of Geneva talks on June 7 has clearly demonstrated “increasing aggressiveness of the Georgian delegation,” Russian Foreign Ministry’s spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said on June 9.
“They tried to write off all the failures of Tbilisi’s leadership in domestic and international affairs to Russia’s intrigues. The Georgian side has arbitrarily accused Russian special services of organizing some kind of ‘terrorist acts’ on the territory of Georgia,” he said and added it was noteworthy that one of such allegation was voiced just on the eve of the sixteenth round of Geneva talks.
The Georgian Interior Ministry said that it had foiled two terrorism attempts in June with one of them allegedly plotted by a Russian security officer based in Abkhazia and another one by Russian officer stationed in South Ossetia.  The Georgian Foreign Ministry said that there was incontrovertible evidence proving these allegations.
Georgia said after the sixteenth round of Geneva talks that they would consider walking out of talks if “Russia continues state-sponsored terror campaign against Georgia.”
Lukashevich said that facts on the ground indicated that Georgia itself was contributing to tensions in the region and accused the Georgian Interior Ministry’s special task forces of carrying out twelve “raids” in Gali district of breakaway Abkhazia this year.
“These actions are organically connected with an anti-Russian campaign of spy mania in Georgia, attempts to find some kind of ‘Russian trace’ in the action of Georgia’s internal opposition,” Lukashevich said.
Apart of what Georgia says were "terrorist attempts" a period between fifteenth and sixteenth rounds of Geneva talks saw two major incidents on the ground - one in early April, when a Russian FSB's border guard serviceman and two Georgians were killed in a shootout in Gali and another one in May when two Georgian civilians were wounded in a shooting at the South Ossetian administrative border.
Lukashevich said that during the sixteenth round of Geneva talks the Russian negotiators stressed the need of EU Monitoring Mission (EUMM) “to control more thoroughly” the Georgian forces in areas adjacent to the breakaway regions.
Tbilisi is insisting on Russia to reciprocate Georgia's non-use of force pledge with a similar commitment, but Russia, arguing that it is not a party into the conflict, refuses and instead calls on Tbilisi to sign, what it calls, "legally binding non-use of force treaties" with Tskhinvali and Sokhumi.
In other developments during the sixteenth round of Geneva talks, Lukashevich said that Russia had again called for a legally binding non-use of force agreement between Tbilisi and Sokhumi and Tbilisi and Tskhinvali.
Last year Russia proposed unilateral non-use of force declarations to be made separately by Tbilisi, Sokhumi and Tskhinvali. But after President Saakashvili made such unilateral non-use of force pledge at the European Parliament on November 23, Moscow again started to insist on a written agreement between the sides, but at the same time refusing to make itself part of such agreement, claiming that is a mediator not a party into the conflict.
“Obstinate refusal of the official Tbilisi to see representatives from Abkhazia and South Ossetia as equal partners in negotiations leads to impeding to resolving whole set of problems related to return of refugees and internally displaced persons,” Lukashevich said.
9 Jun. '11 Noch keine weiteren gerichtlichen Schritte gegen den Ehemann von Nino Burjanadze
Despite expiration of a deadline to post a bail, no new legal actions have yet been undertaken by the authorities against Badri Bitsadze, husband of ex-parliamentary speaker Nino Burjanadze; the latter led street protest rallies, which came to a violent end on May 26 with dispersal by riot police.
Bitsadze, ex-chief of border police, who has not been arrested, was charged by the prosecutor’s office on May 30 with spearheading attacks on policemen by an organized group.  Two days later prosecutor’s office requested court GEL 100,000 bail for Bitsadze. The latter had seven days to post the bail.
Burjanadze, who said she was not aware of her husband’s whereabouts, made it clear from the very beginning that was not intending to pay any bail and denied charges brought against her husband as fabricated, which “will fail before a fair trial.”
According to the law, in case of refusal to pay bail a pre-trial detention measure can be applied against an accused. But no further actions have been undertaken against Bitsadze by the prosecutor’s office yet and he has not been even formally announced as wanted by the police. According to the Interior Ministry’s senior official Bitsadze “has apparently left the country.”
9 Jun. '11 China Southern Launches Georgia Flights
9 Jun. '11 Georgien wird 2012 mehr Truppen nach Afghanistan schicken
9 Jun. '11 Britischer Premierminister erklärt, er werde Georgien bei seinem Russlandbesuch ansprechen
9 Jun. '11 Revenue Service Continues Audit at Media Group's One Firm
9 Jun. '11 US-Kriegsschiff besucht Batumi
9 Jun. '11 Georgien zu Russland: 'Stoppt die staatlich gesponserte Terrorkampagne'
Georgia will have to “reconsider” its stance towards Geneva talks, if Russia continues “state-sponsored terrorism campaign”, the Georgian Foreign Ministry said in a written statement after the sixteenth round of Geneva talks.
“Terrorism can not be negotiated with, or appeased,” it said on June 8. “The Georgian side does not intend to discuss the security, or humanitarian issues related topics with Russia in Geneva, or elsewhere, while Moscow continues to mastermind terrorist attacks on the territory of Georgia.”
“If this organized terror campaign continues Georgian side will have no other choice but to reconsider its attitude towards the Geneva Discussions. By the same token, we would like to urge the international community to take up the issue of terrorist acts with the Russian Government at all levels.”
The Georgian Interior Ministry said that it had foiled two terrorism attempts in June with one of them allegedly plotted by a Russian security officer based in Abkhazia and another one by Russian officer stationed in South Ossetia.  The Georgian Foreign Ministry said that there was incontrovertible evidence proving these allegations.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, Grigory Karasin, said after the sixteenth round of Geneva talks that Georgia's allegations were part of Tbilisi's "exercises in information-propaganda work." Karasin also said he was sure, that "domestic political difficulties, which the present regime in Tbilisi is experiencing" was the reason of Georgia's allegations against Russia. He said it was "an attempt to consolidate society on a quite provocative basis - anti-Russian sentiments."
"[Tbilisi] tries to portray situation as if Russia is to blame for all the misfortunes both external and internal ones," Karasin said.
8 Jun. '11 Präsident Saakashvili erwartet für 2012 ein zweistelliges Wachstum
8 Jun. '11 Abkhaz Early Elections Set for August 26
8 Jun. '11 Tax Audit in Media Holding's Several Firms
8 Jun. '11 16.Runde der Genfer Gespräche
Georgien hat gewarnt, dass man nicht an den nächsten Gesprächen im Oktober teilnehmen werde, wenn Russland die Terroranschläge fortsetzt. ...
7 Jun. '11 Gruppe von acht Oppositionsparteien legt ihre Kampagne zu ihren Vorschlägen zur Reform des Wahlsystems vor
7 Jun. '11 USA haben dem Battailon, das sich für die Entsendung nach Afghanistan bereit macht, 40 Humvee-Fahrzeuge geschenkt
7 Jun. '11 Nach einem anderen Beamten hat Vanuatu doch der Anfrage Abchasiens auf Anerkennung zugestimmt
7 Jun. '11 Außenminister Grigol Vashadze besucht Österreich und unterzeichnet zwei bilaterale Abkommen zu Sicherheit und Informationsaustausch
6 Jun. '11 Polizei erklärt, 'ein weiterer Versuch eines Terroranschlags vereitelt'
6 Jun. '11 Parlamentsvorsitzender Davit Bakradze besucht Rumänien und Großbritannien
6 Jun. '11 Hollywoodstars Andy Garcia und Sharon Stone waren in Tbilisi zur Premiere des Films "5 Days of August" von Renny Harlin
Regisseur Renny Harlin erklärte, das Budget habe 12 Mio. USD betragen, nicht 20 Mio. wie beim Start der Dreharbeiten berichtet. ... Oppositionsaktivist Lasha Chkhartishvili und drei weitere Personen wurden bei Protesten vor dem Filmtheater verhaftet und nach Verurteilung zu Geldstrafen wieder freigelassen. Eine weitere kleine Gruppe demonstrierte mit Transparenten vor dem Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel.
4 Jun. '11 Jährliche Inflation steigt im Mai auf 14.3%
4 Jun. '11 Vanuatu's UN-Botschafter Donald Kalpokas streitet die Anerkennung von Abchasien ab
"Dies sei eine Beleidigung unseres Landes. Dies sei Geringschätzung..."
3 Jun. '11 Georgien erwägt, mehr Truppen nach Afghanistan zu schicken
Bald sollen genauere Angaben folgen, wenn die entgültigen Entscheidungen getroffen sind. Georgien soll zum größten nicht-NATO-Teilnehmer an der ISAF werden, d.h. dass Gerogien sein Kontingent von 900 auf mindestens 1550 erhöhen wird, das ist den Beitrag Australiens. 
3 Jun. '11 Zwei Mitbegründer, Levan Gachechiladze und Koka Guntsadze, verlassen die Georgian Party
Sie erklärten, dass sie mit Entscheidungen gegen Ende Mai im Zusammenhang mit den Protesten nicht einverstanden waren und teilweise nicht in den Entscheidungsprozess eingebunden waren.
3 Jun. '11 US-Botschafter John Bass ruft zu 'ernsthaften Untersuchungen' auf bezüglich der Auflösung der Proteste am 26.5.
Dies sei sehr wichtig für die Glaubwürdigkeit der Regierung.
3 Jun. '11 Außenminister Grigol Vashadze besucht Cuba
3 Jun. '11 Präsident Saakashvili’s trifft in Rom den EU-Ratspräsidenten Herman Van Rompuy und den chilenischen Präsidenten Sebastián Piñera
2 Jun. '11 Russ. Premierminister Putin trifft Alexander Ankvab und Sergey Shamba in Sokhumi
2 Jun. '11 Polizei erklärt, dass 'ein Terroranschlag vereitelt wurde'
Das Innenministerium gab in einer kurzen Erklärung bekannt, dass die Polizei in der Samegrelo-Region bei der Grenze zum abtrünnigen Abchasien eine Frau und einen Mann aus dem Gali-Distrikt verhaftet habe, welche Sprengkörper bei sich getragen hätten. Die beiden Personen hätten auf Anweisungen von russ. Offizieren gehandelt, welche in Abchasien stationiert sind, namentlich Igor Vlasov und Sergey Kuzma.
2 Jun. '11 Russ. Premierminister Putin in Suchumi zur Beerdigung von Sergey Bagapsh
2 Jun. '11 Verteidigungsminister Bacho Akhalaia besucht Poland
Es ging um die bilateralen Beziehungen, die Situation im Kaukasus und die anstehende EU-Ratspräsidentschaft Polens.
2 Jun. '11 US-Vizepräsident Biden trifft Präsident Saakashvili in Rom zu Gesprächen über Sicherheit und Demokratie in Georgien sowie Russlands WTO-Mitgliedschaft
2 Jun. '11 Amnesty ruft zur Untersuchung der Ereignissen am 26.5. auf
1 Jun. '11 Sokhumi sagt, dass der Inselstaat Vanuatu die Unabhängigkeit anerkannt hätte
1 Jun. '11  100,000 GEL Strafe für Ehemann von Nino Burjanadze
1 Jun. '11 Gruppen zur Medienüberwachung rufen dazu auf, Übergriffe auf Journalisten bei den Ereignissen am 26. Mai zu untersuchen
1 Jun. '11 US-Vizepräsident Biden wird Präsident Saakashvili in Rom treffen
31 May. '11 UN ruft zur Untersuchung der Polizeiaktionen am 26.5. auf
Das Menschenrechtsbüro sagte, dass es eine unverhältnismäßige Anwendung von Gewalt gegeben habe, um die Kundegebung aufzulösen und dass den Verhafteten ihre Rechte gestattet werden sollten nach den int. Menschenrechtsstandards. Ferner: “Wir rufen alle Seiten auf, in Zukunft Gewalt zu unterlassen und nach den nationalen Gesetzen und den int. Standards der Versammlungsfreiheit zu handeln.
31 May. '11 Ereignisse vom 26.Mai im Parlament debattiert
31 May. '11 WTO-Gespräche Georgien-Russland verschoben aus 'technischen Gründen'
31 May. '11 Georgien ratifiziert Übereinkommen mit Aserbaidschan, wonach ein zuätzliches Darlehen von 575 Mio. USD von Azerbaidschan bereitgestellt wird.
Das Geld ist für die Eisenbahnverbindung Aserbaidschan-Türkei.
31 May. '11 Parlament verabschiedet 'Liberty Charter'
31 May. '11 Turkischer Premierminister Recep Tayyip Erdogan besucht Georgien
Er eröffnete mit Präsident Saakashvili den modernisierten Grenzübergang in Sarpi und sagte: “... Die Türkei stand immer neben Georgien, da die Türkei nicht nur ein Nachbar ist, sondern Georgien’s Freund. ...”.
30 May. '11 Nino Burjanadze erklärt, dass 'sie ihren Kampf nicht stoppen wird'
Sie sagte, was immer gegen ihre Familienmitglieder, insbesondere ihren Mann, getan werde, sie werde ihren Kampf nicht beenden. Sie vermutet, dass die Behörden ihre Familienmitglieder in Mißkredit zu bringen und zu terrorisieren versuchen, um sie zu neutralisieren. ...
30 May. '11 Polizei 'zieht nicht in Betracht, dass jemand vermisst wird' nach der Auflösung der Kundgebung am 26.5.
30 May. '11 Polizei erklärt, dass eine bewaffnete Gruppe von 25 Männern, die mit den jüngsten Protesten verbunden ist, nahe Kintsvisi gefasst wurde
Die Gruppe war von Temur Khachishvili begründet worden, der von Moskau aus die Aktionen koordinierte. Khachishvili war in den 90ern Innenminister von Georgien und einer der führenden Köpfe der paramilitärischen Mchedrioni.
Weiterhin erklärt das Innenministerium, das die Differenz der Listen der Verhafteten darauf beruht, dass in der Liste des Ombudsmann auch auch die zuvor Verhafteten un die 24 in Kintsvisi verhafteten geführt wurden.
30 May. '11 Gegen Badri Bitsadze, Ehemnan von Nino Burjanadze, wurde Anklage erhoben wegen der Organisation von Angriffen gegen die Polizei durch eine im Voraus gebildete Gruppe
30 May. '11 Schweizer Präsidentin Micheline Calmy-Rey triftt in Tbilisi auf Präsident Saakashvili
29 May. '11 Erneute Demo mit einigen hundert Teilnehmern ruft zur Untersuchung der Ereignisse am 26.Mai auf
Diese war nicht von politischen Parteien organisiert und deutlich kleiner als die Demo vom Vortag.
29 May. '11 Schweizer Präsidentin Micheline Calmy-Rey besucht Georgien
Mit dem Bruch der diplomatischen Beziehungen zu Moskau repräsentiert die Schweiz die diplomatischen Interessen Georgiens in Moskau und die diplomatischen Interessen Russlands in Tbilisi.
29 May. '11 Abchasischer Führer Sergey Bagapsh stirbt nach Operation in Moskau mit 62
Alexander Ankvab wird zwischenzeitlich nachrücken.
28 May. '11 Büro des Ombudsmann Giorgi Tugushi: Liste mit 162 verhafteten Protestierenden vom 26.-27.5. in ganz Georgien auf Webseite veröffentlicht
Liste auf der Webseite des Ombudsmann: ombudsman.ge
28 May. '11 Kundgebung gegen Gewalt: mehrere zivile Organisationen hatten dazu aufgerufen
28 May. '11 Berichte: Irakli Batiashvili wieder aufgetaucht; er hatte sich nach den Protesten versteckt, da er annahm, dass die Polizei nach ihm fahnden würde
28 May. '11 Polizei sucht einen der Anführer der Proteste, Irakli Batiashvili, nachdem seine Familie ihn für vermißt erkärt hatte
28 May. '11 'Mehrere dutzend vermißt' nach der Auflösung der Demonstration laut Ombudsmann Giorgi Tugushi
28 May. '11 USA rufen zur Untersuchung der Ereignisse am 26.5.auf
28 May. '11 Britisher Minister David Lidington ruft die georg. Behörden dazu auf, die Ereignisse am 26.5. vollständig zu untersuchen
28 May. '11 Polizei: Zwei tote Männer nahe Kundgebungsplatz gefunden
Nach ersten Informationen sollen sie elektrische Kabel berührt haben und auf einem Dach von Geschäften an der Rustaveli-Straße gefunden worden sein. Die Ermittlungen untersuchen, ob sie mit den Protestkundgebungen in Beziehung standen. ...
27 May. '11 Polizei: 105 Protestierende verhaftet
Das Innenministerium hat auf seiner Webseite am Freitag eine Liste der Personen veröffentlicht, die bei der Auflösung der Demonstration kurz nach Mitternacht am 26.5. verhaftet wurden.
27 May. '11 Außenminister Vashadze zu Moskau’s ‘enttäuschter’ Reaktion auf die Auflösung der Demonstration
Die Reaktion des russ. Außenministeriums war Ausdruck der Enttäuscheung, weil “die geplante, finanzierte and organisierte Provokation” in Georgien nicht eingetreten ist.” ...
27 May. '11 OSZE Medien-Repräsentantin Dunja Mijatović besorgt über Gewalt gegen Journalisten
Es seien zehn georgische und ausländische Journalisten, die klar als Journalisten identifizierbar waren, von der Polizei verbal und physisch mißbraucht worden bei der Auflösung der Demonstration.
27 May. '11 Amnesty ruft dazu auf, die 'exzessive Anwendung von Gewalt' zu untersuchen
27 May. '11 Präsident Saakashvili: 'Fünfte Kolonne operiert offen in Georgien'
27 May. '11 Audio- und Video-Aufzeichnungen bringen die Protestanführer damit in Verbindung 'Gewalt anzuzetteln'
27 May. '11 Georgischer Soldat in Afghanistan getötet
Junior Sergeant Lavrosi Ivaniadze vom 33. Battalion wurde in der Provinz Helmand durch “eine Minenexplosion während einer Patrouille” getötet. Damit stieg die Zahl der getöteten georgischen Soldaten in Afghanistan seit 2009 auf acht an.
27 May. '11 Gruppe von acht Oppositionsparteien, die am Wahlreformprozess teilnehmen, äußern sich zur Auflösung der Demonstration
Die Behörden werden dabei verurteilt wegen der exzessiven Gewalt, die gegen die Protestierenden angewendet wurde. Sie erklärten auch, dass die jüngsten Entwicklungen zeigen, dass das Inszenieren von Revolutionen in Georgien keine Zukunft habe ...
26 May. '11 Russian MFA on Dispersal of Tbilisi Protest
26 May. '11 US-Botschafter John Bass äußert sich zur Auflösung der Proteste
"Es gab offensichtlich etliche Personen unter den Protestierenden, die nicht an friedlichem Protest interessiert waren, aber danach trachteten, eine gewaltsame konfrontaion zu entfachen" ... Er sagte, er sei besorgt über die Berichte, dass es “möglicherweise eine exzessive Gewaltanwendung” durch einzelne Beamte gab, als die Spezialkräfte die Protestkundgebung vor dem Parlament kurz nach Mitternacht auflösten.
26 May. '11 Police Criticized for 'Use of Excessive Force'
26 May. '11 Police: Up to 90 Protesters Arrested
26 May. '11 Saakashvili: Recent Protest’s Scenario Written in Russia
26 May. '11 Innenministerium: Zwei Tote durch wegfahrende Fahrzeuge des Convoys der Anführer der Protestkundgebungen
26 May. '11 Watchdogs Say Excessive Force Used by Police
26 May. '11 Riot Police Break Up Protest Rally
26 May. '11 MIA: One Policeman Dies
26 May. '11 Burjanadze: 'This is Crime Against Mankind'
26 May. '11 Riot Police Disperse Protesters
26 May. '11 Police Use Water Cannon, Tear Gas, Rubber Bullets to Disperse Protesters
26 May. '11 Protesters Keep Rallying
25 May. '11 Riot Police Deployed Close to Protest Venue
25 May. '11 U.S. Ambassador on Ongoing Protest Rally
25 May. '11 What the Law on Rallies Says
25 May. '11 Tbilisi Mayor's Offers Protesters Alternative Venues for Rally
25 May. '11 Protest Rally Outside Parliament
25 May. '11 Police Release 'Protest-Related Molotov Cocktail Videos'
25 May. '11 Burjanadze Calls on Opposition to Join Rally
25 May. '11 Burjanadze: 'We Have Right to Stand Here'
25 May. '11 Marching Protesters Stop Outside Parliament
25 May. '11 Burjanadze: Further Actions Depend on Scale of Rally
25 May. '11 PM: Q1 Economic Growth 6%
25 May. '11 Protest Rally Enters into Fifth Day
25 May. '11 Saakashvili Downplays Protest Rally, Calls it 'Masquerade'
24 May. '11 Public Defender's Report Heard by Parliamentary Committee
24 May. '11 Burjanadze: Georgian Party's Decision Impacts Negatively on Protests
24 May. '11 Polizei verstärkt Präsenz an der südossetischen Verwaltungsgrenze
24 May. '11 Präsident Saakashvili äußert sich unverbindlich zu den Aussichten auf die Position des Premierministers
24 May. '11 Nino Burjanadze zur Entscheidung der "Georgian Party"
Es wäre nich tmöglich gewesen, sich auf eine vereinte Taktik abzustimmen. Sie kritisiert auch, dass die Entscheidungen bei der "Georgian Party" nicht zu Ende gebracht werden.
24 May. '11 "Georgian Party" läßt Pläne zu einem 'Tag des Zorns' fallen; ebenso läßt Irakli Okruashvili seinen Plan fallen, nach Georgien zu kommen
24 May. '11 Protestkundgebungen gehen in den vierten Tag:  Rally Enters into Fourth Day
24 May. '11 Bilder der Protestkundgebungen vom 23.Mai
23 May. '11 Abgeordneter Akaki Minashvili: Russland's Erklärung ist ein Versuch, sich in georgiens Angelegenheiten einzumischen
Weiterhin: “Ihre [Anführer der Proteste] Rhetorik, sowie Werte und Prinzipien decksen sich mit denen [von Russland].”
23 May. '11 Verteidigungsministerium: Parade wird wie geplant abgehalten
23 May. '11 Russisches Außenministerium zu den Protestkundgebungen: "Die rücksichtslose Innen- und Außenpolitik der georg. Führung stehe der Ablehnung der eigenen Bevölkerung gegenüber"
The Georgian leadership’s “reckless internal and foreign policy is confronted by increasingly large-scale rejection from the own population,”
23 May. '11 Burjanadze gibt bekannt, dass die Kundgebung vor dem Gebäude des öffentlichen Fernsehen als Brennpunkt bis zum 25.Mai andauern soll
Die Behörden sollen nicht "ruhig" und "bequem" die Militärparade zum Unabhängigkeitstag am 26.Mai abhalten können.
23 May. '11 Burjanadze distanziert sich von den Bemerkungen Okruashvili's
23 May. '11 Maestro TV erklärt: 'nicht ein Teil der Kundgebungen'
In einer Erklärung betont Maestro TV seine Unabhängigkeit als Medienanstalt und ruft Politiker dazu auf, in ihren Kommentaren und Bemerkungen sich zurückzuhalten in der Einbeziehung von Maestro TV.
23 May. '11 Aktivisten setzen Kundgebung am Gebäude des öffentlichen Fernsehen fort
23 May. '11 Präsident Saakashvili besucht Ungarn
23 May. '11 Bilder der Protestkundgebungen vom 22.Mai
22 May. '11 Ex-Verteidigungsminister Okruashvili aus dem Asyl in Frankreich: 'die Wahl der Armee wird Georgien's Schicksal entscheiden'
Er rief die georgische Armee auf, am 25.Mai "auf der Seite des Volkes" zu stehen. Die "Georgian Party" erklärte heute, dass sie am 25.Mai einen entscheidenden Kampf gegen Präsident Saakashvili auf dem Avlabari-Platz beginnen werde.
22 May. '11 Anführer der Proteste erklären, die Kundgebung soll einen weiteren Tag vor dem Gebäude des öffentlichen Fernsehen andauern
22 May. '11 Anführer der Protestkundgebungen 'in Gesprächen über Aktionsplan'
22 May. '11 Einige Oppositionsparteien warnen vor Eskalation
22 May. '11 Polizei ruft 'Nicht-Protestierende' auf, sich von Kundgebungsorten fernzuhalten
22 May. '11 Aktivisten der "Georgian Party" schließen sich der Kundgebung am Gebäude des öffentlichen Fernsehen an
22 May. '11 Okruashvili: 'Am 25.Mai werde ich in Georgien sein'
22 May. '11 "Georgian Party" startet 'entscheidenden Kampf für Regierungswechsel'
22 May. '11 Zusammenstöße bei der Kundgebung vor dem Gebäude des öffentlichen Fernsehen
22 May. '11 Bilder der Protestkundgebungen vom 21.Mai
21 May. '11 Innenminister Merabishvili spielt die Protestkundgebungen heruntery
21 May. '11 Protestierende halten vor dem Gebäude des öffentlichen Fernsehen eine Kundgebung ab
21 May. '11 Polizei stößt mit Protestierenden in Batumi kurz zusammen
21 May. '11 Protestierende marschieren zum Gebäude des öffentlichen Fernsehen
21 May. '11 Russischer Abgeordneter: Georgien’s Anerkennung des 'Genozids an den Tscherrkessen' ziele darauf ab, Russland anzufeinden
21 May. '11 "People’s Assembly" startet Protestkundgebung mit Versammlungen an drei Plätzen in Tbilissi mit einem anschließenden Marsch zum Freiheitsplatz
Activists of opposition People’s Assembly started gathering under the rainy skies in three separate locations in Tbilisi on Friday before marching towards the Freedom Square in downtown of the capital city.
The People’s Assembly, backed by ex-parliamentary speaker Nino Burjanadze, said it would launch street protest rallies from May 21 to force President Saakashvili to resign.
Nino Burjanadze said at a news conference on May 21, called on the police not to follow “illegal orders” and not to confront the people. She also said that activists from the People’s Assembly face “enormous pressure” from the authorities and police in the regions to prevent them from arrival in Tbilisi.
21 May. '11 Fotos von Okruashvili am Moskauer Flughafen gefälscht
20 May. '11 Abgeordnete verschieben Verabschiedung der 'Liberty Charter'
Die Charta, von Gia Tortladze initiiert, enthält Maßnahmen gegen die verwendung von Sowjet- und Nazi-Symbole sowie Möglichkeiten des Auschluss von ehemaligen kommunistischen Funktionären und Offizieren sowie KGB-Agenten aus Staatsdiensten.
The Parliament discussed on May 20 with its third and final reading package of proposals known as Liberty Charter, but decided to postpone voting for final endorsement of the bill.
The draft law, sponsored by MP Gia Tortladze from the parliamentary minority, includes measures to restrict public display of Soviet and Nazi symbols and restrictions on former Soviet functionaries to hold public office.
The draft also envisages, what the author calls, boosting “security and anti-terrorism measures”, including through video surveillance systems, which should cover all “the strategic facilities” – the measure, which the Interior Ministry has already started to use.
The draft also envisages limited lustration aimed at excluding former Communist Party functionaries and officers of and collaborators with the ex-Soviet secret service KGB from serving in the state structures.
20 May. '11 Irakli Okruashvili deutet Rückkehr nach Georgien an
In einer schriftlichen Erklärung sagt der Ex-Verteidigungdminister und Mitbegründer der oppositionellen "Georgian Party", dass er bald neben seinen Leuten Stehen werde. Irakli Okruashvili lebt seit 2007 in Frankreich in politischem Asyl, da er 2008 in Abwesenheit zu einer 11-jährigen Gefängnisstrafe verurteilt wurde.
A written statement by ex-defense minister and co-founder of the opposition Georgian Party, Irakli Okruashvili, saying that he would soon “stand beside my people”, further fueled speculation that he intends to return to Georgia as some opposition movements plan to launch street protest rallies.
Since 2007, when he went into opposition, Okruashvili lives in France, where he has received political asylum; in Georgia he was sentenced to 11-year prison term in absentia in March, 2008.
On May 19 Rustavi 2 TV reported that Okruashvili arrived in Moscow. The report was denied by the Georgian Party, which said Okruashvili was in Switzerland. In a separate report, Tbilisi-based Real TV, regarded to be affiliated with the authorities, in particular with the Interior Ministry, showed couple of poor quality photos purportedly shot in one of the Moscow’s airports on May 19 and reportedly showing, among crowd of passengers, Irakli Okruashvili standing next to Kote Gogelia, wealthy Georgian businessman, affiliated with the Georgian Party. The Russian newspaper, Obshchaya Gazeta, also reported, without providing source of information, on May 20, that Okruashvili was in Moscow.
Erosi Kitsmarishvili, political secretary of the Georgian Party, said on May 20, that these reports were part of media campaign against his party orchestrated by the Georgian authorities. “There is no need to comment on absurd [reports],” he said.
Meanwhile, on May 20 Irakli Okruashvili released a written statement, which is an appeal to the Georgian army praising the Georgian soldiers for their courage, blaming personally President Saakashvili for losing August, 2008 war and telling Georgian soldiers that Saakashvili “hates you so much that he uses you for only holding military parades.”
“In few days Georgian people will face Saakashvili and his government from the other side of a barricade. At that moment I will be standing beside my people,” Okruashvili said, adding that he would do it even through it might pose a risk to his life.
The Georgian Party has announced about the plans to force President Saakashvili to resign through a peaceful revolution before the end of this year. Meanwhile, a separate opposition movement, People’s Assembly, backed by ex-parliamentary speaker Nino Burjanadze, plans to start street rallies with the same goal from May 21. Although having same goals and tactic these two opposition groups are not cooperating because of personal confrontation between Burjanadze and some of the leaders of the Georgian Party.
20 May. '11 Nino Burjanadze: 'Unser entscheidender Kampf wird erfolgreich sein'
Die Kampagne gegen Präsident Saakashvili findet am 21.Mai statt, organisiert durch die oppositionelle Bewegung "People’s Assembly".
A written statement by ex-defense minister and co-founder of the opposition Georgian Party, Irakli Okruashvili, saying that he would soon “stand beside my people”, further fueled speculation that he intends to return to Georgia as some opposition movements plan to launch street protest rallies.
Since 2007, when he went into opposition, Okruashvili lives in France, where he has received political asylum; in Georgia he was sentenced to 11-year prison term in absentia in March, 2008.
On May 19 Rustavi 2 TV reported that Okruashvili arrived in Moscow. The report was denied by the Georgian Party, which said Okruashvili was in Switzerland. In a separate report, Tbilisi-based Real TV, regarded to be affiliated with the authorities, in particular with the Interior Ministry, showed couple of poor quality photos purportedly shot in one of the Moscow’s airports on May 19 and reportedly showing, among crowd of passengers, Irakli Okruashvili standing next to Kote Gogelia, wealthy Georgian businessman, affiliated with the Georgian Party. The Russian newspaper, Obshchaya Gazeta, also reported, without providing source of information, on May 20, that Okruashvili was in Moscow.
Erosi Kitsmarishvili, political secretary of the Georgian Party, said on May 20, that these reports were part of media campaign against his party orchestrated by the Georgian authorities. “There is no need to comment on absurd [reports],” he said.
Meanwhile, on May 20 Irakli Okruashvili released a written statement, which is an appeal to the Georgian army praising the Georgian soldiers for their courage, blaming personally President Saakashvili for losing August, 2008 war and telling Georgian soldiers that Saakashvili “hates you so much that he uses you for only holding military parades.”
“In few days Georgian people will face Saakashvili and his government from the other side of a barricade. At that moment I will be standing beside my people,” Okruashvili said, adding that he would do it even through it might pose a risk to his life.
The Georgian Party has announced about the plans to force President Saakashvili to resign through a peaceful revolution before the end of this year. Meanwhile, a separate opposition movement, People’s Assembly, backed by ex-parliamentary speaker Nino Burjanadze, plans to start street rallies with the same goal from May 21. Although having same goals and tactic these two opposition groups are not cooperating because of personal confrontation between Burjanadze and some of the leaders of the Georgian Party.
20 May. '11 Georgien wird Visaregelungen mit fünf weiteren Ländern vereinfachen: Albanien, Bosnien and Herzegovina, Irak and Montenegro
20 May. '11 Präsident Saakashvili über 'die Kräfte, auf die Russland baut, um Einfluss über Georgien wiederzuerlangen'
Er zählt auf: "degenerierte ehemalige Separatisten", Terrorverdächtige und "ehemalige Politiker, die auf der Straße herumrennen".
"Degenerated former separatists", terrorism suspects and "former politicians running around the streets", are the forces on which Russia relies on to regain influence over Georgia, President Saakashvili said on May 19.
Speaking at a joint news conference with European Parliament President, Jerzy Buzek, in Tbilisi, Saakashvili commented on Russian President Dmitri Medvedev's recent remarks on the August, 2008 war in which he said that events of 2008 made Russia feel strong.
"The statement that it demonstrated the Russian strength is, to say the least, not true. A period since August, 2008 has demonstrated Russian policies weaknesses," Saakashvili said. "You remember the Russian President's statement that I am a 'political corpse', I am a 'corpse' for last three years, although, I think, I look much better than [a corpse]."
He said instead of collapse, which Russia aimed at with the military intervention, Georgia "has turned into the major reformer in the region."
"Was not it important for the Russian authorities to have as an ally such an important country [like Georgia]? Was not it important for Russia to have as a partner and a friend democratically elected Georgian government?"
"Who are Russia's allies in Georgia today? Degenerated former separatists, who are now in service of occupiers; thier [Russia's] key ally whom they rely on in rest of Georgia it is Kochoia [a nickname of a man who was arrested in connection to series of blasts in Tbilisi last year, which Georgia says was masterminded by a Russian intelligence officer] from Gali and those former politicians who are now running around the streets here [apparently referring to the part of opposition planning street protests] and who set world records by polling as the most unpopular [figures], which has already, almost grown into people's hatred towards them - quite fairly I want to note. Are they [Russia] going to strengthen thier political influence in this region with such allies?" Saakashvili said.
"We are of course open for serious negotiations with Russia; of course we want to openly share to Russia with our reform experience and to have normal state-to-state relations on the condition that they will recognize us as a state and start talks with Georgia's democratically elected present authorities," he said.
19 May. '11 Parlament erkennt 'Genozid an den Tscherkessen' an
Damit ist Georgien das erste Land, das das Massaker und die Deportation der Tscherkessen durch das zaristische Russland im Norwestkaukasus im 19.Jh. als Genozid anerkennt. Die damals Deportierten sollten als Flüchtlinge anerkannt werden.
Georgia became the first country to recognize 19th century massacre and deportations of Circassians by the Tsarist Russia in the northwest Caucasus as “genocide”.
The Georgian Parliament passed on May 20 with 90 votes to 0 a resolution saying that "pre-planned" mass killings of the Circassians by the Tsarist Russia in second half of 19th century, accompanied by "deliberate famine and epidemics", should be recognized as "genocide" and those deported during those events from their homeland, should be recognized as "refugees."
“This [decision] is not directed against the Russian people,” Giorgi Gabashvili, a senior ruling party lawmaker, said during the discussion of the draft at the parliamentary session on May 20.
“The Russian people should not be permanently living under the burden imposed on them by their leaders in the 19th century, 20th century and 21st century,” he added.
Another senior ruling party lawmaker Givi Targamadze said that the Parliament should also consider “situation surrounding other peoples” of the North Caucasus.
“This process will lead us to a powerful and a significant Caucasian unity,” MP Givi Targamadze, who chairs parliamentary committee for defense and security, said.
The only lawmaker who spoke against of the resolution during the parliamentary debates on May 20 was MP Jondi Bagaturia, who said that although “it is impossible not to show solidarity towards the Circassian people,” emotions should be put aside.
“Will not it look unfair in respect of Armenians?” MP Bagaturia said, referring to multiple requests from Georgia’s Armenian community to recognize the massacre of Armenians in Ottoman Empire as genocide. Such appeals, made by the Armenian community almost every year in April, remain unheeded by the Georgian lawmakers.
A lawmaker from the ruling party, Nugzar Tsiklauri, who chairs parliamentary committee for diaspora and Caucasian issues, responded that linking these two issues was inappropriate. He said that Armenia and Turkey, “Georgia’s two friendly nations”, would address differences in the process of “a positive dialogue”. He said that Georgia’s meddling in this process would mean “playing unclear and unjustified role.”
Christian-Democratic Movement (CDM), which is a leading party in the parliamentary minority group, did not voice its position during the debates. MP Giorgi Akhvlediani of CDM told Civil.ge after the vote that his party abstained from voting because the decision was taken too hastily and the decision might be inappropriate from the political point of view.
The ruling party lawmakers first announced about the intention to consider possibly of recognizing mass killings of Circassians as genocide in April, 2010. The announcement was made a month after Tbilisi hosted a conference, Hidden Nations, Enduring Crimes: The Circassians & the Peoples of the North Caucasus Between Past and Future. The conference was organized by Washington-based Jamestown Foundation and Tbilisi-based Ilia State University’s International School for Caucasus Studies with the participants including, among others, representatives of Circassian diaspora.
At the end of the conference, on March 21, 2010 participants made an appeal to the Georgian Parliament requesting to recognize deportations and massacre of Circassians more than a century ago as genocide.
19 May. '11 Präsident des europäischen Parlaments ruft Georgien zu ‘erneuertem Reformschwung’ auf
19 May. '11 Tskhinvali läßt fünf Georgier frei
19 May. '11 Minister Ramaz Nikolaishvili: Baku wird Georgien 575 Mio. USD leihen für Eisenbahnverbindung Aserbaidschan-Türkei
19 May. '11 PPremierminister Nika Gilauri bietet Singapur's Staatsinvestoren an, sich den georgischen Wasserkraftsektor anzuschauen
19 May. '11 US-Sekretär im Außenministerium Philip Gordon sagt, die russische Militärpräsenz in Abchasien und Südossetien sei ein Problem
18 May. '11 Russ. Präsident Medvedev: 'Ereignisse im August 2008 ließen uns stark fühlen'
18 May. '11 US-Botschaft sei "besorgt" über den Zwischenfall an der Verwaltungsgrenze zu Südossetien
18 May. '11 Zwei Zivilisten an der Verwaltungsgrenze zu Südossetien verwundet
18 May. '11 EU-Chefunterhändler Gunnar Wiegand zu den Gesprächen über ein Gemeinschaftsabkommen mit Georgien
18 May. '11 Militärparade, um den Unabhängigkeitstag zu begehen
17 May. '11 Georgian Party bietet Nino Burjanadze Gespräche zu geplanten Kundgebungen an
17 May. '11 Premierminister Nika Gilauri besucht Singapur
17 May. '11 Parlament verabschiedet in dritter Lesung Gesetzesänderung: Nationaler Sicherheitsrat erhält Führungsaufgaben in Krisen
17 May. '11 Gesetzliche Prozeduren gestartet für die Verlegung des Parlament’s nach Kutaisi
17 May. '11 Präsident von Aserbaidschan Ilham Aliyev trifft in Baku auf Verteidigungsminister Bacho Akhalaia und Minister Ramaz Nikolaishvili für regionale Entwicklung
17 May. '11 Außenminister Vashadze trifft schwedischen Außenminister Carl Bildt
17 May. '11 Milliardär Bidzina Ivanishvili äußert sich in einer seltenen Erklärung zur Politik
16 May. '11 Parlament wird komplett nach Kutaisi verlegt
According to the draft of constitutional amendment presented to the Parliament for consideration the Georgian legislative body will be fully relocated from the capital Tbilisi to the country’s second largest city of Kutaisi in western region of Imereti.
In September 2009 the Parliament passed constitutional amendment envisaging splitting of working venue of next Parliament to be elected in 2012 between Tbilisi and Kutaisi, located over 200 kilometers away from the capital. According to those amendments, the parliamentary sittings should be held in Kutaisi, while other activities, including parliamentary committee hearings should be held in the current parliamentary chamber in Tbilisi.
But according to the newly proposed constitutional amendment Kutaisi, where construction of the new Parliament building is underway, will become the only place where new the legislative body, elected in 2012, will be located.
Few months before the 2009 constitutional amendments, President Saakashvili said that he was not in favor to fully relocate Parliament to Kutaisi, but said he supported partial relocation.
Last week Saakashvili, however, said, while speaking at a business award ceremony, that Georgia would have three major centers – Tbilisi, which he described as “the capital of Caucasus”; Batumi – “economic-financial center of Georgia” and Kutaisi – “the parliamentary capital” of Georgia.
Recently some Georgian media sources speculated about the government’s intentions to put the Parliament’s current building in Tbilisi on sale, although no official announcement about the planned privatization has yet been made.
16 May. '11 Georgian Party hält Kundgebung vor der US-Botschaft ab
16 May. '11 Präsident Saakashvili gratuliert Aserbaidschan zum Gewinn des Eurovision Song Contest
16 May. '11 Präsident Saakashvili: 'Vielen Dank an Mutter Russland für das Embargo'
Dadurch hätten die Weinproduzenten die Qualität steigern müssen und den Weg zu den internationalen Märkten geebnet.
President Saakashvili thanked again Russia for banning import of the Georgian wine, saying that the embargo promoted Georgian wine-maker to improve the quality, thus paving the way to international markets.
"The quality of Georgian wine has significantly improved in recent years," Saakashvili said while visiting a local family in Batumi, Adjara Autonomous Republic, for tasting of homemade wine.
"Thanks a lot to Mother Russia for this embargo. This embargo helped us a lot in terms of [increasing] wine quality and now we are in a situation, wherein if [Russia] allows [Georgian wine] back [to its market] - that would be good, but if it won't - that won't [change] anything either. The quality [of the Georgian wine] has increased and now it has a market all over the world," Saakashvili said.
He said that Georgia might not even have enough wine to export if Georgia meets its target of having five million tourists annually.
Georgian Agriculture Minister, Bakur Kvezereli, told Civil.ge at the New Wine Festival in Tbilisi on May 14: "I do not see any special importance in the Russian market."
15 May. '11 Georgian Party hält in Batumi Kundgebungen ab
15 May. '11 Außenminister Grigol Vashadze besucht Schweden und Dänemark
14 May. '11 Bericht zum 'tscherkessichen Genozid' im Parlament
13 May. '11 US-Botschafter John Bass zu den geplanten Kundgebungen der Georgian Party: Recht auf Versammlungsfreiheit ist wichtig, auch wenn man selbst nicht den Standpunkt teilt
13 May. '11 Georgien im Amnesty International Bericht 2011 erwähnt
Rechte der intern vertriebenen, Versagen bei Untersuchungen zu angrifffen auf Protestierende, die Situation in und um die Konfliktregionen waren unter den hervorgehobenen Punkten des Berichts über Georgien.
13 May. '11 Tschechischer Außenminister Karel Schwarzenberg besucht Georgien; parallel dazu findet ein tschechisches Wirtschaftsforum in Tbilissi statt
13 May. '11 Presseberichte: Präsident Saakashvili wird die zwei israelischen Geschäftsmänner begnadigen
12 May. '11 Akaki Minashvili von der Regierungspartei: Erklärung der Opposition sei mehr ein Ultimatum denn ein sinnvoller Beitrag zu den Wahlreformprozess
12 May. '11 Japanischer politisch weit rechts stehender Parteiführer Mitsuhiro Kimura besucht Sokhumi
12 May. '11 Opposition zur Regeirungspartei: Antworten zu den Vorschlägen zum Wahlsystem soll bis Ende Mai gegeben werden
12 May. '11 Oppositionsführer der der Georgian Party und Republican liefern sich Wortgefecht im TV wegen der Äußerungen von Irakli Okruashvili über die USA
12 May. '11 Lavrov zu den WTO-Gesprächen mit Georgien: das Problem, von Georgien erzeugt, sei ein politisches
Die Punkte zu den WTO-Regelungen könnten unter Experten gelöst werden. Er verwies wieder darauf, dass ein Beitritt Russlands auch ohne die Zustimmung Georgiens möglich sei.
12 May. '11 Präsident Saakashvili: '15-20 Jahre erforderlich, um die Entwicklungen unumkehrbar zu machen'
11 May. '11 Bedeutende Lobby im Parlament für die Anerkennung des Genozids an den Tscherkessen durch das zaristische Russland im 19.Jh.
11 May. '11 Georgian Party verstärkt die US-Kritik
11 May. '11 Opposition plant Vorschläge zum Format der Gespräche über das Wahlsystem
11 May. '11 Leicht abgeänderte 'Resolution zur Okkupation' im US-Senat vorgestellt
10 May. '11 Georgian Party plant eine Protestkundgebung bei der amerik. Botschaft
10 May. '11 Vier Wahlbeobachtungsgruppen drängen auf transparente Gespräche zum Wahlsystem
10 May. '11 Georgian Deputy PM, Opposition Leader in The Hague
9 May. '11 Georgian Party trifft zusammen in Kakheti
9 May. '11 Tbilisi lehnt die 'Form' der Gratulation von Russlands Präsident Medvedev
9 May. '11 Premierminister Gilauri in Istanbul auf der UN-Konferenz
8 May. '11 Medvedev gratuliert dem georgischen Volk zum 66.Siegestag über Nazi-Deutschland; Außenminister Grigol Vashadze nennt dies "Klownerei"
8 May. '11 Polizei verhaftet in Rustavi oppositionelle Aktivisten von Gruppen, die People's Assembly von Nino Burjanadze angeschlossen sind
Police arrested on May 7 in the town of Rustavi about dozen of activists from the opposition groups affiliated with People's Assembly, backed by ex-parliamentary speaker Nino Burjanadze's party.
A small group of protesters from the People's Assembly rallied nearby a house of a local police official in Rustavi, less than 30 km south of Tbilisi, as part of series of protests in lead up to the planned anti-government demonstrations on May 21 in Tbilisi and Batumi.
The group of protesters was marching peacefully on a small street when dozens of policemen, who were present at the scene, started rounding up participants of the gathering, reportedly after an unknown man hit a police officer. Organizers of the rally said the perpetrator was "a provocateur", not their activist.
Democratic Movement-United Georgia (DMUG), an opposition party led by Nino Burjanadze, said in a statement that "the Saakashvili's regime staged a provocation" against the People's Assembly activists.
"We call on the Interior Ministry to immediately reveal an identity of a man, who physically insulted a policewoman. The authorities, which are in agony, should know that we will not yield to their provocations and we will not change our plan" to start protest rallies from May 21, DMUG said in the statement.
Late on May 7 court in Rustavi found twelve detainees guilty of petty hooliganism and disobedience to police orders and jailed eight of them; others were fined with GEL 400 each and released, according to the People’s Assembly. Three activists were jailed for 30 days; two – for 15 days and three – for seven days.
7 May. '11 Opposition rechnet mit Beratungen zum Wahlsystem mit der Regierungspartei
6 May. '11 Präsident Saakashvili lobt anläßlich des Tages der Polizei und des Jahrestages der friedlichen Revolution in Adscharien die Polizei: Die Polizeireform sei die Hauptreform seiner Regierung und Vorbedingung für andere Reformen
First and foremost it is thanks to the Georgian police that it was possible to create “a solid foundation for the Georgian statehood,” President Saakashvili said on May 6.
He was addressing a parade of police forces in Batumi, Adjara Autonomous Republic, marking the Day of Police, which coincides with the St. George’s day and anniversary of peaceful revolution in Adjara, which led to ousting of the region’s leader Aslan Abashidze in 2004.
“With your work and your existence you light up and expose warmth for Georgia and bring shining light for Georgia and for many countries in the region and, without exaggeration, for the entire world,” Saakashvili told the policemen at the parade in presence of Interior Minister Vano Merabishvili.
He said that the police reform was the first major reform carried out by his government and a prerequisite for other reforms. Saakashvili said that the police reform was “the major symbol of our transformation and of our new statehood.”
Saakashvili said that the police was the major target of “attacks” by those who wanted to return Georgia back to those days when the corruption thrived in the country.
“Because it [the police] embodies new Georgia and attacks are carried out against the Georgian statehood,” he said, adding that the Georgian enemy “could not imagine, even in its worst nightmare” that Georgia would have withstood everything starting from economic embargo to military intervention “by the world’s largest country.”
Saakashvili said that function of the Georgian police “is much more then only protection of the public order.”
6 May. '11 Lettischer Außemninister Valdis Kristovskis besucht Georgien
5 May. '11 Regierungspartei und Opposition sind 'in Beratungen zur Reform des Wahlsystems'
5 May. '11 Georgische Partei plant Kundgebungen ab Montag
5 May. '11 Ibragim Gaseev bietet im abtrünnigen Südossetien Referendum für dritte Amtszeit von Eduard Kokoity an
5 May. '11 Botschafter für Kanada ernannt: Levan Metreveli
5 May. '11 Gesetzesänderung zur Einrichtung von 'Freien Tourismuszonen' im Parlament verabschiedet
4 May. '11 Weltbank gibt noch 235 Mio. USD in die Finanzierung von Straßen und regionale Entwicklung in Georgien
4 May. '11 Georgische Partei zielt ab auf eine Revolution in diesem Jahr
It is “an illusion” to think that President Saakashvili will foster creation of genuinely free and fair electoral environment and the only way left for change of the government is a peaceful revolution, Erosi Kitsmarishvili, one of the leaders of the opposition Georgian Party, said on May 3.
“The situation has reached the point when it requires to be discharged and this discharge should happen this year,” Kitsmarishvili, co-founder and political secretary of the Georgian Party, said.
Speaking in Tbilisi-based Kavkasia TV’s talk show, Barrier, Kitsmarishvili said that there “are fewer and fewer people in the society who have an illusion that Saakashvili may give up something through elections.”
“The Georgian Party, which has completed building of its party infrastructure in April, will demonstrate in the nearest future such scales of activities, which will be enough to return hope back to the society that the change is possible,” he said.
“We’ve got everything ready for putting an end to the Saakashvili’s regime this year… I will quit the politics if we fail to achieve a result this year; I will have no right to ever speak as a politician; I am putting my political career [at stake].”
We are a Molotov cocktail, consisting of exactly those components, which trigger a charge capable to change this regime,” said Kitsmarishvili, who is President Saakashvili’s former ally and Georgia’s ex-ambassador to Russia.
He said that those opposition parties, which were involved in the electoral reform talks with the ruling party hoping that the authorities would agree on creation of genuinely free and fair electoral environment, “are wasting time.” He also said that Saakashvili was benefiting from this process by creating an illusion of a democratic process.
He said, that holding of parliamentary election in autumn, 2012 as envisaged currently by the law, was “unconstitutional”, because that would mean extending term in office of the sitting Parliament, which was elected for a four-year term in May, 2008. He, however, said holding of free and fair elections was not realistic under the current authorities and “only radicalization is a guarantee for achieving Saakashvili’s resignation.”
“Unfortunately there is only one option left - we should at first get rid of this regime and then hold elections,” Kitsmarishvili said.
The Georgian Party’s position is very much similar to the one of Nino Burjanadze, the leader of Democratic Movement-United Georgia, and Burjanadze-backed movement People’s Assembly. The latter has announced about the plan to launch protest rallies from May 21. However, personal rivalry and confrontation between Burjanadze and some of the leaders of the Georgian Party made it so far impossible for them to cooperate.
4 May. '11 Chef des Ministeriums für innere Angelegenheiten Vasil Sanodze, der zu Hause eine Schußverletzung am Kopf erlitt, 'hat eine Chance zu überleben'
4 May. '11 Russische Presse zu WTO-Gesprächen: Optionen zur Transparenz des Warenverkehrs an den Grenzen Russland-Abchasien, Russland-Südossetien im Gespräch
In talks over Russia’s WTO entry terms, Georgian and Russian negotiators are “seriously discussing” a mechanism that would provide transparency of movement of goods via border-crossing points in Abkhazia and South Ossetia without presence there of Georgia customs officials, Russian daily, Kommersant, reported on May 4.
Citing unnamed Russian diplomatic source, the Kommersant reported that one of the options could be providing the Georgian side with information on movement of goods across the Russian border with Abkhazia and South Ossetia, the two breakaway regions which Moscow recognized as independent states following the August, 2008 war with Georgia.
The Russian daily, Izvestia, reported also on May 4, that the sides might agree on satellite surveillance of the border-crossing points to give Tbilisi access to the information on movement of goods across the border. “It’s no longer important whose idea it was; important is that Tbilisi is not against,” Izvestia wrote.
Georgian negotiator Sergi Kapanadze, who is deputy foreign minister, told Civil.ge on May 3, that there was one topic discussed in talks and that’s the issue of border crossing points in Abkhazia and South Ossetia and how to make those points operate in line with WTO rules.
He said, that there were several possible options put forth on the negotiating table to secure that objective, but declined to discuss them citing an agreement with the Russian side not to speak about the details to the press amid ongoing negotiations.
Michael McFaul, the U.S. President’s special assistant and National Security Council’s senior director for Russian and Eurasian Affairs, said on April 15, that “a creative solution” should be found to the dispute by providing transparency of border crossing points in the breakaway regions without putting there Georgian customs officials.
There have been suggestions in Tbilisi to offer Moscow “a compromise solution” involving deployment of EU monitors on the border with Russia in Abkhazia and South Ossetia – the solution modeled under the EU Border Assistance Mission to Moldova and Ukraine (EUBAM). The Russian daily, Kommersant, however, reported in March, citing an unnamed high ranking official from the Russian Foreign Ministry, that this option was not realistic.
4 May. '11 Litauischer Präsident Dalia Grybauskaitė: wie schnell demokratische Reformen umgesetzt werden, wird Georgien's Fortschritt bestimmen
How fast Georgia would do its homework in democratic reforms would determine Georgia’s further progress, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė said.
She is paying a two-day working visit to Georgia on May 3-4 as part of her trip to South Caucasus countries.
President Grybauskaitė met with his Georgian counterpart, Mikheil Saakashvili, in Tbilisi on May 3. It was their fifth meeting.
"Lithuania supports Georgia's territorial integrity within the framework of international agreements, and also its Euro-Atlantic integration process. Talking with the Georgian President I underlined that Lithuania was and would be supporting the Georgian nation and was willing to share its experience,” Grybauskaitė said in remarks released by her press office.
“I also noted that how fast Georgia would manage to do its homework in the area of freedom of press, human rights, rule of law, institutional reforms, and fight against corruption, depended on Georgia itself and this would determine Georgia's further progress,” President Grybauskaitė said.
The Lithuanian President, whose country now holds OSCE’s rotating chairmanship, welcomed Georgia’s unilateral non-use of force pledge.
The Georgian President’s administration said that “deepening strategic partnership and economic relations” between two countries, as well as Georgia's integration in Euro-Atlantic structures and cooperation within OSCE were discussed during the meeting between the two Presidents.
“The necessity of return of OSCE Mission [to Georgia] was underlined during the meeting,” the Georgian President’s administration said in a statement.
4 May. '11 Jährliche Inflation 13.5% im April
3 May. '11 Georg. Verhandler Sergi Kapanadze bei den WTO-Gesprächen mit Russland äußert sich: der zentrale Punkt waren die Kontrollposten zu Abchasien und Südossetien und wie sich deren Arbeit in Einklang mit den WTO-Regeln bringen läßt
There is one topic discussed in talks with Russia over its WTO entry terms and that’s the issue of border crossing points in Abkhazia and South Ossetia and how to make those points operate in line with WTO rules, the Georgian negotiator said on May 3.
Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister, Sergi Kapanadze, said that there were several possible options put forth on the negotiating table to secure that objective, but declined to discuss them citing an agreement with the Russian side not to speak about the details to the press amid ongoing negotiations.
Unlike the first round of the Swiss-mediated talks in March, the negotiators started discussing “concrete issues” during the second round of talks in late April, which is a positive development, Kapanadze told Civil.ge.
He reiterated that Georgia would like to see Russia joining WTO, but on the condition that it follows the rules and principles of that organization.
The third round of the Swiss-mediated talks is expected to take place later this month.
3 May. '11 Litauischer Präsident Dalia Grybauskaitė besucht Georgien
3 May. '11 Chef des Ministeriums für innere Angelegenheiten Vasil Sanodze mit einer Schußverletzung ins Krankenhaus eingeliefert; nach Angabe de Innenministeriums ein Unfall
Vasil Sanodze, head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs’ (MIA) internal investigations unit, was hospitalized with a gunshot wound overnight on May 3.
Shota Khizanishvili, head of the Interior Ministry’s administration, said Sanodze accidentally shot himself in his house.
Reports say that Sanodze has suffered a gunshot wound to the head, triggering speculation in the media sources that it could have been a failed suicide attempt.
Khizanishvili, however, strongly rejected those speculations as “utter nonsense.” “It was an accident,” he told Civil.ge.
Sanodze first came into public attention in early 2004 when President Saakashvili tasked him to monitor flaw of goods and taxes in port of Batumi in Adjara Autonomous Republic, which at the time was ruled by Aslan Abashidze.
In 2006, when he already served as head of MIA’s internal investigations unit, Sanodze, along with some other senior MIA officials, became embroiled in a murder scandal of Sandro Girgvliani. He was suspended from office pending the investigation into the Girgvliani case, but Sanodze later resumed performing his duties in MIA.
2 May. '11 Freedom House: Trotz Verbesserungen, Medien bleiben ‘zum Teil frei’ in Georgien
2 May. '11 Tbilisi's Reaktion auf den Tod von Bin Laden: "ein großer Sieg des amerik. Volkes und der Führung"
2 May. '11 Tbilisi erklärt, die WTO-Gespräche mit Moskau hätten sich auf eine Stufe bewegt, dass “sehr ernsthaft konkrete Angelegenheiten zu substantiellen Fragen" diskutiert werden
Georgia-Russia talks on Moscow’s WTO entry terms have moved to the stage of discussing “very serious concrete matters on substantive issues, which in itself is a positive step,” Nino Kalandadze, the Georgian deputy foreign minister, said on Monday.
The Georgian and Russian negotiators concluded second round of the Swiss-mediated talks on April 29 and agreed to continue talks in late May.
“Talks and proceeding successfully,” Kalandadze said. “[Talks] are encouraged by the both sides.”
She declined to discuss the details, citing a deal with the Russian side not to speak about the concrete issues amid ongoing negotiations.
2 May. '11 Die Oppositionsbewegung "People's Assembly" von Nino Burjanadze plant Proteste vom 21.Mai an
2 May. '11 Vier Gruppen, die zur Überwachung der Gespräche um die Reform des Wahlsystems eingesetzt sind, legen ihre Empfehlungen vor
1 May. '11 Israel. Sicherheitsfirma Global CST hat die israel. Behörden nicht nach einer Erlaubnis für Geschäfts-Aktivitäten in Abchasien ersucht
30 Apr. '11 US-Außenministerium zum Besuch von russ. Beamten in Sokhumi, Tskhinvali: USA bleiben der Wiederherstellung der georg. Souveränität verpflichtet und rufen die Parteien auf, die Verpflichtungen aus dem Waffenstillstandsabkommen von 2008 vollständig umzusetzen
Russia’s efforts to conclude “formal state-to-state agreements with the ‘de facto’ authorities in Abkhazia and South Ossetia” during its officials’ visit “to those separatist regions are inconsistent” with the principle of Georgia’s territorial integrity, the U.S. Department of State said on April 30.
The press statement was apparently made in reference to the visit of Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, who was in Tskhinvali and Sokhumi on April 25-26; the statement, however, makes no mentioning of the Russian Foreign Minister and instead is referring only to unspecified “Russian officials.”
“The United States remains committed to a peaceful resolution to the conflict in Georgia’s separatist regions and the restoration of Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders. We further call upon all parties to the conflict to fully implement their commitments pursuant to the 2008 Ceasefire Agreement,” the press statement reads.
30 Apr. '11 Militärübungen in Vaziani
30 Apr. '11 Abgeordnete: Neue Regelung des Wahlsystems soll im herbst verabschiedet werden
29 Apr. '11 Tbilisi, Moscow to Hold Next Round of WTO Talks in May
29 Apr. '11 Burjanadze macht sich für Protestkundgebungen bereit
28 Apr. '11 Amnesty Intenational ruft die georg. Behörden dazu auf, endlich den Girgvliani-Mordfall "sorgfältig und unparteiisch" zu untersuchen
28 Apr. '11 EU äußert "Bedenken" bezüglich des Besuches des russ. Außenministers Lavrov in Sokhumi und Tskhinvali, ohne vorherige Einwilligung der gerog. Behörden
EU noted “with concern” that Russia’s Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, visited Sokhumi and Tskhinvali earlier this week “without prior consent of the Georgian authorities.”
“The EU does not consider these visits compatible with the principle of territorial integrity,” EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton’s spokesperson said in a statement on April 28.
“The EU reiterates its support for Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity and underlines the importance of a peaceful conflict resolution in full respect of the territorial integrity of Georgia within its internationally recognized borders.”
28 Apr. '11 vor den WTO-Gesprächen: Tbilisi klagt Moskau der 'Erpressung' an
Georgian Foreign Minister, Grigol Vashadze, said that his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov’s remarks that Russia may join WTO without Georgia’s consent were “blackmail and bluff.”
Lavrov first spoke about the possibility of joining WTO bypassing Georgia in March, shortly after Georgia-Russia WTO talks and reiterated the same remarks this week, ahead of the next round of talks.
“Russia’s threats, that it will achieve a result through bypassing Georgia and as if it will join WTO without Georgia’s consent, is a pure blackmail and bluff,” Grigol Vashadze, the Georgian foreign minister, told journalists on April 28.
He said that the next round of the Swiss-mediated Georgia-Russia talks on Moscow's WTO entry terms will be held in Zurich on April 28-29. The previous round of talks was held in Bern in March.
Vashadze said that Tbilisi’s intention was not to block Russia’s WTO entry. He said, that although it was “painful” for the Georgian side to sit down at the table of negotiations with Russia, Tbilisi was willing to negotiate to find a way out from “the legal absurd, which Russia created with its stupid decision” in August, 2008, when Moscow recognized independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
28 Apr. '11 US-Marinekorpsgeneral Richard Mills lobt die georgischen Truppen in Afghanistan
28 Apr. '11 Mehrere zivile Gruppen rufen in einem Appell die Abgeordneten dazu auf, eine öffentliche Anhörung zur Entscheidung des int. Gerichtshofs im Fall Georgien gegen Russland abzuhalten
27 Apr. '11 US-Beamtin Tina Kaidanow äußert sich auf einer pressekonferenz in Tbilisi zur Reform des Wahlsystems
Die Rolle der USA sei, den Dialog zu ermutigen und eine Übereinkunft zu erreichen, damit deutlich rechtzeitig vor den Wahlen die notwendigen Punkte umgesetzt werden können.
27 Apr. '11 US-Beamtin Tina Kaidanow: Georgien habe 'legitime Bedenken zum Handel' in den WTO-Gesprächen mit Russland
27 Apr. '11 US-Beamte treffen Vertreter der Opposition und der Zivilgesellschaft
27 Apr. '11 Georgien's Außenhandel um 36% gewachsen im ersten Quartal
26 Apr. '11 Georgische und US-Beamte diskutieren demokratische Reformen
26 Apr. '11 Außenminister Grigol Vashadze besucht Armenien
26 Apr. '11 Russ. Außenminister Lavrov erklärt, Russland könne sich der WTO anschließen, indem es Georgiens Zustimmung umgehe
Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, did not rule out a scenario under which Russia could join the World Trade Organization (WTO) without Georgia’s consent.
“I do not want to go into details about what kind of specific ways do exist for Russia to join WTO without Georgia’s consent. I can say one thing: these possibilities are based on those principles under which the World Trade Organization is functioning,” RIA Novosti news agency quoted Lavrov as saying on April 26.
He made the remarks in Sokhumi after meeting with breakaway Abkhazia’s leader, Sergey Bagapsh.
Next round of Georgia-Russia talks on Moscow's WTO entry terms will be held in the Swiss capital, Bern, on April 28-29.
The Georgian officials have recently reiterated that Tbilisi’s position on Russia’s WTO entry terms remains unchanged and it insists that Russia provide “transparency” of border crossing points in breakaway Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
Georgian Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze said in an interview with the Russian weekly magazine, Ogoniok, that Tbilisi had no intention to block Russia's WTO accession. He also said that Tbilisi was pushing for trade-related demands regulated by the WTO rules, which had nothing to do with politics or military issues.
Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister, Nino Kalandadze, said on April 26, that Georgia’s position on Russia’s WTO entry terms remained “unchanged.” Tbilisi has been insisting on “transparency” of trade through border crossing points in breakaway Abkhazia and South Ossetia, including through deployment there Georgian customs officers. Moscow says by pushing this demand Georgia is politicizing WTO-related talks.
Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, first spoke about the possibility of joining WTO without Georgia’s go-ahead in March, shortly after the WTO talks between Georgian and Russian negotiators in Bern.
Decisions on accession to the organization are taken by the WTO’s Ministerial Conference, which meets at least once every two years, or by the General Council, which meets usually once every six to eight weeks.
According to article 12 of the WTO Agreement decisions on the term of individual accession are to be approved by a two-thirds majority of WTO’s 153 members.
But the article 9 says, that the organization’s practice is to arrive at decisions by consensus and that a vote is only taken when it’s impossible to reach a consensus.
In 1995 WTO’s General Council decided that the consensus-based decision-making should take precedence, instead of a vote. But voting still remains an option if a consensus can not be reached.
The voting, however, remains technically complicated because of absence of smaller delegations from the General Council meetings making it difficult to secure a two-thirds majority necessary for approval of decision on accession.
Commenting on Russian officials’ remarks about the possibility to join WTO bypassing Georgia’s consent, Michael McFaul, the U.S. President’s special assistant and National Security Council’s senior director for Russian and Eurasian Affairs, said on April 15, that Washington would not be in favor of that scenario as it would not be a solution of the dispute.
He said “a creative solution” should be found to the dispute by providing transparency of border crossing points in the breakaway regions without putting there Georgian customs officials.
26 Apr. '11 Georgischer Außenminister Grigol Vashadze zu anstehenden Gesprächen über Russlands WTO-Beitritt
There is absolutely no pressure on Georgia from the western partners to soften position in talks over Russia's WTO accession, Grigol Vashadze, the Georgian foreign minister said in an interview with the Russian magazine published on April 25.
"Our partners told us only once, that while negotiating with the Russian delegation, please, remember, that the entire world's economy will benefit from Russia's WTO accession," Vashadze told Russian weekly magazine, Ogoniok, which is part of the Kommersant Publishing Group.
Next round of Georgia-Russia talks on Moscow's WTO entry terms will be held in the Swiss capital, Bern, on April 28-29.
"We go to Bern for negotiations not with a purpose to block Russia's WTO accession; we go there in order to find together with the Russian delegation mutually acceptable way out of the legal nightmare, which Moscow has created with its unthoughtful, hasty, emotional and stupid decision to recognize so called independence of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali region," he said.
Vashadze said, that Tbilisi was pushing for trade-related demands regulated by the WTO rules.
"We won't be putting on the table of negotiations any political, military or other issues not related to the matter," Vashadze said.
25 Apr. '11 Russ. Außenminister Lavrov und Kokoity treffen sich in Tskhinvali
Russia’s Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, who arrived in Tskhinvali on April 25, met with the breakaway South Ossetia’s leader Eduard Kokoity.
“We expect, that the Georgian leadership will implicitly confirm its commitment not to use force against South Ossetia and Abkhazia,” Lavrov said in his opening remarks at the meeting with Kokoity, RIA Novosti and Interfax news agencies reported.
“We will provide any assistance to South Ossetia in this regard and we will strongly insist that international discussions consider this task as a priority,” Lavrov said.
“We don't rule out military provocations from Georgia, because anything can be expected from the current regime in Tbilisi; so we will spare no efforts to reliably protect the South Ossetian border and to be ready if someone will again wish to commit the crime of August, 2008," he said.
Russia had been insisting on, what it called, legally binding non-use of force agreement between Tbilisi and Sokhumi and Tbilisi and Tskhinvali, which Georgia was against of. Last year Russia proposed unilateral non-use of force declarations to be made separately by Tbilisi, Sokhumi and Tskhinvali. But after President Saakashvili made such unilateral non-use of force pledge at the European Parliament on November 23, Moscow again started to insist on a written agreement between the sides, but at the same time refusing to make itself part of such agreement, claiming that is a mediator not a party into the conflict.
In Tskhinvali Lavrov reiterated Russia’s commitment to assist in “restoring what has been destructed as a result of Georgian aggression.”
According to the South Ossetian officials, in Tskhinvali the Russian Foreign Minister is accompanied by his deputy Grigory Karasin, who is Russian chief negotiator in Geneva talks, as well as by head of the Russia’s North Ossetian Republic Teimuraz Mamsurov.
Lavrov and Kokoity exchanged notes marking entry into force a non-visa travel agreement between Moscow and Tskhinvali.
After visiting Tskhinvali Lavrov will travel to Sokhumi to meet with the breakaway Abkhazia’s leadership on April 26.
23 Apr. '11 266 Inhaftierte begnadigt
23 Apr. '11 Russ. Außenminister Lavrov wird Tskhinvali und Sokhumi besuchen
22 Apr. '11 Präsident Saakashvili begrüßt Kooperation mit Frankreich bei Rede in Poti
Er dankte für die Unterstützung zur Modernisierung der Infrastruktur Georgiens. In Poti hatte die franz. Thales Gruppe ein Flugverkehrkontrollsystem installiert.
President Saakashvili hailed “very good relations” with France and thanked that country for providing assistance to Georgia’s “infrastructure modernization”.
Saakashvili was speaking on April 22 after visiting an air traffic control system, installed in Black Sea port town of Poti by the Thales Group, defence and civil aviation electronics company, part-owned by the French state.
“I want to emphasize on those very good relations, which we have with France,” Saakashvili said at a ceremony in Poti in presence of French Secretary of State for Transport Thierry Mariani.
He said that France “in the shortest period of time” replaced radar systems in Tbilisi, damaged in the August war.  
“We have huge plans of cooperation for Georgia’s infrastructure modernization. France has one of the best infrastructures in the world and one of the best engineering experiences and France is probably the largest supporter to Georgia’s modernization in this regard,” Saakashvili said.
Thales has become a major provider of air traffic control systems to Georgia. In December, 2008 Georgian state-owned air navigation service provider, Sakaeronavigatsia Ltd., and Thales signed a contract for the replacement of both primary and secondary radars at Tbilisi international airport. Thales installed new radars in Tbilisi in summer, 2009 and provided RSM 970 radar in Poti.
Saakashvili said that the air traffic control system in Poti would serve the new airport in the port town, which, he said, would go into operation from 2012.
21 Apr. '11 Regierung wird den Bau für ein Wasserkraftwerk in Khudoni in Svaneti unterzeichnen
Pre-construction activities for the major, 650 megawatt hydropower plant, Khudoni, in mountainous region of Svaneti, will start this year with actual construction of the plant scheduled to start from 2012, Nika Gilauri, the Georgian PM, said on April 21.
Speaking at a government session PM Gilauri said that a contract will be signed with, as he put it, “an Indian company” in next few days on construction of the Khudoni hydro power plant.
PM Gilauri gave name of the company as “Continental Energy”; although according to a written agenda of the April 21 government session, the cabinet members discussed the governmental decree on signing a contract with Trans Electrica Ltd.
Trans Electrica Ltd., according to its website, is a “company promoted by prominent NRIs [non-resident Indians] and local Georgian partners,” which has been formed for “harnessing the hydro power resources available in Georgia” with focus on Khudoni Hydropower Project.
Construction of the Khudoni dam on the Enguri river in western Georgia started back in 1986, but it was halted in late 80s after the protests over environmental concern.
Construction of about 200-meter dam and a reservoir for the Khudoni HPP will cause flooding of Khaishi village, which will require resettlement of local residents.
PM Nika Gilauri hailed the project, saying that it would lead to investment of about USD 1 billion, “making it one of the largest investment projects in Georgia”.
Energy Minister, Alexandre Khetaguri, said that the company would undertake committeemen to complete the construction within six years.
The Georgian authorities say the country’s hydro power generation has a potential to attract USD 5 billion in next 7-8 years. President Saakashvili said in his annual state of the nation address in the Parliament on February 11 that Georgia would have 17 new hydro power plants by 2015.
According to the Georgian government-commissioned and the World Bank-supported study, looking into the country’s power sector development, construction of Namakhvani HPP, Paravani HPP and Khudoni HPP are the most attractive scenarios.
Environmentalists, however, are skeptical about the Khudoni HPP project. Manana Kochladze of the environmental group, Green Alternative, says emergence of new water surfaces as a result of construction of dam may endanger climate in Svaneti, the region which the government tries to turn into one of the major tourist destinations in Georgia.
According to the World Bank impacts of a dam construction on microclimate will be of “very localized nature.”
21 Apr. '11 EU-Erweiterungskommissar Stefan Füle äußert sich zu den Gesprächen über die Reform des Wahlsystems
Stefan Füle, European Commissioner for Enlargement, said talks on electoral system reform in Georgia were important to build trust between the various stakeholders.
In a statement released after meeting with Georgian State Minister for Euro-Atlantic Integration, Giorgi Baramidze, in Brussels on April 18, the European Commissioner said, that events in North Africa “have demonstrated an increased importance to ensure that voices of the peoples are heard and that political pluralism and free and fair elections are in place.”
“Therefore I welcome the dialogue between the government and the opposition on the reform of the electoral code. I also welcome the engagement of the civil society in this process. These talks are important to build trust and confidence among all stakeholders,” Commissioner Füle said, adding that he also welcomed Georgia’s intention to consult closely with the Council of Europe’s advisory body on legal affairs, Venice Commission.
Talks between the opposition and the ruling party on electoral system reform are currently halted and while the both sides claim that they desire to resume negotiations, the prospects of talks remain unclear. The most recent major development came on April 5, when the group of eight opposition parties presented their new proposals on the electoral system on which the ruling party has yet to give its response.
During the meeting with Baramidze, who is also Georgia’s Deputy PM, Füle said, he welcomed progress in the Association Agreement negotiations and called on Georgia to “keep a pragmatic approach” during these talks.
He said that the European Commission remained committed to recommending EU member states to start talks with Georgia on deep and comprehensive free trade area (DCFTA) “as soon as sufficient progress in the implementation of the ‘key recommendations’ has been made.”
EU is expected to release a review of European Neighborhood Policy (ENP) next month, which will include progress reports about fulfillment of commitments under ENP by the participant countries also including Georgia.
Georgia will host in its Black Sea resort of Batumi an international conference on cooperation in frames of EU’s Eastern Partnership on July 21-23.
21 Apr. '11 Chef des nationalen Sicherheitsrats Giga Bokeria: Moskau's 'Irritation' über die Georgien-NATO-Beziehungen sind keine Überraschung
21 Apr. '11 Familien ersuchen um Begnadigung für israelischen Geschäftsmann
20 Apr. '11 Kommissar für Menschenrechte vom Europarat Thomas Hammarberg informiert über seinen  Georgien-Besuch
Moscow’s “irritation” over Georgia’s close ties with NATO is not a surprise, because “unfortunately” it is in line with Russia’s general policy towards its neighbors, Giga Bokeria, secretary of Georgian National Security Council, said on April 20. 
“As long as Moscow’s [current policy] remains, any step made by Georgia in direction of Euro-Atlantic space will cause [Moscow’s] irritation,” Bokeria said, adding that he hopes Russia’s such approach will change.
He said that there also was no sign of change in Russia’s current “illegitimate position” over its internationally undertaken commitments, including towards “de-occupation” of parts of Georgia, which he said, was demonstrated in the recent statement by the Russian Foreign Ministry.
The Russian Foreign Ministry said on April 19, that a joint statement of NATO-Georgia Commission includes “usual set of biased wordings”, which were far from realities on the ground in respect of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. In particular it criticized the part of the statement, in which NATO foreign ministers called on Russia to follow its commitments under the August 12 and September 8, 2008 ceasefire accords. The Russian Foreign Ministry said that “the only remaining disputed issue” in respect of those ceasefire accords was resolved after Russia withdrew its troops from the village of Perevi last October.
20 Apr. '11 US-Botschafter John Bass zur Reform des Wahlsystems
Diskussionen müssen deutlich vor den Parlamentswahlen im nächsten Jahr zu einem Ergebnis führen.
Discussions over electoral system reform have to produce an outcome far ahead of the next year’s parliamentary elections so that stakeholders have enough time to understand what the rules are, John Bass, the U.S. ambassador to Georgia, said on April 20.
Talks between the opposition and the ruling party on electoral system reform are currently halted and while the both sides claim that they desire to resume negotiations, the prospects of talks remain unclear. The most recent major development came on April 5, when the group of eight opposition parties presented their new proposals on the electoral system on which the ruling party has yet to give its response.
Ambassador, John Bass, told journalists on April 20, that U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s remarks made at the NATO-Georgia Commission on April 15 in Berlin about the importance of democratic transition of power in Georgia through the parliamentary elections in 2012 and presidential elections in 2013 “reflect our view that the deeper development of Georgia’s democracy requires increased confidence by the people” in the electoral system.
“Important right now is that there are number of people in government and outside government, number of actors – the government, set of parties – that are committed to working through a new set of rules for next year’s election. I think that it’s important that those discussions produce an outcome far enough in advance of an actual election [so] that everybody understands the rules, everybody understands what the competition is for in terms of composition of Parliament and is able to compete effectively and fairly,” Bass said.
Ambassador Bass was speaking after a presentation during which he outlined over USD 90 million of U.S.-funded programs for next four years, designed to support democracy and good governance in Georgia.
“Fundamentally democratic transformation in Georgia is essential to Georgia’s long-term security,” he said.
Secretary of Georgia’s National Security Council, Giga Bokeria, who was present at the presentation, said that despite many differences within the diverse Georgian society, there was a broad consensus on “unwavering, fundamental choice in favor of independent, free, democratic state in the Euro-Atlantic space.”
“On this road we encountered many obstacles and we still face some. Part of those obstacles was due to our mistakes and part of them was inherited and some of those obstacles are those which some people try to impose on us… Assistance provided by our friends is invaluable in the view of those obstacles, mistakes or lack of experience we have,” Bokeria said.
The presentation of U.S.-funded democracy and governance programs was held in lead up to a meeting of a bilateral U.S.-Georgian working group on democracy, which will be held in Tbilisi on April 27. The meeting is part of a regular dialogue in frames of U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Charter.
20 Apr. '11 Russland kritisiert Erklärung der NATO-Georgien-Kommission
19 Apr. '11 Familien werden Begnadigung für die israelischen Geschäftsmänner ersuchen
19 Apr. '11 Georgien annuliert das Militärtransitabkommen mit Russland
19 Apr. '11 In Den Haag angesiedelte Firma APM Terminals kauft 80% Anteile am Hafen von Poti
19 Apr. '11 US-Beamter McFaul zu den georgisch-russischen WTO Gesprächen. es könnte "eine kreative Lösung" geben
18 Apr. '11 Europ. Gerichtshof für Menschenrechte ECHR entscheidet nächste Woche im Girgvliani-Fall
18 Apr. '11 Senatoren der Republikaner besuchen Georgien
18 Apr. '11 Verfassungsgericht verwirft teilweise Regelungen des neuen Demonstrationsgesetzes
18 Apr. '11 Tbilisi erklärt, man habe detalliert mit dem israel. Botschafter über den Besuch von Vertretern der Sicherheitsfirma CST in Abchasien gesprochen
18 Apr. '11 Tbilisi weist die Forderung nach 100 Mio. USD durch die israelische Firma Elbit Systems zurück
18 Apr. '11 Georgien und Russland halten nächste Woche Gespräche über Russlands WTO-Beitritt ab
16 Apr. '11 Sokhumi und Tskhinvali weisen Georgien's geplante neutrale Reisedokumente ab
15 Apr. '11 Abchasischer Beamte zum Grenzkonflikt mit Moskau
Abchasien habe nicht anerkannt, dass Aigba ein russ. Dorf sei.
15 Apr. '11 NATO-Generalsekretär Rasmussen: 2011 wird Schlüsseljahr für das Voranbringen der demokratischen Reformen in Georgien
15 Apr. '11 Auf dem NATO-Gipfel in Berlin trafen sich am Rande auch die NATO- und Georgiens Außenminister
NATO-Georgia relations have "deepened significantly in recent years," NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, said in his opening remarks of the NATO-Georgia Commission (NGC) at the level of foreign ministers on April 15.
Rasmussen said at the meeting, which was held on the sideline of NATO foreign ministers' summit in Berlin, that deepening these relations "helped Georgia to play an increasingly important role as security contributor.”
“NATO Ministers welcomed the overall positive dynamic in Georgia’s democratic development,” a joint statement released after NGC meeting.
“At the same time, they noted that work remains to be done for the Georgian Government to adopt and implement necessary reforms, and to cooperate with the opposition on implementing democratic reforms. NATO Ministers stressed the importance of electoral reform in view of the upcoming parliamentary elections in 2012. They also encouraged Georgia to continue to strengthen the rule of law and the role of civil society, as well as continue to deepen reforms regarding the judiciary and the media.”
NATO foreign ministers also “encouraged further reforms in the defence and security sphere.”
NATO ministers reaffirmed their support for Georgia’s territorial integrity and sovereignty and also reiterated their “continued policy” of non-recognition of breakaway South Ossetia and Abkhazia.     
The next meeting of NATO-Georgia Commission at the ambassadors’ level will be held in Georgia in autumn 2011.
15 Apr. '11 Staatsminister für Reintegration Eka Tkeshelashvili informiert Abgeordnete über die Umsetzung des "Aktionsplan zum Engagement" in den besetzten Gebieten
Zur Einführung neutraler Reisedokumente und Identifikationskarten müssen eine Anzahl von GEsetzesänderungen initiert werden.
14 Apr. '11 Chef einer israelischen Sicherheitsfirma in Abchasien zu Treffen mit u.a. Sergey Shamba
14 Apr. '11 Regierung plant, Betriebsprüfungen durch das Finanzamt auszulagern
14 Apr. '11 Neue Organisation zu Medien gegründet, um die Anstrengungen zur Verbesserung der Medien zu koordinieren
Die Begründer sind: Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association; Transparency International-Georgia; Open Society Georgia Foundation; Civic Development Institute; Eurasia Partnership Foundation; NGO for Civil Society; Georgian Regional Media Association; Georgian Regional Broadcasters’ Association; Regional Broadcasters’ Network; Journalistic Ethics Charter Council of Georgia und Media Club.
14 Apr. '11 Zentralbank läßt den leitzins unverändert
13 Apr. '11 EU-Diplomaten erklären, dass sie den Prozess um die Wahlreform eng beobachten
13 Apr. '11 Sokhumi begrüßt Resolution des Europäischen Parliaments
13 Apr. '11 Präsident Saakashvili beglückwünscht die Regierung zur Ausgabe der Eurobonds
13 Apr. '11 Georgien debattiert im Europaparlament
In einer Resolution werden die signifikante Fortschritte Georgiens seit dem letzten beobachterrbericht 2008 begrüßt und das Engagement in den letzten zwölf jahren seit Beitritt anerkannt.
Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe (PACE) adopted on April 13 resolution on honoring commitments by Georgia, undertaken when the country jointed Council of Europe twelve years ago.
While welcoming “significant efforts” by the Georgian government in honouring its commitment and “considerable progress” achieved since the last monitoring report in 2008 despite the consequences of the August war, the resolution also outlines shortcomings in various areas.
The adoption of the resolution was preceded by debates on a report prepared by two co-rapporteurs on Georgia – Michael Jensen, a lawmaker from Denmark and Kastriot Islami, a lawmaker from Albania.
During the debates most of the speakers said that the report was “balanced” and, as one speaker said, the co-rapporteurs “managed to strike a middle ground” without underestimating progress or shortcomings.
The most of the criticism came from the Russian delegation, who said that the report was not fully reflecting the problems in Georgia, including one of “political prisoners”.
Sergei Markov, lawmaker from Russia’s ruling party, United Russia, said that the report “leaves mixed impression”; he said the report was not about “real Georgia, where the opposition is suffering and is afraid, where the TV channels are under the government’s control.”
MP Konstantin Kosachev, who leads the Russian delegation at PACE, said that Russia would be sincerely pleased with the Georgian people’s successes, because Russia considers Georgian people “as friends.” Kosachev said that while now everyone were expressing concern about developments in Libya, “we have to bear in mind that President Saakashvili tried to act very much the same against his own people” in August, 2008.
“While comparing to Gaddafi maybe you can recall Chechnya,” Akaki Minashvili, a senior Georgian lawmaker responded during the debates. “While [speaking about] political prisoners maybe you can recall Khadarkovsky; while speaking about friendship – we know what your friendship is; your friendship is expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Georgians from Abkhazia and South Ossetia.”
The resolution, which in overall was welcomed by the Georgian delegation, praises the Georgian authorities for taking initiatives “to overcome the polarisation and confrontational atmosphere that has regrettably dominated the political landscape”, as well as efforts “to strengthen the position and role of the opposition.”
The resolution says that the 2012 parliamentary and 2013 presidential elections “will be the litmus test” and calls on the political parties to agree on “election system that can muster the full trust of all electoral stakeholders.”
While welcoming the major constitutional changes, which will go into force in late 2013, the resolution also calls on the Georgian authorities to take into consideration recommendations by Council of Europe’s advisory body, Venice Commission. In particular the resolution calls for revising procedures for non-confidence vote to the government so that to strengthen the powers of the Parliament in this process; it also calls for increasing the Parliament’s role in budgetary matters.
The resolution expresses concern over “the problems of the administration of justice that could endanger the principles of equal application of the law.”
“The Assembly calls upon the Georgian authorities to address these problems which, if left unaddressed, could undermine the considerable progress made by the authorities in the field of judicial reform and the strengthening of the independence of the judiciary,” the resolution reads.
The resolution also notes “the persistent allegations that high-level corruption has not been fully eradicated”. It says that complaints over excessive use of force by the police during the protests “do not seem to be effectively and systematically investigated.”
The resolution welcomes “political will” of the Georgian government to address the problem of overcrowding and inadequate living conditions in prisons. It says that growth of the prison population “is largely the result of the very strict, even sometimes disproportionate, mandatory sentencing guidelines, even for minor crimes” and because of consecutive sentencing rules.
While welcoming entry into force of the law on the prosecution service, the resolution also says that considerable powers given to the Minister of Justice to conduct personally the prosecution of high ranking officials, such as president and members of the government, should be abolished.
The resolution expresses “regret” that Georgia has not yet honored its commitment to sign the European Charter for Regional and Minority Languages and calls on Georgia to sign and ratify this Charter “without further delay.”
The resolution also expresses concern about “the manner in which IDPs were recently evicted from their residences in Tbilisi.” When during the debates this issue was raised by one of the speakers, a senior Georgian lawmaker Petre Tsiskarishvili responded: “I do not want you my dear colleagues to misinterpret the facts and call the resettlement process [of IDPs] ‘eviction’ or ‘throwing people out in the streets’.”

12 Apr. '11 Bagapsh spielt spielt den Disput über das Dorf Aibga bei den 'Grenzgesprächen' mit Moskau herunter
12 Apr. '11 Georgien tauscht die Truppen in Helmand in Afghanistan aus
12 Apr. '11 Georgien gibt einen 10-jährigen Eurobond über 500 Mio. USD heraus
12 Apr. '11 Wahlreform: Opposition wartet auf Antwort der Regierungspartei
11 Apr. '11 Russ. Außenministerium: Tbilisi will den Gali-Distrikt destabilisieren
11 Apr. '11 Stellvertretender Außenminister Davit Jalagania äußert sich zu dem Menschenrechtsbericht über Georgien
11 Apr. '11 Sokhumi wirft Tbilisi 'Terrorismus' vor im Zusammenhang mit der Schießerei im Gali-Distrikt
Der Zwischenfall sei Teil der Anstrengungen von Tbilisi, “die Situation zu destabilisieren" und die ansäßige Bevölkerung einzuschüchtern. ...
10 Apr. '11 Präsident Saakashvili spricht von drei Typen der Opposition
Die einen hoffen auf die Invasion der russ. Armee, andere geben hysterische Erklärungen ab, dass es keine Demokratie gebe, und die dritte Gruppe engagiert sich in konstruktiven Debatten mit der Regierung.
President Saakashvili said on April 9, that there were three types of opposition forces in Georgia – one “hoping” for the Russian army to invade Georgia, another one making “hysterical” statements on not having a democracy and the third one, which engages in constructive debate with the government.
10 Apr. '11 Präsident Saakashvili: Georgien solle ein Modell für andere in der Region sein - "frei von Korrution", "Frei von Verbrechen" und "ein ökologisch sauberes Land"
9 Apr. '11 US-Menschenrechtsbericht über Georgien
Trotz gewisser bedeutender Verbesserungen bleiben die hauptsächlichen Bendenken.
9 Apr. '11 Israelische Rüstungsfirma verklagt Georgien in Großbritannien auf 100 Mio. USD wegen ausgebliebener Zahlungen im Geschäft um Dronen
8 Apr. '11 Russischer Soldat und zwei Georgier bei Schießerei in Gali getötet
8 Apr. '11 Staatshaushalt für 2011 abgeändert
8 Apr. '11 Ministerium für intern Vertriebene nach Gori übergesiedelt
8 Apr. '11 Kontroverse über "leaked" politische Ratings
8 Apr. '11 Gesetzesentwurf zur Transparenz des Eigentums an Fernsehanstalten verabschiedet
8 Apr. '11 Georgische öffentliche Rundfunkanstalten (GPB) erhalten 20 Mio. GEL für russischsprachigen Satellitnachrichtensender PIK
8 Apr. '11 Watchdog ruft die Georgische nationale Fernsehkommission (GNCC) auf, 'einen mannigfaltigen Medienmarkt zu gewährleisten'
Bei der nächsten Runde zur Vergabe der Lizenzen sollen Sender berücksichtigt werden, die seriösen Nachrichten und Programmen mit Bildungsinhalten gewidmet sind.
7 Apr. '11 Turkisches Außenministerium: Bagapsh's Besuch sei 'nicht offiziell', beruhe nur auf medizinischen Gründen
7 Apr. '11 NATO-Gesandter James Appathurai trifft die Opposition
7 Apr. '11 Bagapsh besucht die Türkei
7 Apr. '11 NATO-Gesandter James Appathurai: Beziehungen 'gehen in die richtige Richtung'
Dass die NATO in der Frage der territorialen Integrität Georgiens und der Unabhängigkeit von Abchasien und Südossetien keine Kompromisse eingehen wird, seien sehr starke Prinzipien, auf denen die gegenseitige Beziehung basiere.
7 Apr. '11 NATO-Gesandter für den Kaukasus James Appathurai besucht Georgien
6 Apr. '11 Umfrage zeigt, die Georgier seien zunehmend besorgt über die Wirtschaft
6 Apr. '11 Sprecherin des Präsidenten Manana Manjgaladze: 'Kriminalfall' wird nicht die Beziehungen zu Israel beschädigen
5 Apr. '11 Opposition legt neue Vorschläge zum Wahlrecht vor
5 Apr. '11 UPDATE - Regulator erklärt, Befragung zeigt, der Hunger der TV-Zuschauer auf Nachrichten nimmt ab
5 Apr. '11 Vier Georgier sterben beim Flugzeugabsturz im Kongo
5 Apr. '11 Protestierende vor dem Gerichtshof verhaftet
Die von verschiedenen Gruppen organisierte Demonstration sprach sich für Rechte von Häftlingen aus und forderte eine großzügige Amnestie.
5 Apr. '11 Opposition plant neue Vorschläge, 'um die Gespräche zum Wahlrecht zu retten'
4 Apr. '11 Jährliche Inflation im März bei 13.9%
4 Apr. '11 Public Defender's 2010 Human Rights Report
4 Apr. '11 Außenminister Grigol Vashadze besucht Spanien
3 Apr. '11 Präsident Saakashvili wiederholt, er sei gegen die Änderung der Mehrheitsregelung für Abgeordnete im Wahlrecht
2 Apr. '11 Moskau und Suchumi erörtern das Dorf Aibga bei den 'Grenzgesprächen'
2 Apr. '11 Außenminister Grigol Vashadze: 'ungemein enttäuscht' über die Entscheidung des int. Gerichtshof
Das Argument für die Entscheidung sei "gänzlich lächerlich". ... Dagegen äußerte der Abgeorgdnete Akaki Minashvili von der Regierungspartei, er wolle der georgischen Seite zu dem Erfolg gratulieren. Die Fortsetzung sei nur auch technischen Gründen ausgesetzt.
1 Apr. '11 Presseberichte: Investmentfond RAKIA der Ver. Arab. Emirate in Gesprächen, Anteile am Hafen in Poti zu verkaufen
1 Apr. '11 Russland weist zurück, dass sein Offizier mit dem Anschlag in Georgien in Verbindung stehe
1 Apr. '11 Russland 'zufrieden' mit der Entscheidung des int. Gerichtshofs
1 Apr. '11 Georgien erklärt, dass die Entscheidung des int. Gerichtshofs Raum läßt für weitere juristische Schritte gegn Russland
1 Apr. '11 Georgien's Fall gegen Russland scheitert darin, in der Sache selbst am Gerichtshof fortzufahren
1 Apr. '11 Präsident Saakashvili sagt dem nationalen Sicherheitsrat, dass die Sicherheitsmaßnahmen intensiviert werden
1 Apr. '11 Zwei israelischen Geschäftsmänner verurteilt wegen Bestechung