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30 Sep. '09 Russisches Außenministerium über den EU-geförderten Bericht zum Augustkrieg
30 Sep. '09 Georgischer Staatsminister Temur Iakobashvili äußert sich zu dem Bericht: "der Bericht sagt, dass alle russischen Argumente, um die Invasion in Georgien zu rechtfertigen, nicht korrekt und eine Lüge sind"
Temur Iakobashvili, the Georgian state minister for reintegration, said shortly after the EU-funded report on the last year’s August war was released, that the document denies Russia’s claims that Georgia launched the war.
“This report definitely says that all Russian arguments, which it brought to justify its right to invade Georgia, are incorrect and a lie. The report unambiguously confirms that no genocide has been carried out in the Tskhinvali region [as claimed initially by Russia]. This report unambiguously says that Russia had no right to invade a sovereign state under the pretext of protecting its so called citizens. It says that the passportization, which was conducted there, was illegal. The report says that they have no proof to confirm that the Georgian side killed Russian peacekeepers – as you remember, it was one of Russia’s arguments to attack Georgia. All the three arguments used by Russia have been rejected in the report,” Iakobashvili said.        
“I want to emphasize that the document does not mention anywhere that Georgia has launched the war. Any provocations, interpretations around this issue will be a lie. Nothing similar is written in the report. The report says that the war was not launched on August 7 or 8 and that this military provocation was prepared long before.”
“Although a great part of the facts coincides with the facts submitted by us, we do not agree with some assessments included in this report,” he continued.
“First of all, we do not agree with the opinion and interpretation that there was no mass invasion of Russian forces [prior to late August 7 when Georgia says it had to launch defensive operations]; here the report contradicts with itself, as it says that Russian forces, other than peacekeepers, were already deployed there; it confirms that the Russian side was actively arming and assisting the separatists. So, in this case we cannot see any difference between the separatists and the Russians,” Iakobashvili said. 
“We also think that the argument included in the document that Georgia used excessive force while attacking Tskhinvali is incorrect because all those facts, we are talking about, incited us to take efficient steps for depending our population,” he said.
“Our decision was justified and it was proved by consequent developments, when we managed to evacuate the majority of our population out of the region. We want to stress that the military action carried out by Russia is an aggression against a sovereign state,” he added.
30 Sep. '09 EU-geförderter Bericht zum Augustkrieg - EU-Funded Report on August War
* Unmöglich, die Gesamtverantwortlichkeit einer Seite alleine zuzuweisen;
* Offene Feindseligkeiten begannen mit Georgiens Beschuss von Tskhinvali;
* ‘Einige russische Streitkräfte’ außer den Friedenstruppen waren in Südossetien vor dem Angriff Georgiens;
* Georgiens Anwendung von Gewalt ungerechtfertigt;
* Russlands Anwendung von Gewalt außerhalb Südossetiens ungerechtfertigt;
* Georgisches Vorhaben zu einem Genozid ‘konnte nicht belegt werden’;
* Ethnische Säuberungen durchgeführt gegen Georgier;

    * Impossible ‘to assign overall responsibility’ to one side alone;
    * Open hostilities began with Georgia’s shelling of Tskhinvali;
    * ‘Some Russian forces’ other than PK were in S.Ossetia prior Georgia’s attack;
    * Georgia’s use of force unjustifiable;
    * Russia’s use of force beyond S.Ossetia unjustifiable;
    * Georgian intent for genocide ‘could not be proven’;
    * Ethnic cleansing carried out against Georgians;
A report by EU-funded mission probing into the August war, which was made public on September 30, says that “shelling” of Tskhinvali by the Georgian armed forces during the night of August 7-8 “marked the beginning of the large-scale armed conflict.”
“Yet it was only the culminating point of a long period of increasing tensions, provocations and incidents,” reads the report, which says that its findings “cannot claim veracity or completeness in an absolute sense.”
 “Open hostilities began with a large-scale Georgian military operation against the town of Tskhinvali and the surrounding areas, launched in the night of 7 to 8 August 2008. Operations started with a massive Georgian artillery attack,” the report reads.
But the report also says that any explanation of the origins of the war “cannot focus solely on the artillery attack on Tskhinvali in the night of 7/8 August.”
“The evaluation also has to cover the run-up to the war during the years before and the mounting tensions in the months and weeks immediately preceding the outbreak of hostilities. It must also take into account years of provocations, mutual accusations, military and political threats and acts of violence both inside and outside the conflict zone,” the report reads.
Georgia says that it had to launch defensive operation at 11:35pm local time on August 7 to counter already started Russian military invasion.
Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on the Conflict in Georgia (IIFFMCG), led by Swiss diplomat Heidi Tagliavini, said that it was “not in a position to consider as sufficiently substantiated the Georgian claim concerning a large-scale Russian military incursion into South Ossetia before 8 August 2008.”
IIFFMCG finding, however, also indicates on number of reports and publications, including of Russian origin, according to which the Russian side was carrying out training and military equipment of South Ossetian and Abkhaz forces prior to the August, 2008.
“Additionally there seems to have been an influx of volunteers or mercenaries from the territory of the Russian Federation to South Ossetia through the Roki tunnel and over the Caucasus range in early August,” the report reads.
It also notes about presence of “some Russian forces” in South Ossetia, other than the Russian peacekeeping forces, prior to 2:30pm on August 8, when Russia says it made a decision on intervention.
“Also it seems that the Russian air force started its operations against Georgian targets, including those outside South Ossetian administrative boundaries, already in the morning of 8 August, i.e. prior to the time given in the Russian official information,” according to the report.
Russia justified its intervention by the intention to stop “genocide” of the Ossetian population, to protect Russian citizens in South Ossetia and its peacekeeping troops in the region. Russia claimed that two of its peacekeepers were killed in the morning of August 8 and five wounded in the Georgian attacks. Georgia denied any deliberate attacks on the Russian peacekeepers’ headquarters in Tskhinvali.
IIFFMCG said it “does not have independent reports which could substantiate or deny the allegations of either side.”
“Albeit, taking into account the existing dangerous conditions on the ground, casualties among the Russian PKF [Peacekeeping Forces] personnel were likely,” the report says.
As far as Russian and South Ossetian accusations of genocide are concerned, the report says that alleged Georgian intent for genocide “could not be proven.”
“After having carefully reviewed the facts in the light of the relevant law, the Mission concludes that to the best of its knowledge allegations of genocide committed by the Georgian side in the context of the August 2008 conflict and its aftermath are neither founded in law nor substantiated by factual evidence,” the report reads.
The report concludes that ethnic cleansing was carried out against the Georgian population.
“There was evidence of systematic looting and destruction of ethnic Georgian villages in South Ossetia. Consequently, several elements suggest the conclusion that ethnic cleansing was indeed practiced against ethnic Georgians in South Ossetia both during and after the August 2008 conflict,” the report reads.
On the question of whether the use of force by Georgia involving shelling of Tskhinvali was justifiable under the international law, the report says: “It was not.”
IIFFMCG’s explanation is that Georgia had a non-use of force commitment under the legally binding international documents, such as the 1992 Sochi Agreement and 1996 Memorandum on Measures to Provide Security and Strengthen Mutual Trust between the Sides in the Georgian-South Ossetian Conflict.
“Even if it were assumed that Georgia was repelling an attack, e.g. in response to South Ossetian attacks against Georgian populated villages in the region, according to international law, its armed response would have to be both necessary and proportional,” the report reads.
But, the report says, shelling of Tskhinvali with GRAD multiple rocket launchers (MRLS) and heavy artillery during the night of August 7-8 does not satisfy the “requirements of having been necessary and proportionate in order to defend those villages.”
“It follows from the illegal character of the Georgian military assault that South Ossetian defensive action in response did conform to international law in terms of legitimate self-defence. However, any operations of South Ossetian forces outside of the purpose of repelling the Georgian armed attack, in particular acts perpetrated against ethnic Georgians inside and outside South Ossetia, must be considered as having violated International Humanitarian Law and in many cases also Human Rights Law,” according to the report.
As far as legality of use of force by Russia is concerned, IIFFMCG takes a “differentiated” approach, dividing “the Russian reaction to the Georgian attack” into two phases – the one, which was the immediate reaction in order to defend Russian peacekeepers in Tskhinvali and the second one, the invasion deep into the Georgian territories beyond South Ossetia.
IIFFMCG concluded that in the first instance, “there seems to be little doubt that if the Russian peacekeepers were attacked, Russia had the right to defend them using military means proportionate to the attack.”
“Hence the Russian use of force for defensive purposes during the first phase of the conflict would be legal,” the report says.
As far as the second phase is concerned, the report says that “much of the Russian military action went far beyond the reasonable limits of defence.”
“It must be concluded that the Russian military action outside South Ossetia was essentially conducted in violation of international law,” the report reads.
It also says that Russia violated UN Charter when it and its Abkhaz allies attacked upper Kodori Gorge, the only part of breakaway Abkhazia under the Tbilisi control at that time.
IIFFMCG also concluded that recognition of breakaway Abkhazia and South Ossetia by a third country “is consequently contrary to international law” as well as “the mass conferral” of Russian passports to the residents of the breakaway regions.
The report, consisting of more than 1,000 pages (including various materials provided by the parties involved), is a result of the nine-month work by IIFFMCG, whose representatives held dozens of talks and interviews with government officials and diplomats, political as well as military leaders, witnesses and victims, independent experts and also visited sites on the ground.
IIFFMCG said it had no access to intelligence reports or satellite imagery from intelligence sources.
It, however, also said that the Mission had met with “an almost unhoped-for high and indeed very welcome degree of cooperation from all the sides.”
The report reads that it is impossible “to assign overall responsibility for the conflict to one side alone” and its purpose is not “to re-open old wounds or to stir up emotions.”
“They have all failed, and it should be their responsibility to make good for it,” it says.
30 Sep. '09 Georgien und Russland wurde von der EU-Kommission (IIFFMCG) der "Bericht zum Augustkrieg" übergeben
The text of the report will be published later on September 30 on the mission’s website - www.ceiig.ch.
Welcoming the presentation of the report, EU said it “takes note of its content.”
“Underlining the independent nature of the report, the EU hopes that its findings can contribute towards a better understanding of the origins and the course of last year's conflict and, in a broader perspective, serve as an input to future international efforts in the field of preventive diplomacy,” EU said in the statement.
“The EU also recalls that a peaceful and lasting solution to the conflicts in Georgia must be based on full respect for the principles of independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity as recognised by international law.”
Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on the Conflict in Georgia (IIFFMCG), led by Swiss diplomat, Heidi Tagliavini, was established in December with the mandate to investigate the origins and the course of the war, including with regard to international law, humanitarian law and human rights.
30 Sep. '09 Parlamentarischen Versammlung des Europarates (PACE) verabschiedet mit 80 zu 36 Stimmen eine Resolution, die Russland aufruft, die von der PACE verhängten Verpflichtungen in den Resolutionen vom January 2009 und October 2008 bis zum Jahresende zu erfüllen
... In particular, it demands from Russia to fulfill the following steps before the end of this year: giving “unrestricted access” to EU monitors to both South Ossetia and Abkhazia; granting freedom of movement for Georgian civilians across the administrative borders; recognizing “formally and effectively” the right of return of all displaced persons from the August war to their original place of residence in South Ossetia and Abkhazia; initiating “a credible investigation” into acts of alleged ethnic cleansing.
The resolution also calls on the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court to request the formal opening of an investigation into possible war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by either side during and after the war.
The Georgia-related issue will again be discussed at PACE on Thursday, when the Assembly is to debate a request by 72 of its members to reconsider the credentials of the Russian delegation primarily on the grounds that Russia has failed to fulfill the Assembly’s key demands in its two previous resolutions on the August war.
29 Sep. '09 Gemischte Reaktionen zu dem Gesprächsaufruf der CDM: Die "Conservative Party" will teilnahmen, während andere oppositionelle Parteien ablehnten
29 Sep. '09 Christian-Democratic Movement (CDM) ruft zu Gesprächen zur Besetzung der sieben freien Sitze des Vorstands des öffentlichen Rundfunks auf
29 Sep. '09 Russischer Außenministerminister Lavrov wird am 2.-3.10.  Abchasien besuchen
29 Sep. '09 Parlamentarischen Versammlung des Europarates (PACE) debattiert einen Resolutionsentwurf, der Russland aufruft, die von der PACE verhängten Verpflichtungen in den Resolutionen vom January 2009 und October 2008 zu erfüllen
new draft resolution - January, 2009  - October, 2008 resolutions
Another key issue of the draft resolution is PACE’s call for the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court to request the Pre-Trial Chamber of the Court to formally open an investigation into possible war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by either side in the course and aftermath of the August war.
The draft resolution says that the Assembly “cannot accept the apparent reluctance of both Georgia and Russia to investigate in a credible manner serious allegations of violations of human rights and humanitarian law.”
In a separate paragraph, the draft resolution makes a focus on Russia in this regard and says that the Assembly “condemns Russia and the de facto authorities of South Ossetia for not having brought resolutely to a halt and seriously investigated the ethnic cleansing of ethnic Georgians that by all accounts took place.”
The draft resolution lists obligations, which the Assembly “strongly urges” Russia to fulfill before the end of this year, including giving unrestricted access to EU monitors to the breakaway regions; granting freedom of movement for Georgian civilians across the administrative boundary lines; recognizing “formally and effectively” the right of return of all displaced persons in South Ossetia and Abkhazia; initiating investigation into acts of alleged ethnic cleansing.
A report by PACE Monitoring Committee presented to the Assembly for consideration says that it deems “inevitable that the Monitoring Committee challenges the credentials of the Russian delegation” at the opening of the January 2010 session, if the Russian authorities continue ignoring these commitments. A group of 72 PACE members have already signed a motion for resolution calling for revoking credentials for the Russian delegation.
The Russian delegation says that Moscow’s non-compliance with the Assembly demands is the result of its diverging position with the regard to the status of the two breakaway regions, which Moscow has recognized as independent states.
But the proposed draft resolution says that the most of the Assembly demands have no relation to the status of the two regions and therefore “can not understand that Russia failed to comply even with these demands.”
“It therefore considers that Russia’s non-compliance with its demands underscores its lack of political will to address the consequences of the war in a manner incumbent on a member state of the Council of Europe,” the draft resolution reads.
29 Sep. '09 Hansjörg Haber, Leiter der EUMM, trifft den stellvertretenden russischen Außenminister, Grigory Karasin, der Russlands Bereitschaft zur Zusammenarbeit mit der EUMM ausdrückte
“The Russian side expressed in overall satisfaction with the activities of EUMM on the territories adjacent to South Ossetia and Abkhazia and expressed readiness for deepening cooperation and coordination of actions with EU monitors, first of all in frames of joint mechanisms. It was noted that as a result of joint efforts it was possible to maintain calm situation in those areas. But threat of destabilization from the Georgian side has not yet been removed. Building of fortifications and movement of military continues in immediate vicinity of borders of South Ossetia and Abkhazia,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
28 Sep. '09 Mukhrovani-Prozess: 13 Angeklagte schließen eine Vereinbarung im Strafprozess, u.a. Gia Gvaladze, eine Schlüsselfigur der Meuterei
28 Sep. '09 Murtaz Zodelava von der Regierungspartei wird neuer Generalstaatsanwalt und ersetzt Mamuka Gvaramia
28 Sep. '09 "The Wall Street Journal" veröffentlicht vorab, dass die EU-Untersuchungskommission zum August-Krieg die Verantwortlichkeit auf beiden Seiten platzieren wird
Es wird auch berichtet, dass Tbilisi der Kommission neue Dokumente zur Verfügung gestellt hat: Aus einem Prozess gegen einen russischen Soldaten in Moskau kann der Schluss gezogen werden, dass er schon am 4.8. nach Südossetien geschickt wurde.
A 900-page report, which will be released by the EU-funded mission probing into the August war on September 30, will lay responsibility on both, Moscow and Tbilisi, The Wall Street Journal said on September 28 quoting a source close to the mission.
The newspaper also quotes a senior Georgian official as saying that last Friday Tbilisi sent fresh documents to Heidi Tagliavini, the head of the mission.
“The documents, reviewed by The Wall Street Journal, consist of court records from a trial in Russia of a soldier caught stealing. The records suggest the soldier was sent to South Ossetia on Aug. 4, three days before the outbreak of hostilities. Georgia believes the records support its case that Russian forces were already assembling in South Ossetia before the war, in preparation for attack,” The Wall Street Journal writes.
Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister Davit Jalagonia said on September 28 that Europe should pay more attention to which country carried out aggression against which country, rather than “which military was the first to cock gun.”
“Whatever the details of the mentioned document may be, the fact is certain – which country carried out aggression against which country and who occupies whose territories illegally and who is an occupant – this fact is certain, but it does not reduce interest towards the mentioned document,” he said at a press conference on September 28.
The Wall Street Journal also writes that the mission finally managed to question Marat Kulakhmetov, the commander of the Russian peacekeepers in South Ossetia. Kulakhmetov, who disappeared from public view after the August war, accompanied the Russian delegation during the Geneva discussions.
The EU-funded inquiry mission will present its report to UN, EU, OSCE, Georgia and Russia. Initially the mission was to produce conclusions by July 31, but later it was postponed by late September.
27 Sep. '09 Russische Patrouillenboote werden für November in Abchasien erwartet
27 Sep. '09 Georgien wird in einer Bin Landen - Audionachricht  erwähnt, in der die europäischen Nationen zum Abzug aus Afghanistan aufgerufen werden
“There is a lessen for you in the situation of your sister Georgia,” a voice attributed to bin Laden tells Europeans in the four-minute audio message. “Its people were bombed and humiliated, so they asked for help from America to restore sovereignty over what had been seized from them.”
“But the latter [the U.S.  provided them with nothing but empty words; and after they insisted, American ships finally came, not to restore Ossetia and Abkhazia, but rather to provide what they had no need for: a few tents and a little food and laundry detergent. So reflect on that deeply,” according to the English-language subtitles of the message.

26 Sep. '09 Mamuka Katsitadze von der oppositionellen "New Rights Party" spricht zu dem Treffen der Arbeitsgruppe Wahlreform und nennt den Vorschlag der Regierungspartei akzeptabel
26 Sep. '09 Präsident Saakashvili hält Rede vor der UN-Generalversammlung
25 Sep. '09 Mukhrovani-Prozess: Gerichtshof befragt Gia Gvaladze, eine Schlüsselfigur der Meuterei
25 Sep. '09 Präsident Saakashvili’s UN-Rede in New York - "die neue Berliner Mauer mit Demokratie zum Einsturz bringen"
The Georgian authorities remain committed to deepen democratic reforms, as “vibrant democracy is one of the best ways to topple new wall” dividing Abkhazia and South Ossetia from the rest of Georgia, President Saakashvili said in a speech to the UN General Assembly.
In his address, Saakashvili mainly focused on Russia’s occupation of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, drawing parallels between the Berlin Wall and “new artificial dividing line… built by the very people whose ideas were collectively and decisively defeated and rejected just 20 years ago” when the Berlin Wall collapsed.
“This new wall tells us that once again the rule of force has trumped the rule of law and the rule of reason,” he said.
Speaking about the road ahead, Saakashvili said he wanted “to state outright” that Georgia did not expect this “new wall” “to disappear overnight.”
“We understand the need for patience,” he said. “But the history of the Berlin Wall teaches us that patience must not be passive.”
“The Berlin Wall only fell because passionate, disciplined, energetic partisans of freedom, both behind and outside that wall, worked with focus, discipline, and courage, to remind the world continually of the illegitimacy and illegality of that wall, and to take actions to hasten its demise,” he added.
Saakashvili said that he was following through on the promises made at the General Assembly a year ago to strengthen Georgia’s democracy.
“Already, we have set reforms in motion, which within the next year will advance the progress of the Rose Revolution and irreversibly deepen our identity as the freest state in our region,” he said.
He said that the Georgian authorities’ “deep commitment” to pluralism and “respect for dissent” was reflected in allowing opposition’s unhindered three-month street protest rallies, “even though they closed down the main street and paralyzed government buildings.”
Saakashvili said that the government had already given “opposition-controlled broadcast stations license to transmit across the nation” – a Tbilisi-based Maestro TV obtained a satellite broadcast license in July.
“Already, we have brought opposition parties into meetings of our national security council, basically making no secrets from them, giving full access to state information to ensure our security policies reflect the unified will of the nation, beyond faction, beyond party,” he said.
On local elections, expected to be held on May 30, 2010, Saakashvili said that the government “committed to the direct election of all mayors.”
He also said that the development of new electoral rules “based on consensus” between the political parties had started.
Saakashvili said that adoption of laws “to penalize any government official or other outside party” from interfering with the judiciary was planned.
“And we will adopt constitutional reforms to transfer power from the presidency to a stronger parliament,” he added.
In his speech he also said that although much had been achieved since the collapse of the Berlin Wall, “we must admit our present remains bittersweet.”
“For there is a real danger that rather than building on this great chapter of idealism and progress, states and leaders will allow a return of the dull complacency and cynical power politics that led to so many of the worst moments of the past 100 years,” Saakashvili said.
“It may be unpopular - but I am obliged to speak the truth. And the truth is that this wall's existence mocks the progress we seemed to have made since that bright shining day in Berlin 20 years ago.”
“I take no comfort that those who thought the Wall's destruction was the single greatest tragedy of the 20th Century now lead these deplorable efforts,” he said referring to now Russian PM Vladimir Putin’s remarks made in 2005 in which he described collapse of the Soviet Union as “the greatest geopolitical catastrophe" of the 20th century.”
He also said that so far, ethnic cleansing carried out is breakaway regions, “have gone unaddressed.”
“Those who unleashed war in my region and led ethnic cleansing campaigns in my country - said yesterday in this very hall - that they had to do it to, ‘implement the principle of indivisibility of security’,” Saakashvili said referring to remarks of Dmitry Medvedev, the Russian President, during his address to the UN General Assembly.
“They said they had to do it... As their predecessors had to invade Poland in 1939, Finland in 1940, Hungary in 1956, Czechoslovakia in 1968, and Afghanistan in 1979. And they had to erase a capital of 400,000 inhabitants - Grozny, to destroy and exterminate the proud Chechen nation and kill tens of thousands of innocent women and children.
In his speech, Saakashvili also raised the issue of climate change and said that Georgia “is in the vanguard” in the battle against climate change, producing 85% of our electricity from green and renewable sources,” Saakashvili said.
25 Sep. '09 Präsident Saakashvili sagt, dass alle Bürgermeister direkt gewählt werden sollen; bisher war nur von Tbilisi die Rede gewesen
24 Sep. '09 Der Russische Präsident Medvedev kritisiert die georgien in seiner UN-Rede
24 Sep. '09 Zwei Verfassungsänderungen gebilligt: die Rückkehr von zehn Abgeordneten und die teilweise Verlegung des Parlaments nach Kutaisi
24 Sep. '09 Parlament bestätigt Nikoloz Natlibadze als neuen Botschafter für Spanien
24 Sep. '09 Präsident Saakashvili bei einem Treffen mit der Diaspora in New York: kein Bereuen bezüglich des Widerstands gegen Russland; "Georgien wird zurückerlangen, was die Russen temporär besetzt haben."
President Saakashvili said on September 24 that he had no regrets about resisting Russia and “Georgia will regain back what they [Russians] have captured temporarily.”
“I do not regret even for a moment that I offered resistance; not a single our IDP regrets it,” he said while meeting with Georgian Diaspora in New York. “[Russian Prime Minister Vladimir] Putin failed to find even one normal state as an ally… He has only Hugo Chavez and let him stay with him forever.”
24 Sep. '09 Innenministerium berichtet, dass ein Patrouillenfahrzeug der Polizei nahe dem Dorf Dvani an der südossetischen Verwaltungsgrenze  auf eine Mine gefahren sei; keine Verletzte
24 Sep. '09 Oppositionelle "Allianz für Georgien" legt ein Dokument vor, das die gemeinsame Vision von sieben Parteien darlegt, wie das gegenwärtige eine Wahlsysten neugestaltet werden könnte
Alliance for Georgia submitted to an inter-party working group on electoral reform a document laying out a joint vision of seven opposition parties on how the current system should be reshaped.
23 Sep. '09 Hansjörg Haber, Leiter der EUMM, pricht über die Situation vor Ort: ziemlich ruhig; dritte Länder einzuladen nicht diskutiert; Verstärkung der Patrouillen vor dem Untersuchungsbericht der EU-Kommission
  • Situation is “quite calm”;
  • Inviting third countries not discussed;
  • Mission reinforcing patrols ahead of war report;

Situation on the ground in Georgia’s conflict areas “is quite calm”, although “occasional night shootings” are taking place, Hansjörg Haber, head of the EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia (EUMM), said.

“Otherwise, problems around the administrative boundary are generally not security-related but rather pertain to difficulties for the civilian population to cross the line,” he said in remarks posted on EUMM website on September 22.

He reiterated that EUMM planned to reinforce patrolling of areas adjacent to Abkhazia and South Ossetia ahead of publication of a report by EU-funded August war inquiry mission.

“The publication of the Tagliavini report which we expect for the end of this month will of course be a very important event. We do not know the content of the report.  We have not contributed to the investigation nor to the drafting of the report, as we had not been on the ground when the war broke out,” Haber said.

“As for the effects of the publication on the ground, I am optimistic that the end of the month will pass just as calmly as the anniversary of the outbreak of war on August 7. In any case, however, the mission will reinforce its patrolling activities to be able to effectively counter any emerging tension,” he added.

Commenting reports, which emerged in July about Georgia’s willingness to invite the U.S. and Turkey to join EUMM, Haber said that the mission had sufficient monitors and it did not need any contribution from third countries.

“The decision as to whether to invite Turkish or U.S. participation in the mission is a purely political one and it is up to the EU member states to make it. I am not aware of any ongoing talks on this topic. The Georgians have often proposed to further strengthen the mission, but this is not being discussed at the moment,” Haber said.

He also said that Georgia was respecting its commitments undertaken under the memorandum of understanding between the mission and the Defense Ministry on transparency of troops’ movement in the areas adjacent to Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

“Minor infractions are usually corrected very quickly. The new Minister of Defence has already assured us that our working relationship will remain unchanged and that Georgia will not react to what it would consider provocations,” he said.

Haber said that although authorities in breakaway Abkhazia and South Ossetia “are gradually relaxing when it comes to contacts with the EU mission,” but the mission, he added, was still far from conducting patrols on the both sides of the administrative boundary lines.

On recent maritime incidents, Haber said that although the mission was not monitoring Georgia’s territorial waters or beyond, it was following developments. The issue was briefly raised during the September 22 meeting between the sides during a routine security talks in Gali in frames of incident prevention and response mechanism. The issue was also discussed at a similar meeting on September 8.

Georgian Foreign Ministry said on September 22 that Russia’s decision to deploy coast guard patrol vessels off the Abkhaz coast to protect the breakaway region’s “territorial waters” was part of Russia’s “predatory policy” towards Georgia. It said that “militarization will inevitably escalate tensions and pose a threat to the security of the countries in the region.”

Haber said that legal issues related with maritime disputes "are very complex" and "we would advise any party to get independent legal advice before resorting to action." 

"Generally I think the parties are now more aware of the problems of taking action than they used to be," he added.


23 Sep. '09 Patarkatsishvili's Familie erklärt, dass sie ein Video und Augenzeugenaussagen habe, dass der Besuch Berezovsky's in der Nacht vom 11.-12.9. stattgefunden habe
“We possess unquestionable evidence in a form of CCTV camera footage and witness testimonies, that the visit took place overnight from September 11 to September 12. The visit was strictly confidential and the [Patarkatsishvili] family is not aware of motives or goals of this visit,” the statement reads.
23 Sep. '09 Präsident Saakashvili trifft NATO-Generalsekretär Anders Fogh Rasmussen in New York
“With Secretary General reiterating NATO's commitment to Georgia's territorial integrity, but also noting that all parties should refrain from violence and from responding to provocation,” NATO press office said.
23 Sep. '09 Irakli Alasania von der "Allianz für Georgien"will in der Bürgermeisterwahl für Tbilisi im Mai 2010 kandidieren
23 Sep. '09 Die Anzahl der Sitze im Vorstand des öffentlichen Rundfunk von neun auf fünfzehn erhöht nach der Gesetzesänderung im Parlament
22 Sep. '09 Die "Liberty Investments Holding B.V.", ein neues Joint Venture von Georgien Ex-Premierminister Lado Gurgenidze und dem rumänischen Tycoon Dinu Patriciu, gab den Ankauf von 91.2% Aktienanteilen an der "People’s Bank of Georgia" bekannt
22 Sep. '09 Aktivist Levan Gogichaishvili von der prooppositionellen Jugendgruppe zu sieben Jahren Gefängnis verurteilt, weil er einen jungen Mann auf einer Geburtstagsfeier mit Messerstichen verletzt hatte
22 Sep. '09 Neue Umstände tauchen im Mukhrovani-Prozess auf
Gia Gvaladze wiederruft seine Aussage gegen Koba Kobaladze in einem hangeschriebenen Brief mit dem hinweis, dass die Aussage unter Druck gemacht wurde.
22 Sep. '09 Sozar Subari, der Ex-Ombudsmann, schließt sich der "Allianz für Georgien" an
22 Sep. '09 Präsident Saakashvili trifft US-Außenministerin Clinton in New York
In remarks before the meeting with President Saakashvili in New York on September 21, U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, reiterated Washington’s support to Georgia’s territorial integrity and democratic reforms.
“We are working to try to ensure that Russia abides by the 2008 ceasefire, and hopefully to eventually reintegrate your country as it should be,” Clinton said. “We also know that working toward democracy and the changes that you’re attempting to achieve are challenging, but we want to support and encourage the steps that need to be taken. And the United States supports Georgia, and we want to make that very clear and unequivocal statement here today.
President Saakashvili thanked the Secretary of State “for all the support you’ve given us.”
“I also saw your article [on missile defense] this morning in the Financial Times of London, and it was very impressive because the message was very clear-cut, very unambiguous… and we are very grateful to you for that moral clarity, as well as strategic vision of what U.S. role in our region should be,” Saakashvili told the Secretary of State before the meeting.
Clinton responded: “We think this approach is much more effective, and it will certainly cover Georgia and the Caucasus and it will send a clear message that the United States is committed to the defense of all of Europe in the years going forward. Thank you very much.”
After the meeting Philip H. Gordon, the assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs, told journalists that during the talks, Clinton emphasized that the U.S. “does not and will not recognize South Ossetia and Abkhazia.”
“[She] made clear to the Georgians that we would continue to work with other members of the international community so that other countries wouldn’t recognize as well,” Gordon said.
“She also made clear our view that there’s not a short-term fix to the problems of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, as much as we want Russian troops to leave those territories as soon as possible, but that the best way forward would be one of strategic patience whereby Georgia shows itself to be an attractive place, a stronger, democratic [country],” he said.
Gordon also said that Georgia made a progress in democratic reforms and added: “We think it should continue down the road of democratization, including in the areas of judiciary, media, electoral reform.”
“There are specific areas of reform, some of which have been put forward by the government but not yet implemented, on changing the electoral code, strengthening the parliament, allowing for more media freedom. Those are the areas – a more independent judiciary – those are the areas where the Secretary encouraged President Saakashvili to make further progress,” Gordon said.
22 Sep. '09 EUMM verstärkt die Patrouillen entlang der südossetischen und abchasischen Verwaltungsgrenze angesichts der Veröffentlichung des Untersuchungsberichts zum Augustkrieg
According to EUobserver.com Haber told journalists in Brussels on September 21 that the move was “purely prophylactic” measure. “Now it's just a remote residual possibility of conflict, against which Georgia of course wants to be insured, and Russia to some extent too,” Haber was quoted.

Spiegel Online reported on September 21 quoting EU diplomats in Brussels that the final report by the war inquiry mission, led by Heidi Tagliavini, would put a blame for the August war on Georgia and also would hold Russia responsible for escalating the conflict by its massive deployment of troops in the region.
21 Sep. '09 Die von 2004-2006 tätige "Finanzpolizei" soll nach einem Vorschlag der Regierung nun als "Untersuchungsdienst" wieder eingeführt werden, wobei dieser als halbautonome Struktur innerhalb des Finanzministeriums angesiedelt ist
21 Sep. '09 Russland schickt das Küstenwachschiff "Novorossiysk" zum "Schutz der abchasischen Gewässer"
21 Sep. '09 Präsident Saakashvili begleitet von Außenminister Grigol Vashadze in New York für UN-Generalversammlung
Es sind dort mehrere bilaterale Treffen geplant, u.a. mit
US-Außenministerin Clinton; Daniel Fried, US-Sondergesandter für Guantanamo-Fragen; NATO-Generalsekretär Anders Fogh Rasmussen; EU-Außenminister Javier Solana.
The President and Foreign Minister plan a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, on September 21, the Georgian Foreign Ministry said.
On September 22, Foreign Minister Vashadze plans to meet with Daniel Fried, the U.S. Department of State’s special envoy for Guantanamo detainees’ issues. Fried visited Tbilisi in August and The Washington Post reported late last month that Georgia was among those countries with which the U.S. held “positive talks” on resettling of some of those Guantanamo detainees, who have been cleared for release. The Georgian officials decline to publicly discuss the matter.
In New York President Saakashvili and Foreign Minister Vashadze plan a meeting with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana.
Saakashvili will also meet with his counterparts from Turkmenistan, Finland, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Qatar.
Foreign Minster Vashadze plans bilateral meeting with his counterparts from Hungary, Cyprus, Austria, Bulgaria, Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, Egypt, Kazakhstan, Slovenia, Slovakia and Democratic Republic of Congo. He will also participate in GUAM foreign ministerial summit (Moldova will be represented by its UN envoy).
20 Sep. '09 Nach Berichten will Russland zehn Patrouillenboote im abchasischen Ochamchire stationieren
20 Sep. '09 Südossetien feiert den "Tag der Unabhängigkeit"
19 Sep. '09 In russischen Medien wird spekuliert, dass Berezovsky in Tbilisi war, um das Grab von Badri Patarkatsishvili zu besuchen
19 Sep. '09 Der Mukhrovani-Prozess wurde ausgesetzt, nachdem Gia Gvaladze seinen Verteidiger unerwartet wegen Befangenheit ablehnte
18 Sep. '09 Präsident Saakashvili im Gespräch mit Finanz- und Wirtschaftsminister: Regierung soll ein neues Paket ausarbeiten zur Vorlage beim Parlament, um die makroökonomischen Parameter zu verbessern
Es soll "festere Garantien für Privatbesitz und Investitionen vorsehen, um der Gesellschaft mehr Chancen zu bieten, so dass sie ihre wirtschaftliche Situation verbessern kann."
He told PM Nika Gilauri, Finance Minster Kakha Baindurashvili and Economy Minister Zurab Pololikashvili at a meeting on September 18, that the government should develop and submit to the Parliament a package envisaging “firmer guarantees for the private property, firmer guarantees for investments to create more opportunities for our society so that they improve their economic condition.” ... “But we still have a long way ahead before reaching the growth rates, which we had in recent years; attraction of foreign investments is crucial for that,” he added.
18 Sep. '09 Bei den Genfer Gesprächen war das Hauptthema ein detaillierter Austausch der Ansichten zu einem potentiellen Vertrag über Gewaltverzicht und internationale Sicherheitsübereinkommen
17 Sep. '09 Die Gesellschaft junger Anwälte ruft die Abgeordneten auf, nicht mit den zwei Verfassungsänderungen, die bereits die erste Lesung passiert haben, fortzufahren
Es geht um die Rückkehr von zehn Abgeordneten und die teilweise Verlegung des Parlaments nach Kutaisi. Die Änderungen seien nicht substantieller Natur und dass die Verfassung der Gegenstand politischen Handels geworden sei, sei alarmierend.
17 Sep. '09 Prozeß zur Mukhrovani-Meuterei: Gericht setzt die Befragung der Angeklagten fort
Es sagte u.a.
Paata Khokhashvili  aus: Battalionskommandeur Gorgiashvili hätte sich mit einem Dutzend Offiziere getroffen und sagte ihnen, dass Ungehorsam geplant sei, einschließlich der Bewegung militarischen Geräts nach Tbilisi und vor dem Innenministerium Posten aufzustellen. ...
Before questioning former servicemen from the rangers’ battalion, the court listened to Paata Khokhashvili, who at the time was a commander of mechanized company in the Mukhrovani-based battalion.
He told the court that on May 1 commander of the battalion Gorgiashvili met with about a dozen of his battalion’s commanding officers and told them that a disobedience was planned, involving “moving” of military hardware towards Tbilisi and “picketing” of the Interior Ministry’s building. ...
The court also questioned on September 16 defendants, who served in the rangers’ battalion. According to prosecutors several servicemen from that battalion, including its commander, Levan Amiridze, joined the mutiny in Mukhrovani battalion on May 5.
 Zurab Mosulishvili, who pleads guilty of disobedience, told the court that he was asked by his commander Levan Amiridze to join him in disobedience. He said that he had agreed and explained it by personal loyalty towards his commander.
...

17 Sep. '09 Präsident Saakashvili: ‘Die Begnadigungspolitik für Häftlinge sollte überprüft werden’
Dies sagte er bei einem Besuch von zwei Polizisten im Krankenhaus. Diese waren bei der Verfolgung von einem Kriminellen mit dem Messer verletzt worden, ein dritter Polizist war den Verletzungen bereits erlegen. Die am gleichen Tag verhaftete, der Tat verdächtige Person wurde als Begnadigter im Dezember 2008 ermittelt. ...
He made the remarks after visiting two policemen in hospital on September 16, who were stabbed by a criminal suspect earlier on the same day. The third policeman, who was also chasing the same criminal suspect, was also stabbed, who died in hospital. It emerged later, that the suspect, who was arrested on the same day, was pardoned in December, 2008.
“This bandit, criminal was released from prison last year,” Saakashvili said. “It makes me sure that we should review the policy of pardoning because it is the fact that statistic is not consoling. Many of those, who have been pardoned, took the right path and it means that pardoning should continue, but there is a great, serious part, who return to the criminal life and pose a threat to the society.”
16 Sep. '09 Im ersten Halbjahr fielen die Auslandsinvestitionen auf 226 Mio. USD - 2008 noch 1143 Mio USD
Like in the first quarter, transport and communications suffered most with outflows of USD 16.4 million in the second quarter of the year; followed by the energy and agriculture sectors – USD 4.8 million and USD 4.4 million, respectively.
Real estate saw the most foreign investment, at USD 57.7 in the second quarter, reaching total of USD 81.3 million in the first half of 2009. Construction sector attracted USD 3.6 million in the second quarter, down from USD 4.3 million in the first quarter of 2009.
16 Sep. '09 EU will mit Vorschlägen zu Gesprächsbedingungen zu einem Assoziationsabkommen die Beziehungen zu den Südkaukasusländern Aserbaidschan, Armenien und Georgien vertiefen
The discussion at the meeting in Brussels focused on “how to enhance bilateral relations” with these countries in frames of EU’s Eastern Partnership initiative. ...
16 Sep. '09 Russisch orthodoxe Kirche wiederholt: sie respektiere die kanonischen Grenzen des georgischen Patrarchats; zuvor wurde gesagt, dass der Wechsel politischerGrenzen nicht notwendigerweise den Wechsel kanonischer Grenzen bedeute; das sei eine Basis unserer externen Politik in Achtung anderer Kirchen
Die neuesten Bemerkungen wurden als Antwort abgegeben auf die Ankündigung von einer Gruppe des abchasischen Klerus, dass die abchasische Eparchie formal von der Autorität der georgisch orthodoxen Kirche getrennt wurde und das Moskauer Patriarchat anfrage, zu erwägen die Eparchie unter ihrer Autorität in einem Status der "Autonomie" anzunehmen.
Russian Orthodox Church reiterates that it “respects canonical borders of the Georgian Patriarchate,” a spokesman for the Moscow Patriarchate’s foreign relations department, Igor Yakimchuk, told Interfax news agency on September 16.
The remarks were made in response to the announcement by a group of Abkhaz clergy that the Abkhaz eparchy was formally separating from the authority of the Georgian Orthodox Church and requesting the Moscow Patriarchate to consider accepting the eparchy under its authority in a status of “autonomy”.
Ilia II, the Patriarch of the Georgian Orthodox Church, said “we should not take that announcement seriously.” And a spokesman for the Georgian Orthodox Church said that the announcement was made by “self-proclaimed group and eparchy, which has nothing to do with any of canonical churches.”
On Monday head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s foreign relations department, Hilarion Alfeyev, the Archbishop of Volokolamsk, said that although “actually” Abkhazia and South Ossetia were not under the Georgian church’s authority, “change of political borders does not necessarily mean that church’s canonical borders should also be changed.”
“That is a basis of our external policy in respect of other Churches,” he said.
16 Sep. '09 Der Präsident Weißrusslands Lukashenko sagt, dass die Anerkennung von Südossetien und Abchasien im Parlament diskutiert und entschieden werden soll
Weiterhin: Druck aus dem Ausland in dieser Sache - "sogar von unserem brüderlichen Land" - eine offensichtliche Anspielung auf Russland, würde für Minsk nicht akzeptabel sein.
President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, said on September 15 his country’s parliament would consider the issue of recognizing Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
“This issue will be discussed at [the parliamentary] session… My opinion is shaped based on the opinion of people. So decision will be made after the Parliament expresses its position and based on the people’s opinion,” the Russian news agencies reported quoting Lukashenko, who is paying visit to Lithuania.
He also said that any foreign pressure on the matter, “even from our brotherly country” – an apparent reference to Russia – would be unacceptable for Minsk.
Meanwhile, RIA Novosti news agency reported quoting unnamed Belarus lawmaker, that no date was yet set for the parliamentary discussion of the matter. He said the Parliament planned to launch plenary session from October 2.
“The issue of recognition of independence of those two republics [Abkhazia and South Ossetia] is a very delicate and acute matter,” the Belarus lawmaker said.
15 Sep. '09 Georgien beginnt den Bau einer Hochspannungsleitung zur Türkei, um die Kapazitäten für den Stromexport zu vergrößern
The construction of the power line will be carried out on three sections, involving completion of a 500-kilovolt line between Gardabani and Akhaltsikhe; 500-kilovolt line from Zestaponi to Akhaltsikhe and building of 400-kilovolt line from Akhaltsikhe to a sub-station at the Turkish border with total length of up to 300 kilometers.
15 Sep. '09 Staatsminister für Reintegration Temur Iakobashvili äußert sich zu den Gesprächen mit dem türkischen Außenminister Ahmet Davutoglu und den aufgeworfenen Fragen bezüglich der Handelsschiffe mit Papieren für den Zielhafen Suchumi: 'Wir wollen Abchasien nicht in die Isolation stürzen'
“We are waiting from Turkey to answer to very tough questions, because those ships [reference to other Turkish-operated ships, which were detained by the Georgian coast guard in recent months] had very strange records in their papers, such as: destination – Sokhumi, Abkhazia; and we expect that relevant Turkish officials, who issued those papers, will be punished for that, let’s say for that inaccuracy. We were pledged that those people would be detained and held responsible – it’s up to them [the Turkish side] to decide how,” Iakobashvili said in an interview with RFE/RL Georgian service on September 15.
15 Sep. '09 Victor Trufanov, Kommandeur der russischen Küstenwache, kündigt an, dass Russland Schiffe, die die abchasische Grenze verletzen, festsetzen wird gemäß der bilateralen Abkommen
15 Sep. '09 Russischer Verteidigungsminister Anatoly Serdyukov unterzeichnet Abkommen zu militärischer Kooperation mit Abchasien und Südossetien
Russian Defense Minister, Anatoly Serdyukov, and his counterparts from breakaway Abkhazia and South Ossetia signed treaties on military cooperation in Moscow on September 15, the Russian news agencies reported.
According to the agreements headquarters of the Russian military bases in those regions will be based in Gudauta in Abkhazia and Tskhinvali in South Ossetia, Interfax reported.
Russia will have 1,700 servicemen in each of the region, according to this report.
“This is the first step [in cooperation] between our ministries. Number of other agreements on military and military-technical cooperation will be signed in the nearest future,” RIA Novosti reported quoting Anatoly Serdyukov.
15 Sep. '09 Explosion im Bahnhof von Zugdidi beschädigt einen Wagen eines Personenzuge, keine Verletzte
An explosive device, which went off early on September 15 in Zugdidi railway station, damaged a passenger train’s carriage; no one was injured, the Georgian media sources reported. An Interior Ministry spokesman said the police was investigating the case.
An explosion on a railway close to Zugdidi damaged electric locomotive on September 6 and one man was injured in an explosion in the Zugdidi railway station on June 10.
14 Sep. '09 US-Politikerin Tina S. Kaidanow trifft einige Oppositionsführer: Nino Burjanadze und Irakli Alasania
14 Sep. '09 Präsident Saakashvili: Georgien sollte dem "grausamen Feind" mit Wissen begegnen
Saakashvili was speaking at an opening of a new school in the village of Tserovani, the largest settlement of internally displaced persons from South Ossetia.
“Our land is still occupied, but although we have not yet won, they have already lost this struggle. To eventually win this struggle we need knowledge; we wont’ be able to prevail over them neither with weapons nor with number of people and nor with cruelty, because we are opposite to that; and in order to get rid of this cruel enemy we need to be equipped with knowledge.”
14 Sep. '09 Neue stellvertretende Assistentin des US-Außenministeriums für die Beziehungen mit Ländern im Kaukasus und Südeuropa Tina S. Kaidanow besucht Georgien
14 Sep. '09 Außenminister Grigol Vashadze besucht Azerbaijan
13 Sep. '09 Regierung plant ein Strategiepapier zu Abchasien und Südossetien, in dem viele Details abgehandelt und Kontakt zu den Menschen gefördert werden soll
12 Sep. '09 Prozeß zur Mukhrovani-Meuterei beginnt mit der Befragung der Angeklagten
Die meisten der 41 Angeklagten plädierten auf schuldig. Koba Kobaladze, ein ehemaliger Kommandeur der Nationalgarde, angklagt des versuchten Regierungsumsturzes mit Gewalt und des illegallen Waffenbesitzes, plädierte auf nicht schuldig. Koba Otanadze, der nach den Anklägern der Hauptvordenker der Meuterei sein soll, wies ebenso die Anlagen zurück bezüglich des
Regierungsumsturzes, Ungehorsams, unerlaubter Aktivitäten auf einem Militärstützpunkt und illegallen Waffenbesitzes und -tragens. ...
Bei der Befragung von fünf Angeklagten - Zaza Mushkudiani, Ilia Gambarashvili, Vladimer Gulikashvili, Kakha Jolbordi und Davit Gventsadze - erfolgten Aussagen über Details der Meuterei. ...
11 Sep. '09 Die "Conservative Party" ruft die Opposition auf, eine Allianz zu bilden und einen einzigen Führer zu wählen
The Conservative Party called on “non-collaborationist” opposition parties to confront the authorities through creating an alliance, which will be led by a single opposition leader, selected by the parties through internal elections, or as the Conservative Party, put it, through “primaries.”
11 Sep. '09 Das Parlament stimmt in der ersten Lesung einer Verfassungsänderung zu, die es zehn Abgeordneten erlaubt, ihre Sitze wiederzuerhalten
11 Sep. '09 Das Parlament stimmt in der ersten Lesung einer Verfassungsänderung zu, die eine teilweise Verlegung des Parlaments nach Kutaissi vorsieht
11 Sep. '09 Die Weltbank beschließt einen neue "Country Partnership Strategy" mit Georgien von 2009-12, in deren Rahmen Georgien 740-900 Mio. USD geliehen werden
11 Sep. '09 USA: die Anerkennung Abchasiens und Südossetiens bleibt "isoliert"
... Philip J. Crowley, Sprecher des US-Außenministeriums, sagte auch, dass wir fortfahren daran zu glauben, wie es die große Mehrheit der Länder in der Welt tut, dass Südossetien und Abchasien ein Teil Georgiens sind und die Lösung nicht die Anerkennung ihrer Unabhängigkeit ist, sondern zuerst die Situation zu stabilisieren und dann ihre Reintegration in das anerkannte Georgien zu ermöglichen. ...
The fact that Russia “has found” only two other countries – Nicaragua and Venezuela – to recognize Georgia’s breakaway regions “underscores how isolated that view is,” U.S. State Department spokesman, Philip J. Crowley, told reporters on September 10.
Asked about the Venezuelan President’s statement that his country would recognize Abkhazia and South Ossetia, Crowley also said: “We continue to believe, as do the vast majority of countries around the world, that South Ossetia and Abkhazia are part of Georgia, and that the solution is not recognizing their independence, but first stabilize the situation and then facilitating their reintegration into recognized Georgia.”
10 Sep. '09 Tbilisi verurteilt die Anerkennung Abchasiens und Südossetiens durch Venezuela
10 Sep. '09 Prozeß um Mukhrovani-Meuterei: Einige Angeklagte treffen vielleicht eine Vereinbarung über Strafreduzierung
10 Sep. '09 Venezuela erkennt Abchasien und Südossetien an
10 Sep. '09 Präsident Saakashvili: Die Verabschiedung der UN-Resolution zum Recht auf Rückkehr der Flüchtlinge sei ein bedeutender diplomatischer Sieg Georgiens und eine diplomatische Niederlage Russland
“This diplomatic defeat is both strange and shameful for the Russia’s current government, because in accordance with this resolution, people, who were expelled and deprived of their property, should be returned back,” Saakashvili said.
“It [Russia] has intimidated some officials, who should have chaired these sittings [at the UN] and who should have discussed procedural issues [prior to the voting],” he said.
“Despite Russia’s huge pressure… this time all EU-member states supported the right of unconditional return of internally displaced persons,” Saakashvili added.
10 Sep. '09 UN-Generalversammlung verabschiedet eine Resolution, die das Recht auf Rückkehr der Flüchtlinge aus Abchasien und Südossetien anerkennt und die dringende Notwendigkeit des Zugangs für humanitäre Aktivitäten in diese Regionen unterstreicht
The UN General Assembly passed on September 9 a resolution recognizing the right of return of all displaced persons and refugees and their descendants to their homes in breakaway Abkhazia and South Ossetia and underlining “the urgent need for unimpeded access for humanitarian activities” in those regions.
The resolution, entitled “Status of Internally Displaced Persons and Refugees from Abkhazia, Georgia and the Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia, Georgia”, was passed with 48 countries voting in favor; 19 – against; with 78 abstentions.
10 Sep. '09 UN-Resolution zum Status von "intern vertriebenen Personen" IDP und Flüchtlingen aus Abchasien und Südossetien
9 Sep. '09 Erdbeben beschädigt in Racha über 1000 Häuser; UN liefert Hilfsgüter
UN agencies, with UNHCR (agency in charge of refugees) in the lead, got involved to provide the assistance, involving sending of tents, blankets, jerry cans and other non-food items to shelter the homeless.
Bo Asplund, an acting UN resident coordinator in Georgia, said around 6,000 Humanitarian Daily Rations will be distributed as an immediate food support to the affected population.
9 Sep. '09 "Conservative Party" sagt, dass ihr Büro in Telavi durch die Polizei "überfallen" wurde, als Präsident Saakashvili zu einem Besuch in einem benachbarten Verwaltungsgebäude war
9 Sep. '09 Bei den routinemäßigen Gesprächen zur Krisenprävention mit der abchasischen Seite kamen die Zwischenfälle mir der abchasischen Schiffen zur Spreche
9 Sep. '09 Präsident Saakashvili: Schlüsselversprechen der "Rose Revolution" sind erfüllt, nämlich gleiche Chancen für jeden
8 Sep. '09 Präsident Saakashvili: Georgien tritt dem 'Imperialistischen Monster' entgegen
“Georgia is in existential struggle; struggle for freedom… development and de-occupation,” he told the Georgian diplomats in Tbilisi on September 8. ... “The fact that the Georgian state survived in this aggression [last August], that it now managed to move on the path of development – although slowly and difficultly; the fact that it managed to endure the global economic crisis with the least losses – all these are changing order in our region and are having serious influence on the world political order,” Saakashvili said.
“Of course it causes extreme infuriation of imperialistic forces in Moscow and it makes our life harder, because we have to permanently confront this imperialistic monster; but we are keeping calm and try not to make this factor influence our economic development and our citizens’ everyday life.”
“Our enemy has serious leverages,” he continued. “Despite the crisis it anyway has enough money to exert serious financial influence including on certain political circles in Europe and serious [influence] on the press; ideological war is ongoing against us; war is on against us in the international organizations and in various political institutions.”
“In every country there are certain forces– possibly in some large Europe states as well – which are irritated that Georgia stood firm and resisted the imperialistic threat; that’s how it is and we should understand it; that’s how it was traditionally; the first republic fell [reference to Georgian Republic in 1918-1921], because it was in fact absolutely sold by the west. Situation is different today; now we have lot’s of supporters and eventually our truth prevails,” Saakashvili said
8 Sep. '09 Georgien läßt den verhafteten türkischen Kapitän frei
8 Sep. '09 Im Mordfall Sandro Girgvliani verteidigen Abgeordnete der Regierungspartei die vorzeitige Entlassung von vier verurteilten, ehemaligen Beamten des Innenministeriums
8 Sep. '09 Erdbeben trifft Westgeorgien, keine Opfer
7 Sep. '09 Patriarchat reklamiert ‘Anti-Kirchen-Medienkampagne‘ im Zusammenhang mit Berichten zu den vier Entlassenen im Mordfall Sandro Girgvliani
7 Sep. '09 Türkischer Außenminister Ahmet Davutoglu kündigt den Besuch eines Stellvertreters in Abchasien an, um die Konflikte in der Region anzusprechen
Visiting Turkish Foreign Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, said in Tbilisi that he will soon send one of his deputies to pay a visit to Abkhazia.
Speaking at a news conference after meeting with his Georgian counterpart, Grigol Vashadze, the Turkish Foreign Minister said Georgia and Turkey “are strategic partners and allies” and Ankara would spare no efforts in addressing the conflicts in the region. He also said that peace and stability in Georgia was of vital importance for the entire region.
7 Sep. '09 Türkischer Außenminister Ahmet Davutoglu besucht Georgien und spricht auch über die Freilassung des türkischen Kapitäns
6 Sep. '09 Vier Verurteilte im Mordfall Sandro Girgvliani freigelassen
6 Sep. '09 Anschlag auf Personenzug nahe der abchasischen Grenze; keine Verletzte
5 Sep. '09 Regierung präsentiert sich der Öffentlichkeit auf der gesperrten Rustaveli-Avenue
5 Sep. '09 Umsatz auf dem Elektronik-Markt in 2008 beträgt 1.3 Mrd. GEL gegenüber 1.1 Mrd. GEL 2007
4 Sep. '09 Russland kritisiert die georgische UN-Resolution zum Recht auf Rückkehr der Flüchtlinge
4 Sep. '09 Türkischer Außenminister Ahmet Davutoglu wird Georgien besuchen
4 Sep. '09 Armenischer Präsident Serzh Sargsyan schlägt die Anerkennung der armenischen Sprache als "regionlage Sprache" in Javakheti vor, um die georgisch-armenische Freunndschaft zu stärken
“Logic of our policy toward Javakhk [Javakheti] should rest on the principle of ‘integration without assimilation’. In this case, integration should presume strengthening of the Armenians in Georgia as dignified and respected citizens of that country. I believe that recognition of the Armenian as a regional language [in Javakheti], registration of the Armenian Apostolic Church, steps to protect Armenian monuments in Georgia will only strengthen Armenian-Georgian friendship and enhance the atmosphere of mutual trust,” Sargsyan said.
4 Sep. '09 USA hofft, dass der georgisch-russische Grenzposten Kazbegi-Zemo Larsi wiedereröffnet wird und wirtschaftliche und touristische Verbindungen aufgenommen werden können
3 Sep. '09 Gerichtshof in Tbilissi nimmt den Prozeß der Mukhrovani-Meuterei
3 Sep. '09 Alasania’s Partei nimmt an der Arbeitgruppe zur Änderung der Wahlvorschriften teil
3 Sep. '09 Russisches Außenministerium warnt Georgien wegen des Aufgreifens von Schiffen
3 Sep. '09 USA gibt Details zum US-Trainingsprogramm der georgischen Armee für den Afghanistan-Einsatz bekannt
3 Sep. '09 Präsident Saakashvili: ‘Chance, den wirtschaftlichen Durchbruch zu schaffen’
“With the political stability we have in recent month and a half [referring to the end of opposition’s street protest rallies] and with the failure of aggressor’s [reference to Russia] attempt to launch a new war in August, we now have a chance to move towards very drastic economic breakthrough. However, it needs a further, well-elaborated program on which the Georgian government, which is united like a single fist, is working very intensively including with my participation,” President Saakashvili said and added that “much needs to be done” to fully overcome the crisis.
3 Sep. '09 Viertes Treffen zur Krisenprävention mit der südossetischen Seite
2 Sep. '09 Zwei russischen Journalisten wurde die Einreise nach Georgien verweigert, weil sie zuvor illegal nach Abchasien und Südossetien gereist waren
Vladimir Mamontov, an editor-in-chief of daily Izvestia and Maxim Shevchenko, a host of TV talk-show on Russia’s Channel One, were in a delegation, which arrived in Tbilisi to participate in series of round table discussions on Russia-Georgia relations.
2 Sep. '09 EUMM besorgt über Äußerungen zu den Zwischenfällen zur See vor Abchasien
“EUMM is concerned about recent statements from representatives of the Georgian government, the Russian Armed Forces and the Abkhaz de facto authorities on the possible seizure of and or attacks on vessels in the Black Sea,” the mission said in a statement on September 2.
2 Sep. '09 Premierminister Nika Gilauri: Georgien ist bereit, um die Gespräche zum Freihandel mit der EU zu beginnen
2 Sep. '09 Drei Grenzposten an der türkischen Grenze tot aufgefunden, vermutlich bei einem Streit von einem weiteren, bereits verhafteten  Grenzposten getötet
2 Sep. '09 Außenminister Grigol Vashadze: Bagapsh ist ein Krimineller; Reaktion auf Bagapsh`s Erklärung
He made the remarks after asked to comment on Bagapsh statement that he had ordered the breakaway region’s navy “to destroy” Georgian ships if they violate Abkhazia’s “territorial waters”. The move, he said, was aimed at preventing Georgian coast guard’s “piracy” involving detention of cargo vessels en route to, and from Abkhazia.
2 Sep. '09 Der abchasiche Anführer Sergey Bagapsh erklärte, dass er befahl, dass georgische Schiffe in abchasischen Gewässern zerstört werden
2 Sep. '09 Südossetien und Abchasien verurteilen zwei Personen zu langjährigen Gefängnisstrafen wegen Spionage für Georgien
Court in Tskhinvali found a former serviceman of breakaway South Ossetia’s border guard unit guilty of spying in favor of the Georgian side and sentenced him to 16 years in prison.
Temur Gutsmazti was arrested and charged with treason in September, 2008. The breakaway region’s government has claimed that Gutsmazti was providing the Georgian Interior Ministry information of military nature.
Meanwhile, in breakaway Abkhazia a local supreme court found guilty a 40-year-old woman of spying in favor of Georgia and sentenced her to 19 years in prison, according to the Russian media reports. Diana Shedania was arrested in September, 2008.
On August 28 Russia’s North Caucasus Military Court found a former deputy commander of one of the Russia’s military units of North Caucasus Military District, Lt.-Col Mikhail Khachidze, guilty of spying in favor of Georgia and sentenced to six years in prison. Khachidze, according to the court files, was recruited by the Georgian special services in autumn, 2007.
1 Sep. '09 US-Marines starteten US-Trainingsprogramm der georgischen Armee für den Afghanistan-Einsatz
1 Sep. '09 Georgien verurteilt den türkischen Kapitän eines Handelsschiffes zu 24 Jahren
1 Sep. '09 Georgische nationale Fernsehkommission (GNCC) belegt den russischen TV-Sender "Channel One" (früher ORT) mit einer Strafe von 500000 GEL
31 Aug. '09 Georgien setzt sich 3 Mio. Touristen als Ziel bis 2012
In Poti soll in den nächsten zwei Jahren der größte Flughafen des Südkaukasus entstehen.
31 Aug. '09 Moskaus Bürgermeister Yuri Luzhkov besucht Tskhinvali
31 Aug. '09 Präsident Saakashvili verspricht bei einem Besuch in Ganmukhuri nahe der abchasischen Grenze, dass hier in den nächsten zwei bis drei Jahren einer der besten Erholungsorte an der Schwarzmeerküste entsteht
30 Aug. '09 Ombudsmann Giorgi Tugushi kritisiert den neuen Verteidigungsminister
29 Aug. '09 Russland will die Schiffe auf dem Weg nach Abchasien mit Eskortschiffen des FSB sichern
28 Aug. '09 Innenministerium: Georgischer Polizeiposten im Dorf Ganmukhuri nahe der Grenze zu Abchasien unter Beschuss
Dabei wurden zwei Polizisten leicht verletzt. Das Feuer kam vom Dorf Otobaia in Abchasien.
Die abchasische Polizei sagt, dass die Vorgänge nur in Georgien bei einer Polizeiaktion gegen Kriminelle erfolgten. Die abchasische Seite habe nichts damit zu tun.
28 Aug. '09 Opposition kritisiert Akhalaia’s Ernennung zum Verteidigungsminister
28 Aug. '09 Gericht von Tbilisi gab grünes Licht zur Versteigerung der Villa der früheren Parlamentsvorsitzenen Nino Burdjanadze, da sie einer Steuerforderung von 1.25 Mio. GEL nicht nachkam
27 Aug. '09 Georgische nationale Fernsehkommission (GNCC) belegt wieder fünf russische TV-Netze mit Geldstrafen von 50000 GEL: NTV; REN TV; TV-Center; staatseigenes "Russia TV "(früher RTR) und Kultura (teil von "Russia TV")
27 Aug. '09 Eine Gruppe von oppositionellen Parteien ruft ausländische Diplomaten auf, auf die "fortgesetzte politische Repression gegen oppositionelle Aktivisten und ihre Familienmitglieder" zu reagieren
27 Aug. '09 Präsident Saakashvili ernennt Bacho Akhalaia zum neuen Verteidigungsminister, bisher Davit Sikharulidze
27 Aug. '09 Bacho Akhalaia – Biography
27 Aug. '09

Die Partei von Ex-Premier Zurab Nogaideli will das Verfassungsgericht wegen der Entscheidung zur Nachberufung von Abgeordneten anrufen

27 Aug. '09 Premierminister Putin: Russland unterstützt auch Georgien via IMF, da Russland Mitglied des IMF ist
Putin in Moskau: “You probably know, that Georgia receives considerable funds through IMF. We [Russia] are active members of IMF and are regularly allocating significant resources to that international financial organization, which are then distributed among the countries in need, including to Georgia.”
“It once again confirms that we are not interested in humiliating Georgia; we are not interested in having winners and losers,” Putin said. “We are interested in creating stable situation, which would guarantee a long-term peace and stability for all the people living in the Caucasus region.”
His remarks followed a question about Russia’s assistance to Tskhinvali.
Putin reiterated that Russia remained committed to its pledge of providing 10 billion rubles (about USD 317 million) of assistance to South Ossetia of which 2.8 billion rubles aim at budgetary support and 8.5 billion rubles for infrastructure rehabilitation. 3.5 billion rubles out of 8.5 billion have already been allocated, Putin said.
26 Aug. '09 Präsident Medvedev: Entscheidung zur Anerkennung von Abchasien und Südossetien ist irreversibel
26 Aug. '09 Russischer Armeestabschef General Nikolai Makarov: Truppenzahl in Abchasien und Südossetien soll auf jeweils 1700 Mann reduziert werden
26 Aug. '09 Neuer Wirtschaftsminister ernannt: Zurab Pololikashvili
26 Aug. '09 Georgien stimmt in Brüssel einem Text zu Visaerleichterungen mit der EU zu
26 Aug. '09 Shalva Ramishvili, Mitbegründer des Fernsehsenders "202 TV", wurde nach vier Jahren Haft aus dem Gefängnis entlassen
25 Aug. '09 Kapitän Buket von einem türkischen Handelsschiff verhaftet unter der Anklage, mehrmals unerlaubt den abchasischen Seehafen Suchumi angelaufen zu haben
25 Aug. '09 Premierminister Putin wird den südossetischen Anführer Kokoity in Moskau treffen
25 Aug. '09 Russisches Außenministerium nennt die Beziehungen zu Abchasien und Südossetien "eine Priorität Moskaus"
Die Erklärung bezieht sich auf die Anerkennung der Unabhängigkeit der beiden abtrünnigen Regionen durch Russlands Präsident Dmitry Medvedev am 28.08.2008.
... The Russian
Foreign Ministry said in the statement, that the recognition was “the only right decision” following Georgia’s “barbaric attack” on Tskhinvali. “Further expansion of the process of international recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia – whatever far it may seem – will undoubtedly foster further strengthening of peace and stability in the region,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
“Of course there should be no pressure on the matters related with this sensitive international, legal issues; each member of the international community should independently determine its foreign policy priorities.”
“But it is also clear that without acknowledging new military-political realities in Trans-Caucasus, it will not be possible to develop and expand any type of international presence on the territories of South Ossetia and Abkhazia,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in reference to EU and OSCE monitoring missions. ...
25 Aug. '09 Stellvertretender Außenminister Alexander Nalbandovbilisi nennt die russischen Pläne bezüglich Südossetien "zynisch"; hochrangige russischer Offizielle werden am 26.8. an der Zeremonie zur Anerkennung Südossetiens durch Russland in Tskhinvali beiwohnen.
... “What the Russian senior officials are doing in the occupied territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia is cynical. It is even more cynical when they plan to open a settlement and give it a name after Moscow [Moskovsky],” Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister, Alexander Nalbandov said. “This is a situation, wherein invader, at first, totally destroys a settlement, conducts there an ethnic cleansing and then announces about the plans to build there a new settlement and to name it after its capital,” Nalbandov continued. “That is almost the same situation when German Nazis destroyed villages of Oradour, Khatin or Lidica and then to think about restoring them and naming them after Berlin. Even Nazis have not done it.” ...
24 Aug. '09 Russland reklamiert wieder, dass im Augustkrieg 2008 Ukrainer auf der georgischen Seite gekämpft hätten
“Servicemen from the Ukrainian regular defence ministry units and at least 200 members of the UNA-UNSO nationalist organization participated in the armed aggression against South Ossetia,” the Russian news agencies reported quoting a statement of Russia's Prosecutor General's office. ...
24 Aug. '09 Nach TV-Berichten soll der Botschafter Zurab Pololikashvili als neuer Wirtschaftsminister nominiert werden
23 Aug. '09 Außenminister Grigol Vashadze besucht Estland
21 Aug. '09 Präsident Saakashvili kommentiert die Entlassung des Wirtschaftsministers
"... In diesem Fall habe der Premierminister volle Autonomie zur Entscheidung. ..."
He said that “differences” over economic issues in the government was “natural” and also added that it would have been better if those differences would not led to dismissal of one government member. “But in that case the Prime Minister has full autonomy to decide,” he added.
21 Aug. '09 US-General James Conway, Kommandeur des US-Marinekorps, besucht Tbilisi, um mit der georgischen Führung ein Trainingsprogramm des georgischen Afganisthan-Batallions zu besprechen und vorzubereiten
21 Aug. '09 Elektrogeräteeinzelhandelskette "JSC Elit Electronics" sagte, dass alle Geschäfte geschlossen werden mußten wegen einer Auseinandersetzung um Steuern
Das Finanzministerium fordere "grundlos" ca. 7 Mio. GEL Steuern seit 2007.
JSC Elit Electronics said in a statement that it had been in court dispute with the Finance Ministry’s Revenue Service over “groundless tax claim of GEL 7 million” (about USD 4.1 million) since 2007.
21 Aug. '09 Premierminister Nika Gilauri gab am 21.8. die Entlassung vomm Witschaftsminister Lasha Zhvania bekannt
Er sagte, er sei unzufrieden mit der Arbeit des Ministeriums und des Ministers selbst.
20 Aug. '09 Georgische Küstenwache hält ein kambodschanisches Handelsschiff mit syrischer Besatzung auf dem Weg von Sokhumi zur Türkei auf, beladen mit 1255t Eisenschrott
The vessel, flying the Cambodian flag, with seven crew members onboard – all citizens of Syria – was transporting 1,255 tones of ferrous metal scrap from the breakaway region’s capital Sokhumi to Turkey, according to the Border Police.
20 Aug. '09 Oppositioneller Zurab Abashidze "Our Georgia-Free Democrats party" (OGFD) äußert sich "vorsichtig optimistisch" nach der Freilassung mehrerer Aktivistem bezüglich des Dialogs mit dem Innenministerium
... At the August 12 meeting a group of opposition leaders handed to the Interior Minister lists of activists arrested for various, as the opposition says, “fabricated charges.” One of the lists, handed by the Alliance for Georgia, contained 48 activists, including from other opposition parties.
“We are moderately optimistic and we were not creating any illusion that all of those people would be released in a day or two,” Zurab Abashidze told RFE/RL Georgian service earlier on August 19. “But process has started and we have to assess it positively, because some people were released.” ...
19 Aug. '09 Mehrere oppositionelle Aktivisten wurden freigelassen im Nachgang zu dem Treffen von Innenminister Vano Merabishvili und Oppositionsführern
Several opposition activists were released from detention following a meeting between Interior Minister Vano Merabishvili and some opposition leaders a week ago, an opposition politician said on August 19. Zurab Abashidze of the Our Georgia-Free Democrats party (OGFD), part of Alliance for Georgia, told Civil.Ge that up to ten activists were released, including from New Rights and Republican parties. They were released from pre-trial detention, but charges are not yet dropped and cases will be considered by courts, a formal procedure to finalize the process. ...
19 Aug. '09 Sokhumi will nach einem Appell an EU, UN und Präsident Sarkozy "passende Maßnahmen" ergreifen, um Handelsschiffe auf dem Weg nach Abchasien zu schützen, wenn Tbilisi weiter Schiffe zurückhält
Sokhumi will resort to “proportional measures” to protect vessels en route to Abkhazia if Tbilisi continues their detention, Abkhaz leader, Sergey Bagapsh, said in his appeal to UN, EU and French President Nicolas Sarkozy on August 18. ...
18 Aug. '09 Stanislav Lakoba, Sekretär des abchasischen nationalen Sicherheitsrates, tritt zurück wegen Differenzen mit der Führung in verschiedenen Fragen
18 Aug. '09 Court Upholds GEL 1.25mln Tax Claim against Burjanadze
18 Aug. '09 Georgien verläßt nach den ein Jahr dauernden formellen Verfahren nun endgültig die Gemeinschaft unabhängiger Staaten (GUS)
17 Aug. '09 Georgische Küstenwache hält ein türkisches Handelsschiff auf dem Weg nach Sokhumi auf, beladen mit 3000t Benzin und 775t Diesel
Georgian coast guard detained a Turkish cargo vessel en route to breakaway Abkhaz capital Sokhumi on August 17, the Georgian and Abkhaz sides reported. The vessel was carrying 3,000 tones of petrol and 775 tones of diesel fuel, according to the Abkhaz Shipping Company, Apsnipress reported. According to the Georgian Border Police, crew members include 13 Turkish and four Azerbaijani citizens. According to the Abkhaz side it was the third case this year when the Georgian coast guard seizes Turkish vessels carrying cargo en route to Abkhazia. ...
17 Aug. '09 Abgeordneter Gia Tortladze von der "Democratic Party of Georgia" ruft zu einem Gesetz auf, das Ex-Funktionäre und Ex-Offiziere der Kommunisten Partei und Kollaborateure mit dem sowjetischen KGB aus den Strukturen des Staatswesens ausschließt
16 Aug. '09 Gericht verurteilt zwei oppositionelle Aktivisten
Die zwei Männer waren Mitte Juni verhaftet worden; Gudadze war des illegalen Besitzes und Mitführens einer Handgranate und Tlashadze des Drogenbesitzes angeklagt.
15 Aug. '09 Hansjörg Haber, Leiter der EUMM: Treffen in in ‘positiver Atmosphäre’ abgehalten
He said that third meeting in series of incident prevention and response mechanism (IPRM), facilitated by EUMM, between the South Ossetian, Georgian and Russian sides in presence of OSCE representatives on August 14 in the village of Dvani took place in “a very positive atmosphere.”
“We can of course do more to reduce the nightly reports of shootings but the common view was that there were no major incidents which were intended to escalate the situation,” he added. ...
The sides agreed to hold next meeting in frames of IPRM on September 3, according to EUMM. ...
15 Aug. '09 NY Times: Südossetien versucht seine Bürger zu entwaffnen
Authorities in breakaway South Ossetia have called on citizens to turn in their arms voluntarily and plan to offer from USD 300 to USD 400 in exchange for each Kalashnikov rifle, The New York Times reported on August 14.
In two week the breakaway region’s law enforcement agencies have collected or confiscated 100 machine guns - among them 15 U.S.-made M-4 carbines, “presumably lost by Georgian soldiers” in the August war, according to this report. ...
14 Aug. '09 Drittes Treffen zur Krisenprävention mit der südossetischen Seite im Dorf Dvani hat u.a. wieder den Zwischenfall vom 3.8. zum Thema
“As no one in South Ossetia is interested in the incidents of this type, we have stated that if shooting really took place from the South Ossetian side, we would take all the necessary measures to find out circumstances of this incident. At the same time we have demanded a similar approach from the Georgian side in respect of those incidents, which take place due to the Georgian side,” Chigoev said. ...
14 Aug. '09 Sokhumi beschuldigt Tbilisi, dass georgische Spezialeinheiten hinter den zwei Anschlägen vom 12.8. stecken würden
“We have to assume that it has been done by the Georgian special services, which can not accept recognition of Abkhazia [by Russia], as well as the visit of the head of the Russian government,” Abkhaz news agency, Apsnipress, reported quoting Beslan Kvitsiani, deputy chief prosecutor of the breakaway region. ...
14 Aug. '09 Pentagon bestätigt Pläne, georgische Truppen für den Einsatz in Afghanistan zu trainieren
Einige Dutzend US-Marine-Trainer werden nach Georgien geschickt, sagte das US-Außenministerium. Im Herbst wird Georgien eine Infanteriekompanie und dann 2010 ein Batallion nach Afghanistan entsenden.
Several dozen U.S. marine trainers will be sent to Georgia to prepare its troops for deployment in Afghanistan, a U.S. Defense Department official said on August 13, according to Reuters and The New York Times.
“Georgia wants to be part of the international effort in Afghanistan. We want to help them get ready,” Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell was quoted. "It [the training] is not designed to get them ready for any internal defense."
“This is about the United States supporting Georgia’s contribution to the war in Afghanistan, which everybody can recognize is needed and valued and appreciated.”
He said the U.S. had consultations with Russia on the matter in order to avoid any misunderstanding.
“We have been very forthright with our Russian counterparts about what we are doing,” Morrell said.
The New York Times reported, that the training mission was scheduled to launch on September 1 and number of trainers from Marine Corps training and advising team would fluctuate between 10 and 69 over the next six months.
Plans about the training program were first announced on August 10, when Matthew Bryza, U.S. deputy assistant secretary of state, told journalists in Tbilisi that those Georgian military units, which would be sent to Afghanistan would be provided with training and equipment.
“What we are not doing is simply coming up with a plan to provide a large number of new weapons that will be deployed here in Georgia – no; we are training and then providing equipment, the Georgian forces will need on the ground in Afghanistan,” he said.
On August 6 the Georgian Parliament gave its green light to Georgian troops deployment in Afghanistan.
Georgia will to send an infantry company later this autumn and a battalion-size unit in 2010.
The infantry company will be deployed under the French forces and the battalion under the U.S. command; two servicemen will be stationed under the Turkish command.
13 Aug. '09 In einer Erklärung der EU-Ratspräsidentschaft wird der Besuch Premierminister Putins in Abchasien als nicht hilfreich bezeichnet für die internationalen Bemühungen, die Region zu stabilisieren
“The European Union notes with concern that the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, has paid a visit to the Georgian region of Abkhazia, without prior consent of the Georgian authorities,” the statement reads. ...
13 Aug. '09 Zwei Explosionen in Abchasien: In Gagra gab es zwei Tote, in Suchumi wurde niemand verletzt
12 Aug. '09 Tbilisi verurteilt den Besuch von Premierminister Putin in Abchasien
12 Aug. '09 Russland wird 2010 über 460 Mio USD für die militärische Präsenz in Abchasien ausgeben
12 Aug. '09 Innenminister trifft die Oppositionsführer, welche eine Liste von Aktivisten übergaben, die aufgrund "konstrierter Anklagen" verhaftet worden sein sollen
The opposition parties handed over to MIA list of activists, who, as they say, were arrested in recent months, amid street protest rallies, on fabricated charges, mainly related with drugs and illegal possession of arms. ...
12 Aug. '09 Premierminister Putin besucht Abchasien
12 Aug. '09 Georgische Seite drängt bei einem Treffen zur Krisenprävention mit der abchasischen Seite auf freie Grenzüberquerung über die abchasiche Verwaltungsgrenze
11 Aug. '09 Nach Vizepremier Giorgi Baramidze zeigt der Brief von Präsident Medvedev an Präsident Yushchenko "die imperialistische Politik" Moskaus, darauf abgezielt, die Ukraine von innen zu unterminieren
11 Aug. '09 Tina S. Kaidanow, eine Karrierediplomation, wird die Nachfolgerin von Matthew Bryza
Bryza, who, as he himself put it, was a more frequent guest to Georgia than any other U.S. official, was a regular target of criticism of the Georgian opposition politicians for his perceived support personally to President Saakashvili, which the opponents claimed, was resulting into turning a blind eye on the Georgian authorities’ failures to deliver with democratic reforms.
“I found it simply ridiculous to read, to hear some of the things some of my colleagues in more radical side of Georgia’s opposition were saying about me supposedly supporting only one person in this country,” Bryza said in his opening remarks at a news conference in Tbilisi on August 10 – the issue which he had to publicly address at least once in the past. ...
11 Aug. '09 Alasania trifft Außenminister Vashadze und händigt ihm ein Dokument seiner Partei aus, indem u.a. die Visionen "einer Reaktivierung der Arbeit der internationalen Organisationen" dargestellt sind
Our Georgia–Free Democrats said in a statement that Alasania handed to the Foreign Minister the party’s document on its vision on “reactivation of work of the international organisations and efficient use of international security mechanisms with regards to the conflict zones in Georgia.” ...
10 Aug. '09 USA werden Training und Ausrüstung für die georgischen Truppen bereitstellen, die im Herbst und nächstes Jahr in Afghanistan stationiert sein werden
10 Aug. '09 Jahrestag des Augustkrieges in Bildern
10 Aug. '09 Aufsichtsrat wählt den Generaldirektors des öffentlichen Rundfunks: Gia Chanturia
8 Aug. '09 Im Bewerbungsverfahlen um den Posten des Generaldirektors des öffentlichen RundfunksInterviews werden Videos von den Interviews der drei verbliebenen Kandidaten auf der Webseite bereitgestellt
8 Aug. '09 Medvedev stellt in einem Brief an den französichen Präsidenten fest, dass Russland seine Verpflichtungen nach den Dokumenten vom 12.8. und 8.9.2008 bereits im Oktober 2008 vollständig erfüllt hätte
In a letter to his French counterpart, Nicolas Sarkozy, Russian President, Dmitry Medvedev, writes that a new reality has emerged after the August war, which can not ignored.
“Obviously, as a result of Mikheil Saakashvili’s adventurous policy a new geopolitical situation has emerged in Transcaucasus, wherein it is hardly possible to neglect independent existence of two new states,” the letter, extracts from which was posted on the Kremlin’s website, reads.
Medvedev stressed on the need for signing of non-use of force agreements between Tbilisi and Tskhinvali and Tbilisi and Sokhumi.
“I am sure that only creation of such legal framework will help avoid new splashes of violence and will rule out reoccurrence of the last year tragedy,” he says.
Medvedev also stressed on the need for all countries “to refrain from supplying Georgia with weapons for an extended period of time.”
“In those days [of military hostilities last August] the involvement of France in the capacity of the EU presidency in our efforts towards stopping the aggression unleashed by Mikheil Saakashvili was effective and productive,” Medvedev tells Sarkozy.
“Actually, the agreements from August 12 and September 8, 2008 still remain the only “code of conduct” in this area of Transcaucasus.  Russia fulfilled its commitments under these documents in full already by last October.”
He also expresses hope that chances for “finding proper formulas for extension of activities” for OSCE and UN missions in South Ossetia and Abkhazia, respectively, still remains. He, however, also adds: “Of course, all the three sides – South Ossetian, Abkhaz and Georgian - should agree with them.”
7 Aug. '09 Präsident Saakashvili ruft zur Einigkeit auf am Jahrestag des Augustkrieges
7 Aug. '09 Abchasisches Parlament zieht die Gesetzesänderung zur Staatsbürgerschaft zunächst zurück
Oppositionspartei befürchtet, dass dadurch der Bürgeranteil mit georgischer Herkunft dem abchasicher gleichkommen könnte.
7 Aug. '09 Solana: Situation vor Ort bleibt ruhig
7 Aug. '09 MP: ‘We don’t Need Saakashvili’s Milosevicization’
7 Aug. '09 Georgien markiert den Jahrestag des Augustkrieges - Georgia Marks August War Anniversary
Georgia marks anniversary of the August war on Friday with number of ceremonies with one involving a nationwide minute of silence at 3pm local time to commemorate those killed in the war.
Official commemorations began at midnight in Gori and in number of other Georgian towns with lighting of a “bonfire of unity.” President Saakashvili will address to the national from Gori later on Friday evening.
Many of the commemoration events are planned in Gori – a town, which along with Tskhinvali, suffered most of the last year’s war. Senior officials will gather in the town by midday to lay the foundation for a monument on which names of those killed during the war will be engraved.
According to the Georgian government’s report 412 Georgian citizens were killed in the August war, including 228 civilians; 170 military; 14 policemen. 10 military servicemen and 14 policemen remain missing. A Dutch and two Georgian journalists were also killed during the military hostilities.
Meanwhile in Tbilisi, a Soviet-old armoured personnel carrier is blocking the capital city’s main thoroughfare, Rustaveli Avenue; it is part of an outdoor installation, also involving various types of other expositions, designed to depict, what the organizers say, is “two centuries of Russian aggression” against Georgia starting from 1783 Georgievsk Treaty under which eastern Georgia became the Russian empire’s protectorate.
In the lead up to the anniversary, the Georgian national television stations started airing number of different spots on the last year’s war with some of them running under the banner “Struggle Continues.”
One of the spots is a compilation of extracts from the senior Russian officials’ quotes with Foreign Minister Lavrov saying “the Georgian people is a friend of the Russian people” and President Medvedev saying “we respect and love the Georgian people” and then the footage of Russia aircraft firing missiles to the Georgian positions is shown with words on the background reading: “Russian love.”
Meanwhile, a pro-opposition Maestro TV renewed airing one of many of its anti-Saakashvili TV spots saying that the President signed “capitulation treaty” under which Georgia lost more territories and then a narrator starts listing names of dozens of those villages, which came under the Russian forces control after the August war both in upper Kodori Gorge in Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
“Yes Russia has taken over several dozen of villages… but Russia’s eventual goal was full annihilation of Georgia,” President Saakashvili said in a pre-recorded lengthy interview aired by Imedi TV late on August 6. He said that’s what Russia’s Foreign Minister Lavrov told then his U.S. counterpart Condoleezza Rice.
He said that the Georgian army could have resisted overwhelming Russian invasion and protected areas, which eventually came under the Russian control, but “that would have meant destruction of the Georgian army and there would have been no one to protect Tbilisi.”
“Those saying that Georgia launched the war are marginalized group of politicians in Georgia,” he said.
On August 6 the Georgian government released a report detailing its version of events leading up to the war and justifying its decisions prior and during the military actions.
In his article published by the Washington Post on August 6, President Saakashvili wrote that Russia’s 58th army crossed over Georgia's internationally recognized borders and began “a long-planned invasion aimed at toppling my government and increasing Moscow's control over our region.”
Meanwhile, the Guardian ran on August 6 a joint commentary piece by two secessionist leaders, Eduard Kokoity and Sergey Bagapsh, who write that a year ago Georgia’s leaders “ordered a military attack on unarmed civilians in South Ossetia.” “The free nations of Abkhazia and South Ossetia are threatened by western complicity in our isolation and intimidation by Georgia,” the Abkhaz and South Ossetian leaders write.
7 Aug. '09 Saakashvili traf einige Oppositionsführer bezüglich der Einwände der Opposition zu Übergriffen auf ihre Aktivisten und Anhänger, u.a. Irakli Alasania, Konstantine Gamsakhurdia, Zurab Tkemaladze, Petre Mamradze
6 Aug. '09 Drei Kandidaten für die offene Stelle des Generaldirektors des öffentlichen Rundfunks ausgewählt: Gia Chanturia, Zviad Koridze und Giorgi Kacharava
6 Aug. '09 Moskau will, dass Tbilisi ein Gewaltverzichtsabkommen mit Tskhinvali und Sokhumi unterzeichnet
6 Aug. '09 Daniel Fried, US-Sondergesandter für Guantanamo-Fragen, besucht Tbilisi und hält Gespräche mit hochrangigen georgischen Offiziellen ab
... He already met with Temur Iakobashvili, the Georgian state minister for reintegration and Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze.
In a brief comment Fried told reporters he arrived in Georgia to meet his “friends.” ...
5 Aug. '09 Hochrangige georgische Offizielle sagten, dass im Gegensatz zum August letzten Jahres die westlichen Maächte einen genaueren Blick auf georgien werfen
Eka Tkeshelashvili vom nationalen Sicherheitsrat bezieht sich auf das Telefongespräch zwischen Obama und Medvedev: "... nun ist die internationale Gemeinschaft bereit für eine sofortige Erwiderung."
Eka Tkeshelashvili, the secretary of Georgian national security council, said that phone conversation between the U.S. and Russian Presidents, followed by phone talks between Vice President Biden and President Saakashvili demonstrated that “unlike last August, now the international community is fully ready for an immediate response” in case of renewed Russian aggression.
Temur Iakobashvili, the Georgian state minister for reintegration, said intensive high level diplomatic efforts indicated that the United States would not “repeat the same mistake as the [Bush] administration did last year, when it did not believe that Russia would have made such step” to attack Georgia.
Shota Utiashvili, head of the Georgian Interior Ministry’s information and analytical department, told Imedi TV on August 5 that although threat of “provocations” from the territory occupied by the Russian forces persisted, there was no sign indicating on possibility of reoccurrence of the last year’s aggression from Russia.
5 Aug. '09 Präsident Obama und Präsident diskutieren in einem Telefongespräch auch über Georgien
... The White House also said that in the phone conversation with President Saakashvili, Vice President Biden "expressed concern about the recent escalation in tensions and emphasized that all parties should avoid destabilizing actions."
"He also underscored the importance of having an objective international monitoring mission with access to both sides of the boundary line," the White House said.
Biden also “reiterated U.S. support for Georgia’s democracy.” ...
5 Aug. '09 Philip H. Gordon, stellvertretender US-Beauftragter für Europa und Asien, ruft die politischen Kräfte in Georgien auf, demokratische Reformen für die Wahlen 2013 vorzubereiten, dem ersten Machtwechsel durch Wahlen am Ende der Amtszeit
The United States encourages the Georgian authorities, opposition and civil society to cooperate on democratic reforms to prepare “Georgia for the first end-of-term electoral transfer of power in its history, in the 2013 presidential election,” Philip Gordon, assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs, said. ...
5 Aug. '09 Vadim Brovtsev, Generaldirektor der russischen Baufirma Vermikulit, wird Premierminister in Südossetien
5 Aug. '09 Alexander Vershbow vom US-Verteidigungsministerium bestreitet die russischen Behauptungen, die USA würden Georgien aufrüsten
4 Aug. '09 Russlands Truppen sind in der abtrünnigen Region Südossetien in Gefechtsbereitschaft versetzt, da "Georgiens Provokationen nicht aufhörten"
4 Aug. '09 Board Called for Transparency in Electing Public TV Head
4 Aug. '09 Petition on Public Broadcaster
4 Aug. '09 Tbilisi und Tskhinvali beschuldigen sich gegenseitig, das Feuer eröffnet zu haben
4 Aug. '09 Abkhaz Opposition Against Granting Citizenship to Gali Residents
“The Parliament Members, who voted for this [amendment], lay the foundation for a new wave of colonization of Abkhazia by Georgians… Because of their [these lawmakers’] efforts we will again become the minority in our motherland,” the statement reads. ...
4 Aug. '09 Eduard Kokoity, Anführer der abtrünnigen Region Südossetien, entläßt den Premierminister Aslanbek Bulatsev aus Gesundheitsgründen
4 Aug. '09 Schwedische EU-Ratspräsidentschaft ruft alle Seiten zur Zurückhaltung bezüglich Südossetien auf: keine Erklärung oder Aktion, die die Spannungen steigert; EUMM sieht bis jetzt keine Beweise für Beschuss von beiden Seiten.
“The European Union Monitoring Mission [EUMM] patrols on the ground in Georgia have seen no evidence so far to confirm mutual accusations of shellings,” the Swedish presidency said in a statement released on behalf of EU on Monday evening.
“The EU urges all sides to refrain from any statement or action that may lead to increased tensions at this particularly sensitive time,” EU presidency said in the statement. ...
3 Aug. '09 16 Personen bewerben sich um die offene Stelle des Generaldirektors des öffentlichen Rundfunks
3 Aug. '09 Regierungspartei stimmt der Neuansetzung der Abgeordnetennachwahlen zu
3 Aug. '09 NATO New Chief on Georgia, Russia
3 Aug. '09 Man Affiliated with Burjanadze’s Party Beaten
3 Aug. '09 Außenministerium: Russische Militärs versuchen die sogenannten Grenzen zu Südossetien zu verschieben, indem sie im Dorf Kveshi 500m ins Dorf hinein Pfosten gesetzt haben
Dieser Zug stelle den Versuch der russischen Okkupanten dar, "tiefer in georgisches Territorium einzudringen".
1 Aug. '09 EUMM sagte, dass ihre Beobachter vor Ort keine Anzeichen feststellen konnten für irgendeinen Beschuss Richtung Tskhinvali oder Umgebung
1 Aug. '09 Russland warnte Georgien, dass es Gewalt anwenden werde, um die "Bürger Südossetiens" zu schützen im Falle "weiterer 'Provokationen" durch Tbilisi
1 Aug. '09 Die Partei "Christian-Democratic Movement" (CDM) will eine Neuansetzung der Abgeordnetennachwahlen
1 Aug. '09 Innenministerium bestreitet energisch südossetische Berichte, dass zwei Mörsergeschosse vom georgischen Dorf Ditsi abgeschossen wurden
EUMM teilt mit, dass sie die Berichte gerade untersucht.
“No shooting took place at all,” Shota Utiashvili, head of Georgian Interior Ministry’s information and analytical department, told Civil.Ge. ...
31 Jul. '09 Drei neue Mitglieder des Rates des öffentlichen Rundfunks gewählt: Davit Aprasidze, Zurab Davitashvili, Davit Kandelaki
Three new members of the board are Davit Aprasidze, dean of philosophy and social sciences faculty at the Ilia Chavchavadze State University (he was a host of a political talk show at public TV for over a year till February, 2008); Zurab Davitashvili, a former lawmaker from the ruling party and a professor at the Tbilisi State University and Davit Kandelaki, a documentary filmmaker; the latter was recommended by MP Gia Tortladze from the parliamentary minority and others were the ruling party favorites. ...
31 Jul. '09 Parlament ernennt Revaz Beshidze, zuvor NATO-Botschafter, als den Botschafter für Japan
31 Jul. '09 Der angehende Ombudsmann, oberster Verteidiger der Bürgerrechte in Georgien, Giorgi Tugushi, spricht von Proritäten
“Public Defender should be regarded as an assistant to these [state] structures in order to on the one hand to prevent violation of human rights and laws by the state institutions and on the other hand to help restore violated rights of people,” Tugushi told lawmakers before voting when laying out his priorities for the post. ...
31 Jul. '09 Kokoity, Führer der abtrünnigen Region Südossetien erhebt in einem RIA-Novosti-Interview territorriale Ansprüche außerhalb der Grenzlinien, die Truso Schlucht
“We have very serious territorial issues, which will need to be raised. And we will raise these issues. It concerns the Truso Gorge, which today is a part of the Georgian administrative district of Mtskheta-Mtianeti - this is a native Ossetian land, which by unclear reasons in the Soviet period was transferred under the administrative governance of the Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic. Today it is necessary to raise the issue of returning these lands to Ossetia,” Kokoity said in an interview with the Russian news agency, RIA Novosti.
“These unique places, where many prominent representatives of our people were born, now belong to Georgia. In principle, this is a territory of North Ossetia, but since the Leningori district [Akhalgori district, which is adjacent to the Truso gorge] is completely controlled by us, we will raise these issues, because these are our lands,” RIA Novosti quoted Kokoity. ...
31 Jul. '09 EU-Beobachterkommission EUMM ruft vor dem Jahrestag des Augustkrieges zur Zurückhaltung auf
“At this particularly sensitive time, it is vital that all sides show restraint and do nothing that could be considered provocative. It is in no one’s interest to incite the situation at this time. In recent days there have been a number of incidents,” General Gilles Janvier, the deputy head of EUMM, said in a statement on July 30.
“The EUMM continues to monitor and investigate events on the ground in its usual thorough, professional and balanced way and work with all sides to maintain security and stability for the people living in the areas adjacent to the administrative boundary lines,” he added. ...
31 Jul. '09 Die Partei "Christian-Democratic Movement" nominiert den Abgeordneten Dimitri Lortkipanidze als Kandidaten für den Posten des Ombudsmann, oberster Verteidiger der Bürgerrechte in Georgien
Bei einem Kandidaten-Treffen mit Vertreter gesellschaftlicher Gruppen äußerte er: "Ich glaube, dass Homosexualität in diesem Land strafbar sein sollte, da es nach unserem [christlich orthodoxen] Glaubensakt strafbar ist. ...". Der Kandidat der Regierungspartei Giorgi Tugushi sagte, dass Diskriminierung auf der Basis sexueller Orientierung für ihn gänzlich inakzeptabel sei.
30 Jul. '09 Präsident Saakashvili besucht die Militärübung "Schild 2009" bei Orpolo
Über 1000 Soldaten, sowie Kampfpanzer und bewaffnete Fahrzeuge, Flugzeuge und Helikopter nahmen an den größten Übungen Georgiens nach dem Augustkrieg teil. Bericht und Bilder des Verteidigungsministeriums
Despite Russia’s attempt to totally destroy the Georgian army in last year’s war, the Georgian military’s “combative spirit and level of training is high as never before,” President Saakashvili said on July 30.
He was speaking to a group of officers at the Orpolo firing range in southern Georgia where he attended a final day of military maneuvers Shield-2009.
Over 1,000 servicemen, as well as battle tanks and armored vehicles; SU-25 ground attack aircraft and MI-24 helicopters participated in the largest drills held by Georgia after the August war.
According to the scenario of maneuvers, the Georgian troops had to repel an attack of brigade-size military unit and carry out a counter-attack.
Saakashvili told the officers that there was no other profession in Georgia “more important” than being a soldier. He also said that although already well-trained, the Georgian army still needed “more education and more training.” ...
30 Jul. '09 US-Verteidigungsministerium: Georgien sei nicht bereit für die Waffenanschaffungen, wie Präsident Saakashvili sie in Umlauf setzte; aber dies sei für die Zukunft nicht vom Tisch.
Celeste A. Wallander, deputy assistant secretary of defense for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia, however, also told a congressional panel on July 28, that the issue was “not off the table” in the future.
She made the remarks at the hearing of U.S. House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe after she was asked to comment about President Saakashvili’s statement made in an interview with The Washington Post asking the U.S. to provide Georgia with defensive weapons, involving anti-tank and anti-aircraft systems.
One of the members of the committee, Representative William Delahunt, a Democrat from Massachusetts, who spoke strongly against selling the U.S. weapons to Georgia, asked the U.S. Defense Department official: “If we are going to reset relations [with Russia], why add fuel to a volatile situation?”
 Celeste A. Wallander responded that President Saakashvili made those remarks on need to supply Georgia with defensive weapons just before the Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to Tbilisi and the latter had an opportunity to address the issue while visiting Tbilisi.
“He [the Vice President] was very clear… The United States supports a responsible and robust defense cooperation program with Georgia that is focused on improving Georgia’s [military] education, training, command capabilities building NCO corps,” Wallander said.
“But Georgia is not ready for the kind of weapons acquisitions that the President [Saakashvili] floated. In the future, that’s not off the table, but certainly the United States is not in the position of believing that Georgia is ready for that kind of defense acquisition,” she added. ...
30 Jul. '09 Innenministerium: Polizeiposten im Dorf Nikozi von Tskhinvali aus intensiv mit Maschinengewehren und  Mörsern beschossen; die südossetische Seite behauptet, von Nikozi aus sei Feuer eröffnet worden; es gab keine Opfer.
29 Jul. '09 Präsident Saakashvili: In diesem Sommer bestand eine Gefahr eines Angriffs durch Russland, aber die starke Unterstützung durch die USA und die Einigkeit der Menschen im Lande halfen, diese zu abzuwenden
He said Putin wanted to attack Georgia this year “to put an end to the Georgian statehood.”
“The Georgian state has not collapsed after April [reference of opposition’s street protest rallies, which started on April 9]; our people maintained unity and our economy did collapse… Today Russia’s economy and the economy of most of the European countries are in far worst situation than the Georgian economy,” Saakashvili said.
“Because of these factors and also because of the western and U.S. support the threat of war this summer has passed,” he said.
Saakashvili was speaking at an outdoor meeting with a group of local residents of one of Tbilisi’s suburbs in presence of TV cameras. The meeting was part, what Saakashvili called “dialogue with the public” announced during his address to the Parliament on April 20.
“My goal during next several years that are left before the end of my term in office will be to bring your voice to each and every public official and to the international community,” he said at the meeting.
“Those who are seen most often on the TV are in fact far from your problems. In Georgia there is a large group of politicians for whom talking is simply a business... Most of the politicians have turned into TV anchors, they are seen night and day on the TV screens, talking about the people, which they have not even met with; talking about hardship, which they have never experienced… they misappropriate the right to speak on behalf of the people.”
“My goal is not get fixated on the screens of several TV stations and not to get fixated on what is going on in corridors of the Parliament or in Tbilisi center,” Saakashvili said. “I came here to listen to you and to speak less.”
29 Jul. '09 Aus dem Amt scheidender Ombudsmann, oberster Verteidiger der Bürgerrechte in Georgien, Sozar Subari, schließt nicht aus, dass er in die Politik geht, will aber seine Karriere im Zusammenhang mit Menschenrechten fortsetzen
29 Jul. '09 Leiter der EU-Untersuchungskommission zum Georgien-Konflikt besucht Moskau
28 Jul. '09 Regierungspartei wählt Kandidaten aus für den Posten des Ombudsmann, oberster Verteidiger der Bürgerrechte in Georgien, Giorgi Tugushi
28 Jul. '09 Internationaler Währungsfond IMF erhöht die Unterstützung für Georgien um 420 Mio. USD auf 1.1 Mrd. USD
28 Jul. '09 Gesetzesänderung zur Erhöhung der Zahl der Mitglieder des Rates des öffentlichen Rundfunks von der Regierungspartei vorgelegt
27 Jul. '09 Zwei konstitutionelle Gesetzesänderungen durch Präsident Saakashvili angeboten, die Rückkehr von zehn Politkern ins Parlament und eine teilweise Verlagerung des Parlaments nach Kutaisi
27 Jul. '09 EU to Discuss Third Country Involvement in Georgia Monitoring in Autumn
27 Jul. '09 EU-Beobachtermission für ein Jahr verlängert
27 Jul. '09 MP By-Elections in Three Districts Set for Sept. 27
27 Jul. '09 Prsäsident Medvedev: Die Beziehungen mit Tbilisi würden eines Tages wiederaufgenommen, basierend auf den neuen Realitäten, die sich nach dem Augustkrieg entwickelt hatten.
27 Jul. '09 Straßenproteste durch die Opposition vorerst beendet nach 107 Tagen nach dem 7.April
26 Jul. '09 Zweiter Fall von H1N1-Grippe in Georgien
Die erkrankte Person kehrte vor einigen Tagen aus Spanien zurück.
25 Jul. '09 Nächste Woche wird eine Gesetzesänderung eingereicht, die zehn Politikern erlauben soll, ihre Abgeordnetensitze wiederzuerlangen
Letzen Juni hatten zwölf oppositionelle Politiker auf ihre Abgeordnetenmandate verzichtet, aus Protest gegen Wahlbetrug sagten sie, der bei den Parlamentswahlen vom 21.8.2008 stattgefunden haben soll. Diese zwölf Politiker sind: Levan Gachechiladze, an individual opposition politician; Zviad Dzidziguri, Conservative Party leader; Koba Davitashvili, leader of Party of People; Eka Beselia of the Movement for United Georgia; Gubaz Sanikidze of the National Forum; Giorgi Khaindrava, an individual opposition figure; Konstantine Gamsakhurdia, leader of Party of Freedom and five politicians from the New Rights Party - Davit Gamkrelidze, Pikria Chikhradze, Davit Saganelidze, Mamuka Katsitadze and Irakli Iashvili. Zehn von ihnen wurden durch ihre Parteiliste, proportionale Wahl und zwei von ihnen durch das Erringen von Direktmandaten in zwei Wahlkreisen in Tbilisi  - Davit Gamkrelidze in Vake und Davit Saganelidze in Didube.
25 Jul. '09 US-Außenministerium sagt, dass sie noch nicht gefragt wurden, an der EU-Beobachtermission in Georgien teilzunehmen
24 Jul. '09 Starke Einbußen in Georgiens Außenhandel im ersten Quartal: Import -37.7%, Export -35.3%
The value of export was USD 515.1 million during the first quarter, down 35.3% from last year’s USD 795.5 million and import was up to USD 1.99 billion, down to 37.7% from last year’s USD 3.19 billion.
Turkey remains the Georgia’s major trading partner with the trading volume amounting to USD 497.5 million down 12.6%; followed by Azerbaijan – USD 252 million; Ukraine – USD 233 million; the United States – USD 152.1 million; Russia – USD 150.1 million; Germany – USD 144 million; Italy – USD 76.9 million.
Ferro-alloys remained the number one Georgian export, amounting USD 66 million; oil products and hydrocarbons top the list of imports totaling USD 212.4 million in the first half of 2009.
24 Jul. '09 Präsident Saakashvili lobt die Haltung von Weißrussland bezüglich Abchasien und Südossetien, da es seine Bürger vor der Einreise in die abtrünningen Regionen warnte
The situation has completely changed in the post-Soviet space,” he said at a meeting with the lawmakers from the ruing party on July 24. “I want to welcome a very brave decision of Belarus about prohibiting its citizens to violate Georgian laws and warning them about criminal liabilities in case of illegal entry into breakaway South Ossetia and Abkhazia.”
Deputy Head of the Belarus Foreign Ministry’s consulate service said on July 22 that “any entry into Abkhazia and South Ossetia without a special permission of the Georgian authorities is prohibited and punished under the Criminal Code of Georgia. We insistently recommend our citizens to take into consideration these provisions of Georgian legislation while planning their trips to Abkhazia and South Ossetia.” ...
24 Jul. '09 Präsident Saakashvili: "Putins Plan, Georgien zu zerstören, wurde durchkreuzt."
Speaking at a meeting with lawmakers from the ruling party, Saakashvili said “the democratic world’s policy towards Georgia’s future and its territorial integrity is firmly and straightforwardly established now as never before.”
“It became clear that everything what our country’s invader and our country’s enemy was planting in and around Georgia and was trying to plant in the Georgian political class – those lies as if no one respects Georgia any more and as if Georgia has no future and Georgia has no democratic future, as if no one is speak with the Georgian government – these [allegations] now already looks ludicrous after [the Vice President Biden’s visit] and all these allegations turned out to be completely false,” he said.
“Our enemy took over several dozen of our villages [after the August war] – those villages are very important for us – but by doing so our enemy has lost a formal role of mediator and Georgia gained diplomatic upper hand and… it became clear now that it is a problem of the entire world and that Georgia is not alone.”
“Our Russophiles [not aნ exact translation of a term which Saakashvili used; in Georgian he used a term - Rusetumeebi, a slang referring to those who are pro-Russian in their foreign policy orientation] should ask themselves which Russian official would have managed to speak with Georgians like the U.S. Vice President did yesterday? Which Russian official could have demonstrated such humanity and such ability to sharing your concerns?” Saakashvili said. ...
24 Jul. '09 Nach fünfzehnwöchiger Blockade rollt wieder Straßenverkehr auf der Rustaveli-Straße , nachdem bereits am 22.7. die "Zellen" von der Polizei auf die Gehwege versetzt wurden
24 Jul. '09 USA nennt die militärische Kooperation mit Georgien "zunehmend wichtig" und verweist auf die Unterstützung einer NATO-Mitgliedschaft Georgiens und der damit verbundenen Angleichung an NATO-Standards
The U.S. will have military-to-military relations with Georgia as Washington supports Tbilisi’s NATO aspirations and this type of relation “becomes increasingly important, given the current situation in and around that country,” Philip J. Crowley, assistant secretary of state, said at a press briefing in Washington on July 23.
Asked if the United States were “contemplating rearming Georgia” Crowley responded: “Georgia is on a path that the United States supports towards NATO membership. Clearly, a fundamental tenant of NATO membership is to have a military that meets NATO standards and would add to the capability of the alliance. So it is logical that the United States would have a military-to-military relationship with Georgia.”
 “So I think that the Vice President outlined today not only the importance of our relationship with Georgia, our willingness to continue to help Georgia with its defensive requirements, and a commitment that we will continue to work closely with the government going forward,” he added. ...
23 Jul. '09 Redetext von US-Vizepräsident Biden vor dem Parlament
23 Jul. '09 US-Vizepräsident Biden hält eine Ansprache vor dem Parlament
• Military cooperation to focus on training;
• ‘Reset not to come at expense of Georgia’
• ‘Be prosperous to restoring territorial integrity’
• U.S. ‘Fully Supports’ Georgia NATO Aspiration
• U.S. to support ‘fulfilling Rose Revolution promises’
23 Jul. '09 Tbilisi antwortet auf Moskaus Forderungen bezüglich der "Wiederbewaffnung Georgiens"
Georgien sagte, dass es ein unabhängiges Land sei und das souveräne Recht auf Selbstverteidigung habe.
“Georgia poses no threat to any of its neighbors," the Georgian Foreign Ministry said on July 23. "Despite the fact that Russia continues to illegally occupy significant parts of Georgia, in direct violation of ceasefire agreements to which they are a party, Georgia abides by its commitments stemming from the August 12, 2008 ceasefire agreement, in particular its non use of force pledge.”
“The EUMM provides regular updates that Georgia remains in compliance with its commitments,” the statement reads. "In contrast, the Russian Federation continues to deny EUMM members access to the occupied territories." ...
23 Jul. '09 Oppositionsführer kommentieren das Treffen mit Biden
23 Jul. '09 Russland warnt vor einer "Wiederbewaffnung Georgiens"
23 Jul. '09 Mehrere Oppositionsführer sagen, dass im Gespräch mit Biden die Fragen nach der Sicherheit Georgiens und der Demokratisierung an erster Stelle stünden
23 Jul. '09
Präsident Saakashvili und US-Vizepräsident Biden hielten offizielle Gespräche ab
22 Jul. '09 US-Vizepräsident Biden sagt, dass sein Besuch das Ziel habe, eine "eindeutige, klare, einfache Botschaft" auszusenden, dass die USA bei Georgien stehe.
Biden was speaking at a banquet held in his honor and hosted by President Saakashvili shortly after his arrival in Tbilisi on Wednesday evening.
Vice President Biden said the United States supported Georgia because “we first and foremost were inspired by you quest for independence.”
He said that the Rose Revolution was voice of “freedom loving people”. “What you did extended well beyond borders of Georgia,” he added.
Biden said the United States’ partnership with Georgia involved meeting security challenges, energy security and shared values of democracy.
“You are in the process of building those institutional attributes that the country needs to maintain democracy,” Biden said.
President Saakashvili, who awarded Biden with one of Georgia’s highest medals - St. Georgia’s Victory Order, told the Vice President that he was Georgia’s one of the strongest supporters.
“As you know we have managed to build here something that had never existed in this region – a modern, functioning state,” Saakashvili told Biden.
“We can be proud of having done that, but we know that there is still lot to be done,” Saakashvili said and added that for that purpose he laid out proposals for more democratic reforms while addressing the Parliament earlier this week.
He also said that the opposition’s ongoing street protest was part of democracy.
Saakashvili said that his presidential palace, where an official dinner was taking place, “is just 25 miles from occupied territories” – referring to Akhalgori in breakaway South Ossetia.
He told Biden that he was not saying it “to scare you.”
“I know it’s very difficult to scare you,” Saakashvili added and recalled Biden’s visit to Georgia on August 18, 2008 about a week after the end of military hostilities.
Saakashvili said that despite large-scale attack by Russia, “the Georgian people stand proudly” and “we will never ever surrender.”
“While we are at a gunpoint... we believe that democracy is now needed more than ever; let me be clear on this point: for us there is no tradeoff between democracy and security. Our security environment can only be addressed by investing in our democracy,” he said and added that it would be “a long and difficult road” and Georgia needed its friends’ assistance in this regard.
In the end of his speech Saakashvili told Biden, that he remembered when “you told me [after the August war]: ‘Misha lots of people are calling you these days, but later many will stop doing it, it’s inevitable, but I will never abandon you, I will always be there for your country’. You were always there for us and will always be.”
“Joe, you know in America,” Saakashvili continued, “as anywhere on the earth you can find lots of cynics and realpolitik followers... but like in no other country in the world, in America idealists ultimately run the show.”
The official dinner, which was also attended by the U.S. delegation members, Georgian government officials and senior lawmakers, was followed by a concert of Georgian performers, involving mainly Georgian folk songs and dances.
22 Jul. '09 Nino Burjanadze: "Biden sollte Saakashvili sagen, seine autoritäre Herrschaft zu beenden."
“The problem that Saakashvili faces, and the brilliant opportunity that vice-president Biden's visit offers those concerned to put Georgia back on track, is that without continued international aid, his regime is a lost cause,” she wrote.
22 Jul. '09 Giorgi Targamadze von der oppositionellen Christdemokratischen Partei benennt die Erwartungen, die von Georgiern an Bidens Besuch geknüpft werden: Verbesserung der ökonomischen, finanziellen und sozialen Bedingungen, Stärkung des nationalen Sicherheitssystems
22 Jul. '09 Shalva Natelashvili von der "Arbeiterpartei" ruft Biden auf, "Saakashvili von der Notwendigkeit des Rücktritts zu überzeugen"
22 Jul. '09 US-Vizepräsident Biden kommt in Tbilisi an
22 Jul. '09 Präsident Saakashvili spricht sich in einem Interview mit der Washington Post für die Belieferung Georgiens mit defensiven Waffen aus
... He said in an interview with the newspaper that speeding up of supply of anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons to Georgia “would make any hotheads think twice about further military adventures.”
“There are hundreds of reasons to attack Georgia,” Saakashvili was quoted. “The only thing to stop him [referring to Russia’s PM Vladimir Putin] is a clear unequivocal message from the West that there's going to be very grave consequences."
Supply of defensive weapons, he said, would “strengthen our political hand”; but in case of absence of such supplies, he continued, would be seen as weakness. ...
22 Jul. '09 Eine Gruppe georgischer Journalisten richtet eine Erklärung an den US-Vizepräsidenten Biden
.... The appeal, which also addresses the Georgian authorities, calls on the government to set the national television stations free from its “press” and to make television stations’ ownership issues transparent. In this context the statement raises issue of Imedi TV’s disputed ownership and calls on the authorities to return the television under the ownership of late tycoon Badri Patarkatsishvili’s family. ...
21 Jul. '09 Kitsmarishvili Says to Run for Public TV Head
21 Jul. '09 "Alliance for Georgia" fordert die US-Regierung auf, die Rolle eines Garanten bei Vereinbarungen zu demokratischen Reformen zwischen der Regierung und der Opposition zu übernehmen
21 Jul. '09 Eine Gruppe georgischer Oppositionsparteien richtet eine Ansprache an den US-Vizepräsidenten Biden
21 Jul. '09 Some Opposition Parties to ‘Welcome’ Biden with Rally
21 Jul. '09 An open Letter of Alliance for Georgia to the U.S. Vice President
21 Jul. '09 Opposition kommentiert die Ansprache Präsident Saakashvili’s vor dem Parlament und nennt seine Rede "einen PR-Trick", abgezielt auf den bevorstehenden Besuch des US-Vizepräsidenten Biden
21 Jul. '09 Außenministerium führt Gespräche mit der USA bezüglich einer Beteiligung an der EU-Beobachtermission in den abtrünnigen Regionen Abchasien und Südossetien
Auch Eka Tkeshelashvili, Beauftragte des nationalen Sicherheitsrates, äußert in der New York Times, dass die Beteiligung der USA und anderer EU-Mitglieder es politisch kostspieliger für Russland machen würden, vor Ort etwas zu unternehmen.
21 Jul. '09 Polizei nimmt sieben oppositionelle Jugendaktivisten fest unter der Anklage Hooliganismus, Widerstand gegen die Polizei und Blockade des Parlamentseinganges
One of the arrested activists, Giorgi Devnozashvili, was released by the court after being fined with GEL 400; others were sentenced for prison term for administrative offense.
Giorgi Berulava, Eduard Khukhuneishvili, Tengiz Doborjginidze were sentenced to 12-day imprisonment; Melor Vachnadze, Dato Kochiev and Badri Gogia were sentenced to 14 days in prison. ...
21 Jul. '09 Präsident Saakashvili verspricht in seiner Ansprache vor dem Parlament mehr demokratische Reformen und spezifiziert die früheren Vorschläge
President Saakashvili specified some of his previous proposals to the opposition and named some new ones in his address to the Parliament on July 20.
Proposals involve early local elections and reform of Central Election Commission; public broadcaster; judiciary. One of the proposals involve, as the President put it, giving more political rights to Georgian expatriates.
The opposition, including some lawmakers from the parliamentary minority, described the President’s address to the Parliament and follow up debates as Saakashvili’s PR stunt ahead of the U.S. Vice President’s visit, who will arrive in Tbilisi on July 22.
Local Elections/Reform of CEC
On elections, Saakashvili offered to hold early local elections on May 30, 2010 instead of planned autumn 2010. The authorities had already offered holding of local elections before the launch of protest rallies in April, but without putting forth an exact date.
Saakashvili reiterated the previous proposal to have direct election of Tbilisi Mayor, instead of the current practice when a Mayor is elected by members of elected City Council – Sakrebulo.
Saakashvili also said that the election code should be reformed by the end of 2009 to ensure that “the principle ‘I lost, so the elections were rigged’ does not exist any more.”
On Central Election Commission (CEC), he said new chairperson of the commission should be selected through “a broad agreement” among the key political groups.
“Old methods of political struggle will no longer work in Georgia; power transition will be carried out through elections and not through coups, weapons, foreign money and through ‘cages’ [reference to the opposition improvised prison cells blocking the Tbilisi’s main thoroughfare] and barricades,” Saakashvili said.
Constitutional Amendments
Saakashvili reiterated that he was in favor of cutting the presidential powers by limiting the president’s rights to dissolve the Parliament.
He, however, said “an effective presidential system” was important for Georgia, especially at the time “when a great part of the country is occupied… we need to find a balanced model.”
A state commission has been recently established to develop amendments to the constitution. The opposition parties, which were behind the protest rallies, which started on April 9, refused to join the commission.
Political Rights for Expats
Saakashvili said that he planned to initiate constitutional amendments allowing ethnic Georgians living abroad, including those who have been born aboard, to have more rights in Georgia’s political life.
He said the initiative would allow expatriates to participate in “elections of any level” in Georgia. He, however, also added that “minimal” restrictions would remain including “minimal living term” in Georgia.
According to the constitution, “any person may be elected the President of Georgia if he/she is a native-born citizen of Georgia… has lived in Georgia for at least fifteen years and lives in Georgia by the day on which the election is scheduled.”
The issue of more political rights to expatriates has never been among the top issues of Georgia’s political agenda. One of the first politicians to raise this issue was French-born Salome Zourabichvili, leader of Georgia’s Way opposition party. The issue reemerged again when Georgian-born, Russian-based tycoon, Alexander Ebralidze, made a surprise announcement about having intention to run for presidency in 2013. He has not lived in Georgia for over thirty years.
“Do not think that I am preparing someone living aboard as my successor,” Saakashvili told lawmakers when announcing this initiative, details of which have yet to be specified. “Nobody should be brought in as a gift box especially from that country, which is interested in destabilizing Georgia.”
Judicial Reform
Saakashvili said that he planned to initiate a draft law envisaging “stricter” punishment for those who would try to influence court’s decisions.
He said that introduction of jury system in the courts would help to increase transparency of the judiciary.  Jury system is planned to be introduced only in Tbilisi on the first stage starting from next year and it only be used in trials dealing with homicide.
Public Broadcaster
The President offered create a new board of trustees of the public broadcaster, wherein four seats would be allocated to members nominated by the authorities and four seats to the opposition-nominated persons. The remaining one seat, Saakashvili said, would go to a civil society representative.
“We should make these amendments within the next 90 days,” he said.
He also said that the proposal to give one seat to a representative of the civil society aimed at gradual “depolitization” of the public broadcaster.
The proposals, he said, also involved giving more powers to the public broadcaster’s board of trustees. The board of trustees has little say in the broadcaster’s editorial policy. It’s function is limited with only setting the broadcaster’s programming priorities in general.
He also reiterated his earlier initiative on turning the public TV’s second channel into political programming, wherein “even the smallest political groups will be able to express their opinions and to hold open discussions.”
“I ask the parliament to complete by the end of September all the procedures in this regard,” he said.
In his speech he also said that journalists recently faced cases of “insult, pressure and violence” and in this context only mentioned so called ‘corridor of shame’ which was part of the opposition’s street protest rallies, when the public broadcaster’s premises was picketed by the protesters. Saakashvili said it was “one of the most shameful things” that happened in Georgia in recent months. “’A corridor of shame’ arranged by shameful people against journalists who we are proud of… We will not allow persecution and physical insulting of journalists,” he added.
Saakashvili also said all the television stations should have an access to satellite broadcasting. A television station willing to have satellite broadcasting has to apply for license to the Georgian National Communications Commission. Such license has been recently granted to pro-opposition Maestro TV.
Cooperation with Opposition
President Saakashvili reiterated his earlier proposal to the opposition to take part in sessions of the National Security Council once in a month to discuss issues related with the country’s foreign policy.
“From the next month we will launch sessions of the National Security Council with involvement of all political parties,” Saakashvili said. “This new format of cooperation will help us cooperate more closely and exchange our opinions.”
He also reiterated an offer involving allowing those opposition politicians, who refused to take parliamentary seats after the May, 2008 elections, to restore their MP credentials. Saakashvili said he planned to initiate a relevant draft law. The previous such proposals has already been rejected by the opposition.
He also said that in recent months the opposition had an opportunity to express its protest “without any obstacles” and in some cases, he said, the authorities were even “turning a blind eye on illegality.” He, however, said now it was time to move political processes from the streets to the Parliament.
‘Large-Scale Dialogue with Public’
President Saakashvili said that from July 21 to September 10 the authorities would launch “a large-scale dialogue with the public” with the population in all regions, where “ordinary people will speak about their priorities.”
“I mean dialogue not only with the minority [non-parliamentary opposition], which was expressing protest in one street in Tbilisi, but dialogue with the rest 95% of the population,” he said. “From tomorrow our lawmakers, our ministers, governors, mayors will start trips to various cities and villages to listen to the people to identify their major priorities.”
“We can turn this large-scale dialogue with the public into a new large wave of democracy in Georgia,” he added.
Before the President’s arrival in the Parliament activists from the pro-opposition youth groups were rallying outside the legislative body, demanding release of what they call political prisoners and calling on the President to veto package of rally-related bill. Police pushed activists away from the entrance of the Parliament and arrested seven activists. One of them was released after being fined with GEL 400 for petty hooliganism and others sent by the court to jail for 14 and 12 days for resisting police orders.
21 Jul. '09 Präsident Saakashvili hielt Ansprache vor dem Parlament, gefolgt von Debatten
20 Jul. '09 Wall Street Journal entschuldigte sich bei Präsident Saakashvili für die fälschliche Darstellung seiner Aussagen bezüglich der NATO-Mitgliedschaft, wie bereits zuvor vom Außenministerium kritisiert
The Wall Street Journal reported on July 20, that in an interview Saakashvili called the hopes of Georgia joining NATO “almost dead.” Then the President’s quote followed: "It's tragic," he said. "It means the Russians fought for the right reasons."
“What the President told the journalist was: ‘If Russia manages to kill Georgia’s way to NATO that would be tragic. It means the Russians fought for the right reasons’,” Giga Bokeria said. ...
20 Jul. '09 Präsident Saakashvili hält heute eine Ansprache vor dem Parlament
Die Schlüsselthemen sind die innenpolitische Entwicklung, der Dialog mit der Opposition und die zukünftigen Schritte seiner Regierung.
President Saakashvili is addressing the Parliament, which will be followed by question and rebuttals by lawmakers from the parliamentary minority. The event is not a formal state of the nation address, which was last time delivered by Saakashvili in February.
Below are key points of the address:
    * I am not here to tell you that everything is OK in our country;
    * We face hard times; parts of our territories are occupied by invaders, which also try to undermine our state through real and not invented conspiracies;
    * Our only response to these challenges should be deepening democracy… The only way out for us is going forwards with reforms, reforms and again reforms without stepping back;
    * Seven weeks ago we launched dialogue with various political groups, including parliamentary parties and with some radical groups;
    * There has been some progress, including on the constitutional reform;
    * Today to speed up the process [of reforms] I want us to move to concrete proposals with concrete dates; doors will be open to any opposition groups respecting the law; they can join at any time, but we can not wait for them indefinitely;
    * One concrete proposal is to elect Tbilisi Mayor directly; let’s hold local elections on May 30, 2010 instead of originally planned for autumn, 2010;
    * The proposal also involves new Central Election Commission (CEC) by the end of 2009 and to name new CEC chair by the end of this year with broad agreement between the political parties;
    * Everyone has seen that no one is afraid of shouting from the streets, especially they are not afraid of that who came into power through revolution;
    * Old methods will no longer work in Georgia; power transition will be carried out through elections and not through coups and ‘cages’ [reference to the opposition improvised prison cells blocking the Tbilisi’s main thoroughfare];
    * I also offer to give more political rights to our expatriates; do not think that I am preparing someone living aboard as my successor; we should give our expatriates right to be part of our political life;
    * As part of further strengthening of the judiciary system I offer to make punishment for those who will try to influence on the judiciary’s decisions stricter; I will introduce a relevant law in September;
    * From the next month we will launch sessions of the National Security Council with involvement of political parties to discuss our foreign policy issues;
    * I am still offering to allow those opposition politicians, who refused to take their seats in the Parliament, to take their MP seats back; I am offering a relevant draft law; 
20 Jul. '09 Tony Blinken, Sicherheitsberater von US-Vizepräsident Joe Biden, informiert in einer Konferenzschaltung die Presse über den bevorstehenden Besuch Bidens in Georgien und der Ukraine
20 Jul. '09 Chef der öffentlichen Rundfunkanstalt Levan Kubaneishvili trat zurück und nannte bisher keine Gründe
20 Jul. '09 Präsident Saakashvili verspricht, im Jahr 2013 eine problemlose Machtübergabe sicherzustellen
In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, President Saakashvili said his plan was to deepen democracy and ensure a peaceful transition of power when he steps down in 2013.
“The biggest response I can have [following the August war] is to organize a smooth transition of power not controlled by the Russians,” the president said. “It would tell the neighbors – the people and not just the leaders – that Putin is no longer the main street bully in the neighborhood.”
19 Jul. '09 US-Vizepräsident Joe Biden wird am Mittwoch in Georgien eintreffen
Zuvor besucht Biden auch die Ukraine. Sein Sicherheitsberater Tony Blinken sagte, dass die Bemühungen Washingtons, die Beziehungen zu Russland neu zu starten, nicht auf Kosten irgendeines Landes gingen.
After the arrival in Tbilisi the Vice President will be hosted by President Saakashvili at an official dinner. On Thursday, after meeting with the U.S. embassy staff, the Vice President will hold an official meeting with President Saakashvili and then with civil society representatives. ...
18 Jul. '09 Erster Fall von H1N1-Grippe in Georgien
18 Jul. '09 Biden Heads to Georgia, Ukraine to Reaffirm Support
18 Jul. '09 "Alliance for Georgia" erklärt, dass sie nicht an den Demonstrationen oppositioneller Gruppen anläßlich des Biden-Besuches teilnehmen werde
18 Jul. '09 EU-Delegation trifft zwei Führer der Opposition
17 Jul. '09 Das Parlament verabschiedet in der letzten Lesung eine Änderung des Gesetzes zur "Rückführung von Mescheten"
Der letzte Termin zur Einreichung der Anträge wurde vom 1.7.2009 auf den 1.1.2010 verschoben; nach dem Abgeordneten Akaki Minashvili war dies eine Empfehlung internationaler Organisationen un des Europrates. Bisher seien für 2000 Familien Anträge eingereicht worden. http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mescheten
17 Jul. '09 Gesetzesänderungen bezüglich Demonstrationen in der letzten Lesung verabschiedet
17 Jul. '09 EU nennt Präsident Medvedev’s Besuch in Südossetien "inkomatibel mit dem prinzip der territorialen Integrität"
“The EU notes that the President of the Russian Federation, Dmitry Medvedev, has paid a visit to the Georgian region of South Ossetia without the prior consent of the Government of Georgia,” the statement reads. “The EU reiterates its support for Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity.” ...
17 Jul. '09 Kundgebung beim Besuch des US-Vizepräsidenten durch eine Gruppe von Personen, die meinen, dass ihre Verwandten wegen politischer Gründe unter der Vorgabe von verschiedenen Verbrechensanklagen verhaftet wurden
Zakaria Kutsnashvili, Vorsitzender der Nichtregierungsorganisation "Law for People" und Initiator der Kundgebung, sagte, dass es keinesfalls eine Kundgebung gegen den US-Vizepräsidenten sein würde.
Kutsnashvili said that dozens of opposition activists have Der letzte Termin zur Ausstellung der Papiere wurde vom 1.7.2009 auf den 1.1.2010 verschoben; nach dem Abgeordneten Akaki Minashvili war dies eine Empfehlung internationaler Organisationen un des Europrates. Bisher seien für 2000 Familien Anträge eingereicht worden.been arrested in recent months. He, however, also said that there is another group of “political prisoners” who were arrested before the recent street protests, including, among others, those thirteen supporters of wanted ex-security minister Igor Giorgadze, who were jailed in 2007. ...
16 Jul. '09 Irakli Alasania kündigt den Start seiner eigenen Partei "Our Georgia-Free Democrats" an
Alasania said on July 16, that the protest rallied brought some results, but it would be impossible to make necessary changes only through the rallies.
“First of all, we have seen [as a result of rallies], that the society is ready for changes, but we should clearly show to the society how we plan to implement these changes,” he said. “Therefore, our political force decided to start a new stage of our political struggle, involving presenting concrete visions on how problems can be resoled in various fields.” ...
16 Jul. '09 Hochrangige EU-Delegation, angeführt von dem schwedischen Außenminister Carl Bildt, besucht für drei Tage Georgien
16 Jul. '09 Präsident Saakashvili wird am 21.7. im Parlament eine Ansprache halten und Fragen der Abgeordneten beantworten
16 Jul. '09 Nino Burjanadze besucht die USA und hält Treffen im Außenministerium und Kongress ab
“I asked my American colleagues to support the Georgian state and Georgian people and react objectively and adequately on the developments ongoing in our country,” Burjanadze said in a statement. ...
16 Jul. '09 Erklärung des Parlaments zum ”Illegalen Eintritt des russischen Präsidenten Dimitri Medvedev auf georgisches Territorium, okkupiert von Russland"
In der Erklärung verurteilt das Parlament auch die Blockade der UN und OSZE-Missionen durch Russland, die Stationierung von "Sicherheitskräften" an den so genannten Grenzen und die Militärübungen in nächster Nähe zu Georgien. Der Versuch der Okkupation von georgischem Territorrium und ethnischer Säuberungen sei nicht nur eine Bedrohung der Souveränität Georgiens sondern auch der Region und Europas insgesamt. Diese Handlungen seien Verstöße gegen fundamentale Normen und internationales Recht sowie der Vereinbarungen durch Russland. Die Erklärung endet mit einem Aufruf an die internationale Gemeinschaft mit acht Aufforderungen.
 
The Parliament of Georgia condemns the entry of the President of Russian Federation Dimitri Medvedev’s on the Georgian territory occupied by Russia as an illegal crossing of the Georgian state border, a step towards final annexation of the occupied Georgian territories and an attempt of legitimisation of ethnic cleansing carried out by the Russian federation.
The Parliament of Georgia condemns the blocking of extension of the UN and OSCE missions in Georgia by the Russian Federation, which is part of policy of minimising international presence in the occupied territories and allowing implementation of aggressive intentions of the Russian Federation.
Deployment of the Russian Federal Security Service Border Forces on the so-called borders of the occupied Georgian territories is an attempt of legalising the de facto “border” established through military occupation infringing basic norms of international law.
The Parliament of Georgia condemns the conduct of aggressive, large-scale military exercises in close vicinity of Georgian borders in the summer of 2009, similar to the period preceding the 2008 aggression, as directly threatening sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia.
The Parliament of Georgia notes that an attempt by the Russian federation to annex Georgian territory through military occupation and ethnic cleansing represents a threat not only to the sovereignty of Georgia but to that of the region and Europe at large.
The above acts are in breach of fundamental norms of international law as well as the Russian Federation commitments, including declarations of  Budapest (1994), Lisbon (1996) and Istanbul (1999) summits of the OSCE heads of states and resolutions of heads of governments of the CIS; Resolutions of UN Security Council N-N 849, 854, 858, 876, 881, 892, 896, 901, 906, 934, 937, 971, 993, 1036, 1065, 1096, 1124, 1150, 1187, 1225, 1255, 1287, 1311, 1339, 1364, 1393, 1427, 1462, 1462, 1494, 1524, 1554, 1582, 1615, 1656, 1666, 1716, 1752 1781, 1808; the UN General Assembly Resolution of 14 May 2008 and other resolutions; the United Nations Charter; Helsinki Final Act of 1975; Russia – EU agreements; Resolutions 1633 and 1647 of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.
The Parliament of Georgia calls upon the international community to:
7.1 Give adequate legal assessment to illegal entry of the President of the Russian Federation to the occupied Georgian territory;
7.2 Demand the Russian Federation to carry out de-occupation of the occupied territories;
7.3. Demand that the Russian Federation to fully implement the European Union-brokered Cease Fire Agreement;
7.4. Demand that the Russian Federation reverse results of ethnic cleansing;
7.5. Start work towards deployment of international policing force on the Georgian territory occupied by the Russian Federation;
7.6. Demand that the Russian Federation to grant access to the EU monitors on the occupied territories;
7.7. Demand that the Russian Federation to withdraw recognition of the occupied Georgian territories;
7.8. Demand that the Russian Federation refrain from actions threatening sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia or other neighboring countries of the Russian Federation.
16 Jul. '09 Das Parlament nimmt die Gesetzesänderungen bezüglich Demonstrationen in der zweiten Lesung an
Die Abgeordneten der parlamentarischen Minderheit verließen aus Protest den Saal vor der Abstimmung.
16 Jul. '09 Parliament Condemns Medvedev’s S.Ossetia Visit
15 Jul. '09 Gesetzesänderungen bezüglich Demonstrationen wird in der zweiten Lesung diskutiert
“Should this, what is now going on outside the Parliament, continue for a year?” another lawmakers from the ruling party, Koba Khabazi, asked opposition lawmakers.
“It is clear that these measures indicate that the authorities are tightening screws,” MP Giorgi Targamadze, leader of CDM and of parliamentary minority, said. ...
15 Jul. '09 Reports: Public TV Head May Resign
15 Jul. '09 Statement of Group of Civil Society Organizations on Rally-Related Bill
15 Jul. '09 Zwei Georgier unter den Opfern des Flugzeugabsturzes im Iran
Ein Mitarbeiter der georgischen Botschaft in Armenien und die Frau eines georgischen Diplomaten, der in Teheran arbeitet.
Two Georgian citizens were among passengers aboard of a plane which crashed in northwest Iran on July 15, an official from the Georgian embassy in Armenia, told Rustavi 2 TV.
The passenger plane bound for Armenian capital, Yerevan from Tehran carried 168 people aboard; all of them are feared to have died in the crash.
One of the Georgian citizens was an employee of the Georgian embassy in Armenia and another one wife of the Georgian diplomat working in Tehran, according to the Georgian embassy official. ...
15 Jul. '09 MPs Called to Suspend Endorsing Rally-Related Bill
15 Jul. '09 Ein Sprecher des US-Außenministeriums nennt den Besuch keinen "Schritt in Richtung Stabilität in der Region"
14 Jul. '09 Sides Agree on Terms of Routine Security Talks
14 Jul. '09 Medvedev äußert sich anläßlich seines Südossetienbesuch in Sotschi und sagte u.a. "Der neue Staat sei geschaffen worden nach einer rüpelhaften Aggression der georgischen Regierung."
Speaking at a meeting with Russian navy sailors in Sochi after visiting breakaway South Ossetia on July 13, Medvedev said that “the new state was created after a boorish aggression by the Georgian regime.”
“Of course full responsibility for what has happened [last August] lies on this regime, but it’s not our business to deal with it,” he continued.
“One day the Georgian people itself will rule a heavy sentence to Saakashvili’s regime and to those who took part in those bloody actions.”
“Our task is to help young state to stand on its feet, to overcome difficulties, simply to survive in difficult conditions, which exist in Caucasus,” Medvedev said. “I can tell you frankly: they live there poorly and in difficult conditions. They were all grateful to Russia for those difficult decisions, which we had to take last August. Part of those people might not be alive now if we have not taken those decisions. They were thanking Russia with tears on their eyes… It strengthens Russia’s reputation in Caucasus and in the world.”
“We have a [military] base there,” he continued. “Decent conditions for the service are created there and this [military base] is a direct signal for them, who can’t settle-down and for them in whose minds idiotic plans emerge time after time.” ...
14 Jul. '09 Sides Meet in Gali to Launch Routine Security Talks
14 Jul. '09 PACE-Beobachter begrüßen, dass das georgische Parlament die Gesetzesänderungen bezüglich Demonstrationen nach der Bestätigung an die "Europäische Kommission für Demokratie durch Recht" ("Venedig-Kommission") zur Prüfung weiterleiten will, damit europäische Standards eingehalten werden können
“We are not going to pass anything, which will not be in line with the European standards,” Davit Bakradze, the parliamentary chairperson, said on July 11. “So we are ready – as envisaged by the official rules of Venice Commission – to send law with its amendments to the Commission for expertise and if there is criticism in the conclusion of the Commission, we will be ready to return back to discussions and introduce relevant amendments.” ... Lawmakers from the ruling party specified later that the Parliament planned to send amendments to the Venice Commission, which is Council of Europe’s advisory body for legal and constitutional issues, after they are approved.
14 Jul. '09 Saakashvili’s Longtime Ally Becomes Head of Imedi TV, Radio
13 Jul. '09 Salome Zourabichvili von der Opposition kündigt den Abzug der "Zellen" von der Rustaveli Straße an, das Ende der ‘Town of Cells’
“The decision has already been made to remove ‘cells’ because they have exhausted their time, it’s obvious,” Zourabichvili told Imedi TV’s program, Chronicle of the Day, on July 13. “But we will remove them against the background of a mass rally to show U.S. Vice President [Joe Biden] where the people stands, where the democratic society of Georgia stands.” ...
13 Jul. '09 Präsident Saakashvili nennt Medvedev’s Besuch in Südossetien "beschämend und unmoralisch"
13 Jul. '09 Außenminister Grigol Vashadze verurteilt den Besuch Medvedev’s in Südossetien
13 Jul. '09 Staatsminister für Reintegration Temur Iakobashvili rechnet mit "vielen russischen Provokationen", um Georgien in einen militärischen Konflikt zu verwickeln
13 Jul. '09 Präsident Medvedev besucht am 13.7. ohne Vorankündigung Tskhinvali und trifft dort Eduard Kokoity
13 Jul. '09 Präsident Saakashvili nimmt in Ankara am Nabucco-Gipfeltreffen teil
Die Premierminister aus der Türkei, Österreich, Bulgarien, Rumänien und Ungarn werden ein Regierungsabkommen bezüglich der Nabucco-Pipeline unterzeichnen.
“The project of such scale among so many players has not been implemented in this region yet and this is a very interesting step forward,” President Saakashvili told the summit in the Turkish capital, which among other participants also includes European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and Prime Minister of Iraq Nouri Al-Maliki.
12 Jul. '09 Präsident Saakashvili hebt bei einem Treffen mit Ökonomen und Banker hervor, dass Georgien ein stabiles Land ist trotz Augustkrieg, Weltwirtschaftskrise und Straßenprotesten.
In televised remarks made at a meeting with expatriate economists and banking professionals the President said “tens of thousands of jobs” had been lost in Georgia as a result of consequences of the global economic crisis and street protests in Georgia. A similar meeting with expatriate Georgian economists, working in various international corporations, was also held in February.
“The problem is that businessmen are scared; some really believed that the civil war would have erupted here; some really believed that the government would have been paralyzed; some really believed that the reforms would have been stopped,” Saakashvili said at the meeting at which a new economic plan elaborated by the government in cooperation with banking and construction sectors was discussed.
“Now it is time for everyone to realize that all the reforms will continue; Georgia is a stable country; we will not let anyone – and no one should have any illusion about it – to reverse the country’s development and to trigger destabilization; this is a matter of revenues for each family and I will not sacrifice the future of our families, which are in hardship, to impatient ambitions of some politicians. We are not going to compromise on fundamental issues.”
“Times when it was impossible to host an investor in a government building, because they were blocked [by protesters] and times when it was impossible to host an investor for a dinner in a restaurant, because of a crowd – not a crowd, some hooligans in fact – would come with loudspeakers not letting you to hold a meeting, are now gone,” he added.
12 Jul. '09 Die von der Regierungspartei eingereichte Gesetzesänderungen bezüglich Demonstrationen passierte die erste Lesung
11 Jul. '09 Das Parlament bestätigt die Gesetzesanderungen zum Staatshaushalt 2009
Erhöhung der Ausgaben von 312 Mio. GEL auf 314.7 Mio. GEL, Kürzung der erwarteten Steuereinnahmen, Änderungen bei der Kreditaufnahme und Kürzung der Ausgaben in den Ministerien.
The Parliament approved on July 11 amendment to the 2009 state budget envisaging increase of expenditures by GEL 314.7 million, instead of initially proposed GEL 312 million. The passed amendment has also cut down initially targeted tax revenues by GEL 500 million. Increase of expenditures comes mainly at the expense of planned issuing of GEL 260 million treasury bills on the domestic market and of credits from the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank.
According to the government’s “explanatory note”, attached to the amendments, “the world economic crisis” and “instability inside the country” have become the reason of expected economy contraction by 1.5%, instead of initially forecasted 2.5% growth.
The passed amendment also cut funding for some of the ministries and state agencies, including for the Ministry of Defense by GEL 45 million. The latter’s initial funding stood at GEL 950 million.
Other agencies, which will face funding cut, are:
Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure – by GEL 9.5 million;
Finance Ministry – GEL 4.4 million;
Ministry of Environment Protection - GEL 3.6 million;
Justice Ministry – GEL 1 million;
Foreign Ministry - GEL 650,000;
Ministry of Culture, Protection of Monument and Sports - GEL 133,600;
President’s administration - GEL 1.7 million;
Government’s administration - GEL 1.0 million;
The amendments increase funding of some agencies, including: the Tbilisi municipality by GEL 69.4 million and Ministry of Labor, Healthcare and Social Protection by GEL 39.7 million for financing of social and healthcare programs by 15.9 million and 22.3 million Lari, respectively; regional programs – GEL 37.6 million, of which GEL 20.0 million will be allocated for construction/rehabilitation of public schools; Georgia’s Municipal Development Fund – GEL 17.6 million; Ministry of Agriculture – GEL 25.9 million for subsidizing grape harvest; Ministry of Refugees and Accommodation will receive additional GEL 16.3 million; GEL 9.2 million out of this sum will be spent on granting compensations to the victims of the August war, while GEL 4.7 million will be spent on communal expenses of these people.
11 Jul. '09 Nach Spekulationen in Zeitungen über hohe Baukosten des neuen Präsidentenpalastes sagt nun Präsident Saakashvili, dass diese im Vergleich zu den Staatsausgaben sehr gering seien, nur 0,18%, also 18 Mio. GEL.
Dabei erinnert er auch an die Bedeutung des Palastes für Georgien und dass das Gebäude ohne Eile gebaut würde, schon fünf Jahre im Bau sei und in dieser Zeit auch mehr Schulen, Straßen, Kindergärten und Spielplätze gebaut wurden als je zuvor.
The presidential palace in the capital city’s Avlabari district has turned into a matter of controversy with some newspapers speculating that hundreds of millions have been spent on its construction. According to Saakashvili’s words construction of the presidential palace took only up to GEL 13 million.
“You should understand that this is the biggest governmental building built in Georgia in 2,000 years,” the President said. “Even during the greatest epochs we did not have large state buildings. The Georgians were always fighting and we had no time to build such things. Today we are again involved in the struggle for existence of our country, but we are fighting with one hand and building with other hand, because it is impossible to win in modern world without great construction, without creating modern institutions and modern economy.”
“I also want to say that this building had been under construction for almost five years, because we were not in a hurry. You probably know that I am very impatient. But during these five years we have built more schools, more roads, more kindergartens and more playing grounds than it had been built in any moment of Georgia’s history. Therefore, we were not hurrying to build this building because we had to build everything else before.”
11 Jul. '09 Der stellvertretende Außenminister Giga Bokeria traf am Flughafen in Tbilisi zwei hochrangige US-Diplomaten zu Gesprächen über die bilateralen Beziehungen
Die US-Seite war vertreten durch den stellvertretender US-Außenminister James B. Steinberg und Philip H. Gordon, stellvertretender US-Beauftragter für Europa und Asien
11 Jul. '09 US-Raketenzerstörer Stout wird am 14.-17.7. in Batumi und ab dem 19.7. in Poti einlaufen, um an Übungen mit Schiffen und der Küstenwache teilzunehmen
“U.S. Navy regular visits to the Black Sea demonstrate the U.S. commitment to Black Sea regional stability and maritime security,” it said. “This visit is part of the overall US European Command and Commander, Naval Forces Europe and Sixth Fleet Theatre Security Cooperation strategy to enhance regional stability by strengthening maritime partnerships,” the U.S. embassy said. ...
10 Jul. '09 Bericht "Russia: a New Confrontation?" eines Komitees des britischen Parlamentes spricht im Kapitel zum Augustkrieg von "geteilter Verantwortlichkeit in unterschiedlichem Maß bei allen Parteien"
Responsibility for the August war “was shared, in different measures, by all parties,” according to the British parliamentary committee report, released on July 10.
The Commons Defence Committee’s comprehensive report - Russia: a New Confrontation? – covers NATO’s relations with Russia, the August war, energy security and global security matters. It calls on the UK and other NATO members to take a tougher approach to Russia.
One of the chapters of the report, which is drawn up based on testimonials of and interviews with analysts, as well as with the Georgian and Russian officials (in Georgia the British parliamentary delegation also met with President Saakashvili), concerns the causes of the August war.
10 Jul. '09 Neue Oppositionsbewegung "Defend Georgia" begründet von Levan Gachechiladze und anderen an den Demonstrationen Beteiligten
“Our new group, Defend Georgia, will work within the constitution and the law to oppose this autocratic regime. It will demonstrate to Georgia’s democratic allies, such as the United States and Europe, the readiness of the Georgian people to become part of the civilised world,” Levan Gachechiladze said in a written statement.
10 Jul. '09 Irakli Alasania sagt, dass es unter den Behörden "eine wachsendes Gefühl" gebe, sich in einem bedeutsamen Dialog mit der Opposition zu engagieren
Irakli Alasania, leader of Alliance for Georgia, said there was “a growing sense” among the authorities to engage in a meaningful dialogue with the opposition. 
“The authorities have a choice. They can either become initiators of democratic changes and become part of the history as contributors to the process of peaceful and democratic changes or they can further strengthen autocratic regime and become tyrants,” he said in an interview with the Georgian daily, Rezonansi, published on July 10. 
“Unfortunately, the authorities are still continuing the policy of ignorance, but I know and I have a sense that there is a growing sense among the authorities to change this policy of ignorance with real dialogue.”
“This, however, is not yet observed among the top-level leadership; but such sense persists among mid-level [leadership] and it is very important,” he added.
10 Jul. '09 Vollständige Erklärung des Präsidenten bei dem NSC-Treffen
10 Jul. '09 Präsident Saakashvili äußert sich bei dem Treffen des nationalen Sicherheitsrates (NSC)anläßlich des Obama-Besuches in Moskau: "Ich möchte es kühn sagen, dass all ihre (Russlands) aggressiven Pläne in der nahen Zukunft vereitelt sind und es keinen Krieg ... mehr geben wird."
“I want to say it boldly, that all their [Russia's] aggressive plans for the nearest perspective are foiled and there will be no war… any more,” he said in a televised remarks made at a meeting with the National Security Council.
“Today I can say it very boldly: all types of fears and expectations about the threat have not come true and all kinds of hopes about revenge and about carrying out new military confrontation by the aggressive part of our neighbor, which of course wants to take over Tbilisi, has not come true,” Saakashvili said.
He compared the current situation to the one in lead-up to the last year’s August war and said that then the west had failed to give Russia such unambiguous message like it did now.
“It is a fact that refusal by some of our partners to grant Georgia MAP [NATO Membership Action Plan] at the last year’s Bucharest summit had very grave consequences,” Saakashvili said and added that top-level U.S.-Russia summit in Sochi in April, 2008 also failed to send clear signals to Moscow and as a result Russia “made ambiguous conclusions”.
“[Russia’s] provocation [before the August war] was not actually responded adequately by the west – and it was a factor as well, which somewhat encouraged Putin to carry out the attack [on Georgia],” he said in a speech in which he mentioned the Russia’s Prime Minister for several times.
Vollständige Erklärung des Präsidenten
9 Jul. '09 Tskhinvali entscheidet sich gegen eine weitere Teilnahme an den vereinbarten Treffen im Rahmen des "Mechanismus zur Verhinderung von Zwischenfällen", bis die umstrittene Frage des Vorsitzes geklärt ist
Es gibt dazu drei Vorschläge von der südossetischen Seite und den Vorschlag von der georgischen Seite, dass die EU-Beobachtermission den Vorsitz einnehmen solle.
... “We have failed to agree on those meetings who will chair future meetings,” Chochiev, whose formal position is a special envoy for post-conflict resolution issues, said in remarks posted on the breakaway region’s official website on July 8. “We have offered two options: either the representatives of Russia and EU should be chairs of these meeting, as they have signed Medvedev-Sarkozy agreement, or each participating side based on rotation principle. None of these proposals were accepted,” Chochiev said. “During the sixth round of Geneva discussions, we have offered a third option: the meetings to be chaired alternately by the Georgian and South Ossetian sides.”
He said that the Georgian side was strongly against of these proposals and was instead insisting on EU Monitoring Mission’s chairmanship. “We have decided to reject participation in these meetings unless this issue is resolved,” Chochiev said. ...
9 Jul. '09 Russischer Bericht zu den sechs Flugzeugverlusten im Augustkrieg 2008 in Moskau in einem Militärjournal vorgelegt
Bisher nannte das russische Verteidigungsministerium vier Flugzeugverluste. Im Bericht wird nun von sechs gesprochen, wobei zwei definitiv durch feindliches Feuer, drei wahrscheinlich durch "freundliches Feuer" getroffen wurden. Bei dem verbliebenen ist es schwer zu entscheiden, wer es abgeschossen hatte.
Russia lost six planes in the August war with Georgia with at least three of them downed by “friendly fire”, according to the Russian military journal, Moscow Defense Brief, Reuters reported.
The Russian Defense Ministry has officially acknowledged that it lost four aircrafts in the last year’s war with Georgia = three Su-25 ground attack aircraft and one Tu-22M3 long-range bomber.
But according to the journal, published by the Moscow-based think-tank Centre for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies, two other aircraft lost but not mentioned in the official Russian report were Su-24M front-line bombers.
“Of these [six], two aircraft were certainly downed by enemy fire, three were probably hit by ‘friendly fire’ and it remains difficult to determine who shot down the last one,” according to the Moscow Defense Brief, which also said that absence of cooperation between the Russian army and Air force "led them to conduct completely separate campaigns." ...
8 Jul. '09 "Alliance for Georgia" ist in Gesprächen mit "seriösen Kräften" über eine Vergrößerung, konkret mit der Partei "National Forum"
8 Jul. '09 Shota Utiashvili vom Innenministerium nennt die abchasischen Anschuldigungen bezüglich zweier Dronenflüge "eine Provokation" und verweist darauf, dass russische unbemannte Flugvehikel für gewöhnlich über der abchasischen Verwaltungsgrenze flögen
8 Jul. '09 Stellvertretender russischer Außenminister Grigory Karasin und US-Staatssekretär William J. Burns diskutierten in Moskau u.a. über Georgien, GUS-Staaten und  Nagorno-Karabakh-Konflikt
Georgia was among the issues discussed during the meeting between Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin and William J. Burns, the U.S. under secretary of state for political affairs, in Moscow on July 7, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a brief press release.
Issues related with CIS states and Nagorno-Karabakh conflict resolution were also discussed, it said. ...
7 Jul. '09 Oppositionsführer trafen Vertreter der Botschaften, um ihre Bedenken über das Gesetzesänderungspaket der Regierungspartei im Demonstrationsrecht zu übermitteln
“If someone thinks that it is possible to return Georgia back to the Soviet times are very wrong and will end up very badly,” Nino Burjanadze, leader of Democratic Movement-United Georgia, said after the meeting. ...
7 Jul. '09 US-Präsident Obama sagt am 2.Tag in Moskau in einer programmatischen Rede, dass die Staatssouveränität als ein "Eckpfeiler der internationalen Ordnung" respektiert werden muss und erwähnt in diesem Zusammenhang Georgien und Ukraine
In a keynote speech on the second day of his visit to Moscow, U.S. President Barack Obama, among other issues, also spoke about the state sovereignty as a “cornerstone of international order” and mentioned Georgia and Ukraine in this context.
“Just as all states should have the right to choose their leaders, states must have the right to borders that are secure, and to their own foreign policies. That is true for Russia, just as it is true for the United States. Any system that cedes those rights will lead to anarchy. That is why this principle must apply to all nations and that includes nations like Georgia and Ukraine,” the U.S. President said.
In his speech at Moscow’s New Economic School on July 7, he also said: “In 2009, the great power does not show strength by dominating or demonizing other countries. The days when empires could treat other sovereign states as pieces on a chess board are over.”
President Obama also touched NATO saying that the United States would “never impose a security arrangement on another country” and added that the Alliance should seek “collaboration with Russia, not confrontation.”
“For any country to become a member of NATO, a majority of its people must choose to; they must undertake reforms; and they must be able to contribute to the Alliance’s mission,” he said.
7 Jul. '09 Georgien weist den Antrag der russischen Generalität zurück, den desertierten Soldaten auszuliefern, mit Verweis auf die Genfer Konvention von 1951
Nach Angabe des Innenministeriums wurde Alexandr Glukhov bereits Asyl in Georgien gewährt.
6 Jul. '09 Präsident Saakashvili nennt die Bemerkungen Obama’s zu Georgien eine Demonstration "der bedingungslosen Unterstützung" gegenüber Georgien
6 Jul. '09 "Offene freie" Diskussionen über Georgien bei den Obama-Medvedev Gesprächen
6 Jul. '09 Die Partei "Christian-Democratic Movement" (CDM) bringt einen Gesetzesentwurf zur Abkupplung der Sicherheitsdienste vom Innenministerium ein
MP Nika Laliashvili of CDM said on July 6 the move should be a step towards “depolitization” of the Interior Ministry.
The Security Ministry merged with the Interior Ministry in 2004 and since then calls for its separation have been reemerging time after time by the opposition parties, calling the Ministry “a monster.” ...
6 Jul. '09 Obama-Besuch in Moskau beherrscht die Presseschlagzeilen in Georgien
6 Jul. '09 Präsident Saakashvili in Vilnius zur 1000-Jahr-Feier der Republik Litauen
5 Jul. '09 Russischer stellvertretender Außenminister trifft eine Delegation der georgischen Kirche, angeführt von Metropolit Gerasim of Zugdidi and Tsaishi, in Moskau
"Ich glaube dass unsere Beziehungen ( zwischen der russischen und georgischen Kirche ) ein Beispiel werden werden für unsere Leute und unsere Länder,” sagte Metropolitan Gerasim. Die Delegation hatte zuvor auch den russischen Patriarchen Kirill getroffen.
4 Jul. '09 Diskussion um Gesetzesänderungen bezüglich Demonstrationen im Parlament begonnen
Parliament launched discussion of a package of legislative amendments, involving tightening law on rallies and punishment for various administrative offenses and also allowing police to use less-lethal weapons.
Pikria Chikhradze of the opposition New Rights Party, part of Alliance for Georgia, said the amendments, if approved, would “complicate the opposition’s struggle seriously.”
“The proposed amendments indicate that the authorities have studied the opposition’s protest tactic and practice and are now trying to address and shut all those directions applied by the opposition during the protests,” Chikhradze said in an interview with the Georgian daily Rezonansi.
4 Jul. '09 Europäischer Gerichtshof für Menschenrechte findet die Anklage Georgiens gegen Russland bezüglich Deportationen für zulässig und wird diese anhören
Tbilisi wants Moscow to reimburse pecuniary and non-pecuniary damages for the alleged violation of the rights of hundreds of ethnic Georgians deported from the Russian Federation.
Over 2,000 ethnic Georgians were deported from Russia in late September 2006 and early 2007 following Russian-Georgian spy row. ...
4 Jul. '09 Bericht von der EU-Untersuchungskommission zum Georgien-Konflikt (ECHR) wird zwei Monate später fertig
The decision, which has yet to be approved by EU ministers, comes after the request by Heidi Tagliavini citing that more time was required due to fresh material coming to light at a later stage, EUobserver.com reported quoting unnamed EU sources.
The aim of the mission is to investigate “the origins and the course” of the August war, including with regard to international law, humanitarian law and human rights, “and the accusations made in that context.” ...
3 Jul. '09 Saakashvili Says Some Politicians ‘Begging for Money from Our Enemies’
3 Jul. '09 Saakashvili Says EU’s War Inquiry Commission to Say ‘Georgia was Right’
3 Jul. '09 Maestro TV Granted Satellite Broadcast License
3 Jul. '09 Russland hofft auf einen "objektiven" Bericht von der EU-Untersuchungskommission zum Georgien-Konflikt
Der stellvertretende russische Verteidigungsminister Grigory Karasin traf Heidi Tagliavini von der Kommission in Genf.
“The Russian side expressed hope that the forthcoming report of the mission will be drawn up in as objective as possible form, based on taking into consideration all documents, which were handed over to the mission’s experts. As it is known, Russia took the most active part in this work,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on July 2. ...
3 Jul. '09 Nino Burjanadze bestätigt das Treffen mit dem ukrainischen Tycoon Viktor Pinchuk
3 Jul. '09 Mehr Finanzierungsvorwürfe nach Nino Burjanadze’s Treffen mit dem ukrainischen Tycoon Viktor Pinchuk
Burjanadze lehnte es ab, das treffen mit Pinchuk, dem Schwiegersohn des ukrainischen Ex-Präsidenten Leonid Kuchma, zu kommentieren: "Meine privaten Treffen sind nicht das Geschäft von irgendjemand." und sagte weiter, dass sie mit niemandem Finanzierungsfragen diskutiert hatte.
The news about Burjanadze’s meeting with Pinchuk, who is ex-Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma’s son-in-law broke on July 1 with some Ukrainian media sources reporting that “the secret meeting” took place in Kiev on June 29.
Burjanadze declined to comment and said she would “either confirm or deny when I deem it appropriate.” “My private meetings are not anyone’s business,” she added. Burjanadze, however, said that she had not discussed funding issues with anyone. President Saakashvili said on July 2, while referring to both of these meetings, that they were not “private” and added that those whom the Georgian opposition politicians met with recently abroad were linked with Russia.
2 Jul. '09 Wieder verläßt ein russischer Soldat die Truppen in Südossetien, um in Georgien um Asyl zu ersuchen
2 Jul. '09 USA werden nicht die engen Beziehungen zu Georgien und Ukraine aufgeben im Namen des "Resets" der Beziehungen mit Russland
Der Sonderassistant des Präsidenten, Michael McFaul, äußerte sich in einem Briefing am 01.07.
The United States maintains close ties with Georgia and Ukraine and is not going “to trade anything” with Russia regarding NATO expansion or missile defense, Michael McFaul, the U.S. President’s special assistant and senior director for Russian and Eurasian affairs at the National Security Council, said.
“We are not in any way, in the name of the reset [of relations with Russia], abandoning our very close relationships with these two democracies, Ukraine and Georgia,” McFaul said. “The principles have been laid out well before our administration.  We have not messed with those at all,” he said. “If countries meet the criteria, if they do the reforms that qualify, if the people of those countries want to join NATO, and if they provide security to the alliance… then the negotiation is open. And that pertains to Georgia and Ukraine and other countries in the region.”
2 Jul. '09 Außenminister Grigol Vashadze besucht Lettland und trifft dort Regierungsmitglieder
2 Jul. '09 Sechste Runde der "Genfer Gespräche" "manchmal schwierig", aber "konstruktiv"
Die internationalen Ko-Mediatoren sagten, dass die Diskussionsrunde "wieder in einem konstruktiven Geist stattfand". Der EU-Sondergesandte Perre Morel: "Wie gewöhnlich war diese sechste Runde manchmal schwierig ohne dramatisch zu sein." Wie in den Runden zuvor wurde diese in zwei Arbeitsgruppen abhgehalten - eine zu Sicherheits-, eine andere zu humanitären Fragen.
Gemäß dem Mechanismus zur Verhinderung von Zwischenfällen treffen sich die georgische und abchasiche Seite am 14.07. in Gali. Zur siebten Runde will man sich am 17.09. wiedertreffen.
1 Jul. '09 Regierungspartei erwägt ein Paket von Änderungsvorschlägen zu den Gesetzen bezüglich Demonstrationen
Pavle Kublashvili von der Regierungspartei: die Änderungsvorschläge würden Lücken füllen bezüglich Spezifizierung und Definition der Umstände, unter welchen Straßenblockaden als illegal bewertet werden würden.
MP Pavle Kublashvili of the ruling party, who chairs parliamentary committee for legal affairs, said that the amendments, if approved, would fill gaps in respect of specifying and defining circumstances in which blocking of roads and streets would be qualified as illegal.

According to the current law a group of protesters can hold a rally without any prior notification of the authorities if they do not intend to block the streets. In case protesters plan to block a street, organizers of a rally have simply to notify about their intention to the local municipality in advance and the municipality can reject the notification if some other event is already planned at the same venue indicated by organizers.
1 Jul. '09 Die US-unterstützte Organisation "Freedom House" in Ungarn legt in der jährlichen Untersuchung "Nations in Transit 2009" Daten über Georgien vor
Demnach fiel die Bewertung bezüglich Demokratie gegenüber dem Vorjahr. Untersuchungsbericht in Englisch
1 Jul. '09 Alasania kommentiert das "Berlin Treffen"
Das Treffen habe nichts zu tun mit den "politischen Aktivitäten" der "Alliance for Georgia" und er sei auch nicht daran interessiert zu wissen, was dort diskutiert wurde. In Berlin hatten die opppositionellen Davit Gamkrelidze und Levan Gachechiladze den ehemaligen georgischen Innenminister Kakha Targamadze getroffen, der inzwischen russischer Staatsbürger ist.
1 Jul. '09 Sechste Runde der "Genfer Gespräche" zwischen Georgien, Russland, USA und den abtrünnigen Regionen Abchasien und Südossetien unter der Mediation von EU, OSZE und UN begonnen
Die georgische Delegation wird von dem stellvertretenden Außenminister Giga Bokeria angeführt.



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