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Sunday, 17 January 2010 18:00

Georgia’s Caucasus TV Channel Starts Satellite Broadcast

After an initial launch on internet earlier this month, the Georgian Public Broadcaster’s Russian-language TV channel, First Caucasian, is now available on satellite.

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Tbilisi Mayor Denies NATO Tradeoff Remarks


Tbilisi Mayor, Gigi Ugulava, has strongly denied saying that Georgia would give up its NATO aspirations if Russia withdraws from breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

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Georgian MFA: ‘Russia Seeks Pretext for Military Provocations’

Russia’s accusation that Georgia harbors militant groups is part of Moscow’s attempts to escalate tensions along the Georgian borders, the Georgian Foreign Ministry said on January 15.

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Georgia Denies Supporting Any Candidate in Ukrainian Polls

The Georgian President’s administration said Tbilisi was not supporting any of the candidates in Ukraine’s January 17 presidential elections.

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Swiss Foreign Minister to Visit Georgia

Swiss Foreign Minister, Micheline Calmy-Rey, will visit Georgia on January 15-16 in her capacity as president of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe (CoE).

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Parliament to Elect CEC Chair

Election of a chairman of the Central Election Commission will be up to the Parliament, as opposition members of CEC refused at a meeting on January 14 to support any of the three candidates offered by President Saakashvili.

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Energy Conference in Batumi

An international conference addressing energy security and development of Southern Energy Corridor opened in Batumi on January 14, which initially was intended to be a high-level International Energy Summit.

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Saakashvili Praises Belarus


President Saakashvili said on January 14 that Georgia “appreciates the principle, far-sighted and I would say wise position of the Belarus leadership in respect of our relations – Georgia-Belarus relations, as well as in respect of relations within CIS.”

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Ex-PM Nogaideli Says his Russia Moves ‘Popular’

Ex-PM Zurab Nogaideli, who leads an opposition party Movement for Fair Georgia, said he disagrees with a notion that his recent contacts with Russian leadership were unpopular in Georgia.

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Election of New CEC Chair Likely to Move to Parliament


It is most likely that the Parliament will have to take a decision about who will chair the Central Election Commission (CEC), as three opposition parties having seats in CEC said they would boycott the election process, as they oppose all three candidacies offered by President Saakashvili.

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Officials Speak of ‘Military-Patriotic’ Courses in Schools

Military-patriotic education in the schools will involve courses in civil defense and Georgia’s military history to “stimulating soldierly spirit” among pupils, Manana Manjgaladze, a spokesperson for the President, said on January 13.

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Freedom House: Georgia Remains ‘Partly Free’


Georgia remains “partly free” and non-electoral democracy, according to an annual report by the U.S.-based rights group, Freedom House, released on January 12.

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Saakashvili Says Opposition ‘Regressed’


President Saakashvili said he was unhappy looking at “large part” of the opposition “regressing” and getting “deeper into the swamp”.

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Saakashvili: Military-Patriotic Courses Needed in Schools

President Saakashvili said on January 12, that Georgia should “definitely introduce military-patriotic education courses in schools.”

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New Deadlines Set for CEC Chair Election

Parliament, which was summoned for an extraordinary session on January 12, passed an amendment to the election code, setting new deadlines for electing new chairman of the Central Election Commission (CEC).

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Potential CEC Chair Candidates Named

At a meeting with President Saakashvili on January 11, representatives of civil society organizations named more than dozen of potential candidates for Central Election Commission (CEC) chairmanship.

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U.S. Senators Visit Georgia

Visiting Republican Senator, John McCain, said in Batumi on January 11, that Georgia and the United States were “confronted by common challenges” and remained bound by common interests and democratic values.

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Mukhrovani Verdict: Kobaladze Partially Cleared, Others Jailed

The judge delivered on January 11 a split verdict into the trial known as Mukhrovani mutiny clearing retired general Koba Kobaladze of coup charges, but jailing other key defendants to a lengthy prison terms.

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Nomination of Candidates for CEC Chair Delayed Again

President Saakashvili has again delayed nomination of three candidates for Central Election Commission (CEC) chairmanship.

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U.S. Senators to Visit Georgia

Republican Senators John McCain, John Barrasso and John Thune will visit Batumi in Adjara Autonomous Republic on January 10-11, the Georgian President’s press office reported.

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Deadline Passed, CEC Chair Candidates not Nominated

President Saakashvili is expected to nominate three candidates for chairmanship of Central Election Commission (CEC) on January 10 – two days later of a deadline set by the law.

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CEC Chair Consultations Planned amid Tight Deadline


A group of civil society representatives will meet with officials from the President’s administration on January 8 to discuss possible candidates for chairmanship of Central Election Commission.

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EUMM Calls for Talks on Detained Persons

EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia (EUMM) is “trying hard to find out the details” involving arrest of a South Ossetian man by the Georgian police on January 4, Hansjörg Haber, head of EUMM said on Wednesday.

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EU Monitors Visit Tskhinvali over Detained S.Ossetian Man


During their first ever visit to Tskhinvali on January 5 monitors from EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia (EUMM) met with representatives of the breakaway region’s authorities and Russian military to discuss arrest of a South Ossetian man by the Georgian police on January 4.

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Imedi TV: Most Voters Want Saakashvili for Third Term

In its main, evening news bulletin on Monday, Imedi TV station reported, that six years after Mikheil Saakashvili was first elected as the President “60% of respondents is in favor of Saakashvili’s third term in office.”

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Georgia’s Caucasus TV Channel Launched Online


Georgian public broadcaster launched its third, Russian-language TV channel, First Caucasian, on the web at www.1k-tv.com.

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Saakashvili Delivers New Year Address

Georgians should continue building the country with one hand and hold a weapon in another to protect it, President Saakashvili said in his New Year address to the nation.

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Opposition Calls for Elections Under UN Aegis


21 opposition parties, both parliamentary and non-parliamentary, made a joint appeal on December 30 calling for holding of local elections in Georgia under the UN aegis.

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Mukhrovani Trial: Defendants Give Closing Statements


The court listened to most of the defendants’ closing statements on December 29 as a trial into what is known as Mukhrovani mutiny is nearing its end with the judge expected to give his verdict next month.

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Alliance for Georgia Rejects ‘Primaries’

Alliance for Georgia gave its firm no to a proposal of holding preliminary elections or “primaries” among the opposition parties to select a single opposition candidate for Tbilisi mayoral race.

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Man Sentenced in Russia for Spying for Georgia


Court in Russia’s North Ossetian Republic found a 55-year-old Russian citizen of Georgian origin guilty of spying in favor of Tbilisi and sentenced him to eight years in prison, the Russian news agencies reported on Tuesday.

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Saakashvili Appoints New Governor of Imereti

President Saakashvili appointed Lasha Makatsaria, who previously served as the deputy head of the President’s administration, as a new governor of Imereti region.

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Georgian Airways: Direct Charter Flights in Moscow Planned in January


Georgian Airways said that Tbilisi-Moscow direct charter flights will be conducted from January 6 to January 25, instead of the initially planned New Year days.

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Election Code Amendments Approved

Parliament passed amendments to the election code on December 28 with its third and final reading, setting key rules for the local elections, scheduled for May, 2010.

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Burjanadze: Running in Local Elections Unacceptable

Nino Burjanadze, ex-parliamentary speaker and leader of Democratic Movement-United Georgia, said that it was “principally unacceptable” to participate in the local elections.

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Saakashvili: ‘Local Elections Huge Test’

# ‘Nogaideli’s Russian stance is a sin’
# ‘I was offering Putin everything’
# Demolished WWII memorial ‘politicized’

President Saakashvili said on December 25 that local elections, the first polls in the country after the Russia’s invasion, would be “a huge test for Georgia” and holding of fair elections would be the country’s victory.

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