THE FIRST VISIT OF A VATICAN REPRESENTATIVE TO TBILISI
As we were informed at the Georgian Foreign Ministry, His Reverend Jovanni Batista Re, Pope's Deputy Secretary of State, who arrived in Georgia on a 3-day working visit will meet with the Chairman of the Parliament, Foreign Minister and Catholicos-Patriarch of Georgia. The issues to be discussed at the meetings include further relations between Georgia and Vatican, preparations for the anticipated visit of John Paul II Pope of Rome to Tbilisi planned for the end of 1999.
ZURAB ATCHBA, ONE OF THE FAMOUS POLITICIANS IN SEPARATIST ABKHAZIA, IS NOT GOING TO RUN FOR PRESIDENCY
The former Vice Chairman of Aidgylara separatist faction Zurab Atchba rejected the rumors about his intention to run for presidency in the forthcoming elections. In his interview to Nuzhnaya gazeta (Needful Newspaper) published inSukhumi he said that "such nightmare of idea had not even occurred to him".
PRESIDENT ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT OF FEBRUARY 9, 1998: CASE HEARING INITIATED AT THE SUPREME COURT OF GEORGIA
The following charges have been brought against the 13 defendants at the first sitting held on August 12: attempt at assassination of the President of Georgia, treason, forming antigovernment armed units, sedition, intended homicide of 5 Russian military servants in 1992-1993, grand embezzlement of state property.
One of the defendants - Guram Absandze used to serve as the Minister of Finance in the government of the ex-president of Georgia Zviad Gamsakhurdia.
RUSSIAN AND GEORGIAN FRONTIER SERVICES ARE DISCUSSING COOPERATION PROSPECTS
Georgian and Russian borderguards have one mutual enemy - organized crime, illegal migration, smuggling, illegal drug turnover, said Lieutenant-General Alexander Manilov, the head of the International Agreement Department at the Russian Federal Frontier Service, who is currently in Tbilisi on a 3-day working visit. He came to Georgia in order to discuss issues of further cooperation with Georgian borderguards.
GEORGIA WILL NOT TOLERATE ANY FURTHER VIOLATIONS OF HER AIR SPACE, SAID COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF THE FRONTIER FORCES
The head of the Frontier Guard Department Lieutenant-General Valeri Chkheidze made this statement at today's briefing. He held it together with Alexander Manilov, the head of the International Agreement Department at the Russian Federal Frontier Service.
THE HEAD OF THE PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEE ON DEFENSE AND SECURITY OF GEORGIA THINKS THAT THE SITUATION IN NORTHERN CAUCASUS MIGHT WORSEN
As the Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Defense and Security of Georgia Revaz Adamia declared, there is a high probability that the situation in the North Caucasus will be aggravated. He noted that according to the existing information the number of Chechen groupings exceeds 2,000 people on the territory of Dagestan.
SO CALLED ISLAMIC LEADERSHIP OF DAGESTAN APPEALED TO THE GEORGIAN PRESIDENT
According to the Chairman of the parliamentary commission on Northern Caucasus Peoples’ Relations Mamuka Areshidze, the appeal from the so-called Islamic leadership of Dagestan-Shuri has been made trough Internet. It calls on the Georgian President not to interfere in the conflict in this region.
THE FOREIGN MINISTRIES OF ESTONIA AND AZERBAIJAN WILL VISIT GEORGIA AT THE END OF AUGUST
According to the Foreign Ministry of Georgia, the visit of Foreign minister of Azerbaijan will be held on august 23-24. The first official visit of the Foreign Minister of Estonia is scheduled for august 25-28.
THE OSCE OBSERVERS WILL BE SENT TO AJARA DURING THE PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS IN GEORGIA
The agreement was reached at the meeting of the mission representatives and the leadership of Ajara, held on August 11. The OSCE envoy Zhan-Michael Lacomb and the Ajarian leader Aslan Abashidze stressed the importance of holding parliamentary elections scheduled for October 31, fairly.
THE RUSSIAN MILITARY EXPERTS ARRIVED TO GEORGIA TO INVESTIGATE AUGUST 9 INCIDENT
The group of Russian military experts arrived yesterday on august 12. The joint group of the Russian-Georgian commission will investigate the case of infiltrating Georgian air space and bombing the Georgian villages by the unknown warplane on August 9.
THE UNION OF REFORMERS AND AGRARIANS FANNED THE ANNOUNCEMENT, CONDEMNING THE POLICY CARRIED OUT BY THE SEPARATISTS LEADERS VLADISLAV ARDZINBA AS WELL AS THE UPCOMING PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS CALLED BY HIM
As it is stated in the announcement Georgia holds negotiations with Ardzinba on the one hand and exposes heavy crimes committed by him against humanity on the other. Ardzinba betrayed Abkhazian people and the negotiations with him will not have any results-stresses the announcement.
THE ZUGDIDI POLICE DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN ATTACKED BY AUTOMATIC GUNS
According to the Interior Ministry’s press center, the police was attacked on august 13 at dawn. As a result of the attack 3 policemen were killed: the head of the local police department on fighting the drug addiction, local police inspector, and one of the policemen.