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09 Jun 2012 description

No progress has been reported by negotiators after twentieth round of Geneva discussions on June 8 with participants agreeing to hold next round of talks, launched following the August 2008 war, after four months.

Geneva talks are held in the format of two working groups with the first one discussing security-related issues and the second one – humanitarian issues. Talks, co-chaired by EU, UN and OSCE representatives, involve negotiators, or as they are formally called “participants”, from Georgia, Russia and the United States, as well as from Sokhumi and Tskhinvali.

14 May 2012 description

Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 14 May.'12 / 23:58

Flood recovery needs in Tbilisi is estimated in the range of about GEL 2-3 million (about USD 1.2-1.8 million), Gigi Ugulava, the capital city's mayor, said on May 14.

"Some funds will be allocated from the central [state] budget and we also have to request the [Tbilisi City Council] Sakrebulo to increase reserve fund. At least 2-3 million Lari will be required for the works that have to be done. We should spare no efforts in order to provide assistance to each an every person who needs help," Ugulava said.

13 May 2012 description

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The authorities have pledged on May 13 to provide shelter to those left homeless as a result of last nights’ flooding in Tbilisi, which killed five people.

A clean-up operation was underway on Sunday with works expected to continue for next several days in the most hit area, which is located in the capital city’s Ortachala district.

19 Dec 2011 description

European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) declared as admissible an inter-state application lodged by Georgia against Russia in connection to the August, 2008 war.

“The Court’s admissibility decision in no way prejudges the merits of the Georgian government’s complaints. The Court will deliver its judgment at a later date,” the Strasbourg-based court said on December 19.

22 Aug 2011 description

Over dozen of villages were hit by flooding after heavy rain pushed rivers over their banks in Georgia's eastern region of Kakheti on Sunday.

First floors of houses in some of the villages in Lagodekhi, Sagarejo and Gurjaani districts were swamped and local village roads, farmlands and domestic animals washed away. In the town of Lagodekhi itself residents of two apartment buildings were evacuated because of concerns that swamped basements could destroy the buildings.

15 Aug 2011 description

Civil Georgia, Tbilisi - A building in Saburtalo district of Tbilisi, formerly hotel “Abkhazia”, which for over twenty years was housing families displaced as a result of conflict in South Ossetia in early 1990s, was emptied on August 15.

14 Aug 2011 description

Georgian Public Defender called on the authorities not to evict internally displaced persons from two collective centers in Tbilisi unless agreement on adequate alternative housing or financial compensation is reached with them as envisaged by the law.

14 Jul 2011 description

The European Commission adopted on July 13 the Annual Action Programme 2011 for Georgia, which will provide €50.73 million to support the country’s criminal justice system, conflict resolution efforts and internally displaced persons.

In respect of criminal justice system, the aid program will aim at improving juvenile justice in line with international standards and to enhance detention conditions in penitentiary institutions, according to European Commission’s press release.

21 Jun 2011 description

Twenty servicemen from the U.S. state of Georgia’s Army National Guard are holding joint training exercises with the Georgian personnel in effective response to natural disasters.

The combined bilateral, humanitarian assistance and response exercises, Shared Horizons 2011, are held at the Georgian National Guard Training Center in Tbilisi on June 20-24.

“The recent weather-related disasters in Georgia demonstrate the importance of such preparedness,” the U.S. embassy in Tbilisi said.

20 Jun 2011 description

Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 19 Jun.'11 / 22:17

Damage caused by the largest mudslide in at least fifty years at the Rikoti pass in central Georgia will probably be more than GEL 10 million (about USD 6 million), Prime Minister Nika Gilauri said on Sunday.

Four people were killed and two are missing as the result of mudslide, which damaged key road at a two-kilometer tunnel in Rikoti pass linking eastern Georgia with the western part of the country.

26 Mar 2011 description

Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 26 Mar.'11 / 11:54

Georgia has provided USD 1 million via the Red Cross to the relief efforts for earthquake and tsunami-hit Japan, according to the Georgian Foreign Ministry.

Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister, Davit Jalagania, met on March 25 with Japanese ambassador to Georgia, Masayoshi Kamohara, to discuss the issue.

10 Feb 2011 description

Peter Semneby, EU's special representative for South Caucasus, called for strengthened EU and OSCE engagement in the region and for intensifying "human security approach" in conflict prevention measures.

Speaking at the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna on February 10, Semneby said that unresolved conflicts in the South Caucasus remain "the primary threats to the region's stability" and added that the security situation in Nagorno-Karabakh was of particular concern.

"EU engagement in the South Caucasus must continue to be visible, strong and …

22 Jan 2011 description

Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 22 Jan.'11 / 19:05

As the eviction of internally displaced persons from state-owned buildings in Tbilisi continued on January 22, the ministry in charge of IDP issues said all "resettled" families would be provided with "adequate durable housing solutions."

Meanwhile a group of few hundred internally displaced persons rallied outside the Parliament on January 22 to protest against the eviction process, which was resumed on January 20 from 22 buildings in which, according to the authorities, IDPs settled …

21 Dec 2010 description

Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 21 Dec.'10 / 19:55

Several hundreds of internally displaced persons held a rally outside the Parliament on December 21 to protest against their imminent eviction from over two dozen of buildings they currently occupy in Tbilisi.

According to the Ministry for Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Accommodation and Refugees, IDPs who have moved into about 25 buildings in Tbilisi "spontaneously", without the consent of the government, will have to be moved out and resettled either to Samegrelo or Kakheti region.

27 Feb 2010 description

Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 27 Feb.'10 / 13:34

Kazbegi-Zemo Larsi border crossing point was closed down in July, 2006 Kazbegi and Zemo Larsi checkpoints will resume starting from March 1, 2010, the Georgian Foreign Ministry said in a statement issued on February 26.

With two other border crossing points in breakaway South Ossetia and Abkhazia, Georgia considers Kazbegi-Zemo Larsi border checkpoint as the only legally operating land crossing point between the two countries.

No Georgian visas will be available at the border crossing point.

03 Feb 2010 description

The Abkhaz leadership has strongly criticized the Georgian government's new document laying out strategy towards its two breakaway regions and described it as "a guideline of what Abkhazia should not do."

The document - "the State Strategy on Occupied Territories: Engagement Through Cooperation" - was endorsed by the Georgian government on January 27.

25 Dec 2009 description

Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 25 Dec.'09 / 02:41

Tbilisi is against of "isolation of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali/South Ossetia" and aims at fostering ties between the communities "separated by dividing lines," according to a draft strategy paper laying out Georgia's intended policies towards its two breakaway regions.

The 9-page document, which has yet to be endorsed by the government before becoming an official paper, includes measures through which Tbilisi says it wants to foster engagement with the breakaway regions including through economic, education, …

18 Dec 2009 description

New public defender Giorgi Tugushi delivered his first biannual human rights report to the Parliament on December 18 with the ruling majority reacting with mild criticism of the document in contrast to reports delivered by ex-ombudsman Sozar Subari.

"If Public Defender is not politically motivated then we have to listen to his criticism and that's natural from the Public Defender to criticize the authorities," MP Giorgi Gabashvili of the ruling party said during the debates in the Parliament.

"It, however, of course does not mean that we are happy with everything …

16 Dec 2009 description

Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 16 Dec.'09 / 17:25

  • 'Local elections test for Georgia's commitments'
  • 'Demonstrate strategic patience'
  • 'Prepare actively for talks on association treaty'
EU is "deeply committed" to further assist Georgia in tackling its multiple challenges, but to succeed with this assistance, Georgia also "must deliver more" with its commitments, an outgoing EU Neighborhood Commissioner, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, said on December 15.

Speaking at the European Parliament on December 15, Ferrero-Waldner laid out …

14 Dec 2009 description

Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 14 Dec.'09 / 17:24

Thomas Hammarberg, the Council of Europe (CoE) human rights commissioner, will arrive in Georgia as part of his efforts to secure release of two Georgian minors from the village of Tirdznisi remaining held in Tskhinvali.

Hammarberg will arrive in Tbilisi later this week and probably will also travel to Tskhinvali, according to CoE Information Office in Tbilisi.

Four Georgian teenagers from the village of Tirdznisi were detained by the breakaway region's authorities on November 4.

Hammarberg, who earlier this month …