Sunday 3 September 2006
September 01, 2006
Georgia: Scheduling Of Local Elections Triggers Furor
Former Foreign Minister Salome Zourabichvili could profit from the opposition disarray (file photo) (epa) PRAGUE, September 1, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- President Mikheil Saakashvili's August 26 decision to bring forward the date of elections for local and municipal councils and mayors of major towns and cities has triggered a storm of protest from Georgian opposition parties, including those that earlier announced their intention to boycott that ballot. And the apparent willingness of the ruling National Movement to "bend the rules" to permit parliament deputies to participate in mayoral elections has only made things worse.
August 30, 2006
North Ossetian President Dismisses Government
North Ossetian President Taymuraz Mamsurov (left) with Eduard Kokoity, president of the breakaway Georgian region of South Ossetia (file photo) (ITAR-TASS) August 30, 2006 -- The president of North Ossetia has dismissed the government of the southern Russian republic and nominated a new prime minister.
August 29, 2006
EU: Conflict Fears Overshadow South Caucasus 'Action Plans'
Ferrero-Waldner said “defense expenditure in the region is going through the roof” (file photo) (epa) BRUSSELS, August 29, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- European Commission officials today confirmed that European Neighborhood Policy “action plans“ have been successfully negotiated with Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Georgia and now await member-state approval.
August 28, 2006
Russian Forces Allegedly Started Final Beslan Battle
(AFP) August 28, 2006 -- A member of the Russian parliamentary commission investigating the 2004 Beslan hostage crisis says it may be federal forces, and not the militants orchestrating the siege, who started the final battle that claimed the vast majority of victims.
August 22, 2006
U.S. Senate Delegation Visits Georgia
Georgian Prime Minister Zurab Noghaideli (left) greets U.S. Senator Richard Lugar (epa) August 22, 2006 -- A U.S. Senate delegation led by Richard Lugar, the chairman of the Committee on Foreign Relations, today arrived in Georgia on a two-day visit.
August 15, 2006
Georgia To Build Town In Kodori Gorge
Georgian troops in July carried out an operation aimed at flushing out a militia group operating in the Kodori Gorge (InterPressNews) August 15, 2006 -- Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili today ordered his government to build a small town and an air field in Georgia's Kodori Gorge.
August 11, 2006
Georgia Says Russia Willing To Negotiate On Wine Ban
President Mikheil Saakashvili at a Georgian wine festival in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, in May (ITAR-TASS) August 11, 2006 -- Georgia's agriculture minister Mikheil Svimonishvili says his ministry received a letter on August 10 from Russia's chief sanitation officer, Gennady Onishchenko, offering to enter into negotiations to lift Russia's embargo on Georgian wine.