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Prepared by Ana Datiashvili
Friday, March 21
“The district head of Telavi could be arrested!”

Sakartvelos Respublika reports that the head of a Kakheti district could be arrested, citing regional radio station Hereti FM.

According to Hereti, the district boss of Telavi, Zurab Butskhrikidze, faces an investigation from local prosecutors over the privatization of a state agricultural company.

Butskhrikidze is accused of selling an outfit which was breeding new apple varieties at below market value when he was head of a privatization service.

Butskhrikidze says the company was sold after he left the job.

“I have nothing to do with this privatization, because I was already working in another place. When I heard that the [agriculture company] was sold, I knew nothing about its price either,” Buctskhrikidze told Hereti on March 18.

“Giorgi Targamadze denies any connection with the government”

Giorgi Targamadze, leader of the oppositional Christian Democratic Party, has denied suggestions he is working for the government, Akhali Taoba reports.

Targamadze says that he would, however, be pleased if his recent proposals for a political consensus between the government and opposition find footing. He denied that his proposed compromises are in fact what the government wants.

“I don’t think that my initiative is similar to the government’s initiative, because we have five main demands in my statement and the government has said nothing about four of them,” he said on March 19.

On March 18, the Christian Democratic Party proposed a new set of reforms to the electoral law. The scheme for electing the next parliament has been a major flashpoint between the government and the opposition.

“Separatists confiscate equipment from UN and OSCE representatives”

Akhali Taoba writes that South Ossetian separatist forces are interfering with the work of the OSCE and the UN, citing the Tbilisi-backed alternative administration for the region.

According to representatives of the alternative administration, members of OSCE and UN teams visited South Ossetia on March 19 to survey a local district for environmental work.

Separatist officials reportedly seized their equipment and photos.

“Programs for deaf children”

The Adjaran Health Ministry is carrying out a program for deaf children, Sakartvelos Respublika reports.

According to the ministry, the program is meant to help deaf children integrate into society and receive a better education.

The newspaper quotes the ministry as saying they will try to “rehabilitate” the children. 20 young people have taken part so far.