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Friday, March 7 2008, #045 (1561)

Georgia rounds up support for NATO bid as Saakashvili rounds off Washington trip

The US secretary of state reiterated her government’s support for Georgia’s NATO bid yesterday, the same day ten NATO members issued a joint letter calling for Georgia to be given a Membership Action Plan (MAP) at the upcoming Bucharest summit. (more)

Duma votes on Abkhazia, South Ossetia resolution

On the eve of a Russian Duma vote on a resolution calling for more support for Georgia’s separatist regions, the Georgian parliamentary speaker cautioned Russian MPs to show reason at today’s session. (more)

The murky struggle for Imedi ownership

When prominent Georgian billionaire and founder of Imedi TV Badri Patarkatsishvili died suddenly last month, former Imedi anchor Giorgi Targamadze commented the television station’s future is “even more unclear than it was before.” Developments since then have proved his prediction correct. (more)

Opposition propose compromise after Ilia II calls for end to hunger strikes

The Patriarch urged opposition campaigners, nearly two weeks into a hunger strike outside parliament, to call off the protest yesterday. Opposition leaders say they will end the hunger strike if the government compromises on electoral reform. (more)

How long before hunger striking becomes starvation?

Nearly 70 hunger strikers are camped on the steps of parliament thirteen days into the opposition demonstration, and at least eight have been taken away for medical aid. (more)

70 years later, Georgian prince’s perfume lingers

“Great figures are lost without monuments,” wrote Georgian scribe Niko Lortkipanidze. One great Georgian figure has fallen close to obscurity, his name written on only the smallest of monuments: delicately designed bottles of a now-rare perfume. (more)

Georgian street children and caregivers trained to deliver life saving aid

More than 75 street children and 150 social workers and teachers in four regions in Georgia are equipped to deliver life-saving assistance thanks to recent trainings on emergency care conducted by World Vision. (more)

Russia: No foreign investment in the North Caucasus

There was no foreign investment in Russia’s North Caucasian republics last year, according to the Russian department of statistics. (more)

BSEC members sign agreement on simplifying customs procedures

The heads of customs departments of Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) organization member states signed an agreement to deepen cooperation in Kiev on March 19. (more)

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