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Prepared by Diana Dundua
Wednesday, March 26
“Georgia to receive USD 2.8 million from China”

Akhali Taoba reports that Georgia and China signed a deal on economic cooperation on March 21.

As part of the agreement, China will give Georgia USD 2.8 million to carry out projects.

Similar agreements were signed in 2001 and 2006, the newspaper writes, with the money used to improve customs equipment.

“If Georgians refuse Abkhaz passports they will be force to leave the region”

Akhali Taoba claims that separatist Abkhaz officials are forcing ethnic Georgian residents of the breakaway region to take Abkhazian passports.

According to the newspaper, the separatist authorities are also demanding that ethnic Georgians renounce Georgian citizenship as they become a citizen of Abkhazia.

The newspaper cites Tornike Kilanava, a representative of the Tbilisi-backed Abkhazian government-in-exile, in writing that those who don’t take the Abkhazian passports face eviction.

“Old women stopped hunger striking in Sighnaghi”

Activists with the oppositional New Rights in the eastern town of Sighnaghi have been on hunger strike for nine days, Rezonansi reports.

Two elderly women, 89-year-old Elene Narindoshvilli and 78-year-old Maro Merebashvili, joined the hunger strike on March 20 but stopped four days later due to health concerns. They are now supporting the opposition through a sit-in.

The New Rights campaigners are demanding the resignation of Parliamentary Speaker Nino Burjanadze and changes to the way MPs are elected.

“Delegation of Turkish armed forces visited Ministry of Defense of Georgia”

Sakartvelos Respublika reports that a delegation from the Turkish armed forces is in Georgia for a two-day visit.

The Turkish officials met with top defense officials in Tbilisi, reviewing previous Turkish-Georgian cooperation and discussing future priorities. The delegation returns to Turkey today.