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Monday, March 31 2008, #061 (1577)

Saakashvili offers ‘unlimited autonomy’ for Abkhaz

President Mikheil Saakashvili offered “unlimited autonomy” and a free economic zone for Abkhaz in a March 28 speech setting out his administration’s new conflict resolution proposals. Separatist officials spurned the initiatives as empty offers to please Western capitals ahead of a NATO summit. (more)

On birthday of Georgia’s first president, comparisons with its third

Georgia’s first president, Zviad Gamsakhurdia, would turn 69 today. (more)

UAE investor wins major port tender

The Georgian government announced last week that it picked investors from the United Arab Emirates to manage a free economic zone in Poti and upgrade the town’s port. (more)

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Waiting for the sixth parliament

This parliament, independent Georgia’s fifth, closes its final session on April 21. The next is to be elected May 21, in a poll grounded in few certainties. A retrospective look at Georgia’s previous parliaments reveals instructive iterations of the legislative body. (more)

PM: 2008 investments worth half a billion dollars

Foreign investment in Georgia so far this year totals USD 500 million, Prime Minister Lado Gurgenidze said on March 27. (more)

Armenia’s Millennium Challenge funding in doubt

The political turmoil in Armenia following its disputed February 19 presidential election put Armenia’s Millennium Challenge funding in doubt, a US diplomat said last week. (more)

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“Border guards arrest two for making false passports” (more)

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