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Friday, April 25 2008, #079 (1595)

Quartet of Georgian ‘friends’ call on Russia to reverse moves in Abkhazia

A joint statement of the US, UK, France and Germany called on Russia to “revoke or not implement” its recent decision to increase ties with de facto authorities in Georgia’s breakaway regions. (more)

In midst of heated election campaign, president urges opposition to join him against Russia

President Mikheil Saakashvili called on the opposition to stand united with his government in the face of Russian aggression, in a speech delivered from an April 23 session of the National Security Council. (more)

Soup kitchen keeps impoverished rural residents going, as they hope for more local jobs

In Kakheti province’s impoverished district of Kvareli, the World Food Program supports a soup kitchen that meets basic food needs for hundreds on meager incomes, but which could give way to much-needed industrial development. (more)

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Russian poll on NATO issues

On April 12–13 the Russian polling agency Obschestvennoe Mnenie (Public Opinion) questioned 1500 Russians across 46 regions on issues related to NATO and Georgia and Ukraine’s membership bids. (more)

Lithuanian PM: Nabucco project will bring EU closer to Caspian region

Lithuanian Prime Minister Gediminas Kirkilas said that the Nabucco pipeline project will be a key factor in bringing the EU closer to the Caspian region, when he visited Turkmenistan on April 23. (more)

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