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Monday, June 2 2008, #101 (1617)

Russia to rebuild Abkhazia railway

Georgia is accusing Russia of preparing an “invasion” after it deployed a team of military engineers to patch up breakaway Abkhazia’s crumbled railway system. (more)

Opposition firm on vow to blockade new parliament

President Mikheil Saakashvili warned against weakening the country out of “private anger” as opposition leaders repeated their promise to physically prevent the new parliament from convening. (more)

UN Security Council discusses ‘highly provocative’ shooting of Georgian plane

A United States spokesman called the downing of a Georgian spy drone a “very dangerous development” after a UN Security Council session last week. (more)

After wavering, public broadcaster chair makes final decision to resign

Georgian Public Broadcaster board chairman Irakli Tripolski made a final decision to resign on May 30, citing the limited powers of the board in the station’s management. (more)

The News in Brief

Opposition activists attacked. (more)

GUAM trade turnover doubles from 2005

Annual trade turnover between members of the Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Moldova (GUAM) regional organization has doubled since 2005. (more)

USD 1.5 billion trade deficit for January–April

Georgia’s imports were valued at USD 1.5 billion more than its exports in the first four months of this year, according to the state Statistics Department. (more)

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“France supports Georgia’s and Ukraine’s membership in NATO”

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