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Tuesday, July 1 2008, #122 (1638)

Abkhaz to close border after more bomb blasts

The leaders of breakaway Abkhazia said they would temporarily close the administrative border with Georgia today after a series of bomb blasts in the separatist region. (more)

Pipeline project on the agenda at Batumi GUAM summit

Energy security dominated the preliminary agenda for a GUAM summit beginning today in seaside Batumi. (more)

Parliamentary minority forms, giving platform to opposition

The parliamentary opposition is forming a 12-member faction to push their agenda in the legislature, representatives announced on June 27. (more)

The News in Brief

Opposition leader’s son arrested. (more)

Georgia and Ukraine enter NATO together, or fall away together

In Poland last week, Georgia’s foreign minister said categorically that the country, if given the chance, would not move toward NATO membership without Ukraine alongside. (more)

Ukraine and Turkey to increase trade

Giorgi Gachechiladze, leader of the Green Party, says Georgia’s agriculture sector is shrinking rapidly while imports are rocketing. (more)

Turkey to begin building section of Baku–Tbilisi–Kars railway

Construction on the Turkish section of the Baku–Tbilisi–Kars railway will begin in late July. (more)

Press Scanner

“85 percent of Tbilisi street vendors are inside the marketplace”

Should Georgia try to strengthen the GUAM (Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Moldova) alliance?
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