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Tuesday, July 8
OSCE ambassadors visit Georgia

A delegation of OSCE ambassadors arrived in Georgia yesterday on a three-day visit.

They are due to meet with a number of top government officials, including President Mikheil Saakashvili, Prime Minister Lado Gurgenidze and State Minister for Reintegration Issues Temur Iakobashvili.

The OSCE delegation will also hold meetings with opposition leaders, representatives NGOs and journalists.

From July 8–9 the delegation of OSCE ambassadors will visit the breakaway region of South Ossetia.
(Prime News)

Georgian killed in Azerbaijan

A Georgian has been killed in the northwest of Azerbaijan, according to the news agency Trend.

Gogit Vasayovich Kashashvili, 30, died of knife wounds in a village in Qax region on 6 July.

A police investigation is underway.
(Prime News)

US secretary of state to visit Tbilisi

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is due to arrive in Tbilisi tomorrow.

Her exact schedule is not available, the US embassy has said.

Rice is also due to visit Prague and Sofia this week.
(Prime News)

British film festival begins in Tbilisi

An annual celebration of some of the best contemporary British films, BRITFEST 2008, began at the Rustaveli National Theatre, Experimental Hall on July 7 yesterday and will run until July 11.

Started by the Georgian-British Culture Platform in 2006, BRITFEST met with immediate success and soon established itself as an annual event.

Among the films that are due to be screened throughout the week is Ken Loach’s award-winning “Fond Kiss…, Ae.”

Robert Sturua, the Rustaveli National Theater artistic director, is the official patron of the Georgian-British Culture Platform.
(Prime News)

UN assessment mission to visit Georgia

A UN assessment mission began a visit to Georgia yesterday, the Foreign Ministry confirmed.

UN representatives will meet with top government officials including President Mikheil Saakashvili and will visit Sokhumi from July 10–11.
(Prime News)