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Wednesday, July 23 2008, #138 (1654)

Tbilisi claims victory in UN Security Council session

Tbilisi claimed a diplomatic victory in the closed-door UN Security Council session on July 21, as Russia criticized the “pro-Georgian” stance of council members. (more)

President promises to make millionaires out of Georgian Olympic champions

"If I were you, I would think more about winning as the Georgian government has made a decision to give one million lari as a prize to each gold medal winner,” the Georgian president told the country’s Olympic athletes on July 21. “An extra million wouldn’t hurt anyone.” (more)

Conflicts minister gets new title to smooth talks

The country’s top minister for conflict issues picked up an additional title yesterday in a move aimed at easing negotiations with separatists in Georgia’s breakaway regions. (more)

The News in Brief

Labor leader presents European court decision to diplomats (more)

Russia’s tactics bring the region closer to violence

On Monday the UN Security Council met behind closed doors for Georgia to again lay out its case for what needs to be done—and what should not be done—in its conflict regions. (more)

Poll: Georgians’ greatest concerns

The newspaper Kviris Palitra put the question “What is your greatest concern” to 510 Georgians. They were asked to rank a list of eight options in descending order of importance. (more)

Armenia underlines importance of stable Georgia

Armenian President Serzh Sarkisyan underlined the importance of political stability in Georgia at a July 21 press conference, the news agency Regnum reports. Sarkisyan said Armenia is dependent on Georgia as an export route. (more)

Turkey and Azerbaijan to jointly produce military hardware

Azerbaijan may begin joint production on tanks for the Turkish army, a Turkish official said last week, according to Azerbaijani military information agency Milaz. (more)

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