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Compiled by Eter Tsotniashvili
Monday, August 18
“Ukraine will also leave the CIS”

Sakartvelos Respublika reports that, like Georgia, Ukraine is going to leave the CIS. According to the Ukrainian Rada (parliament) this is already under discussion.

The draft law proposing this has been written by Yuri Kostenko, a member of the parliamentary faction ‘Our Ukraine, National Defence’. The law was proposed in the Rada on August 14. The Ukrainian President’s Administration however states that Ukraine is not the member of CIS. Ukraine was one of the founders of that union but is not the member of it.

“Kremlin seeks allies in the world”

Abkhaz analyst Inal Khashigi says that, beside the Russian President’s statements that he supports every decision made by the Abkhazians and Ossetians, he also has a plan for Abkhazia and South Ossetia to be recognized by the world, Sakartvelos Respublika writes. But the Kremlin does not want to make such a decision alone and is therefore seeking allies.

According to Khashigi the West is obliged to make some kind of decisions to end the ongoing conflict. He says that since August 8 many things have changed: everything should now go back to the beginning, which means Abkhazia and South Ossetia will gain independence.

“Where is Mamuka Kurashvili?”

Mamuka Kurashvili, the commander of Georgian peacekeeping forces in South Ossetia, has gone missing, Sakartvelos Respoublika reports.

According to information released Kurashvili is injured and was seen in the conflict zone. According to our information we cannot exclude the possibility that he is in Ossetian or Russian hands.

“60,000 IDPs have been registered”

According to Georgian MP Koba Subeliani, who is in charge of IDP issues, the number of officially registered IDPs has reached 60,000, Akhali Taoba writes.

Subeliani said that these people have been settled in 500 places and the distribution of beds and mattresses has already started. He thanked Tbilisi residents, on behalf of the Georgian government, for their efforts to feed the larger part of the IDPs.

Subeliani also asked construction companies to assist in promptly ensuring that bathroom fittings and electricity supplies are provided in places where IDPs, are currently settled, as “the government does not have enough resources for construction and repair works in 500 places.”