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Compiled by Mzia Kupunia
Monday, October 13
NATO will not provide Georgia with weapons

NATO is not going to supply Georgia with weapons, NATO spokesman James Appathurai has told Ria Novosti, Sakartvelos Respublika reports.

Appathurai is attending the session of NATO Defence Ministers in Budapest. Appathurai says that the Georgian-Russian conflict will be the subject of the first session of the Georgia-NATO commission. Earlier Appathurai had said the NATO Defence Ministers would not discuss the South Ossetian conflict in a separate format at the Bucharest Session.

War is a big examination for a country

Georgian Parliament Speaker David Bakradze has commented on the August events in Georgia, 24 Saati writes.

“I do not think that Georgia has won, but I also cannot say that a catastrophe has happened and we have fallen apart. We lost the war only from the military point of view. This is the reason we lost control over territories previously controlled by us. We have a new flow of refugees and this is the worst result of the war. But war usually has a political dimension, and in those terms we have won, and we have also won the information war,” Bakradze said.

“Europe’s biggest achievement was adopting the Integral Security Concept, which means that the security of a small country is as important for the whole security of Europe as the security of a big state,” the Parliament Speaker said.

“If Georgia does not get a MAP due to the August events, this will be a direct signal to Russia - occupy a candidate state and it will not be accepted into NATO. As for Georgia’s chances in December, it is hard to predict the future when there is a possibility that the whole process can be hijacked by one single country. There is a certain amount of risk that Georgia will not get a MAP in December, but there is a chance that it will. Even NATO member states do not know what the final decision will be at this stage,” Bakradze said.

Russians want to involve Ossetians and Abkhaz in Geneva negotiations

The negotiations in Geneva concerning Russian-Georgian conflict resolution will be comprehensive, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said before meeting Dmitry Medvedev, Akhali Taoba reports. “All parties should participate in talks in order to achieve success, we should respect the positions of all sides,” Sarkozy said.

Russia insists on involving the Ossetians and Abkhazians in the Geneva negotiations. Tbilisi strongly opposes this. The Special Representative of the EU in Georgia, Morelli, is working on a plan which would outline possible ways of involving representatives of the self-declared regions in the Geneva talks.