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Friday, October 17
Vice-Premier of Georgia to tell Canadians truth about Russia

The State Minister of Georgia for issues on integration into European and EuroAtlantic structures, Vice-Premier Giorgi Baramidze, left for Canada on Tuesday morning on an official visit to participate in the Francofonia summit to be held in Quebec on October 17-19. Georgia has been invited to this summit as an observer.

As Black Sea Press was informed at the Press Service of the State Minister’s office, Baramidze intends to make a report on the situation in Georgia, the conflict in August and the aggressive actions of Russia which occupied a part of Georgia’s territory. The Vice-Premier will draw attention to conflict settlement in Georgia and the importance of an active response from the world community to these trends. Bilateral meetings with members of the Government of Canada and those of European countries are also planned.

The President of France, Prime Minister of Canada and members of the Governments of 46 French speaking countries will participate in the Quebec summit. From Canada Giorgi Baramidze will leave for Brussels to participate in the donor conference planned for October 22. (Black Sea Press)


Black Sea Press has corrected information it published earlier this week, which was republished in this paper.

The clip concerned should have read: “Since the August events and the war between Georgia and Russia, the German Government has allocated EUR 2.20 mln to Georgia in the form of humanitarian aid programmes. (Black Sea Press)

Russian soldiers injure head of Abkhaz militia

Russian soldiers have injured the head of the Abkhaz militia, Besik Chkonia, during a dispute in the village of Otobaia in Gali region. Chkonia has been taken to Gali regional hospital, his condition is critical.

The conflict between Chkonia and the Russian soldiers occurred at a military base. Chkonia was keeping a container at the base, full of nuts taken from the Georgian population. The Russian soldiers would not let him take the container away, and thus an armed confrontation followed. The Russians injured Besik Chkonia in the belly and threw out of the base as they thought he was dead. The local population found him and took to hospital. (Prime-News)

First Silk Road summit to be held in Trabzon

The first Silk Road Businessmen's Summit will be held in Trabzon on October 16. Businessmen from Turkey, Afghanistan, Albania, Azerbaijan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, China, Georgia, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Kosovo, Mongolia, Uzbekistan, the Russian Federation, Turkmenistan, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), Macedonia, Moldova, Romania and Ukraine will participate in it. The goal of the summit is to revive the ancient Silk Road trading route.

The summit will be hosted by the Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEIK) of Turkey and will last until October 19. Within the framework of the summit meetings between businessmen will be held, speeches will be delivered and discussions regarding new projects in the region will be entered into. (Prime-News)