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Complied by Inna Egieva
Thursday, December 18
Big family out in the forest asks for help

Sakartvelos Respublika reports that since the August events Zurab and Vika Maisuradze and their six children, IDPs from the Gori region village of Megvrekisi, have been living in the cottage of the Patriot Camp in the Sagarejo region, in the village of Tokhliauri. This family is asking for help.

Patriot Camp is in the middle of the forest and the Maisuradze family needs food and heating.

The Sagarejo Information Centre states that Zurab Maisuradze has asked the Ministry of Refugees to help the family but has had no response yet.

The Deputy Governor of Sagarejo, Gia Chalatashvili, said that the family has food and firewood for heating but should not stay in the forest. He thinks it should receive compensation from Gori municipality because its house in Megvrekisi has been destroyed. Gori municipality has not made any comment on this issue.

The Maisuradze family will ask Ombudsman Sozar Subari for help.

Zourabichvili planning to hold negotiations with Burjanadze

24 Saati writes that the leader of Georgia’s Way is planning to hold a meeting with the leader of the Democratic Movement for United Georgia, Nino Burjanadze. The Georgia’s Way Press Centre says that Salome Zourabichvili will meet the former Speaker of Parliament next week.

On December 18-19 Zourabichvili will meet the leaders of all opposition parties. She will meet Davit Gamkrelidze of New Rights, the Republican Party’s Davit Usupashvili and leaders of the United Opposition Kakha Kukava, Levan Gachechiladze and Eka Beselia. She is also planning to meet leader of the Freedom Party Koko Gamsakhurdia, leader of the Women’s Party Guguli Magradze, head of the Traditionalists Union Akaki Asatiani, leader of the Labour Party Shalva Natelashvili and Public Defender Sozar Subari. Salome Zourabichvili’s will brief the leaders on her visit to the USA and Europe and her plans for the future.

Alasania’s arrival postponed for one week

24 Saati reports that New Rights leader David Gamkrelidze has told journalists that the return of former Georgian Ambassador to the UN Irakli Alasania has been postponed, as he must first go through some special procedures. “He must officially say farewell to the other Ambassadors and the UN Secretariat, and only then can he come back to Georgia,” said Gamkrelidze.

Gamkrelidze also said that Alasania will comment himself on possible co-operation with the opposition. “Irakli Alasania will decide for himself if he wants to be a partner of the opposition or not. Our decision we have already made. We, the Republicans and New Rights, are still working on forming a democratic alternative,” Davit Gamkrelidze stated.

Another policeman is arrested for selling drugs

Sakartvelos Respublika reports that General Inspection and Tbilisi Main Management officers in the Isani-Samgori region have arrested policeman Givi Bobokhidze on charges of possessing and selling drugs.

The Press Centre of the Ministry of Home Affairs says that the police searched Bobokhidze and found heroin. His colleague Ivane Guramishvili has also been arrested, accused of being a criminal associate of Bobokhidze.

The General Inspection of the Ministry of Home Affairs is investigating the case.