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Compiled by Sopo Datishvili
Monday, January 26
Georgia and Ukraine joining NATO will harm the security of Europe

Sakartvelos Respublika, quoting Deutsche Welle, reports that European experts advise Barack Obama to think twice before allowing Georgia and Ukraine to join NATO. The experts believe Russia’s negative attitude towards these two countries integrating with NATO is reason to recommend caution. They believe that enlarging NATO in this way would put cooperation with Russia in such important issues as Afghanistan, Iran, South Korea and the democratic development of former Soviet countries in question.

The experts claim that allowing Georgia and Ukraine to join NATO will harm the security of Europe. “Russian-American confrontation will put the security of world under a big question mark. Hence this US administration should refrain from taking Ukraine and Georgia into NATO and pay more attention to the democratic development of these countries,” they told Deutsche Welle.

Salome Zourabichvili: Why are we talking about protecting the environment when the country is wrecked?

“We don’t negotiate with this Government over anything and we don’t play their games,” said the leader of Georgia’s Way, Salome Zourabichvili, responding to a suggestion by Environment Minister Goga Khachidze that political parties could cooperate with the Ministry in formulating policies on the Environment and Natural resources, Sakartvelos Respublika reports.

“Why are we talking about protecting the environment when the country is wrecked? This Government has exhausted its resources and can do nothing more. Sakashvili must resign”, said the leader of Georgia’s Way.

Lasha Zhvania participates in Vienna conference

24 Saati reports that the journal EUROMONEY is about to hold conference in Vienna, the most important economic forum in Central and Eastern Europe. Lasha Zhvania, Georgia’s Minister of Economy, will take part in it as the representative of the Georgian Government. Zhvania will attend a round table specially arranged for Georgia with representatives of the Finance Ministry and Bank of Georgia.

Kokoity invites Obama to Tskhinvali

Rezonansi reports that the leader of the Ossetian separatists, Eduard Kokoity, has invited 44th President of USA Barack Obama to Tskhinvali. According to the administration of the de facto President, Kokoity has sent the US President an official letter of congratulation and invited him to Tskhinvali. “In the name of the Ossetian people, I express my hope for future diplomatic and constructive relations between our countries. As you believe in change in the political and economic life of your country, we believe in the rapid improvement of the life of our long-tortured republic.” Kokoity is sure that what Obama can see in Tskhinvali will give him a general idea of political responsibility.

It rains on pupils in Mukuzani

Sakartvelos Respublika reports that according to the Kakheti Information Centre Mukuzani School, with 129 pupils, is so badly damaged that it rains in the classrooms.

Director of the school Maia Sidamonidze says that because they have little money they can’t start making repairs. They appealed to the Ministry of Education for funds a few months ago but no one there has taken an interest as yet.

If the roof of the building isn’t repaired the pupils will not be able to study there in spring.