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Compiled by Gvantsa Gabekhadze
Tuesday, September 8
Government making continual PR stunts -Burjanadze

Kviris Palitra reports a statement made by Nino Burjanadze, leader of the Democratic Movement - United Georgia, in which she suggests that the Georgian Government has made the most of the ending of the street rallies during the summer and taken every opportunity to undertake PR stunts. Burjanadze stated that only 4 imprisoned opposition activists have been released, and this had been done in order to persuade the public and the opposition parties that the Government was ready for civilized relations and negotiations, but in practice the authorities have taken every chance they could find to physically, financially and morally terrorise their opponents.

Burjanadze added, that her party has already informed the Foreign Diplomatic corps of what is going on, and the diplomats are now interested in why the next scheduled meeting between Government representatives and the opposition parties, set for a week after the meeting with the Minister of Internal Affairs Vano Merabishvili, would not be held.

Vintage 2009 office opening is postponed

Akhali Taoba reports that the opening of the Vintage 2009 office in the Gurjaani Region has been postponed until next week. The vintage has already begun unofficially in Kakheti.

The Georgian Government is planning to assist farmers. A special web page is being created which will provide support and help them deliver and sell this year’s crop.

The President’s representative in the Kakheti Region, Giorgi Ghviniashvili, has stated that the office in Gurjaani will be opened when the vintage is closer to being processed.

Cancer the main cause of death for young women in Georgia

Akhali Taoba reports that the main cause of death for young women in Georgia is cancer. Research into this has been financed by the United States International Development Agency and undertaken by the project Women’s Health in Georgia. The presentation of the research results is planned for today.

The research has concluded that the real cancer mortality rate in Georgia is considerably higher than the official one. The results will be presented by Mariela Tefft, the wife of the US Ambassador, who has personally directed the study.

Giorgi Gamsakhurdia to be Deputy Director of GPB?

Kviris Palitra reports that a son of Georgia’s first President, Zviad Gamsakhurdia, could possibly be appointed the Deputy of Georgian Public Broadcaster General Director Gia Chanturia. At present, Gamsakhurdia serves as a Deputy Minister on Diaspora Issues.

Gamsakhurdia has stated that if the GPB administration and Board suggest him for this post he will be glad. “I will work anywhere I can be useful for my country,” he said.