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Tuesday, March 30
Georgian President condemns Moscow blast

Yesterday President Mikheil Saakashvili expressed his sorrow at the Moscow blasts in which dozens of people were killed, expressing condolences to the families of the victims.

“What happened this morning in Moscow confirms that terrorism is a global problem, Georgia has always condemned, and still condemns, terrorism. The President expresses his condolences to the victims’ families. The President of Georgia condemns terrorism, especially against peaceful civilians,” Saakashvili said through his spokesperson.
(The Messenger)

No Georgians among Moscow blast casualties

Georgian Foreign Ministry official Inga Kikvadze told reporters yesterday that no Georgian nationals were reported among the Moscow subway blast casualties.

"We have contacted the Russian authorities via the Swiss Embassy. According to recent reports no Georgians were injured or killed in the blast, however the Consular Department is still checking this information to keep the public informed," Kikvadze said.

At least 34 people were killed and dozens more injured as two explosions ripped through the Moscow metro at the height of rush hour yesterday morning. The first blast came at the Lubyanka station in central Moscow at 07:56, killing 22 people. Around 45 minutes later at 08:32 the second explosion occurred at Park Kultury station, killing at least 12 more people. "There are killed and injured," a security source said.
(Rustavi 2)

Grigol Vashadze – Georgia is against Russia joining WTO

Foreign Minister of Georgia Grigol Vashadze states that Georgia is, and will continue to be, against Russia joining the World Trade Organisation.

Vashadze says that Russia violates fundamental principles of that organisation. "Georgia isn’t having any negotiations over Russia joining WTO. Russia violates the fundamental principles this organisation is based on. One member country cannot have three different trade relations with another member country of the organisation," Grigol Vashadze stated.

Georgian delegation leaves for Geneva

An official Georgian delegation left on Monday to attend the tenth round of the international negotiations in Geneva on March 30. The Georgian delegations will focus on the secure repatriation of IDPs and security in the occupied areas.

"We hope that at this round of the negotiations Russia will not block the document on security issues proposed by the international community," the Georgian authorities said.

The representatives of the Tskhinvali puppet regime have also voiced their proposals. "We hope that today the sides will sign the agreement on non-use of force: if not, we will think that Georgia uses this format of negotiations to discuss its criminal activities," Boris Chochiev of the puppet regime said.
(Rustavi 2)

Tsagareishvili sends questions to Ugulava

MP Giorgi Tsagareishvili will officially send ten questions to the Tbilisi Mayor, Gigi Ugulava, exercising his right as a Member of Parliament. He made a statement regarding this at a briefing today.

Tsagareishvili's questions concern the expenditure of the budget of Tbilisi. The Member of Parliament wants to knows the amounts spent on constructing roads, bridges, fountains, pavements and external lighting in Tbilisi.

According to the Rules of Procedure of Parliament, the addressee shall reply to the Member of Parliament within 15 days.

Narcologists arrested

Officers of the Special Operative Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs have detained Marine Begashvili (born 1965) Manana Kejevadze (born 1962) and Eka Kordzadze (born 1965), narcologists at the Expertise Centre for Addiction and Psycho Correction. The Deputy Head of the abovementioned clinic, Nodar Tarkhnishvili (born 1955) was also detained, as was the owner of a psychotropic drug store, Tamar Sardanadze.

As a result of a search conducted in the suspects’ apartments a large quantity of illegally appropriated and purchased Tramadol was detected. The aforesaid drug was intended for the use of unregistered patients at the clinic.

The detainees have already pleaded guilty. An investigation is being conducted by employees of the Special Operations Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs under articles 264 and 260 of the Criminal Code of Georgia.
(Rustavi 2)