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Tuesday, April 6
NATO-Georgia inter-Parliamentary meeting

The first NATO-Georgia inter-Parliamentary meeting will be held in Tbilisi on April 5-8. The NATO delegation arrived in Tbilisi early on Monday morning. The first meeting will begin at 11:00 a.m. on April 6 in Parliament`s conference hall.

Yesterday the delegation met Parliamentary Deputy Speaker Mikhail Machavariani, Deputy Head of the EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia Gilles Janvier, State Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Giorgi Baramidze, Prime Minister Nika Gilauri and State Minister for Reintegration Temur Iakobashvili.

The delegation will visit Gori and meet refugees on April 7. They will hold meetings with Georgian Defence Minister Bacho Akhalaia, Deputy Foreign Minister Giga Bokeria, members of the foreign diplomatic community and civil society, NGO and opposition representatives on April 8. The delegation members will leave Georgia on April 9.
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Mikheil Saakashvili: Georgia will win over its enemies

The Easter Holiday is a symbol of victory over evil and Georgia will win over its enemies as well, the President of Georgia said at the Davit Garejeli Monastery on the Georgia-Azerbaijan boundary on Easter night.

Mikheil Saakashvili attended the service at the monastery. Later he talked to the local population and commented on the significance of Davit Garejeli as a historical monument.

"In his sermon the Patriarch talked about the value of liberty, that freedom is worth dying and fighting for. Georgia is in a fight between David and Goliath. A big evil is fighting against us. Georgia is on the side of good and we should know that even if the evil looks very strong to us, we should never concede to it and should not compromise with it. Finally, as David beat the Goliath, Georgia will be able to win as well. But we need great firmness and endurance for that. This is what the Easter Holiday teaches us," Saakashvili said.
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Commission concludes that workers’ negligence caused explosion in Mindeli Mine

The explosion in Mindeli Mine in Tkibuli was caused by workers’ negligence, a special commission has concluded a month after the explosion. According to the published conclusion, miners left electricity equipment on and a spark caused the explosion of accumulated methane.

The explosion occurred at the Mindeli Mine on 3 March at about 05:00 in the morning. Four people died, one was seriously injured. According to early information, the explosion was caused by a leak of methane.

The Mine belongs to Saknakhshiri, a daughter company of the Georgian Industrial Group. President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili took the decision to declare 4 March a Day of Mourning throughout Georgia following the tragic incident.

Grigol Vashadze to visit Norway and Finland

Foreign Minister of Georgia Grigol Vashadze will visit the Kingdom of Norway and Republic of Finland on 6-8 April.

Deputy Foreign Minister Nino Kalandadze said at the traditional Monday briefing that

Vashadze will meet Foreign Minister of Norway Jonas Gahr Store, the Chairs of the Norwegian Parliament’s Committees on Foreign Affairs and Defence and the Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council. Vashadze will take part in a round table on the main directions of Georgian foreign policy.

In Finland Vashadze will meet Minister of Migration and European Affairs Astrid Thors, his Finnish counterpart Alexander Stubb, the Chair of the Foreign Relations Committee of the Finnish Parliament and the President’s advisor on foreign affairs.

Defence Minister lays wreaths on graves of soldiers

Georgian Defense Minister Bacho Akhalaia has visited the Mikhatgverdi cemetery of Georgian soldiers who died in the fight for Georgia's Unity and laid wreaths on one of the graves. He even delivered a speech and said that this day was very significant, because every Georgian could commemorate Georgian soldiers.

The Minister expressed his sorrow at the death of many of the best soldiers in the Georgian Army. "This is a very difficult day, but it gives us the stimulus to create a stronger Army," Akhalaia said.
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Georgian Orthodox Church to be built in Italy

The Ambrosi Khelaia memorial church will be constructed in Rome, Italy. It will be a Georgian Orthodox church, where prayers and all services will be conducted in Georgian.

Yesterday was the first Easter on which the holy liturgy was conducted in the Georgian language in one of the Catholic Churches in the Trastevere district of Rome. Father Ioana Khelaia led the service yesterday. 250 Georgians attended it, giving credence to the idea of building an Orthodox Church in Italy.
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