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Thursday, June 24
Lawmakers comment on Baghapsh decision

The Georgian Government will not tolerate the ethnic cleansing in Abkhazia and with the support of the international community the refugees will return to their homes, Georgian lawmakers have said in response to the decision of puppet South Ossetian leader Sergey Baghapsh to dismantle the burnt-out houses of Georgians from Achadara to Ochamchire who fled Abkhazia during the war in the 90s.

Baghapsh announced this decision at a meeting with heads of municipal and regional administrations. He said that residents of Abkhaz and other ethnicities would have their homes restored, while seeing the burnt and damaged houses of Georgians affected the psychology of the population and they should therefore be destroyed. (Rustavi 2)

Saburtalo branch of TaoPrivatBank attacked

An armed attack on the Saburtalo branch of TaoPrivatBank took place yesterday morning.

Niko Metreveli, employee of the bank, was wounded. He was taken to hospital.

Two bags of money were stolen as a result of the attack on the encashment car of the bank, an Interpressnews correspondent reported from the scene of the crime. The two attackers were armed. Both of them had knapsacks with them and escaped from the scene on foot. (Interpressnews)

Bank Of Georgia gives loan to build medical centre

Bank of Georgia has allocated a loan of USD 1.2 million for the construction of a centre for therapy.

Deputy General Director of Bank of Georgia Archil Gachechiladze stated at a press conference on June 23, that it will be built next to Lake Lisi. The main work of the clinic will be the treatment of heart and liver diseases and oncological pathologies.

The construction should be completed by the end of the current year. (Prime News)

Georgia and Saint Vincent establish diplomatic and consular relations

Georgia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines have signed a protocol on the establishment of diplomatic and consular relations.

The protocol states that the establishment of diplomatic relations serves the interests of the Georgian and Saint Vincentian peoples. In their mutual relations the sides will be guided by principles of sovereign equality, friendly relations, territorial integrity and non-interference in each other's internal affairs.

The protocol was signed by Permanent Representative of Saint Vincent to the United Nations Camillo M. Gonsalves and Permanent Representative of Georgia to the UN Alexander Lomaia. In compliance with the international practice on the establishment of diplomatic relations between two countries, the sides have sent a joint letter to the UN Secretary General confirming this.

In 2010 Georgia has established diplomatic relations with 16 states. These include Brunei, the Republic of Maldives, the Marshall Islands, Fiji and Samoa and African states Botswana, Cape Verde, the Comoros and Liberia. (Prime News)