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Tuesday, July 6
Georgia's State Strategy on the Occupied Territories to be discussed at OSCE session

Debates on Georgia’s occupied territories will be held at the next session of OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. Georgian MPs will introduce the Georgian Strategy on the Occupied Territories to the Assembly and Gigi Tsereteli, Giorgi Kandelaki, Akaki Minashvili and Dimitri Lortkipanidze have already left for Oslo.

The debates will be held on a special resolution drafted by the OSCE Special Representative to Georgia and Assembly President Goran Lennmarker, who will present the document to Assembly members.

The Georgian MPs state that in spite of the fact that Russia has serious influence and authority in the OSCE and will do its best to hinder the adoption of a resolution on Georgia’s occupation, IDP repatriation and restrictions on humanitarian activities in Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali region, they hope the resolution will be supported by the other members of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. The Georgian delegation will return on July 11.
(Prime News)

Clintons given their own wine

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was presented with bottles of Saperavi wine produced specially for the Clinton family during her visit to Georgia. They say on their labels that the wine was made for the family.

The US Friendship Club has produced the wine in cooperation with the Teliani Valley Company as a present from the Georgian nation. The wine was handed over at the United States Embassy.
(Rustavi 2)

Book presentation at Patriarch's residence

Letters to the Patriarch, a book dedicated to His Holiness, was launched at the Patriarchal residence yesterday. Another book, This Is How Holy Trinity Cathedral Was Constructed, was also presented at the event.

Letters to the Patriarch is 368 pages long and is written by 110 authors, 35 of them being bishops, 5 priests and 2 nuns. The other authors include prominent public figures, including former Rector of Tbilisi State University Roin Metreveli, its current Rector Gia Khubua, poet Jansugh Charkviani, writer Guram Dochanashvili, historian Marika Lortkipanidze, MP Rusudan Kervalishvili and others. The authors were present at the launch.

Editor of the book Darejan Kvaratskhelia said that the idea of write a collection of letters to His Holiness was first voiced in 2007.
(Rustavi 2)

Jaroslaw Kaczynski grateful to Georgian people

Speaking to journalists after casting his vote in the Polish capital, Presidential candidate Jaroslaw Kaczynski said that it was of vital importance for the country that as many people as possible cast their ballots in the election. He also talked about Poland's relations with Georgia.

"For me Georgia is a very close nation. I am very grateful to President Saakashvili for everything he did after my brother's death, for all the decisions made in Georgia, such as a street being named after my brother. I have been very moved by this. I will surely go to Georgia irrespective of the result of the election because I want to say thank you and I want to see it (the street)," he said.
(Rustavi 2)