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Compiled by Mzia Kupunia
Tuesday, November 30
Tbilisi responds to Sergey Shamba

Georgia will agree to a legally binding responsibility on the non-use of force in the Geneva talks only if Russia takes a similar step, the Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister, Nino Kalandadze said, 24 Saati reports. She responded to claims of the de facto Abkhazian Prime Minister, Sergey Shamba. “The peace initiative, voiced by President Saakashvili is already a decision with legal power. Saakashvili expressed readiness at the European Parliament to send this initiative in a written form to representatives of the international community,” Kalandadze noted “As for Geneva, it is a unilateral format. So Georgia is ready to sign a document on the non-use of force only if Russia will take the same responsibility,” she added.

Last week the de facto officials declared that they “do not trust” Saakashvili’s promises. De facto Abkhazian Prime Minister, Sergey Shamba suggested that if Tbilisi wants to confirm the statements made by President Saakashvili, Georgia should sign a non-use of force document at the next round of Geneva talks. “We have heard such statements from the Georgian president before. We have heard this from the previous President of Georgia too. We have signed many agreements and documents. Such statements were made before the war in South Ossetia. So I don’t trust these statements,” Shamba told GHN news agency.

Domestic Violence Council presents 2010 report

The Domestic Violence State Council with the support of the UNFPA will present a report on the Council’s activities in 2010 today, 24 Saati writes. The event will take place at the Sheraton Metechi Palace at 16.00. A police guidebook on domestic violence issues will also be presented by the Deputy Minister of the Interior, Eka Zguladze.

The manual was drawn up under the initiative of the Domestic Violence Council with the support of UNFPA. It contains detailed instructions for law enforcers on the activities against domestic violence. According to the authors, the format of the manual allows policemen to carry it with them to help them react effectively to cases of domestic violence.

As part of the event, the results of the monitoring of domestic violence action plan for 2009-2010 will also be presented to the public and the national action plan project for 2011-2012 will be discussed.