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Monday, January 24
Georgian Delegation to Highlight Russia’s Failure to Meet its Commitments in CoE

A Georgian delegation will highlight Russia’s failure to meet its commitments on the PACE session .

The delegation members, deputies Davit Darchiashvili, Goka Gabashvili, Chiora Taktakishvili, Petre Tsiskarishvili, Akaki Minashvili, Giorgi Kandelaki and Paata Davitaia have already left for Strasbourg.

Georgian-Russian debates are not on the agenda of the session, though the Georgian side will still speak about Russia’s failure to follow its commitments.

As deputy Davit Darchiashvili stated, Russia is trying to evade the resolutions and avert attention to other documents. Georgia will not let this happen.

Georgian deputies will also declare the causes of why Georgia didn’t take part in discussion of the Georgian-Russian dossier.

At the session, the reporter of the Committee on Migration, Refugees and Population is Davit Darchiashvili, chair of the parliamentary committee on European integration.

The PACE session opens today and will last until 28 January.

Moscow Accuses Sukhumi Of 347 Million Rubles Embezzling

The Audit Chamber of Russia is accusing the de-facto Abkhaz authorities of embezzling 347 million rubles.

According to Russian media, the Chamber published a report into the allocation of funds into Abkhazia from the Russian budget.

The audit was conducted in November-December of 2010.

According to the results of the audit, violations, amounting to 346.759 million rubles, were revealed during enumeration and consumption of financial aid.

The Chamber sent letters with results of the audit to the Russian Prime Minister, the State Duma, Federation Council, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Regional Development, as well as to Sergey Bagapsh.

In 2009-2010, Russia allocated approximately 7,3 billion rubles to Abkhazia.

Georgian minister presents infrastructural projects in US

The Forum of Global Infrastructure Leaders, which took place in USA for three days, officially came to a close on Saturday.

The Georgian Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development delivered a speech at the forum. Ramaz Nikolaishvili talked about Georgia`s ongoing reforms, large-scale infrastructural projects, attraction of foreign investments, creating new jobs and other priorities of the country in his speech.

The minister also introduced participants of the forum to a number of implemented and ongoing significant road projects in Georgia.

Along with members of the Georgian delegation and other participants of the forum, the head of the Georgian mission to UN, Kakha Lomaia, and prominent German architect, Jurgen Meyer, were also present, when the Georgian Minister was delivering his speech.
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Tbilisi Ghudushauri clinic put in quarantine

Nursing staff are working in an emergency situation in Gudushauri clinic of Tbilisi. The hospital has been put in quarantine. Family members are not allowed to visit patients in the clinic.

Representatives of the clinic explain that the quarantine is a preventive measure that is made by the clinic seasonally due to the flu virus.

6 people remain in the resuscitation department of the clinic at present. They were diagnosed with H1N1 virus and one of them is connected to a respirator. 35 patients with virus infections are currently in the clinic.

Representatives of the national centre for disease control say that compared to last year, the situation is significantly better, although, despite this, they are calling on everyone to be cautious.
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Former Supporters Of Noghaideli Accuse Him Of Embezzling Party Funds

Former supporters of the leader of “Movement for Fair Georgia” Zurab Nogaideli demand from him financial documents of the movement.

According to the head of the movement, Sergo Dzhavahidze, his supporters have repeatedly demanded that Noghaideli submit financial records of the movement, but their requests were ignored.

"We have repeatedly asked for financial records, but our requests were ignored. We decided to appeal to the national executive bureau, and in this form to request the documentation" - said Dzhavahidze.

Noghaideli's supporters accuse him of embezzling the party’s money and plan to bring a suit against him.

"Nogaideli is indebted to the members of the organization and he is obliged to pay, but he does not recognize these debts," - said Dzhavahidze.

The Ministry of Justice of Georgia has satisfied a written request of ”Movement for Fair Georgia” regarding the change in the Board of the party due to which the former prime minister Zurab Nogaideli lost his post as chairman of the ”Movement for fair Georgia”.

On January 11, the Ministry of Justice confirmed the legitimacy of the decision of the Extraordinary Congress of the movement convened by heads of regional organizations of the party on December 23, 2010 and declared their discontent towards Zurab Nogaideli. His former colleagues have accused Noghaideli of acting in a manner aimed at the destruction of the party and malversation of party’s money.

It is noted that Noghaideli, no longer being the chairman of the movement, remains an ordinary member of the Board prior to the payment of debts not paid to the participants of the program "The door behind the door."