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Friday, January 28
Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia

Electronic mass-media has spread information according to which the Tskhinvali proxy regime has adopted a so-called law for the purpose of renaming historical place names on the occupied territory – the Ministry of Foreign Affairs informs.

This development is a logical follow-up to the policy of ethnic cleansing carried out by the Russian Federation on the occupied territories of Georgia, with a view to eliminating any trace of Georgian residence on the occupied territories of Georgia. For this purpose, Russia undertakes such actions not by itself, but uses as a cover proxy regime, which was established by Russia and is under its complete control.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Georgia expresses its strong opposition to the actions of the occupation regimes of the Russian Federation and urges the international community to exert every effort to put an end to another demonstration of the policy of ethnic cleansing by Russia on the occupied territories of Georgia. (Interpressnews)

PACE Monitoring Committee not to Appoint Special Rapporteur on Russian-Georgian Conflict

PACE monitoring committee will not appoint a special rapporteur to the Russian-Georgian conflict . As Ria Novosti informs, chair of the committee Dick Marty stated.

‘We won’t have special rapporteurs solely for conflicts. Rapporteurs will be appointed in Russia and Georgia to observe the situation,’ Dick Marty said.

He says that the discussion failed to find ways of solving the conflict.

‘It would be a miracle. There are not miracles in this field. The problem is difficult, but we found a direction in which to discuss the issue,’ Dick Marty said.

PACE has been observing the Russian-Georgian conflict after the war. (Interpressnews)

Venice Commission slams Russia`s Law on Defence

The Venice Commission has slammed Russia`s Military Doctrine and Law on Defence. The document adopted by the Venice Commission notes that "the Russian Law on Defence explicitly provides that the use of armed forces abroad will be in conformity with “commonly accepted principles and norms of international law [and] international treaties of the Russian Federation”.

The document says "the protection of a State’s citizens on the territory of a third State is mainly the responsibility of the latter State. Diplomatic or consular protection may also be used where relevant".

Russian MPs of the European Council are attempting to justify the law on defence with the necessity of prevention. (Rustavi 2)

Nino Burjanadze Has Left For Davos World Economic Forum

The former speaker of the Parliament of Georgia, the leader of a political party "Democratic Movement - United Georgia” Nino Burjanadze has left for Davos.

The press service of the party reported about the information on January 27.

“Burjanadze will hold bilateral meetings with representatives of various countries, "- the press-service states.

The annual World Economic Forum in Davos, taking place since 1971, is one of the largest platforms for discussions on economic issues. Traditionally, heads of major world-known companies in oil, finance and media spheres participate in the forum.

The forum participants will review the situation in global economy and try to determine the elements of the "new economic reality”. (Prime-News)

Georgian citizen likely killed in police department in Ukraine

A citizen of Georgia has died in police department in Ukraine, Jumber Dzigua, the deputy chair of Georgian Diaspora`s Lviv district reported on Wednesday.

He said, Bachana Vekua was illegally and forcefully taken by police officers to the police department, where it is likely he was killed when being brutally beaten.

The Georgian Diaspora in Ukraine urges representatives of the Georgian consulate to meet with heads of the militia and investigate the incident. (Rustavi 2)

Presentation at the Ministry of Education

The Minister of Education and Science Dimitri Shashkini and State Minister for Diaspora Issues Papuna Davitaia presented a unified learning program for Sunday Schools abroad.

The program was jointly developed by the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia and the Office of State Minister for Diaspora Issues. The experts from the Ministry‘s National Center for Teacher Professional Development and National Curriculum Center participated in elaborating the program.

The unified program for Sunday Schools abroad fully matches the school learning programs in Georgia and envisages a full integration of Diaspora representatives into a common Georgian educational space in case they return to Georgia.

The learning programs were developed for three subjects: Georgian Language and Literature, History of Georgia and Geography. The schoolchildren’s age, abilities and peculiarities as well as general living environment have also been taken into account. (Rustavi 2)