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Wednesday, June 8
Rasmussen comments on NATO enlargement

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has told Russian news agency Interfax that the membership of new democratic states in the Alliance is aimed at enlargement of stability zone. Rasmussen said many countries have the intention to join the alliance, including Georgia.

Rasmussen also spoke about relationships with Russia and said that NATO does not intend to give requested legal guarantees to Russia regarding the installation of new missile systems. He also ruled out the creation of a joint anti-missile defense system with Russia.

`The reason is very simple - we cannot lay an obligation on a non-member state to provide collective security,` Rasmussen made clear. (Rustavi 2)

One more U.S. Congress Delegation to Visit Georgia

Yet another delegation of U.S. Congressmen will visit Georgia, the Presidentís spokesperson Manana Manjgaladze stated at Monday's routine briefing.

Manana Manjgaladze said that other high ranking visits are planned in summer and that details of the visit would be known later.

Manjgaladze announced the visit of the U.S. Congressional delegation on 5-6 June. She said that they had discussed U.S. Georgian relations, security, political-economic issues and U.S. support to democratic reforms. (Interpressnews)

Ethnic Georgian murdered in Moscow

An ethnically motivated murder has taken place in Moscow. Georgian national Gela Bliadze, 48, was found dead on the streets of the Russian capital. Moscow police officers have confirmed to the relatives of Bliadze, that he was killed for his ethnicity. Bliadze went out on Monday night to buy cigarettes and police found him dead in the street this morning.

Bliadze has a family in Tbilisi and he worked in construction in Moscow. The family is asking the government of Georgia to assist them to transfer the body to Tbilisi. (Rustavi 2)

Defense Ministry presented with 40 Hammer vehicles

The Ministry of Defense of Georgia has been presented with new equipment by the United States - forty Hammer military vehicles were handed over at the Krtsanisi military training base yesterday. Georgian soldiers will use the military vehicles during training.

The Hammer vehicles will be used during trainings by those officers, who will join the ISAF mission of patrolling and convoying in the future.

Representatives of the Georgian Defense Ministry and the US embassy in Georgia attended the presentation at the Krtsanisi base yesterday. (Rustavi 2)

Giorgi Targamadze meets with British-Georgian society members in London

Giorgi Targamadze, leader of Christian Democrats and Giorgi Rukhaze, Secretary of the same political party met with the members of the British Georgian Association and the University of London Georgian Society. The meeting was held at the University of London. The leader of the Parliamentary minority, Girogi Targamadze, talked about current events in the country, about challenges and perspectives. After the speech he answered questions from the audience.

"Democratization, development and reoccupation - these are tree main problems in Georgia. We should fight to overcome these problems together with the international society, "- Girogi Targamadze said.

He was invited by the UK Conservative party. The visit will come to a conclusion today. (GHN)

Saint Nino`s ancient fresco discovered

Saint Nino`s ancient fresco was discovered in the Virgin Mary Church in Khobi. The scientists presume the fresco dates back to the 16th century and it is the oldest fresco of Saint Nino discovered in Georgian churches in west Georgia. The fresco is very badly damaged and only the inscription is legible. Specialists are working to restore the wall painting. (Rustavi 2)