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Friday, September 23
Foreign Minister Holds Meetings in NY

Minister of Foreign Affairs Grigol Vashadze continues official meetings with his counterparts from various countries as part of a visit to the United States during the UN 66th General Assembly. Vashadze met with the foreign ministers of Ireland and Costa Rica on Wednesday discussing bilateral relations. Georgian senior diplomat also met with the OSCE Secretary General and the UN High Commissioners discussing the issues tied to the OSCE ministerial in 2012, the situation on Georgia`s occupied territories from the point of view of human rights and the conditions in which IDPs from these territories live. (Rustavi 2)

President Saakashvili on Palestine-UN confrontation over statehood question

In respect to the US position in the confrontation over the Palestinian bid to win recognition as a state at the UN, President Saakashvili said although Palestine had the right to statehood, it should be resolved through negotiations. “We do believe, that primarily Israel has the right to security and a secure existence, also Palestine has the right to statehood, nobody is in any doubt, and certainly we have lots of sympathy for the plight of the Palestinian people,” Saakashvili, who is in New York for the UN General Assembly, said on MSNBC's Morning Joe program. “On the other hand we believe in negotiations and the position is very clear: this kind of things can only be settled when it takes two to do things. I hope there will be more and more incentives to get to some negotiated solution, because things should change for the people in reality not just on paper,” he said. (GHN)

Nathan Deals, Governor of State of Georgia, to Visit Georgia

Nathan Deals, Governor of the State of Georgia, USA, will visit Georgia along with businessmen. A statement was made after the meeting between the governor and Georgian Vice Premier Giorgi Baramidze. The governor expressed a desire to arrive in Georgia to deepen economic and business relations. The meeting was held within the framework of Baramidze’s working visit to the state of Georgia. The visit was aimed at deepening political, economic and cultural relations between Georgia and the US as well as promotion of attracting investments to Georgia. A bilateral meeting was also held between the Prosecutor General of the state of Georgia and Giorgi Baramidze. At the meeting Baramidze talked about anti-corruption, judicial, police and legislative reforms ongoing in Georgia. (IPN)

Unique archaeological discovery in Samegrelo

Artifacts from the sixth to fourth centuries BC have been discovered during the archaeological excavations in the village of Didnebi, Samegrelo Region.

The archaeological digs began there a few weeks ago. Archaeologists discovered ceramic hand-made objects, jewelry made of bronze and iron, working and fighting tools. Experts say similar things were discovered in Italy a while ago.

The artifacts will be sent to Germany for laboratory analysis. The students and the lecturers of the Berlin`s Free University are also involved in the excavation works. (Rustavi 2)

Georgian nation will never put up with the division of Georgia – Ilia II

The Georgian nation will never put up with the division of Georgia, Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II said at the Trinity Cathedral during the visit of the head of the Orthodox Church of Cyprus, Archbishop Chrizostomos.

Ilia II greeted the Archbishop and called his visit to Georgia historic.

‘The history of our countries and churches are similar. Unfortunately, Abkhazeti and Tskhinvali, like an important part of Cyprus, are occupied by neighbors. I want to say that the Georgian people will never put up with the division of Georgia, and the people of Cyprus will never put up with division of their country,’ Ilia II said.

Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia thanked Archbishop Chrizostomos for his generosity towards Georgians in Cyprus. He wished unification and peace to Cyprus and to its oldest church.

The Cypriot arrived in Georgia today. Meetings and cultural events are planned during the visit which last until 27 September. (IPN)

Tbilisi prepares to meet French President

The Georgian capital is preparing to meet Nicola Sarkozy, the French President. He will arrive on October 7 in the evening. At that time the facades of the buildings on the central square will be repaired. The French President's address to the Georgian population is planned at the central square from the City Council's building, the facade of which is now being repaired. As well as the nearby buildings, the GMT and Courtyard Marriott, which are already finished.

Nicolas Sarkozy will visit Tbilisi as part of a general Caucasus trip. President Saakashvili will discuss with the French President de-occupation questions and the 2008 cease-fire agreement concluded with the Russian Federation. Bilateral cooperation and regional conflicts will be discussed as well. (GHN)