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Wednesday, October 26
Appathurai reiterates support for Georgia in Moscow

The Personal Representative of the NATO Secretary General for the South Caucasus and Central Asia, James Appathurai has made yet another supporting statement about Georgia before his upcoming visit to the country. Appathurai said Georgia`s membership in NATO depended on the reforms carried out by the government of the country.

Currently, Appathurai is in Moscow, where he responded to statements made by Russia`s special representative to the alliance, who boasted earlier that thanks to his work Georgia and Ukraine`s integration into the alliance had been blocked.

Appathurai says NATO is committed to the NATO's Bucharest summit resolution, which said that Georgia and Ukraine would become members of the alliance. (Rustavi 2)

Georgia-US business sectors agree on cooperation in laboratory certification sphere

Georgian laboratories will be authorized to issue certificates meeting international standards - Georgian and US business authorities have signed a corresponding memorandum at the Georgia-US business council held in Tbilisi today.

The memorandum envisages cooperation in the laboratory certification sphere. From now on, Georgian laboratories will be able to issue internationally valid certificates, which are expected to promote the export of Georgian products.

Georgia-US business council assembled yesterday. Georgian Prime Minister Nika Gilauri and the ambassador of the United States to Georgia John Bass attended the council yesterday. (Rustavi 2)

Vienna hosts Georgia-Austria business forum

Vienna will host the Georgia-Austria business forum in the framework of the inter-governmental commission. Within the visit to the country, Georgian Minister of Sustainable Development and Economics, Vera Kobalia has already held several high-rank meetings. Vera Kobalia discussed cooperation with the minister of economics and the representatives of the Industrial Federation and the Development Agency.

The sides focused on the Black Sea Regional Strategy - the program which was drafted by the government of Austria last year aiming at making investments in Georgia.

The sides also agreed on the visit of the governmental delegation of Austria to Georgia in a few months. (Rustavi 2)

Request of Bidzina Ivanishvili’s Lawyers for Mediation Rejected by Court

The Civil Court rejected Bidzina Ivanishvili and his wife Ekaterine Khvedelidze’s lawyers’ request for mediation to stop the 11 October order of the President of Georgia on the withdrawal of the couple's Georgian citizenship. As InterPressNews was told by the lawyer Shalva Dadumadze, the court’s refusal to stop the order of the president was illegal and ungrounded.

Tadumadze explains that they will appeal the court’s decision in 12 days.

Bidzina Ivanishvili demands the reinstatement of his Georgian citizenship. The tycoon accuses the civil registry agency of violation of the law. The lawyers explained that the civil registry agency violated procedures by not informing the interested party of launching the procedure.

The lawyers argue that if Bidzina Ivanishvili received citizenship of France after already having dual citizenship, Khvedelidze was given dual citizenship by the President of Georgia only after French citizenship.

Saakashvili revoked the Georgian citizenship of Khvedelidze and Ivanishvili on 11 October. (Interpressnews)

Houses to Be Built for IDPs with German Assistance

The government of Germany made a decision to allot a further grant as part of cooperation with the Georgian government.

The grant will be spent of the construction of residences for internally displaced persons (IDPs).

As a result of successful cooperation, the two governments signed the agreement on financial cooperation.

As the Minister of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Accommodation and Refugees of Georgia, Koba Subeliani stated, all this is the result of the implemented works in this sphere.

With the assistance of the German government, more that 300 IDP families will get dwellings. (Prime-News)

Georgian Wine Store Opened in Tbilisi International Airport

Minister of Agriculture of Georgia Zaza Gorozia opened a new shop of Georgian wines in Tbilisi International Airport.

As Prime-News was informed from the Agriculture Ministry, twelve producers of Georgian wines will be represented at the store.

The new wine store was opened on the initiative of the Ministry of Agriculture of Georgia, with the assistance of TAV AIRPORTS holding.

As a result of an agreement between the Ministry of Agriculture of Georgia and TAV holding since August in duty free zones in Istanbul Ataturk Airport and the international airport in Ankara corners were opened which present various brands of Georgian wine. (Prime-News)