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Wednesday, September 5
Another person, killed in the special operation in Lopota

Another individual killed in the special operation in Lopota Gorge, has been buried in Duisi village, Pankisi Gorge, an InterpressNews correspondent reported from Duisi village. Locals say his name was Bahaudin Baghakashvili. Reportedly he was buried next to Aslan Margoshvili and Baghaudin Kavtarashvili, who were also killed in the special operation. Georgia’s Ministry of Internal Affairs confirmed yesterday there were two citizens of Georgia among those killed in the special operation – Aslan Margoshvili born in 1990 and Bahaudin Kavtarashvili born in 1986. The other 5 were citizens of the Russian Federation from the Northern Caucasus. One of them was Bahaudin Baghakashvili, who was born in Grozny on 10 February 1986 and he has relatives in Pankisi Gorge. The others were identified as citizens of the Russian Federation – Dukvakha Dushuev born in Chechnya in 1968, Salam Zaurbekov born in 1991 in Chechnya, Khashiev Jabrail born in Ingushetia in 1989 and Musa Aduev born in Grozny in 1981. (IPN)

Tornike Gordadze meets Slovak vice Prime-Minister

State Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Tornike Gordadze, held his first bilateral meeting with the Slovak vice Prime-Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Miroslav Lajcak. The meeting was held within the framework of the working visit to Slovenia. The sides discussed issues of bilateral and multilateral relations between the two countries. The Slovak Minister of Foreign Affairs clearly expressed his strong support for Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity. After the meeting, the Slovak Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a statement declaring that the Slovak Republic supports Georgia's territorial integrity and Slovakia can not be associated with any action that would put this fact in doubt. (IPN)

Foreign Minister attends ambassadorial in Romania

Foreign Minister of Georgia Grigol Vashadze attended the ambassadorial in Bucharest as an invited guest. The event was dedicated to the 150th anniversary of Romanian diplomacy.

Grigol Vashadze held meetings with Romanian diplomats who reaffirmed their support for Georgia`s territorial integrity, discussed the continued enhancement of economic relations, ferry communication between the Black Sea Ports and the implementation of joint energy projects.

Georgian and Romanian Foreign Ministers signed memorandum of mutual understanding about cooperation in the spheres of communications and IT technologies. (Rustavi 2)

Education Minister visited disaster affected families in Kakheti

The Minister of Education of Georgia visited disaster-affected families in Telavi, Gurjaani and Kvareli towns of the Kakheti Region. Khatia Dekanoidze arrived in the village of Velistsikhe and visited the family of Omarashvilis. The family has two students and they were left without harvest after the hail and the windstorm that hit the region last month. The minister introduced the president`s initiative about covering the tuition fee to the students from the disaster-affected families. (Rustavi 2)

4-6 billion dollars will be necessary to return IDPs to Abkhazeti - Bidzina Ivanishvili

4-6 billion dollars will be necessary for the return of IDPs to Abkhazeti, said Bidzina Ivanishvili, at a meeting with IDPs yesterday. Ivanishvili talked about the coalition’s program regarding IDPs and pledged that their conditions would be improved before their return to Abkhazeti.

"The process of return to Abkhazeti will need about 4-6 billion dollars. We have the necessary finances. We will have to build a lot of houses – at least 100,000 houses. All those, who want to return to Abkhazeti, should return without any confrontation," Ivanishvili said. (IPN)

New US Ambassador to Georgia due to arrive in Tbilisi today

The new US Ambassador to Georgia, Richard Norland, is due to arrive in Tbilisi today. Several official sources confirmed the above-mentioned information. Richard Norland, who replaced Jon Bass on the post, was approved by the US Senate on 29 March. The US Department of State hosted the ceremony were the future US ambassador to Georgia was sworn in on 27 July. After the ceremony, the new US ambassador noted that Georgia had achieved progress since the conflicts and crisis of the 90s. He thanked the US government for its approval. "I am looking forward to arriving in Georgia – a very beautiful country that has an interesting past and a promising future," Richard Norland said. (IPN)