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Compiled by Tato Gachechiladze
Friday, November 23
New government’s foreign policy unsuccessful?!

Former government officials already claim that the new government’s foreign policy is unsuccessful, Rezonansi writes. Parliamentary minority representative Giorgi Kandelaki recently stated at a parliamentary session that he cannot recall "any other government in the world that was given a yellow card by the international community so quickly." Defense Minister Irakli Alasania responded that the government has successfully persuaded NATO officials that Georgia has become a more stable partner for them since the parliamentary elections last month.

What do people think about it?

Avtandil Demetrashvili, constitutionalist: “Well, real political activity has not yet begun. So far, I cannot see any negative steps made by the new government. I think it's a positive sign that the Prime Minister has already paid a visit to the EU in Brussels and that he is going to visit the USA soon.

Gia Maisashvili, head of The Leaders' School: I believe that it is very important to gain success in the international arena. Most importantly the Georgian government needs to gain the respect and trust of foreign leaders. Whether they make positive or negative statements is less important because sometimes they will praise us, sometimes not. As for the recent statements of the opposition I don't find them persuasive, they are entirely politically motivated.

Dimitri Gabunia, Lawyer: It's very early to make such a sweeping assessment of the new government. I don't think that the new government is a fiasco abroad. That is a purely political statement from the opposition. I'm confident that the new government is taking the country in the right course-towards the West.

Proposed reforms will not insure independence of Adjara TV, Kordzaia says

Executive Director of the Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethics Tamar Kordzaia believes that the proposed reorganization of Adjara TV-Radio Department into a public broadcaster will not ensure the independence of its directors, newspaper Batumelebi reports. According to Kordzaia, the Georgian President should have the right to nominate members of the Adjara Public Broadcaster Board of Trustees, but not as many as three.

“The Adjara Public Broadcaster concept has been taken from the Law on Broadcasting. Adjara Public Broadcaster will be modeled after Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB). However GPB's model is unsuccessful.” Kordzaia stated. Kordzaia added that the GPB model should only be used until more progressive reforms can be made.