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Wednesday, February 6
GYLA asks Parliament to ensure transparency

Kakha Kojoridze, head of the Georgian Young Lawyers Association (GYLA), said the parliament of Georgia had been violating the principles of transparency during the autumn sessions. According to the GYLA, the main violations referred to the discussions of draft laws in a rapid and non-transparent way. Kojoradze said although at the beginning of the session, the committees had been publishing their agendas, at the end, the public became less familiar with their activities.

Kojoradze said parliament should discuss issues in a rapid way only in case of urgency. However, he said even such cases do not let them neglect the ordinary procedures. The head of GYLA said the agenda should be released at least a day before the discussions on the website, because Kojoridze said it is first of all the parliament’s obligation to relevantly follow the legal frames.

Minister of Internal Affairs says US fully supports Georgian government

Positively estimating his recent visit to the US, Georgian Minister of Internal Affairs (MIA) Irakli Gharibashvili told Rezonansi that US officials expressed their full support towards Georgia’s new government and the strategic plan for development of the MIA. Gharibashvili said the US also promised to assist Georgia in carrying out the defined activities. He said he had interesting meetings with the head of the anti-drug agency. “Very interesting trainings are scheduled throughout the year for increasing the qualification of our staff workers,” he said.

Gharibashvili also met with Philip Gordon Assistant Secretary for Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs and his deputy Eric Rubin. “I introduced them to the political situation in the country and told them that our government welcomes constructive cohabitation,” said the Minister. Gharibashvili said it was the idea of the US to arrange a meeting between the Georgian Minister and US President Barack Obama’s advisor. “They are very well informed about the situation in the country and observe the situation with great attention,” Gharibahsvili said, adding that the US supports Georgian police to become a modern Western-standard structure oriented on public.