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Friday, July 12
Russian occupants have kidnapped 49-year-old, Guram Gigineishvili

Another citizen of Georgia has been kidnapped by Russian occupants.

Eyewitnesses report that 49-year-old, Guram Gigineishvili, who is a resident of the village of Bertubani, Gori, was detained while he was working in the field. According to the eyewitnesses, two armed men wearing civilian clothes took Mr. Gigineishvili to the Ossetian side of the border.

Mr. Gigineishvili’s whereabouts are unknown at this time. The police in Gori have already been informed and work is under way to find Mr. Gigineishvili. (Front News)

The Georgian FMA has informed the co-chairs of the Geneva talks about resumption of work along the separatist regions

The Georgian Government has informed international organizations about its intention to resume the installation of barbed wire along the separatist regions.

The First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Davit Zalkaliani stated that he personally conducted negotiations with the co-chairs of the Geneva talks.

"They are already in the know. We asked them to respond," Zalkaliani said. (Trend)

The Georgian PM to invest about $ 1 bln in Investment fund

$ 6 billion will be invested, Deputy Director of the Partnership Fund, Giorgi Bachiashvili has said.

According to him, in the next four years, $10 billion dollars will be invested in the Georgian economy.

According to the Georgian magazine, Liberali, a fund which was supposed to start operating in late 2012, will be ready in September.

"Among the investors will be the family of Badri Patarkatsishvili, two sovereign funds of the United Arab Emirates, funds from Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan and private companies from Turkey, Kazakhstan and China," Bachiashvili said, noting that Prime Minister, Bidzina Ivanishvili, will also invest about $1 billion dollars in the fund.

According to the magazine, the sovereign fund will also be operational in September.This will be established on the basis of the partnership fund and will finance large projects with funds from the budget. The partner of the sovereign fund is an investment group, JP Morgan, of which Bidzina Ivanishvili is one of the shareholders. (Trend)

Leader of the parliament elected vice-president of PA BSEC

The Leader of the Parliamentary Majority, David Saganelidze was elected as vice-president of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC).

The 41st session of the BSEC was officially opened on Wednesday in Sofia. Another four vice-presidents were also elected.

It should be noted that during the next six months, the union will be led by Georgia and the December session of the BSEC will be held in Georgia.

The Georgian delegation also includes representatives of the parliamentary minority.

David Saganelidze made a speech at the session on the country's economic situation and prospects for the development of tourism.

"Georgia must first of all show the BSEC countries, that it really is on the democratic road. Confirmation of this should be the upcoming presidential elections which will take place in October," Saganelidze said.

According to Zurab Melikishvili, MP, it is very important that Georgia, in the next six months becomes a co-chairman of the organization.

"I am sure that Georgia is worthy of the parliamentary session in December of this year," he said.

The BSEC meeting was opened by President of Bulgaria, Rosen Plevneliev. (Trend)

Campaign headquarters of presidential candidate opens in Georgia

Campaign headquarters of presidential candidate, Nino Burjanadze were opened in Poti on Wednesday.

The opening was attended by party activists and members of the public.

During the event, Burjanadze spoke about her election program, and analyzed the political situation in Georgia. The meeting was in the form of questions and answers. The presidential candidate has expressed her hope that the residents of Poti will make the right choice.

"I rely on the support of Poti, and on the support of the whole Samegrelo region, as well as all of Georgia, as the people gathered here know very well that our party has been consistent in its promises. We never deceive our voters, we always talk about the complexities and only make promises we can keep ," Burjanadze said.

According to Ms. Burjanadze, there has not been any political pressure in the country after the October 1st election and the coming to power of a new government, but the process of restoring justice is still a problem which has not been resolved. (Trend)

EU and Georgia to sign agreement on readmission

The Georgian Interior Minister, Irakli Gharibashvili made an official visit to Austria.

During the visit, a Protocol on the Implementation of an Agreement on the Readmission of Georgia to the European Union, will be signed by the Austrian and Georgian governments, the Ministry of Internal Affairs told Trend on Wednesday. The Protocol will be signed by the Austrian Interior Minister, Johanna Mikl-Leitner.

The Protocol defines the implementation provisions of the agreement on readmission and regulates the specific details of co-operation between Georgia and Austria in this field.

The visit of the Minister of Internal Affairs of Georgia to Austria ends on July 11th. (Trend)

Uzbekistan, Georgia discuss cooperation with international organizations

Current issues of the Uzbek-Georgian cooperation in various fields, as well with international organizations, were discussed by the representatives of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan and Georgia during the round of political consultations that were held in Tbilisi.

"The exchange of views on different issues of international and regional character were also carried out during the discussions," the report said.

Diplomatic relations between Uzbekistan and Georgia were established in 1994. Since 1997, the Georgia has had an embassy in Tashkent. The legal basis of bilateral cooperation includes about 80 documents. A joint inter-governmental commission on cooperation between Uzbekistan and Georgia is also active.

More that than 3,000 citizens of Georgia live in Turkmenistan. The Georgian Megobroba (Friendship) cultural centre also started its work in Uzbekistan in 1994. (Trend)