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Tuesday, August 26
Georgia attends global political forum in Austria

Georgia is being represented at the 2014 European Forum Alpbach in Austria where decision makers, politicians, academics and students from all over the globe converge to discuss and brainstorm new solutions to European global issues.

Georgia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Maia Panjikidze is on a working visit to Austria to participate in the annual political forum, which took place in Alpbach on August 24 and 25.

Yesterday Panjikidze made a presentation at the plenary session of the international conference on the topic of "European Union and its neighbors: Opportunities and Challenges in the Eastern Partnership”.

In her speech Minister Panjikidze stressed the importance of the Eastern Partnership program for the region and specifically for overcoming existing challenges in Georgia. Afterwards Panjikidze participated in a discussion and answered questions.

Participants of the conference included the European Union (EU) High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton, the Austrian Federal President Heinz Fischer, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Integration Sebastian Kurz, OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier and others.

Within her visit to Alpbach, Minister Panjikidze also participated in a supper held on behalf of the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and attended a dinner hosted by the Prime Minister of Liechtenstein Andreas Hasler.

Giorgi Margvelashvili holds NATO summit meeting

Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili has held a meeting with regard to NATO summit scheduled for this September in Wales.

According to the President’s Administration, the meeting was attended by Defense Minister Irakli Alasania; Secretary of National Security Council Irina Imerlishvili; Deputy Foreign Minister Davit Zalkaliani and Deputy State Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Davit Dondua.

Giorgi Margvelashvili was informed about preparatory works for the summit.

“The summit will be held soon and today we discussed our positions regarding the NATO- Georgia substantive package. We are working actively. We informed the President about every detail. We will hold a meeting again before the summit where ministries will present their joint proposals”, Irakli Alasania said.

The NATO summit will be held in Wales on 4-5 September. Georgia’s President Giorgi Margvelashvili will head the Georgian delegation.

Radical clergymen call KaZantip President “Satan”

Radical clergymen brought photos reflecting the ongoing events in the KaZantip Republic. The clergymen and their parish held a service and prayed near the entrance of the music festival and protest the event’s “immorality”.

The President of KaZantip Republic Nikita Marshunok came to the protest event. He tried to talk with the clergymen but the radical clergymen did not express any desire to talk with him. They called on police to take him away. Moreover, they said Nikita Marshunok planned to arrange some kind of provocation and called him Satan.

Russian border officers kidnap three citizens of Georgia

The so called Russian border officers kidnapped three citizens of Georgia from the village of Khurvaleti on 24 August. According to the Georgian Public Broadcaster, Avtandil Atskarunashvili, Shota Atskarunashvili and Ilia Kudukhashvili, residents of the village of Akhalsopeli, were detained when taking barley yield from the field.

Head of the Interior Ministry's Analytical Department, Gocha Ratiani told Interpressnews news agency that the kidnapped citizens of Georgia have been transported to Tskhinvali detention facility. "We immediately got involved. The EU Monitoring Mission has been informed. Currently they are at Tskhinvali detention facility. We are using all the resources at hand," Ratiani said.

26,000 passed university entrance exams in Georgia

More than 26,000 candidates have been accepted as students this year, according to the head of Georgia’s National Exam Center.

Maia Miminoshvili told journalists that about 35,500 entrants took their test exams this year, but 9,000 failed to pass.

There were 45,000 vacant places at the universities, according to her, and the results this year seemed to be better than last year, because last year 12,000 entrants weren’t able to become students.

This year, 215 entrants did well enough in the tests to become students, but weren’t able to be accepted at their desired faculty. Last year there were 698 such entrants.

More than 6,000 students will get partial or full scholarship from the government.

“If our goal is that every entrant becomes a student, I think we are achieving this goal, as the number of entrants who are able to pass the minimal competency increases every year,” Interpressnews quotes her saying.

Miminoshvili says this year’s results are better than last year’s, but that the results are still not at the they should be.
(DF watch)

Georgian doctors to assist Ukrainian colleagues

Three Georgian doctors will leave for Ukraine to provide assistance to the people in need - Minister of Health and Social Care of Georgia, Davit Sergeenko announced today.

According to the Minister, Georgian side will provide any type of assistance to their Ukrainian colleagues, but he did not name those physicians, who will participate in this humanitarian mission.