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Friday, October 24
National Security Council meeting to be held on October 28

A meeting of the National Security Council will be held on October 28 at 15:00.

“One of the main topics will be strengthening the country's defense capabilities. Speakers will be State Minister for Reconciliation and Civil Equality of Georgia, Paata Zakareishvili and Defence Minister Irakli Alasania”, Secretary of National Security Council of Georgia Irina Imerlishvili said on Thursday. (Frontnews)

Incidents at Georgia’s border villages discussed at meeting

Conflict resolution participants have discussed humanitarian issues at Georgia’s border-crossing villages along the breakaway Tskhinvali region, which is backed by Russia.

International experts, as well as de-facto authority of Georgia's breakaway region Tskhinvali and representatives of Georgia's central government descended on the Georgian village of Ergneti for the 49th time and discussed issues facing the troubled region, including the cases of detained and missing persons.

The meeting, held under the Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism (IPRM), was attended by Georgia’s EU Monitoring Mission (EUMM) leader Toivo Klaar, Ambassador Angelo Gnaedinger, the Special Representative of the Swiss OSCE Chairmanship for the South Caucasus and representatives of the Interior Ministry of Georgia.

The issue of violations of Georgia’s airspace by Russian planes from Tskhinvali region was also discussed at the meeting, the Interior Ministry’s press office said.

The Ministry said Russian planes flew over Georgian territory after entering from Georgia’s breakaway region of Tskhinvali several times in recent months, which had created threats to the security and stability of locals.

While mulling over the security situation along the Administrative Boundary Line (ABL), the sides welcomed the effective use of the Hotline in facilitating information exchange and cooperation between parties.

The Georgian side expressed concern over recent installation of border signs and barbed wire fences at de-facto South Ossetia (Tskhinvali) villages that prevented locals from moving and cultivating their lands at the rural outskirts.

Russian forces recently installed banners in multiple villages in the Kareli region, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported. The villages were: Knolevi, Avlevi, Tseronisi, Tamarasheni, Ghogheti, Dirbi and Dvan.

Propaganda banners were also installed in numerous villages in the Gori region, including in Ergneti, Ditsi, Qere, Flavi, Flavismani, Mejvriskhevi, Tsitsagiantkari, and Zemo niqozi.

The EUMM in Georgia reported that serious topics related to the livelihood of local communities, such as movement of cattle across the ABL, were discussed in a constructive atmosphere.

In Ergneti, meeting participants also discussed various issues facing local communities and reviewed the situation regarding electricity and water supply, as well as the pollution of agricultural land.

The IPRM was created in February 2009 as a result of the Geneva Discussions that followed the 2008 Russia-Georgia conflict in Georgia. The meetings were an opportunity to identify and discuss potential risks and follow-up of incidents and issues affecting the communities on a daily basis. The meetings were co-facilitated by the OSCE and the EUMM in Georgia.

The next IPRM meeting will take place on 17 November 2014. (

Legal battle ensues

National Movement members Zurab Japaridze and Irma Nadirashvili sued Energy Minister Kakha Kaladze and Ambassador of Georgia to Azerbaijan Teimuraz Sharashenidze.

According to Nadirashvili, they have already filed a lawsuit to the Prosecutor’s Office. "The complaint is about the calumny against me and Zurab Japaridze. The Prosecutor's Office will investigate the case and will determine why Kakha Kaladze slandered me and Zurab Japaridze and why the ambassador made his statements," he said.

Reports were spread on 19 as per which members of the parliamentary minority - Irma Nadirashvili and Zurab Japaridze – were detained in Azerbaijan. Reports said Azerbaijan Border guards detained them for trying to transport a tazer electroshock weapon and a large amount of money across the border. Kakha Kaladze said the MPs’ were bringing one million dollars in “black” money, while Teimuraz Sharashenidze said the motive of their delay at the border was an undeclared large amount of money. (IPN)

President’s former advisor offers explanation

"The Margvelashvili-Putin meeting was not being scheduled at the Presidental Administration. I've talked with the Kviris Palitra journalist about the Russian-Georgian-Abkhazian crisis and the situation created after Putin's announcement that he would not mind to meet with the president of Georgia, if the latter wished. Then the meetings (not negotiations) were held with the government officials; I had a conversation with Mr. Zurab Abashidze as well as David Zalkaliani and others, including representatives of our partner countries about the feasibility of this meeting. We wondered how far the Georgian side was ready to organize this meeting. The government did not want to hold this meeting. Accordingly, we agreed to delay or close this topic at this stage. The Government of Georgia still has the same opinion that there is no basis for talks with the Russian President at this stage,"- said Matchavariani. (

Journalist Zaza Davitaia hospitalized

Asaval-Dasavali newspaper journalist, Zaza Davitaia has been attacked by an unknown individual near Tbilisi State University.

The reporter was hospitalized .Zaza Davitaia was also beaten up a few days ago. (Frontnews)