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Friday, November 28
Irakli Gharibashvili: Service of patrol police officers is highly esteemed

The service of the patrol police officers is highly esteemed, Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili said at the ten-year anniversary event of the Ministry of Internal Affairs’ Police Department.

"You serve Georgia, our country and security of every citizen. The community has full confidence towards you and you deserved it for your around the clock efforts. I was proud and honored to work at the Ministry of Internal Affairs for a year," said the Prime Minister.

As he said, the police department's work is appreciated, but he would like it to be even more appreciated.

"Unfortunately, not all citizens are aware of the work you are doing to strengthen the defense of our country and state. Thanks to your job you have special trust from the people. Confidence towards church, army and police is particularly high in our society.

You often have to risk your own lives while fulfilling your duties and that is why your work is honorable and valuable," said the PM.

According to him, the government and he personally will always stand beside the police officers and protect their interests. (IPN)

Portugal authorities reject Russia-Abkhazia alliance

The Government of Portugal has slated the new alliance between Russia and Georgia’s breakaway Abkhazia region and expressed its firm support to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia within its internationally recognised borders.

The de-facto president of breakaway Abkhazia Raul Khajimba and Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the controversial ‘Alliance and Strategic Partnership’ deal in Sochi November 24.

"Portugal one again confirms its firm support to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia within its internationally recognised borders.”

"The Government of Portugal believes the so-called treaty on ‘Alliance and Strategic Partnership’ signed between de-facto Abkhazia and Russia poses a threat to regional stability and security.”

"Therefore, we urge the Russian Federation to fulfill all of its obligations under the 2008 ceasefire agreement, to withdraw its forces to pre-conflict positions,” the statement said. (

Full implementation of defence is impossible

Full implementation of the defence is impossible, lawyer Soso Baratashvili told Frontnews on Wednesday while commenting on the declassification of some documents of the case of the high-ranking officials of the Georgian Defence Ministry.

“Full implementation of the defence is impossible, as the Prosecutor’s Office still violates the requirements of Article 83 - we don’t have full access to the case files”, the lawyer said.

According Soso Baratashvili, the lawyers will study the documents given by the Prosecutor’s Office. “It will take about a week, and then we will make a decision about our future plans”, he added.

The defense ministry officials placed in pre-trial detention were from the procurement department and the general staff's communications and IT unit. Prosecutors have charged them with misspending over 4 million lari ($2.3 million) in a suspected sham tender to lay fiber optic cables last year. (Frontnews)

Swedish Parliament ratifies Georgian-EU Association Agreement

The decision was adopted with 249 votes.

The parliament also adopted a resolution in which the government of Sweden has been ordered to finish the technical part of the ratification process. 7 EU countries (Romania, Lithuania, Latvia, Slovakia, Malta, Bulgaria, and Estonia) have ratified the Association Agreement. In Hungary and Sweden the document was ratified by Parliaments and sent to the executive authorities to complete the process. (

Republican Party is not going anywhere - Tina Khidasheli

The Republican Party is not going anywhere, MP Tina Khidasheli told minority members from the parliament’s tribune.

"Yesterday some were enthusiastically talking that the majority does not exist anymore. I want to tell everyone, especially those interested in weakening of the government and the coalition, that the Republican Party is not going anywhere. The Republican Party, along with Bidzina Ivanishvili, founded the Georgian Dream on the values with which we confronted you. We remain committed to the values and we will fight in the Georgian Dream for making these values a priority as well as a part of the legislation so that the values rule the country for the construction of a democratic state, human dignity, honor, privacy and freedom. Together with my friends, we will implement this agenda during the remaining two years," Khidasheli told the National Movement members. (IPN)