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Friday, December 5
A majority member speaks on possible removal of ambassadors

We will have to review the composition of our embassies in several countries, including Ukraine, leader of the parliamentary majority Davit Saganelidze said on Wednesday while commenting on possible replacement of Georgian Ambassador to Ukraine Mikheil Ukleba.

“It is clear that there have emerged some problems with regard to Ukraine”, Saganelidze said.

“I have no information about the issue of replacement of the current Georgian Ambassador to Ukraine. I can tell you that any candidate may be considered. I think more experienced diplomats may be considered. I do not know about the Georgian Foreign Ministry’s position on this issue, however, according to my opinion, we will have to review the composition of our embassies in several countries, including Ukraine”, he said. (Frontnews)

Winter vacation to begin for schools on December 30

Winter vacation will begin on December 30. As Georgia’s Ministry of Education and Science has informed InterPressNews, schools will continue to function until December 29 and winter vacation will begin on December 30. Schools will reopen on January 15, 2015.

According to the Education and Science Ministry, winter vacation will include all forms. (

Georgia: A hot topic at OSCE Ministerial

Georgia’s Foreign Minister is in the Swiss city of Basel to take part in the 21stOrganisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Ministerial, which is due to be attended by some 50 foreign ministers.

The December 4-5 event followed on from the NATO Foreign Ministers meeting, in which Georgia’s Foreign Minister Tamar Beruchashvili attended earlier this week.

In Basel, Beruchashvili is set to discuss the current state of the region and the controversial signing of an alliance deal between Russia and breakaway Abkhazia with various foreign ministers and other officials. She is also due to hold an introductory meeting with United States (US) Secretary of State John Kerry.

First Deputy of Foreign Ministry Davit Dondua, who is part of the Georgian delegation, said Beruchashvili and Kerry were likely to discuss new security challenges facing the region, the current situation in Georgia’s breakaway regions and humanitarian issues at the occupation line.

Important attention will also be paid to the so-called ‘Alliance and Strategic Partnership’ treaty between the Russian Federation and Georgia’s breakaway Abkhazia region, signed in Sochi on November 24.

Also on the two-day Basel visit, Minister Beruchashvili is scheduled to meet the President of Switzerland, the OSCE Secretary General and the President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly.

The OSCE Ministerial, held annually, provides foreign ministers and more than 70 delegations of OSCE participating States, partner countries and several international organisations an opportunity to review and assess the organization's activities during the past year and offer national viewpoints on security matters. (

PACE monitoring co-rapporteurs to hold meetings in Georgia

Michael Aastrup Jensen (Denmark, ALDE) and Boriss Cilevics (Latvia, SOC) co-rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on the honoring of obligations and commitments by Georgia, will hold several meeting in Georgia.

According to the PACE website, Discussions will focus, in particular, on political developments, constitutional reform, reform of the justice system and independence of the judiciary, and minority issues.

In Tbilisi they are due to meet notably the Speaker of Parliament, the Prime Minister, the Minister of Corrections and the Minister of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Accommodation and Refugees, as well as the Chief Prosecutor of Georgia.

Talks are also scheduled with representatives of the political factions in parliament and representatives of judicial authorities and civil society.

The co-rapporteurs will give a press conference on Friday 5 December at 6 p.m. at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Tbilisi. (Frontnews)

Georgian President Visits Poland

Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili is paying a working visit to Warsaw on December 4-5.

He will meet his Polish counterpart, Bronislaw Komorowski and speaker of the lower house of parliament (Sejm) Radoslaw Sikorski.

President Margvelashvili is accompanied by Secretary of the National Security Council (NSC), Irina Imerlishvili, who will meet head of the Polish National Security Bureau (BBN), Stanislaw Koziej; they will sign protocol on cooperation, involving regular consultations on defense and security, as well as on issues related to Georgia’s EU and NATO integration.

President Margvelashvili will attend annual International Caucasian Session hosted by the Centre for East European Studies of the University of Warsaw.

This is President Margvelashvili’s second visit to Poland in last eight months. (