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Friday, November 6
Ukrainian site releases alleged telephone conversation between former official Data Akhalaia and lawyer Romeo Sajaia

The Ukrainian site has released an alleged telephone conversation between Data Akhalaia, a former government official, and lawyer Romeo Sajaia.

According to the recording, Akhalaia and Sajaia talk about the 'mobilization of the people'.

Akhalaia tells Sajaia that 400 people have been mobilized from Khobi, in the Samegrelo region. They also mention 'people mobilized by Chakua'.

Another topic of discussion is Rustavi 2 TV and the recent court case.

Part of the recording is in the Mengrelian language. (ipn)

The EU supports the Georgian government's efforts to launch a pragmatic dialogue for conflict transformation - Martha Freeman

“The EU supports the Georgian government's efforts to launch a pragmatic dialogue for conflict transformation,” the representative of the Regional Office of EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus, Martha Freeman, said at the first meeting of the Georgia-EU Association Committee.

In this context, Freeman underlined the importance of the negotiations between Abashidze and Karasin, but said that it is not directly related to the resolution of the frozen conflict. Freeman also talked about the Geneva talks and the challenges that exist in this regard.

"The climate of the Geneva international discussions and the EU's non-recognition policy face challenges due to regional difficulties - Russia's so-called agreements with Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali region, as well as provocative moves at the so-called border, including demarcation.

“The situation remains stable in terms of security, but response mechanisms are needed. Despite the challenges, the Geneva discussions are stable, even though there are often different opinions and heated debates,” said Martha Freeman.

According to her, the EU continues to implement trust-based programmes in Abkhazia, but access is much more restricted in this regard in the Tskhinvali region. (ipn)

Khatia Dekanoidze appointed as chief of the Ukraine National Police

The Former Education Minister of Georgia and Former Head of the Police Academy has been appointed as the Chief of the Ukrainian National Police. The Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, Arsen Avakov presented Khatia Dekanoidze as the new incumbent of the post. The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has endorsed the candidacy of Dekanoidze.

Dekanoidze has already met the President of Ukraine. Photo material depicting a meeting with Petro Poroshenko was released by the Ukrainian President's press secretary. (

Georgia’s Energy Minister Kakha Kaladze considers Giorgi Areshidze’s decision as the right step

Kakha Kaladze claims he has been informed by journalists of the resignation of the Chief of Tbilisi City Hall’s Sports and Youth Affairs Service, Giorgi Areshidze.

"Has he resigned from his post? Giorgi is an independent person, so what if he is my wife's brother, it does not mean anything. I have played no role in his appointment to this position and not his resignation, either. From the very first day, he was involved in the activities of the Georgian Dream Party - he is a party member and was in charge of youth issues. Perhaps he will continue working in the private sector and at the same time, he will stay in the party. He has implemented many successful projects for Georgia's youth. However, a certain stir has taken place deliberately and I think he has made the right decision. He is a very energetic person and will reach his goals,” said Kaladze. (

The working visit of Tedo Japaridze to Berlin

The Chair of the Foreign Relations Committee of the Parliament, Tedo Japaridze, recently concluded a working visit to Berlin. He held meetings with the Chair of the Foreign Relations Committee of the Bundestag, Norbert Rottgen, the Chair of EU Affairs Committee, Gunther Krichbaum, the expert of the DGAP,Stefan Meister and the German expert, Dieter Boden. The parties spoke about the domestic political situation in Georgia, foreign policy directions and Georgia-Bundestag cooperation perspectives, as well as Georgia-Germany partnership relations. The parties emphasized prospects for future cooperation within the EU's EaP. The parties also discussed Russia-Georgia relations and regional and international issues. The German side noted that Germany supports the efforts of Georgia in terms of its democratic reforms. Tedo Japaridze also met with the Extraordinary Ambassador of German Foreign Ministry on Eastern European, Caucasus and Central Asia Issues, the Chair of Defense Committee of Bundestag and the Deputy-Advisor of the Federal Chancellor on Foreign and Security Issues. The visit was concluded on November 4. (

Chinese delegation visited the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia

Within the frames of an official visit to Georgia, the Vice Mayor of the Guangzhou province of the People’s Republic of China, along with officials from other Chinese agencies, visited the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia.

The meeting was attended by the Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs Davit Khutsishvili and officials from other MIA Departments. At the introductory meeting, the guests were introduced to reforms held within the ministry and reviewed scheduled novelties.

The two sides also discussed cooperation between Georgia and People’s Republic of China and defined future plans. (