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Thursday, June 30
South Ossetian regime wants to set up a joint "border demarcation" commission with Georgian side

The South Ossetian government wants to set up a joint "border demarcation" commission with Georgia, David Sanakoev said, who led an Ossetian delegation to an Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism meeting in Ergneti.

"We hope that a joint Georgian-Ossetian commission will be set up in order to carry out delimitation and demarcation of the state border. This issue will solve lot of problems," he stated.


German FM and OSCE Chair Visits Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier - whose country now holds the OSCE’s rotating chairmanship - started a three-day visit to the countries of the South Caucasus on June 29.

After visiting Armenia and Azerbaijan, Steinmeier will arrive in Tbilisi, where he will address the opening session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s annual meeting on July 1.

In Tbilisi, the German Foreign Minister will also meet his Georgian counterpart Mikheil Janelidze and PM Giorgi Kvirikashvili.

Before his departure, Steinmeier said that despite the current political turbulence in Europe, one must not lose sight of the situation in the South Caucasus.

“The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict risks re-escalating at any time,” Steinmeier claimed in an OSCE press release on Wednesday. “As Chair of the OSCE, we have the responsibility to reduce this risk as far as possible.”

He also said that the settlement of territorial conflicts in Georgia has to remain high on the OSCE’s agenda. (

22-year-old Georgian Islamist militant killed in Syria

A 22-year-old Georgian man is reported to have died in the Syrian war, fighting alongside one of the Islamist rebel groups.

The Information Centre of Kakheti (ICK) wrote on Tuesday that Aslanbeg Borchashvili was from Dumasturi, a village in Pankisi Valley in the northeast of Georgia bordering Dagestan, where most of the population belong to a subgroup of Chechens called Kists.

Citing a report on the local radio station WAY, the ICK reported that Borchashvili left Georgia for Turkey together with his cousin Amiran Borchashvili in August 2015, and from there he travelled on to Syria. Before he left, he was a third year’s student of Information Technology at Telavi State University.

The report said nothing about when the latest death of a Georgian Syria fighter occurred. ICK estimates that fifty people from Pankisi have left for Syria and joined the terrorist group Islamic State, or Daesh. The news service, which publishes investigative reports from the region where Pankisi is located, published this list of sixteen Pankisi residents who have died in the Syria war:
Aslanbeg Borchashvili (22 years old)
Vakha Bugiyev (39 years old)
Ramzan Pareulidze (24 years old)
Mukhmad Turkoshvili (22 years old)
Turpal Borchashvili (23 years old)
Ibrahim Tsatiashvili (33 years old)
Davit Sviakauri (24 years old)
Israpil Tsatiashvili (18 years old)
Jabrail Tsatiashvili (21 years old)
Guram Gumashvili (22 years old)
Beso Kushtanashvili (18 years old)
Ruslan Machalikashvili (36 years old)
Khalid Achishvili (24 years old)
Hamzat Achishvili (26 years old)
Abdul-Malik Mutoshvili (40 years old)
Rustam Gelayev (23 years old) (DF watch)

Issue of visa liberalization for Georgia to be discussed in LIBE on 4 July

The issue of visa liberalization for Georgia will be discussed in the European Parliament's Committee of Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) on 4 July.

The agenda of the committee has been posted on the European Parliament's webpage.

The meeting was to be held on June 27, but it was put off due to the discussions over the Brexit results.

Rapporteur on Georgia Maria Gabriel recommended the Committee of Civil Liberties, Justice and Internal Affairs to support the draft report on the legislative initiative on abolition of the EU-Georgia visa regime, as the country fulfilled all commitments of the action plan. (ipn)