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Thursday, March 20 2008, #054 (1570)

Saakashvili meets Bush

President Mikheil Saakashvili, following a meeting yesterday with the UN secretary-general, said international efforts have so far been ineffective in solving the Abkhaz separatist conflict and promised new proposals for conflict resolution. (more)

Georgia not a ‘colony,’ say opposition at US Embassy protest

With President Mikheil Saakashvili on a visit to Washington, the eight-party opposition coalition rallied outside the US Embassy to Georgia yesterday to protest perceived American support for his administration. (more)

Book your ticket now: Tbilisi–Moscow flights restart

The first Tbilisi–Moscow flight in nearly a year and a half will take off by the end of March, after the Russian government confirmed that air links with Georgia will be formally restored next week. (more)

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Next parliament should investigate November 7 without delay

Parliament is sidestepping the human rights ombudsman’s 1400-page catalogue of human rights abuses in Georgia, which they were scheduled to consider this month. (more)

Georgia, Azerbaijan expected to sign gas deal soon

Azerbaijani state oil company president Rovnag Abdullayev is in Tbilisi this week for talks on a gas deal with Georgia which could end months of speculation over how much gas tariffs will increase for ordinary Georgians. (more)

Russia reaffirmed as Armenia’s main trade partner

Russia was reaffirmed as Armenia’s main trading partner in 2007, with trade turnover increasing 60 percent to reach USD 623.7 million and Russian investment totaling USD 800 million, according to the Russian Foreign Ministry. (more)

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“Nodar Grigalashvili: The opposition do not learn from their mistakes!” (more)

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