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Friday, December 19
UNDP supports the Georgian Parliament’s website for youth

On December 18 the Georgian Parliament will host the launch of a website for youth, the "Cognitive-entertainment Website of the Parliament of Georgia”

The main goal of the site is to introduce the history of the Parliamentary system in Georgia and help young people learn more about Parliament and the way it works. They will receive information about its foundation and developmental stages and the structures, mission and activities of today’s Parliament, the supreme legislative body of the country. Along with the historic notes on parliament and democracy, the website will accommodate educational games to make learning user-friendly and enjoyable.

The website is part of the UN Development Programme’s assistance to the Georgian Parliament. Since 2004 UNDP has assisted Parliament in its efforts to more effectively represent the needs and views of Georgian citizens, simplify law-making procedures, and improve its human resources management and public relations. (The Messenger)

European Commission allocates Euro 16 mln for criminal justice reform in Georgia

The Head of the European Commission Delegation to Georgia, Ambassador Per Eklund, and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Giorgi Baramidze will sign a financing agreement on Thursday, December 18, the Press Office of the European Commission Delegation reports.

Euro 16 million financial aid will be allocated during 2009-2010 for criminal justice reform in Georgia. Euro 15 million will be transferred to the budget of Georgia and an additional 1 million set aside for complementary assistance projects.

The overall objective of this support will be to strengthen the rule of law and human rights protection in Georgia. (Black Sea Press)

Georgian Foreign Ministry appreciates Turkey’s support to Georgia’s territorial integrity and sovereignty

The Turkish initiative of the Caucasus Stability and Cooperation Platform was discussed at a meeting held between Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Grigol Vashadze and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Turkey to Georgia Ertan Tezgor at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on December 17.

At the meeting the sides discussed the situation in the occupied territories of Georgia, including gross and mass violations of human rights. In this connection Vashadze expressed his gratitude to the Turkish authorities for their steady support of Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

The sides also focused on issues of regional cooperation. The Turkish Ambassador also shared his views on measures for consolidating the sovereignty, stability and economic welfare of the Caucasus states.

Mr. Vashadze particularly noted that the Georgian side is giving due consideration to the abovementioned Turkish initiatives and reiterated Georgia’s intention to continue its cooperation with Turkey in this area. (Black Sea Press)

Latvia and Russia not to reach common opinion concerning Georgian issue – Zatlers

Latvia and Russia will never come to a common opinion on the Georgian issue, President of the Republic of Latvia Valdis Zatlers has said.

The President of Latvia condemned Russia’s actions and said they were act of an aggression against a sovereign state. “After this war one very “difficult issue” appeared, and we (Latvia and Russia) will never be able to come to a common opinion with regard to it,” the President of Latvia said at a meeting with officials of the Latvian Foreign Ministry.

Latvian Ambassador to Russia Andris Teikmanis had previously stated that Zatlers would possibly visit Moscow in 2009. (Black Sea Press)