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Thursday, September 2
Former World Leaders visit Georgia on 7 September

Former world leaders, including former US Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, former US Secretary of Defence, William Perry and former President of the Soviet Union, Mikheil Gorbachov, will arrive in Georgia on 7 September.

The leaders will tour Russia, Turkey, Georgia, Ukraine and Azerbaijan. Lectures on different topic and discussions will be included in their programme.

The former leaders will meet representatives of government and business circles. They will also do some sightseeing.

The tour started in Moscow on 30 August and will end in Istanbul on 15 September. (Interpressnews)

CDM welcomes Patriarch`s initiative

The Christian Democratic movement has welcomed the initiative of the Patriarch of All Georgia, Ilia II, who announced a few days ago that the Patriarchate would give some land to people who are willing to arrange agricultural camps for young people, where they can study professional skills in various sectors of agriculture.

Giorgi Targamadze, the leader of the movement, gave a briefing on this yesterday and said that their organization would use every possibility to support the initiative.

Targamadze said the construction of special camps for youth would encourage the development of agriculture and of villages.

At the same briefing, Giorgi Targamadze responded to the appointment of the former healthcare minister, Sandro Kvitashvili as the acting rector of Tbilisi State University. He said the CDM disapproved of his appointment and that they had always criticised Kvitashvili when he was minister (Rustavi 2)

Nika Gilauri visits Lithuania

Georgian Prime Minister Nika Gilauri left for Lithuania on September 1.

The Prime Minister is paying a three-day official visit to Lithuania and will have meetings with the country's senior officials.

The Prime Minister’s press-service will provide details of the meeting later today.

The visit will end on September 3. (Prime-News)

Gia Baramia visits Refugees in Samegrelo

The chairperson of the Abkhazian Supreme Council in exile, Gia Baramia visited Samegrelo region where he met with IDPs from occupied Abkhazia, living in a settlement in the village of Potskho. He took time to view their living conditions and delivered humanitarian aid.

The refugees will be also provided with free medical examination and in accordance of the examination results will be given medical supplies.

The action is organized by the Health Care Ministry. (Prime-News)

No plans for Government Staff Changes

At a special briefing of September 1, the Head of the Prime Minister’s press service Niko Mchedlishvili said, “Different media sources have been spreading reports regarding changes in government for the last week. I would like to underline that no new changes are planned in the government in near future.”

As for the resignation of Healthcare Minister, Alexander Kvitashvili, Niko Mchedlishvili said that it was Kvitashvili’s personal decision, related to the proposal received from Tbilisi State University. (Prime-News)

South Ossetia, Abkhazia within Georiga in new Russian Atlas

Abkhazia and South Ossetia are not included in the atlas published by “Olma Media Group” in Russia.

Abkhazia and so-called South Ossetia are not marked as independent states in the atlas published in Russia.

The news agency, Regnoom reports.

The publishing house “Olma Media Group”, in spite of the fact that Russia recognised the independence of Abkhazia and so-called South Ossetia 2 years ago, they were not mentioned as independent states and are included within the borders of Georgia.

It is also written in the atlas that Georgia is a country where Georgians, Azerbaijanis, Armenians, Abkhazians, Ossetians and Russians live. (Prime-News)