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Tuesday, November 29
Georgian-Turkish Visa Agreement Takes Effect on 10 December

An agreement between the governments of Georgia and Turkey about changes to the visa regime will take effect on 10 December. As Georgia Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Nino Kalandadze said during a briefing Monday, the protocol signed in Sarpi on 31 May, 2011 will take effect on 10 December.

“The aim of the protocol is to simplify travel of citizens of Georgia and the Republic of Turkey”, Kalandadze says.

She says that citizens of Georgia, who will have new electronic Georgian and English language ID cards of Georgian citizenship complying with international standards, will be able to travel between Georgia and Turkey only with these ID cards.

Kalandadze says that the protocol also enables sailors and pilots who are citizens of Georgia and Turkey to cross the border while performing their work via a working document.

Georgian MFA Not Informed What Company will Control Freight Turnover

Georgia’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Nino Kalandadze said during a briefing Monday that consultations with Switzerland, which will be obliged to inform Georgia about conditions of the tender that was conducted and which company was declared the winner, will be held in the near future.

“The most important thing is that we trust the choice of the Swiss. According to the agreement, Switzerland will choose the company and reveal the winner. The company has commitments to the Swiss party”, the Deputy Minister explained adding that Georgia trusts Switzerland.

Kalandadze emphasized that the MFA is not officially informed about which company won the tender, though she mentioned that any company that is declared as the winner, will be carefully selected by Switzerland.

Russian media reports that the tender took place based on negotiations between Russia and Georgia about Russia’s accession to the WTO and the company that will monitor the freight turnover on the border is now known. Russian media suggests that the winner is the Swiss company SGS, which has 48 branches in Russia.

President of Armenia to visit Georgia

The President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan will pay a two-day visit to Georgia on 29 November. Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Nino Kalandadze made a statement about it during a regularly scheduled briefing. The issue of bilateral and multilateral cooperation between the states will be discussed at the meetings. Several legislative documents will be signed, including a border cooperation document, also a protocol of cooperation between foreign departments of the states. Kalandadze said that this is a return visit. Mikheil Saakashvili was in Armenia on January.

Ukrainian delegation hosted by Interior Minister

A delegation of Ukrainian lawmakers, Interior Ministry officials and civil society representatives are paying a working visit to Georgia. On Monday, the official delegation was hosted by the Minister of Internal Affairs of Georgia. Vano Merabishvili introduced the reforms carried out in the Georgian law enforcement sector during the past few years. Ukrainian delegation visited several new police stations and were acquainted with the specifics of the Rustavi Service Agency.
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Culture Minister visits Mestia Museum

The Minister of Culture visited Mestia in the Svaneti region of Georgia. Nika Rurua viewed valuable relics and the exhibit of the Museum of Culture and History, which will be stored in special containers meeting European standards, until the museum is reconstructed. The exhibit will be held at a determined temperature and national heritage will be protected properly facing no threat of damage.

`I saw the place where the exhibit will be stored until the museum is reconstructed and in fact, it will be constructed from the beginning. The museum of ethnography and history will be ready in May 2012 and Georgia will have a modern museum meeting European standards,` the minister said.
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Interior Minister opens two police stations in Akhaltsikhe

The Minister of Internal Affairs of Georgia opened an office of the Strategic Pipeline Protection Department in Akhaltsikhe on Sunday. In addition, the minister also attended the presentation of two new police stations in the village of Baraleti and Gorelovka of the Ninotsminda municipality. The first will serve 27 villages with 16 officers, while the other will patrol 13 villages with 11 officers in its staff.

About 400 people have been employed in the police stations in Akhaltsikhe Region. These were the fifth and the sixth new stations opened in the region.
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