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Wednesday, January 6
Two Georgians detained by Russian forces in Bershueti

Two Georgians were detained by Russian border guards on Monday at the delineation line around the breakaway territory of South Ossetia.

Saba Sekhniashvili and Lasha Glurjidze were trying to go to the Trinity Church, which lies in the village of Bershueti.

Sekhniashvili managed to run away and avoid capture, but Glurjidze was detained and taken to Tskhinvali, the administrative center of the de facto republic, the perimeter of which has been patrolled by the border service of the Russian FSB since late 2008.

Glurjidze’s mother told journalists that her son’s mobile phone was turned off soon after his detention. She said that her son wanted to light candles in the church together with some friends, when eight soldiers appeared.

According to Davit Tsertsvadze, the head of municipality in Gori, the church stands on Georgian-controlled territory and the youngsters did not cross the de facto border. He says locals often go to the church.

In November, Russian border forces detained three people in another village near the perimeter. They were on the way to church for Saint George’s Day when they were detained.

Detainees are usually kept in a detention facility in Tskhinvali until they pay a border violation fine. (DF watch)

New head of Georgian Dream – Democratic Georgia to be appointed in spring

The next congress of the Georgian Dream – Democratic Georgia party will be held in the spring. The party’s Executive Secretary Irakli Kobakhidze has told IPN. The new head will be elected on during the congress.

‘According to the preliminary plan, the congress will be held in the spring. We cannot specify the precise date yet as we have not agreed on it,’ Irakli Kobakhidze said.

Kobakhidze says the issue of candidates has not been solved yet.

The post has been vacant since the former Prime Minister, Irakli Garibashvili, left the position. (ipn)

I would like to thank you for becoming a family member of each and every Georgian citizen – PM to Patriarch

‘I would like to thank you for becoming a family member to all the people living in Georgia,’ Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili addressed the Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia, His Holiness Ilia II, at a solemn dinner dedicated to his birthday.

Kvirikashvili read an SMS from the Justice Minister aloud, which read that up to 60 000 babies were born in Georgia in 2015 and 48 000 people died.

‘The number of those born has been more than those of dead for recent three years and the trend continues. Your initiative of baptizing children of those families where there are at least 3 children has greatly influenced Georgia’s demographic data. This initiative alone would cement your place in history if there were no other examples of your actions…I would like to wish you to live long and be healthy,’ the PM told the Patriarch. (IPN)

EU experts to improve Health Care Waste Management System in Georgia

Experts from the European Union (EU) are coming to Georgia to support development of the Georgian Health Care Waste Management System (HCWM).

The EU experts will provide information and recommendations on the revision and harmonisation of the Georgian HCWM regulations in order to align them with the EU norms and standards.

The mission aimed to strengthen the existing Georgian management system of the Health Care Waste produced by medical settings.

The European experts will come to Georgia within the framework of the EU the Technical Assistance and Information Exchange instrument of the European Commission (TAIEX) Programme.

The mission will take place between 18 and 22 January 2016.

Beneficiary Institutions in Georgia will be the Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia and the National Centre for Disease Control and Public Health. (