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Thursday, February 21 2008, #035 (1551)

Needed amendments held up by parliamentary wrangling

Constitutional amendments which would reschedule the next parliamentary elections for spring went nowhere in the February 19 parliament session, after the ruling party claimed it couldn’t round up enough votes to pass the amendments and accused the boycotting opposition of holding them up. (more)

In uneasy position, Georgian troops protect Kosovo’s independence

Georgian troops remain in Kosovo after it declared independence on February 17, tasked with keeping the peace in a country Tbilisi does not recognize. (more)

Project works to promote sexual health education in Georgia

On February 19, the EU/UNFPA-funded Reproductive Health Initiative for Youth in the South Caucasus (RHIYC) kicked off a second round of trainings for South Caucasus youth organizations working on young people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights issues. (more)

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Papava speaks out against Eurobonds issue

MP Lado Papava has announced his opposition to the government’s planned USD 500 million Eurobonds issue. (more)

Armenia to deliver cement for Sochi Olympics construction

Armenian companies have signed contracts to deliver 50 000 tons of cement for construction work at the Russian city of Sochi as it gears up for the 2014 Winter Olympics, according to Hakim Matchanov, owner of the SMAT ferry company which operates the Kavkaz–Poti route. (more)

High inflation continues in Azerbaijan

Inflation in Azerbaijan was 2.64 percent this January, down from 6.4 percent in January 2007, according to Gubad Ibadoglu, who heads the Economic Research Center NGO in Azerbaijan. (more)

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“Irakli Batiashvili: the opposition’s huger strike will have an international resonance!” (more)

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