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Compiled by Eter Tsotniashvili
Thursday, July 3
“Flood damaged Tkibuli”

Akhali Taobai reports that heavy rain in the town of Tkibuli, in Imereti province, has again led to flooding:

“Tkibuli has been damaged by flooding for the second time in the last ten days. After five hours of heavy rain, water submerged central roads. The road has been destroyed near Tkibuli City Hall and about 50 families have been left without homes.

The flooding also damaged railways in Tkibuli, causing the Kutaisi train service to Tkibuli to stop. Damaged power lines means Tkibuli residents remain without electricity.

A special commission is trying to determine the cost of damages.”

“United Opposition won’t get finances from the budget”

Rezonansi reports that a legislative amendment is being considered to cut off budget finances to the United Opposition coalition, which is boycotting parliament:

“The authorities are going to punish the opposition and stop their state budget financing. The speaker of parliament says that this idea is not finalized yet but preparations are underway for a law that will stop the financing of those political parties which refuse to enter parliament.

The author of the law is [chair of the legal affairs committee] Pavle Kublashvili. According to the speaker of parliament there will be a public discussion of this law and the opinion of society will be taken into account.

On the other hand those opposition members who will not receive budget finances say the government is subjecting them to political terror.

‘It is not fair and legal,’ [United Opposition member] Kakha Kukava says.”

“Kokoity and Bagapsh held a telephone conversation”

Sakartvelos Respublika reports that a telephone conversation was held between the separatist leaders of Georgia’s two breakaway regions:

“The de facto leaders of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, Sergey Bagapsh and Eduard Kokoity, held a telephone conversation and discussed the current situation in the conflict zones.

According to the press department of the de facto South Ossetian authorities the telephone conversation was held on [June 30].

Bagapsh and Kokoity also discussed security measures. Kokoity said Georgia has carried out terrorist acts on South Ossetian territory for a long time.

‘To stop Georgian state terrorism is necessary and very important. Georgia’s actions are aimed at destabilizing the situation,’ Kokoity told Bagapsh.”