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Compiled by Eter Tsotniashvili
Tuesday, September 9
Mine defusing work continues in Karaleti

The process of defusing mines continues in the village of Karaleti. Foreign specialists are undertaking this work, but Russian occupiers hinder them, 24 saati reports.

According to information from locals the illegal Russian checkpoint at the entrance to Karaleti is working to a “regular regime.” Russian occupiers check everyone who cross their illegal checkpoint, not only local residents but also foreigners taking humanitarian aid to the region.

“We know that you express moral support but we don’t have enough food here,” Karaleti residents say. The majority of houses in the village have been fire damaged, and it is mostly the elderly who are currently left in the village.

Lithuania’s initiatives

24 saati reports that the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, Patras Vaitekunas, proposed accelerating the process of simplifying the visa and free trade regimes with Georgia and Ukraine at the EU Foreign Ministers meeting in Avignon on Saturday.

Vaitekunas called for the holding of a donors’ conference in Tbilisi no later than mid-October, as well as the sending of an EU military-political mission there, the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry Press Service reports.

According to Vaitekunas, the EU should work out and propose a model of autonomy for Abkhazia and South Ossetia within Georgia. At the same time, the Lithuanian Foreign Minister stated, talks on a new EU-Russia partnership agreement should not be resumed at this stage. “We cannot think about future relations until we understand what kind of relations we have now,” the Minister said.

Delegation from Israel arrives in Georgia

A delegation from the Israeli Knesset (Parliament) arrived in Georgia on September 8, Akhali Taoba reports.

The guests were due to meet David Bakradze, Chairperson of the Georgian Parliament, and other legislators as well as Lado Gurgenidze, Georgian Prime Minister, and David Kezerashvili, Minister of Defence. The delegation will visit Gori on September 9.

Talks with Temur Iakobashvili, the State Minister for Reintegration, Eka Tkeshelashvili, the Georgian Foreign Minister and Mikheil Saakashvili, President of Georgia, are envisaged in the programme of the visit. The guests will complete their visit on September 11 by meeting the Georgian Jewish community.