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Monday, September 12
If Georgia maintains Orthodoxy, the country will survive – Ilia II

If Georgia maintains Christianity, the country will survive, Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II said in his Sunday sermon at the Trinity Cathedral.

According to the Patriarch, the Georgian nation should remember that only the Orthodox belief, preserved by our ancestors, can bring salvation to the country. ‘If we preserve kindness, love, compassion, assistance and forgiveness, we will find salvation and Georgia will survive’, the Patriarch said.

Nicolas Sarkozy to visit Tbilisi

French Minister Nicolas Sarkozy intends to visit Georgia in a month, Thierry Mariani, Minister for Transport of France told the media after the meeting with Georgia`s Economy Minister Vera Kobalia. At the meeting, the two ministers discussed cooperation in the field of transport between the two countries. One of the projects that has been carried out with the assistance of the French government is the laying out of the landing field at Tbilisi International Airport. The French side actively cooperates with Georgia in the field of air navigation and the cooperation is reportedly intended to be intensified.
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Deputy Foreign Minister Sergi Kapanadze Met with Diplomats

On 9 September 2011, the Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister, Sergi Kapanadze, met the heads of the embassies of the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and France, as well as representatives of the European Union Delegation to Georgia and the European Union Monitoring Mission in Georgia.

Discussions focused on the recent violation of Georgian airspace by three Russian MI-8 military aircraft on 7 September 2011. The Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister emphasized the fact that this intrusion into Georgian airspace - a further violation of the Ceasefire Agreement of 12 August 2008 - sought to further escalate the existing situation in Georgia.

The Georgian government urged the assembled foreign diplomats to duly assess this violation of Georgian airspace by Russian armed forces and to continue to pressure Russia into complying with the Ceasefire Agreement and respecting the fundamental norms and principles of international law.

Germany allocates 0,5 mln Euro for Javakheti park project

German Bank of Reconstruction and Development will allocate 500,000 Euro for the development of the Javakheti National Park, which was created in April 2011 by the National Agency of Protected Areas of Georgia. The project will be implemented by the Nature Protection World Fund, which will facilitate the development of local produce and the growth of social-economic conditions for the local population by introducing new eco-tours. "We are implementing a new social project for the development of the Javakheti National Park which is aimed at improving social-economic conditions for the population of about 12 villages. Today we discussed the social projects, which mostly include development of eco-tours in the region," said the head of the Agency of Protected Areas, Giorgi Shonvadze.
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NGO leader reports incidences of violence against prisoners

The leader of the NGO Solidarity to Illegal Prisoners, Eka Beselia held a briefing today, where she spoke about the alleged facts of violence against convicts. Beselia said she received a letter from four prisoners, who complain about being brutally beaten up.

`We received a letter about the new incidences of violence against the convicts in the N15 prison in Ksani, where the last cases of violence were reported on September 3rd, 2011, five days ago. Four convicts describe incidences of torture and sign the letter,` Eka Beselia said and added she had already sent this on to the Public Defender and demanded a reaction to the violations.
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Georgia To Participate In International Real Estate Exhibition In Germany

Georgia will participate in an international real estate exhibition in Germany.

The National Investment Agency will try to find new investors in Germany. The Agency will participate in an international exhibition of real estate and investment EXPO REAL 2011, which will be held on October 4-6 in Munich.

The exhibition will host all sorts of activities - bilateral meetings, forums and presentations. Tbilisi mayor's office will take part in the exhibition promoting "Tbilisi - a city of opportunities". Tbilisi City Hall will present several projects, including a development project for Tbilisi and the Tbilisi Sea project on the building of a bypass railway.

The agency will hold presentations on investment potential and privatization projects for potential investors.

Gabelia resigns from post of national junior football team coach

The chief coach of the Georgian national junior football team, Otar Gabelia has resigned. The coach announced his resignation at a special press conference today, where he also explained the motives of his decision.

He said the last match against Spain`s junior team in which Georgia suffered a 9-2 loss, made him decide to leave his post. Gabelia thanked the Football Federation for its intensive support of the development of football in Georgia and wished success to junior footballers.

The president of the GFF also commented on the coach's decision. Zviad Sitchinava said it would take no longer than a week to appoint a new coach. "We have not considered the candidacies of the new coach yet, however, as you know we have to play against Switzerland soon and in about a week we shall appoint a new coach and introduce him to you," Sitchinava said.