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Thursday, July 16
Lithuanian Foreign Ministry releases statement over Russia’s creeping occupation

Lithuania’s Foreign Ministry has released a statement on the installation of signposts marking the so-called South Ossetian border near the village of Tsitelubani, Gori, and village Orchosani, Akhalgori, by Russian occupants.

According to the statement, Lithuania reaffirms its strong support for Georgia’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.

"The illegal reallocation of the signposts on Georgian-controlled territory, near the Tbilisi-Gori highway and the Baku-Supsa pipeline is another violation of Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

These illegal actions violate international law, create major obstacle for residents on both sides of the administrative boundary line, damage the international efforts for a peaceful resolution of the conflict and have a negative impact on security throughout the region,"- says the statement of the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry.

Lithuania calls on the Russian Federation to immediately stop the harassment and aggression against its neighbors and fulfill the principles of international law as well as the 12 August 2008 ceasefire agreement obligations.

“Russia's illegal actions do not contribute to confidence building and will complicate full-fledged dialogue between Russia and the international community,"- says the statement. (IPN)

Georgian President, EU’s Tusk Talk by Phone After Latter Postpones Visit

Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili spoke with the President of the European Council Donald Tusk, who has postponed his visit to Georgia and Armenia, which was scheduled for this week.

The Georgian President’s office said that Tusk “expressed regret over postponing his planned visit to Georgia due to the Greek crisis.”

“Donald Tusk expressed readiness to visit Georgia in the near future,” the Georgian president’s office said.

Tusk was expected to visit Georgia on July 14-15 before traveling to Armenia on July 16. (

Georgia joins global effort to end poverty and tackle climate change

Georgia has teamed up with world leaders to create a joint financial strategy to end global poverty and tackle climate change.

The country’s Finance Minister is on an official visit to Addis Ababa in Ethiopia to attend the Third International Conference on Financing for Development. More than 50 heads of state and government, over 100 Ministers of Finance, Foreign Affairs and over 1,000 high-level representatives from civil society and the business sector are taking part in the four-day United Nations (UN)-led event.

The July 13-16 Conference is centred on how global collaboration can mobilise resources to help make a difference in peoples’ lives and ensure resources go where they are needed most to promote economic prosperity and improve health, education and employment opportunities while protecting the environment.

The official event’s website noted the outcome of the Conference will be an "important milestone” on the road toward the adoption of a new Sustainable Development Agenda in September and a universal climate change agreement at the Paris Climate Conference in December. The Conference will also lay the groundwork for the world to invest ahead, for people and the planet.

In Ethiopia Georgia’s Finance Minister Nodar Khaduri will attend a plenary session where heads of state and governments, Ministers of Finance, Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation will create an agenda for the next 15 years for financing sustainable development. The agenda will be active after completing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Officials attending the Conference are UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, President of World Bank Group Jim Yong Kim, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde, World Trade Organisation Director-General Roberto Azevedo and more.

In addition to the official programme, including plenary meetings and roundtable discussions, the Conference will feature international civil society and business forums, as well as more than 200 side events.

Decisions made at the Conference will be included in the final Sustainable Development Agenda, which will be approved in the UN Generally Assembly Summit held on September 25-27. (