Negotiations on EU associate membership of Georgia continue - designate of the deputy foreign minister Tornike Gordadze chairs the negotiations for the last time. The meeting was held at the government`s chancellery. Visa-free and free-trade relations are the issues, on which Georgia tries to reach agreement with the European Union. The EU delegation is headed by the director of the Eastern Partnership and Central Asia Department of the EU foreign office Gunnar Wiegand.
Tornike Gordadze thanked the people, who participated in these negotiations and wished success to the new government, which will join the negotiations after the Cabinet is approved by the parliament.
`It is very important for us that the speed of the negotiations be maintained,` Tornike Gordadze said.
Georgian delegation presumes three or four rounds will be necessary until the agreement is reached and signed.
Ex-minister of health and currently the president`s representative to Kakheti Region, Zurab Chiaberashvili has been released from the Kutaisi N2 prison after his family paid 20,000 GEL bail according to the ruling of the Kutaisi city court announced late last night.
Former defense minister of Georgia Dimitri Shashkini thinks the efforts of the current government to get Merabishvili away from politics will be useless. Secretary general of the United National Movement Vano Merabishvili was sent to custody for four different charges by Kutaisi city court yesterday.
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The officers of VII unit of Old Tbilisi Police Division of the Ministry of Internal Affairs pressed charges against representatives of Orthodox clergy: archimandrite of Sameba cathedral church, father Anthimoz (Tamaz) Bichinashvili and monk from "Ioane and Tornike Eristavi convent"
Vice Prime Minister of Georgia and the candidate of the Georgian Dream ruling party for the president, Giorgi Margvelashvili has commented on the investigation of the violence that occurred on Rustaveli Avenue, Tbilisi, on May17. Margvelashvili says any person should be sanctioned in accordance with the law.
Catholicos Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II condemns the violence that occurred on Rustaveli Avenue in Tbilisi on May 17, when the LGBT rally was dispersed by the worshippers and protestors of a counter-demonstration.