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GEORGIA'S FOREIGN TRADE BALANCE

/NOV 30/The Messenger/

Out of the ten biggest trade partners, Georgia has a positive trade balance only with Armenia. Georgia's exports to Armenia products worth USD 186 mln whereas it imports from Armenia products worth around USD 48 mln. In terms of the trade balance, after Armenia is Turkey, then Azerbaijan, followed by Ukraine. All together in 2011, foreign trade turnover for Georgia reached USD 7.322 bln. It is interesting that trade turnover in Georgia with CIS countries (2.393 bln USD) is higher than with EU countries (USD 1.933 bln).
Georgia to Build New City of Half-a-Million Inhabitants

/DEC 5/epress.am/

Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili on Sunday at a meeting with residents of Zugdidi announced construction of a new city of half-a-million inhabitants called Lazika, which will become the main trade and economic center in Georgia. The state leader also announced the building of a new seaport.

`We decided to base a new city between Anaklia and Kulevi and call it Lazika. After 10 years, there will be at least half a million people living in this city. It will become the country's second largest city after Tbilisi. It will be the main commercial and economic center in western Georgia, as well as Georgia's main center on the Black Sea,' he said.

Saakashvili added that large-scale construction will begin next year.
Saakashvili: Georgia has no alternative to Europe

/DEC 8/Tert.am :

Georgia has no alternative to Europe, according to President Mikheil

Saakashvili.

Speaking at the European People's Party's 20th congress in Marseille, France, the Georgian leader said Europe is the only best option for Eastern Partnership member states.

As for integration to Eurasian Union, a plan proposed by Russian PM Vladimir Putin early in October, Saakashvili said it is unlikely to prove its value.

"What would be the alternative, once again? The Eurasian Union – as proposed by some nostalgic leaders in Moscow? If European Union is the future, Eurasian Union is the past. And this is why it will fail," he said.
South-Ossetia's president-elect resigns

/DEC 10/Tert.am/

The winner of South Ossetia's presidential run-off, Alla Jioeva, has said President elect Edward Kokoiti has agreed to resign from post.

According to the Georgian news website Aspny.ge, Kookoity and Jioeva have agreed to sign a compromise deal amid the current crisis in the country.

At a recent rally in capital Tskhinvali, Jioeva told her supporters that Kokoity was quitting office and called upon the crowd that had been protesting in the city's central part for several days to go home.

South Ossetian Prime Minister Vadim Brovtsev will be reportedly the country's acting president.

Jioeva will have a chance to contest the new presidential run-off on March 25.
GEORGIA GETS $1.7 MILLION WORTH AMMUNITION FROM TURKEY

/DEC 12/Tert.am/

The Georgian Defense Ministry and Border Police have received $1.7 million worth ammunition from Turkey.

According to a statement on the Ministry's official website, the two countries had earlier signed a deal weapons supply deal by which Turkey agreed to assist in Georgia's army building and strengthening efforts.

The cooperation is reportedly aimed at bringing the Georgian military in conformity with the Nato standards.
CONGRESS OBLIGES OBAMA TO ESTABLISH CLOSER U.S.-GEORGIA MILITARY COOPERATION

/DEC 17/PanARMENIAN.Net/

The U.S. Congress has voted for the establishment of closer military relations with Georgia, involving the sale of U.S. arms to Tbilisi. The relevant provision is included in the Pentagon budget bill for the 2012 fiscal year, approved by the Senate on Thursday, December 15. Previously it had been approved by the House of Representatives. The document has been sent for signature to President Barack Obama.

As it is stated in Article 1244 of the bill, no later than 90 days after the signing the president should develop and submit to Congress a plan for the normalization of military cooperation between the U.S.

and Georgia, including the sale of defensive weapons.

According to the lawmakers, among the tasks the implementation of that plan should aim at is support for the Georgian government in protecting its people and the sovereign territory with regard to the obligations not to use force, made by the government of Georgia, and in accordance with Article 51 of the UN Charter; arrangements for the United States' sales of military equipment and property, as well as provision of military services to support the efforts of the government of Georgia for ensuring self-defense.

In addition, the members of the US Congress would like the Obama Administration to persuade other NATO members and countries seeking accession to the alliance to restore and increase the sales of military equipment and property and the provision of military services to Georgia as part of broader efforts to deepen NATO military relations and cooperation with Georgia.

The required plan must contain an assessment of Georgia's defense requirements, which the Pentagon will be required to prepare, as well as the a list of all requests from the Georgian government for purchases of military equipment and property and the provision of military services over the past two years.

In the Senate this provision was included in the bill by Republican Senator John McCain, who has repeatedly stated publicly that Georgia needs U.S. weapons to defend itself. In the lower house of Congress he was actively supported, in particular, by Republican Michael Turner, who kept wondering why shouldn't defensive weapons be sold to a country whose soldiers are fighting shoulder to shoulder with the Americans in Afghanistan, Itar-Tass reported.
Georgia gets $1.7 bn worth ammunition from Turkey

/DEC 12/Tert.am/

The Georgian Defense Ministry and Border Police have received $1.7 billion worth ammunition from Turkey.

According to a statement on the Ministry's official website, the two countries had earlier signed a deal weapons supply deal by which Turkey agreed to assist in Georgia's army building and strengthening efforts.



The cooperation is reportedly aimed at bringing the Georgian military in conformity with the Nato standards.


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