IRI, NDI to send observers to Georgia for parliamentary elections
United States government has allocated two million US dollars to sponsor the presence of international observers at the parliamentary elections in Georgia this fall. The representatives of the International Republican Institute [IRI] and National-Democratic Institute [NDI] will arrive in Georgia on July 18th, 2012 - ambassador of the United States to Georgia John Bass announced today. The observers will monitor not only the process of vote, but the pre-election campaigns as well. International observers will be sent to all regions of Georgia. Ambassador also voiced a new initiative of the U.S. government, which is going to facilitate involvement of women candidates in election process.
The officers of Central Criminal Police Department as a result of investigative activities held on the basis of operative information detained Merab I. (DoB 1957) and Davit Ch. (DoB 1961) on the fact of illegal production, purchase and selling of forged official documents.
Prime Minister of Georgia met with EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fule. During the face-to-face meeting the parties discussed issues of Georgia- EU cooperation.
Russian ambassador to UN has voiced a new version of the motives of dispatching Russian forces to Ukraine - as Vitaly Churkin said, Ukraine’s fugitive president had requested Russian soldiers in the strategic Crimea region `to establish legitimacy, peace, law and order.`
The situation in the Crimea will be discussed at the NATO Security special session today. Poland has summoned the members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to meet on Tuesday to discuss the ongoing crisis in the Ukraine, where Russia has invaded and effectively taken over the Crimea.