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Government Struggles to Agree on who Will Attend UN Climate Summit

Author: By Nino Sharashidze

Two delegations from Georgia are getting ready to attend the UN summit on climate change in New York on September 23. Before then, the Prime Minister of Georgia, Irakli Gharibashvili will deliver a speech at 69th Session of the UN General Assembly that will convene at UN Headquarters on September 16.

According to the government if two delegations attend the Summit, this will harm the image of the state. Several ministers are calling on the President Giorgi Margvelashvili to act within the interests of the state and to cancel his trip to the UN.

The President’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs, Tengiz Pkhaladze told reporters that the president’s visit is a work in progress. “We will have very intense collaboration and communication with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in preparation for the visit,” he added.

“It is very important to remind everyone that according to the state constitution the President forms foreign policy. I, too, act according to the policy adopted by the Parliament,” said Margvelashvili in the Rustavi 2 program Archevani on September 9.

According to the President, there were some problems in communication with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “This is normal, as the constitution is newly amended and there are some misunderstandings about the role of the President,” Margvelashvili added.

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Ex-Foreign Minister Vashadze: “Ukraine Not Last Stop for Putin”

Author: By Zviad Adzinbaia

To assess Georgia’s progress at the NATO Wales Summit of September 4-5 and review the main issues related to Georgia’s Atlantic integration, Georgia Today talked with Gregory Vashadze, a Diplomat and an Ex-Foreign Minister of Georgia.

Q: There were hopes that granting Georgia a MAP at the Wales NATO Summit 2014 would be a reflection of country’s progress, but this didn’t materialize. How would you assess the latest gathering of the Alliance in terms of the substantive package Georgia received?

A: Firstly, we should say that the package Georgia was given at the Summit is progress. The Summit did not pass by and skip the Georgian issue, which is an achievement not worth neglecting. But, on the other hand, every citizen of Georgia is committed to talking about flaws and in this regard, it was concerning that some claims, such as ‘victory’, and ‘great achievement’ appeared. To be exact, those terms would most closely mean membership of the Alliance, and everything else is step-by-step progress.

It is notable that Russia’s aggression in Ukraine and in Georgia was separated, and the term ‘Aspirant Country’, where Georgia was presented among the Balkan countries having already won the MAP, suffered a silent death.

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