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Ruling Party Candidate Wins MP By-Elections
Givi Chichinadze will represent Vani and Khoni single-mandate constituency in the Parliament of Georgia.
Polls Open for Vani and Khoni MP By-Elections
48,123 voters are eligible to cast their ballots in Vani and Khoni single-mandate constituency.
State Dept’s Europe Affairs Point Man to Visit Tbilisi
Wess Mitchell will meet senior government officials and address the NATO-Georgia Public Diplomacy Forum.
In Quotes: Georgian Politicians on Ex-PM Bidzina Ivanishvili’s Comeback
Bidzina Ivanishvili will be approved as the Georgian Dream party chairman at the upcoming convention.
SG Jens Stoltenberg: Georgia NATO’s ‘Very Close’ Partner
The NATO Secretary General says Foreign Ministers meeting tomorrow will recognize the country’s progress.
Ex-PM Ivanishvili to Chair Georgian Dream Party
Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili said Ivanishvili was ‘best equipped’ to add new dynamism to the party.
Lawmaker Proposes Criminal Liability for ‘Insult of Religious Feelings’
The parliamentary human rights committee decided to set up a working group for scrutinizing the draft law.
New Abkhaz Government Head Appointed
Gennady Gagulia has served as the Abkhaz “prime minister” twice - in 1995-1997, and 2002-2003.
Watchdog Improves Georgia’s Press Freedom Ranking
None of the countries of the former Soviet Union (except the Baltics) are ranked ahead of Georgia.
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16 Aug.'03 Saturday
Georgia Denies Reports of Fighting in Pankisi Gorge
( Tbilisi, August 16, 2003, Civil Georgia ) - Spokesman for the Georgian State Security Ministry Nika Laliashvili denied media reports of an exchange of gunfire in Pankisi gorge between local residents and Chechen refugees.
08 May.'03 Thursday
Interior Minister Says No Al-Qaeda Fighters in Pankisi
29 Apr.'03 Tuesday
NATO MPs Satisfied with Situation in Pankisi
Chechen Refugees Complain on Social Hardship, Demand ResettlementGeorgian authorities are proud to demonstrate Pankisi gorge as an example of a success story of the law enforcement agencies, which could restore rule of law in this tiny gorge, which was no-go area and safe haven for the Chechen fighters and Arab mercenaries in the previous years. On April 27 delegation of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly paid a fact-finding visit in Pankisi to evaluate “a possible danger coming from the gorge.”
25 Apr.'03 Friday
Georgia Confirms Some Terrorist Suspects Might Remain in Pankisi
06 Mar.'03 Thursday
Japanese Journalist Tells a Story of Pankisi Hideout
24 Hours Daily Publishes First-Hand Account on Chechens in GeorgiaRecords and photo materials of a Japanese reporter Kosuke Tsuneoka, published by the Georgian daily “24 Hours” on February 28, depicts in details fact of presence of the Chechen warlord Ruslan Gelaev in Pankisi gorge. The Japanese journalist has spent 5 months with Gelaev’s group in 2001.The Georgian State Security Ministry unveiled classified details on Pankisi earlier this year. But information, provided by the Japanese journalist, is interesting as a first-hand source of information not only about the situation in the gorge some two years ago, but also about a surprise rally of Gelaev’s group from Pankisi to the Kodori gorge in Georgia’s breakaway Abkhazia in autumn 2001. The Japanese journalist claims that this action was organized by the Georgian special services.
01 Mar.'03 Saturday
Interior Troops Fired at in Pankisi
25 Feb.'03 Tuesday
New Operation in Pankisi to Reinforce the Border
As the snow starts melting on the Caucasus, fears grow that Chechen armed groups might penetrate into the Georgian territory from Russia’s rebel Republic of Chechnya. To avoid the scenario of the last year, when Georgia balanced on the brink of the military aggression by Russia on the pretext of such incursions, the Georgian authorities are launching a new phase of anti-crime operations in the Pankisi gorge and reinforce the border with Russia.
22 Feb.'03 Saturday
Georgia to Renew Anti-Crime Operation in Pankisi Gorge
(Tbilisi February 22, 2003. Civil Georgia) - Secretary of the Georgian National Security Council (NSC) Tedo Japaridze said at the news briefing on February 21 that the NSC would discuss plan of anti-crime operation in Pankisi next week.
11 Feb.'03 Tuesday
“Georgia’s Key Security Concerns: Pankisi and Abkhazia”
A luncheon Discussion with Valeri Khaburdzania, Georgian Minister of State SecurityThe Nixon Center, Washington, DCAt a luncheon at The Nixon Center, Minister Khaburdzania argued that while the Pankisi Gorge is now more or less under Tbilisi’s control, the situation in the semi-autonomous region of Abkhazia presents a more serious security challenge for Georgia.
10 Feb.'03 Monday
Russian Minister Says Pankisi Still Shelters Terrorists
(Tbilisi February 10, 2003. Civil Georgia) - Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov told the reporters in Munich at the security conference “situation in Pankisi gorge remains unchanged. There are uncontrolled territories in Georgia where the terrorist bases are located.”
20 Jan.'03 Monday
Security Ministry Unveils Classified Details on Pankisi
The Ministry of State Security disclosed classified materials of Pankisi gorge, including video tapes, which prove presence of Chechen and Arab militants and their training camps, various terrorist objects and persons, linked with Al-Qaeda in Pankisi.
13 Jan.'03 Monday
Georgia Denies Links Between London Poison Case and Pankisi Gorge
(Tbilisi, January 13, 2003. Civil Georgia) - Georgian State Security Ministry and the Intelligence Service denied any possible links between the London poison case and Pankisi gorge.
31 Dec.'02 Tuesday
Security Chief Says Restoration of Order in Pankisi Top Success
28 Dec.'02 Saturday
Militant Suspects Arrested in France Allegedly Linked to Pankisi
04 Dec.'02 Wednesday
US Says Chechen Repatriation to be Voluntary
(Tbilisi, Civil Georgia, December 4, 2002) - “We believe that any returns of displaced Chechens from that region where they have sought safe haven, should be voluntary, without pressure or coercion,” Philip Reeker, Deputy Spokesman of the US Department of State said at the briefing on December 3.
21 Nov.'02 Thursday
Interior Minister Claims Anti-Criminal Operation is Almost Over
(Tbilisi, November 21, Civil Georgia) - “Anti-criminal operation in Pankisi gorge is practically over. We fully control situation in the gorge,” Georgian Interior Minister said at the Parliamentary session today.
13 Sep.'02 Friday
Vice-Speaker Proposes to Extradite Chechen Fighters to Third Country
10 Sep.'02 Tuesday
Russian Minister Says Moscow not to Reconcile with Terrorism in Georgia
(Tbilisi, September 10, 2002, Civil Georgia) - Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov stated, “Russia will not reconcile with terrorism in Georgia.”
09 Sep.'02 Monday
Georgia Denies Ethnic Ossetians were Forced to Leave Pankisi
Moscow Terrorist Attacker Suspect in Pankisi - Russian Security Service Claims
(Tbilisi, September 9, 2002 Civil Georgia) - Chief of the Investigative Department of the Russian Federal Security Service Ivan Mironov told the Russian daily the Rasiiskoe Gazeta, that Achimez Gachiaev, suspected in the terrorist attacks in Moscow in Autumn, 1999, is hiding in Pankisi gorge.
07 Sep.'02 Saturday
No Joint Operation With Russia - Interior Ministry Reports
(Tbilisi, September 7, 2002, Civil Georgia) - Today Georgian Interior Ministry denied reports of the Russian media sources that the Georgian and Russian Interior Ministers negotiated on joint measures to arrest international terrorists in Pankisi gorge.
Georgia Denies Presence of Al Qaeda Terrorists in Pankisi
(Tbilisi, September 7, 2002, Civil Georgia) - Georgian Interior Minister Koba Narchemashvili stated on September 6 at the CIS Interior Ministerial summit in Baku that Georgian law enforcers do not confirm presence of Al Qaeda terrorists in Pankisi gorge.
06 Sep.'02 Friday
CIS Interior Ministerial Summit to Discuss Pankisi Issue
(Tbilisi, September 6, 2002, Civil Georgia) - "Russian-Georgian positions have drawn nearer over Pankisi problem," Russian Interior Minister Boris Grizlov told the reporters today in Baku, Azerbaijan, where the CIS Interior Ministerial summit is held.
Russian MFA Says Terrorists Might Infiltrate into Kodori from Pankisi
(Tbilisi, September 6, 2002, Civil Georgia) - Alexander Yakovenko, Spokesman of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, stated today in the interview to the Russian ORT TV Company that the Georgia’s operation in Pankisi gorge seems to be ineffective.
Russian Officials Predict Georgia's Failure in Pankisi
(Tbilisi, September 6, 2002, Civil Georgia) - Member of the Russian Duma Council Vladimir Lukin of “Yabloko” faction told the RIA Novosti news agency today that without the Russian military involvement Georgia would fail to restore order in Pankisi gorge.
05 Sep.'02 Thursday
Security Sweep Overshadows Social Problems
Georgian authorities try to implement complex measures in order to solve the Pankisi problem. Together with the anti-criminal operation that runs in the troubled gorge, the Georgian government intends to work out ways of social improvement in the region. On September 2 the third phase of the anti-criminal operation started in Pankisi. According to the Interior Ministry attempt would be made at releasing the hostages.
04 Sep.'02 Wednesday
Russia Still Insists on Joint Operation in Pankisi
(Tbilisi, September 4, 2002, Civil Georgia) - "Without Russian involvement Georgia is unable to defeat terrorists on its territory," Russian Interior Minister Boris Grizlov stated today at the joint news briefing with his German counterpart, while visiting Germany.
Parliamentary Committee Visited Pankisi
(Tbilisi, September 4, 2002, Civil Georgia) - Members of the Parliamentary Committee on Security and Defense visited Pankisi gorge on September 4 and discussed the issue of the on-going anti-criminal operation in the gorge and its funding.
Peter Shaw Alive - Interior Minister Says
(Tbilisi, September 4, 2002, Civil Georgia) - "Peter Shaw is alive and we hope that he will be freed as a result of the operation that is running in Pankisi gorge," Georgian Interior Minister Koba Narchemashvili told the reporters today.
03 Sep.'02 Tuesday
Alex Rondeli: Russia Should Try to Generate Some Trust
Civil Georgia talked with the President of the Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies Mr. Alexander Rondeli about ongoing anti-criminal operation in Pankisi gorge and current Georgian-Russian relations, which became extremely tense over of the situation in Georgia’s troubled gorge. The expert believes that the Georgian law enforcers’ operation in Pankisi is the positive event.
02 Sep.'02 Monday
One More Suspect Arrested in Pankisi Gorge
(Tbilisi, September 2, 2002, Civil Georgia) - Georgian law enforcers arrested one more suspect as a result of anti-criminal operation in Pankisi gorge. According to TV company Rustavi 2, the suspect was detained in Jokhola village but his identity is not known yet.
Law Enforcers to Pay Pankisi Residents for Illegal Arms
(Tbilisi, September 2, 2002, Civil Georgia) - Georgian law enforcers intend to pay Pankisi residents for turning in illegal arms, State Security Minister Valeri Khaburdzania stated on August 31.
Second Phase of Pankisi Operation Begins
(Tbilisi, September 2, 2002, Civil Georgia) - Second phase of anti-criminal operation was launched today, which considers investigation and gathering information needed to fight crime in Pankisi gorge, Nika Laliashvili, press-officer of the State Security Ministry told Civil Georgia today.
Arrested Arab in 3-Month Preliminary Detention
(Tbilisi, September 2, 2002, Civil Georgia) - Georgia's Supreme Court sentenced ethnic Arab Haled Omar, detained in Pankisi gorge, to a 3-month preliminary detention yesterday.
31 Aug.'02 Saturday
Releasing the Kidnapped in Pankisi is a Priority for Law Enforcers
(Tbilisi, August 31 2002, Civil Georgia) - "At this stage we aim to release the kidnapped British citizen Peter Shaw and Father Basili, who are thought to be held in Pankisi gorge", Nika Laliashvili, press secretary of the State Security Ministry, told the Civil Georgia today.
27 Aug.'02 Tuesday
President Shevardnadze Arrived in Pankisi
(Tbilisi, August 27 2002, Civil Georgia) President Shevardnadze arrived in Akhmeta region today to attend the funerals of Guram Otiashvili, who was killed during bombardments of Georgian territory August 23. President expressed condolences to Otiashvili's family, "Rustavi 2" informs.
Ministers of Law Enforcement Agencies Arrive in Pankisi
(Tbilisi, August 27 2002, Civil Georgia) On 26 of August Minister for Internal Affairs Koba Narchemashvili and Minister for Security Affairs Valeri Khaburdzania arrived in Pankisi Gorge. According to them operation proceeds as it was planned prior.
26 Aug.'02 Monday
Major Maneuvers Near Pankisi
On August 25 the Defense Ministry started large-scale military exercises "Kakheti 2002". The exercises run in parallel with the anti-criminal operations in Pankisi, started by the Interior Ministry on August 23. Nowadays there is an unprecedented concentration of the Georgian armed units in Akhmeta district. Up to 1500 officers and soldiers will participate in the event. Coordination of the joint actions of various units and battalions will be conducted.
Shevardnadze Sent Letter to Putin
(Tbilisi, August 26 2002, Civil Georgia) On 26 of August president Shevardnadze informed journalists at the briefing that he had sent the letter to president Putin concerning the bombardment of Georgian territory by Russian aviation.
Bombardment was Aimed at Interrupting of Operation in Pankisi
(Tbilisi, August 26 2002, Civil Georgia) "Bombardment [of Georgian territory] was aimed at interrupting planned operation in Pankisi which has to clear the gorge from the terrorists that have been deliberately pushed to the Georgia", stated President Shevardnadze in his traditional radio interview on 26 of August.
8 Russian Border Guards Killed by Russians Themselves
(Tbilisi, August 26 2002, Civil Georgia) On 25 of August Deputy Minister for Internal Affairs of Ingushetia Khazmatan Albakov stated that the two Russian soldiers, who escaped a few days ago, killed 8 Russian border guards.
Shervashidze Says, There is Peaceful Situation in Pankisi
(Tbilisi, August 26 2002, Civil Georgia) On 26 of August Commander of Internal Troops Giorgi Shervashidze told reporters that after additional units entered the gorge, there is peaceful situation in Pankisi. "Local residents support endeavor of authority aiming at making order in the troubled region".
After Solving Pankisi Problem Tensions on Border Would Ease
(Tbilisi, August 26 2002, Civil Georgia) On 24 of August Russian MFA issued a statement according to which Russian government welcomes the intention of Tbilisi to make an order in troubled Pankisi Gorge. Though, Russian side expressed its dissatisfaction about Georgia's "anti-terrorist tactic, which implies peaceful push-out of terrorists from Georgia".
25 Aug.'02 Sunday
White House Statement on Georgia Bombardment
(Tbilisi, August 25 2002, Civil Georgia) The office of the Press Secretary at the White House issued its special statement on bombardment of the Georgian territory by the Russian warplanes, deploring violation of Georgia's sovereignty.
24 Aug.'02 Saturday
Anxiety, Fears follow the Bombardment
Repeated violations of the Georgian airspace by the Russian warplanes have claimed their first victim. 70-years old villager Guram Otiashvili was killed and seven others injured as on dawn of August 23 Russian aircraft bombed Ilto valley and vicinity of Tianeti village, Iveri valley, Tbatani and Khevsureti part of the Georgian-Chechen border. The sharp reaction of the Georgian government was voiced by President Eduard Shevardnadze who said "it is time to stop hunting the Georgian villages." Foreign Minister Irakli Menagarishvili submitted a note of protest to the Russian Ambassador to Georgia Vladimir Gudev calling the fact a "military aggression against a sovereign state."
Russian Bombs Kill a Georgian Citizen
Several Russian jets [supposedly 4] dropped bombs in Ilto and Pankisi gorges early morning on August 23. One person died and seven were wounded as a result. The one was the first victim of continuous Russian bombardments. Since an armed clash between Russian soldiers and Chechen fighters at Itum-Kale, Chechnya, on July 29 the Russian aviation bombed Georgia's Pankisi gorge and its neighboring territory for four times. "If the bombardments continue Georgia will be obliged to use all the potential to stop them", Shevardnadze told the reporters on August 23.
OSCE Observers Confirm Bombing of the Georgian Territory
(Tbilisi, August 24 2002, Civil Georgia) On August 24 OSCE Observers officially confirmed that on August 23 an air attack was commenced on Pankisi gorge. They stated that several unidentified aircraft entered Georgian airspace from the Russian side, informs "Echo of Moscow" Radio Station.
Russian Border Troops Say Gelaev Moves Towards Russia
(Tbilisi, August 24 2002, Civil Georgia) Representative of the Russian Border Troops in united headquarters of the Russian federal troops in North Caucasus told Russia's Interfax news agency Chechen field commander Ruslan Gelaev moves from Georgia's Pankisi gorge towards Russo-Georgian border.According to the source Gelaev is in "10-20 kilometers" from the border. Interestingly, the gorge is only 34 kilometers long.
Kremlin Says Georgia an "Enclave of Terrorism"
(Tbilisi, August 24 2002, Civil Georgia) Russian official news agency RIA Novosti quotes unspecified source in the Kremlin saying that part of the Georgian territory became "an enclave of international terrorism."
Ivanov Says Georgia Bombing "a step in the right direction"
(Tbilisi, August 24 2002, Civil Georgia) Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov, commenting in Novosibirsk on the news of bombardments in Georgia denied Russian involvement and hinted it could have been the Georgian operation gone wrong.Ivanov said "this is not a first such announcement [on bombardment] from the Georgian side.
Russia Informed About Possible Chechen Movements - President's Spokesperson
(Tbilisi, August 24 2002, Civil Georgia) Spokesperson of the Georgian President Kakha Imnadze stated that Georgian president has informed his Russian colleague on police operation in Pankisi and possible movements of groups of Chechens along the Russo-Georgian border one week in advance.Imnadze stated that Georgian official agencies and special services fully informed Russian authorities on planned operations.
American Senator Alarmed with the Bombing
(Tbilisi, August 24 2002, Civil Georgia) US Senator Chuck Hagel (Nebraska) issued a statement in connections with the bombing of the Georgian territory by the Russian aircraft, Information Agency GEA informs.
Ukraine Offers Mediation to Russia and Georgia
(Tbilisi, August 24 2002, Civil Georgia) As the Russian information agency Interfax reports, on August 23 Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma has stated on August 23 that Ukraine is ready to act as a mediator between Russia and Georgia to resolve tensions between these two states.
17 Aug.'02 Saturday
Internal Troops will Be Dispatched to Pankisi
(Tbilisi, Civil Georgia, August 17, 2002) - Georgian State Security Ministry Spokesman Nika Laliashvili stated today at the news briefing that Georgian Internal Troops would be dispatched to Pankisi gorge, where allegedly Chechen fighters, terrorist groups and criminals are hiding.
15 Aug.'02 Thursday
Local Population of Pankisi Wants Georgian Troops in Gorge
(Tbilisi, Civil Georgia, August 15, 2002) - On August 14 the leadership of the local population of troubled Pankisi gorge held a meeting urging the government for dispatching troops of the Defense Ministry in the gorge.
No Military Operation in Pankisi – Foreign Minister Says
(Tbilisi, Civil Georgia, August 15, 2002) - Georgian Foreign Minister Irakli Menagharishvili ruled out possibility of growing military exercises in Akhmeta district into anti-terrorist operation in Pankisi gorge, which is located in Akhmeta district.
13 Aug.'02 Tuesday
Military Exercises Near Pankisi Gorge
(Tbilisi, Civil Georgia, August 13, 2002) - “This morning the first unit of the Ministry of Defense was dispatched to Akhmeta district [where troubled Pankisi gorge is located] to participate in the large scale military exercises,” Georgian Defense Minister Davit Tevzadze stated at the news briefing on August 13.
Russian Defense Minister Still Insists on Military Involvement in Pankisi
(Tbilisi, Civil Georgia, August 13, 2002) - “It is clear that the Chechen fighters will never be wiped out in Pankisi without Russian military involvement,” Sergei Ivanov, Russian Defense Minster told the reporters today, Russian media sources report.
10 Aug.'02 Saturday
Russian Foreign Minister, US Secretary of State Discussed Georgian Issue
(Tbilisi, Civil Georgia, August 10, 2002) - Russia Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov and US Secretary of State Colin Powell held a phone conversation on August 10. Russian Foreign Ministry reports that together with other issues situation in Georgia was also discussed.
05 Aug.'02 Monday
Shevardnadze Says Russia not to Receive UN Sanction on Operation in Pankisi
(Tbilisi, Civil Georgia, August 5, 2002) - Georgian President ruled out that the Russia would receive the UN Security Council’s sanction on carrying out anti-terrorist operation in Georgia’s Pankisi gorge. At the news briefing on August 5, Eduard Shevardnadze said, “this will not happen.”
03 Aug.'02 Saturday
Russia Says Chechen Fighters Infiltrated From Georgia Wiped Out
(Tbilisi, Civil Georgia, August 3, 2002) - Russia claims operation against Chechen fighters infiltrated into Russia from Georgia’s Pankisi gorge is completed in Chechnya’s Itum-Kale district, where the armed clashes started on July 27.
Georgia Offers Chechen Fighters to Hand in Weapons
(Tbilisi, Civil Georgia, August 3, 2002) - "In case the Chechen fighters hiding in Pankisi gorge hand in weapons, Georgia will grant them a refugee status," Georgian State Security Minister Valeri Khaburdzania told the reporters today.
UNHCR Suspends Aid Activity in Pankisi
(Tbilisi, Civil Georgia, August 3, 2002) - Following a request from Georgian authorities, the UN High Commissar for Refugees (UNHCR) has temporarily suspended its aid activities to Georgia's Pankisi gorge, which hosts 3,800 Chechen refugees, amid rising insecurity in the region, UNHCR official website reports on August 2.
02 Aug.'02 Friday
Russian Citizens Detained in Pankisi
(Tbilisi, Civil Georgia, August 2, 2002) - Georgian law enforcers detained three Russian citizens, allegedly employees of Russian Military of Internal Affairs, Georgian State Security Ministry reports on August 2.
01 Aug.'02 Thursday
US Concerned with Violation of Georgia's Sovereignty
(Tbilisi, Civil Georgia, August 1, 2002) - “We are closely following the situation on the Russia-Georgia border. The United States strongly supports the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia. We would therefore be seriously concerned to learn of any violations of that sovereignty,” Philip Reeker, Deputy Spokesman of the Department of State said at the news briefing on July 31.
Russia Claims Georgia Knew Chechen Fighters Intention to Infiltration to Russia
(Tbilisi, Civil Georgia, July 31, 2002) - The Russian Border Guard Commander Alexander Totski reported to the Russian President Vladimer Putin that the Georgian authorities knew concerning the Chechen fighters intention to penetrate into Russia.
Georgia Responsible for Infiltration of Fighters to Russia - Russian MFA States
(Tbilisi, Civil Georgia, July 31, 2002) - Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) issued a statement on July 31, concerning the aggravated situation in Chechnya, near the Georgian border, where armed clashes between the Russian troops and Chechen fighters occur.
Russia Denies Bombardment of Georgian Territory
(Tbilisi, Civil Georgia, July 30, 2002) - Russian Air Forces press service officially denied reports on bombardment of Georgia's Pankisi gorge on July 30.
US Backs Up Georgia's Sovereignty
Russia Increases Pressure on GeorgiaThe US Administration has responded to the diplomatic war between Georgia and Russia and armed clashes in Chechnya near the Georgian borders that has been going on for the past few days. "We would be seriously concerned to learn of any violations of Georgia's sovereignty," the US Deprtment of State Deputy Spokesman said on July 31 in connection with bombing of Georgian territory by the Russian helicopters.
31 Jul.'02 Wednesday
Still Far From Stability in Pankisi
Russia Insists on Military Involvement in Troubled GorgeMilitary actions, going on in Chechnya, near the Georgian border, triggered once again categorical demands of the Russian high officials to allow entrance of the Russian troops to Pankisi gorge, but Tbilisi keeps rejecting the request. Russians claim that clash, which continues since July 27 in the mountainous Itum-Kale region of Chechnya started after the Chechen fighters penetrated into the Russian territory from Georgia's Pankisi gorge.
29 Jul.'02 Monday
Security Minister Says No Fighters Infiltrated from Georgia to Russia
(Tbilisi, Civil Georgia, July 29, 2002) - "The Georgian-Russian border is monitored by the OSCE observers, as well as Georgian border guard and they did not notice any movement of fighters in this part [border with Chechnya] of frontier," Valeri Khaburdzania, Georgian State Security Minister stated today.
Shevardnadze Comments on Clashes Near Georgian Border
(Tbilisi, Civil Georgia, July 29, 2002) - "The border has two sides and Russians, as well as Georgians should protect it," President stated today, while commenting on Russia's reports that Chechen fighters infiltrated to Russian Federation from Georgia.
Armed Clashes Near Georgian Border in Chechnya
(Tbilisi, Civil Georgia, July 29, 2002) - Russian troops combat Chechen fighters in Itum-Kale district of Chechnya near the Georgian border.
17 Jul.'02 Wednesday
No Need for Military Operation in Pankisi - Interior Minister Claims
(Tbilisi, Civil Georgia, July 17, 2002) - "There is no need of joint military operation with other state, it is not necessary and it would be politically wrong step as well," Koba Narchemashvili, Georgian Interior Minister told the Civil Georgia on July 17.
16 Jul.'02 Tuesday
MFA Says International Organizations will Be Involved in Repatriation of Chechens
(Tbilisi, Civil Georgia, July 16, 2002) - "Chechen refugees' repatriation processes will be held in full cooperation with the UN High Commissioner on Refugees in Georgia and Russia and other interested international organizations," Kakha Sikharulidze, spokesman of the Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs told the Civil Georgia on July 16.
11 Jul.'02 Thursday
Officials Claim Georgian-Russian Joint Operation in Pankisi not Planned
(Tbilisi, Civil Georgia, July 11, 2002) - Vladimir Rushailo, Secretary of the Russian National Security Council, who paid three-day official visit to Georgia, stated that the issue of joint military operation in Pankisi gorge was not discussed at talks with the Georgian officials.
10 Jul.'02 Wednesday
Russian Security Chief Discussed Pankisi Problem with Georgian Officials
Secretary of the Russian National Security Council Vladimer Rushailo told the reporters today that together with other issues he also discussed Pankisi problem during the talks with the Georgian officials.
08 Jul.'02 Monday
Shevardnadze Rules Out Use of Foreign Troops in Pankisi
(Tbilisi, July 8, Civil Georgia) - Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze stated at the news briefing on July 8, that involvement of the foreign troops to solve the Pankisi gorge problem is ruled out.
05 Jul.'02 Friday
Pankisi No More No-Go Area, Interior Minister Says
(Tbilisi, July 5, Civil Georgia) - Georgian Interior Minister Koba Narchemashvili reported to the Parliament on July 4 that "Pankisi gorge is not inaccessible for the law enforcers like it was before."
28 Jun.'02 Friday
PACE Urges Georgia not to Hasten Chechen Refugees' Repatriation
(Tbilisi, June 28, Civil Georgia) - Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe (PACE) urges the Georgian government "to refrain from any hasty repatriation of the Chechen refugees before the security conditions in Chechnya allow for safe returns in dignity."
18 Jun.'02 Tuesday
Russia Demands from Georgia to Extradite Terrorist Suspects
(Tbilisi, June 18, Civil Georgia) - Russian General Prosecutor's Office requests from the Georgian law enforcement agencies to detain and extradite three persons suspected in explosions of the apartment building in Russian town of Volgodonsk.
30 May.'02 Thursday
Chechen Fighters Ready to Leave Pankisi
(Tbilisi, May 30, Civil Georgia) - Group of Chechen fighters hiding in Georgia's troubled Pankisi gorge is ready to leave the area, Georgian Deputy State Security Minister Irakli Natsvrishvili told the reporters on May 30.
28 May.'02 Tuesday
Russia Anticipates Terrorists' Infiltration from Pankisi
(Tbilisi, May 28, Civil Georgia) - "Terrorists hiding in Pankisi will not stay without any activity for a long time," Chief of the North Caucasus Border Guard Department of the Russian Federation Evgeni Bolkhovitin stated at the news briefing.
24 May.'02 Friday
Georgia Denies Detention of Convoy with Arms in Pankisi
(Tbilisi, May 24, Civil Georgia) - Georgian law enforcers deny report of the Russian news agency Ria-Novosti that six trucks were detained today in Akhmeta, close to Pankisi gorge, carrying arms, which were supposed to reach Chechen fighters hiding in the gorge.
22 May.'02 Wednesday
Terrorist Suspect Was Trained in Pankisi - Russian Security Chief Says
Mujahidins Use Georgia as a Conduit for Support – US Reports
21 May.'02 Tuesday
Around 100 Arabs in Pankisi - Security Minister Says
(Tbilisi, May 21, Civil Georgia) - "There are approximately 100 Arabs in Pankisi gorge", Georgian State Security Minister Valeri Khabrudzania told Ria-Novosti yesterday, May 20.
15 May.'02 Wednesday
US Defense Secretary Advisor Talks on Train-and-Equip Program
(Tbilisi, May 15, Civil.ge) - Otar Shalikashvili, a chief advisor of the US Defense Secretary for US-Georgian military cooperation, addressed Georgian Institute for Public Administration and overviewed Georgia Train-and-Equip program [GTEP] on May 15.
14 May.'02 Tuesday
Russian MP Calls for Operation in Pankisi Gorge
(Tbilisi, May 14, Civil.ge) - Head of the Russian Duma Council Committee on Foreign Affairs Dmitri Ragozin stated that person suspected in the terrorist attack on May 9 in Kaspiisk, Dagestan is hiding in Georgia's Pankisi gorge.
13 May.'02 Monday
Russian Official Says Terrorist Suspects were Trained in Pankisi
(Tbilisi, May 13, Civil.ge) - Russian Deputy Prosecutor-General Vladimir Kolesnikov stated on May 12 that many of the rebels detained on charges of terrorist attacks in Dagestan were trained in Chechnya and Georgia's Pankisi gorge.
08 May.'02 Wednesday
Situation in Pankisi Improved - Georgian Defense Minister Says
(Tbilisi, May 8, Civil.ge) - "Situation in Pankisi dramatically improved since the Train-and-Equip program was loudly announced," Georgian Defense Minister Davit Tevzadze stated at the news briefing on May 7, after the meeting with his US counterpart Donald Rumsfeld.
07 May.'02 Tuesday
Chechen Refugee Number Decreases
Registration Shows Interesting TrendGeorgia has posted preliminary results of the new refugee registration in the Pankisi area. The data shows that the number of Chechen refugees registered in Georgia halved.The Georgian Ministry of Refugees and Accommodation (MRA) launched the registration of Chechen refugees in a town of Akhmeta on April 15 with support of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). "Registration is an essential tool for effective protection, planning, timely delivery of adequate assistance, as well as the pursuit of appropriate durable solutions", says Patrick Tezier, Deputy Representative of the UNHCR in Georgia, says.
05 Apr.'02 Friday
No Progress in Defeating Terrorism in Pankisi - Russian Foreign Minister Says
Georgian government made no progress in defeating terrorism in its lawless Pankisi gorge, Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov stated on April 5.
04 Apr.'02 Thursday
Georgia not Committed to Solve Pankisi Crises - Russian Official Says
(Tbilisi, April 4, Civil Georgia) - "We do not see that Georgia is committed on solving Pankisi problem," Konstantin Totski, Head of Russian Border Guard Department stated on April 4.
03 Apr.'02 Wednesday
US Military Trainers' Arrival Delayed by the End of April
(Tbilisi, April 3, Civil Georgia) - Georgian Deputy Defense Minister Gela Bezhuashvili told journalist on April 2 that US military instructors will arrive to Georgia by the end of April.
31 Mar.'02 Sunday
No US Military Bases in Georgia - Georgian Security Chief Says
(Tbilisi, March 31, Civil Georgia) - Creation of US military bases in Georgia is not planned, Georgian National Security Council Secretary Tedo Japaridze stated after the meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimer Rushailo on March 30.
28 Mar.'02 Thursday
Georgia Denies Kidnapped Russian General was Detained in Pankisi Before Death
(Tbilisi, March 28, Civil Georgia) - Georgian Foreign Minister Irakli Menagarishvili denied that Russian Interior Military General Genadi Shpigun abducted in 1999 was killed in Pankisi gorge.
26 Mar.'02 Tuesday
Russian Foreign Minister Talks on Pankisi Problem at the PACE
(Tbilisi, March 26, Civil Georgia) - "Pankisi gorge, Georgia, is one of the sources of terrorism in Chechnya," Russian Foreign Minster Igor Ivanov stated at the meeting of the permanent commission of Parliamentary Assambly of Council of Europe in St. Petersburg on March 26.
22 Mar.'02 Friday
Georgian Security Chief Discussed Pankisi Issue in USA, UK
(Tbilisi, March 22, Civil Georgia) - During his visit to Washington and London Georgian State Security Minister Valeri Khaburdzania discussed issues of combating terrorists in Pankisi gorge, who have links with Al-Qaeda.
20 Mar.'02 Wednesday
Instructors from 10th Mountain Division of US Army to Arrive in Georgia
(Tbilisi, March 20, Civil Georgia) - The US military instructors, who will train Georgian troops are from the 10th Mountain Division, "which has played a key role in the war in Afghanistan," The Guardian reports on March 20.
19 Mar.'02 Tuesday
Pentagon Works on Final Details of US Military Assistance to Georgia
(Tbilisi, March 19, Civil Georgia) - "On Georgia, we're about where we were late last week, which is working out the final details," Pentagon Spokeswoman Victoria Clarke stated at the news briefing on March 18 commenting on US military assistance to Georgia and Yemen.
Shevardnadze Says Georgia Controls Pankisi
(Tbilisi, March 19, Civil Georgia) - President Shevardnadze stated at the Euro Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs, Human Rights, Common Security and Defense Policy on March 18, that Georgia absolutely controls situation in Pankisi gorge.
16 Mar.'02 Saturday
Anti-Terror War in Russia' Interests - Russian Foreign Minister Says
(Tbilisi, March 16, Civil Georgia) - "Anti-terror war is in Russia's interests. Sending US military instructors to Georgia is the part of fight against international terrorism," Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov in the interview to the Moscow-based radio company Mayak on March 16.
15 Mar.'02 Friday
Situation Improving in Pankisi - Interior Ministry Says
(Tbilisi, March 15, Civil Georgia) - Situation is gradually improving in Pankisi gorge and criminals are leaving the area, Georgian Interior Ministry's Spokesman Paata Gomelauri stated at the news briefing on March 15.
Kidnapped Released in Pankisi
(Tbilisi, March 15, Civil Georgia) - Georgian citizen, ethnic Azerbaijani Aziz Khalilov was released on March 15 from Pankisi gorge, Georgian Interior Ministry reports.
14 Mar.'02 Thursday
Rumsfeld: US not Sending Troops to Pankisi
(Tbilisi, March 14, Civil Georgia) - "The fact is that we have no plans to send U.S. forces into the Pankisi gorge. We're sending a relatively modest number of trainers over to assist them in training," US Defense Secretary stated at the joint press conference with his Russian counterpart on March 13, Pentagon news service reports.
Russia not to Watch Situation in Pankisi Indifferently - Russian Minister Says
(Tbilisi, March 14, Civil Georgia) - "Many terrorists who have committed terrible crimes in the past and who operated in Chechnya are staying in Georgia now, and of course they are full of new plans for terrorist operations," Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov stated at the joint news conference with his American counterpart on March 13, Pentagon news service reports.
Security Cooperation Revisited
The Format of the U.S. Military Assistance to Georgia ChangedDetails of the US military assistance to Georgia were revealed after telephone conversation of the US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld with his Russian counterpart Sergei Ivanov on March 1. According to Rumsfeld's statement, the United States intends to provide training and logistics assistance to Georgia at quite wide scale, however the U.S. troops will not be directly engaged in military operations.Georgian experts also exclude possibility of deployment of the American units in Georgia. Expert of the Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Research Archil Gegeshidze believes, however that plans of the United States in Georgia indicate increasing interest of the US towards South Caucasus.According to existing information, the first stage of the US assistance included transfer of 6 UH-1H "Huey" helicopters to the Georgian side last October and training of the pilots and support personnel for these craft. The U.S. flight instructors will remain in Georgia till October 2002. The United States spent 15 million dollars in total for transfer of the helicopters and training of the Georgian pilots.
USA, Georgia - Allies, Georgia Security Chief Says
(Tbilisi, March 14, Civil Georgia) - "The US-Georgian cooperation and partnership grew into strategic alliance, we are allies," Georgian State Security Minister Valeri Khaburdzania stated in the interview to the Georgian State TV channel on march 13.
13 Mar.'02 Wednesday
Georgian Defense Minister Talks on Russia's Possible Actions in Pankisi
(Tbilisi, March 13, Civil Georgia) - Georgian Defense Minister Davit Tevzadze stated on March 13, that the military maneuvers of Russian troops in Chechnya, near the Georgian border may be regarded as the Russia's preparation to carry out military operation in Pankisi.
Four Afghans Detained in Georgia
(Tbilisi, March 13, Civil Georgia) - Georgian State Security Ministry arrested four Afghan illegal immigrants in Tbilisi, Georgian capital.
Georgian Official Excludes Russia's Involvement in Pankisi Operation
(Tbilisi, March 13, Civil Georgia) - Georgian Deputy Defense Minister Gela Bezhuashvili state on March 13 reports on Russia's intention to launch military operation in Pankisi gorge is exaggerated.
US President, Russian Minister Discussed Situation in Georgia
(Tbilisi, March 13, Civil Georgia) - The US president assured Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov that "no action is possible there [Georgia] without taking Russia into consideration," Russian media sources report quoting Minister Ivanov said.
12 Mar.'02 Tuesday
Russian Defense Minister to Discuss Situation in Pankisi with US Officials
(Tbilisi, March 12, Civil Georgia) - "I intend to discuss situation in Pankisi gorge and the US plan to send to Georgia its military instructors with the US authorities," Russian media sources report on March 12, quoting Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov.
Kidnapped Russian Citizen Released in Pankisi
(Tbilisi, March 12, Civil Georgia) - Kidnapped Russian citizen was released in Pankisi gorge on March 11. He was detained by the criminals during a year.
President Bush Says 150 US Military Trainers to Prepare Georgian Soldiers
(Tbilisi, March 12, Civil Georgia) - "In the Republic of Georgia, terrorists working closely with al Qaeda operate in the Pankisi Gorge near the Russian border. At President Shevardnadze's request, the United States is planning to send up to 150 military trainers to prepare Georgian soldiers to reestablish control in this lawless region," US President George W. Bush stated on March 11.
11 Mar.'02 Monday
Russia Concerned With US Plans in Georgia - Russian Defense Minister
(Tbilisi, March 11, Civil Georgia) - "US military deployment in Georgia is of concern to Russia," Sergei Ivanov, Russian Defense Minister stated on March 11, Russian news agency Interfax reports.
Fashion Show in Pankisi
(Tbilisi, March 9, Civil Georgia) - Fashion show was held in Pankisi gorge on March 10.
09 Mar.'02 Saturday
Georgian Troops Preparing for US Training
(Tbilisi, March 9, Civil Georgia) - Brigade number 11 of Georgian Defense Ministry carried out military exercises on March 9.
Russia Trusts the USA more then Georgia
(Tbilisi, March 9, Civil Georgia) - "The strange relations are between Georgia and Russia. There is more trust in relations with the United States then with Georgia," Russian First Deputy Foreign Minister Viachslav Trubnikov stated at the new briefing in Baku, Azerbaijan.
08 Mar.'02 Friday
Georgian Defense Ministry Reports Chechen Fighters are Leaving Pankisi
(Tbilisi, March 8, Civil Georgia) - Georgian Deputy Defense Minister Gela Bezhuashvili state on March 8, that small groups of Chechen fighters started to leave Pankisi gorge.
Shevardnadze Says US-Georgian Joint Military Operation in Pankisi Possible
(Tbilisi, March 8, Civil Georgia) - "I do not rule out that US-Georgian joint military operation might be necessary in Pankisi gorge," Georgian President Shevardnadze stated in the interview to the independent TV company Rustavi 2 on March 7.
06 Mar.'02 Wednesday
Georgia Claims Russian Military Base Involved in Arms Dealing
(Tbilisi, March 6, Civil Georgia) - Georgian Defense Deputy Minister Gela Bezhuashvili confirmed information of the State Security Ministry that arms are sold from the Russian Military base at Akhalkalaki.
05 Mar.'02 Tuesday
US Military Experts Work Over the Assessment Report on Georgia
(Tbilisi, March 5, Civil Georgia) - US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld stated at the news briefing on March 4 that the United States is waiting for the report of assessment team visited Georgia recently to start assistance program with Georgia.
04 Mar.'02 Monday
Russian Security Service Delegations Visits Georgia
(Tbilisi, March 4, Civil Georgia) - Delegation of Russian Federal Security Service, led by the Deputy Chief of Security Service Vladimir Prinichev arrived in Georgia on March 4.
Russia's Reaction to US Military Presence in Georia Depends on Its Goal
(Tbilisi, March 4, Civil Georgia) - "Russia's reaction on US military instructors' presence in Georgia will depend on their activity and mission there", Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Igor Ivanov stated on March 4.
Russian Security Service to Check Repatriated Chechen Refugees
(Tbilisi, March 4, Civil Georgia) - Russian Federal Security service will carefully check all the refugees returned to their homes from Pankisi gorge, Federal Security official in Chechnya Aleksandr Patapov told the Russian media sources on March 4.
Shevardnadze Confirms US Military Instructors are in Georgia
"Four US military instructors are already in Georgia and some others are to arrive in the nearest future", Georgian President Shevardnadze stated at the news briefing on March 4.
02 Mar.'02 Saturday
The USA to Increase Military Aid to Georgia
(Tbilisi, March 2, Civil Georgia) - The USA is looking to give Georgia a "substantial increase" this year in the amount of military assistance it provides Tbilisi, US defense officials say, Jane's Defense Weekly reports.
US, Russian Defense Chiefs Talked on Pankisi
(Tbilisi, March 2, Civil Georgia) - Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov held a phone conversation with his US counterpart Donald Rumsfeld on US military assistance to Georgia and situation in Pankisi gorge on March 1, Russian Defense Ministry reports.
Russia to Hasten Chechen Refugees' Repatriation from Pankisi
(Tbilisi, March 2, Civil Georgia) - Georgian President Shevardnadze stated after the meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimer Putting on March 1 in Almaty that sides agreed "Russia will speed up measures aiming at Chechen refugee's return from Pankisi to their homes."
01 Mar.'02 Friday
Only the USA Can Assist Georgia in Anti-Terror War - Shevardnadze Says
(Tbilisi, March 1, Civil Georgia) - "There is nothing strange that the USA assists Georgian armed forces. No other country can provide Georgia such assistance," Georgian President Shevardnadze stated on March 1 after the CIS informal summit in Kazakhstan.
US Military Experts to Arrive in Georgia in March
(Tbilisi, March 1, Civil Georgia) - US military instructors will arrive in Georgia in late March, Georgian Defense Ministry reports on March 1.
Putin Says No Tragedy in US-Georgian Cooperation
(Tbilisi, March 1, Civil Georgia) - "There is no tragedy that Georgia cooperates with the United States to combat international terrorism," Russian President Vladimer Putin stated on March 1.
Georgia Denies Military Exercises are Held in Pankisi
(Tbilisi, March 1, Civil Georgia) - Georgian State Security Ministry denied that military exercises of Georgian Special Forces or Defense Ministers army units are held in Pankisi gorge.
28 Feb.'02 Thursday
Colin Powell Says no US Troops in Georgia
(Tbilisi, February 28, Civil Georgia) - US Secretary of State Colin L. Powell assured Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov that the United States will take into consideration Russia's concern regarding the US assistance to Georgia.
Russia Denies Deal with the US on Caucasus Region
(Tbilisi, February 28, Civil Georgia) - Chief of Russian Federal Security Service Nikolai Patrushev stated today that there is no deal between Russia and the United States on dividing sphere of influences in the Caucasus region.
Georgia not to Agree on Russia's Operation in Pankisi - Georgian MFA Says
(Tbilisi, February 28, Civil Georgia) - "The United States offers us only a financial and technical assistance to combat terrorism and never asked to pass joint military operation in Pankisi - this is acceptable for us," Georgian Foreign Affairs Minister Irakli Menagarishvili stated today.
USA Assists Georgia in Anti-Terror War Without Sending Troops
"We have not talked about sending US troops into combat there [Georgia], and don't plan on that," Richard Boucher, Spokesman of US Department of State stated at the news briefing on February 27.US media sources reported on February 27 that US Special Sources will be send to Georgia to open new front of war on terrorism in Pankisi gorge, Georgia where Al Qaeda and Chechen fighters are harboring.Boucher said that Georgia and the United States have been working cooperatively over the past several years to enhance the country's counterterrorism and counterinsurgency capabilities. The US and the Georgian government have enjoyed a strong security assistance relationship for more than five years.Georgian authorities also deny reports and say that no military operation is intended in Pankisi gorge.
Boucher Says US not Sending Troops to Georgia
(Tbilisi, February 28, Civil Georgia) - "I think various Pentagon spokesmen have already made clear this morning that we have not talked about sending US troops into combat there [in Georgia], and don't plan on that," Richard Boucher, Spokesman of US Department of State stated at the news briefing on February 27.
USA Confirms It Assists Georgia to Combat Terrorism
(Tbilisi, February 28, Civil Georgia) - US Department of Defense [DOD] confirmed that USA officials are making plans to help Georgia to train and equip its armed forces. "Such assistance would ultimately help the war on global terrorism," Pentagon spokeswoman Torie Clarke stated at the news briefing on February 27.
27 Feb.'02 Wednesday
US Military Experts Assisting Georgia to Secure its Territorial Integrity
(Tbilisi, February 27, Civil Georgia) - Today a meeting was held between the US military experts with the representative of Defense Ministry and General Staff of Georgia.
Georgian Defense Minister Denies Reports on US Troops Dispatching to Georgia
(Tbilisi, February 27, Civil Georgia) - Georgian Defense Minister Davit Tevzadze Stated on February 27 at the news briefing in St. Petersburg that he has no information concerning the reports on US intention to send Special Forces to Georgia.
Russia Against US Military Presence in Georgia
(Tbilisi, February 27, Civil Georgia) - "Dispatching US troops to Georgia will worsen situation in the region," Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Igor Ivanov stated in the interview to the Russian ORT TV company on February 27.
US Intends to Send Special Forces to Georgia - US Sources Report
(Tbilisi, February 27, Civil Georgia) - "U.S. Special Forces will be deployed to the former Soviet republic of Georgia later this week to open the newest front in the war on terrorism," CBS News National Security Correspondent David Martin reports on February 27.
No Military Operation in Pankisi - Georgian Officials Say
(Tbilisi, February 27, Civil Georgia) - "There is no talk on military operation," Georgian Deputy Defense Minister Gela Bezhuashvili stated on February 27, commenting visit of US military delegation to Georgia.
Georgia Denies it Dispatches Terrorists from Pankisi to Abkhazia
(Tbilisi, February 27, Civil Georgia) - Georgian Defense and State Security Ministries deny reports of unrecognized government of Abkhazia that Georgian authorities dispatch terrorists harboring in Pankisi gorge to breakaway Abkhazia.
US Military Delegation in Georgia
(Tbilisi, February 27, Civil Georgia) - Delegation of US Department of Defense arrived in Georgia on February 27, Georgian Defense Ministry reports.
There are no Special Forces of USA in Georgia - State Security Ministry Says
(Tbilisi, February 27, Civil Georgia) - "Information as if US Special Forces are in Georgia is not true," Deputy Minister of State Security of Georgia Irakli Alasania stated on February 27.
USA Starts Anti-Terror Assistance in Georgia
(Tbilisi, February 27, Civil Georgia) - "The Pentagon has begun providing combat helicopters to the former Soviet republic of Georgia and will soon begin training several Georgian battalions to counter what defense officials believe is a growing terrorist threat in the country's mountainous Pankisi Gorge region, senior U.S. officials said yesterday," the Washington Posts reports on February 27.
26 Feb.'02 Tuesday
Georgian Officials Deny that Protests are Held in Pankisi
(Tbilisi, February 26, Civil Georgia) - Georgian Intelligence Service denies that mass protests are held in Pankisi gorge by the local Kist population and Chechen refugees demanding granting autonomy to the gorge.
Georgian-Russian Defense Ministries Cooperation on Pankisi not on the Agenda
(Tbilisi, February 26, Civil Georgia) - "Georgia is a sovereign state and must decide for itself how to combat Chechen gunmen. As for cooperation in this connection between the two Defense Ministries, I can say that this is not on the agenda," Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov told Strana.ru web site.
Georgian Authorities Deny Reports on Detention of Afghans
(Tbilisi, February 26, Civil Georgia) - Georgian State Security Ministry and Border Guard Service deny report concerning detention of five Afghan citizens on Georgian-Azerbaijani border.
25 Feb.'02 Monday
Khadori Hydroelectric Power Station Bombed in Pankisi
(Tbilisi, February 25, Civil Georgia) - Internal Affairs Ministry reports that Khadori hydroelectric power station was bombed with the grenade launcher on February 25 in Pankisi gorge.
Georgia Negotiates on Antiterrorism Activity With the USA
(Tbilisi, February 25, Civil Georgia) - "Negotiations will show how Georgia and the United States will cooperate to fight the terrorism," President Shevardnadze stated in radiobroadcast on February 25.
Georgian Security Chief Excludes Joint Military Operations in Pankisi
(Tbilisi, February 25, Civil Georgia) - Georgian State Security Minister Valeri Khaburdzania stated on February 24 that special operation will not be carried out in Pankisi with USA and Russia's involvement.
24 Feb.'02 Sunday
Law Enforcers Deny Reports that Hostage is Killed in Pankisi
(Tbilisi, February 24, Civil Georgia) - Georgian Internal Affairs Ministry denies reports concerning murder of Abdula Khalilov, which is detained in Pankisi gorge by the kidnappers since last October.
23 Feb.'02 Saturday
Abducted Ethnic Azeri Killed in Pankisi - Azerbaijani TV Reports
(Tbilisi, February 23, Civil Georgia) - Georgian citizen, ethnic Azeri Abdula Khalilov abducted in Pankisi gorge last October is dead; Khalilovs family told the Azerbaijani TV station ASN on February 23.
USA Sends Troops to Georgia?
(Tbilisi, February 23, Civil Georgia) - "Two U.S. aircraft landed in Georgia yesterday, likely setting the stage for a new U.S.-led counterterrorism operation against al-Qaida and Chechen militants in the Pankisi Gorge," Texas-based Strategic Forecasting intelligence consulting firm, also known as Stratfor reports on February 22.
US Experts to Train Georgian Antiterrorist Unit
(Tbilisi, February 23, Civil Georgia) - Group of US military experts will arrive in Georgia in the nearest days to train one of the units of Defense Ministry, Georgina broadcasting company Rustavi 2 reports.
USA to Render Military Assistance to Georgia - US Envoy to Russia Says
(Tbilisi, February 23, Civil Georgia) - The United States do not intend to launch military operation in Pankisi gorge, Georgia, US ambassador Aleksandr Vershbow stated in St Petersburg on February 22.
22 Feb.'02 Friday
Ariel Cohen: I don't See the Operation with Russian Involvement
[Civil Georgia. February 22. Interview] Possible scenarios of the military anti-terrorist operation in Pankisi became the topic for the comments from the Russian and the US capitals. Civil Georgia asked Dr. Ariel Cohen, a Research Fellow at Heritage Foundation and author of "Russian Imperialism: Development and Crisis" to comment on current situation regarding Pankisi.Russia exploits the image of a "joint anti-terrorism struggle" with the United States and implicitly claims endorsement of its possible military action in Georgia by the US. To what extent you think the Russian claims are warranted? Do the US political circles consider that the military operation in Pankisi is a necessity?
Georgian Foreign Ministry Rules Out Military Operation in Pankisi
(Tbilisi, February 22, Civil Georgia) - Georgian Foreign Affairs Ministry's spokesman Kakha Sikharulidze denied on February 22 that Georgia intends to carry out joint military operation with Russia, or the United States in Pankisi gorge.
Georgian Envoy Says Antiterrorist Operation in Pankisi Might Be Necessary
(Tbilisi, February 22, Civil Georgia) - Georgian ambassador to Russia Zurab Abashidze stated in the interview to the radio station Ekho Moskvi that in case the police fails to crackdown on criminals in Pankisi gorge, then the special antiterrorist operation might be necessary.
21 Feb.'02 Thursday
Boucher Says Pankisi Problem Best Dealt through USA-Georgia Cooperation
(Tbilisi, February 21, Civil Georgia) - Richard Boucher, Spokesman of US Department of State commented on situation in Pankisi gorge, Georgia on February 20.
Russian Military Official Calls for Joint Operation in Pankisi
(Tbilisi, February 21, Civil Georgia) - Chief of Staff of Russian Armed Forces Anatoli Kvashnin stated on February 21, that Georgia and Russia should destroy terrorism center in Pankisi gorge jointly.
Law Enforcers Have a Special Plan of Operation in Pankisi
(Tbilisi, February 21, Civil Georgia) - Parliamentary Committee on Security and Defense discussed situation in Pankisi gorge beyond the closed doors on February 20. State Security Minister Valeri Khaburdzania attended meeting.
20 Feb.'02 Wednesday
Georgian Security Minister to Visit USA and UK
(Tbilisi, February 20, Civil Georgia) - Georgian security Minister Valeri Khaburdzania intends to visit Washington and London. Visit is to start on March 11.
Abducted Policemen Released
(Tbilisi, February 20, Civil Georgia) - Late on February 19 kidnappers released four policemen, abducted on February 17 from the checkpoints in Pankisi gorge. Criminals are not arrested.
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