June 20, 2007 |
Georgian customs officers sent a car carrying a mixture of plutonium and beryllium back into Azerbaijan after foiling an attempt to smuggle the materials over the border, Georgian television reported. Customs officials found the materials, which can be used in nuclear bombs, in what appeared to be a routine check as the car was driven over the border from Azerbaijan, the Imedi television station reported. "Georgian customs detected a high level of radiation," Imedi reported. Details were scant.
November 17, 2007 |
The government lifted a nine-day state of emergency and President Mikheil Saakashvili appointed a new prime minister, banker Lado Gurgenidze. Saakashvili promised not to impede opposition parties in the run-up to a Jan. 5 presidential vote. Western allies have been pressing him to lift the restrictions on media and demonstrations since a violent crackdown on protesters last week.
November 15, 2007 |
A state of emergency that was imposed after a police crackdown on opposition protests will end Friday, said Georgia's parliamentary speaker, a close ally of President Mikheil Saakashvili. "The state of emergency will be lifted on Nov. 16, and we will switch to a normal life," Nino Burjanadze said in a televised statement. Saakashvili imposed the state of emergency last week, after violently dispersing opposition protests in the capital, Tbilisi.
November 14, 2007 |
Russia said it had closed its last base in Georgia, formally ending its military presence there after more than two centuries. Gen. Andrei Popov, commander of military forces in the Caucasus, signed documents handing to Georgia the territory of its base at Batumi in the Adzharia region. Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili reached agreement with Russia in 2005 for the closure of the bases.
November 9, 2007 |
Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili eased the crisis that has gripped his country for a week by pledging Thursday to hold presidential elections and a referendum on voting for a new parliament on Jan. 5. A day after the pro-Western government's democratic credentials were badly bruised by a violent crackdown against thousands of opposition demonstrators, Saakashvili surprised even his opponents by agreeing to go to the polls in less than two months.
September 15, 2007 |
The former Soviet republic Georgia will cut the number of its troops in Iraq to less than a quarter of the current contingent by June, its defense minister said Friday. "The Georgian contingent is being reduced to around 300 servicemen from 2,000," Defense Minister David Kezerashvili told journalists. "We had an original agreement with the United States that we would cut our military contingent in Iraq in summer 2008." Georgia, a tiny Caucasus nation, is a close U.S.
September 29, 2007 |
tbilisi, georgia -- Thousands of opposition supporters rallied Friday in Georgia's capital, demanding that the president step down after the arrest of a former defense minister who accused him of involvement in a murder plot. President Mikhail Saakashvili, who has been at the United Nations in New York, has not commented on the allegations by former Defense Minister Irakli Okruashvili. This week, Okruashvili alleged that the president, a former ally, had encouraged him to kill a businessman.
January 12, 2006 |
A court convicted a man of trying to assassinate President Bush and Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili by throwing a grenade at them during a rally May 10, and it sentenced him to life in prison. Vladimir Arutyunian also was convicted of killing a policeman before his arrest. The grenade landed about 100 feet from the leaders and did not explode.
January 30, 2006 |
Russia resumed sending natural gas to Georgia after finishing repairs to a major pipeline damaged by mysterious blasts Jan. 22. But the Tbilisi government accused Moscow of taking its time to fix the damage to punish Georgia for its pro-Western policies. Georgia relies on Russia for its gas needs, and the blasts left millions of people shivering in their homes.
November 14, 2006 |
Georgia's South Ossetia region overwhelmingly endorsed a split with the government in Tbilisi, with 99% of about 50,000 voters voting "yes" in a referendum, election officials reported. Before the vote, the hawkish Georgian defense minister was removed in the strongest sign yet that Tbilisi wants to ease a bitter standoff with the separatists and their Russian backers.