Former Georgian justice minister not consider himself guilty, but willing to cooperate with investigation

Azerbaijani sources report that the legal representative of the former Justice Minister of Georgia, Gocha Svanidze cannot confirm or deny the information that Zurab Adeishvili received political asylum in Belgium.

According to Svanidze, he has no direct contact with his client and is only able to speak with his parents.
Svanidze also said that Adeishvili does not consider himself guilty on the charges against him, but he is willing to cooperate with the investigation.
“The defence is going to apply for making a video of the trial over Adeishvili with its subsequent dissemination, given the great public interest in it,” Svanidze said.

Note that the case is at the stage of preliminary investigation and the process is scheduled for February 28.

Opposition’s visible search for ‘single candidate’ aimed at misleading Azerbaijani society:MP

Today member of the political council of the ruling New Azerbaijan party, MP Aydin Mirzazade said that the opposition seems to look for a “single candidate” but in fact, it plans to confuse the public.

“Candidates from the Azerbaijani Popular Front Party and Musavat were not chosen by all sides represented in the opposition at all. So, we will witness the participation of many opposition candidates in the presidential elections in October.” he said.

According to him, if both the abovementioned parties comply with the issue of a ‘single candidate’, the matter rests in appropriating the social base of each other, rather than the whole opposition.
“They are well aware that the opposition achieving success in the elections would be impossible because of the weakness of the social base. However, apparently they are unable to unite not only society and the opposition, but their own social base.” he said.

Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan discuss cooperation prospects

Azerbaijani media reports that a delegation led by Kazakh Deputy Prime Minister Krymbek Kusherbaev has arrived to Azerbaijan.

As reported, the two-day visit including Kazakh government and business organization representatives, started on January 9.
The purpose of the visit is to discuss possibilities of expanding bilateral cooperation and other issues of mutual interest and to become familiar with the activities of the Azerbaijani production and processing enterprises in agriculture and industry.

Abbasov are also planned.
According to Azerbaijani State Customs Committee, in January-September last year, trade turnover between the two countries exceeded $260 million compared $179 million in the same period of the previous year and $275 million in 2011.

Azerbaijan and Iraq discuss cooperation prospects

Azerbaijani media reports that efforts to strengthen scientific cooperation between Azerbaijan and Iraq were discussed between the sides.

As reported, head of the Center for Strategic Studies under the Azerbaijani President Farhad Mammadov met Iraqi Minister of Communications and Minister of Provinces Torhan Mudher Hassan Al-Mufti, ambassador Heydar Shiya Gubeysi al-Barrak and head of the country`s Strategic Group Watheq Al-Hashimi and the sides have explored prospects for developing the bilateral cooperation.

The source informs that they stressed the importance of the 3rd forum of think tanks of member states of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, which was hosted by the Center for Strategic Studies under the Azerbaijani President in Baku last year.

OSCE to monitor contact line between Armenia and Azerbaijan

Azerbaijani Defense Ministry informs that on January 10 a monitoring will be held on the contact line between Armenian and Azerbaijani armed forces towards the southeast of the Gapanli village in Azerbaijani Tartar region.
On the Armenian side the monitoring will be held by OSCE Chairman-in-Office Personal Representative Andrzej Kasprzyk’s field assistants Jiri Aberle and Christo Christov.

On the opposite side the monitoring will be held by the OSCE Chairman-in-Office Personal Representative Andrzej Kasprzyk’s personal assistant William Pryor and field assistant Evgeny Sharov.

Heads of Orthodox churches arrive in Georgia to attend celebrations in honor of Patriarch Ilia II

Georgian media reports that country continues to celebrate the 35th anniversary of enthronement and 80th anniversary of the birth of the Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II.

Due to the occasion, heads of Orthodox churches start their visits to Georgia to attend the festivities, which are scheduled for January 10-14.
Serbian Patriarch Irinej and representative of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church Kirill with accompanying individuals will today arrive in Georgia on Wednesday.

Turkey’s Bosporus strait closed due to heavy snowfall

Official sources report that Turkey closed the Bosporus strait for navigation due to heavy blizzards.
Because of heavy snowfall the vision in the Bosporus strait has been deteriorated so much that seafaring has become dangerous.
Bosporus strait which connects the Black and Marmara seas, is also a connecting link between the Balkan Peninsula and Minor Asia.

Georgian Energy Minister brings clarity to issue of cost of Azerbaijani gas supplies

Official sources write that price of Azerbaijani gas stated in media sources with reference to the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources of Georgia Kakha Kaladze does not coincide with the real cost of supply.

According to Kakha Kaladze, the numbers in media reflect the average price considering the supply of Azerbaijani gas from Shah Deniz through South Caucasus gas pipeline, gas supplies by SOCAR (State Oil Company of Azerbaijan) and fuel received from transit of Russian gas through the territory of Georgia.
“We are not only importing gas from Azerbaijan, we get some of it from transit of Shah Deniz gas, transit of gas from Russia… in the aftermath, the price is 186 dollars,” -Kaladze said.

So, Kaladze explained that a figure of 186 per 1,000 cubic meters is the average price for Azerbaijani gas received from all sources.

Negotiations on thermal power plant in Georgia’s Gardabani to be resumed

The head of Georgian Partnership Fund Irakli Kovzanadze said on Tuesday that the fund is building a thermal power plant with a capacity of 230 megawatts with a Turkish partner.

“This project had to be implemented by Inter RAO, but for some reason the agreement was broken. The Partnership Fund started the implementation of the project, and 50 million was invested in the construction during the summer”, he said.

As he noted the station is being built by the fund in cooperation with the Turkish company, negotiations with which will be restarted in mid-January.
According to him, the growth of the economy in 2014 and 2015 will increase energy consumption leading to the need for a reserve plant.