About Civil.ge
Eng | Geo | Rus
Last updated: 16:14 - 18 Jan.'18
RSS
Mobile
Twitter
Facebook
Russia, Georgia Hold WTO Talks
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 11 Jul.'11 / 13:50

Georgian and Russian negotiators held third round of the Swiss-mediated talks over terms of Russia’s WTO accession in Geneva on July 9-10, the Georgian Foreign Ministry said on Monday.

“This time the parties into the talks invited at the negotiating table experts of customs affairs,” Nino Kalandadze, the Georgian deputy foreign minister, said on July 11 without going further into details, citing an agreement not to speak with the press about the ongoing negotiations.

She said that the sides had agreed to hold next round of talks by the end of this month.

President Saakashvili said in an interview with Ekho Moskvy radio station on July 8, that Tbilisi insisted on international monitoring of trade on the border crossing points between Russia and Georgia’s breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

He said that accepting Tbilisi's demand for international monitoring of trade across disputed border would be "minimal price" for Russia to pay for joining WTO.

"We do not want to resolve all of our problems at the expense of [Russia's] WTO [accession]," Saakashvili said. "We understand it very well that we should not expect any serious changes for better under the present leadership in Russia and we should not expect de-occupation of our territories unless present stance is maintained in the Kremlin."

"But we would like that any of the international organization... to control movement of good across the Georgian borders [in breakaway Abkhazia and South Ossetia], which are recognized by the entire responsible international community," he said.

"I think this is a minimal price for Russia to pay" for joining WTO, Saakashvili added.

He said that the World Customs Organization (WCO), EU or any regional organization, "where there are at least several serious countries", could be chosen for carrying out monitoring on border crossing points at Psou and Roki Tunnel in Abkhazia and South Ossetia, respectively.

Latest News
18 Jan.'18 16:14
Media Organizations Urge Parliament to Uphold Presidential Objections to Broadcasting Law
51 media organizations seek meeting with the Parliamentary Chairman and the majority group.
18 Jan.'18 14:22
Political Ratings in NDI-Commissioned Poll
GD enjoys strongest public support in the poll carried out after the October municipal elections.
17 Jan.'18 18:56
Three Pankisi Gorge Residents Questioned
Georgian State Security Service questioned three individuals for alleged ties with terrorism suspects.
17 Jan.'18 16:16
NATO Military Committee Holds Session on Georgia
Georgia’s progress on its defense reform and Substantial NATO-Georgia Package were discussed.
17 Jan.'18 12:41
Georgian, Latvian Parliaments Sign Strategic Partnership Memorandum
Georgian Parliament Speaker held talks with his Latvian counterpart, Foreign and Economy Ministers.
16 Jan.'18 17:53
CSOs Urge Parliament to Uphold Presidential Objections to Broadcasting Law
A group of thirty-six civil society organizations released a statement on the controversial GPB-related bill.
16 Jan.'18 16:28
The Weekly Tripwire - Issue 22
Civil.ge’s news digest covering developments in Abkhazia and Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia.
16 Jan.'18 12:59
NDI-Commissioned Public Opinion Survey
Support for EU membership 72%, for NATO membership 64%.
16 Jan.'18 10:35
Freedom House: Georgia Remains ‘Partly Free’
Georgia’s rating in both political rights and civil liberties categories remained unchanged.
15 Jan.'18 18:36
President Vetoes Changes to Broadcasting Law
The bill, approved by the Parliament last month, envisages further expansion of powers of the GPB.

About Civil Georgia
Civil.Ge © 2001-2018, Daily News Online
Registered office: 2 Dolidze Str, 4-th Floor.
90