Georgian delegation has new head in Geneva talks

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Georgia, Tbilisi, Nov.23/Trend, N.Kirtskhalia /

A Georgian delegation in the Geneva talks will be led by Deputy Foreign Minister of Georgia Nikoloz Vashakidze, Georgian Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze told reporters.

Vashakidze is only Deputy Foreign Minister, who retained his post after Bidzina Ivanishvili came to power. He is Defense Minister Irakli Alasania's friend.

Yesterday Panjikidze and Vashakidze met with co-chairmen of the Geneva talks. The Georgian delegation will also include representative of the Office of the State Minister for Reintegration, Ketevan Tsikhelashvili.

The next round of the talks will be held on Dec.11-12.

It should be recalled that in the previous rounds of the negotiations the Georgian delegation was led by Sergi Kapanadze, former Deputy Foreign Minister of Georgia.
Georgia, Russia (including representatives of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali), the OSCE, the EU, the U.S. and the UN are represented in the Geneva talks.

The Geneva talks were convened after the armed conflict in Georgia in August 2008, in accordance with the Ceasefire Agreement dated Aug.12.

Military actions were launched in the Georgian region of South Ossetia on Aug.8, 2008. Later Russian troops occupied the city of Tskhinvali and drove the Georgian military back. Russia recognised the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia in late August.

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