Georgia's Minister of Defence Irakli Alasania spoke at Chatham House about learning from the past, and relations with Russia, Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
The self-proclaimed government in Abkhazia has never confirmed of avian influenza outbreak. Control has not yet been achieved in Abkhazia, despite intensive efforts in many. Past experience with outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza, previously considered rare, has demonstrated the difficulty of fully eliminating the virus in bird populations.
Separatist government policies in Abkhazia (that restrict public health and humanitarian aid have created an environment where AIDS, drug-resistant tuberculosis, malaria and bird flu (H5N1) are spreading unchecked, according to a report by researchers at the AISER.
The post Soviet era appears to be an era of unprecedented change. Nations are disintegrating in some places while in others they are forming supranational powers such as the European Union. Transnational threats such as narcotrafficing, crime and terrorism along with ecological problems, uncontrolled territories and large- scale population migration create new challenges for the legitimacy of governments.
Guram Gabiskiria was the last major of Sokhumi before it fell to separatist militants of September 27, 1993. Born and raised in Sokhumi, Guram was appointed as major of the city during the most difficult times. The savage war was ragged against ethnic Georgian population of Abkhazia since 1992 and little hope of peaceful settlement of the conflict existed in the besieged Sokhumi. Guram became major of Sokhumi in 1993, while organizing defence strategy for the city and its surroundings.
Abkhazian militiamen returned the corpse of Lasha Okujava, 27, to the family. Young man was killed by the separatists yesterday in the village of Tagiloni. Secessionists have prevented UN observers from meeting with the family of the murdered youth.
Parade dedicated to the Independence Day of Georgia marched on Rustaveli avenue. According to the schedule, ceremony lasted for an hour and 40 minutes. On the platform stood Mikheil Saakashvili president of Georgia, David Kezerashvili a defense minister, Zaza Gogava chief of general headquarter and Ilia II Catholic Patriarch. President has delivered a speech before the parade.
San Gabriel, CA, July 21-27, 2007
As part of their summer program in Public Health, the AISER is running a Summer Course in Applied Epidemiology. This one week course will run from July 21-27, 2007, and is designed to provide the knowledge and skills needed on a daily basis by anyone working in the health protection area.