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Georgia to Continue WTO Talks With Russia in Geneva This Week

October 03, 2011

Oct. 3 (Bloomberg) -- Georgia will continue negotiations with Russia this week over joining the World Trade Organization, a Georgian deputy foreign minister said.

Talks will be held in Geneva on Oct. 7, Davit Jalagania told reporters today in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi. They will be led by Sergi Kapanadze, another deputy foreign minister, and Tamara Kovziridze, an adviser to Prime Minister Nika Gilauri, he added.

Switzerland has mediated in WTO negotiations between Georgia and Russia, which fought a five-day war in 2008. Russia, the largest economy outside the world trade arbiter, has been trying to join the organization since 1993, surpassing the 15 years China had to wait before becoming a member. While the U.S. and the European Union back Russia’s entry, its southern neighbor Georgia, already a member, has blocked its accession.

Georgia failed to reach an agreement with Russia over the WTO during talks in Geneva last month, Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze said Sept. 13.

--Editors: Andrew Langley, Paul Abelsky

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