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Georgian President Says Rehabilitated Agmashenebeli Avenue is the Best Neighborhood in Europe

Published: November 23, 2011 | 1:49 pm
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Top Statements by Georgian President on November 23- St. George’s Day

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Rehabilitation works on Agmashenebeli Avenue was finished, as planned, on November 23. The street constructed in the 19th century has assumed a combination of a historical and contemporary image.

Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili along with Tbilisi Mayor Gigi Ugulava opened the reconstructed avenue.

Saakashvili in his speech stressed the achievements of the Rose Revolution saying that the poverty level in the country has decreased from 52% to 17%.

As reported, the reconstructed street is planned to become one-way and after two years, it is expected to become a pedestrian one.

Earlier, on November 20 the President of Georgia inspected the rehabilitation works in progress at the Agmashenebeli Avenue. The President of Georgia and the Vice Mayor of Tbilisi – Davit Ninidze inspected the rehabilitation work in progress on Agmashenebeli Avenue. Mikheil Saakashvili spoke with the construction workers and the local population. He recalled the first stage of developing the capital, while rebuilding Bamba Row as well as Chardin and Gudiashvili streets. According to Mikheil Saakashvili, Agmashenebeli Avenue will be the next step, where entertainment, tourist and trade centers will be located as a result of the reconstruction. The Head of State noted that Agmashenebeli Avenue will connect to Chardin Street through Zaarbriuken (former Vorontsov) Square and Rike, creating a huge attractive area for tourists.

According to the President of Georgia, this place has never been so beautiful and work will continue because there should be no neglected places in the capital.

“This has become the best neighborhood of Tbilisi and one of the best neighborhoods in Europe. There should be no disadvantaged neighborhoods left in Tbilisi – this is a principal issue for us. Every place where people live should have comfortable living conditions. Tbilisi has seen more construction in the last 5 years than during any previous time period in history. Even more will be built in the next two years. We live in a very interesting epoch” – noted Mikheil Saakashvili.

Construction of new district begins in Dighomi, Tbilisi

Construction of a new district in Dighomi has begun in Tbilisi. Project will be implemented by an Arabian Company Rakeen and the district will have one of the largest malls in the continental Europe. President of Georgia Mikhail Saakashvili opened the Tbilisi Mall on November 23. President said the goal of the construction of a new district is not to enlarge Tbilisi, but to make Georgia closer to European standards.

“A new district means that people should have a chance to buy new houses. New district will have a subway station and new communications” Sakashvili said. “The construction of a new district has begun and in 2015, its contours will be revealed. This is a historic moment for Tbilisi. Let them say whatever they want, but this is the largest period of building in the history of Georgia,” Georgian President said.

Ronald Reagan Statue in Tbilisi

A statue to former U.S. President Ronald Reagan, the symbol of the end of Cold War was opened in downtown Tbilisi by President Saakashvili and the U.S. congressional delegation on November 23.

The ceremony symbolically coincided with the 20th anniversary of disintegration of the USSR. The bronze statue, depicting a smiling Reagan sitting on a bench with crossed legs, was opened in the Rike Park.

Georgian President said the statue was symbolizing the difference between the ideologies of Georgia and its northern neighbor.

“Leader of our invader state has announced that the collapse of the Soviet Union – the Soviet Union which was collapsed by Ronald Reagan – was the 20th century’s biggest geopolitical catastrophe,” Saakashvili said during the unveiling ceremony, referring to Russia’s PM Vladimir Putin.

“Several days ago in the north from us creation of Eurasian Union was announced, which has been bluntly declared to be a new version of the Soviet Union,” Saakashvili said.

He was referring to a ceremony in the Kremlin last week during which Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan presidents signed agreements aimed at boosting economic ties, which Russian President Dmitry Medvedev described as “a new and very powerful step on the path to forming an Eurasian Economic Union.”

“Russian Orthodox Church, which is directly the Kremlin’s branch, declared a crusade for restoration of the Soviet Union and called the former Soviet Union territory, including Georgia, ‘historic parts of Russia’ which should be returned back to Russia,” Saakashvili continued by referring to remarks of Russian Church leader, Kirill, who said last week that the collapse of the Soviet Union amounted to “the collapse of historical Russia.”

He said that Russia’s attempt to restore the Soviet Union was “revenge” against what Ronald Reagan had done by helping to collapse the Soviet Union.

Prior to that a signing ceremony of the Founding Document of Reagan Freedom Center in Georgia also took place in Tbilisi. This is the first center beyond the border of the U.S. which has been officially named after President Reagan.

 

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