TWO PERSONS DETAINED FOR THE ATTEMPTED SWINDLING
The officers of Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti Police Department of the MIA as a result of operative-investigation activities detained Maia B. (D.o.B.: 1968) and Nana Sh. (D.o.B.: 1980) in Zugdidi for attempted swindling.
Investigation established that the detainees deceived one of the refugees as if they had an influential acquaintance at the Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Accommodation and Refugees who would assist him in receiving an apartment. For the mentioned favor detainees demanded and extorted 2000 USD from the refugee.
Law enforcers detained Maia B and Nana Sh in several minutes from the moment of extortion money. Police seized 2000 USD as evidence during personal search of Maia B. Both of the detainees have already pleaded guilty.
The UN General Assembly within its 73rd session adopted the Resolution on „Status of Internally Displaced Persons and Refugees from Abkhazia, Georgia and the Tskhinvali, Georgia”
On 4th of June the UN General Assembly within its 73rd session adopted the Resolution on „Status of Internally Displaced Persons and Refugees from Abkhazia, Georgia and the Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia, Georgia” that was initiated by Georgia and 44 sponsoring states.
The General Assembly has been adopting the Resolution consecutively since 2008, reaffirming the fundamental rights of forcefully displaced persons, first and foremost their right of voluntary, safe and dignified return to their homes.
It should be noted that for the first time this year United Nations Member States were given the opportunity to co-sponsor the Resolution and thus participate more actively in a global effort to resolve this important issue. Resolution was joined by 45 UN Member States from different regions. Therefore, the Resolution represents the initiative of not only Georgia, but of 45 countries.
The Resolution condemns the forced demographic changes in the occupied regions, emphasizes the right of all internally displaced persons and refugees, regardless of their ethnicity, to a safe and dignified return to their places of origin, and focuses upon the need to fully respect and protect their property rights. The Resolution reiterates the importance of unimpeded humanitarian access in the regions of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali Region.
Apart from the humanitarian context, the Resolution has a practical significance as it tasks the UN Secretary-General to prepare an annual report on the situation of internally displaced persons residing in Georgia as well as on the implementation of this resolution. The above-mentioned has even greater importance in the light of the deploring human right situation in the occupied territories in the absence of international human rights monitoring mechanisms, which constitutes one of the impediments to the safe and dignified return of forcefully displaced persons.
The Resolution calls upon the participants of the Geneva International Discussions to reinvigorate their efforts to ensure security and human rights protection in the occupied regions, which in turn will facilitate the return of IDPs and refugees to their homes.
During the presentation of the Resolution, the Permanent Representative of Georgia to the United Nations, H.E. Kaha Imnadze stressed that the resolution is based on the Guiding Principles of Internal Displacement. Mr. Imnadze also emphasized that security and human rights situation inside the occupied Georgian territories remains extremely alarming. People endure kidnappings, arbitrary detentions, seizure of property, as well as continued discrimination on the grounds of ethnic origin including severe restrictions on free movement and residence, and access to education in their native language. Ambassador also stressed that it is heartbreaking to see the Secretary-General’s latest report referring to “tragic loss of life” of the Georgian IDPs while in detention by the occupying power. Such cases are far too often and far too many: Basharuli, Otkhozoria, Tatunashvili, Kvaratskhelia.
During the session the supporting statements were delivered by: Permanent Representative of Ukraine on behalf of the GUAM; Nordic-Baltic States were represented by Permanent Representative of Lithuania, whereas Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta, Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Poland and Slovenia aligned themselves with the statement. In a national capacity the statements were delivered by the representatives of USA, Canada, United Kingdom and Ukraine.
Adoption of the Resolution by the General Assembly highlights that the situation in Georgia still remains on the agenda of the world’s most important forum.
The diplomatic service of Georgia will continue its effort on the international arena to protect the fundamental rights of IDPs and refugees who were displaced as a result of ethnic cleansing, as this issue, that implies the full de-occupation of Georgia’s Abkhazia and Tskhinvali regions and ensuring the safe and dignified return of the internally displaced persons, is and will continue to be the main priority of Georgian Government until its final resolution.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia would like to express its sincere gratitude to all states that have supported and co-sponsored the resolution on the right of return of the IDPs and refugees and thereby once again expressed their solidarity to each and every forcibly displaced person.
Sofio Katsarava, Tamar Khulordava and the Ambassadors visited the Tech Park
The Chair of the Foreign Relations Committee, Sofio Katsarava and the Chair of the Committee on European Integration, Tamar Khulordava along with the Ambassadors of Estonia, Sweden, Lithuania and Latvia visited the Tech Park.
According to Ms. Katsarava, Tech Park, as the Centre for Innovations and Technologies of Georgia, allows establishment of new technologies as on local so on global markets and is competitive. “I had the greatest desire to introduce our innovative project to the Ambassadors, which was established in capacity of Tech Park in Georgia. It is an effective platform for realization of creative ideas, which is important for stimulation and motivation of our new generations. We also considered the visit of the Chairmen of the Parliaments of NB8 states scheduled in spring in Georgia”.
According to her, Tech Park is as well now operating in Zugdidi and will be further extended.
Tourism Revenues Exceed Two Billion USD
The numbers of tourists in Georgia have increased by half a million, and tourism revenues exceed two billion USD. The Prime Minister of Georgia commented on the positive tourism statistics at today's Government meeting.
According to Giorgi Kvirikashvili, it is truly commendable that, in 2016, over 6,350,000 international guests visited Georgia, and the country's revenues from tourism exceed 2,000,000,000 USD.
"It is a result of our joint efforts seeking to develop infrastructure and position Georgia as an attractive international destination. We believe that the investments to create year-round resorts and build roads to tourist destinations, also to implement public-private partnership models at winter resorts, must be enhanced further, because they yield concrete results in terms of additional revenues for local businesses and residents," the Prime Minister stated.
According to Giorgi Kvirikashvili, it is also a commendable outcome that, this year, more than one reputable publication has named Georgia as one of the most attractive new destinations, while some even rank it as the best new tourist destination in the world.
Anti-corruption Agency detained one person for Attempted Swindling
Anti-corruption Agency under State Security Service of Georgia alongside General Inspection under Ministry of Corrections and Probation as a result of operative-searching and investigative activities detained inspector Natela Jincharadze, the employee of Rustavi N16 establishment under the Ministry of Corrections and Probation for attempted swindling in large quantities by misusing her powers.
Investigation established, that Natela Jincharadze promised a citizen to give assistance in early release of a prisoner in N 17 Rustavi establishment and in return demanded and received 7 000 USD when she was detained.
Investigation is carried out on the fact of attempted swindling. (Article 19-180 part III subparagraph “A” and “B”, which envisages from 6 to 9 years of imprisonment. Investigation is carried out by Anti-corruption Agency under State Security Service of Georgia.
“Within its competence and through cooperation with Anti-corruption Agency under State Security Service of Georgia, General Inspection under Ministry of Corrections and Probation carried out the crime prevention activities. Relevant agencies under the Ministry were actively involved in the operative-searching activities and implemented every necessary measure in order to solve the case. Ministry of Corrections and Probation will closely cooperate with law enforcement agencies in future in terms of crime prevention within its system” - Amiran Kartvelishvili, head of General Inspection under Ministry of Corrections and Probation stated.
Citizens of Zugdidi will be provided with 24 hour water supply
Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia, Nodar Javakhishvili inspected water supply system rehabilitation in Zugdidi. Centralized water supply system was not existed in Zugdidi. After finishing the work the problem will be resolved and the residents of Zugdidi will be provided with 24 hours, a steady water supply.
Under the project construction of the water supply distribution network, pumping stations and reservoirs is ongoing. Also, there will be arranged main pipeline for water supply.
Construction of water supply system is financed by the Asian Development Bank. The project, which cost more than 84 million GEL, will be completed in December 2018.