Georgian Foreign Minister has conveyed his condolences to his German colleague over the terrorist act in Berlin
“Georgia strongly condemns terrorism in all its forms and representations, which poses threat to peace and stability both in Europe and beyond. In the face of so many challenges in the present-day world, we wish to express our solidarity with the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany in its efforts to maintain and further strengthen security in Europe. My dear colleague, in this hour of tragedy, let me convey my sincere condolences to the families of the victims. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families who have been affected by this horrific act”.
Borrell meets new Georgian Foreign Minister, underlines full EU support
EU High Representative Josep Borrell yesterday met new Georgian Foreign Minister Ilia Darchiashvili in Strasbourg, and congratulated him on his appointment.
The High Representative recalled the European Union’s full support to Georgia in the current challenging regional and geopolitical context and in facing the repercussions of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
“The EU continues to be ready to step up its cooperation with Georgia to strengthen its resilience,” an EU press release said.
Borrell reaffirmed the EU’s unwavering commitment to Georgia’s territorial integrity and sovereignty within its internationally recognised borders, and underlined the EU’s commitment to further deepen EU-Georgia relations. He stressed the importance for Georgia to make concrete and rapid progress on key reform priorities, and notably to further tackle the domestic political polarisation, reform the judiciary and adopt the agreed constitutional reforms.
The EU council accepts applications submitted by the members of the "Associated Trio" regarding membership of Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova
The EU council accepts applications submitted by the members of the "Associated Trio" regarding membership of Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova. This was stated by Georgian Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani.
He also reported that, the applications have been transferred to the European Commission for further deliberation, kicking off the discussion about Georgia's accession.
The 131st session of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe
The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe held its 131st Session by videoconference, on 21 May 2021, where Germany passed its chairmanship to Hungary. The Georgian Foreign Minister, Vice Prime Minister David Zalkaliani spoke before the participants of the Ministerial Meeting, which took note of the Secretary General’s 23rd consolidated report on “the Conflict in Georgia” covering the humanitarian and human rights situation in Georgia’s occupied territories from October 2020 to March 2021.
The Ministerial Meeting highlighted the decision adopted by Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on “Council of Europe and the Conflict in Georgia” which holds Russia as the State exercising effective control over the occupied regions, accountable for the deplorable situation on the ground.
Speaking before the Ministerial Meeting, the Georgian Foreign Minister reaffirmed Georgia’s commitment to the organization’s principles and values, and the initiatives the government carries out to bring the country closer to the organization’s standards.
Discussing the difficult security and human rights situation in Georgia’s occupied regions, the Minister said that Russia’s illegal activities bring about negative consequences for the local population. Paying special attention to increasing number of illegal detentions by the occupation regime, Zalkaliani expressed his grave concern over the decision to prolong for more than twelve years the illegal detention of Georgian citizen Zaza Gakheladze, and called for the international community’s strong position for immediately release of Zaza Gakheladze and all other illegal detainees. Referring to the judgment dated 21 January 2021 of the European Court of Human Rights in the case Georgia v. Russia, Zalkaliani said that this judgement lays down the firm groundwork for the success of Georgia’s efforts to achieve the de-occupation of Georgian territories and protection of human rights of the people affected by the Russian aggression.
It needs to be highlighted that the Hungarian Presidency identified as its priority the environmental challenges – one of the priorities of the Georgian presidency of the Committee of Ministers (November 2019 – May 2020).
“The environmental emergency, and especially climate change are among the greatest threats to human rights in our age. Continuing the process started by the Georgian Presidency, the Hungarian Presidency will also aim to strengthen environmental protection work in the Council of Europe through its existing instruments to secure better human rights protection standards in member States” – reads the document on Priorities of the Hungarian Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia expresses its thanks for the efforts of the German Presidency, welcomes the priorities presented by the Hungarian Presidency and pledges its full support for its implementation.
CoE Committee of Ministers to mention term occupation in its decision on Georgia
“The decision of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe is unprecedented, as it introduces the term occupation at the executive level for the first time,” the Georgian Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani declared on Thursday.
“Our main priority is to make the Russian-Georgian conflict issue real in the international arena and mobilize the support of the international community. We have another important success in this direction. The CoE Committee of Ministers in Strasbourg has adopted a decision on Georgia. We have been adopting such documents within this organization every year since 2014. But the decision is unprecedented this year as the term occupation has been introduced at the executive level for the first time,” FM said.
Zalkaliani underscored that the Committee of Ministers welcomed the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights in the Georgia v. Russia war case.
“Committee of Ministers welcomed the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights in the Georgia v. Russia 2008 war case that established the responsibility of the Russian Federation for grave human rights violations during the occupation of the Georgian Abkhazia and Tskhinvali region following the August 2008 war,” the Minister said.
According to Zalkaliani, the Committee of Ministers called on Russia to execute the ECHR judgment.
“In addition, it calls on the Russian Federation, as the state exercising effective control, to ensure the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms in Abkhazia and Tskhinvali regions of Georgia, by taking concrete steps outlined in detail in the document. Committee calls on Russia to secure immediate and unrestricted access of the Council of Europe bodies to the Georgian regions,” Minister said.
Zalkaliani praised all members of the organization who supported this decision.
The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe took its eighth decision on Georgia on May 12, 2012.
The Georgian Foreign Minister has met with his Azerbaijani colleague
Within the framework of the Georgian Prime Minister’s visit to Azerbaijan, the Georgian Foreign Minister, David Zalkaliani, held a meeting with his Azerbaijani counterpart, Ceyhun Bayramov.
All main aspects of the Georgian-Azerbaijani relations were discussed. The sides emphasized the significance of the strategic partnership and its upgrading to a qualitatively new level.
Talking points also included regional developments were also discussed. Discussions also focused on issues relating to participation of Georgia and Azerbaijan in projects of strategic significance. The sides highlighted the need to get more benefits from the Geo-strategic projects and to undertake coordinated actions in this regard.
Speaking about the issues of economic cooperation, the two ministers singled out for special mention the successful cooperation between the two countries during the pandemic and the possibilities of resuming economic relations, including in the area of tourism.
The Ministers exchanged views over the delimitation-demarcation of Georgia’s border with Azerbaijan and the need for the resumption of the respective commission which ceased its functioning due to the pandemic. The Ministers expressed the hope that the issue will be resolved in the spirit of strategic partnership, with due regard for the common interests of the two countries.
Press Service of the MFA Administration