Communique of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia
On the 5th of June, 2017 Georgia and the Kingdom of Belgium are marking the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations.
Since the restoration of Georgia’s independence, the ties between the two countries have developed into extensive and fruitful collaboration. While sharing the core European values, both states have achieved close political cooperation and continue to coordinate their policies on a wide range of international issues.
Partnership with Belgium – a host country of European and Euro-Atlantic institutions – has been particularly important for Georgia due to Belgium’s special place in Europe’s recent history as one of the founding members of the EU and NATO and a loyal supporter of European integration.
In this respect, Belgium’s contribution to advancing Georgia`s relations both with the EU and NATO to a qualitatively new level as well as support to Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, should be underlined.
Furthermore, Georgia and Belgium are holding regular political dialogue at various levels. As a latest example of high level bilateral visits, recently Georgia had an honour to host the Chairman of the Belgian Chamber of Representatives H.E. Siegfried Bracke and Belgian MPs.
Importantly, people to people contacts are expending too. Brussels is often a host to Georgian artists and cultural events, allowing Belgian public and aficionados of art and music to get better acquainted with the contemporary Georgian art in all its diversity.
The last 25 years have laid solid foundation of bilateral relations between Georgia and the Kingdom of Belgium, which can only be further developed and strengthened. The two states will continue working closely in order to ensure peace, stability and security on the European continent.
The Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding the terrorist attack of 11 September
20 years ago this day, brutal terrorist attacks in the United States took thousands of innocent lives, injuring and affecting even more. This merciless event shook the world and changed it forever.
Today, Georgia once again remembers and honors all the victims of this tragedy, their families, friends, and loved ones. We pay tribute to real heroes – the first responders - brave police officers and firefighters who saved so many precious lives, while in some cases sacrificing their own lives and health.
We condemn terrorism in all its forms. Georgia has proved to be a reliable partner in fight against terrorism. We remain committed to continue working together with international community to advance further our joint cause of enhancing security around the world. The most rightful way to honor the victims and survivors of September 11, 2001 is to strive together for a more peaceful world.
Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on the 2021 NATO Brussels Summit
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs welcomes the NATO Summit conducted in Brussels on June 14, which resulted in the adoption of important decisions both in the context of Georgia's NATO integration, as well as NATO adaptation to new challenges.
It is important that the communiqué reiterates the 2008 Bucharest Summit decision that “Georgia will become a member of the Alliance” and that Georgia has all "practical tools to prepare for eventual membership."
We welcome the unequivocal and direct reiteration by the Allies that they support Georgia’s sovereign right to choose its foreign policy priorities and no third party can interfere in this process. It is noteworthy that Allies positively assess the progress made by aspirant Georgia in the implementation of reforms in different areas and emphasize Georgia's ability to make a significant contribution to the common Euro-Atlantic security.
It is of special importance for Georgia that the Allies give a proper assessment to Russia's destructive policy in the Black Sea region and express their readiness to further deepen cooperation with Georgia on Black Sea security. Georgia greatly appreciates the firm, consistent and effective support of the Allies to the country’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and non-recognition policy. Allies adequately assessed Russian Federation’s attempts to “forcibly separate” the two occupied regions from the rest of Georgia. Allies especially underlined the frequent cases of “borderization”, arbitrary detentions and harassment of Georgian citizens. We welcome the Alliance’s call on the Russian Federation to comply with the August 12, 2008 ceasefire agreement. Georgia also welcomes Allies' support for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity. For Georgia, as a future member of the Alliance, the Summit decisions aimed at strengthening NATO and at addressing modern security challenges, are of special importance. Georgia welcomes the Alliance's decision to update NATO strategic concept, which will be adopted at the NATO’s 2022 Summit. The new concept will be better suited for modern security challenges. It will reaffirm the Alliance's commitment to its core values and set out future directions of NATO's development. Georgia hopes that the issues related to Open Door policy will be adequately reflected in NATO’s new strategic concept and that the concept will take on board the recommendations related to the enlargement policy and Bucharest Summit decision contained in the document "NATO 2030-United for a New Era". Georgia hopes that a clear and concrete strategy of the Alliance on the Black Sea region will be a part of the new strategic concept of NATO. The Allies paid particular attention to the issue of support towards the rule-based international order. It was underlined that Russia, through its illegal actions, constitutes a threat to such an order through undermining the security, stability and democratic values of Allied and partner nations. Importantly the issue of Georgia was discussed under this agenda item as well. We welcome the Alliance's decisions to strengthen its deterrence and defense policy. Since 2014, NATO began to reinforce its south-eastern flank by increasing the readiness of the armed forces and deploying new battlegroups on its territory. It is in this context that NATO has been boosting its presence in the Black Sea region. It is noteworthy that at the Summit, the Allies agreed to improve NATO’s readiness, response and defense. The Georgian side welcomes this decision and hopes that NATO's engagement in the Black Sea region will further increase, which will be a significant deterrent factor and further strengthen security in the Euro-Atlantic area. Member States paid particular attention to strengthening resilience, which is crucial to the Alliance's three core objectives - collective defense, crisis management and cooperative security. Taking into consideration that destructive actors often use conventional and hybrid warfare methods to destabilize Allied and partner nations, Georgia welcomes the strengthening of the Alliance's capabilities in this area and deepening of cooperation with non-member countries in this regard. As an aspirant country Georgia especially values the transatlantic unity principle and the steps taken to strengthen this unity, which constituted one of the main objectives of the NATO 2021 Summit.
Georgian Prime Minister’s meeting with Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda
Today, Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili held a meeting with Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda.
The meeting at the Administration of the Georgian Government focused on the relations between the two countries based on shared values and principles, emphasizing the tremendous dynamism of bilateral interaction. Lithuania is one of Georgia's most active supporters, the parties pointed out.
The conversation revolved around successful and productive cooperation with Lithuania's delegations under various international organizations. The Head of Government thanked the Lithuanian President for ongoing support and the initiation of resolutions concerning Georgia.
The meeting also focused on the importance of deepening the economic cooperation between Georgia and Lithuania, especially in the post-pandemic period, to boost economic growth and people-to-people contacts. In discussing the challenges posed by COVID-19, the parties underlined the importance of access to vaccines. The Prime Minister thanked the President of Lithuania for the decision to donate 15,000 vaccine doses to Georgia.
Lithuania's unequivocal support for Georgia's path toward European and Euro-Atlantic integration was emphasized, and key directions of further joint activities and coordination were outlined. Georgia is preparing to apply for full EU membership in 2024, the Head of Government said and stressed the importance of political and economic reforms to that end. The parties discussed the upcoming NATO Summit, with the issue of Georgia included on its agenda, and expressed hope that the summit's declaration will reflect Georgia's significant progress on the path to Euro-Atlantic integration.
The meeting also paid special attention to the situation in Georgia's occupied territories and problems plaguing the populations along the occupation lines. The President of Lithuania familiarized himself with said concerns during his visit to the village of Khurvaleti. Gitanas Nausėda reassured Irakli Garibashvili of his firm support for Georgia's territorial integrity and sovereignty.
The meeting was attended by Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Lithuania to Georgia Andrius Kalindra, Chief Adviser to the Cabinet of the President Ieva Ulčickaitė, President's Foreign Adviser Skirmantė Straigienė, and President's Chief Adviser for Communications Raminta Stanaitytė-Česnulienė, while the Georgian side was represented by Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani and Georgia's by Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Lithuania Levan Ghvachliani.
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THE DELEGATION OF TURKMENISTAN TOOK PART IN THE MEETING OF THE OSCE COMMITTEE ON THE ECONOMIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL DIMENSION
On April 14, 2021, in a hybrid format, a meeting of the OSCE Committee on the Economic and Environmental Dimension was held on the topic "Biodiversity and security - the consequences of environmental degradation for security, including the reduction of biodiversity." The meeting was attended by the adviser of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, Ambassador M. Akmuradov.
In his speech, M. Akmuradov informed the participants about the policy of Turkmenistan to save the Aral Sea and improve the ecological and socio-economic situation in the region.
In particular, he noted that Turkmenistan, being a supporter of a systematic approach to solving the issues of the Aral Sea problem at the national, regional and international levels, for decades has been carrying out a number of practical measures aimed at ensuring a high level of environmental conditions in the country.
At the same time, Turkmenistan is consistently promoting in the international arena initiatives and proposals aimed at consolidating the efforts of the countries of the region and the international community to address the overall Aral Sea problem.
Further, the diplomat informed the participants in detail about the experience of Turkmenistan in improving the ecological state of the Caspian Sea and creating conditions for sustainable development of the region.
Georgia: Leading MEPs react to the refusal of the political parties to reach an agreement
In a joint statement, MEPs deplore that Georgia’s political leaders did not agree to EU mediator Christian Danielsson’s proposal and announce consequences in terms of EU-Georgia relations.
Following a meeting on 1 April with Christian Danielsson, personal envoy of European Council President Charles Michel for the EU-mediated political dialogue in Georgia, leading MEPs issued the following joint statement:
“We are deeply disappointed with the political leaders in Georgia for their inability to reach an agreement last Tuesday despite the best efforts deployed by the European Union to help put an end to the current political crisis. Both the ruling and the main opposition parties taking part in the discussions are to be blamed for this outcome and a special responsibility lies with the party in government.
We reiterate our strong support to Christian Danielsson’s tireless work and welcome the publication of the proposal he made to the political parties, which further increased the transparency of the mediation process. It is essential to rebuild confidence between political party actors. The content of this proposal is indeed the right way ahead for Georgia: ambitious electoral and judicial reforms, meaningful sharing of responsibilities in the Georgian Parliament and, most importantly, a solution on future elections and on two cases of politicised justice. This solution is politically balanced and respects both the rule of law and the international assessment of the 2020 elections. We also welcome the idea of a Jean-Monnet Dialogue process supported by the European Parliament, when the political situation allows.
Following the refusal from the political parties to compromise, Georgia’s leaders should not expect a return to business as usual from the European Union. The European Parliament in particular will call for consequences in terms of EU financial assistance, including both a suspension of further disbursements of and an increase in conditionality linked to EU Macro Financial Assistance and budget support programmes.
In the meantime, the adoption of ongoing electoral and judicial reforms in the Georgian Parliament requires broad political support and the need to fully implement the recommendations of OSCE/ODIHR and the Council of Europe’s Venice Commission. These reforms are key to rebuild trust. We call on the ruling party to ensure a genuinely inclusive process to avoid the further undermining of both future elections and the judiciary, as well as unnecessarily closing the door to a possible agreement in the future.
We call on Georgia’s leaders to take action immediately. The future of EU-Georgia relations is at stake.”
The increasing frictions between political parties in Georgia following the November 2020 parliamentary elections and the arrest of the opposition leader in mid-February have sparked a major political crisis in Georgia. The EU is actively engaged to help overcome the tensions among Georgia's political parties. Christian Danielsson, European Council President Charles Michel's personal envoy, conducted in Tbilisi two rounds of mediation among the parties and presented a proposal for a way ahead for Georgia. The European Parliament strongly supports his efforts.
Viola von Cramon-Taubadel (The Greens/EFA, Germany), lead member of the Democracy Support and Election Coordination Group for Georgia;
Sven Mikser (S&D, Estonia), European Parliament’s Standing Rapporteur on Georgia;
Michael Gahler (EPP, Germany), European Parliament’s Standing Rapporteur on Ukraine;
Petras Auštrevičius (Renew Europe, Lithuania), European Parliament’s Standing Rapporteur on Belarus.