PACE called on Russia to pay membership fees
PACE has called on Russia to “appoint a delegation to the Assembly and to resume obligatory payment of its contribution to the Organisation’s budget” since failure to do could lead to its suspension in both statutory bodies, if applied by the Committee of Ministers.
PACE adopted the regarding resolution on April 10.
As concerns the Russian Federation, PACE called for intensified dialogue to “avoid a situation in which the biggest member State would be asked to, or chooses to leave the Organisation”, with all the geopolitical implications this would have and consequences for Russian citizens.
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe deprived Russia of voting right in 2014 for illegal annexation of Crimea. Moscow has no right to work at the Assembly’s managing body and to send observers on behalf of the Assembly. In June 2017, the Russian Government’s decision, in reaction to this situation, to suspend payment of its contribution to the budget of the Organisation. Russia’s annual contribution is € 33 million, which is 10% of the total budget of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly.
The Prime Minister of Georgia, Mamuka Bakhtadze, addressing the Assembly in Strasbourg said that, as a sign of gratitude, the Georgian government decided to make voluntary contributions to the Treasury of the Council of Europe.
Georgian Prime Minister met with France-based Georgian sculptor Goudji Amashukeli
Today, Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili’s met with France-based Georgian sculptor Goudji Amashukeli.
During his visit to the US in September 2021, Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili presented the UN with a museum exhibition copy of The Knight in the Panther’s Skin, with its repoussé cover authored by Goudji Amashukeli, a celebrated France-based Georgian sculptor.
This treasured, unique repoussé cover of national importance is made from silver and uses up to twenty different types of gemstones. The copy is displayed in one of the most prominent spots at the UN Headquarters, in New York. Goudji Amashukeli’s sculptures, symbolic artworks, medallions, jewelry, and golden and silver sculptured items on mythological and religious themes are owned by world-famous museums, galleries, and private collections. Each artwork by Goudji Amashukeli is unique, never repeated.
Hailed as Master of Art, Goudji Amashukeli has been made Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters in recognition of his exceptional merit in art, also being Knight of the National Order of Merit and the holder of the title of Maître d’art.
His works are preserved at Vatican and Louvre Museums, Notre-Dame de Paris Museum, the Museums of Decorative Arts in Paris and Lyon, Dobrée Museum of Nantes, Museum Mandet de Riom, and others.Press Service of the Government Administration
Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia regarding the so-called referenda held by the Russian Federation at the territory of UkraineThe Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia strongly condemns so-called referenda held by the Russian Federation at the territory of Ukraine and illegal annexation of these territories which is a clear act to forcefully change the internationally recognized borders of Ukraine.Through this yet another illegal action of the Russian Federation, the fundamental principles of international law, protecting the territorial integrity and sovereignty of all states, have once again been grossly violated.
Georgia, who has already been through the experience to forcefully change the internationally recognized borders, will never recognize the so-called illegal referenda conducted in Ukrainian regions and reaffirms its firm and unwavering support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders.
Prime Minister’s meeting with NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia
Georgia’s progress toward Euro-Atlantic integration and the key directions on the NATO-Georgia relations agenda were the main topics discussed at today’s meeting between Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili and the NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia, Javier Colomina.
Irakli Garibashvili and Javier Colomina spoke about the supportive measures tailored to Georgia and seeking to expand the country’s defense capabilities even further.
Attention was paid to NATO’s new Strategic Concept. As it was noted, the concept reiterates NATO’s unwavering support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial sovereignty and emphasizes the strategic importance of the Black Sea to the Alliance.
According to the Prime Minister, Georgia has always been one of the most reliable and capable partners of the Alliance, making a tremendous contribution to common Euro-Atlantic security. Irakli Garibashvili underlined that, over the years, Georgia has achieved significant progress on the path to Euro-Atlantic integration.
The conversation touched on the ongoing war in Ukraine and the complex security environment in the region and the world. Irakli Garibashvili and Javier Colomina discussed the situation in Georgia’s occupied territories. The Prime Minister reaffirmed the Georgian Government’s commitment to the policy of peaceful conflict resolution.
The meeting at the Government Administration was attended by the Head of the NATO Liaison Office in Georgia, Alexander Vinnikov, Georgia’s Foreign Minister Ilia Darchiashvili, and the Head of the Georgian Mission to NATO, Victor Dolidze.Press Service of the Government Administration
Ilia Darchiashvili has met with Jordanian Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ayman Safadi
A meeting of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia with the Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Jordan was held within the framework of the UN General Assembly.
Ilia Darchiashvili and Ayman Safadi highly appreciated the friendly ties established between Georgia and Jordan and once again noted the importance of the historic visit of the Prime Minister of Georgia to the Kingdom of Jordan and the meeting with His Majesty King Abdullah II.
The Ministers expressed their readiness to work actively for maintaining and further developing the existing relations. They emphasized the need to intensify tourism and people-to-people contacts between Jordan and Georgia. According to them, this process will be given an additional impetus by the decision of Jordan's royal family to formally present a plot of land near Jordan River to Georgia.
Focusing on the relations between the two countries in international formats, the sides once again emphasized Georgia's successful cooperation with the Arab League organization and the Arab states, in general.
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Committee of Ministers again exhorts Russia to pay damages to Georgia following ECHR judgment on collective expulsions
Strasbourg, 23.09.2022 – The Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers has deeply deplored the lack of response of the Russian authorities to the Committee’s earlier appeals to implement the Georgia v. Russia (I) judgment from the European Court of Human Rights concerning the arrest, detention and collective expulsion of Georgian nationals in 2006-2007. It again exhorted the Russian authorities to pay the “just satisfaction” awarded to the Georgian government.
In an Interim Resolution (*) published today, the Committee of Ministers recalled that, despite ceasing to be a member of the Council of Europe on 16 March 2022, the Russian Federation is still required to implement judgments of the European Court, and the Committee of Ministers continues to supervise their execution. The Committee deeply deplored that no information was provided by the Russian authorities ahead of the meeting.
In its 2019 judgment on just satisfaction, the European Court of Human Rights determined that Russia was to pay the Georgian government, within three months, 10 million euros in respect of non-pecuniary damage suffered by a group of at least 1,500 Georgian nationals. The European Court also ruled that the Georgian government was to set up an effective mechanism for the distribution of the money to the individual victims.
At its latest regular meeting to supervise the implementation of judgments, the Committee of Ministers again reiterated its profound concern that the payment has not been made, more than three years after the deadline expired.
The Committee firmly reiterated that the payment of just satisfaction awarded by the Court is an unconditional obligation. “Delay in fulfilling this obligation deprives the individual victims of the violations from receiving compensation for the damages suffered by them,” the Committee stressed.
It again exhorted the Russian authorities to pay the just satisfaction, together with the default interest accrued, without any further delay.
The Committee once again invited the authorities of the Council of Europe member states to explore all possible means to ensure the execution of this case and instructed the Secretariat to come up with proposals for a strategy for supervising the execution of pending cases against the Russian Federation. The Committee will resume consideration of this case at their next meeting on execution of ECHR judgments in December 2022.
The Committee of Ministers has also adopted a decision on the execution of the judgment in the case Georgia v. Russia (II) which has become final in October 2021 and concerned various violations in the context of the armed conflict between Georgia and the Russian Federation in August 2008.