Comment of the Press and Information Department regarding the rallies in Tbilisi
Against the background of the protest rallies that have been taking place in Tbilisi over the past few days, the respective state agencies remain on alert to ensure public order and security in the country. Foreign visitors, journalists and tourists, including those from the Russian Federation have faced no threat in the capital of Georgia.
The police has already opened an investigation into a small incident involving the journalists of the Russian TV Company.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia has duly informed the international organizations, including the OSCE on the steps taken by the government to ensure secure environment amid the latest developments in the country.
Information about the preparation of Ashgabat High-level Conference is presented at the meeting in the WHO Headquarter
Informational meeting under the chairing of Regional Director of the WHO European Regional Bureau Zsuzsanna Jakab was held during the 144th session of the WHO Executive Council in the World Health Organization Headquarter in Geneva on January 20.
Delegations of member states of international organizations as well as the ambassador of foreign states permanently accredited in Geneva took part in the meeting. The participants discussed administration and budget issues as well as the programme of activity of the World Health Organization in coming period.
Speaking at the meeting, the Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Turkmenistan in Geneva introduced the information about the first International Conference on Prevention and Control of non-infectious diseases in Ashgabat on December 3 – 4, 2013, on which plenary session President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov made a speech. Ashgabat Declaration approved by the WHO European Regional Committee in 2014 has been adopted by the outcomes of this representative forum.
In this context, it was informed about the second International High-level Conference, which will be held in Ashgabat on April 9 – 10, 2019 and would be dedicated to the prevention and control of non-infectious diseases. In particular, the programme of the conference (high-level plenary sessions, thematic and interactive work group sessions) and agenda of the forum have been presented to the participants.
In the end, all member countries of the WHO were invited to participate in the forum for the development of coordinated solutions. It was mentioned that diplomatic missions of Turkmenistan in foreign countries would provide necessary support to the delegates.
The state news agency of Turkmenistan
USA handed over hand-held speed radars to Patrol Police Department
The Bureau of Antl Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) of the US Department of State handed over 9 speed measuring radars to the Patrol Police Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia.
For effective use of new radars, 18 employees of the Patrol Police Department completed 4-day training conducted by American instructors.The training included practical and theoretical exercises.
From December 2018, the retrained patrol-inspectors will apply hand-held radars in Mtskheta-Mtianeti Municipality, in particular, in Dariali gorge and on Kobi-Gudauri road section of Mtskheta-Stepantsminda-Larsi highway.
The Patrol Police will introduce hand-held radars in road sections not covered by the s.c. "smart" cameras and in sections where the risk of road accidents is high.
The purpose of introduction of speed measuring hand radars is to prevent traffic accidents and increase the level of traffic safety.
Information for Georgian Citizens Residing Abroad
Due to high public interest concerning the second round of presidential election, the Central Election Commission (CEC) presents information about certain procedures and terms.
In order to participate in the second round of presidential election, Georgian citizens residing abroad shall get consular registration or be registered abroad according to Georgian legislation.
Georgian citizens willing to participate in the second round of presidential election of Georgia and lacking consular registration may already contact consular offices/diplomatic representations or visit website www.geoconsul.gov.ge of consular office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia and register online at the consular registry.
The final date to pass the list of citizens being on consular registration to the CEC is related with the date of the second round which will be defined by the CEC after summarizing October 28 election results.
It is noteworthy, that according to the legislation, the District Election Commissions (DEC) shall summarize election results no later than November 8th at electoral districts. Accordingly, the CEC within its powers plans to define necessary procedures and terms for the second round of the election.
In addition, after the CEC summarizes the final results of the first round, the CEC officially defines by ordinance the date of the second round of the election.
Comment of the Press and Information Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of GeorgiaThe entire international community supports Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. This strong support is clearly reflected in the effective steps made by the international community towards the peaceful resolution of the conflict. The visit of the German Chancellor Angela Merkel to Georgia on the 10th anniversary of the August War, as well as the recent unprecedented reaction from partner countries and international organisations, have served as a clear confirmation of this support.
Sooner or later, Russia will have to change its illegal decision of 2008 on recognition of the so-called independence of our regions and to de-occupy our territories. On 12 August 2008 the Russian leadership took on an international obligation to withdraw troops from Georgia and must fully comply with the ceasefire agreement reached through EU mediation.Georgia continues constructive and active participation in the International Geneva Discussions in order to achieve progress regarding major issues on the agenda including the implementation of obligations taken on by the Russian Federation, the creation of security mechanisms in the occupied regions and the safe and dignified return of IDPs to their homes.
The Georgian government does its utmost for confidence-building and reconciliation of the communities torn apart by the war and dividing lines, as well as to allow our citizens on the other side of the occupation line, regardless of their ethnicity, to fully enjoy the benefits offered by the state to its citizens.
Information For The Media/Georgia
2018 Public Opinion Poll about the European Union
The EU-funded ‘EU NEIGHBOURS east’ project has conducted an opinion survey in Georgia, based upon face-to-face interviews among a representative sample of 1,000 people. Here below are the key findings – more details may be found in the factsheets and report at the links below.
- 49% of Georgians have a positive image of the EU, the highest of the countries of the Eastern Partnership. Only 5% of Georgians have a negative view of the EU, which is well below the regional average of 13%.
- 83% of Georgians feel relations with the European Union are good – the same as in 2017 and well ahead of the regional average of 63%.
- 70% of people in Georgia trust the EU (up 4% on 2017). Trust in the EEU remains low (24%).
- 67% of Georgians (up 9% on 2017) are aware of the EU’s financial support to the country, and 59% consider the support to be effective.
Georgia report and factsheets 2018: https://www.euneighbours.eu/en/east/stay-informed/publications/opinion-survey-2018-georgia
Regional overview 2018 (all EaP countries): https://www.euneighbours.eu/en/east/stay-informed/publications/opinion-survey-2018-regional-overview
The opinion polling was carried out by the ‘EU NEIGHBOURS east’ project in March/April 2018 in all six countries of the Eastern Partnership – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine. The annual surveys are now into their third year, with the first wave having been carried out in 2016.
Team Leader and Campaign Coordinator
EU NEIGHBOURS east
Communicating for a stronger partnership: connecting with citizens across the Eastern Neighbourhood (EU OPEN Neighbourhood Programme)