EU Spokesperson: “The latest developments in relations between the Russian Federation and Georgia risk having a negative impact on the citizens of both countries”
On 3 July, the EU Spokesperson issued a statement in response to the latest developments in relations between the Russian Federation and Georgia.
“The latest developments in relations between the Russian Federation and Georgia risk having a negative impact on the citizens of both countries,” said the Spokesperson. “We consider the Russian decision to ban flights to Georgia as of 8 July unjustified and disproportionate.”
The spokesperson added that the restrictions imposed on the two crossing points at the Abkhaz Administrative Boundary Line as of 27 June severely affect freedom of movement and cause further difficulties for the population affected by the conflict. “They need to be lifted to avoid further humanitarian hardship,” she added. “The round of the Geneva International Discussions that started today should be used effectively to lower tensions and to alleviate the situation of the affected population.”
In conclusion, the EU spokesperson underlined that the EU's commitment to peaceful conflict resolution in Georgia “remains as strong as ever”.
“The European Union reiterates its firm support to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia within its internationally recognised borders,” the statement concluded.
Georgia Defence and Security Conference
Ministry of Defence of Georgia will host the 13th annual Georgia Defence and Security Conference (GDSC) on November 6-7 in Batumi, Hotel Hilton.
Over the past thirteen years, Georgia Defence and Security Conference has developed into a unique forum in the region, where key topics related to Euro-Atlantic security and regional stability are addressed by senior Georgian and foreign policy-makers, experts, representatives of non-governmental organizations, media and academic circles.
This year the GDSC will spotlight four interactive themes. The first panel will focus on discussions of the security environment in the Black Sea Region. During the second panel - Georgia on the Right Track- for the NATO and EU Membership – the panelists will share their views about Georgia’s path towards NATO membership. The third panel will be dedicated to discussions of hybrid tactics and hybrid threats and the last one – “Georgia’s Strategic Readiness: From Words to Action”.
For additional information, please, visit the official web-site of the Georgia Defence and Security Conference: http://gdsc.mod.gov.ge/
Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia condemns the continuous process of erection of barbed wire fences and artificial barriers along the occupation line in the village of Atotsi, Kareli Municipality.
Against the background of the extremely aggravated circumstances on the ground, the above actions of the occupation forces represent a deliberate provocation that aims at destabilizing the situation in the country. This illegal attempt of escalating the situation further deteriorates already difficult security and human rights situation on the ground, restricts freedom of movement and access of the local population to the agricultural lands.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs calls upon the Russian Federation to immediately cease its destructive actions, allow freedom of movement of the local population and fulfil the undertaken international commitments, particularly the EU-mediated 12 august 2008 Ceasefire Agreement.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs informed immediately its international partners regarding the illegal developments in the village of Atotsi. The phone conversation with the Co-Chairs of the Geneva International Discussions took place. The Georgian side appealed to them to take all necessary measures in order to avoid the provocations on the ground. The EU Monitoring Mission is aware of the situation. The hotline has been activated. The diplomatic corps accredited in Georgia will be also informed.
Sergey Lavrov: we are grateful to Turkmenistan for the wonderful organization of the work of the CIS Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs
“We are grateful to Turkmenistan for the wonderful organization of the work of the CIS Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs”, said Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Sergey Lavrov, addressing the mass media representatives.
“Today, we have completed the process of approving a very important document that was initiated by President of Turkmenistan Mr. Gurbanguly Myalikgulyyevich Berdimuhamedov. I am talking about enhancing partnership in the foreign-policy sphere between the CIS member states.
“This is a very important document that lays the vectors for further work in international organizations and other platforms, including regional structures such as OSCE, and this is very useful. Second, the project of the Appeal to the people of the world with regard to the 75th anniversary of the victory of the Soviet people in the Great Patriotic War was adopted. It was agreed to promote the relevant memorable events in frames of the UN and OSCE.
“The new for our CIS Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs document – as suggested by the Russian Federation it was adopted the declaration of ministers on the Prevention of Militarisation of Outer Space. There are a lot of warning signs that some states have plans in this area. This is crucial to draw attention to them and agree on the conditions for the non-placement of weapons in space.
“The draft strategy for cooperation in the sphere of international information security and the documents on strengthening military cooperation, including the establishment of a joint unit for humanitarian demining and the formation of joint communication systems were adopted. I’m sure that the heads of states will make important strategic decisions aimed at deepening and strengthening the CIS”, emphasized the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.
The state news agency of Turkmenistan
Telephone conversation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia
A telephone conversation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan R.O.Meredov with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation S.V.Lavrov was held on the 29th of August, during which the issues of bilateral cooperation were discussed.
The parties highly appraised the outcomes of the First Caspian Economic Forum which was held in Turkmenbashy city on August11-12 of the current year.
Also, the heads of external policy agencies of the two countries exchanged views on the preparation to the meeting of the Council of the Heads of States of the Commonwealth of Independent States to be held on October 11 in Ashgabat.
Georgian project to preserve Mutso village settlement is among this year’s Europa Nostra Awards on cultural heritage
In May, Europe’s most prestigious award in cultural heritage – Europa Nostra Awards -announced this year’s winners. Among them were artists and projects from Armenia and Georgia.
The Georgian ‘Fortified Settlement of Mutso’ project is among the winners. It aimed to rehabilitate the settlement around the mountainous village of Mutso in Khevsureti province, which was on the brink of extinction.
The harsh climate, lack of arable land, poor infrastructure together with water shortages led to the depopulation of the village by the middle of the 20th century. Through deterioration and lack of maintenance, this unique village was set to be lost.
Thanks to the efforts of Georgia’s National Agency for Cultural Heritage Preservation under the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports, the project addresses the depopulation of this community – a challenge that is throughout Europe.
“The restoration of this heritage has created an awareness among the local community of their intangible heritage and the history of the people of the Caucasus, in turn encouraging their re-engagement with this heritage”, the award jury noted.
“The continuation of traditional craftsmanship has been prioritised, ensuring its future maintenance. The overcoming of many challenges to the rehabilitation, including the difficult terrain and lack of infrastructure, is commendable.”
The village of Mutso is a remarkable fortified settlement. For centuries, it was the strongest outpost in northern Georgia, controlling the roads and protecting the state border. The village – strikingly integrated in the surrounding landscape from the harmonious use of materials – was inhabited from the 10th century onwards.
The European Heritage Awards/Europa Nostra Awards is funded by the EU’s Creative Europe programme. This year, 25 laureates from 16 countries are recognised for their impressive accomplishments in conservation, research, dedicated service and education, training and raising awareness.
The winners will be honoured at the high-profile European Heritage Awards Ceremony on 29 October in Paris, during the European Heritage Congress.