Statement by Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia
Another military confrontation between Azerbaijan and Armenia has created a grave situation. There are heavy casualties and, unfortunately, the cessation of hostilities and the resumption of dialogue has not been possible thus far.
We all understand that further escalation of the situation will have an extremely negative impact on the security of the entire region. We once again call on the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs and international actors to make the most of the available opportunities to end the escalation and resume dialogue. As you know, our country has good neighborly relations with both countries, Azerbaijan and Armenia.
Historically, our Azerbaijani and Armenian citizens living in Georgia have always played a great role in the development and strengthening of our country, as well as the entire region. At the same time, their peaceful coexistence is a good example demonstrating that Georgians, Armenians, and Azerbaijanis have the potential to turn the entire South Caucasus into an area of peace and development.
It is our common interest for peace to be established in the region as quickly as possible. Georgia is ready to facilitate this process in any way, including by hosting a meeting of representatives of the sides of the conflict in Tbilisi for the purpose of holding a dialogue.
Press Service of the Government Administration
Official Welcoming Ceremony of the Prime Minister of Georgia Held at the Residence of the Government of the Republic of Armenia
The Official Visit of Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia to the Republic of Armenia has started.
A welcoming ceremony was held at the Residence of the Government of the Republic of Armenia.
The Head of Government of Georgia was hosted by Nikol Pashinyan, incumbent Prime Minister of Armenia.
National anthems of the two countries were performed.
Prime Ministers are scheduled to make statements to the media after a face-to-face and extended meetings between Irakli Garibashvili and Nikol Pashinyan at the residence of the Government of the Republic of Armenia.
Press Service of the Government Administration
Global Youth Issued Joint Statement on Myanmar’s Human Rights Crisis
252 youth organizations with 1.7 million members from 65 countries joined in joint statement advocating peaceful solutions to the human rights crisis in Myanmar. Through this “Joint Statement of World’s Civil Society and Youth on Myanmar’s Human Rights Crisis,” youth organizations take into account international cooperation to increase the collective voice for seeking solutions through talks among the stakeholders of the country.
In the statement, it said, “We urge the head of state of each country and the international community to actively pursue peaceful measures to safeguard the lives of Myanmar’s citizens.” It added, “We urge people and media worldwide to raise their voices in support of finding peaceful resolutions to the current crisis.”
The statement highlighted that global youth’s “commitment to work toward ceasing conflicts, countering violence and establishing sustainable peace through the 2018’s UN Youth Declaration.” Mr. Mainza M Hiyamwa, Chairperson of Chosen Generation Youth Club Solwezi (CGYC) of Zambia, said, “The UN and international society are being the main pillars of peace and security, human rights, and development. It's more vital that we gain access and disseminate information on the range of issues affecting the people of Myanmar. By so doing it would carry more impact and help in the restoration of peace, human rights promotion, and development of the country.”
Mr. Alemayehu Menta, President of Gato Development Association said that the peace of youth should be protected. Also, Mr. Shirwan, Chairman of Peace Generations Iraqi Network told, "I really appreciate that I can do something for world peace."
Facing the current deadlock of counteractions against the humanitarian crisis from the deaths and injuries continually occurring in Myanmar, this global movement by youth organizations has been led by the International Peace Youth Group, an affiliated organization of Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light registered in the UN ECOSOC.
This joint statement was sent to the UN Secretary General, international organizations, governments and civil society organizations.
Press-release of the HWPL
Irakli Garibashvili: We are launching a nation-wide renovation, involving 63 municipalities. First phase of the project has been budgeted at 500 MLN GEL
"We are launching a nation-wide renovation!" It was announced by Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia at the Executive Government Meeting today.
Explanations on the components of the program were thereby given by the Prime Minister of Georgia.
"This program envisages the urban renovation of 63 municipalities, rehabilitation of cultural and historic sites of heritage, along with the rehabilitation of municipalities, administrative centers, arrangement of recreation areas, development of infrastructure for tourism in recreation parks, construction of landmark facilities in all municipalities, cities and all public buildings. Urban renovation of municipalities, resorts and settlements will be made within the scope of the initiative. Also, new leisure, tourist and public areas will be created within the program.
Of course, you are all aware that many places exist in Georgia that need to be made even more attractive for our citizens in the first instance and for the guests of our country - our tourists - at the same time" stated Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia.
In the opinion of the Head of Government of Georgia, equal socio-economic development needs to be facilitated in the regions of the country.
"Advancement of living conditions, labor and development opportunities for our citizens everywhere in the country should become the main goal of the state. Creation of new attractions of tourism for the local population in the regions of the country, improvement of the social environment will, of course, contribute to the recovery, renewal, development and new opportunities for the population of each region.
First phase of the regional renovation project has been budgeted at 500 MLN GEL. The initiative envisages the creation of new jobs in the first instance. We estimate that approximately 15 000 new jobs will be created under the project and that the local residents will be employed in regions of the country.
Tenders for projects envisaged within the scope of the nation-wide program will be announced this week and as I told you, we will launch a series of large-scale works in 63 municipalities from June of the current year" stated Irakli Garibashvili today.
As the Prime Minister noted, the projects envisaged within the program will be implemented by the Municipal Development Fund (MDF) of the Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia (MRDI) along with municipalities.
"Expenditures of the program will be funded with 500 MLN GEL from the state budget and with support of international financial institutions (IFIs). As for the program itself, all the best architects will be involved in the program and the project. Of course, the authenticity of all regions and municipalities will be maintained on the ground and this will be a very strong start for a large-scale renovation of our country.
We will be launching these works very soon. Mr. Irakli Karseladze and his team have been working on the blueprints very actively for the last 2 years and I want to thank him. Now we have to move on to the actual work. We must establish a new standard pretty much everywhere and equally in all municipalities. It will be a new, European standard that will change the overall picture of our country completely. Now we need maximum mobilization, more endeavours, more hard work to support and assist our people" stated the Head of Government of Georgia.
Press Service of the Government Administration
Joint statement of the Spokespersons of the EU High Representative/Vice-President and of the US Department of State on the EU mediation
After nearly six months of negotiations, the citizens of Georgia have made clear that they want the political crisis to end, and for all elected Members to work together in Parliament and address the serious challenges facing the country, including the regional challenges, COVID, and the economic crisis.
With this in mind, the European Union and the United States call on all Members of Georgia’s Parliament to sign the agreement that European Council President Michel will propose today. This is an agreement all Members can sign in good faith rather than a unilateral action that undermines the goal of a broad-based agreement.
The institutional reforms in the agreement represent important progress for Georgia’s democratic development and are of significant benefit for its citizens, helping to create a more independent judiciary, stronger electoral processes, and a Parliament that can better reflect the voices of all people of Georgia.
Accepting this compromise demonstrates courage and a commitment by all parties to put the needs of the citizens of Georgia first, ahead of the interests of any one political party.
Statement of the President at the Joint Press Points with President Armen Sarkissian of Armenia
President Salome Zourabichvili and H.E. Armen Sarkissian, President of the Republic of Armenia, held a face-to-face meeting, followed by an expanded format meeting, after which they issued statements at a joint press point. Below is President Zourabichvili’s statement.
“Mr. President, I am glad to host you in our country. This visit was planned long ago and unfortunately could not be carried out. The pandemic and the conflict in the region have greatly hindered us and we have not been able to organize this visit so far, so I am very happy to have the opportunity to receive you today at the Orbeliani Palace.
“Since our last meeting, we have faced very difficult challenges in the Caucasus.
“On the one hand, the pandemic affected the economies of all three countries, shutting down the world and claiming human lives. However, the casualties caused by the war were much greater for the region and the individual country. I would like to express my condolences and sympathies to the families of those killed during this war, Mr. President.
“As it was during the conflict, Georgia is on the side of peace. As a sign of this, our offer for a platform for meetings, dialogue and to ease the situation remains in place.
“I briefed the President of Armenia, Mr. Sarkissian, on the situation in the occupied territories of Georgia, including illegal borderization, kidnappings, human rights abuses, and the aggravated humanitarian situation and escalations during the pandemic.
“We all understand that any conflict in the region affects the whole region, so peace and cooperation have no alternative for the development of the Caucasus.
“Given the importance of stability in the region, we also discussed the alarming situation in Ukraine. The Black Sea region (and not only) is threatened with escalation and destabilization. We understand how important de-escalation is today for this region as well.
“We discussed the unique future economic potential of our region, with increased interest from various external actors, new plans or platforms. All this proves the great importance of this region. However, the role of the Caucasus countries remains crucial. The countries of the Caucasus must jointly define their future, considering the Caucasus in terms of its transit and other potential, I see it only as an open region.
“The implementation of large-scale projects to bring Asia and Europe across the Caucasus and the Black Sea requires the active participation of the EU, one of the main players, together with everyone and other stakeholders.
“It is important for the EU to be involved in the final settlement of the conflict, as well as in the implementation of following infrastructure plans within the Eastern Partnership.
“We also talked about our bilateral relations to strengthen and implement economic, touristic, and cultural projects.
“We are also proud of the fact that the Georgian citizens of Armenian origin have all the means to preserve the language and culture of their ancestors in this country. At the same time, more needs to be done, mainly by the State, so that they can fully master the state language and thus be able to integrate fully and participate in the economic or political development of the country.
“I am very happy with your visit today. We also discussed some of the initiatives that can be taken at our level, how to encourage business actors to start thinking and working together on specific projects. This will arouse the interest of investors not only for each country but also collectively, as such a format may be much more attractive.
“We started discussing this today, which will continue and which we will give a specific form. I have high hopes for this.
“Thank you very much, Mr. President, for your visit, and I am happy that such a close, friendly relationship has been and will be maintained over time!”