Prime Minister of Georgia Presents a Renaissance Gift to UN as a Permanent Museum Exhibit at UNHQ in NYC

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Thursday, 23 September 2021 11:35

Unique, handwritten and specifically ornate Knight in the Panther Skin has been deposited in the permanent art collection of the United Nations. Its cover was exclusively incused by a celebrated Georgian sculptor Guji Amashukeli, who is currently living and working in France. A museum copy of the Georgian renaissance poem was created by a group of artists and calligraphists in Tbilisi and Paris in 2017-2018.

Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia officially handed over the renaissance gift to the UN today.

Unique treasure of national significance with its incused cover made in silver by Guji Amashukeli is ornated with almost 20 precious stones.

Sculptures, symbolic items of art, medallions, jewelry and statues made of gold and silver on religious or mythical themes by Guji Amashukeli are kept in public and private art collections of renown museums, galleries and individual art connoisseurs. Each and every piece of art created by Guji Amashukeli is unique and never gets repeated.

"It is my great honor and privilege to take part in this historic event. We are presenting our national gift to the United Nations and it is my great honor to officially hand it over. I wish to express gratitude to the United Nations for everything - for supporting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia" stated Irakli Garibashvili.

Gift presented by Georgia has been deposited at the UN Headquarters, at one of the most vivid and frequented places of the second floor, right before the UN Security Council meeting room.

Event was attended by Atul Khare, UN Under-Secretary General.

"Your Excellency, Prime Minister Garibashvili, thank you very much for presenting this extraordinary gift from Georgia to the United Nations. I would like to congratulate the people of Georgia under your leadership on this very special occasion. The national treasure of Georgia has found a new home here at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Now and for generations to come - Your Excellency - the Georgian poem - the Knight in the Panther Skin by Shota Rustaveli will inspire visitors from all over the world, who come to the United Nations. The values of friendship and humanity, cherished by Rustaveli in this 12th century poem resonate with our world today and more importantly with the values of the United Nations. Your Excellency, the gift is a sign of Georgia's strong commitment to friendship of nations, to peace, to freedom and of course to international cooperation" stated Atul Khare, UN Under-Secretary General.

The Prime Minister of Georgia received a postal stamp collection marking the 850th Jubilee of Shota Rustaveli as a gift from the UN Under-Secretary General. Commemorative memorabilia was released in 2018 by the United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA).

Press Service of the Government Administration

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    Your Excellency Mr. Chairman,

    Excellencies,

    Ladies and gentlemen,

    First of all, I have the honor to convey warm greeting and wishes of peace and prosperity to the peoples of your countries from the President of Turkmenistan His Excellency Serdar Berdimuhamedov.

    I congratulate Mr. Csaba Kőrösi on his election to the presidency of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly and wish him success in this important and responsible position.

    I express my gratitude to the distinguished Mr. Abdullah Shahid, Chairman of the 76th session, for his effective work in this post.

    Dear participants,

    The current session of the United Nations General Assembly is considered by Turkmenistan from the view of the need to urgently use the potential of the world community, the levers of constructive influence of the UN on world processes, the search for channels of dialogue as the only acceptable way to resolve conflicts and tensions, the creation of prerequisites for the development of responsible joint approaches to the problems of post-pandemic development, the restoration of economic and humanitarian ties.

    For Turkmenistan, the new political year marks an important anniversary date – the 30th anniversary of its membership in the United Nations. Based on the solid base of relations with this universal organization built over the years of independence and confirming its policy of strategic partnership with the UN, the conviction that there is no alternative to this only world structure with universal legitimacy, Turkmenistan will continue its efforts to increase and strengthen its role in the world, to establish recognized international legal norms and the UN Charter as the political basis of interstate relations.

    The global security architecture created within the framework of our Organization is now undergoing serious challenges. We are witnessing complex processes that impede multilateral cooperation, including in such important areas as security and stability.

    To overcome current difficulties in international relations, Turkmenistan considers it necessary to strengthen the existing ones and think about creating new dialogue platforms for international communication and negotiations on critical issues on the global agenda.

    The restoration of trust, the culture of respectful dialogue is now acquiring universal significance as one of the key conditions for a responsible, non-confrontational approach, the search for opportunities for mutual understanding and the observance of a balance of interests when considering complex issues.

    Further promoting the philosophy of trust-based dialogue in international relations, Turkmenistan intends to propose to the UN General Assembly to consider the draft resolution "Dialogue is a guarantee of peace".  We are convinced that the adoption of such a document will confirm the principled and unambiguous commitment of all UN Member States to a peaceful, negotiated way to resolve conflict situations, no matter how difficult they may seem.

    Reinforcing our efforts in this direction, we propose that the international community declare 2025 the "Year of Peace and Trust", based on the provisions of the resolution of the United Nations General Assembly adopted earlier at the initiative of Turkmenistan.

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    Mr. Chairman,

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    Excellencies

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    Distinguished participants,

    With all the diversity of tasks facing each of our countries, we are united by common hopes, concerns and threats. Turkmenistan, together with its partners, is ready to look for new ways to overcome the challenges faced by mankind. Based on strategic cooperation with the United Nations, my country will make every effort to achieve these goals.

    Thank you.

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    Thirty years ago, Georgia became part of the United Nations family. Now more than ever we are committed to protecting our shared values in our region and worldwide. 

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    Though 20% of my country is still occupied by Russia, we do not let this difficult challenge define us. We continue to punch above our weight and contribute to the international community. 

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