It is unacceptable to discuss any referendum while Georgia’s territory is occupied by Russia – David Zalkaliani

Published in Politics
Friday, 01 April 2022 10:03

“It is unacceptable to discuss any referendum while Georgia’s territory is occupied by Russia. No referendum will have any legal force amid the occupation, especially against the backdrop of hundreds of thousands of our citizens being expelled from their homes as a result of the ethnic cleansing and not being allowed to return” - the Georgian Vice Prime Minister/Foreign Minister, David Zalkaliani said at a joint briefing following his meeting with his Danish counterpart, Jeppe Kofod.
The Georgian Foreign Minister said that the Government will not allow Georgia to be dragged into provocations or the dire consequences of the 2008 Russo-Georgian War to repeat again.
Zalkaliani stressed that Georgia remains consistent with and committed to its policy of peaceful de-occupation. “We will not use force to restore territorial integrity, this is our legal obligation, which the international community clearly supports” – he added.
According to Zalkaliani, Georgia remains committed to the engagement policy and is ready to share the benefits of EU integration with those Georgian citizens who live on the other side of the occupation line.  

Read 93 times

Related items

  • Russian Foreign Minister announced the need to meet more often in the Caspian format of CMFA

    The level of five-sided cooperation since the previous meeting of foreign ministers of the Caspian states four years ago has grown markedly, which dictates the need for us to meet more often in this format, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

    The head of the Russian Foreign Ministry, speaking on Tuesday in Ashgabat at a ministerial meeting ahead of the summit of the heads of states of the Caspian "five", noted that the Russian Federation expects that the launch of the mechanism of the Conference of Ministers of Foreign Affairs (CMFA) on a regular basis will bring the level of interaction to a qualitatively new level.

    Lavrov noted that the Russian side is satisfied with the agreements on the final communique that were reached within the framework of the High-Level Working Group, whose experts were able to draw up a "very good and useful document" that will be submitted to the presidents on Wednesday.

    Also, Sergey Lavrov, following the meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Caspian states, said that the relevance and inviolability of the principles of the Convention on the Legal Status of the Caspian Sea were confirmed - only the states located on the Caspian Sea have sovereign rights in relation to the sea and its resources. The parties reaffirmed the principles of the convention in other areas, and also agreed to continue work on strengthening and expanding the legal framework for cooperation in the region.

    The countries confirmed that the presence of armed forces of non-Caspian countries is excluded in the Caspian Sea region, and navigation is carried out only by ships flying the flag of one of the coastal states.

  • EU faces a difficult choice – where the pendulum will swing?

    European Commission is drawing closer to presenting its opinion on candidate status to Georgia, Ukraine, Moldova – members of the Association Trio. Meanwhile, questions and suggestions are mounting how to proceed in this way to find a “golden mean” amidst the war in Ukraine and highly unpredictable geostrategic context.

    The stakes are high and considering all circumstances the European Union (EU) faces a difficult but historical decision. While, it is premature to talk in which direction the scales will swing, it’s evident that either negative or some intermediary decision about on any of the applicant state, will significantly affect their geopolitical future in the short and mid-term perspective.  What about Georgia – the sole strategic ally of the West in the South Caucasus, the situation with regard to the status, still remains unclear. While we watch Ukraine as arena of a brutal geopolitical competition between the West and Russia on the European theater, Georgia remains another arena of geopolitical rivalry between Russia and the West. The absence of war nowadays, doesn’t mean it will not be unleashed tomorrow, if Russia finds Georgia alienated by the West. Thus, it's safe to say that EU candidate status for Georgia is highly likely to strengthen the EU foothold in the region and have a far-reaching influence on the other states of the region.   

    Before the pendant conclusion of the European Commission about candidate status for Georgia some opinions are present  both in Georgia and outside  calling the EU on either refraining from granting the status to Georgia, or suggesting something transitional. These suggestions are largely generated by ongoing domestic political infighting in the country. 

    The benefits from granting candidate status to Georgia, which considerably outstrips other members of the Association Trio by the pace of fulfillment of the components of the EU Association Agreement appeared to be far more tangible, than conditional gains in case of refusal.

    Let's put the questions specifically and directly. Whether it’s a prudent step to hold Georgia back from the candidate status, as some groups argue, and detach it somehow from the Association Trio in this truly extraordinary situation?  

    What will the EU gain and what will it lose if decides to grant candidate status to Ukraine and Moldova, and say "NO" to Georgia, or give it something different? Hardly this “cold shower” from the EU would contribute to political stability in Georgia, which is apparently important for the EU in this turbulent geopolitical environment.  Georgia’s opposition groups and their supporters are highly likely to use this “NO” to embark on mass anti-governmental protests and Georgia is expected to plunge into another cycle of confrontation, turbulence, and uncertainty, with the ensuing consequences. It’s hard to imagine that the EU would be satisfied with such state of affairs in its key partner in the region.

    Refusal to grant Georgia candidate status under any plausible pretext, can significantly increase not only Euro-skepticism but outright anti-Western sentiments in a sizeable part of Georgian society, providing anti-Western forces with an excellent opportunity to increase their influence and strengthen their stance. Nowadays, they are quite industrious in creating an anti-European atmosphere in society. Will the EU be satisfied with this perspective?

    Pinning hope that the refusal to give a candidate’s status will force Georgia’s ruling party to become more malleable to the EU demands looks unconvinced. Quite the contrary, the care for its own political future, will make the current government far more dutybound to implement the EU-recommended reforms. The idea cultivated by some Georgian and foreign pundits and politicians that Georgia will better meet EU standards under the new government after the pre-term elections, looks rather emotional than well-calculated. If consider the balance of political powers in Georgia, as well as composition of the current political landscape, this scenario looks unrealistic.

    And, last but not least,the status of the candidate for EU membership is not an act of mercy for Georgia. It will give the country a strong and unequivocal signal from the EU to take the road to justice, peace and security, or be faced, even more than before, with tension and confrontation that would not be in the interests of any party. It’s time for making extraordinary but geopolitically far-sighted decisions.

    Zaal Anjaparidze, political analyst, Tbilisi, Georgia

  • Туркменистан и Россия готовят к подписанию документы о торгово-экономическом сотрудничестве

     

    Туркменистан и Россия готовят к подписанию ряд документов о торгово-экономическом сотрудничестве, их планируется заключить во время первого официального визита президента Сердара Бердымухамедова в Российскую Федерацию 10 июня, говорится в сообщении правительства РФ.

    Накануне переговоров на высшем уровне заместитель председателя правительства Российской Федерации Александр Новак провел встречу с вице-премьером Туркменистана Шахымом Абдрахмановым.

    Решение избранного президента Туркменистана совершить свой первый официальный зарубежный визит именно в Россию подтверждает курс официального Ашхабада на дальнейшее укрепление отношений с Москвой, отметил Александр Новак в ходе встречи.

    Вице-премьер России отметил значительную роль топливно-энергетического комплекса в экономическом взаимодействии двух стран. «ТЭК исторически занимает одно из основных мест в нашем торгово-экономическом обороте. Туркмения обладает значительными запасами природного газа, по этой линии ведется успешное сотрудничество «Газпрома» с «Туркменгазом», заключен договор на покупку-продажу туркменского газа с 1 июля 2019 года. Кроме того, Россия оказывает услуги по транспортировке туркменской нефти, идет взаимодействие в нефтяной сфере, продолжается работа по реконструкции туркменских энергетических объектов», – сказал Александр Новак.

    Также Россия и Туркменистан имеют значительные возможности для увеличения грузовых потоков по восточному маршруту международного транспортного коридора «Север – Юг». Уже сейчас российские компании активно прорабатывают с туркменскими коллегами вопросы своего участия в проектах электрификации железнодорожных линий Туркменистана, модернизации его железнодорожной инфраструктуры. Совместными усилиями мы решим вопрос привлечения транзитных грузов, в целом реализуем транзитный потенциал Туркменистана, отметил Новак.

    Александр Новак передал туркменской делегации приглашения посетить 25-й Петербургский международный экономический форум, а также пригласил к участию во втором Каспийском экономическом форуме и Российском энергетическом форуме, запланированными на осень этого года.

  • У Туркменбаши появился российский город-побратим

    Соглашение о сотрудничестве между Астраханской областью (РФ) и Балканским регионом Туркменистана, соглашение о побратимстве между городами Астраханью и Туркменбаши, соглашение в сфере образования – это итоги встречи в Москве посла Туркменистана в Российской Федерации Батыра Ниязлиева с вице-губернатором и председателем правительства Астраханской области Олегом Князевым.

    В переговорах от российской стороны также приняли участие глава муниципального образования «Город Астрахань» Олег Полумордвинов, министр внешних связей Астраханской области Владимир Головков, ректор Астраханского госуниверситета Константин Маркелов.

    Участниками встречи было отмечено, что спектр отношений между Астраханской и Балканской областями может быть весьма широким. Прежде всего это сотрудничество в сферах развития морского транспортного сообщения, судостроения, туризма.

    Уже вышеупомянутое соглашение в сфере образования подписали ректоры Астраханского государственного университета им. В.Н. Татищева Константин Маркелов и Туркменского государственного университета имени Махтумкули Байрамгуль Ораздурдыева. Вузы двух стран договорились о реализации совместных проектов, академических обменах, организации курсов повышения квалификации, разработке и реализации образовательных программ, выдаче двойных дипломов.

  • Начался официальный визит Сердара Бердымухамедова в Россию

    В пятницу начался официальный визит президента Туркменистана Сердара Бердымухамедова в Россию, в рамках которого состоятся переговоры с главой РФ Владимиром Путиным, пишут официальные туркменские СМИ.

    Первый визит Сердара Бердымухамедова в Россию в качестве главы государства придаст импульс развитию многопланового туркмено-российского диалога, отмечается в анонсе.

    По итогам встречи президентов Туркменистана и России ожидается подписание Декларации об углублении стратегического партнерства между станами. Также планируется подписать ряд документов о торгово-экономическом сотрудничестве.

Business News

Silk Road Tbilisi Forum 2015 has started

Silk Road Tbilisi Forum 2015 has started

Silk Road Tbilisi 2015 forum started today. Following the success of the inaugural Routes Silk Road...

Agreement between SES and GEE

Agreement between SES and GEE

A new multi-year agreement was signed between worldwide satellite operator SES and Global Eagle Ente...

Visa free regime to impose for 15 February

Visa free regime to impose for 15 February

The visa regime imposed by Georgia to Iran has been cancelled for 15 February,” -the Deputy Ambassad...

Session of Economic Council was held under the leadership of Prime Minister

Session of Economic Council was held under the leadership of Prime Minister

Plan of acceleration of infrastructural projects, financial support scheme for startups and activiti...

MOST READ

« July 2022 »
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
        1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30 31

About

The News Agency,
NEWSDAY.GE is
a part of STARVISION
Media Group.
It made its first
appearance on the Internet..More

 

Contact

NEWSDAY Ltd.
Lechkhumi street.43

Georgia,Tbilisi

Phone: (+995 32) 257 91 11
E-mail: avtandil@yahoo.com

 

 

 

Social Media