Zurab Khrikadze, Member of the Central Election Commission of Georgia together with Natia Zaalishvili, Director of the Center for Electoral Systems Development Reforms and Trainings of Georgia participated in the 25th Annual Conference and General Assembly organized by the Association of European Election Officials (ACEEEO).
Conference and General Assembly took place in city of Tirana, Albania on September 21-23. Participants discussed the issues related to the development of electoral systems and electoral technologies in the last 25 years. The meeting of Executive Board and the General Assembly was organized during the conference. Participants of the meeting also approved the 2015 Annual Report.
Association of European Election Officials celebrated its 25th anniversary in the frames of the conference.
Royal Decree from 3 August 2016 establishing the list of safe countries of origin was published in the Belgian Official Gazette and came into force. Besides the same countries as for previous years, the new list now also includes Georgia.
The list of safe countries of origin now inlcudes the following eight countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, FYROM, Kosovo, Serbia, Montenegro, India, Georgia.
The fact that an asylum applicant originates from a safe country of origin does not automatically mean that his/her application will not be taken into consideration. However the asylum applicant will have to put forward substantial arguments to demonstrate that his country of origin can not be considered as safe due to specific personal circumstances.
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On their 22nd world peace tour, Mr, Man Hee Lee, Chairman of Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL) and Ms. Nam Hee Kim, Chairwoman of the International Women’s Peace Group (IWPG) visited Albania to meet international heads of states, religious leaders, media, and youth to speak on the urgency of a united global commitment for HWPL’s two initiatives: an International Convention on the Renunciation and Cessation of War and International Armed Conflicts and an alliance of religions through its WARP Peace Offices.
December 9th at 6:30 p.m., (local time), News 24, Albania’s first and top rated 24-hour news channel, invited the two chairpersons to its studio to cover an exclusive and in-depth interview on their peace initiatives. Mr. Rezar Xhaxhiu, an editor in chief and journalist at TV News 24, hosted the interview.
After meeting with Israeli and Palestinian leaders for the last few days, Chairman LEE was invited by President Bujar Nishani of Albania to speak at he 25th Anniversary of the Fall of Communism event held on December 8th, 2015. In his speech, Chairman LEE emphasized the importance of implementation of the International Convention on Cessation of War and appealed Albanian leaders and people to support implementing the Convention in Albania and beyond.
On September 18th, 2014, global political leaders gathered at World Alliance of Religion’s Peace (WARP) Summit 2014 and signed the pledge to support implementation of the Convention. shortly afterwards, HWPL International Law Peace Committee consisted of international law experts and scholars was formed and on September 18th, 2015, they presented the first draft of the Convention in the 1st Annual Commemoration of WARP Summit in Seoul. In November during 21st HWPL Peace Tour, they convened in London, England and completed the second draft of the Convention. The final version of the Convention is expected to be publicly announced in the beginning of next year.
Chairman Lee visited Israel previously in the 22nd tour and met with President of the State of Palestine and Palestinian National Authority, The president expressed his support and his will to bring an end to military conscription and pointless conflicts by adhering to the International Convention that requires governing bodies to provide practical and sustainable solutions for peace.
Georgian Vice-Prime Minister, Foreign Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili met Speaker of the Albanian Parliament Ilir Meta.
Talking points included prospects for development of the bilateral relations between Georgia and the Republic of Albania, process of Georgia’s integration with the European and Euro-Atlantic structures and security environment in the region. Giorgi Kvirikashvili thanked Albania for the strong support and expressed the hope that bilateral relations will enhance in the future as well. Ilir Meta, in turn, reaffirmed his Government’s unwavering support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and wished the Georgian side success in the process of integration with the European and Euro-Atlantic structures.
Ilir Meta is on his visit to Georgia from 13th to 16th September to hold meetings with representatives of the executive and legislative branches and to participate in the Conference of the Open Government Partnership`s Legislative Openness Working Group organised by the Parliament of Georgia.