Alexander Kartveli Air Week marked in Georgia

Published in Society
Friday, 11 September 2015 10:16

In the Exhibition Hall of the National Parliamentary Library of Georgia,  the Air-week was opened dedicated to the famous aircraft designer Alexander Kartvelishvili of Georgian origin  living in the United States. Deputy Minister of Defence Ana Dolidze attended the event.

“On the one hand, Alexander Kartveli is the symbol of Georgian intellect, scientific achievements and on the other- Trans-Atlantic cooperation. He is both American and Georgian. He is the Georgian emigrant who did not surrender to fate and achieved a tremendous success abroad. We celebrate Alexander Kartveli`s Week this year too. We plan to name several organizations after him. We should always remembers Alexander Kartveli, because he is a precious inheritance for Georgia”, said Ana Dolidze.

Today, Memorandum of Cooperation between Alexander Kartvelishvili International Society and National Parliamentary Library of Georgia was signed.. The MoU envisages opening Alexander Kartveli`s corner and beginning scientific activities.

Within the Air-week celebration, several events are planned: At the territory of Military Scientific-Technical Center Delta a memorial board and a square after Alexander Kartvelishvili will be opened. The Air-Week will finish by marking the Georgian Aviation Day at the Alekseevka military Base on 19 September.

Air-Week supporters are: Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Office of  State Minister of Georgia for Diaspora Issues, Tbilisi City hall, Tbilsi City Council,National Parliamentary Library of Georgia, National Scientific Library, National Archive, the U.S. Embassy in Georgia, National Defence Academy, Emigration Museum of Tbilisi State University, LEPL “Delta”.  The Air Week organizer is “Alexander Kartvelishvili International Society” .

Anne Brasseur concerned by changes to the Administrative Border Line in Georgia

Published in World
Thursday, 16 July 2015 16:08

“I have received extremely worrying information about unilateral changes to the Administrative Border Line (ABL) of the breakaway Georgian region of South Ossetia, and about continuous borderisation of this ABL, by Russian forces. These actions are all the more alarming because of the proximity of the Baku-Supsa pipeline, which is of crucial economic importance for the region,” said Anne Brasseur, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).

“The Assembly has consistently expressed its support for the territorial integrity of Georgia. I wish to reiterate our position: the borderisation of the ABL runs counter to international law and only serves to escalate tension. Instead of bringing people on both sides of the line together, these actions drive them further apart, which I can only strongly condemn, as I did after I visited the ABL last May.”

The Meeting of the Speaker with PACE President (Video)

Published in Video
Thursday, 07 May 2015 16:36

David Usupashvili met with Anne Brasseur. The parties spoke about events in Georgia and in the region, Russian occupation of Georgian territory and situation in Ukraine.

The Speaker thanked Mrs. Brasseur for adoption of the supportive resolution for Ukraine and noted that Georgia will always support the resolution. The parties also considered the Constitutional, electoral, judicial and municipal reforms and agreed to enhance relations between Georgia and CoE.

The meeting was attended by T. Japaridze, L. Berdzenishvili, I. Chikovani and T. Bokuchava. After the meeting, the parties made the joint statements.

“This visit is one more expression of enhancement of Georgia-CoE relations. We agreed to work in this direction. Sometimes, when we have the problem with quorum in the Parliament, it is due to the fact that 10-12 MPs are occupied in PACE, striving not only for Georgia but for Europe. This is the platform, where Georgian politicians participate in construction of Europe, solution of European issues”, - the Speaker stated.

PACE is an important European institution, actively facilitating Georgia to hold the democratic reforms and creation of institutional environ. “Let me remind you that in line with CoE recommendations, we have implemented the most important reforms in judicial sphere, municipal sphere, in political system, legislation on political parties, electoral system and many other spheres. Let me also remind you that the Venice Commission, well-known in Georgia, acts under the aegis of this organization and many other instruments, with which CoE supports Georgia”. “For me, as for the PACE President, it is important to visit the countries first of all to have the personal contacts; also to better understand the country, people, politicians and civil society, to meet media. So, I thank you for the interest, expressed in my visit”, - Mrs. Brasseur stated.

The Parliamentary Delegation of Georgia plays an important role at PACE sessions. “You shall be proud of your delegation, which is very active, particularly at Committee sittings, playing an important role. The Georgian delegation, in terms of attendance, is the 4th country amongst 47 countries. I think, it is important for MPs, to have contacts with their counterparts but it is also important to better understand Georgia. It helps us in development of democracy, rule of law and human rights protection. All democratic forces shall stand beside the civil society and religious leaders to fight against hatred and intolerance as it undermines democratic system and is a real threat – it is the message from CoE” – A. Brasseur stated.

Geo-political situation and Ukraine vents touched particularly the region and Georgia. “We shall find the joint solution. Violence can never be the solution, it is hard but we shall proceed. On our turn, by means of the Parliamentary delegation, we shall find the way out. After termination of suffrage to Russian delegation, they decided not to work with us. They still are the members. We want to talk with them and I hope we will find the way to continue this dialogue but one of the main principles CoE is based on, I will reiterate it here, in Georgia, is territorial integrity. No one has right to violate this principle and it concerns Abkhazia and South Ossetia as well”. She also spoke about Constitutional, electoral Code and judicial reforms. “Some steps have been made but it is important that there is no impunity, is it a civil society or a politician – all breaches shall be punished. Jurisdiction shall be transparent and the system – reliable”. Solution of the problems in the country is possible with bilateral dialogue and mutual respect. “I hope you will find the solution for your problems to continue protection of your citizens”.

The visit started on May 6 and will be accomplished on May 9. A. Brasseur will meet the legislative and executive, as well as judicial authorities.

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