The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia started preparations for the elections as early as in April and sent invitations to all international observers - David ZalkalianiThursday, 02 September 2021 11:53
According to the Georgian Vice Prime Minister/Foreign Minister Davit Zalkaliani, the local self-government elections scheduled for 2 October will be monitored by international observation missions.
The Vice Prime Minister said that the Georgian government started preparations for the elections as early as in April. Formal invitations were sent to all international observer missions, including the OSCE/ODIHR EOM, as well as to all international organizations and partner countries. "Two invitations were sent, one in April, before the election date was announced, and the other – immediately after the election date was officially announced" - Zalkaliani added.
According to him, the leaders of the OSCE/ODIHR EOM are in Tbilisi and a meeting with them has already been held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. "We help them address all organizational matters and provide them with all conditions for normal functioning, including amid the pandemic. The experience we gained from the previous elections also helps us in this" said the Foreign Minister.
The OSCE/ODIHR EOM will assign 350 short-term observers to monitor the election process in Georgia, “however, it is expected that the number of observers this time will be much higher than in previous elections, as the Foreign Ministry sent official invitations to the Parliamentary Assemblies of the Council of Europe, NATO and OSCE, as well as to various international organizations” – said the Minister.
“We’ll do our utmost to ensure that international observers do their work safely and in normal conditions” – added the Minister.
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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia expresses its sorrow over the powerful earthquake that hit central Italy, the epicenter being at Ascoli, Amatrice, Accumoli and Rietti, in the vicinity of Perugia, and left several people dead and many others - wounded.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia conveys its condolences to the families of the disaster victims, as well as to the Italian government and people.
No Georgian citizens are among the dead and wounded after the earthquake, according to the latest reports.
The Embassy of Georgia to Italy remains in contact with the local authorities and in case of necessity will make a further statement.
Georgian citizens staying in Italy can call the hotline of the Georgian embassy to Italy at: +39 333 887 91 23, or the hotline of the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia at: +995 32 294 50 50 (during normal office hours: 09:00 to 18:00); +995 577 98 40 20 (after 18:00 on working days and at weekends around the clock).
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia strongly condemns an attack directed against the peaceful population celebrating Bastille Day – the national holiday of the French Republic in Nice, on 14 July 2016, leaving tens of people dead. We are shocked by the tragic events and extend solidarity and support to the people and the Government of the French Republic at this difficult moment. Georgia strongly condemns this act, which represents a brutal crime against humanity and targets the world peace.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia conveys its condolences to the families of those killed and wishes full recovery to the injured in this deadly attack.
At the conclusive session, OSCE OA adopted the Tbilisi Declaration with 122 votes against 6. After adoption, the Speaker of Georgian Parliament, Mr. David Usupashvili reiterated that the Tbilisi Declaration consists of three main resolutions and reflects the thematic resolutions initiated by three General Committees of OSCE PA. As to the resolution initiated by the Georgian Delegation, it is in full reflected in Tbilisi Declaration.
The Speaker spoke about the problems with the resolution since the very initiation process. “This topic was not spare from the problems and today all the Delegations except the Russian Delegation supported it and it was not easy to achieve. When we started imitation and our colleagues were provided with the document on my behalf, we hardly managed to collect supporters even – 25 signatures necessary for initiation as many our colleagues had the stance that the resolution was strict, direct and clear and they feared it could damage others etc.”
As the Speaker stated, the Georgian Delegation to OSCE PA, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Georgian Embassies devoted themselves to ensure support of the resolution. “So, the result we enjoy now was not achieved without problems. In fact, we achieved it overcoming lots of problems and it is natural. So, we need to function and we need the state as the functional political system to serve our country and make positive decisions”.
Commenting the ironic attitude to implementation of the resolution, he reminded the society that “OSCE PA and the Parliaments in general make the decisions written on the paper”. The Assembly has no other leverage and all the decisions beneficial for our country is written on the paper. “Also, wrong and inacceptable decisions are written on the paper as well, which create the problems for Georgia, is it in regards with the occupied territories or other issues. Such resolutions become the basic documents for further actions for the member states and political parties supporting it. In other events, when concrete decisions are to be made, they take these resolutions into account. Thus, importance of this resolution is as great as of other acts”.
As the Speaker stated, the resolution has no legal force and thus, it will not result in withdrawing of Russian Army from occupied Abkhazia and South Ossetia. “But this resolution will entail problems for Russia in making further aggression steps and the world will better support Georgia in counter measures which shall be undertaken by us”.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia expresses its deep sorrow over the powerful earthquake that hit the Kumamoto Prefecture (Kyushu), Japan, on 14 July 2016, leaving several people dead and hundreds of others – injured.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia expresses its solidarity with the Japanese people in this difficult hour, conveying its sincere condolences to the families of disaster victims and wishing speedy recovery to those who were injured as a result of the earthquake.