Georgian Foreign Ministry's statement on the next military escalation between Azerbaijan and ArmeniaMonday, 28 September 2020 15:45
We are following with concern another military escalation between Azerbaijan and Armenia, which, according to reports, has already caused casualties and damage of infrastructure. We are confident that the parties will be able to reach a ceasefire, sit at the negotiating table and avoid largescale military activities that will have a marked negative impact on the security of the entire region.
Georgia calls on the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs and international actors to direct all their efforts towards ending the escalation and ensuring the resumption of a constructive dialogue.
For our part, we reiterate that Georgia remains committed to contribute, in any form, to de-escalation of tensions and restoration of peace in the region.
On July 12, the armed forces of Armenia attempted to attack, using artillery, in order to seize positions in the direction of Tovuz district along the state border between Azerbaijan and Armenia.
The attack of the enemy forces was prevented by retaliatory measures. As a result of the combat, three servicemen of the Azerbaijani army were killed and four were injured.
This provocative act of the Armenian armed forces should be seen as a continuation of the recent actions and statements of the leadership of aggressor state Armenia, which serve to increase tensions in the region.
Armenia, which has reflected its aggressive policy in the country's national security strategy, openly demonstrates that it aims to seize new positions and increase tensions in the region instead of eliminating the consequences of the conflict and withdrawing its occupying forces from the internationally recognized territories of Azerbaijan.
This provocation by Armenia casts serious doubt on the essence of the negotiations mediated by the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs on the settlement of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
Armenia is trying to involve third countries in the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict with such provocative actions. Nevertheless, the position of the international community on Armenia's aggressive policy is quite well known.
All provocations of the enemy forces will be adequately prevented from this time onward as well.
Armenia bears full responsibility for such provocative actions that serve to aggravate the situation.
God bless the souls of our Martyrs.
Заявление Министерства иностранных дел Азербайджанской Республики
12 июля этого года вооруженные силы Армении в целях захвата позиций на армяно-азербайджанской государственной границе в Товузском направлении предприняли попытку атаки c использованием артиллерийского огня. Атака вражеских сил была предотвращена ответным огнем. В ходе боев погибли трое военнослужащих азербайджанской армии, четверо ранены.
Данную провокацию вооруженных сил Армении следует рассматривать в качестве продолжения заявлений и действий, осуществляемых за последнее время руководством страны-агрессора Армении, направленных на эскалацию напряжённости в регионе.
Республика Армения, отразив элементы своей агрессорской политики в национальной стратегии безопасности страны, вместо устранения последствий конфликта и вывода оккупационных сил с международно-признанных территорий Азербайджана, отчётливо демонстрирует стремление к захвату новых территорий и росту напряжённости.
Провокация вооруженных сил Армении ставит под серьезное сомнение значимость проводимых при посредничестве сопредседателей Минской группы ОБСЕ переговоров по урегулированию армяно-азербайджанского нагорно-карабахского конфликта. Данными действиями Армения стремится вовлечь в конфликт третьи страны. Однако позиция мирового сообщества относительно агрессорской политики Армении общеизвестна.
Все провокации вражеских сил будут и впредь достойно пресекаться. Вся ответственность за подобные провокационные действия, служащие эскалации напряжённости, лежит на Армении.
Пусть покоятся с миром души наших шехидов.
A briefing on the implementation of Turkmenistan’s international initiatives in the field of healthcare was held in the Ministry of Foreign AffairsSaturday, 23 May 2020 11:25
On May 22, 2020, a briefing was held in the building of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan on the implementation of Turkmenistan’s international health initiatives.
The briefing, which became a regular venue for a comprehensive exchange of views on pressing issues in the field of health, was attended by heads and representatives of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Health and the Medical industry, other relevant departments of Turkmenistan, heads of diplomatic missions and representatives of international organizations accredited in the country, local media and journalists of foreign countries, accredited in Turkmenistan.
Heads of diplomatic missions with residences in third countries, as well as representatives of leading foreign media and public organizations participated in the briefing via video conferencing.
Speaking at the event, the head of the country's foreign ministry emphasized that “one of the main purposes of this platform is to promote Turkmenistan’s international health initiatives, which has become a priority topic for recent briefings”. R. Meredov also noted that Turkmenistan, during the 73rd World Health Assembly (WHA), held online, supported the resolution “Response to COVID-19”, adopted at the end of the World Assembly, unanimously endorsing the principles of universal, timely, equal free and fair access to effective medicines and technologies, treatment methods and prevention of dangerous diseases, elimination of unfair barriers to such access. The Minister added that Turkmenistan unconditionally supported the key leadership role of the World Health Organization underlined in the resolution in the preparation and coordination of the global response to the pandemic.
Speaking at the briefing N.Gherman, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, Head of Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia, E.Panova, Permanent Coordinator of the UN in Turkmenistan, D.Alonso, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the European Union to Turkmenistan, N.Drozd, the Head of the OSCE Centre in Ashkhabad, P.Karwowska, the Head of the WHO Country Office in Turkmenistan especially underlined those measures taken by the Government of Turkmenistan in the field of public health and the fight against the coronavirus pandemic COVID-19, which were extensively set out in a letter from the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov to the WHO Director-General Tedros Gebreyesus, which, as a separate information material was distributed as an official document of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly in all the working languages of this organization.
During the briefing, its participants also familiarized themselves with the Preparedness and Response Plan of Turkmenistan for an Acute Infectious Disease, which was developed jointly with the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in our country and which is based on two resolutions of the UN General Assembly - the Global Strategic Preparedness Plan and Response (MTEF) and the COVID-19 Global Pandemic Humanitarian Response Plan, which builds on Turkmenistan’s best practices in healthcare. This document was adopted today at the last meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan.
During the briefing, it was also announced that Turkmenistan, as a responsible participant in the international community, from the first days of the threat of COVID-19, has established close working contacts with the United Nations, its specialized bodies and agencies, primarily with the World Health Organization, and also with great respect for the experience of other countries that have already created a solid base in the fight against this threat.
The issues of improving the material and technical base, and the active work of Turkmenistan in this direction at the national level to create additional quarantine centers, including specific steps to enhance and strengthen the base of existing quarantine centers, were emphasized.
A separate topic of speeches at the briefing was the development of new forms of international scientific cooperation in the field of medicine, the exchange of achievements of medical science. In this context, the initiative of the President of Turkmenistan on the creation of the Council of Medical Scientists was announced, specific ways of implementation, which were voiced by the delegation of our country during the World Health Assembly and the meeting of Ministers of health of the countries of the Non-Aligned Movement, held online several days ago.
At the end of the briefing participants also exchanged views in the “question-answer” format.
Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on the illegal installations along the occupation line of Tskhinvali regionMonday, 20 April 2020 12:51
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia strongly condemns the illegal process of erection of so-called “border” signs at the occupation line of Tskhinvali region, namely in the vicinity of the village Takhtisdziri of Kareli Municipality. The installation of artificial barriers by the occupation forces already entailed the loss of access to the agricultural lands for the local inhabitants.
With this kind of provocative actions in the circumstances of the Coronavirus pandemic, and moreover, during the religious holidays before the Orthodox Easter, the Russian Federation deliberately attempts to escalate the situation and further aggravate the security environment on the ground. With these steps Russia and its occupation regime are creating unbearable circumstances for the conflict-affected local population, who have been already suffering from the grave humanitarian consequences of the Russian occupation. Several people living in Tskhinvali region have already fallen victims to the closure of so-called crossing points and restriction of the freedom of movement by the occupation regime, as they were not given the possibility to cross the occupation line and get the necessary medical treatment on the Georgian Government controlled territory.
This kind of destructive steps are especially concerning in the times when the whole world is trying to fight the spread of the infection caused by the Coronavirus. In these critical circumstances, we attach particular importance to show the care and commitment to the conflict-affected population, who have long been suffering from the intensified pressure and discrimination.
The Government of Georgia spears no effort with the aim to improve the security and human rights situation on the ground. We remain in close coordination with the Co-Chairs of the Geneva International Discussions and the EU Monitoring Mission in order to ensure cessation of the illegal process of erecting the artificial barriers along the occupation line, and achieve freedom of movement for the people living in the occupation territories.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia calls upon the Russian Federation to immediately cease the provocative and destructive actions and implement its international obligations, inter alia the EU-mediated 12 August 2008 Ceasefire Agreement.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia appeals to the international community to give a due assessment and take effective measures to counter the illegal process along the occupation line.
IMPORTANCE OF TURKMENISTAN'S PERMANENT NEUTRALITY DISCUSSED AT INTERNATIONAL MEDIA FORUM IN THE FORM OF A VIDEO CONFERENCESaturday, 18 April 2020 12:56
Today, on April 17, 2020, an International Media Forum was held in the building of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, in the form of a video conference dedicated to the 25th anniversary of Turkmenistan’s permanent neutrality.
The media forum was attended by heads and representatives of several ministries and departments of Turkmenistan, members of the faculty of a number of Turkmen universities, national media, scientists, experts, as well as leaders and representatives of major news agencies such as MIR, TASS, TRT AVAZ, TV-24, NEWS ASTRO, Azertadzh, Anadolu Azhansy, Arminfo, Renmin Ribao, Kazinform, Mangistau-Media, Noyan Tapan, NHK, China daily, News Day Georgia, Daily Ittehad, Business Central Asia, Kabar, Psearcher, MIA Trend, UzReport», «NEWS ASTRO», «News of Uzbekistan» and newsroom Asia-Caucasus. Along with news agencies, the media forum was attended by representatives of other media, including the Russian Foreign Ministry magazine “International Life”, the magazines “Istanbul today”, “Diplomatic Gozlem”, “The Diplomatic Insight”, “The Georgian Business Week”, “Diva International” and newspaper publications "Russian Newspaper", "Multinational Georgia", as well as the television channel "Objective" and others.
The meeting was also attended by rectors and professors of well-known foreign universities, heads of authoritative foreign public organizations and more than 50 correspondents of news agencies from over 20 countries of the world.
At the opening of the media forum, the importance of Turkmenistan’s policy of permanent neutrality, conducted under the leadership of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, was noted.
During the speeches, the forum participants spoke about their vision of the status of positive neutrality of Turkmenistan, aimed at promoting humane values, achieving progress in the world exclusively through peaceful and constructive dialogue. A video was shown as part of the media forum, which demonstrated the success of the time-tested neutrality policy of Turkmenistan.
According to A. Kopnov, Deputy General Director of TASS Information Agency of Russia: “The neutrality of Turkmenistan serves as a good basis for the development of friendly and mutually beneficial relations between the states of the region and the world. Turkmenistan’s permanent neutrality reflects the desire of its people to maintain peace and good neighborly relations with other countries”.
In his speech, Professor S. Faltas, doctor of economic sciences, independent consultant on democratization and security sector reforms in the Netherlands, emphasized that Turkmenistan has successfully combined positive neutrality with its foreign policy, which is implemented on the principles of good neighborliness and mutual respect.
During his speech, V. Shadursky, Doctor of Historical Sciences, Dean of the Department of International Relations of the Belarus State University, highlighted the special importance of the Neutrality of Turkmenistan in the context of strengthening and expanding mutually beneficial friendly relations between peoples and countries of the world.
Also B. Akhmetov, Rector of the Caspian State University of Technology and Engineering named after S. Yesenov, the Republic of Kazakhstan, having specified the main directions of the Institute of Permanent Neutrality of Turkmenistan, noted that "Kazakhstan, as a friendly country, supports the policy of neutrality of Turkmenistan and respects its independently chosen development path."
The event participants also exchanged views on issues of Turkmen neutrality in the “question-answer” format. All participants were invited to take part in the international conference “The policy of Neutrality and its role in ensuring international peace, security and sustainable development”, scheduled for December this year in Ashgabat.
Press service Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan
Given the increasing number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in certain regions of the Italian Republic, and the fact that some airlines have cancelled or reduced the number of flights, Georgian citizens are strongly advised against visiting, except where necessary, Italy, and in particular, its north regions: Lombardia, Veneto and Emilia- Romagna,
Please be aware that several coronavirus cases are also reported in Lazio, Abruzzo, Campania, Puglia, Calabria, Sicilia, Marche, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Toscana, Piedmont, Bolzano, and Liguria.
We highly recommend that Georgian citizens staying in Italy closely follow the host government’s instructions and, where necessary, contact the Georgian embassy in Rome by ringing its hotline: +333 8879123.
The embassy of Georgia to the Italian Republic sends recommendations on coronavirus prevention measures and restrictions to Georgian citizens registered at the Georgian consular office, as well as to Georgian Diaspora organizations based in Italy.
To prevent introduction and spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Georgia, the National Center for Disease Control and Public Health of Georgia advises Georgian citizens against visiting and travelling to countries at high coronavirus epidemic risk: China, Special Administrative Region of China -Hong Kong, Iran, Italy, South Korea, and other countries with reported cases of COVID-19, as reported by the World Health Organization (please see the link: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/situation-reports
Georgian citizens already staying in the countries indicated above are strongly advised to comply with recommendations of the health ministries of the host countries, to keep away from crowded places and to practice good personal hygiene. Where necessary, they can contact Georgia’s consular offices abroad around-the-clock.
Foreign citizens crossing the Georgian border during the given period will be subject to the following restrictions:
For persons who are not citizens of Georgia:
- Any foreign national who has been staying in the territory of the Islamic Republic of Iran during the last 14 days will be restricted from entering Georgia;
- Any foreign national who has been staying in China, Republic of South Korea, Italy, Japan during the last 21 days will be required to report about this fact, undergo intensive checking procedures, wait until the test results become available, follow the decision of healthcare professionals (quarantine, self-isolation, retreat) and fully observe their recommendations;
For citizens of Georgia:
- Citizens of Georgia who have been staying in the territory of Iran for the last 14 days are required to report about this fact, undergo intensive checking procedures and remain in 14-day quarantine;
- Citizens of Georgia who have been staying in China, Republic of South Korea, Italy, Japan during the last 14 days will be required to report about this fact, undergo intensive checking procedures, wait until the test results become available, follow the decision of healthcare professionals (quarantine, self-isolation, retreat) and fully observe their recommendations;
The rules and procedures listed in Part 1 will also apply to those traveling by car in the territory of Georgia.
Motor vehicles of any third country can travel to Iran through the territory of Georgia.
Motor vehicles of any third country will not be allowed to travel from Iran to Georgia, or to any third country via the territory of Georgia.
To avoid the spread of Coronavirus, please check the links below for the travel advice of WHO:
The Secretary-General of the Council of Europe(CoE) Marija Pejčinović Burić has already arrived in Georgia.
According to the Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the visit is linked to Georgia’s forthcoming chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers in the CoE.
Marija Pejčinović Burić will hold a meeting with Georgian Foreign Minister Davit Zalkaliani. Talks will be held about bilateral cooperation related issues and future plans.
Presentation of the coin issued in connection with the 70th anniversary of the CoE and the 20th jubilee of Georgia’s CoE membership as well as the action plan of Georgia in the Council of Europe for 2020-2023 will be held within the framework of the visit.
The plan was prepared with active cooperation of the Georgian side and aims at bringing human rights protection, democracy and supremacy of law in line with the European standards.
Secretary-General of the Council of Europe will also hold meetings with Georgia’s Prime Minister, Parliament Speaker, and Head of the Georgian delegation in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).
Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on the developments at the occupation line, close to the village Chorchana situated in the territory controlled by the government of GeorgiaFriday, 30 August 2019 17:48
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs expresses concern about mobilisation of military equipment and personnel by the occupation forces at the occupation line, close to the village Chorchana situated in the territory controlled by the government of Georgia.
Such destructive actions, as wells as the totally unacceptable statements of the leaders of the occupation regime represent yet another provocation, which further aggravates the security environment and aims at destabilisation of the situation.
Georgia fully complies with the undertaken commitments, firmly pursues the peaceful conflict resolution policy and uses all the available diplomatic instruments in order to reach deescalation of the situation and stopping the illegal processes.
The Georgian side continues to inform the international community about the developments on the ground and works closely with the Co-chairmen of the Geneva International Discussions, the EUMM and the diplomatic corps accredited in Tbilisi.
At the same time the Georgian delegation raised the issue at the meeting of the Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism in Ergneti on the 29th of August.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia calls on the Russian Federation to cease such illegal actions, implement its international commitments, inter alia the 12 August, 2008 Ceasefire Agreement and respect sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia appeals to the international community to give due reaction on the illegal developments at the occupation line and take the relevant measures to ensure these actions are ceased.
Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on the so-called presidential elections in occupied Abkhazia regionMonday, 26 August 2019 15:49
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia refers to the conduct of the so-called presidential elections in occupied Abkhazia region, as another illegal act directed against the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia.
While hundreds of thousands of internally displaced persons and refugees are expelled from Abkhazia region as a result of ethnic cleansing, and the occupying power fully controls the situation on the ground, it is obvious that in such circumstances the so-called elections cannot have any legal effect, as they fully contradict the fundamental norms and principles of international law.
It is evident that the so-called presidential elections represent yet another futile attempt to legitimize the ethnic cleansing, the ongoing illegal occupation and steps towards factual annexation of Abkhazia region. The international community will never accept the attempt of forceful change of sovereign borders of Georgia, as well as other illegal steps of Russia in terms of erection of barbed wire fences along the occupation line, military build-up and grave violations of fundamental human rights on the ground.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia calls on the Russian Federation to respect the undertaken international obligations, fulfil the EU-mediated 12 August 2008 Ceasefire Agreement, and reverse its illegal decision on recognition of so-called independence of the occupied regions.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia also appeals to the international community to give a due assessment and take effective measures to counter the illegal processes taking place in the occupied territories.