“I voted for cooperation and security in Europe and in the world”, - the Speaker stated after voting for the OSCE PA President. According to Mr. Usupashvili, the OSCE principles and priorities shall be the guidelines upon voting for OSCE PA President.
“Naturally, every country has its internal national political context but in international organizations Georgia will become the respected actor and the participant when we learn to think of the world, Europe and global issues upon decision-making”.
As he elucidated, it is important to adhere to the established rules and principles in the international organizations and despite that the Assembly is held in Tbilisi, OSCE practice applies here.
The Speaker noted that he had intensive consultations with the Liberal-Democratic Group regarding the candidates for Presidency. “I took part in the conversations held under the aegis of the Liberal-Democratic Group Faction and we jointly agreed that it is better to elect Ms. Christine Muttonen as the Head of the OSCE PA for the next year, currently the Vice-President and it will be beneficial for OSCE and for Georgia. At that, I would like to underline that if other candidate wins, for instance Mr. Gigi Tsereteli, I hope that his internal political contradictions will not facilitate to expression of his attitude with the phrases damaging Georgia, which will not be beneficial for our future relations with OSCE and I hope that there will be no comments accusing the representatives of all 56 countries for any wrongful actions. So, I wish success to Ms. Muttonen and if other candidate wins, we will continue cooperation with OSCE PA in ordinary civilized form”.
Candidacy of Gigi Tsereteli as President of OSCE PA to be discussed by People’s Party and Russia-Gia VolskiMonday, 04 July 2016 16:08
According to Gia Volski, the candidacy of Gigi Tsereteli as the President of OSCE PA should be discussed by the European People’s Party and Russia.
“One of the Leader of European People’s Party visited Moscow and then he came to Georgia. Pedro Agramunt held meetings with the representatives of government and opposition. He made the statements that the involvement of Russia in OSCE PA should be restarted. The candidacy of Gigi Tsereteli will be discussed by these two sides,”-Gia Volski said. As you know, the voting will be hold tomorrow.
On September 5-6, 2016, President of the National Council of Swiss parliament Christa Markwalder will pay an official visit to Georgia, as was pointed out at a meeting between the Georgian prime Minister and the President of the National Council of Swiss parliament.
Christa Markwalder hosted Giorgi Kvirikashvili and the Georgian delegation at a working dinner.
The meeting emphasized the importance of signing the FTA between Georgia and the EFTA and, in this context, the export of Georgian products, including wine. The Prime Minister informed the President of the National Council about the establishment of the Office of Trade Attaché, which involves assigning a trade representative at Georgian diplomatic missions with a view to promoting export and trade.
The parties also discussed the current state of affairs in the region, Georgia-EU and Georgia-Russian relation, as well as the situation in Georgia's occupied territories. The Prime Minister thanked Switzerland for supporting Georgia's territorial integrity and sovereignty and serving as a mediator between Georgia and Russia. Giorgi Kvirikashvili pointed out that the Georgian Government values the support of SDC in the implementation of important projects.
Signing of an FTA between Georgia and the EFTA, bilateral cooperation in the fields of agriculture, tourism, and education, and sharing Switzerland's experience in the development of mountainous regions were some of the main topics discussed at today's meeting between Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili and Johann Schneider-Ammann, President of the Swiss Confederation and the head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research. The meeting was held at the Béatrice-von-Wattenwyl-Haus.
The meeting paid special attention to the importance of deepening the economic relations between Georgia and Switzerland. The parties emphasized that the bilateral agreement on investment protection, which was added today to the Free Trade Agreement with the EFTA, provides fertile ground to this end.
Agriculture, tourism, and energy were named as promising cooperation sectors. In this context, the successful investments by Blauenstein Georgia, a Swiss company, in Georgia's agriculture were singled out as a success story.
The upcoming professional education reform in Georgia was also discussed. The Prime Minister stressed the importance of Swiss support in this process.
The Swiss president spoke of the important projects implemented by Switzerland in Georgia with support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, also expressing commitment to deepening cooperation in this direction.
The Head of Georgian Government provided the Swiss President with information about the dynamics in the relations between Georgia and the EU. Johann Schneider-Ammann expressed interest in the current state of affairs in the region.
The Georgian Prime Minister thanked the President of the Swiss Confederation for supporting Georgia's territorial integrity and sovereignty and for mediating in the relations between Georgia and Russia. He also discussed the importance of Swiss support within the OSCE. At the meeting, special attention was paid to the role of the Geneva international talks and the reestablishment of the IPRM (Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism).
Ahead of World Refugee Day, PACE President Pedro Agramunt calls on all Europeans to stand up and show their solidarity and support for the more than 50 million refugees worldwide.
“These 50 million refugees are not just numbers on a piece of paper, they are real people. Like me, like you, they have faces, names, and they have rights”.
“Violence, wars and political repression left them with no option but to leave their homes and countries. They have escaped from conflicts and often survived long and incredibly dangerous journeys. We have the legal and human obligation to do everything in our power to help them”.
On this World Refugee Day, PACE President invites all Europeans not to fall into the trap set by populist and xenophobic rhetoric, “open your hearts, speak to refugees, listen to their stories and their struggle. What refugees need is empathy, support and understanding for their suffering, not indifference or hatred”, he concluded.
The President of Georgia has issued the relevant order on May 30.
For support of Agricultural sector and for contribution of the international aid programs the President of Georgia has personally presented the Order of the Golden Fleece to the Member of the Board of Directors Mr. John H. Costello, on the meeting, held at the Palace of the President of Georgia, today.
Statement by Prime Minister of Georgia on Independence Day:
Your Excellency Mr. President,
Your Excellency Mr. Speaker,
Your Holiness Catholicos-Patriarch,
Honorable members of the government,
Our admirable soldiers,
Happy Independence Day of Georgia, May 26! This year, our country celebrates the 25th anniversary of the restoration of our independence. I congratulate all of Georgia, all our fellow citizens on this glorious occasion!
I congratulate our international partners who have made a tremendous contribution to the consolidation of our country's independence!
I especially congratulate you, Georgian soldiers!
This day is especially exciting for recruits. Today you took an oath and pledged to your homeland, joining the ranks of our country's armed forces.
I am convinced that you will diligently fulfill your duties in serving our homeland, never forgetting the price our country has paid to reclaim independence and those who have sacrificed their lives for Georgia's freedom.
Serving one's country is the greatest honor. Undoubtedly, you, without exception, will become loyal soldiers of our country, always keeping in mind that you are the guardians of Georgia.
I wish a Happy Independence Day to the Georgian Armed Forces, our faithful soldiers, especially those participating in international missions who are keeping guard to protect the Georgian state and global peace. I am grateful to them for their loyalty to our country and for proving to the world that Georgian soldiers exemplify courage and selflessness.
Over the past 25 years, Georgia has been through much and has made great sacrifices. I honor the memory of our heroes who have fallen for their homeland.
Our homeland has seen much pain and success, but this day, our achievements and prospects, guarantee that we will live in a better, unified, and strong Georgia. Tomorrow promises our country great victories and success for the benefit of all our citizens.
I am convinced that we will attain these achievements together with our Abkhazian and Ossetian brothers and sisters, and we will succeed in overcoming pain and join efforts to continue on our path to a better future!
Dear friends, soldiers of our country,
Once again, Happy Independence Day. Please accept my sincere wishes for peace, and may God protect you and all of Georgia!
The journalist Eke Mishveladze became press speaker of President of Georgia. Eka Mishveladze was presented by the Head of Presidential Administration, Giorgi Abashishvili today.
“Eka Mishveladze will be the press speaker of Giorgi Margvelashvili. This person will have intensive relation with you. She has an experience in this issue, experience in journalism and I think that she is really good candidacy in the team of President,”-Giorgi Abashishvili said.
No information the additional consultations will be held between the President and Government of Georgia on the election issue. The administrations claim that the Prime Minister and the President have not yet discussed this issue.
As it is known, the political parties and non-government organizations ask for additional consultations before the elections. Giorgi Kvirikashvili asked to Giorgi Margvelashvili the new decree to be issued in July.
Boriss Cilevics (Latvia, SOC) and Kerstin Lundgren (Sweden, ALDE), co-rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) for the monitoring of obligations and commitments by Georgia, will make a fact-finding visit to the country on 3-5 May 2016.
In Tbilisi, the co-rapporteurs are due to meet the President, the Speaker of Parliament, the Prime Minister and a number of ministers, as well as the heads of the Constitutional and Supreme Courts, the Public Defender and the head of the Central Election Commission.
Talks are also scheduled with the Georgian delegation to PACE, representatives of different political parties and factions in the parliament, diplomats and NGOs.