Cooperation between Georgia and Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), current military activities witnessed in Ukraine and security environment in the region were among the main topics of discussion at a meeting held today between Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia and Helga Maria Schmid, OSCE Secretary General.
The Head of Government of Georgia expressed gratitude to the OSCE Secretary General for the efforts made towards a peaceful conflict resolution and rebuilding of trust among the war-torn communities in Georgia, thereby stressing the role of an OSCE Co-Chairmanship in the Geneva International Discussions (GID) and within the format of incident prevention and response mechanisms. It was once again highlighted at the meeting that the following round of GID should be held in the nearest future.
It was noted that irrespective of the difficult challenges faced in the security and humanitarian conditions on the ground, the Government of Georgia remains committed towards a peaceful conflict resolution initiative and democratic development of the country.
Irakli G+aribashvili and Helga Maria Schmid spoke about the military activities witnessed in Ukraine. The Prime Minister of Georgia reiterated solidarity towards Ukraine and stressed the importance of having the war ended in the shortest period of time.
Press Service of the Government Administration
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Ilia Darchiashvili, met with the Secretary General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, within the framework of the meeting of the North Atlantic Council (NAC) at the level of Ministers of Foreign Affairs.
At the meeting, the Minister thanked the Alliance for inviting partner countries, including Georgia, to the NATO Ministerial Meeting , which is yet another demonstration of the Alliance's support for Georgia. The sides highlighted the Secretary-General's personal support for Georgia and its Euro-Atlantic integration, and the importance of ensuring the Alliance's continued and strong support in this process. The sides reaffirmed their commitment to cooperate intensely in the future. During his first meeting with the NATO Secretary General, the sides also exchanged views on the security environment in the region.
Council of Europe leaders make joint statement on the exclusion of the Russian Federation from the Council of EuropeWednesday, 16 March 2022 09:53
The Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and Chair of the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers, Luigi Di Maio, the President of the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly, Tiny Kox, and the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić, have made the following statement:
“As leaders of the Council of Europe we expressed on several occasions our firm condemnation of the Russian Federation’s aggression against Ukraine. This unjustified and unprovoked aggression led to the decision of the Committee of Ministers and the Parliamentary Assembly to initiate the procedure of expulsion of the Russian Federation from the Council of Europe provided under Article 8 of the Statute.
In this framework, tonight, the Parliamentary Assembly unanimously considered that the Russian Federation should no longer be a member State of the Organisation. The Committee of Ministers will hold an extraordinary meeting tomorrow morning also in the light of today’s notification by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation of the Russian leadership’s decision to withdraw from the Council of Europe.
Through their actions in Ukraine the Russian authorities deprive the Russian people of the benefit of the most advanced human rights protection system in the world, including the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights and our vast convention system.
We express solidarity with the Russian people who, we firmly believe, share democratic values and aspire to remain part of the European family where they belong.
We remain determined to use all means at our disposal to provide support, relief and legal remedies to the Ukrainian people in their fight against the aggressor and to continue the pursuit of peace based on justice and international co-operation.
It is important in these difficult times for Europe to stand strong and united by Ukraine, its authorities and the Ukrainian people."
Statement by Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić on the recognition of the so-called “people’s republics” of Donetsk and Luhansk by the Russian FederationTuesday, 22 February 2022 11:27
“The recognition of the so-called ‘people’s republics’ of Donetsk and Luhansk by the Russian Federation is in violation of international law and represents a unilateral breach of the Minsk agreements - which remain the only basis for a settlement of the conflict in Donbas.
The Council of Europe affirms its unwavering support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognised borders.
We call on the Russian Federation to reverse this decision and abstain from further aggravating the situation.
We insistently call our member states to solve their disagreement through dialogue based on respect of the principles enshrined in the Statute of the Council of Europe, and in the European Convention on Human Rights.”
Statement by Council of Europe Secretary General
Prime Minister’s meeting with Secretary General of International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent SocietiesWednesday, 08 December 2021 16:51
Today, Georgian Prime Minister met with Jagan Chapagain, Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
The meeting at the Government Administration focused on the effective cooperation between the Georgian Government and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.
The Prime Minister emphasized that the Government welcomes the decision of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement to build a logistics hub of regional importance in Georgia, namely in Rustavi, to incorporate both a warehouse system and a training center.
The Head of Government thanked the Secretary General for the organization's support in dealing with the impact of COCID-19. The parties expressed commitment to bolstering their cooperation even further.
The meeting also discussed the situation and security/humanitarian difficulties in Georgia's occupied territories, with emphasis on the need to protect human rights on the ground. The Government of Georgia is steadfast in implementing the policy of peaceful conflict-resolution, the meeting pointed out. In this context, attention was paid to the State Strategy for De-Occupation and Peaceful Conflict Resolution, alongside A Step to a Better Future, a peace initiative seeking to better the social and economic conditions of the populations in the occupied territories and to foster confidence-building between war-torn communities.
The meeting was attended by Natia Loladze, President of the Georgia Red Cross Society.
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During his visit to Ukraine, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Teimuraz Janjalia met with the Secretary General of GUAM, Altai Efendiev.
The sides discussed the activities planned or implemented during the Georgian chairmanship of the organization. They stressed the need for further deepening of cooperation by the member states of the organization in various strategic directions, including the development of transport-transit corridors, and the importance of making full use of the existing potential in this direction.
During the conversation, the sides also touched upon the topic of the meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the GUAM member states scheduled for this year.
At the end of the meeting, the parties once again expressed their readiness for active cooperation within the organization.
MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF TURKMENISTAN MET WITH THE SECRETARY-GENERAL OF THE COOPERATION COUNCIL OF TURKIC-SPEAKING STATESTuesday, 29 June 2021 18:20
On June 28, 2021, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan R.Meredov met with the Secretary-General of the Cooperation Council of Turkic-Speaking States (Turkic Council) B.Amreyev who has arrived to Ashgabat on a working visit.
During the meeting, the parties discussed the current level and prospects of collaboration of Turkmenistan with the Turkic Council aimed at the advancement of constructive partnership between the countries of the given format.
The responsible approach of Turkmenistan to the work of the Turkic Council was stated at the meeting that is confirmed by the consistent participation of the head of state to the events of high level organized by the Council.
Participating to the informal Summit of the Turkic Council in the end of March of 2021, the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has underlined the importance of its mission in the context of resolving the pressing tasks occupying the global and regional agenda.
At today’s meeting, it was underlined that Turkmenistan stands for the development of partnership within the Turkic Council, particularly on the issues of maintaining stability and security, including the energy and ecological safety in the region and beyond it. Also, the Turkmen side positively regards the opportunities of involving the potential of the Turkic Council for the expansion of collaboration in the area of transport and communications from the perspective of sustainable development.
Besides, the possibilities of Turkmenistan’s joining the Cooperation Council of Turkic-Speaking States in a special status were considered.
President Salome Zourabichvili held a meeting today at the Orbeliani Palace with H.E. Helga Maria Schmid, Secretary General of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, during which the two leaders agreed on the President’s initiative to hold a conference of women leaders in Georgia to promote the role of women in peace and security. The sides also discussed the upcoming municipal elections and stressed the importance of the participation of election observation missions especially the OSCE/ODIHR EOM.
The sides also discussed the occupied territories, including the deteriorating of the humanitarian situation following the closure of crossing points by the de facto regime, human rights violations and kidnappings by the occupation regime, the case of Zaza Gakheladze, and the need to strengthen the Geneva International Discussions to increase the effectiveness of the format.
President Zourabichvili and Secretary General Schmid also touched on the regional situation and stressed Georgia’s role in ensuring regional peace and stability.
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Strasbourg, 04.02.2021 - The German Federal Government’s Special Representative for the German Presidency of the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers, State Minister Michael Roth, the President of the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly, Rik Daems, and the Secretary General of the 47-nation Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić, have today made the following statement concerning the sentencing of Aleksey Navalnyy:
“We deeply regret the recent decision of a Moscow court to sentence Aleksey Navalnyy to a prison term. This decision is based on a criminal conviction which the European Court of Human Rights, in its Navalnyye v. Russia judgment of 17 October 2017, found to have been arbitrary and manifestly unreasonable and, as a consequence, in violation of Articles 6 and 7 of the European Convention on Human Rights, to which Russia is a party. We call upon the Russian authorities to abide by their international obligations under the Convention.
The massive, and partly violent, arrests of protesters and journalists at the recent demonstrations all over Russia are also alarming. We refer to the statement of the Council of Europe’s Human Rights Commissioner in this regard. Freedom of assembly, freedom of expression, the right to liberty and security and the right to a fair trial are fundamental rights guaranteed by the European Convention on Human Rights. These rights must be strictly respected.
We call on the Russian authorities to fully investigate all reported abusive actions against peaceful protesters and journalists, and to bring those responsible to justice, in order to live up to Russia’s obligations as a member state of the Council of Europe.”
The Directorate of Communications of the Council of Europe
Meeting of Irakli Kobakhidze with Andreas Kiefer, Secretary General of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of EuropeMonday, 01 February 2021 12:54
The Majority Leader, PACE Vice-President Irakli Kobakhidze met with Andreas Kiefer, Secretary General of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe to discuss the cooperation between Georgia and the Council of Europe.
The conversation also touched upon the implemented and ongoing reforms in Georgia, as well as the importance of further strengthening self-government and regional policy.
The parties reaffirmed their commitment for further cooperation.
"Georgia was a very active presiding country of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe and the cooperation with various actors was excellent. Last year, the President of the Congress served a very fruitful visit to Georgia. We held high-level meetings where we were briefed on the results of the decentralization reform and the following steps. The Congress is interested in continuing the dialogue and we are pleased that the Georgian Parliamentary Assembly's delegation includes people who know what local and regional democracy means. The bridge between the Congress and the Parliament of Georgia will be the Vice President of the Congress, Tamar Taliashvili. We look forward to cooperating next year as well", - A. Kiefer stated after the meeting.
According to T. Taliashvili, the Secretary General of the Congress supports the ongoing reforms in Georgia.
"The Congress of the Council of Europe is the most important organization on the continent of Europe, researching and working on issues related to democracy and the rule of law in self-government. Therefore, the full support of the Secretary of this organization in connection with the ongoing reforms in Georgia is very important for our country. There will be local self-government elections in Georgia this year and the readiness of this very important organization to be a participant in these processes is one of the most vital and advanced steps for the development of local democracy in our country", - T. Taliashvili remarked.
According to G. Khojevanishvili, the Parliament of Georgia will cooperate even more actively with the Congress.
"The support of a high-ranking official such as the President of the Congress of the Council of Europe is extremely important. We had a very business meeting, we talked about important issues such as decentralization, further strengthening of self-government, strengthening of regional policy and support, so we are actively going to work more closely with the Congress in the future", - G. Khojevanishvili commented.