Statement of the State Security Service of Georgia

Published in Justice
Tuesday, 16 June 2020 12:09

In relation to the information disseminated via mass media, we would like to inform you, that the Counterterrorism Center of the State Security Service detained a citizen of the Russian Federation on charges of purchase and storage of forged documents envisaged by article 362, paragraph 1 of the Criminal Code of Georgia.

The accused individual – V.B. has been detained in the framework of an investigation of a criminal case launched into the fact of preparation of murder by contract, which has been carried out by the State Security Service on the basis of respective operational information.

Throughout the process of investigation of the mentioned criminal case, in order to obtain evidence and attach it to the case in line with criminal procedure, on the basis of judge’s orders, numerous overt and covert investigative activities have been carried out; furthermore, operational control over V.B and his contacts have been continuously underway, due to which, a crime committed by V.B., in particular, the fact of purchase and usage of the forged documents by V.B. has been outlined. On the basis of authentic and consolidated evidence obtained by the investigation, the investigative authority took a decision to detain V.B., as a result of which the exposed individual on the one hand has been brought to justice and at the same time a graver crime has been prevented.

It is worth mentioning that intensive investigative activities are ongoing into the case on the very stage, numerous forensic examinations are scheduled, additional information is requested within the framework of international cooperation, through Interpol channels, witnesses are being interviewed.

On the basis of the above-mentioned, State Security Service of Georgia calls on every person, including a party of the criminal case, refrain from disseminating of any clarified or unclarified information so that the investigation is not obstructed, dissemination of significant and/or fake information is prevented, that eventually will damage a major public interest – to establish an objective truth in relation to the case.

Press release of the State Security Service

Statement of the State Security Service of Georgia

Published in World
Friday, 15 March 2019 14:05

"Foreign media has released the photos of cartridges of firearms, used in the course of a terrorist attack that took place in New Zealand. Symbols and inscriptions in various languages, including Georgian are inscribed on them. The State Security Service of Georgia has already established cooperation with the strategic partners, in order to receive information on the individuals detained, as well as the weapons seized in the course of the terrorist attack. 
The State Security Service of Georgia expresses its condolences to the people of New Zealand over a terrorist attack," reads the statement.

The attacks in two mosques of New Zealand has killed at least 40. Four people are believed to be in custody, including three men and one woman. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said they were not on terror watch lists. Daily Mail has released photos, one of which shows the shooter's weapons marked with the names of other people who, according to the edition, have carried out attacks. The names are written in various languages, including Georgian. In particular, the weapons are marked in Georgian with the names of Davit Aghmashenebeli and Davit Soslani.

https://ssg.gov.ge/en/news/452/saxelmtsifo-usafrtxoebis-samsaxuris-gancxadeba

The EU Monitoring Mission hosts a Medical Security Course in Tbilisi

Published in Health
Friday, 30 November 2018 10:00
The EU Monitoring Mission (EUMM) Georgia hosted a Medical Security Course in the Mission Headquarters, Tbilisi, between 22 and 27 November 2018. 
The course is conducted for civilian Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) Missions by the Swedish Contingencies Agency (MSB). This Medical Security training was developed by the MSB specifically for CSDP Mission safety and security personnel.
 
A total of 14 students, coming from EUAM Ukraine, EUAM Iraq, EUCAP Somalia, EUPOL COPPS, EUCAP Niger, Civilian Planning and Conduct Capability (CPCC) and the host Mission, participated in the course. 
This Medical Security Course is a comprehensive theoretical, practical and simulation based five-day long course. Its main goal is to give the course participants the knowledge, skills and ability required to prevent and respond in cases of medical emergencies in a safe, secure, timely and effective manner.
 
The MSB Senior Programme Officer and the point of contact in CPCC Security and Duty of Care Office were present during the training.
The EUMM has hosted various training courses in the past and welcomes such courses. This was the third Medical Security Course hosted by the EUMM this year.

Peace and security strategy: joining efforts in countering terrorism

Published in World
Monday, 10 September 2018 15:56

Turkmenistan is a competent member of international politics as one of active UN-member states, makes its significant contribution to consolidate international community efforts in countering the threats against humanity, especially terrorism and radicalism. The President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov underlines that, countering terrorism acquires strategic significance on the agenda of multilateral cooperation of Turkmenistan within Community of Nations along with global tasks in ensuring security such as disarmament and non-proliferation, transport and energy, environment and several other aspects defined by the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Turkmenistan’s position rests upon fundamental concept of the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov when state formulates approaches in ensuring global security. The concept covers the completeness and indivisibility of this idea in terms of geopolitics and interconnectedness of its concrete aspects. The backbone of this concept is that security of one state may not be guaranteed when there is no security in the region, continent and world. In similar way, political and military security will not be long-term and complete without ensuring economic, energy and food security, preventing and neutralizing risks, threats of environmental and technological character, countering effectively international terrorism, organized crimes, proliferation of mass destruction weapons and other global challenges.

Terrorism and its all forms are very dangerous threats to humanity irrespective of development level of one specific country or others and regions. Countering terrorism is becoming very important issue at present when globalization process is deepening and where one of the most important conditions is to ensure sustainable development of states and regions under peaceful and safe environment. Terrorist movements acquire new forms at the time of rapidly advancing technology, technological progress, mass media communication development, different types of information dissemination and this requires effective measures of countering

Turkmenistan takes all necessary measures and actions at the national and international level to eliminate threats against peace and security as well as counters terrorist and radical acts.

National legislation of Turkmenistan provides сlear definition and forms legal framework in this field. More particularly, the Law of Turkmenistan “On countering terrorism” stipulates legal and organizational base for countering terrorism, authorities and responsibilities of state bodies, social assosiations, other entities and competent authorities, as well as it defines guarantees for legal and soial protection of citizens involved in countering terrorism.

The Law of Turkmenistan defines terrorism as follows: «terrorism – is an ideology of violence and actions to influence central government, local government, either international organizations or other entities decision-making process; socially dangerous acts which use force intentionally for hostage taking, arson, murder, torture, intimidation of population and bodies of power or committing any offence against lives and health of innocent people or threats to commit any act for achieving such criminal goals»

The same Law defines international terrorism as follows: «international terrorism – is socially dangerous violent acts commited with terrorist groups or organizations on global or regional scale including the support of state bodies of other states with the purpose of achieving specific goals related to kidnapping, hostage taking, murdering innocent people or posing threat to their lives and health, destructing or threat of destructing important facilities, life support, communication systems or using or posing threat of using nuclear, chemical, biological other weapons of mass destruction.

It is evident that, the terrorism may be countered successfully with only joint efforts of states in close cooperation with international agencies. In this regard, Turkmenistan cooperates closely with other states, as well as, reputable international bodies, first and foremost the UN, EU and OSCE.

Turkmenistan closely coordinates its actions with the UN on countering terrorism, drug trafficking and other threats. Strategic partnership between Turkmenistan and the UN is long-term, implemented in systemic basis and similar principles and views on final outcome are shared. In this context, Turkmenistan supports efforts of international community to create effective mechanism for countering terrorism and is for fully implementation of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy.

These facts demonstrate that, Turkmenistan maintains constructive and efficient cooperation with international agencies such as the UN Counter-Terrorism Office, UN Regional Center for Central Asia for Preventive Diplomacy and neighboring countries.

Turkmenistan demonstrates its strict adherence to UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy in practice and attaches regional context to it taking into account historical, economic, social, cultural and other features of one or another region. In this regard, high level dialogue in the region will give political impetus to adopt necessary, complementary and coordinated strategic approach to counter terrorism for Central Asian States. Consolidating efforts and developing commonly accepted approach in the states of the region to address existing issues will lead to explore and find effective ways of addressing them.

It is a fact that, International community recognized the peaceful policies of the President of independent and neutral Turkmenistan – Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov when the Resolution on «The role of UN Regional Center for Central Asia for Preventive Diplomacy» was adopted.

Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force was created with the purpose of ensuring the consistency of UN activities in given field. The Office coordinates membership in CTITF which covers 36 UN agencies, World Customs Organization and Interpol. United Nations Counter-Terrorism Center (UNCTC) which was established within CTITF in 2011 provides assistance to member states in capacity building in Strategy implementation.

Turkmenistan participates in project implemented jointly by Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF) of United Nations Counter-Terrorism Center (UNCTC) and UN Regional Center for Central Asia for Preventive Diplomacy (UNRCCA) in Ashgabat with the support of EU and Norway. UN Regional Center for Central Asia for Preventive Diplomacy implemented project on applying abovementioned UN Strategy in Central Asian States jointly with Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force and EU. On November 30, 2011, Joint Action Plan on implementing UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy and Ashgabat Final Declaration were approved in the high level meeting jointly organized by the Government of Turkmenistan, CTITF, EU and UNRCCA in Ashgabat. This Action Plan was the first document ever adopted. The projects on Action Plan items were implemented in the past years. On June 13, 2017, the final event in the second phase of project “on implementing Joint Action plan to realize UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy” took place when “High-level UN Central Asian Dialogue among countries and the on implementing  the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy in Central Asia” was held in Ashgabat. The main objective of the meeting was to discuss the issues related to improving stability and security and the ways to achieve them.

General Secretary of the UN Antonio Guterras, ministers, senior officials, the representatives of countering terrorism agencies and national security agencies from Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan participated in the sessions. The review of joint Action Plan for Central Asia to implement UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy at the regional level was presented.

Joint Declaration on strengthening regional cooperation in countering terrorism was adopted at the end of meeting. UN General Secretary Antonio Guterras welcomed Ashgabat Declaration on countering terrorism adopted by Central Asian countries and their permanent efforts to implement UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy and joint Action Plan for Central Asia. The Declaration represented support given to General Secretary’s initiative of to reform the UN countering terrorism office by creating new Office for countering terrorism and recognized the importance of efforts to counter terrorism in the region by the community of nations.

There was a high-level meeting "Towards a comprehensive implementation of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy in Central Asia" at the end of April 2018, in Ashgabat and the third phase of a joint project on supporting the Joint Action Plan for Central Asia was launched. The first and second phases of the project were implemented in 2010-2017 and are dedicated to consider four main directions of the Global Strategy for drafting recommendations for the development of the JAP, which was adopted in December 2011 in Ashgabat.

While delivering speech , the UN Under-Secretary-General and head of the UN Counter-Terrorism Office, Vladimir Voronkov underlined that the main activities of the project would include providing targeted support in developing national and regional strategies to counter terrorism and prevent violent extremism, further strengthening the capacity of the Central Asian countries in priority areas identified in the JAP for Central Asia and facilitating the exchange of best practices in the region and beyond it.

During the meeting, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdimuhamedov stated the readiness of Turkmenistan to cooperate with the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Center (UNCTC) on the implementation of the Ashgabat Action Plan of the UN Counter-Terrorism Strategy. In this context, the Turkmen side made several concrete proposals by using the UNRCCA in given direction.

The Statement on the outcomes of High-level meeting "Towards a Comprehensive Implementation of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy in Central Asia" was adopted at the end of the forum. It is expected in the long term that the new phase of the joint regional counter-terrorism initiative of UNRCCA and the UNCTC entitled "Towards a comprehensive implementation of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy in Central Asia" will be aimed at further strengthening the capacity of the Central Asian states in the field of countering terrorism and preventing violent extremism in a strategic basis.

One of the emerging and acute problems is the elimination of terrorist financing sources, where special attention needs to be paid to combat drug trafficking. Enormous work is being done in this direction under the leadership of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, including legal framework and the organizational basis development for this work in Turkmenistan.

Turkmenistan maintains close, effective and targeted cooperation with neighboring states, as well as with specialized UN agencies, primarily with the UNODC. Long-term national programs for combating drug addiction and drug trafficking have been adopted and are being implemented and good results are obtained.

Thus, Turkmenistan pursues foreign policy directed at eliminating threats and dangers against peace and makes its significant contribution to consolidate international efforts.

The International Information Department of the MFA of Turkmenistan

We will ensure due security measures during the New Year days – Interior Minister

Published in Society
Friday, 01 December 2017 13:37

We will ensure due security measures during the New Year days, - said Minister of Internal Affairs Giorgi Gakharia. 

Journalists asked the Minister about the situation in terms of security in the country after the counterterrorist special operation. 

"Tbilisi hosted very serious international event after the anti-terrorist operation. Heads of several countries arrived and I want to tell you that our agencies properly ensured security through high level of coordination. Security will be stepped up during the New Year days, of course", - said the Minister.

Anna Fotyga has issued a statement on the latest developments in Georgia’s occupied regions

Published in Politics
Friday, 07 April 2017 10:45

Strasbourg - Anna Fotyga, Chair of the Subcommittee on Security and Defence (SEDE) of the European Parliament issued a statement in which she expresses deep concern about latest developments in the occupied Abkhazia and Tskhinvali regions of Georgia, namely the so-called “parliamentary elections” that took place in the occupied region of Abkhazia on March 12 and the so-called “presidential elections” in the occupied Tskhinvali region to be held on April 9. These “elections” are taking place against the background of waves of ethnic cleansing in both regions and of serious violations of human rights. “Any attempt to legitimize forcibly changed demographic situation of both regions is unacceptable” - Anna Fotyga writes.
The Chair of the SEDE condemns the so-called referendum planned on April 9 in the Tskhinvali region aimed at changing its name, which is aimed to prepare ground for its illegal annexation.
She calls upon the democratic world to give an adequate assessment to this provocative attempt to violate sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia and to gradually incorporate the region into the Russian Federation. 
Anna Fotyga strongly condemns the signing of so-called agreement on incorporation of the unlawful military units of the occupied Tskhinvali region into the armed forces of the Russian Federation that took place on 31 March 2017. “This step continues a policy of annexation of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali regions by the Russian Federation that began with signing of so-called treaties of alliance and integration/strategic alliance between Russia and its occupation regimes in Sokhumi and Tskhinvali. Integration of Georgia’s occupied regions into the military system of the Russian Federation also adds up to Moscow’s continued refusal to commit to the non-use of force in the region and to comply with the 12 August 2008 Ceasefire Agreement. The EU should make it clear that by these provocative actions the Russian Federation is seriously harming the Geneva International Discussions and intentionally obstructs any potential progress in the peace process” – she says.
Anna Fotyga expresses her deep concern about the latest instance of closure of crossing points along the Administrative Boundary Line with Abkhazia, which, according to her, aggravates even more the situation on the ground.  “This measure is aimed at further restricting freedom of movement and people to people contacts which has been an important factor of confidence-building in the conflict-torn region”.
The statement also reads that the Subcommittee on Security and Defence will continue to closely monitor and assess the situation in the occupied regions of Abkhazia and 

 

SKI PATROL WILL ENSURE SECURITY OF THE VACATIONERS ON MITARBI SKI TRACK

Published in Politics
Monday, 26 December 2016 14:10

Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili has officially opened new holiday resort Mitarbi. The solemn ceremony was attended by the Minister of Internal Affairs Giorgi Mgebrishvili and other members of the government.
On the new ski track of Miratrbi as well as in all winter holiday resorts, security of the vacationers will be ensured by the MIA unit –Ski patrol.
Specially trained up to 80 patrol police officers with special uniform and equipment will fulfill their duties in winter holiday resorts till the end of the winter season.

Defense and Security reform in Georgia: current state and future approaches

Published in Politics
Wednesday, 07 December 2016 16:03

The Defense and Security Committee, Democratic Control of Armed Forces Geneva Center (DCAF) and the Civil Council on Defense Capacity and Security Issues organized the 2-day conference in the Parliament. The conference is participated by the representatives of the legislative and executive authorities, military attachés of diplomatic corps, civil sector and military experts discussing defense and security reforming, changed security challenges, defense sphere institutional changes and international experience.
The Chair of the Defense and Security Committee, Mr. Irakli Sesiashvili addressed the attendees and spoke about his approaches about defense sector reforming. He emphasized financing of the defense system and importance of rational usage of the available resources. “It is important to see our resource usage in complex manner and adopt the system to demonstrate the country and prepare us for any crisis or challenges. It is important to rationally and practically use available resources”.
He spoke about financing of defense instance and noted that the Defense Ministry had a very limited budget during years and instead of consumption of the resources for real system due operation, they were consumed improperly entailing problems. “Improper consumption resulted in problems in the system. Our task is to increase our capacities within the available resources and funds to improve defense capacity”.
He spoke about institutional reform by the new Ministry and noted that Levan Izoria has a very interesting, ambitious and complex plan envisaging elimination of fundamental problems. Reforming will be a painful process but it will result in development of armed forces and defense capacity of the country.
The translation of DCAF publication “Democratic and Effective Oversight of National Security Services” in Georgia was represented at the conference.

Georgian President recommends Georgian Parliament to strengthen media security mechanisms

Published in Politics
Friday, 18 November 2016 15:50

Georgian President recommends Georgian Parliament to strengthen media security mechanisms and create more solid defense guarantee. This statement was made by Giorgi Margvelashvili today.
According to him, free and pluralistic media determines the level of democracy in any country. As the President said, nobody should have questions on media freedom quality.
“We should not have unexplained closed-rated talk shows, secret surveillance, blackmail and threats against media representatives; Journalists should not have fired,”- the President of Georgia said. 

Statement made by the Georgian Dream

Published in Society
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 09:43

Statement made by the Georgian Dream - Democratic Georgia Georgian Dream condemns the series of actions masterminded by the UNM groups. This is an initiative marching against the sovereign security of Georgia. It is essential that relevant government agencies investigate the facts and take respective response measures.
It is categorically unacceptable to allow any violance towards general public and actions that trigger at the instigated antagonism and instability of the country.

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