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.
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
David Zalkaliani, President of the Committee of Ministers and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Georgia, made the following statement to mark 75 years since the end of the Second World War:
“Today we commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe - the most devastating war in history, which claimed millions of lives and brought immense suffering.
“This day of commemoration and remembrance offers an opportunity for us to express our profound respect and admiration to all who gave their lives for humanity.
“We have to make sure that such atrocities do not take place again. The best way to achieve this is to adhere to international law and recommit ourselves to the universal principles we all embraced in the aftermath of the war.
“By commemorating this important anniversary, it is of utmost importance to reaffirm our commitment to a peaceful, secure and stable Europe, as it still faces conflicts and other serious challenges that require immediate cooperation and joint efforts.”
Statement of the President of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, regarding the 71st anniversary of the Council of EuropeThursday, 07 May 2020 10:43
Today, the 5th of May, marks the anniversary of the signing of the Statute of the Council of Europe in London by ten countries.
This historic development represents the first attempt towards a united European action to promote peaceful coexistence, prevent conflicts and promote and protect the fundamental rights of all individuals in Europe, without exception.
The Council of Europe, with its 47 member States, has been instrumental in agreeing common standards on human rights, democracy and the rule of law for over 7 decades. Let me underline the fundamental role of the European Convention on Human Rights, drafted seventy years ago in 1950, by the then newly founded Council of Europe, that enabled the setting-up of a unique human rights protection system, constituting the anchor of European co-operation. I hope that this new decade will bring us the same determination to defend human rights as that of the authors of the Convention 70 years ago. It should be recalled that more than 830 million people living in our common European space have an ultimate right of appeal to the European Court of Human Rights.
This important anniversary coincides with an unprecedented global crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our heartfelt sympathies go to those who have lost their loved ones, family members and friends. At this critical crossroads, we all have to be united and determined to do our utmost to overcome the current crisis.
After more than 7 decades of service to peace, democracy, the rule of law and the protection of human rights, the Council of Europe has contributed to number of significant achievements but there is still much more to accomplish. It is more urgent than ever to intensify our efforts to solidify respect for human rights in the years to come.”
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.
/STRASBOURG/ We welcome the political agreement reached yesterday, 8 March, by the majority and opposition in Georgia on the 2020 electoral system, which puts an end to uncertainty that lasted for several months and opens the way to depolarization of the political debate, in the run-up of this year’s elections. Talks were facilitated by representatives of the international community in Georgia including from the European Union, the United States, Germany and the Council of Europe.
We look forward to the adoption in Parliament of the provisions of this agreement, as well as all other necessary changes to the electoral legislation, in line with international recommendations. The Council of Europe including its Venice Commission will continue to offer its assistance to Georgian authorities towards a successful completion of the process.
We commend political parties’ commitment to strive for the highest standards of functioning of Georgia’s judiciary, and protect judicial and electoral processes from inappropriate political interference. This will contribute to upholding the relevant provisions of the European Convention of Human Rights and the Council of Europe standards on electoral matters.
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:
On December 28, about 50 prominent South Korean religious leaders issued a joint statement declaring the Presbyterian pastor Rev. Jun Kwang-hoon as a “public enemy” with sacrilege and criminal activities, as concern and controversy are coming from his hate speeches and anti-government activities.
The event was hosted by the Christian Federation of Anti-Corruption and Sponsored by Pan-Religion Association. In the statement the religious leaders “denounce Rev. Jun for the sins committing social conflict and division” due to his remarks including “God, if you mess around, I’ll kill you.”, “Islam and homosexuality are diseases,” and “Women say Satan’s words.”
“Tell a young female believer take off her panties and say, ‘I want to sleep with you.’ If she accepts, she is a believer. If she refuses, she is a shit,” said Rev. Jun in a training program for pastors to explain a way to distinguish a “true” follower of church.
Criticism against Rev. Jun from the religious world was triggered when he said, “Those who believe Buddhism should go to prison or uninhabited island.” In his inaugural speech as President of the CCK in February, he stated that his major task is to “block homosexuality, Islam and Anti-discrimination law.”
Back in October 2019, calling the South Korean President Moon Jae-In “a son of bixxh”, Rev. Jun has led an anti-government demonstration and insisted that President Moon is a spy and there are 500,000 followers of North Korea to “drive the country to ruin” by taking it away from the United States. After the event, he added, “Hallelujah. The most pleasant time has come. Time to collect offerings.”
Massimo Introvigne, an Italian sociologist and the director of Center for Studies on New Religions (CESNUR) as the largest international organization studying new religious movements, noted that “the activities of the CCK and Rev. Jun Kwang-hoon are causing international concern. In addition to their radical political activities, the CCK and Rev. Jun are spreading religious intolerance in Korea and abroad through hate speech and discrimination against groups they label as ‘heretic.’”
“The growing concern of the CCK and Rev. Jun is coming from the question the Constitution of South Korea that mandates the separation of religion and state. Over the political activism the Western media pointed out, Rev. Jun’s anti-social, anti-religious, and anti-national remarks and behaviors are something to be called a “public enemy,” said Ven. Hyewon, South Korean Representative of World Buddhist Summit.