The Georgian Foreign Ministry expresses its deep sorrow over the death of more than twenty, including one child, and loss of dozens of people as a result of the flood that hit the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia on 6-7 August 2016.
The Georgian Foreign Ministry conveys its condolences to the families of the victims and expresses its sympathy to the people of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
I am convinced that after overcoming their emotions, Ms. Khidasheli and Mr. Usupashvili will make different statements, - Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili responded to the question of the press regarding his opinion concerning the statements of Tina Khidasheli and David Usupashvili, who referred to the appointment of Levan Izoria to the post of Minister of Defense as a mistake.
According to the head of the Government, unfortunately, their statements were inappropriate. "It is difficult to comment on this statements - unfortunately, they were profoundly inappropriate. I am convinced that after overcoming their emotions, Ms. Khidasheli and Mr. Usupashvili will make different statements," - Prime Minister stated.
“I condemn the attempted coup in Turkey and deplore the loss of life in the events of the weekend. It is now very important to identify facts and bring to justice those responsible,” said Pedro Agramunt, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), in a statement today.
“At the same time, to protect democratic institutions, it is equally important that the relevant legal procedures are carried out in accordance with the rule of law and human rights standards that Turkey has subscribed to as a member of the Council of Europe, in particular the European Convention on Human Rights and the case-law of the Strasbourg Court. In this context, the swift dismissal and arrest of thousands of judges, prosecutors, police officers and senior civil servants raises questions,” said the President.
“I am also worried about the announced discussion on the re-establishment of the death penalty. This would go against the country’s international commitments – as a member state of the Council of Europe, Turkey has signed and ratified Protocol No. 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights, and its Protocol No. 13 banning the death penalty in all circumstances,” said Mr Agramunt.
“The Council of Europe stands ready to support the Turkish authorities, on the basis of the principles of democracy, human rights and the rule of law,” he concluded.
Statement by Council of Europe Secretary General Jagland on the situation in Turkey:
"Any attempt to overthrow the democratically elected leaders in Turkey is unacceptable in a member state of the Council of Europe, which defends democracy, human rights and the rule of law."
“We will make the statement about Archil Gegeshidze later,”-the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Mikheil Janelidze said today on the question if Gegeshidze stays on his post.
“We will answer late when the Foreign Ministry makes the decision,”-Mikheil Janelidze said. He did not concreted if Foreign Ministry heard explanations from Gegeshidze.
The Ambassador of Georgia to US said that there are pro-Russian forces in the ruling party but they don’t act on decision making process. According to him, if not Treaty of Georgievsk we would have dark black eyebrows and hair like Persians.
Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili thanked the US for supporting Georgia and congratulated American people on the Independence Day. In his conversation with journalists, Prime Minister noted that the US has always been Georgia's most important strategic partner.
"The USA is the strongest supporter of our independence and sovereignty and our achievements in many areas are due to the American support. Important support of the US still continues across various sectors, including security, economic development, building civic society and institutional democracy, non-recognition policy. Altogether these fields lay the foundation of Georgia's statehood and I would like to thank the United States and congratulate on 240th anniversary of its statehood," - Giorgi Kvirikashvili stated.
Prime Minister also commented on expected visit of the US Secretary of State John Kerry and assessed it as a strong gesture of support to the Georgia's European and Euro-Atlantic integration.
"This visit has been announced beforehand and I cannot elaborate on the final details today. However, working process is ongoing, Visit details will become known and announced. We expect the visit of the US Secretary of State John Kerry with great enthusiasm, since it will be the reaffirmation of the strong support of the US to Georgia's European and Euro-Atlantic integration," - Prime Minister indicated.
Giorgi Kvirikashvili also discussed the internal survey organized by the "Georgian Dream". He noted that party did not intend to publish the results of the survey.
"Generally I consider that speculations with the surveys shall come to an end. Based on the previous experience we can see that oftentimes the results of the survey do not reflect the actual picture. We held internal surveys and we do not intend to publish their results. However, to counter statements that suggested that we were afraid to announce the results, we had to publish them," Giorgi Kvirikashvili indicated. All parties conduct social surveys in a non-stop regime and not only during the electoral process to find what effect their actions and decisions have on public opinion. This is a conventional process that takes place in many countries. We have our vision that is based on many meetings, public meeting, active work performed throughout regions and internal surveys. We are completely sure that we will gain an absolute majority - the exact numbers cannot be estimated, but we are completely sure about our victory. One thing is the most important - the elections shall be democratic, transparent and represent an important progress in view of democratization of Georgia," - Prime Minister stated.
The statement of Prime Minister:
As we have already entered the official election campaign period in Georgia, I would like to address Georgia's political forces, state agencies, and society as a whole. First, I urge everyone to adopt, in the nearest future, a code of conduct for political parties in the election campaign, and I hope that all responsible political forces in the country will accede to this document. The country's legislative body is already discussing this issue, which is truly commendable, but it is equally important-and this is one of the purposes of this statement-to ensure wider public consensus based on the principles enshrined in this code; consensus against coercive methods, hate speech, disrespect for opponents, and violation of human dignity, while promoting respect for different opinions.
I urge Georgia's state agencies, their staff, to exercise prudence and caution in all their actions, regardless of their political sympathies, to ensure that such actions do not appear to favor one party or another. It is vitally important to ensure to a maximum extent equal access to resources. I urge everyone against using administrative resources for political goals.
As the leader of the ruling team, I address our supporters:
The strongest point and advantage of our government lies within our attitude towards our opponents and different opinions. This is why it is crucial to maintain this approach and to avoid even the slightest perception of administrative resources being misused by us in any way. We do not need it because we enjoy our people's support in the first place!
Importantly, I urge our police forces to spare no effort to ensure order and to prevent all possible tensions and escalations. Special attention must be paid to the regions. The highest possible level of mobilization is necessary wherever risks of confrontation are higher. State agencies and institutes are obligated to allow all political forces, especially the opposition, to run their campaigns without any obstacles.Meetings with voters in the regions have already started. Our government ensures a fair, peaceful, and constructive electoral environment.
Statement of the Prime Minister concerning the first Vice Prime Minister:
Pursuant to the Prime Minister, the rumors and speculations concerning the fact of appointment of Dimitry Kumsihvili as the first Vice Prime Minister are inappropriate."This is caused by the fact that Kakha and I will be actively engaged in the election process and the team requires utmost coordination. Hence the need of his appointment to this post occurred and all rumors and speculations concerning this topic are truly inappropriate," - Prime Minister discussed in his conversation with journalists.
Georgia Department of Veterans Service released a statement:
“As you know, the reorganization process is underway in the Department of Veterans Service of Georgia. The assistance process of veterans is frequently hindered. We are trying to explain them every day that the special departments and units will work at full capacity after the reorganization process. Please, we ask you to understand this issue and we apologize for the temporary inconvenience,”-the statement says.
Despite the efforts of different state agencies, there are continuous attempts to disseminate previously announced video material and threats. One more large-scale case will be added to the current investigations. Society has lost hope for rapid and effective investigation of these hardest crimes.
Our citizens revealed high self-consciousness and readiness to cooperate with investigational authorities. Society declares that it will not allow blackmailing and one’s private life does not concern others.
Today, such consolidated society requires mobilization of resources to address existing challenges and specific action plan, which will ensure:
That weaknesses of investigation are analyzed and existing gaps are eliminated as soon as possible;
Participation of foreign professionals and services, having experience in the similar cases, in the investigational process; Transparency of investigational process;
Minimization of damage caused to the society by infringement of privacy;
That the reforms in order to raise effectiveness of investigational bodies are continued and legislative guarantees to protect right to privacy are strengthened.
There is no time to be lost; I would like to ask Mr. Prime-Minister and Parliament of Georgia to determine coordinating agency or group, which will be responsible for preparing of complex action plan and for its implementation. From my side, I would like to express readiness for active participation in any process, which will stop violation of right to privacy and faulty practice of blackmailing.