Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia

Published in military
Wednesday, 05 July 2017 10:15
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia expresses its deep concern over the illegal installation of a so-called border sign across the occupation line in the Tskhinvali region, in the area of Bershueti village, Gori district, as a result of which several local farmers’ agricultural lands have now partially fallen beyond the occupation line.
This is a continuation of the illegal process of the so-called borderization, which not only restricts the fundamental rights of local residents but considerably damages the security situation on the ground and obstructs Georgia’s efforts to achieve peaceful resolution of the conflict.
Despite the international community’s repeated calls, the Russian Federation continues to grossly violate the principles of international law and its commitments undertaken under the Ceasefire Agreement of 12 August 2008.
This fact and the general situation in Georgia’s occupied regions and adjacent territories once again point to the necessity of establishing international security arrangements and creating human rights monitoring mechanisms on the ground.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia calls upon the international community to duly assess the situation in Georgia’s occupied territory and take respective measures to stop Russia’s illegal actions. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia will use all levers at its disposal, including within the framework of the Geneva International Discussions and international organizations, not to let the aforesaid action of Russia remain without due international assessment and reaction.

The sitting of the Foreign Relations Committee

Published in Politics
Thursday, 13 April 2017 13:25

The Committee considered the draft Resolution on Condemnation of Actions by Russian Federation directed to Annexation of Occupied Territories of Georgia, introduced by the Faction “European Georgia” MP, Giorgi Kandelaki. The draft is initiated by Minority Factions: European Georgia, Movement for Freedom – European Georgia and Movement for Freedom – Regions. The document condemns actions by Russian Federation aiming at annexation of occupied territories of Georgia and occupation of Georgian territories, condemns steps by Russian Federation for further integration of occupied territories, including through illegitimate elections and illegal referendum.
The Parliament calls on international community to keep protecting territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia and support of NATO integration of Georgia. The Parliament calls on the Government to enact multilateral legal, political, humanitarian and other leverages in international organizations for condemnation of Russian actions, to stop financing media publications maintaining Russian propaganda, to terminate cooperation with the groups dignified with clear anti-Western ideas and opposing EU and NATO integration of the country, as well as undertake all reasonable measures to re-include Georgia issue into the agenda of dialogue of international community with Russia.
The Committee expressed unanimity that the Parliament shall express political position with the draft, though the Majority did not support the draft due to the record regarding the Government. As MPs stated, the text fails to due reflect reality and is not result-oriented. The context thereof does not rely on objective information regarding the activities of the Government in various formats.
As noted, the Parliament will adopt the uniform political resolution clearly formulating the positions of the Parliament regarding Russian aggressive actions aiming at annexation. “We are unanimous regarding occupied territories and actions by Russia. We have the principal discord regarding the Government record in the draft. The fact that the issue shall be re-included into the world political dialogue is not a correct formulation as it is reflected in all statements and resolutions as a result of executive and legislative authorities. It is in the world agenda resulting from the efforts of our Government. So, we cannot support this draft in this form. In the nearest future, we intend to submit the resolution providing pragmatic and rational accents taking the state interests into account”, - the Chair, Sofio Katsarava stated.
There is no different opinion about our territories occupied by Russia and about developments in Tskhinvali and Abkhazia. Referendum in Tskhinvali is continuation of Russian annexation. The primary task of our team is to ensure support of non-recognition policy in international relations. Results of this policy are crystal clear. Many of our partners in their official documents condemned the recent fact related to referendum in Tskhinvali. It is the result of policy the Government conducts. Expression of Parliamentary position is important and we have the resolution under development to be submitted to the Parliament”, - the First Deputy Chair, Nino Goguadze stated.
The Protocol on Accession of Georgia to the Constituent Agreement of Energy Unions signed on October 14, 2016 was introduced by the Deputy-Energy Minister, Mariam ValishviliThe document defines terms and conditions of implementation of EU legislation on gas, energy, environment, competition and statistics. Accessing the document, Georgia will start implementation of directives up to 2023 concerning: energy and gas supply safety, crisis management, reserves for prevention of oil deficit, formation of competitive and liberal markets, use of renewable energy, environmental protection etc. The Committee supported the draft. The Agreement on Air Traffic between Georgia and Belarus allows air enterprises international air traffic between Georgia and Belarus. Tariffs shall be defined independently by air companies and flight frequency will depend on aviation market needs. “The Agreement facilitates to regular air traffic between two countries, increase of free competition, tourism and improvement of service”, - the Deputy-Energy Minister, Giorgi Cherkezishvili stated. The Committee supported the document.

Meeting with Congressman Gerry Connolly

Published in Politics
Friday, 24 March 2017 14:45

Within the framework of his working visit to Washington, the Georgian Foreign Minister held a meeting with Congressman Gerry Connolly.
The congressman reaffirmed the support of the U.S. House of  Representatives for Georgia highly appraising the reform and democratization process ongoing in the country. The Minister thanked Congressman Gerry Connolly for his activities as Co-chair of the Georgia Caucus at the U.S. Congress.
The sides paid special attention to the situation in Georgia’s Abkhazia and Tskhinvali regions. Gerry Connolly condemned Russia’s occupation of the Georgian territories and reaffirmed his strong support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. He highly evaluated Georgia’s  Euro-Atlantic integration process and pledged further support for Georgia. Miikheil Janelidze awarded Congressman Connolly with Presidential Order of Merit for his important support for Georgia.

Tskhinvali plans to begin works for strengthening administrative border

Published in Politics
Monday, 04 July 2016 17:27

Tskhinvali plans to begin works for strengthening administrative border – This statement was made by the so-called leader of Occupied South Ossetia, Leonid Tibilov. He met with the head of Russia's Federal Security Service in Moscow. They discussed the works for strengthening administrative border and talked about the agreement between the so-called South Ossetia and Russia. The border is closed now.
According to him, the issue of Georgia was not discussed. 

The President of Georgia held the face-to-face meeting with the President of the Slovak Republic

Published in Politics
Monday, 30 May 2016 14:33

As a part of the state visit of the President of the Slovak Republic H.E. Andrej Kiska, the Presidents have discussed the issue of further deepening relations between Georgia and Slovakia at the face-to-face meeting and emphasized that this visit is consider as a sign of special friendship and partnership between our countries. 
The discussion was focused on the recent developments in the occupied territories and on an increasing number of human rights violations in Abkhazia and Tskhinvali regions. The ongoing security environment was also highlighted, during the meeting.
The President of Georgia has expressed gratitude to the President of the Slovak Republic for continues support of Georgia’s European and Euro-Atlantic aspirations, also, for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and non-recognition policy. 
It was highlighted the contribution of the Slovak Republic to the EUMM and the engagement in the implementation process of the NATO-Georgia Substantial Package. Also, it was emphasized the strong support and valuable contribution of the Slovak Republic towards Georgia’s European Integration through the transfer of experience.  
It is interest of Georgian government to further strengthen political, economic, and cultural cooperation with Slovak Republic in the light of bilateral and multilateral relations.

A preparatory meeting for Geneva International Discussions has been held

Published in Politics
Tuesday, 24 May 2016 15:17

Georgian Foreign Ministry hosted a preparatory meeting for the 36th round of the Geneva International Discussions between Georgia’s representatives and the EU, UN and OSCE Co-chairs. Deputy Foreign Minister, head of the Georgian delegation to the Geneva International Discussions David Dondua led the meeting from the Georgian side.
The Deputy Foreign Minister put special emphasis on the fatal shooting of a Georgian citizen by the occupation regime’s serviceman on 19 May in the village of Khurcha and called upon the Co-Chairs for due action. David Dondua underlined the need to put into place Incident Prevention and Response Mechanisms in Gali in due time and in this regard to hold a special meeting this week. The Georgian side also underlined the necessity of carrying out effective measures in the occupied regions with a view to creating international security arrangements.   
David Dondua expressed his concern over the plans of the Tskhinvali region authorities to hold a referendum on the possibility of joining the Russian Federation and called on the international organisations to carry out the preventive measures.
The participants of the meeting summed up the results of the 35th round of the Geneva Discussions and discussed the issues on the agenda of the next round. The Georgian side provided the Co-chairs with information regarding the security, human rights and heavy humanitarian situation in Georgia’s occupied territories. Extensive discussion took place concerning the restrictions to the provision of education in Georgian language in the occupied territories, with particular emphasis on the situation in the Gali region. The Georgian side expressed its concern over the adoption of discriminatory regulations against ethnic Georgians living in the occupied regions.
The Georgian delegations once again underlined the necessity of non-use of force commitment by Russia, creation of international security arrangements necessary to ensure the implementation of the 12 August 2008 Ceasefire Agreement and the necessity of safe and dignified return of the IDPs.    The 36th round of the Geneva International Discussions will be held on 14-15 June 2016.

Georgia to become one of the priority issues on the agenda of international community

Published in Politics
Thursday, 05 May 2016 16:39

Resolution of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers "Council of Europe and the Conflict in Georgia" is an additional evidence of the fact that Georgia is becoming one of the top priorities on the agenda of the international community, - Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili assessed respective document during today's Cabinet session.
Pursuant to the head of the Government, respective resolution, adopted by the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers is a clear recognition of the fact of human rights violations in Abkhazia and Tskhinvali region and imposes direct obligation of ensuring protection of the rights of ethnic Georgians to the country that exercises effective control over these territory - Russian Federation. The rights in question include freedom of acquiring education on Georgian, property rights, freedom of movement across the administrative dividing line, etc.
"We consider that raising of the Georgian issue on international arena once again is crucial," - Prime Minister declared and thanked the Minister of Foreign Affairs, representatives of other state agencies and head of the Georgian Mission to the Council of Europe - Konstantine Korkelia for the provided work.

2 Georgians were arrested in Kareli by so-called guards

Published in Justice
Thursday, 05 May 2016 15:38

2 local residents have been detained by the so-called border guards in Kareli, near the occupied territories, in the villages of Dvani and Chvrinisi. According to reports, Mamuka Kopadze and Giorgi Khazarisvhili are in pre-trial detention center in Tskhinvali.
The de-facto government says that these persons crossed the border illegal. According to the family members of the detainees, they have already sent the so-called Set amount - 2 000 rubles to Tskhinvali.

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