Statement of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia D. Zalkaliani on banning the movement across the occupation line by the occupation regimesMonday, 21 January 2019 12:53
At the press briefing following the cabinet meeting the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, David Zalkaliani made a statement regarding the decision of Russian occupation regimes to ban the movement across the occupation line from January 2019.
“We call upon the Russian Federation and its occupation regimes to immediately open the so-called crossing points across the occupation line. First and foremost it is a humanitarian issue and gravely violates the fundamental right to freedom of movement”, – David Zalkaliani stated.
According to the Minister, the decision of the Russian occupation regime in Tskhinvali to introduce new discriminatory measures for Akhalgori population from February 2019 is another grave concern since it envisages additional restriction of free movement of ethnic Georgians living in Tskhinvali region.
David Zalkaliani stressed that the Co-Chairs of Geneva International Discussions are fully informed about the current situation in the occupied territories.
The Minister underlined that the government of Georgia will spare no efforts to facilitate ensuring the protection of the fundamental rights and improvement of the living conditions of the population on the ground through peaceful and diplomatic efforts.
Angela Merkel's visit to Georgia points to how high Georgia is on the German political agenda – David ZalkalianiThursday, 23 August 2018 14:00
According to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, David Zalkaliani, German Chancellor Angela Merkel's second visit to Georgia in 10 years points to how high Georgia is on the German political agenda.
“It is important that Georgia hosts a visit from such an important EU Member State, against the background of the challenges facing our country today. This visit is yet another proof of support for the Georgian government’s reforms, foreign policy course, European ad Euro-Atlantic integration and peace policy” - the Minister said.
According to David Zalkaliani, during the meetings with Angela Merkel, discussions will focus on bilateral relations, as well as co-operation in multilateral formats.
“It is necessary to ensure that the level of Georgia’s economic co-operation with Germany is in line with cooperative processes in defence and foreign dimensions. The fact that the visit is regional and Georgia is involved in a number of important infrastructural projects currently ongoing in the region once again indicates that Georgia is high on the German political agenda.
The Georgian side has been informed through diplomatic channels by the Iranian side that a number of Iranian citizens have expressed their discontent with security procedures at the Tbilisi International Airport.
Immediately upon receiving the information, the competent authorities of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia made an immediate enquiry into the procedures conducted by aviation security officers at the Tbilisi Airport.
The preliminary enquiry has found no evidence of wrongdoing, including actions insulting religious feelings.
The Ministry has already reported the findings to the Iranian side. The inquiry results will also be communicated to the Iranian ambassador in Tbilisi.
7 August 2018 marks the 10th year since Russia’s large-scale military invasion in Georgia and the following illegal occupation of Georgia’s indivisible regions of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia.
Through its military aggression against the sovereign state and further illegal steps, Russia blatantly violated the fundamental norms and principles of international law and created a dangerous precedence of attacking the rules-based international order. Russia’s actions in 2008 served the ambition to redraw the borders in Europe by force and undermine the entire European security architecture.
A decade later Russia still continues the aggression against Georgia. The 1-15 August large-scale military drills in the occupied territories with involvement of thousands of Russian troops and hundreds of military equipment, represent an unprecedented attempt by Russia to demonstrate its military power, that at the same time qualifies as a use of force and threat by use of force against Georgia.
10 years since the Russia-Georgia war the Russian Federation has not implemented the EU mediated 12 August 2008 Ceasefire Agreement and continues violating its international obligations, despite constant calls from the international community. In full disregard for the Ceasefire Agreement that obliged Russia to withdraw its forces from the territory of Georgia, Moscow has further reinforced its illegal military presence on the ground and continues to hinder the establishment of international security arrangements in Abkhazia and Tskhinvali regions of Georgia.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia expresses its great concern that the security and human rights situation in the occupied territories has been further deteriorated. Continuous fortification of the occupation line through installation of barbed wire fences and other artificial barriers as well as constant kidnappings and illegal detentions by Russian FSB personnel further destabilize the security environment on the ground. As a result of this illegal process many families were left divided, many lost access to their agricultural lands, religious site and cemeteries. The grave human rights infringements in both in Abkhazia and Tskhinvali regions include but are not limited to gross violations of rights to freedom of movement, residence and property, as well as prohibition of education in native Georgian language, that have made lives of the local population unbearable.
While hundreds of thousands of IDPs and refugees, expelled from their homes as a result of several waves of ethnic cleansing, are still deprived of right to the safe and dignified return, those Georgians who remained in the occupied territories continue to be a subject of intensified ethnic discrimination. The recent cases of illegal deprivation of life of three Georgian IDPs – Davit Basharuli, Giga Otkhozoria, and Archil Tatunashvili vividly demonstrate the impunity and ethnically driven violence in both occupied territories.
In response to the constant provocative steps, Georgia stays committed to its peaceful conflict resolution agenda. Georgia has spared no effort to fully utilize the peace negotiations in the frames of the Geneva International Discussions as well as Incident Prevention and Response Mechanisms to dully address security and humanitarian problems of conflict-affected population stemming from the unresolved conflict between Georgia and Russia. Remaining in full compliance with the EU mediated 12 August 2008 Ceasefire Agreement, Georgia has many times unilaterally reaffirmed and implemented the non-use of force commitment, still awaiting the reciprocity from Russian side.
At the same time, Georgia has intensified the efforts towards engagement and reconciliation between the communities divided by war and occupation lines. For that purpose the Government of Georgia has introduced the new peace initiative “A Step to a Better Future” directed to improve humanitarian and socio-economic conditions of people in Abkhazia and Tskhinvali regions and foster people-to-people contacts and confidence building between the divided societies.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia highly values the unwavering support of the international society to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia, as well as the peaceful conflict resolution process. The Georgian side appeals to the calls upon the international community to further consolidate the efforts in responding the consequences of the August 2008 war and the peaceful resolution of the conflict in Georgia in compliance with the international law.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia once again calls on the Russian Federation to cease its illegal actions on the territory of Georgia and comply with its international obligations, in particular to reverse the decision on recognition of so-called independence of Georgia’s occupied regions and fully implement the EU mediated 12 August 2008 Ceasefire Agreement.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia would like to use this opportunity and express its deepest sympathy to the families and relatives of the soldiers and civil population who fell victim to the August 2008 war.
UNDP and State Bank for Economic Affairs of Turkmenistan hold first ever event on financing of Agenda 2030
In conjunction with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) nationalization process in Turkmenistan, the United Nations Development Programme and the State Bank for Economic Affairs (TFEB) are working to improve the access of Turkmenistan to international financing and to improve its capacity to deliver and manage such financing streams effectively.
As part of the joint initiative, on June 20, 2018, UNDP and TFEB held International Financing for Development Conference “Partnership for Development Financing at the Heart of the Great Silk Road”that brought together over 150 partners from ministries and state agencies, international financial institutions that have an interest in the country, private entities and commercial banks who are potential investors in the country, as well as development experts from UNDP and other international organizations.
One of the purposes of the event is to create a joint understanding of the country’s sustainable development priorities, the related financing needs and the various options that exist for mobilizing such resources, especially from international financial institutions and private capital.
As part of the Financing for Development Conference, participants considered some specific ongoing development and infrastructure projects in Turkmenistan, such as construction of the TAPI gas pipeline, which contribute to the sustainable development of the region of Central Asia and South Asia.
The participants of the conference noted with satisfaction the successes of Turkmenistan in nationalizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as the establishment of a national coordination mechanism for the implementation, monitoring and reporting of the SDGs, including the decision to submit the first voluntary national review on the SDG implementation at the High-level Political Forum in 2019.
“Getting financing right will be critical to meet the SDGs by 2030. While there is no shortage of resources in the global economy, we need partnerships, sound planning, leadership and some creative ideas of looking at financing streams for development,” stated RastislavVrbensky, UNDP Deputy Regional Director for Europe and the CIS at the conference.
The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan S. Berdimuhamedov noted in his speech that "the achievement of the goals of sustainable development is an ambitious task and requires cohesion and concrete joint actions. Partnership in this direction is very important. "
"Following strict adherence to the international obligations assumed, we declare with full responsibility our continued commitment to the widest and most active cooperation with Member States and international organizations, financial institutions, specialized agencies and United Nations structures," the Deputy Minister stressed.
The conference participants welcomed Turkmenistan's efforts to improve the public finance system and stressed the importance of fiscal regulation to improve the mobilization of domestic financial resources.
The sessions aimed to shed the light on government’s views on the issue of private sector development and diversification, and its priorities and measures for encouraging bilateral state and private investments for achieving Sustainable development agenda 2030.
As a result of the conference, the Final Document was adopted and a package of bilateral documents was signed.
On 6 June, the EU donated 540 tablets to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia (MIA) to strengthen its capacities in developing intelligence-led policing and crime prevention in the country. This technical equipment will help the Georgian authorities to streamline information management relating to current crime trends and help enhance their risk analysis system.
The tablets will be used by frontline police officers who patrol the streets of towns and villages in Georgia and enable them to report crimes and incidents in real time. The technical equipment will also give police officers the opportunity to link up to various MIA databases and report without delay to the MIA’s Joint Operations Centre in Tbilisi.
This donation is part of the EU-funded project “Sustaining Border Management and Migration Governance in Georgia (SBMMG)”, implemented by the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
In previous years, the EU and IOM have been supporting the MIA in developing policies in the field of intelligence-led policing, for example through the engagement of experts from Belgium and Austria, who guided their Georgian colleagues through the complexities of intelligence-led policing and shared insights on effective policing practices.
On February 1, 2018, a briefing was held in the premises of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan on acquaintance with the main results of the social and economic development of Turkmenistan in 2017, with the results of the Foreign Ministry activities for the past year in the context of the implementation of the Foreign Policy Concept of Neutral Turkmenistan for 2017-2023, and also with the planned for 2018 events.
The briefing was attended by representatives of Embassies and international organizations and foreign media accredited in Turkmenistan.
At the briefing the participants were informed in details about large-scale events held in Turkmenistan in the past year. First and foremost, it is necessary to note the successful holding of the grandiose sports event - the V Asian Games, which have become a vivid example of the huge attention shown to the development of the mass sports and health movement and sport in the country. It was also stressed that, along with the 25th anniversary of Turkmenistan's membership in the UN, the country marked the 10th anniversary of the opening in the capital of the UN Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA), the creation of which is a landmark event in the history of bilateral cooperation.
The participants of the briefing were told in detail about the three resolutions adopted in 2017 at the initiative of Turkmenistan, which confirmed that the creative initiatives put forward by the head of the Turkmen state in such an important direction, as well as in other relevant areas, are approved by the world community.
It was also told that on the proposal of Turkmenistan in Ashgabat in mid-November, the 7th Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan (RECCA VII) was held. As a result of the forum, the Ashgabat Declaration was adopted, which reflected the readiness of the participating states and international organizations to further build a mutually beneficial partnership.
Last year our country presided at the International Energy Charter Conference. The 28th session of this organization in Ashgabat gathered more than 200 delegates from 50 countries, once again confirming its high status as an authoritative discussion platform for discussing the current state and trends of world development, including on global energy issues.
As the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan informed the participants of the briefing, in general, in 2017 our country was visited by the 584 delegations of various levels. At the same time, 624 Turkmen delegations were sent abroad. To date, Turkmenistan has established diplomatic relations with 145 countries around the world. There are 35 diplomatic missions and consulates in Turkmenistan, as well as 15 representative offices of international organizations. 226 bilateral and multilateral international documents were signed. In 2017, Turkmenistan joined the 6 international conventions. Last year, 47 bilateral political consultations, 18 joint intergovernmental commission meetings and 14 bilateral business forums took place.
The attendees were also informed of the activities of national importance planned for the first quarter of 2018.
At the end of the briefing, it was stressed that independent, neutral Turkmenistan will continue to do everything necessary to strengthen peace and security on our planet, to contribute to the development and progress of human civilization.