On 19 April 2021, the Georgian First Deputy Foreign Minister, Vakhtang Makharoblishvili received the Deputy Foreign Minister of the Czech Republic, Michaela Marksová Tominová.
 
The sides discussed the traditionally friendly relations between Georgia and the Czech Republic. Discussions also focused on issues on the agenda of bilateral cooperation. Special accent was put on the Czech Government’s support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as for its European and Euro-Atlantic integration course.

 
Special attention was paid to the projects implemented by the Czech Development Agency in Georgia. Vakhtang Makharoblishvili welcomed the Czech Republic’s active contribution to the sectoral development in Georgia. The First Deputy Foreign Minister put high value on the Czech Republic’s practical assistance in the fight against the pandemic and elimination of its results.
 
Michaela Marksová Tominová shared with his Georgian colleague the Czech side’s decision to expel 18 Russian embassy staff over the Russian special services’ involvement in the ammunition depot explosion. The First Deputy Foreign Minister expressed Georgia’s solidarity with the Czech Republic in this regard.
 
Within the framework of her visit to Georgia, the Deputy Foreign Minister of the Czech Republic will visit the Georgian regions, Zugdidi screening centre, Rukhi and Batumi hospitals which are equipped with Czech support. Cooperation memorandums will be signed with the Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Labour, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia and the Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture of Georgia.

The Georgian political parties signed A way ahead for Georgia, a compromise document submitted to the parties by the European Council President Charles Michel, at the Orbeliani Palace on April 19.

Davit Bakradze, Aleko Elisashvili, Badri Japaridze, Zurab Japaridze, Mamuka Khazaradze, Vakhtang Megrelishvili, Shalva Papuashvili, Salome Samadashvili, Khatuna Samnidze, Archil Talakvadze, and Giorgi Vashadze have signed the document.

Khatuna Samnidze, Davit Bakradze and Salome Samadashvili have made signatures individually, as the bloc National Movement – Strength in Unity and the European Georgia party did not join the compromise paper.

The EU and US Ambassadors Carl Hartzell and Kelly Degnan attended the signing ceremony. European Council President Charles Michel joined the event virtually.

President Michel presented a new document to the political parties on April 18. According to a new document, if the ruling party wins less than 43 per cent of electoral support in local polls, early parliamentary elections will be called in 2022.

Address of Georgian President Salome Zourabichvili

Published in Politics
Monday, 19 April 2021 17:44

Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili today announced that she pledges to pardon Giorgi Rurua if political actors sign the EU-backed compromise paper and enter the parliament.

"I am surprised by the statement made today by the ruling party that uses my name over and over again without my permission and consent and links it to one specific pardon. They have not understood that such a decision, especially in such a case but not only, should be made without expectations of criticism or praise and only if I deem it necessary. I think I have already shown this through my deeds.

I would like to remind everyone of one simple rule: the power of pardon is the discretion of the President and is not the subject of negotiations. I want to make it clear that the decision to pardon, as I have said more than once, is not subject to pressure, to instructions or demands, whether they may be from the opposition, the ruling party, or anyone else.

According to principle, the President does not speak about pardons and does not disclose motivation. However, because of some continuous appeals on this subject and because of the current situation, I am forced to violate this principle and state clearly my position to stop any speculation.

I think no one will be surprised to hear that for me and for the rest of society, someone with such a well-known past can be called many things, but not a political prisoner. That individual does not fit into any category of pardon by any means, be it righteousness, morality, or politics.

Nevertheless, as I once already took it upon myself, I believe here again that if what’s at stake is the country’s political stalemate, its stability, progress, and future, it is the President’s duty to put the country above her own views and principles.

With that in mind, I am ready to make a decision scandalous also for myself. But I make this decision only on my condition, that such a step must be the last step to end the crisis and pave the way for the country and for Parliament to enter a normal political life and deal with existing challenges without any other distractions.

This means that my decision will be implemented only when, on the one hand, the political parties sign the final document and enter Parliament, and on the other hand, the representatives of the European Union and the United States announce that an agreement has been reached. Once this announcement is done, I will sign the act of pardon within a week", - the President of Georgia Says.

Посольство Туркменистана в Тбилиси совместно с Альянсом по развитию любительского и корпоративного спорта Грузии провели 17 апреля международный турнир по гольфу, посвященный провозглашению 2021 года Международным годом мира и доверия.

В турнире приняли участие представители дипломатического корпуса, деловых кругов Грузии, спортсмены-любители из разных стран. Спортивное мероприятие освещали местные СМИ.

Перед началом турнира было отмечено, что развитие в Туркменистане спорта высших достижений и комплексные мероприятия по популяризации принципов здорового образа жизни находятся в центре внимания Президента Гурбангулы Бердымухамедова. 

В Ашхабаде, как и по всей стране, сформирована мощная современная инфраструктура, включающая всё необходимое для занятий различными видами спорта. С открытием в туркменской столице в октябре 2017 года первого в стране гольф-клуба, проект которого был разработан на основе лучшего зарубежного опыта, получил импульс к развитию и этот вид спорта.

По окончании турнира состоялась церемония награждения призёров.

The Embassy of Turkmenistan in Tbilisi together with Alliance for development of amateur and corporate sports of Georgia have held International golf tournament dedicated to declaration of 2021 as the Year of Peace and Trust.

Representatives of diplomatic corps, business circles of Georgia, sportsmen from various countries took part in the tournament. Local media was highlighting this sport event.

It was noted before the tournament that development of sports of highest achievements and integrated events for popularization of the principles of healthy life style in Turkmenistan under close attention of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.

Ashgabat and all the country have strong modern infrastructure including all necessary for going in for various sports. After opening of the first in the country golf club, which project has been developed taking into account the best foreign practice, this sport received impulse for the development.

The award ceremony of the winners took place after the tournament.

 

After nearly six months of negotiations, the citizens of Georgia have made clear that they want the political crisis to end, and for all elected Members to work together in Parliament and address the serious challenges facing the country, including the regional challenges, COVID, and the economic crisis.

With this in mind, the European Union and the United States call on all Members of Georgia’s Parliament to sign the agreement that European Council President Michel will propose today. This is an agreement all Members can sign in good faith rather than a unilateral action that undermines the goal of a broad-based agreement.

The institutional reforms in the agreement represent important progress for Georgia’s democratic development and are of significant benefit for its citizens, helping to create a more independent judiciary, stronger electoral processes, and a Parliament that can better reflect the voices of all people of Georgia.

Accepting this compromise demonstrates courage and a commitment by all parties to put the needs of the citizens of Georgia first, ahead of the interests of any one political party.

Georgian delegation to Participate in PACE Session

Published in Politics
Monday, 19 April 2021 09:54

The Permanent Delegation of the Parliament of Georgia, led by the Deputy Speaker of the Parliament Kakha Kuchava, will take part in the spring session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on April 19-22.

According to the press service of the Parliament, the main topics of discussion at the session will be the global pandemic and Covid-19 vaccination, the situation of ethnic minorities in Council of Europe member states, Council of Europe strategic priorities and current processes in the world.

Givi Mikanadze, a member of the Georgian parliamentary delegation, will address the Assembly regarding the legal status of ethnic minorities in Georgia and the steps taken by the state for their full integration.

On the occasion of the German Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Minister of State for Europe Michael Roth will participate in the spring session of PACE (19-22 April 2021) which will take place in a hybrid format.

The President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli, the President of the Republic of Moldova, Maia Sandu, and the Secretary General of the organisation, Marija Pejčinović Burić, will also address PACE.

At this session, the Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, will present her 2020 annual report and the Assembly will award its Václav Havel Human Rights Prize.

There have been requests for urgent debates on "The arrest and detention of Alexei Navalny in January 2021" and "The functioning of democratic institutions in Turkey", as well as for current affairs debates on "Covid passports or certificates: protection of fundamental rights and legal implications", "Armenian prisoners of war and other captives", "Covid-19 vaccination certificates: how to protect public health and human rights?", and "Russian threat to the pursuit of peace in Europe".

Topics on the agenda include a debate on the Assembly's vision of the Council of Europe's strategic priorities and a joint debate on human rights violations and the need for electoral reform in Belarus.

The OECD's work on taxing the digital economy with the participation of its Secretary General Ángel Gurría, discrimination against people with chronic and long-term illnesses, post-monitoring dialogue with Montenegro, the preservation of national minorities and a European policy on diasporas will also be discussed.

Czech Development Agency Delegation to Visit Georgia

Published in Economics
Saturday, 17 April 2021 12:38

Czech Republic continues supporting Georgia within its Development Cooperation framework. In this context, Mrs. Michaela Marksová-Tominová, First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Mr. Jan Sliva, Head of the Czech Development Agency and their teams will be visiting Georgia on April 19-22, 2021. As part of the official visit, Czech delegation will meet Georgian counterparts and Czech Embassy’s local partners, including the project sites implemented with Czech support in Georgia.

On April 19th, the agency delegation will sign two Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Labour, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia. The MoUs cover two projects, implemented with Czech financial support in Georgia: Way to Home: Development of Adult Alternative Social Services in Georgia (Total budget: about 780 000 EUR) and Support to primary healthcare Strengthening in Georgia (Total budget 1 233 000 EUR).

In coming days, the delegation will also attend the Opening Ceremony of Multifunctional Regional Beekeeping Centerand visit the Rukhi and Batumi Hospitals. The newly built hospitals in Rukhi and Batumi were equipped with the modern technical appliances within the framework of Czech Development Agency’s financial support. The delegation will also pay the visit to the Zugdidi Screening Center constructed and equipped by Caritas Czech Republic (CCR) with the financial support of the Czech Development Agency. The visit will be concluded by the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Finance and Economics of Adjara on Quantification of Health and Environmental Risks and Support for the Rehabilitation of the Former Batumi Refinery Site.

Press release of the Czech Embassy in Georgia

Vehicles with a total value of 693,000 EUR (GEL 2,700,000) will further develop abilities of the Georgian Government to combat irregular migration and cross-border crime.
At an event hosted by the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA), the EU together with project implementer International Organization for Migration (IOM) have donated 30 all-terrain vehicles to the MIA Border Police. The vehicles are part of a larger package of 40 vehicles, 10 of which were donated in November 2020. This transport will contribute to improving detection of illegal activities at the borders and enhance patrolling, as well as response capabilities of border guards.
According to Sanja Celebic Lukovac, IOM Georgia Chief of Mission “today’s donation does not stand alone. It follows up on comprehensive procurement operations implemented by IOM with the support of the EU in the last decade, dedicated to strengthening Georgia’s border management capacities”.
“Improving border security is an important area of cooperation between the EU and Georgia. The vehicles handed over today will contribute to making the Georgian authorities more effective in fighting irregular migration and crime. This is part of the EU's wider support to ensure modern and efficient border management in Georgia – and, in the end, the safety and security of Georgians”, said Carl Hartzell, EU Ambassador to Georgia.
This action with a total budget of EUR 6 million is part of a wider EU funded programme - EU4 Security, Accountability and Fight against Crime in Georgia (SAFE). Over the past years, the EU support to Georgia in the areas of migration and border management has been significant and this donation will be also followed by comprehensive procurement and training activities that will ensure strengthening of Georgia’s border protection capacities.

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14 апреля 2021 года в гибридном формате состоялось заседание Комитета ОБСЕ по экономико-экологическому измерению  на тему «Биоразнообразие и безопасность - последствия деградации окружающей среды для безопасности, включая сокращение биоразнообразия». В работе заседания принял участие советник Министерства иностранных дел Туркменистана, Посол М. Акмурадов.

В своем выступлении М. Акмурадов проинформировал участников о политике Туркменистана по спасению Аральского моря и улучшению экологической и социально-экономической обстановки в регионе.

В частности,  он отметил, что Туркменистан, являясь сторонником системного подхода к решению вопросов Аральской проблематики на национальном, региональном и международном уровнях, в течении десятков лет осуществляет ряд практических мероприятий, нацеленных на обеспечение высокого уровня экологической обстановки в стране.

Одновременно, Туркменистан последовательно продвигает на международной арене инициативы и предложения направленные на консолидацию усилий стран региона и международного сообщества на решение в целом проблематики Аральского моря.

Далее,  дипломат подробно ознакомил участников об опыте Туркменистана по улучшению экологического состояния Каспийского моря и создания условий для устойчивого развития региона.

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