14.04.2014

The First Deputy State Minister for Reconciliation and Civic Equality met with the representatives of the non-governmental organizations.

16.04.2014

The State Minister of Georgia for Reconciliation and Civic Equality Mr. Paata Zakareishvili congratulates the Yezidis of Georgia on "Charshama Sarsale" celebration.

"Charshama Sarsale" is an important celebration for Yezidis and I would like to cordially congratulation all the Yezidi citizens of Georgia on this day. Let this year bring you success, wellbeing and wealth", - the State Minister remarked.

"Charshama Sarsale" is the ancient and most important celebration for Yezidi people and marks the start of a New Year.

15.04.2014

The State Minister of Georgia for Reconciliation and Civic Equality Mr. Paata Zakareishvili congratulates the Jewish citizens of Georgia on Passover (Pesach).

"I would like to congratulate you on one of these greatest celebrations, which marks the important event in the history of Jewish people - the freedom from Egyptian slavery. The Jewish citizens, their self-preservation, culture and religion is an indivisible part of our country, of its history and culture. Wish you peace and success", - the State Minister declared.

14.04.2014

The First Deputy State Minister for Reconciliation and Civic Equality met with the representatives of the non-governmental organizations.

Ketevan Tsikhelashvili delivered the organizations working on conflict issues with the information about the activities of the State Minister’s Office.

In particular, she has reviewed four basic directions: current activities in frames of the State Strategy on Occupied Territories "Engagement through Cooperation", the works carried out in villages in the vicinity of the Dividing Line, Geneva International Discussions Process and Civil Integration.

"We are regularly meeting with NGOs and this format is already traditional for our office. The aim of the meeting is to share information and opinions. Our goal is that our policy should be waged transparently, considering the sense of responsibility and sensitivity of the spheres of conflict settlement and civil integration. Besides I think that communication and relations with civil society is vigorous for each Government, as far as lots of issues have mounted up for discussion after the Sochi Olympics and the current circumstances in Ukraine. We should take not that, signing of Association Agreement with the EU is ahead - Georgia’s European integration is the key for conflict settlement", - Ketevan Tsikhelashvili declared.

Importance of the meeting was touched by the Head of Board of Defence and Security Ms. Teona Akubardia as well.

"This year it is the first meeting, although we, the non-governmental organizations hold meeting with the State Minister’s Office regularly. It is important to share our opinions about the Geneva Process, challenges and perspectives ahead, before the Association Agreement is signed", - Ms. Teona Akubardia remarked.

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13.04.2014

The rally/concert "We Choose Europe" was organized in Europe Square. Ketevan Tsikhelashvili, First Deputy State Minister for Reconciliation and Civic Equality attended the demonstration.

"I came here to join this event, as a citizen and as a member of the Government because we choose Europe. Europe is actually our future - it is peace, stability and one of keys for conflict settlement. The vision of our policy is the European future in a united Georgia. I came here also for showing my solidarity to my former colleagues, the National Platform, I was chairing earlier, and to all those NGOs who participate into this event", - Ketevan Tsikhelashvili declared to journalists.

The President of Georgia Mr. Giorgi Margvelashvili and the EU Ambassador Mr. Philip Dimitrov, have delivered speeches before the participants of the rally.

"This is the choice made not even by us - this is the choice made by our ancestors, who have created free Georgia, rooting spiritual freedom, acknowledgment of others and tolerance into the basic of our culture", - the President of Georgia declared.

The EU Ambassador wished the people "to maintain willingness to be the part of Europe and to stand up against all kinds of pressure that might be directed against this willingness."

The members of the Government of Georgia and representatives of the political parties attended the demonstration.

The concert was organized on April 13, by the Georgian Civil Society National Platform for the Eastern Partnership.

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07.04.2014

The Office of the State Minister for Reconciliation and Civic Equality has organized an excursion in Kakheti region for ethnic Azerbaijani students from Kvemo Kartli region.

50 students from Georgian universities have participated into the excursion, with the goal of sightseeing and receiving information about historical and cultural heritage of Georgia.

One-day excursion is arranged in Shuamta Monastery, Telavi, Ikalto Academy, Alaverdi, Gremi, Nekresi, Kvareli, Sighnaghi and Tsinandali.

The excursion runs with the support of Marneuli Municipality Self-Government Body and Marneuli Youth Centre.

Which of the following policies may contribute most to the de-isolation of the residents of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia?
Access to education
Participation in joint cultural projects
Public diplomacy
Trade and freedom of movement
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