At the invitation of Conciliation Resources a dialogue workshop on the Georgian-Abkhaz conflict and peace process took place in London from 24-27 February 2015. The meeting brought together officials and public figures from both sides of the conflict. On the fourth day, participants were joined by international experts.
The State Minister of Georgia for Reconciliation and Civic Equality Mr. Paata Zakareishvili congratulates the Yazidis of Georgia on "Charshama Sarsale" celebration.
"I would like to cordially congratulate each Yazidi citizen of Georgia on "Charshama Sarsale" which is one of the important and ancient celebrations, marking the beginning of a New Year. It is the symbol of renewal, the beginning of spring and productivity. Let this year bring success, wellbeing and wealth each one of you", - the State Minister declared.
"Charshama Sarsale" is the most important celebration for Yazidi people and marks the start of a New Year.
The Office of the State Minister for Reconciliation and Civic Equality organized the event dedicated to the Day of State Language. Children representing ethnic minority communities read the pieces of Georgian literature and poems translated into Georgian language.
"Today was the day when the whole Georgian nation stood up in defense of the State Language and now Georgian is the language of the independent country. I am delighted to host our citizens who represent ethnic minorities, who have a command of the State Language and are proud of this. In parallel with State Language awareness, we pay a respect for their native language, as far as Georgia is rich especially through its diversity and multi-ethnicity. The fact that we respect the State Language in multiethnic country is indeed our strength", - Mr. Paata Zakareishvili declared.
On behalf of the State Ministers Office, Mr. Paata Zakareishvili provided books as a part of the gift to school students from different districts of Georgia.
The event was co-organized by the UN Association in Georgia.
The First Deputy State Minister of Georgia for Reconciliation and Civic Equality Mrs. Ketevan Tsikhelashvili congratulates the Georgian population on Easter.
"I would like to congratulate on Easter to the population of Georgia, including our citizens living in Abkhazia and Tskhinvali region. I congratulate and express my compassion especially to those people who are exiled, those who live near the occupation line and cannot visit churches and cemeteries due to barbed wire fences and artificial barriers. Despite our enormous efforts and the support of all our western partners, including in frames of Geneva International Discussions, unfortunately this year, as in previous years, these people could not get through artificial dividing lines in order to visit cemeteries and churches even on Easter. This is the illustration of continued occupation. In spite of this all, we work intensively to take small but important humanitarian measures, until our main objectives such as the de-occupation and the right of return for IDPs to their places of residence is realized. Wish you blessing and happiness in the unified Georgia", - Mrs. Ketevan Tsikhelashvili declared.
On April 12 the world Orthodox community celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ the Easter.
The Womens Information Center hosted the meeting of NGOs and representatives of IPRM (Incident Prevention and Reaction Mechanism).
Representatives of UN Women, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Office of the State Minister for Reconciliation and Civic Equality, EU Monitoring Mission, Womens Information Center and NGOs took part into the meeting, discussing the topics and results of March 25 meeting which was organized in frames of IPRM. NGOs discussed the problems of the population living in adjacent areas to the occupied regions.
The meeting took place within the auspices of the project Women for Equality, Peace and Development.
Marneuli hosted the multiethnic art festival "One Sky". The State Minister of Georgia for Reconciliation and Civic Equality Mr. Paata Zakareishvili attended the performance.
"Today I am pleased to open 10 festival. Each year the interest for the festival is growing and its area is broadening. Considering that Georgia is in need of promoting and encouraging classical music and compositions of artists with various nationalities, the State Ministers Office for Reconciliation and Civic Equality supports this festival. This is yet another impetus and motivation for young performers to continue their work. This festival is important for the unity of future generations, for discovering and appreciating cross-culture heritage and also for representing common cultural features the multiethnic Georgian society creates",- Mr. Paata Zakareishvili declared at the opening ceremony.
Various artists from ethnic minority divisions under the art schools and cultural centers in all regional cities of Georgia, as well as ensembles, individual performers (from piano-solo, piano ensembles, classical orchestra, vocal, choir, folk classes) and community artists took part into the festival.
The organizers of the festival Under One Sky are the State Minister Office for Reconciliation and Civic Equality, the Regional Chair of Georgia Composers Union in Kvemo Kartli Mrs. Manana Alpaidze and the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection. The donor organization is the UN Association in Georgia.