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24.12.2014

About 700 Georgian cultural heritage sights, located in the Didi and Patara Liakhvi valleys, also along the River Prone and Ksani in the occupied Shida Kartli region remain into appalling conditions, which has worsened especially after August 2008. The occupant side tries to destroy and erase them all. The issue was discussed today at the Temporary Commission for the Restoration of Territorial Integrity of the Parliament in frames of the joint session involving the committees of education, science and culture, foreign relations, European integration, Diaspora and Caucasus issues.

24.12.2014

The State Minister of Georgia for Reconciliation and Civic Equality Mr. Paata Zakareishvili congratulates all Georgian citizens who celebrate Christmas on 25 of December on this great event.

"I would like to cordially congratulate on Christmas to whole Georgia. Let this great celebration bring joy, happiness, success and wellbeing to each family and to our country," - Mr. Paata Zakareishvili declared.

18.12.2014

The First Deputy State Minister of Georgia for Reconciliation and Civic Equality Mrs. Ketevan Tsikhelashvili will participate into the people-to-people working group meeting in frames of the US-Georgia Charter on Strategic Partnership. The working group meeting will be held today in Washington DC.

The people-to-people working group is co-chaired by the The First Deputy State Minister of Georgia for Reconciliation and Civic Equality Mrs. Ketevan Tsikhelashvili and the First Deputy Foreign Minister Mr. Davit Dondua from the Georgian side.

According to Mrs. Ketevan Tsikhelashvili, in working group the two sides will discuss the issues of support to populations affected by the installation of barbed wire fences across the occupation line, the engagement of residents living in the occupied territories and the needs of conflict-affected population. The issues of mutual cooperation related with healthcare, education, culture, sport and youth affairs will be dealt as well.

The US-Georgia Charter on Strategic Partnership is the charter framework for the cooperation between the two countries and is organized in Washington DC regularly.

17.12.2014

The State Minister of Georgia for Reconciliation and Civic Equality Mr. Paata Zakareishvili congratulates the Jews of Georgia on Hanukkah Celebration.

"I would like to congratulate on this great celebration. I wish peace, success and well-being to the Jews living in Georgia. The age-old friendship connecting our two peoples is important and these relations must be strengthened in future," - Mr. Paata Zakareishvili declared.

Hanukkah Celebration marks the purification of temples, blessing of alter and the renewal of church services. It is the symbol of faith, determination and traditions.

15.12.2014

The interview of State Minister for Reconciliation and Civic Equality Mr. Paata Zakareishvili with the news agency "Prime Time".

In its rallies demanding the resignation of Mr. Paata Zakareishvili the opposition asks the relevant agencies to investigate the State Minister’s relations with special services. Mr. Zakareishvili does not plan to resign, stressing that such demand can only make him stronger. He notes that the public outcry on Russo-Abkhaz treaty is exaggerated and the bottom-line lies within the treaty of 17 September, 2008 which, by the time of its formation, was not followed by any protest or statement by the government of the National Movement.

See the full text of the interview

11.12.2014

The First Deputy State Minister for Reconciliation and Civic Equality Mrs. Ketevan Tsikhelashvili chaired the 2nd Working Group for Humanitarian Issues.

According to Mrs. Ketevan Tsikhelashvili, the Georgian side raised the issue of safe return of IDPs as central topic during the meeting of the Humanitarian Working Group.

"At the working group meeting we have discussed all the issues foreseen by the agenda, including the central topic of the discussions - the return of IDPs and refugees that are expelled from the occupied regions - the issue which is actively supported by our international partners. We have also stressed the need for the solution to couple of critical humanitarian issues. We have critically raised the issue of freedom of movement especially in the direction to Gali and Akhalgori, and the issue of education into native language. There was a particular emphasis on harsh violation of human rights in the occupied territories, such as illegal arrests, cases of kidnap and other additionally imposed restrictions in different forms. We have urged the Co-chairs and other participants to solve these issues in a due time. The issue of cultural heritage was dealt constructively within the group. However, a number of important issues for the population remain open, for which the Georgian side will continue active work. Unfortunately, the issue related with the supply of gas to Akhlagori was not shared, consistently proposed by Georgian side all throughout two years, considering the interests of the local population. We have expressed our willingness to work on these issues, respectively", - Mrs. Ketevan Tsikhelashvili declared, after the meeting of the working group.

On its 30th Round of Discussions, the Georgian side has once again assessed the treaty concluded between Russia and de-facto authorities of Abkhazia on 24 November as a step to annexation and called on its western partners to exercise pressure on Russia to live up to the standards of international law.

The next round of Geneva International Discussions will take place in March 2015.

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