The State Minister for Reconciliation and Civic Equality paid a tribute to the victims who died during the fall of Sokhumi, commemorating the memorial with flower bouquet.
The next 58th meeting of Incident Prevention and Reaction Mechanism took place in village Ergneti. The sides discussed the incidents that occurred after the previous meeting.
The issue of medical expertise report of the body of Akhalgori resident Davit Basharuli was among the topics discussed. Ossetian side expressed readiness to provide the report to the family of Mr. Basharuli. Representatives of Ossetian side also expressed willingness to return the National Flag of Georgia to Georgian side, which was removed near village Khurvaleti on July 16, 2015. The Georgian side protested the installation of barbed wire fences across the dividing line and demanded the access to lands for the population of village Tsitelubani for necessary agricultural works. The next meeting will be arranged on 29 October in village Ergneti. The Georgian side is represented by the Office of the State Minister for Reconciliation and Civic Equality and the Ministry of Internal Affairs at the IPRM meetings.
The State Minister for Reconciliation and Civic Equality Mr. Paata Zakareishvili congratulates on Kurban Bayrami to all Muslim citizens of Georgia.
"I would like to cordially congratulate on Kurban Bayrami celebration to all Muslims of Georgia. Islam is indivisible part of our multi-confessional culture and this diversity is indeed our wealth. Our state ensures that all citizens could enjoy the right of their confession. I wish this day bring peace, wellbeing and success to each one of you,"- Mr. Paata Zakareishvili declared.
Kurban Bayrami, or the Feast of the Sacrifice lasts for 3 days and is celebrated on 70thday after Ramazan Bayrami.
The First Deputy State Minister for Reconciliation and Civic Equality delivered a speech at the conference "Regional Capacity Building of National Platforms" of the "Civil Society Forum." Mrs. Ketevan Tsikhelashvili provided information on the current situation in the occupied regions.
The First Deputy State Minister discussed the importance of regional security and European integration process. She reviewed the current situation in the occupied region in detail and spoke about the role of Russia in these processes. Mrs. Ketevan Tsikhelashvili emphasized that unresolved conflicts pose a challenge to European security.
"Therefore, peaceful and lasting settlement of conflicts is indispensable and civil society should consolidate on this issue. Five countries out of the six Eastern Partnership member states have unresolved conflicts, on which Russia maintains a grip for serving its political purposes and causes further impediments to the development and European integration of these countries,"- Mrs. Ketevan Tsikhelashvili declared, also discussing the importance of the direct dialogue with the parties.
"We openly declare that we are ready for direct dialogue with Abkhazian and Ossetian societies. Our path runs through peace and is based solely on people-to-people contacts and confidence building. European integration is crucial within the peaceful settlement of the conflicts and therefore we propose all the expected benefits to the population of Abkhazia and South Ossetia,"- Mrs. Ketevan Tsikhelashvili declared.
Representatives of the Government of Georgia, "National Platforms of Eastern Partnership Member States," EU Member States, European Delegation and Civil Society Platform took place into the conference.
The official web-site of the State Minister’s Office for Reconciliation and Civic Equality has been resumed after technical reconstruction.
The web-site became inaccessible after the cyber attack launched on 15 September. The text containing terrorist wording and photo material was published on www.smr.gov.ge. The State Minister’s Office has referred the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Ministry of Justice for applicable measures. This has been the second case of cyber attack on the web-site of the State Minister’s Office. The similar attack was launched on 18 August, 2015.
Mr. Paata Zakareishvili Congratulated the Pupils of Marneuli Municipality on the Start of New Academic Year
The State Minister for Reconciliation and Civic Equality Mr. Paata Zakareishvili congratulated the pupils of Marneuli municipality on the start of new academic year. Mr. Paata Zakareishvili visited the Russian-language Public School #2 of Marneuli, Azerbaijani-language school in village Sabirkendi and Armenian-language school in village Tsitelsopeli.
The State Minister congratulated on the start of new academic year to teachers and pupils and extended his best wishes, with an emphasis on ethnic diversity and fully-fledged integration of ethnic minorities.
"This day is important for our country, as the school is a basis for the state. Successful school means successful and honorable state and I am extending my best wishes for each one of you. Our diversity and multi-ethnicity is well-represented in Marneuli district and this is a right place for demonstrating how this diversity is transformed into a citizenship," - Mr. Paata Zakareishvili declared, granting deeds for certified pupils of Public School #2 of Marneuli.
The State Minister also provided portable computers to 1st year pupils in the schools of Sabirkendi and Tsitelsopeli villages, issued by the Ministry of Education and Science. The Assistant to Prime Minister Mr. Savalan Mirzoev and the Representative of the State Minister in Kvemo Kartli Mr. Zaur Dargali took part in the ceremony as well. The pupils marked the beginning of the new academic year with dance, song and poetry performances