The State Minister for Reconciliation and Civic Equality Mr. Paata Zakareishvili paid a respect to the memorial of heroes with flower bouquet, for the memory of 23 Year Anniversary on the start of armed activities in Abkhazia.
Temporary Governmental Commission, chaired by the Prime Minister Mr. Irakli Garibashvili, discussed the needs of communities living in villages near the dividing line at the extraordinary session, organized in the Administration of the Government.
The information was released by the press-service of the Administration of the Government of Georgia.
The Head of Government was briefed about the activities implemented by the commission in villages near the dividing line. The discussion concerned the projects implemented in the areas of education and healthcare, as well as the needs that still remain. As reported at the session, population basically needs gas supply, water and rehabilitation of road infrastructure; the work on these issues is ongoing. The Prime Minister assigned the commission members on responding the needs of population in the shortest period of time.
"Engagement of the Prime Minister into the commission session stresses that the issue of responding to the needs of communities living in villages near the dividing line, is one of the priorities for the Government of Georgia. We have discussed the essential issues for the local population, such as the supply of gas, provision of potable and irrigation water. The commission exists since October 2013 and many steps have been taken in the areas of education, healthcare, supply of water and supply of firewood. We have implemented a number of infrastructural projects and these works are running regularly," - the First Deputy State Minister for Reconciliation and Civic Equality Mrs. Ketevan Tsikhelashvili declared.
Temporary Governmental Commission for the needs of villages near the dividing line held its next session, chaired by Mr. Nodar Javakhishvili, Minister for Regional Development and Infrastructure and Mr. Paata Zakareishvili, the State Minister for Reconciliation and Civic Equality.
Representative of the Public Defender’s Office Mrs. Medea Turashvili, Gori Majoritarian MP Soso Vakhtangashvili, Deputy Head of the Department for the Relations with Districts and Local Self-government Bodies of the Government Mr. Irakli Melashvili, as well as heads of local self-government bodies participated into the meeting along with the members of the commission.
Participants of the session familiarized with the recommendations of the Public Defender’s Office, addressing the need of taking effective measures for the fulfillment of social rights for the conflict-affected populations.
"Today’s session also concerned the issues of potable and irrigation water supply for villages near the dividing line, gasification, waste disposal, crop-yielding, funding of higher education for the students living in these villages, as well as the issue of involving a number of villages into the category of villages that are located near the dividing line.
"It is very important to address the needs of communities who live in villages near the dividing line; by doing so, we enable the locals to remain in their areas of residence and develop their living conditions. The process of identifying the ways for the solution of problems runs not only during the commission sessions, but also regularly, in order to provide feedback timely and effectively,
The next 57th meeting took place in village Ergneti in frames of the Incident Prevention and Reaction Mechanism. The issue of operating the irrigation water system for summertime was one of the topics of discussion. Specifically, the sides discussed the current condition of Zonkari water reservoir and the works, necessary for the solution of problems related with Tiriponi water channel.
Agreement for the continued communication for overcoming these challenges has been reached. The Ossetian aide expressed readiness to prevent any obstacles in crop-yielding for the locals who live in villages near the dividing line. Today’s meeting also concerned the number of incidents that have taken place between the period of June 24th
The First Deputy State Minister for Reconciliation and Civic Equality took part into the meeting with the representatives of non-governmental organizations. The meeting between the NGOs working on the issues of conflicts/women and the Georgian participants of Geneva International Discussions took place under the arrangement of the Women’s Information Center.
Discussion concerned the ongoing process of Geneva International Discussions, including the topics and consequences of the latest round.
"It is always interesting and important to work with non-governmental sector. We have shared our experience of the last 32 rounds. Geneva Discussions remain one of the most essential formats for Georgia, especially due to the Georgian-Russian context. Even though the format is considerably tough, I do hope that we will be able to solve those problems that were the basis for the creation of Geneva Discussions and, eventually, appropriate humanitarian and security conditions will be ensured in a manner of constructive approach of the Georgian side and the support of international community," - Mrs. Ketevan Tsikhelashvili declared.
The meeting was organized in frames of the project "Women for Equality, Peace and Development."
Draft Projects of National Concept on Tolerance and Civic Integration and Action Plan Presented before the Council on National Minorities
Public presentations of the draft projects of National Concept on Tolerance and Civic Integration and 2015-2020 Action Plan are ongoing. Representatives of the State Minister’s Office for Reconciliation and Civic Equality Mrs. Tinatin Gogeliani and Mr. Zviad Zviadaze presented the documents before the Council on National Minorities under the Public Defender’s Office.
During the meeting, all the six directions of the Concept and the Action Plan were thoroughly discussed, such as: the rule of law, education and the state language, media and information accessibility, political integration and civic participation, social and regional integration, culture and preservation of identity. The special focus was devoted to the new initiatives foreseen by the projects.
Members of the Council on National Minorities expressed their opinions and recommendations, with special emphasis on cultural and educational programs for small ethnic groups.