According to State Minister Mr. Paata Zakareishvili, speaking after the Government Session on November 29, the title of the Office of State Minister for Reintegration will be renamed from 1 January 2014.
The First Deputy State Minister for Reintegration Ms. Ketavan Tsikhelashvili participated into the 6th session of GUAM Parliamentary Assembly.
Ms. Ketavan Tsikhelashvili introduced the session participants with current situation across the Division Lines, the basic policy directions of the Government of Georgia on conflict settlement and spoke about the importance of cooperation with GUAM member states.
"Our common interest is the sustainable, peaceful and stable environment. So is our objective - the peaceful solution of the conflicts. The coordinative action and mutual support is important specifically from neighbors and friends as are the member states of GUAM", - Ms. Ketavan Tsikhelashvili declared.
The members of the Interim Governmental Commission responsible for the needs of village communities adjacent to the Division Line met with the Representative of UN High Commissioner for Refugees Ms. Simone Wolken.
Ms. Simone Wolken delivered information on the package of aid the UNHCR is due to provide to 1200 families living near the Division Line.
"We provide $200 thousand to the persons with disabilities, large families and other families with specific needs living in these villages. We understand that these village communities need much more support, but this is what we are able to do at this stage; however, we are ready to discuss further measures for their support in future as well", - Ms. Simone Wolken declared.
The Commission Co-Chair, the State Minister for Reintegration Mr. Paata Zakareishvili has thanked Ms. Wolken for the support the UNHCR delivers to Georgia.
"The specific aid will support our goals to sustain village communities near the Division Line and to prevent them from leaving their living areas. As for the amount of financing necessary for the winter season, the residents of villages will be able to receive this aid from the upcoming week", - Mr. Paata Zakareishvili declared.
"The Ministry of Energy has presented the precised information. The ministry needs finances for projecting gasification. After the completion of the projecting works, the construction will begin", - declared Mr. Davit Narmania.
Statement of the Office of the State Minister for Reintegration on the Vilnius Summit of “Eastern Partnership”
The initialization of Association Agreement with the European Union is extremely important for the whole country and specifically for peaceful settlement of conflicts as well.
The peaceful resolution of the conflicts will be one of the important issues in its new phase of EU-Georgia partnership.
Through initializing the Association Agreement in Vilnius we are a step ahead into our effort to strengthen our European choice. This is the future to which we aspire and what we are proposing to Abkhazian and Ossetian communities. The Government of Georgia is ready to share with them all of the advantages the EU Association Agreement has in its basket for Georgia.
The European Union is the leading international actor for the settlement of conflicts in Georgia. Since 2008 onwards, the EU Monitoring Mission is active in Georgia and it is important for the mission to have a fully fledged ability to carry out its mandate. In addition, the EU co-chairs the International Geneva Discussions, based on 6 point treaty brokered by the European Union.
The EU is implementing various projects in Georgia for peaceful settlement of conflicts, with the goal of promoting people-to-people contacts and trust-building. The main pre-condition and component of the EU engagement is the policy of non-recognition which is vigorously supported by the EU and the international community.
The State Minister for Reintegration Paata Zakareishvili congratulates the Jewish people on Hanukkah celebration.
"I would like to congratulate you on one of these greatest celebrations. I want to wish the Jews of Georgia peace, success and prosperity. The ethnic and religious diversity is an important merit for Georgia. It is a matter of pride that Jews in Georgia have been exercising their identity all-inclusively and in a dignified manner; this possibility will not ever become a subject to uncertainty in our country", - Paata Zakareishvili noted.
Hanukkah is a holiday commemorating the Maccabean purification, altar sanctification and rededication of church services in Jerusalem Temple in 2nd century B.C. Hanukkah is the symbol of faith and the renewal of traditions. Hanukkah celebration starts today and shall continue for 8 days.
Paata Zakareishvili Comments to "GHN" News Agency on the Phrase "Division Line"
Paata Zakareishvili, the State Minister for Reintegration, in response to the news agency "GHN", provides precision on the use of the phrase "Division Line" and declares that there are no boundaries for the political ignorance of the Parliamentary Minority member Chiora Taktakishvili. The minister kindly advices the deputy to read and study carefully the laws and normative acts adopted by the previous authorities.
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