The Statement of Mr. Paata Zakareishvili, the State Minister for Reconciliation and Civic Equality on 6th Anniversary of 2008 August War.
The First Deputy State Minister for Reconciliation and Civic Equality Mrs. Ketevan Tsikhelashvili delivered a speech in the working meeting launched in frames of the Ambassadorial.
Participants of the event discussed the issues of Georgia’s territorial integrity, sovereignty and regional security context.
"During the meeting we spoke about the peace policy, the basic aspects for the resolution of conflicts, our strategies and instruments that we employ within this processes. The discussion has also dealt with future visions and plans, Geneva International Discussions. We have discussed new instruments that are evolved within the context of Association Agreement and its ratification that may act as an important stimulus for the peace process. We have also reflected on how the benefits foreseen by this agreement might extend to our populations living in these regions, corresponding to the eagerness of the Government of Georgia. Ambassadors had specific questions as well", - Mrs. Ketevan Tsikhelashvili declared.
The Ambassadorial was opened on August 4, 2014 and will be closed on August 5. The heads of Georgia’s Diplomatic Missions abroad, the representatives of Georgia’s Executive Authorities, the leadership of independent agencies and Legislative Branch took part into the event.
The Office of the State Minister of Georgia for Reconciliation and Civic Equality organized the session in frames of the Governmental Commission established for the "Implementation of the Action Plan for the Engagement Strategy".
The Commission session concerned the issues of current situation in Abkhazia and Tskhinvali region, Georgia’s peaceful policy and the activities the commission has implemented within this year.
"We have reviewed the state policy with regard to Abkhazia and Tskhinvali region, and we have also presented the report on the implementation of the Action Plan of the Strategy for the beginning of 2014. We have discussed new instruments that are evolved within the context of Association Agreement and its ratification that may act as an important stimulus for the peace process. We have also reflected on how the benefits foreseen by this agreement might extend to our populations living in these regions, corresponding to the eagerness of the Government of Georgia. The Public Defender’s Office presented specific proposals that were dealt in frames of the Governmental Commission. The further plans were also outlined", - Mrs. Ketevan Tsikhelashvili declared.
The Commission sessions are held twice a year and are attended by the representatives of about 20 agencies.
The First Deputy State Minister for Reconciliation and Civic Equality Mrs. Ketevan Tsikhelashvili published an article into the journal "Georgia’s European Way".
The article reflects on Georgia’s European integration as one of the keys to the resolution of conflicts.
The article is available on the link below: "European Integration is One of the Keys to Conflict Resolution for Georgia".
The First Deputy State Minister for Reconciliation and Civic Equality Mrs. Ketevan Tsikhelashvili participated into the public discussion launched in frames of the project "Coalition for the Restoration of Trust".
The topic for the initial public discussion was "The Association Agreement with the European Union and the Prospects for the Restoration of Trust". Mrs. Ketevan Tsikhelashvili spoke about the Government’s vision for the settlement of conflicts, including the cooperation with the European Union and about the potential initiatives the Association Agreement format entails with regard to the restoration of trust and peace process.
Various representatives of NGOs and experts attended the meeting. The meeting was organized by the Human Rights Center.
In May of the current year, the Office of the State Minister for Reconciliation and Civic Equality announced the competition for "4 plus 1" Programme’s beneficiary ethnic minority students enrolled in the universities of Georgia.
The interested students were supposed to draft essays on the topic of "Georgia’s European Integration and Me". The paper was required to be drafted into Georgian and have an insight what the European integration meant for the author. The essay had to reflect expectation of a student, assumptions about the process of Georgia’s European choice and its implications for him/her as a representative of ethnic minority.
For the selection of the best essays, the competent commission, comprised of the representatives of various agencies and organizations was established, that has announced the authors of 3 best papers. The State Minister’s Office granted the winners with portable computers.
We publish the best essays on our web-site.