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Russia as a party exercising effective control must ensure that respective CoE institutions have access to the region – Janelidze

18.05.2018, Helsingør - the Georgian Vice Prime Minister, Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze participates in the 128th Ministerial Meeting of the Council of Europe hosted by Denmark.


The Council of Europe has adopted a decision on the Georgia-Russia Conflict

On 2 May 2018, the Committee of Ministers' Deputies of the Council of Europe at its 1315th session adopted yet another decision on the agenda item “Council of Europe and the Conflict in Georgia”, in which the CoE Member States reaffirm their strong support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial i...




Zviad Gonadze has visited the Georgian Sunday School in Strasbourg

2.04.2018 – As part of his visit to France, the Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister, Zviad Gonadze called on the Georgian Sunday School set up in Strasbourg.




David Zalkaliani has delivered a speech at the 1314th meeting of the Committee of Ministers Deputies of the Council of Europe

18.04.2018, Strasbourg – The First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, David Zalkaliani spoke about the difficult situation in the Russian-occupied regions of Georgia during the 1314th meeting of the Committee of Ministers Deputies of the Council of Europe dedicated to the discussion of t...


The Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on the death of the citizen of Georgia Archil Tatunashvili detained by the Russi...

23.02.2018 - ​The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia expresses deep sorrow over the death of citizen of Georgia Archil Tatunashvili in Tskhinvali detained by Russian occupation regime on February 22, 2018 and expresses condolences to his family.


David Dondua has met the Deputy Director of the Directorate for Political Council of the Council of Europe

12.02.2018, Tbilisi – Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister David Dondua met Deputy Director of the Directorate for Political Council of the Council of Europe, Daniil Khoshabo and Political Advisor, Marsel Capi and Head of the European Council Office, Christian Urse.


Issues related to Russia’s illegal actions in Georgia’s occupied Abkhazia and Tskhinvali regions have been discussed at the OSCE and the Cou...

02.02.2018 - At the initiative of Georgia,  issues related to Russia’s illegal actions in Georgia’s occupied Abkhazia and Tskhinvali regions were discussed by the Committee of Ministers Deputies of the Council of Europe at its 1305th session on 31 January and by ...


Weekly Newsletter of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia

Weekly Newsletter of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia


Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on opening of so called customs points in the occupied regions of Georgia

27.01.2018 - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemns the opening of customs points in the occupied regions of Georgia, namely the opening of so called customs point in Akhalgori by Russian occupation regime and creation of so called specialized customs post in Sokhumi by the Russian Federation, whi...


The Council of Europe has hosted the Georgian wine testing and the exhibition titled “Three Writing Systems of the Georgian Alphabet”

The Georgian wine testing and the exhibition titled “Three Writing Systems of the Georgian Alphabet” were held on 24 January 2018, on the sidelines of the Winter Session of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly.


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia

24.01.2018 - ​The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia condemns the ratification by the Russian State Duma of so-called agreement on incorporation of illegal military units of the occupied Tskhinvali region into the armed forces of the Russian Federation, which took place on 24 January 2018.


The 16th Consolidated Report on the Conflict in Georgia discussed at the Council of Europe

08.11.2017, Strasbourg - First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia David Zalkaliani spoke about the situation in the Russian-occupied regions of Georgia during the 1299th meeting of the Committee of Ministers Deputies of the Council of Europe dedicated to the discussion of the 16th Consoli...


David Zalkaliani has briefed the CoE Secretary General on the situation in Georgia’s occupied regions

8.11.2017, Strasbourg - As part of his visit to Strasbourg, First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia David Zalkaliani held a meeting with CoE Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland.


Committee of Ministers' Deputies approved the appointment of the Georgian member and the deputy member to the ECRI and elected the Georgian...

Committee of Ministers' Deputies approved the appointment of the Georgian member and the deputy member to the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) and elected the Georgian member to the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Puni...


Permanent Representative of Georgia Presented Letters of Credentials to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe

Permanent Representative of Georgia Presented Letters of Credentials to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe On 30th August 2017, Mr Irakli Giviashvili, Permanent Representative of Georgia to the Council of Europe presented Letters of Credentials to Mr Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary ...


Mikheil Janelidze has highlighted Georgia’s democratic transformation and the situation in the occupied territories at the CoE Ministrial Me...

On 19 May 2017, Nicosia hosted the 127th Session of the CoE Committee of Ministers.The Georgian delegation led by Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze participated in the session. Discussions during the session focused on the conflicts in Europe and the Council of Europe&...


Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze held a meeting with Council of Europe's Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland.

Within the framework of the 127th  Session of the CoE Committee of Ministers, Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze held a meeting with Council of Europe's Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland.


Mikheil Janelidze has presented instruments of ratification of the Istanbul Convention to the Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Eur...

Within the framework of The Council of Europe ministerial meeting Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze presented instruments of ratification of the Istanbul Convention to the Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni. 


The Georgian Foreign Minister due to participate in the 127th Session of the CoE Committee of Ministers

Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze paid a visit to the Republic of Cyprus on 18 and 19 May 2017 where he will participate in the 127th  Session of the CoE Committee of Ministers.


The Committee of Ministers' Deputies of the Council of Europe has adopted a decision on the situation in Georgia’s occupied territories

On 3 May 2017, the Committee of Ministers' Deputies of the Council of Europe at its 1285th session adopted an unprecedented decision on the agenda item “Council of Europe and the Conflict in Georgia”, based on the decisions made by the Committee of Ministers' Deputies of the Council...


David Zalkaliani has met the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights

As part of his working visit to Strasbourg, Georgian First Deputy Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani  held  a meeting with Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks.


David Zalkaliani holds meetings within the Council of Europe

Georgian First Deputy Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani is on his working visit in Strasbourg. On 18 April 2017, David Zalkaliani held a meeting with the EU Permanent Representatives to the Council of Europe. The focus of the meeting was, among other issues, on the situation in Georgia’s occup...


The Georgian First Deputy Foreign Minister has met the Secretary General of the Council of Europe

As part of his visit to Strasbourg, Georgian First Deputy Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani  held a meeting with Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland.


The CoE Secretary General’s 15th Consolidated Report on the Conflict in Georgia has received unprecedented level of support

During its 1284th meeting held on 19 April 2017, the Committee of Ministers Deputies of the Council of Europe discussed the 15th Consolidated Report on the Conflict in Georgia, which was prepared by the Secretary General of the Council of Europe  Thorbjørn Jagland. The report c...


The Georgian Foreign Minister has paid a working visit to Strasbourg

Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze is on his working visit in Strasbourg where he is due to hold meetings with representatives of the Council of Europe, CoE Parliamentary Assembly and the European Court of Human Rights.


Mikheil Janelidze has met the Council of Europe Secretary General

Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze held a meeting with Council of Europe  Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland, who arrived for an official visit in Georgia.


Presentation of projects under the Council of Europe Action Plan for Georgia 2016-2019 has been held at the Georgian Foreign Ministry

The Georgian Foreign Ministry hosted the presentation of projects under the Council of Europe Action Plan for Georgia 2016-2019. The Document comprises projects to be carried out in Georgia by the Council of Europe during the years 2016-2019, and aims to cooperate with the Georgian Government i...


The Committee of Ministers Deputies of the Council of Europe discussed the 14th Consolidated Report on the Conflict in Georgia

During its 1271st meeting held on 16 November 2016, the Committee of Ministers Deputies of the Council of Europe discussed the 14th Consolidated Report on the Conflict in Georgia, which was prepared by the Secretary General of the Council of Europe Mr Thorbjørn Jagland. The report c...


The Council of Europe has discussed the Action Plan for Georgia for 2016-2019

15.11.2016 Strasbourg – The Council of Europe Action Plan for Georgia (2016-2019) was discussed during the meetings held at the Council of Europe in the frames of the visit of Georgian First Deputy Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani to Strasbourg.


The Georgian First Deputy Foreign Minister has met the Secretary General of the Council of Europe

15.11.2016 Strasbourg - Georgian First Deputy Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani met Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland.


The President of Georgia has met the Secretary General of the Council of Europe

In the framework of the wo0rking visit to Strasbourg, the President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili held a meeting with the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland.  


The Georgian Foreign Minister has met the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Pedro Agramunt

On 1 July, the Georgian Foreign Minister, Mikheil Janelidze held a meeting with the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Pedro Agramunt.


The launching of the Council of Europe Action Plan for Georgia (2016-2019) has been held at the Georgian Foreign Ministry

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria and Chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe Daniel Mitov and Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni paid an official visit to Georgia, on 9 May 2016.


Daniel Mitov and Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni have visited the occupation line

Bulgarian Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov and Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni visited the village of Khurvaleti near the occupation line.


The Committee of Ministers' Deputies of the Council of Europe has adopted a decision on the Conflict in Georgia at its 1255th meeting

The Committee of Ministers' Deputies of the Council of Europe held its 1255thmeeting on 4 May 2016 where the Committee of the Ministers' Deputies adopted with absolute majority a decision on the agenda item “Council of Europe and the Conflict in Georgia”, based on the respective decision...


The Secretary General of the Council of Europe is due to visit Georgia

As part of his visit to Strasbourg, on 13 April 2016, Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze met Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland.


Georgia became a member of the European Audiovisual Observatory

Georgia became a member of the European Audiovisual Observatory. The Georgian National Cominictions Commission will be representing the country in the Observatory. 


The CoE Committee of Ministers’ Deputies has adopted the Council of Europe Action Plan for Georgia

On 16 March 2016, the 1251st meeting of the Committee of Ministers' Deputies was held, in the frames of which the Committee adopted the Council of Europe Action Plan for Georgia. The document was developed through co-operation between the Council of Europe and Georgia and covers the projects du...


Information on the 1250th (Human Rights) Meeting of the Committee of Ministers' Deputies of the Council of Europe

The Committee of Ministers' Deputies of the Council of Europe convened its 1250th (Human Rights) meeting from 8 to 10 March 2016.  One of the issues on the agenda of the meeting was execution of the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights concerning the case of Georgia v. Russia. In 2014...


The Permanent Representative of Georgia to the Council of Europe has taken part in 1249th meeting of the CoE Ministers' Deputies

On 2 March 2016, at the 1249th meeting of the Ministers' Deputies of the Council of Europe, Permanent Representative of Georgia to the Council of Europe Konstantin Korkelia presented the fourth quarterly report of the Georgian Foreign Ministry on the human rights situation in Georgia’s oc...


Statement of the Georgian Foreign Ministry

On 26 November 2015, the Russian Federation and the Sokhumi occupation regime concluded yet another document in the military sphere. In particular, the so-called “agreement” on the creation of the joint group of armed forces was signed. 


The Georgian Vice Prime Minister, Foreign Minister has met the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights

On 11 November 2015, Georgian Vice Prime Minister, Foreign Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili met Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks. 


Information on the 12th Consolidated Report on the Conflict in Georgia discussed at the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers' Deputies

During its 1239th meeting held on 4 November 2015, the Committee of Ministers Deputies of the Council of Europe discussed the 12thConsolidated Report on the Conflict in Georgia, prepared by the Secretary General of the Council of Europe Mr Thorbjørn Jagland. 


The visit of the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia to Strasbourg

On 3 November, the Deputy Minister met the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Mr Thorbjørn Jagland. During the meeting, the sides discussed the ongoing and the future cooperation between the Council of Europe and Georgia.


Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister Davit Dondua has met representatives of the Council of Europe

On 22 September 2015 Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister Davit Dondua met Deputy to the Director of the Directorate General for Political Affairs of the Council of Europe Daniil Khoshabo, Political Adviser at the Directorate General Marsel Capi and Head of the Council of Europe Office in Georgia Cristi...


Congress President concerned by resurgence of regional tension in Georgia

Reacting to the moving of the Administrative Border Line (ABL) between South Ossetia and the rest of Georgian territory, Jean-Claude Frécon, President of the Council of Europe’s Congress of Local and Regional Authorities made the following statement:      


Anne Brasseur concerned by changes to the Administrative Border Line in Georgia

“I have received extremely worrying information about unilateral changes to the Administrative Border Line (ABL) of the breakaway Georgian region of South Ossetia, and about continuous borderisation of this ABL, by Russian forces. These actions are all the more alarming because of the proximit...


Statement of the Georgian Foreign Ministry

The Georgian Foreign Ministry expresses its extreme concern over the illegal placement of banners by the Russian occupying forces on 10 July marking the so-called “border” on the territory adjacent to the village of Tsitelubani of Gori municipality and the village of Orchosani in occupie...


Ratification instruments of Protocols No.15 and No.16 to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms has been...

Georgia’s Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe Konstantine Korkelia presented ratification instruments of Protocols No.15 and No.16 to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms to Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe Gabriella Battaini...


Information on the decision of the Council of Europe to award the Vashlovani Protected Areas (Georgia) by the European Diploma for Protected...

On 3 June 2015, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe adopted resolution (prepared by the Rapporteur Group on Education, Culture, Sport, Youth and Environment GR-C on 26 May 2015) on the award of the European Diploma for Protected Areas to the Vashlovani Protected Areas (Georgia).


Information on the Ministerial session of the Council of Europe

The Ministerial session of the Council of Europe was held in Brussels, on May 19, 2015. During the session, the Chairmanship of Committee of Ministers was transferred to Bosnia and Herzegovina for the next six months. The Georgian Delegation which took part in the session was led by the Minister of ...


Information on the decision on Georgia adopted at the 1227th meeting of the Committee of Ministers Deputies’ of the Council of Europe

The Committee of Ministers Deputies’ of the Council of Europe held its 1227th meeting on 12th of May 2015. Within the frames of the agenda item “the Council of Europe and the Conflict in Georgia” the Committee discussed and adopted the relevant decision by vote. 


The Georgian Foreign Minister has met the President of Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

On May 8, 2015 the Minister  of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Mrs. Tamar Beruchashvili  held a meeting with the President of Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Ms. Anne Brasseur.


Information on the 11th Consolidated Report on the Conflict in Georgia discussed at the 1226th meeting of the Council of Europe Committee of...

During its 1226th meeting held on the 29th of April 2015, the Committee of Ministers Deputies of the Council of Europe discussed the 11thConsolidated Report on the Conflict in Georgia, which was prepared by the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Mr Thorbjørn Jagland. The re...


The Georgian Deputy Minister of Foreign affairs has addressed the Committee of Ministers' Deputies of the Council of Europe

The Committee of Ministers' Deputies of the Council of Europe held its 1224thmeeting on the 1stof April 2015. Within the frames of the agenda item "the Council of Europe and the Conflict in Georgia", the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Ms Khatuna Totladze made a statement regarding th...


The President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe condemns Russia-South Ossetia

Following the Russian Federation's signature of the so-called "treaty on alliance and integration" with the South Ossetia region in the Republic of Georgia, the President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, Jean-Claude Frécon, made the following st...


Statement of the co-rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe regarding the signature of a treaty for “alliance and...

The co-rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) for the monitoring of Georgia, Michael Aastrup Jensen (Denmark, ALDE) and Boriss Cilevics (Latvia, SOC), today condemned the signing of a treaty for “alliance and integration” between the Russian Federation ...


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding the signature of the so called "treaty on alliance and integration" between Moscow an...

Following the signature of the so-called “treaty on alliance and strategic partnership" between the Russian Federation and Russian occupation regime in Sokhumi, the Russian Federation signed the so-called "treaty on alliance and integration” with its occupation regime in Tskhinvali on 18...


Information on the statement of the Permanent Representative of Georgia to the Council of Europe regarding the announced signature of so cal...

The Committee of Ministers' Deputies of the Council of Europe held its 1223rd meeting on the 18th of March 2015. Within the frames of the agenda item "the Council of Europe and the Conflict in Georgia", the Permanent Representative of Georgia to the Council of Europe Mr. Konstantin Korkeli...


The Delegation of the Council of Europe has visited Georgia

On 11 March 2015, the Georgian First Deputy Foreign Minister, David Dondua met Deputy Director of the Directorate for Political Council of the Council of Europe, Daniil Khoshabo and Political Advisor, Marsel Capi.


Statement of the Georgian Foreign Ministry regarding the field exercises held by the Russian Federation in Georgia’s occupied territories

On 5 March 2015, the Russian Army began to hold simultaneous field exercises on twelve firing ranges in the Russian Federation's Southern Military District and in Georgia's occupied regions of Tskhinvali and Abkhazia. Different military units, including divisions of air defense are carrying out larg...


A meeting of the Steering Committee of the Council of Europe Action Plan for Georgia 2013-2015

On 24 February 2015, a meeting was held with the Steering Committee of the Council of Europe Action Plan for Georgia 2013-2015. Representatives of respective Georgian agencies, non-governmental organisations and institutions directly involved in the implementation of projects under the Action Plan t...


Information on the statement of Konstantin KORKELIA, Permanent Representative of Georgia to the Council of Europe at the 1216th meeting of M...

The Committee of Ministers' Deputies of the Council of Europe held its 1216th meeting on the 14th of January 2015. Within the frames of the agenda item "the Council of Europe and the Conflict in Georgia", the Permanent Representative of Georgia to the Council of Europe Mr. Konstantin Korkelia made a...


Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on the so called draft ''treaty on alliance and integration'' between the Russian Fe...

Following the signature of the so called "treaty on alliance and strategic partnership" on the 24th of November 2014 between the Russian Federation and the Sokhumi proxy regime, the proxy regime of Tskhinvali published so called draft "treaty on alliance and integration" with the Russian Federation ...







Statement of the Georgian Foreign Ministry regarding the signature of the so-called ''treaty'' between Moscow and the Sokhumi occupation reg...

The Russian Federation and the Sokhumi occupation regime signed the so-called "treaty on alliance and strategic partnership" in Sochi on the 24th of November 2014. This action from the Russian Federation contradicts international law and undermines such fundamental legal principles as the non-i...


The International community has condemned the ‘treaty' between the Moscow and the Sokhumi occupation regime

The international community has responded to the signature of the so called treaty between the Russian Federation and the Abkhazian occupation regime. The NATO Secretary General, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the U.S. State Department relea...







Congress delegation to observe local elections in Georgia

A delegation of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe will observe the local elections in Georgia scheduled for 15 June 2014. Headed by Jos Wienen (The Netherlands, EPP/CCE), the delegation is composed of 22 members, including members of the EU Committee of the...


Statement of the Georgian Foreign Ministry regarding the so-called 'parliamentary elections' held in the occupied Tskhinvali region

On the 8th of June 2014 the so-called "parliamentary elections" were held in the occupied Tskhinvali region. This illegal act represents yet another unsuccessful attempt of disguising ethnic cleansing of hundreds of thousands of people by elements of ostensible democratic governance.


Declaration by the Congress Rapporteurs on local and regional democracy in Georgia

We, Nigel Mermagen (United Kingdom, ILDG) and Helena Pihlajasaari (Finland, SOC) as Congress Rapporteurs on local and regional democracy in Georgia, have recently been informed that “parliamentary” elections will be held in the Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia (Georgia) on 8 June 2014. It...


Information on the 124th session of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe

The 124th session of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe (CoE) was held in Vienna on the 6th of May 2014. The Georgian delegation which took part in the session was led by the Foreign Minister, Ms Maia Panjikidze.


The Georgian Foreign Minister met the Austrian Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs

On the 5th of May 2014, in the frames of the visit to Austria, the Georgian Foreign Minister, Ms Maia Panjikidze met the Austrian Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, Mr Sebastian Kurz.


Information on the 9th Consolidated Report on the Conflict in Georgia discussed at the 1198th meeting of the Council of Europe Committee of ...

During its 1198th meeting held on the 29th and 30th of April 2014, the Committee of Ministers' Deputies of the Council of Europe discussed the 9th Consolidated Report on the Conflict in Georgia, which was prepared by the Council of Europe's Secretary General, Mr Thorbjørn Jagland.


Statement of the Georgian Foreign Ministry regarding the detention of journalists working for ‘TV3'

On the 15th of April 2014 in the village of Adzvi (Gori district), Russian occupation troops detained three employees of the ‘TV3' channel: Ms Bela Zakaidze, a reporter; Mr Vakhtang Lekiashvili, her cameraman; and Mr Mikheil Mikhoev, a broadcast technician. The crew worked on a report regardin...


Statement of the Georgian Foreign Ministry regarding the violation of the airspace controlled by the Georgian central authorities

On the 10th of April 2014, at 10:40am local time, Russia's AN-2 airplane intruded from the occupied territory of the Abkhazian region into the airspace controlled by the Georgian central authorities and flew over Georgian MIA posts located in the villages of Shamgona and Khurcha of the Zugdidi distr...


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on the Congress Declaration

Following an urgent debate on “the Situation in Ukraine”, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe adopted a declaration on Ukraine during its 26th plenary session in Strasbourg, On 25 March 2014.


Information regarding the 1194th meeting of the Ministers' Deputies of the Council of Europe

The 1194th meeting of the Ministers' Deputies of the Council of Europe was held in Strasbourg, on the 12th of March 2014. "The Council of Europe and the Conflict in Georgia" was among the issues on the agenda of discussions at this meeting.


Statement of the Georgian Foreign Ministry regarding the violation of the airspace controlled by the Georgian central authorities

On the 6th of March 2014, at 12:20pm local time, Russia's Mi-8 military helicopter intruded from the illegally deployed military base in the occupied Tskhinvali region territory into the airspace controlled by the Georgian central authorities and flew over Georgian MIA posts and police buildings loc...


Statement of the Georgian Foreign Ministry in reaction to the illegal activities of Russian occupation troops along the administrative bound...

The Georgian Foreign Ministry is deeply concerned by the resumption of the illegal activities of Russian occupation forces along the occupation line in the Tskhinvali region. In the last few days, the Russian occupation troops have resumed the erection of barbed-wire fences in areas close to the vil...


Statement of the Georgian Foreign Ministry in reaction to the easing of procedures for entry to the occupied territory of Abkhazia from the ...

As reported on the 10th of February 2014, Moscow and its occupation regime in Abkhazia have decided to simplify the visa requirements for foreigners wishing to enter the occupied region of Abkhazia from Russia during the Olympic Games in Sochi (as from the 10th of February). This decision is yet ano...


Visit of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe and the presentation of the Action Plan

On the 6th of February 2014, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Mr Thorbjørn Jagland paid an official visit to Georgia.


Information on the statements made by Georgian delegations during the 981st plenary session of the OSCE's Permanent Council and the 1,189th ...

On the 23rd of January 2014 during the 981st plenary session of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe's (OSCE) Permanent Council, the Georgian delegation made a statement regarding the Russian Federation's recent extension deeper into Georgian territory of the 11-kilometre-long se...


Statement of the Georgian Foreign Ministry in reaction to the creation of the so-called border zone along the river Psou

The Georgian Foreign Ministry expresses its deep concern over the decision of the Russian Federation and its occupation regime in Abkhazia, which provides for illegal expansion of the so-called border zone 11 kilometers deeper into Georgia's territory along the river Psou from January 20 to March 21...


President and Secretary of the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe visited Georgia

On 16-17 January 2014 Mr. Gianni Buquicchio, President of the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe and Mr. Thomas Markert, Secretary of the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe paid a visit to Georgia.


Monitoring co-rapporteurs visited Georgia

Michael Aastrup Jensen (Denmark, ALDE) and Boriss Cilevics (Latvia, SOC) co-rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on the honouring of obligations and commitments by Georgia, paid a fact-finding visit to Georgia from 13 to 15 January.


PACE Ad hoc Committee report on the observation of the presidential election in Georgia (27 October 2013)

The meeting of the Standing Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe was held in Vienna at the Austrian Parliament on 22 November 2013 under the Austrian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers. The Standing Committee discussed and took note of the report of the Ad hoc Committ...


Information on the 1,183rd meeting of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe

On the 6th of November 2013, the 1,183rd meeting of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe (CoE) discussed the 8th consolidated report on the conflict in Georgia, which was presented by the Secretary-general of the CoE, Mr Thorbjørn Jagland. The report covers the period between A...


PACE Rapporteur visited Georgia

René Rouquet (France, SOC) held a fact-finding visit to Georgia from 3 to 5 November. The aim of his visit was to examine on the spot the situation of internally displaced people (IDPs) as part of the preparation of his report entitled “Alternatives to Europe’s sub-standard IDP co...


Preliminary results of the Presidential Elections of Georgia

CEC presented preliminary results of 3,404 (90,99 percent) election precincts out of 3,741 election precincts. As October 28, 10:00, preliminary results are as follows.


Statement of the Georgian Foreign Ministry on the illegal activities of the Russian occupation forces along the occupation line in the Tskhi...

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia condemns the continuous illegal activities of the Russian occupation forces along the occupation line in the Tskhinvali region in flagrant violation of the fundamental principles of international law and the commitments undertaken under the 12 August 2008 C...


Statement of the co-rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

The co-rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) for Georgia, Michael Aasstrup Jensen (Denmark, ALDE) and Boriss Cilevics (Latvia, SOC) expressed their concern about the resumption of the installation of fences and other physical obstacles by Russian border guards alo...


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on the fifth anniversary of the Russia-Georgia August 2008 War

Five years after the Russia's incursion into the sovereign territory of Georgia and its large-scale military aggression against the independent state on 7 August 2008, the Russian armed forces still continue the occupation of 20 percent of Georgia's territory in flagrant violation of the fundam...


Permanent Representative of Georgia to the Council of Europe, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Mr. Konstantin Korkelia meets Se...

Permanent Representative of Georgia to the Council of Europe, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Mr. Konstantin Korkelia presented the Letters of Credence to the Council of Europe Secretary General H.E Mr. Thorbjørn Jagland.


Information on the 1171st meeting of the Committee of Ministers' Deputies of the Council of Europe

At its 1,171st meeting held on the 29th of May 2013, the Committee of Ministers' Deputies of the Council of Europe discussed the seventh Consolidated Report on the Conflict in Georgia, presented by the Secretary-general of the Council of Europe, Mr Thorbjørn Jagland. It is important that...


Information on the meeting held between the Georgian Foreign Minister and the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Euro...

On the 29th of May 2013 at the Georgian Foreign Ministry, a meeting was held between the Georgian Foreign Minister, Ms Maia Panjikidze, and the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Mr Jean-Claude Mignon.


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia in reaction to the installation of wire fences by the Russian occupation forces alon...

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia expresses its deep concern over the installation of wire fences by the Russian occupation forces across the Tskhinvali region's occupation line, in particular, in the territories of the villages of Ditsi and Dvani, which represents a blatant violation ...


Parliamentary Assembly President to visit Georgia

Jean-Claude Mignon, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), will make an official visit to Georgia From 28 to 29 May


PACE monitors react to recent developments in Georgia

Strasbourg, 24.05.2013 – Michael Aastrup Jensen (Denmark, ALDE) and Boriss Cilevics (Latvia, SOC), the co-rapporteurs for the monitoring of Georgia by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), have called on the Georgian authorities to ensure that the legal proceedings ag...


Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights comments on 17 May events in Tbilisi

The violence which took over the streets in Tbilisi on the International Day against Homophobia in Tbilisi has shown that the measures taken by the Government were insufficient to ensure the safety of persons taking part in the LGBTI rally. The police was unprepared to cope with the large number...


Consequences of the war between Russia and Georgia: PACE delegation regrets refusal by de facto authorities to meet them in Sukhumi and Tsk...

Strasbourg, 17.05.2013 – A delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE)* looking into the consequences of the 2008 war between Russia and Georgia has deeply regretted that the de facto authorities in Tskhinvali and Sukhumi refused to receive the delegation. The ...


Information on the 123rd session of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe

The 123rd session of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe was held in Strasbourg on the 16th of May 2013. Armenia has assumed the Presidency of the Committee of Ministers for a period of six months.The Georgian Foreign Minister, Ms Maia Panjikidze, delivered a speech to the sessi...


Information on the meeting held between the Georgian First Deputy Foreign Minister and the Chairman of the PACE Monitoring Committee and the...

On the 15th of May 2013 the Georgian Foreign Ministry hosted a meeting between the First Deputy Foreign Minister, Mr Davit Zalkaliani, and the Chairman of the PACE Monitoring Committee, Mr Andres Herkel, and the PACE Co-rapporteurs on Georgia and Russia.


Four heads of state or government to address PACE Spring session

German President Joachim Gauck, Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili, Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta and Andorran Head of Government Antoni Martí are among a number of leading figures to address the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) during its Spring plenary ...


PACE monitoring co-rapporteurs for Georgia welcome justice system reforms and urge consensus on High Council of Justice

The co-rapporteurs for the monitoring of Georgia by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Michael Aastrup Jensen (Denmark, ALDE) and Boriss Cilevics (Latvia, SOC), have welcomed the recently adopted reforms of the justice system.


PACE monitoring co-rapporteurs for Georgia welcome justice system reforms and urge consensus on High Council of Justice

The co-rapporteurs for the monitoring of Georgia by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Michael Aastrup Jensen (Denmark, ALDE) and Boriss Cilevics (Latvia, SOC), have welcomed the recently adopted reforms of the justice system.


Information on the meeting held between the Georgian First Deputy Foreign Minister and the Co-rapporteurs for Georgia of the Parliamentary A...

On the 10th of April 2013 a meeting was held between the Georgian First Foreign Deputy Minister, Mr Davit Zalkaliani, and the Co-rapporteurs for Georgia of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Mr Michael Aastrup Jensen (Denmark) and Mr Boriss Cilevičs (Latvia).


PACE monitoring co-rapporteurs to visit Georgia

Michael Aastrup Jensen (Denmark, ALDE) and Boriss Cilevics (Latvia, SOC) co-rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on the honouring of obligations and commitments by Georgia, will undertake a fact-finding visit to the country from 8 to 11 April.


Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia regarding the unscheduled large-scale military drills by the Russian Armed Forces in...

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia expresses its grave concern over the decision of the President of the Russian Federation to order large-scale, unscheduled military exercises of the armed forces of the Russian Federation in the Black Sea region. Official Russian sources indicate that up to...


PACE monitoring co-rapporteurs for Georgia welcome yesterday's adoption of constitutional amendment

Strasbourg, 26.03.2013 - The monitoring co-rapporteurs for Georgia of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Michael Aastrup Jensen (Denmark, ALDE) and Boriss Cilevics (Latvia, SOC), have welcomed yesterday's adoption, with broad bipartisan support, of the constitutional amendment that...


Interior Minister meets Secretary-General, signs three conventions and attends signature of new EU/CoE joint programme on

Interior Minister Irakli Garibashvili visited Strasbourg, where he met with Council of Europe Secretary-General Thorbjørn Jagland, among others. The Minister informed Secretary-General Jagland about ongoing and planned reforms in the law enforcement area. During his v...


Local and regional democracy in Georgia

The members of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, meeting at the Congress session in Strasbourg (France), have examined a report on the situation of local and regional democracy in Georgia following a monitoring visit to the country in June 2012. The recommendat...


Local and regional democracy in Georgia

The members of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, meeting at the Congress session in Strasbourg (France), have examined a report on the situation of local and regional democracy in Georgia following a monitoring visit to the country in June 2012. The recommendat...


94th Plenary Session of the Venice Commission (Venice)

The Council of Europe's Venice Commission held its 94th plenary session in Venice on 8-9 March 2013. It held an exchange of views with Georgian participants and adopted


Information on the meeting held between the Georgian Foreign Minister and the Council of Europe's Human Rights Commissioner

On the 5th of March 2013, the Georgian Foreign Minister, Ms Maia Panjikidze, met the Council of Europe's Human Rights Commissioner, Mr Thomas Hamarberg.


Congress fact-finding mission to Georgia

Delegation of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe will carry out a fact-finding mission to Georgia on 27 and 28 February 2013 to obtain information on the situation of local and regional democracy in this country since the last elections, held in October 2012. The...


Comment of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs concerning the reports on integration of Tskinvali region/South Ossetia into the revenue and tax ...

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia expresses its deep concern regarding the reports quoting the officials of the Russian Federation, regarding the plans of integrating the Tskinvali region/South Ossetia, Georgia, into the revenue and tax administration systems of the Russian Federation. If i...


Deputy Secretary-General of the Council of Europe, Ms Gabriella Battaini Dragoni, is visiting Georgia

The Deputy Secretary-General of the Council of Europe, Ms Gabriella Battaini Dragoni, is visiting Tbilisi on 14 and 15 February. She will be accompanied by the Director of Political Advice, Mr Alexandre Guessel, and the Director of the Office of the Directorate-General of Programmes, Ms Verena Taylo...


PACE rapporteurs condemn violence at Tbilisi protests.

The co-rapporteurs on Georgia of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Michael Aastrup Jensen (Denmark, ALDE) and Boriss Cilevics (Latvia, SOC), have condemned the outbreak of violence during today’s protest in front of the National Library in Tbilisi where President Saak...


Georgia - forthcoming opinions on the judiciary and on the Amnesty Law- country visit

A delegation of the Venice Commission is visiting Tbilissi on 6 and 7 February 2013 to meet with representatives from the Ministry of Justice, the President of the Supreme Court, the vice president of the Constitutional court, the Judges’ Association of Georgia and representatives of the civil...


The President of the Venice Commission visits Georgia

Mr Gianni Buquicchio, President of the Venice Commission, and Ms Simona Granata-Menghini, Deputy Secretary of the Commission, visit Georgia to meet with the authorities, in particular with representatives of the new parliamentary majority and of the government.  


PACE Monitoring Committee publishes information note on Georgia

The Monitoring Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) made public an information note by the co-rapporteurs on the honouring of obligations and commitments by Georgia


Statement of the Georgian Foreign Ministry in reaction to the PACE Resolution on the humanitarian situation in the conflict- and war-affecte...

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europes Winter Session-held in Strasburg on the 23rd of January 2013-heard a report entitled Follow-up on the humanitarian consequences of the war between Georgia and Russia which had been prepared by Ms Tina Acketoft, a Rapporteur from the Committee on M...


Council of Europe issues report on measures to combat money laundering and terrorism financing in Georgia

The Council of Europe’s MONEYVAL Committee published today a report with a detailed action plan on measures to combat money laundering and terrorist financing in Georgia.


Georgian Foreign Minister met representatives of the Cabinet of the Council of Europe Secretary General

On the 11th of December 2012 a meeting was held between the Georgian Foreign Minister, Ms Maia Panjikidze and the Director of the Cabinet of the Council of Europe Secretary General, Mr Bjørn Berge and the Political Director, Mr Alexandre Guesell.


PACE Rapporteur for Georgia: political majority and opposition should make cohabitation work

Following his visit to Tbilisi and Kutaisi from 5 to 7 December, Boriss Cilevics (Latvia SOC), co-rapporteur of the Assembly for Georgia, called on the political majority and opposition to fully respect each other’s constitutional roles and, in the interest of all Georgian citizens, ensure tha...


Effective measures needed to eradicate ill-treatment and torture in Georgia

Strasbourg, 4/12/2012 – “The Georgian authorities should address long-standing concerns about ill-treatment of prisoners and other detained persons by public officials and take effective steps to repair the system of accountability. Constant vigilance is necessary to ensure the effective...


PACE monitoring co-rapporteurs to visit Georgia

Strasbourg, 04.12.2012 – Michael Aastrup Jensen (Denmark, ALDE) and Boriss Cilevičs (Latvia, SOC), co-rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) for the honouring of obligations and commitments by Georgia, will undertake a fact-finding visit to the country from 5...


Information regarding the1154th meeting of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers' Deputies

On 14 November 2012, the Committee of Ministers' Deputies of the Council of Europe at its 1154th meeting discussed Secretary General's sixth Consolidated Report on the Conflict in Georgia. It is important that the Council of Europe continues to monitor the implementation of those obligations and com...


Information on the 9th meeting of the Committee of the Parties to the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Be...

On 12 November, 2012, the 9th meeting of the Committee of the Parties to the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings adopted the Recommendation on the Implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings by Georgia. The R...


23rd Session of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe

The Georgian delegation to the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe will attend the 23rd session of the Congress, which will be held from 16 to 18 October 2012 in the Palais de l’Europe, Strasbourg (France).


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on the 21th round of the Geneva International Discussions

The 21st round of the Geneva International Discussions was held on October 11, 2012. The participants of the Geneva Discussions took part in individual capacity in the two working groups, one focusing on security and stability in Georgia's occupied regions of Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali region/...


Humanitarian situation in the areas affected by the war between Georgia and Russia: visit by PACE rapporteur to Moscow

Tina Acketoft (Sweden, ALDE), member of the Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), will make a fact-finding visit to Moscow on 9-10 October


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding the Resolution 1896 (2012) on the honouring of obligations and commitments by the Rus...

On 2 October 2012 Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) during its autumn session adopted a Resolution 1896 (2012) on the honouring of obligations and commitments by the Russian Federation based on a report of György Frunda (Romania, EPP/CD) and Andreas Gross (Switzerland,...


Information on the parliamentary elections held in Georgia on the 1st of October 2012

On the 1st of October 2012, the parliamentary elections were held in Georgia were monitored by over 1,600 international observers whom the Georgian Foreign Ministry had invited.


Secretary General Jagland calls for a constructive handover of government after the elections in Georgia, 3 October 2012

Secretary General Jagland today issued the following statement on the results of the Georgian elections: “The successful completion of open and competitive elections, recognised as democratic by the international observers including members of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly, ...


PACE President welcomes the constructive approach taken by President Saakashvili

Georgia has taken an important step in consolidating the conduct of democratic elections. I particularly wish to welcome the constructive approach taken by President Mikheil Saakashvili


Georgia takes important step in consolidating conduct of democratic elections, but some key issues remain, election observers say

Strasbourg, 02.10.2012 – Georgia’s parliamentary elections marked an important step in consolidating the conduct of democratic elections, although certain key issues remain to be addressed, concluded the international election observers in a statement released today.


ECRE names Michael Diedring as its new Secretary General

Michael Diedring has joined the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) as its new Secretary General this week.“I’m certain that his commitment and over 20 years’ professional experience focused on rule of law and international development equip Mr. Diedring to lead ECRE in ...


PACE to observe the parliamentary elections in Georgia

Strasbourg, 25.09.2012 – A 22-member delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), led by Luca Volontè (Italy, EPP/CD), will travel to Georgia from 29 September to 2 October to observe the conduct of the parliamentary elections alongside observers from the OS...


Information on the address of the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Mr. Sergi Kapanadze to the Permanent Council of the OSCE

On September 20, 2012, during the OSCE Permanent Council meeting in Vienna, the Deputy Foreign Minister Mr. Sergi Kapanadze presented Georgia's view regarding the enhancement of the organization's role in addressing the existing security challenges. In his speech, Mr. Kapanadze emphasized the r...


PACE monitoring co-rapporteurs shocked at Georgian prisoner abuse videos

The monitoring co-rapporteurs for Georgia of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Michael Aastrup Jensen (Denmark, ALDE) and Boriss Cilevics (Latvia, SOC), have expressed their shock at the videos that have surfaced in Georgia showing prisoners being abused and tortured by pri...


PACE President shocked by ill-treatment of prisoners

Strasbourg, 20.9.2012 – Jean Claude Mignon, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), today issued the following statement:


Speakers to gather in Strasbourg for major European parliamentary summit

Speakers and presidents of parliament from the 47 member states of the Council of Europe and many partner, observer and neighbouring countries, as well as the heads of several interparliamentary assemblies, will be gathering in Strasbourg from 20 to 21 September 2012 for a major European parliamenta...


Georgia - Parliamentary elections - Mission of legal assistance to the Central Election Commission of Georgia 06/09/2012 - 17/10/2012

Tbilisi - At the request of the Central Election Commission of Georgia (the CEC) in the context of the forthcoming parliamentary elections (1 October 2012), a Venice Commission election expert assists the CEC in preparing the elections. The expert advises the CEC on legal and technical issues, notab...


Statement of the Georgian Foreign Ministry on the fourth anniversary of the 2008 August War

Four years ago, on the 7th of August 2008, Russian troops made an incursion into Georgia's sovereign territory and, in flagrant violation of universally recognized norms and principles of international law, carried out direct military aggression against Georgia.


Council of Europe Progress Report on the implementation of the “Council of Europe programme to support Georgia with a view to the 2012 (parl...

The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe at its 1147th meeting (4 and 6 July 2012) adopted decisions on the Progress Report on the implementation of the “Council of Europe programme to support Georgia with a view to the 2012 (parliamentary), 2013 (presidential) and 2014 (local) elec...


Statement of the Georgian Foreign Ministry in reaction to human rights violations in the Russian Federation

Yet another wave of mass human rights violations has been launched in the Russian Federation, involving police searching the homes and offices of representatives of opposition parties and of people with different opinions, arrests, physical harassment and the use of various coercive measures to...


Congress visit to monitor local and regional democracy in Georgia

Strasbourg, 08.06.2012 - A Congress delegation led by Ian Micallef (Malta, Chamber of Local Authorities, EPP/DC) and Helena Pihlajasaari (Finland, Chamber of Regions SOC) is to carry out a monitoring mission from 11 to 13 June 2012 to assess the state of local and regional democracy in Georgia. ...


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on the 20th round of the Geneva International Discussions

The 20th round of the Geneva International Discussions was held on June 8, 2012. The participants of the Geneva Discussions took part in individual capacity in the two working groups, one focusing on security and stability in Georgia's occupied regions of Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali region/Sou...


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding the Georgia's approval of the Council of Europe Convention on Cyber Crime

On 6 June 2012, the Permanent Representative of Georgia to the Council of Europe, Mr. Mamuka Jgenti deposited with the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Mr. Thorbjørn Jagland the instrument of Georgia's approval of the Council of Europe Convention on Cyber Crime. The Convention...


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on the 122nd session of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe

The 122nd Ministerial session of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe was held in Strasbourg on 23 May 2012. The agenda of the Ministerial consisted of the following items: Securing the long-term effectiveness of the supervisory mechanism of the European Convention on Human Righ...



Information on the Georgian Foreign Minister's visit to the United Kingdom

On the 8th of May 2012, the Georgian Foreign Minister, Mr. Grigol Vashadze, paid a working visit to the United Kingdom during which he met the British Foreign Secretary and First Secretary of State, Mr. William Hague.


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding the report of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on the presidential...

On 23 April 2012, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe issued a report on the presidential elections in the Russian Federation held on 4 March 2012.


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on the Invitation of International Observers for the October 2012 Parliamentary Elec...

Today, upon the instructions of the President of Georgia, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia has extended the official formal invitations to the international organizations, such as the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), OSCE Parliamentary Assembly (OSCE PA), P...


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on the 19th round of the Geneva International Discussions

Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of GeorgiaThe 19thround of the Geneva International Discussions was held on March 29, 2012. The participants of the Geneva Discussions took part in individual capacity in the two working groups, one focusing on security and stability in Georgia's occupied...


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on the so-called “elections” held in the occupied regions of Georgia

On 25 March 2012, the Russian occupation forces and their proxy regime have conducted the so-called "presidential elections" in Tskhinvali region, Georgia. Following the events unfolded there a couple of months ago, the conduction of the so-called "reelections" confirms that the situation in the occ...


22nd Session of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities: appointment of two co-rapporteurs to assess the situation of local and regio...

The 22nd Session of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, taking place from 20 to 22 March 2012 in Strasbourg, will bring together more than 300 local and regional elected representatives from 47 Council of Europe member states, to discuss the current challenges for grassroots democracy, i...


Comment of the Press and Information Department on the statements of the Foreign Minister Lavrov related to Georgia

Comment of the Press and Information DepartmentIn his statements on March 14 Russia's Foreign Minister once again confirmed that Moscow does not plan to reciprocate on the initiative of the President of Georgia to unilaterally abolish the visa regime for the citizens of the Russian Federation. This ...


Statement of the Georgian Foreign Ministry in reaction to the so-called parliamentary elections recently held in Abkhazia, Georgia

On 10 March 2012, Russian occupation forces and their proxy regimes held so-called "parliamentary elections" in the occupied region of Abkhazia. This unlawful act is yet another unsuccessful attempt to cover up the ethnic cleansing of hundreds of thousands of people with elements of supposedly "demo...


Statement of the Georgian Foreign Ministry in reaction to the opening of so-called ''polling stations'' in Georgia's occupied regions

On 4 March 2012, the Russian Federation illegally and in violation of fundamental principles of international law held its presidential election in Georgia's occupied regions of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali. Russia's Central Election Commission opened 21 so-called "polling stations" in these occupied ter...


Information on the recent meeting of the foreign ministers of the GUAM countries

On 5 March 2012, the foreign ministers of the GUAM countries met in Prague during an informal meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Visegrad Group of countries and of Denmark, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia and Eastern Partnership countries. The Azerbaijani Foreign Minister, Mr. Elmar Mammadyarov, the...


Statement of the Georgian Foreign Ministry in reaction to an attack on a Georgian police checkpoint near the village of Ganmukhuri, Zugdidi ...

On 4 March 2012 at 03:20 local time, six members of the Russian forces currently occupying the region of Abkhazia, Georgia, opened fire with automatic weapons and an RPG-7 rocket-propelled grenade launcher towards a Georgian police checkpoint near the village of Ganmukhuri, Zugdidi district. No casu...


Statement of the Georgian Foreign Ministry on Russia’s Offer to Restore Diplomatic Relations with Georgia

President Mikheil Saakashvili earlier this week announced that Georgia will unilaterally abolish visa requirements for Russian citizens. This action underscores Georgia's willingness to open itself fully to Russian business, investors, and tourists in order to enhance people-to-people contacts and p...


Statement of the Georgian Foreign Ministry in reaction to the deployment of a Russian regiment of transport helicopters in Novorossiysk

On 1 March 2012, media sources reported a statement made by Lieutenant-General Vladimir Shamanov, commander of Russian airborne troops, regarding the creation of a helicopter regiment and its deployment in Novorossisk.


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia regarding the conclusions on the South Caucasus adopted by the EU Foreign Affairs Co...

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia welcomes the conclusions on the South Caucasus, including Georgia adopted by the EU Foreign Affairs Council on 27 February 2012. This document provides further evidence of particular intensification of relations between Georgia and the European Union.


Information by the Permanent Representation of Georgia

From 25 to 27 February including, the national flags of Georgia in front of the Permanent Representation of Georgia to the Council of Europe and the Palais de l’Europe will be flown at half-staff to commemorate the dates of Bolshevik occupation of Georgia and pay tribute to soldiers who gave t...


Statement of the MFA on the Debate in the Council of Europe regarding the protection of the cultural heritage sites in Abkhazia, Georgia and...

Statement of the Ministry of Foreign AffairsThe Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia commends the debates on the state of the cultural heritage sites in the Russian occupied regions of Georgia that took place on 15 February 2012 in the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. This debate w...



GRETA publishes report on Georgia

Strasbourg, 7 February 2012 - The Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) has published today its first evaluation report on Georgia.



Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia took part in the session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia took part in the session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of EuropeOn 25 January 2012, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Grigol Vashadze took part in the winter session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). The Georgian...


Nils Muižnieks new Commissioner for Human Rights

On 24 January Nils Muižnieks of Latvia was elected as the third Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights by the Parliamentary Assembly. He obtained 120 of the votes cast in the first round, an absolute majority.


Information on the PACE winter session (23-27 January 2012)

Strasbourg, 12.01.2012 – Speeches by Georgian Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Finnish President Tarja Halonen will be among the highlights of the winter session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) to be h...


Statement of the Georgian Foreign Ministry in reaction to planned military exercises by Russia

During a meeting with foreign military attachés held in December 2011, the Chief of the Russian Federation's General Staff, General Nikolai Makarov, announced Russia's plans to hold a series of strategic military exercises ("Kavkaz-2012") in September 2012. According to sources within the Rus...


Electoral Assistance Programme for the elections to be held in Georgia in 2012-2014

The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe at its 1130th meeting held on 11 January 2012, adopted the Electoral Assistance Programme for the elections to be held in Georgia in 2012-2014, as it appears in the enclosed document DG II/Inf(2011)32. We welcome the adoption by the Committee of Mi...



Information for the Press

On 6 December 2011, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe proposed the 6-month extension of the provisional application of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Georgia and the Council of Europe concerning the Council of Europe Office in Georgia and its legal status.


The European Court of Human Rights declared the case ''Georgia vs. Russian Federation'' admitted

On December 19, 2011 the European Court of Human Rights declared the case "Georgia vs. Russian Federation" (II) (application №32863/08) admitted. The application refers to the violation of the European Convention on Human Rights by the Russian military officers and the members of armed grouping...


Joint opinion on the draft election code of Georgia

The Venice Commission at its 89th plenary session (Venice, 16-17 December 2011) and the Council for Democratic Elections at its 39th meeting (Venice, 15 December 2011) adopted a Joint opinion on the draft election code of Georgia adopted by the Council for Democratic Elections.


Joint opinion on the draft law on amendments and additions to the organic law of Georgia on political unions of citizens

The Venice Commission at its 89th plenary session (Venice, 16-17 December 2011) adopted a Joint opinion on the draft law on amendments and additions to the organic law of Georgia on political unions of citizens.


PACE rapporteur on the humanitarian situation in the Gali region: for better or for worse?

Strasbourg, 15.12.2011 – “The humanitarian situation in the Gali region has now reached a turning point, but whether the turn is for the better or for the worse depends on all parties involved,” said Tina Acketoft (Sweden, ALDE), rapporteur of the Migration Committee of the Parliam...


PACE Co-Rapporteurs on Georgia: Russian polling stations on the territory of Georgia is a violation of the International Law

Strasbourg, 07.12.2011 – The co-rapporteurs for Georgia of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Kastriot Islami (Albania, SOC) and Michael Aastrup Jensen (Denmark, ALDE), today expressed their concern at the presence of Russian polling stations in the breakaway regions o...


Information on the Georgian Minister’s working visit to the Council of Europe

On 7 December 2011 Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia Mr. Ramaz Nikolaishvili participated in the "Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Spatial/Regional Planning" (CEMAT)". The aim of the 93th meeting of Senior Officials of "CEMAT" was to discuss the ...


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia regarding the continuation of extraction of inert materials from river deltas' in Ab...

On December 6, 2011, the so-called "president" of the occupied region of Georgia -Abkhazia, made a statement regarding the „export" of inert materials, extracted from river deltas' of Abkhazia, Georgia, for the construction of infrastructure for Sochi 2014 Olympic Games.


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Regarding the conduction of the Russian Parliamentary elections on the occupied Geor...

On December 4 2011 the Russian Federation, through violating the fundamental principles of the international law, has illegally conducted elections to the State Duma in the occupied Abkhazian and Tskhinvali regions without a consent of the Central Government of Georgia. Russian Central Election...


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia regarding the so-called ''presidential elections'' held in Tskhinvali region/South O...

On November 13, 2011 the Russian occupation forces and Russia-established regime in the Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia, Georgia conducted another cynical act of the pseudo-democratic policy. The Russian Federation carried out the so called "presidential elections" and brought to Tskhinvali its own ...


Statement of the Georgian Foreign Ministry on Russia's deployment of additional military equipment to Abkhazia

According to electronic media, Russia is continuing to build up its military presence in Abkhazia and in the Tskhinvali region - inalienable parts of Georgia it is currently occupying. The Russian military has notably deployed new T-90A tanks and other offensive military equipment to its so-called "...



Information regarding the 1124th meeting of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers' Deputies

On 26 October 2011, the 1124th meeting of the Committee of Ministers' Deputies discussed Council of Europe Secretary General's fourth Consolidated Report on the Conflict in Georgia. It is noteworthy, that the Council of Europe continues to monitor the implementation of those obligations and commitme...



Information on the meeting held between the Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister and the Head of French delegation of Parliamentary Assembly Cou...

On 26 October 2011, the Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister, Mr.Tornike Gordadze held a meeting with the Head of French Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly Council of Europe Jean-Claude Mignon at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia.


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia concerning the resumption of illegal export of inert materials from Abkhazia, Georgi...

According to the information published in Russian mass-media on October 18, 2011, the company "Freight One" - owned by the "Russian Railways", resumed the export of cargo, in particular, export of inert materials (sand and gravel mixture), from Abkhazia, Georgia with the aim to use it for the constr...



Information on the meeting held between the Georgian Foreign Minister and the Co-rapporteurs on Georgia of the Council of Europe Parliamenta...

On 12 October 2011, a meeting was held at the Georgian Foreign Ministry between the Georgian Foreign Minister, Mr. Grigol Vashadze, and the Co-rapporteurs on Georgia of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly, Mr. Kastriot Islami (Albania) and Mr. Michael Aastrup (Denmark).


Information on the meeting held between the Georgian Foreign Minister and the Chair of the European Commission against Racism and Intoleranc...

On 11 September 2011, a meeting was held at the Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs between the Georgian Foreign Minister, Mr. Grigol Vashadze, and the Chair of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), Mr. Nils Muiznieks.


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on 17th round of Geneva Discussions

Seventeenth round of Geneva talks was held on October 4, 2001 where the issues of security and stability in Georgia's occupied Abkhazia and Tskhinvali regions and safe and dignified return of the IDPs and refuges to the places of their habitual residence were discussed. On the 4th of October meeting...


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on 17th round of Geneva Discussions

Seventeenth round of Geneva talks was held on October 4, 2001 where the issues of security and stability in Georgia's occupied Abkhazia and Tskhinvali regions and safe and dignified return of the IDPs and refuges to the places of their habitual residence were discussed. On the 4th of October meeting...


Information regarding the 15th Meeting of the Organization for Democracy and Economic Development - GUAM Council of Ministers of Foreign Aff...

The 15th Meeting of the Organization for Democracy and Economic Development - GUAM Council of Ministers for Foreign Affairs (GUAM CMFA) was held on 29 September 2011, in the margins of the Eastern Partnership Summit in Warsaw. The meeting was attended by the Azerbaijani Foreign Minister, Mr. El...



Statement of the Georgian Foreign Ministry in reaction to the presence of a Russian delegation, headed by the chairperson of Russia's Federa...

On 26 September 2011, a Russian delegation, headed by the chairperson of Russia's Federation Council, Mrs. Valentina Matviyenko, attended the "inauguration" of the so-called "president of Abkhazia" in Georgia's occupied region of Abkhazia.


Statement of the Georgian Foreign Ministry in reaction to the State Duma's adoption of laws on the ratification of the agreements on the est...

On 22 September 2011, the State Duma of the Russian Federation passed two laws: 'On the ratification of the so-called "Agreement on the establishment of an integrated Russian military base on the territory of the so-called Republic of Abkhazia"' (between the Russian Federation and the occupatio...




Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on the violation of Georgia's airspace by Russian military helicopters

On September 7, 2011, at 01:05 pm., three Russian MI-8 military helicopters breached the Georgian airspace over the Tanie Gorge near the Shatili village in severe violation of the fundamental principles of international law, as well as sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia. The helic...


Information for the Press

The Permanent Representation of Georgia to the Council of Europe received a question from various Georgian and Strasbourg based media outlets regarding the reaction of the Council of Europe to the so called “presidential elections” held on 26 August 2011 in the Russian occupied Abkhazia ...


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia regarding the so-called ''presidential elections'' held in Abkhazia, Georgia

Today, on August 26, 2011 the Russian occupation forces and its proxy regime in Sokhumi conducted another cynical act of the pseudo-democratic policy - the so-called "presidential elections". Moscow also brought to Abkhazia several dozen of so-called "international observers" in an attempt to legiti...






Statement of the Georgian Foreign Ministry in reaction to the submission to the Russian Duma of the so-called agreements concerning Russia’s...

On 8 August 2011, Russian President Medvedev submitted a series of so-called "agreements" concerning Russia's military bases in Georgia's occupied territories to the Russian Duma for ratification.


Commemoration of the tragic events of August 2008

On 8 August 2011, in Strasbourg at the forefront of the CoE Headquarters, the Representatives of the Permanent Representation of Georgia to the Council of Europe, members of the diplomatic corps accredited in Strasbourg, staff of the CoE Secretariat gathered to commemorate the 3-year anniversary of ...


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia regarding the tragic loss of U.S. and Afghan servicemen in an air crash in Afghanist...

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia expresses its deep grief over the tragic loss of U.S. and Afghan servicemen as a result of an International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) helicopter crash which took place in eastern Afghanistan on 6 August 2011. The tragic death of the servicemen bears...


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia regarding the third anniversary of the August War

7 August 2011 marks the third anniversary of Russia's open and full-scale military aggression against Georgia. Unfortunately, three years after the August war, Russia still continues its aggression policy directed towards the destruction of the statehood, sovereignty and independence of Georgia as w...


Commemoration of the tragic events of August 2008

  Dear colleagues and friends In August, we are commemorating the tragic events of August 2008 on the Georgian soil. The August 2008 brought the grave suffering to thousands of Europeans and its consequences are still to be alleviated. In August 2008, innocent people of different ethnicities...



Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on the US Senate Resolution in support for Georgia

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia welcomes the Resolution adopted by the US Senate on 29 July 2011 expressing the sense of the Senate with respect to ongoing violations of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia and the importance of a peaceful and just resolution to the confli...


Statement of the Georgian Foreign Ministry regarding the explosion which took place in a coal mine in the Lugansk region of Ukraine

The Georgian Foreign Ministry wishes to express its deep sorrow over the tragic death of 16 miners as a result of the explosion which took place in a coal mine in the Lugansk region of Ukraine on 29 July 2001. The Georgian Foreign Ministry wishes to convey its sincere condolences to the families of...


Statement of the Georgian Foreign Ministry concerning the submission for ratification by the Russian President of the so-called ''Agreement ...

On 28 July 2011, President of Russian Federation D. Medvedev, submitted for ratification the so-called ''Agreement between Russian Federation and Abkhazia on cooperation and mutual assistance in customs area'' to the State Duma.


Statement of the Georgian Foreign Ministry regarding the recent bomb blast and armed attack in Norway

The Georgian Foreign Ministry wishes to express its deep grief following the bomb blast that took place in the centre of Oslo and the monstrous attack on the youth camp on nearby Utoya Island - incidents which both took place on July 22 and which left dozens of people dead and over a hundred injured...


Information on the Ukrainian Foreign Minister's visit to Georgia

On 14 and 15 July 2011, the Ukrainian Foreign Minister, Mr. Konstantine Grishenko, paid an official visit to Georgia.


Provisional Application of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Georgia and the Council of Europe concerning the Counci...

As a result of an exchange of letters between Georgia and the Council of Europe, the Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Georgia and the Council of Europe concerning the Council of Europe Office in Georgia and its Legal Status is applied provisionally as from 11 July 2011.


Permanent Representative of Georgia to the Council of Europe and Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe signed in Str...

On 4 July 2011, Mamuka Jgenti, Permanent Representative of Georgia to the Council of Europe and Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe signed in Strasbourg the Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Georgia and the Council of Europe concerning the Council...



In the context of the preparation of the report on the follow-up of the humanitarian consequences of the war between Georgia and Russia: the...

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Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on the Council of Europe Monitoring Report on Georgia

On 29 June 2011, at its 1117th meeting, the Committee of Ministers' Deputies of the Council of Europe discussed the monitoring report on Georgia: "Compliance with obligations and commitments", prepared by the Directorate General of Democracy and Political Affairs (January 2010 - April 2011).



Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on the PACE Resolution 1827(2011) 'The progress of the Assembly’s monitoring procedu...

On 24 June 2011 Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) during its summer session adopted a Resolution 1827(2011): "The progress of the Assembly's monitoring procedure (June 2010 - May 2011)" based on an annual progress report by Dick MARTY, Rapporteur and the Chair of the PACE Commit...



The 60 million euros worth project of Georgia was approved by the Administrative Council of the Council of Europe Development Bank

On 10 June, 2011 the Administrative Council of the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) during its meeting held in Tirana, Albania approved the application of the Georgian Government on the loan request of 60 million euros for the construction of a new prison in the village of Laituri (south wes...


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on the murder of Gela Bliadze in Moscow on 5 June 2011

On 5 June 2011, Gela Bliadze, a citizen of Georgia born on 10 November 1962, was brutally beaten to death in Moscow on the grounds of ethnic belonging.


Statement of the Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding the Russian occupation troops' recent attack on the local population of a vi...

On 10 June 2011, at about 05:00 local time, Russian occupation troops and Abkhazian gangs entered the village of Pichori in the Gali District and abused and physically assaulted the local population and detained some of the village's inhabitants. The identity of some of the detainees has already bee...


Information on the adoption of the outcome of the Universal Periodic Review on Georgia by the Human Rights Council in Geneva

  On June 8, 2011, during the 17th session, the Human Rights Council adopted the outcome of the Universal Periodic Review of Georgia. Discussion of Georgia's first report under the Universal Periodic Review process, took place on January 28 this year.  


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on the 16th round of the Geneva Discussions

Sixteenth round of the Geneva talks was held on June 7, 2011 where the issues of security and stability in Georgia's occupied Abkhazia and Tskhinvali regions and the safe and dignified return of the IDPs and refugees to the places of their habitual residence were discussed. Meetings of the two worki...


Statement of the Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding the foiled act of terrorism of 6 June 2011

On 6 June 2011, another act of terrorism was foiled by the Georgian Ministry of Internal Affairs: Georgian law enforcement officers detained Mr. Badri Gogiashvili in the Mtskheta district and seized (and later defused) a quantity of explosives in his possession.


Statement of the Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding the Russian Prime Minister's visit to occupied Abkhazia

On 2 June 2011, the Russian Prime Minister, Mr. Vladimir Putin, crossed Georgia's state border and went to occupied Sukhumi in order to attend Sergey Bagapsh's funeral.


Government Response to Illegal Actions by Demonstrators on May 26, 2011

  TBILISI, May 26, 2011—The series of protests in Tbilisi organized by radical elements in opposition parties were sanctioned by Tbilisi City Hall to run from May 21 through May 25. The protests remained largely peaceful, despite calls by radical leaders to overthrow the Government. Main...


Update on Government Response to Protests in Tbilisi and Batumi

TBILISI—Starting on Saturday May 21, a series of protests by radical elements in opposition parties were organized in Tbilisi and Batumi. The protests have remained largely peaceful, despite calls by radical leaders on overthrowing the Government. Mainstream opposition parties do not support t...



Statement by the Government of Georgia regarding the armed attack on five civilians in the Sachkhere district on May 18 2011

Two Georgian citizens were shot and injured today, one gravely, when occupation forces from Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia opened fire on them. The incident occurred at about 8 a.m. as five young men from the Chalvani village were collecting edible plants in the Chonto valley, Sachkhere District, n...


Statement of the Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding the armed attack on five young men which took place in the Sachkhere distric...

Five young men (aged 17, 21, 22, 26 and 27) from the village of Chalvani were picking capers in the Chonto valley (Sachkhere district), in the immediate vicinity of the occupation line, at about 8 a.m. on May 18, when representatives of the occupation regime in Tskhinvali tried to detain them. The y...


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the 121st Ministerial of the Council of Europe

On 11 May 2011, the 121st meeting of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe was held in Istanbul, where various significant issues for European cooperation were discussed. The Georgian Delegation, headed by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. David Jalagania, actively partook in the ...


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on the statement by the Spokesman of the US Department Mark C. Toner

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia welcomes the statement made on 30 April 2011 by the Spokesman of the US Department Mark C. Toner regarding the visits held by the Russian Foreign Minister to Abkhazia, Georgia and the Tskhinvali region, Georgia on 25-26 April 2011.


Georgia deposits declaration with the Council of Europe Secretary General

On 29 April 2011, Permanent Representative of Georgia to the Council of Europe transmitted to the Secretary General Jagland, the depositary of the Council of Europe Conventions, the Declaration of the Government of Georgia related to the Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters ...


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on the statement made by the Spokesperson of Catherine Ashton, High Representative o...

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia welcomes the Statement by the Spokesperson of Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission, in which the European Union expresses its concern regarding the ...


Statement of the Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the Russian Foreign Minister's visit to Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali region

  On 25-26 April 2011, the Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Sergey Lavrov, went on a 'regional tour' of Georgia's occupied territories - Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali region. The Russian Foreign Minister held meetings with the leaders of the occupying regimes and signed agreements with ...



Comment of the Press and Information Department to the News-Georgia Agency concerning the allegations of the Russian Federal Drug Control Se...

Question: How would you comment on the statement of the Russian Federal Drug Control Service Chairman Viktor Ivanov that key drug trafficking routes to European countries allegedly go through the Georgian ports?


3rd Consolidated Report of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe on the Conflict in Georgia discussed by the decision-making body o...

  On 19 April 2011 at its 1112th meeting, the Committee of Ministers' Deputies of the Council of Europe discussed the 3rd Consolidated Report of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe on the Conflict in Georgia. The report (see enclosed), which was produced by the Secretary General in ...


Information on the meeting between the Georgian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and the newly-appointed Head of the Council of Europe in ...

  On 15 April 2011, the Georgia Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergi Kapanadze met with newly-appointed Head of the Council of Europe in Georgia Caterina Bolognese.      


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on the Resolution of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on the hono...

On 13 April 2011 the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe at its spring session adopted the 6th Resolution on the honoring of the Georgia's obligations and commitments related to the accession to the Council of Europe.



Council of Europe Human Rights Commissioner will visit Georgia from 18-20 April 2010.

Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg, will visit Georgia from 18-20 April 2010.


PACE committee on the honouring of obligations and commitments by member states of the Council of Europe adopted a report and draft resoluti...

On 25 March 2011, Monitoring Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe approved the report and draft resolution on the honouring of obligations and commitments by Georgia prepared by Kastriot Islami (Albania, SOC) and Michael Aastrup Jensen (Denmark, ALDE).



Tbilisi for its participation in the European Local Democracy Week (ELDW) 2010 was awarded “12 Star Cities” certificate

On 23 March 2011, Tbilisi for its participation in the European Local Democracy Week (ELDW) 2010 was awarded “12 Star Cities” certificate by Keith Whitmore, President of the Council of Europe Congress of Local and Regional Authorities.


PACE Monitoring Committee will discuss report on Georgia

The Monitoring Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe will hold its meeting in Paris on 25 March. At its meeting, the committee is due to approve a report on Georgia’s honouring of its Council of Europe obligations and commitments prepared by Kastriot Islami (Albania,...


Congress to hold its 20th session

The Georgian delegation to the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe will attend the 20th session of the Congress, which will take place in Strasbourg, from 22 to 24 March 2011. During the session the Congress will be holding a debate on the reform of the Council of Eur...


Statement of the Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding the joint border delimitation and demarcation commission of the so-called

Based on media reports of 17 March 2011, Moscow will host the next meeting of the joint border delimitation and demarcation commission of the so-called "Republic of Abkhazia" and the Russian Federation, which is scheduled to be held between March 28 and April 1.


Georgia ratified the European Convention on Consular Functions and the Protocol to the European Convention on Consular Functions concerning ...

Georgia ratified the European Convention on Consular Functions and the Protocol to the European Convention on Consular Functions concerning the Protection of Refugees


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia regarding the assertions of the first deputy head of the Russian FSB Border Guard Se...

On 10 March 2011 Krasnaya Zvezda, an official newspaper of the Russian Ministry of Defence published a press release on the briefing of the first deputy head of the Russian FSB Border Guard Service Vyacheslav Dorokhin, which dealt with the results of the Service's activity.


Georgia ratified the Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters and the Protocol amending the Convention on Mutual Admini...

Georgia ratified the Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters and the Protocol amending the Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on the 15th round of the Geneva Discussions

Fifteenth round of the Geneva talks was held on March 4, 2011 where the issues of security and stability in Georgia's occupied Abkhazia and Tskhinvali regions and the safe and dignified return of the IDPs and refugees to the places of their habitual residence were discussed. Meetings of the two work...


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia regarding the forthcoming fifteenth round of the Geneva Discussions, scheduled for M...

Fifteenth round of the Geneva Discussions on the security and stability in Georgia's occupied regions of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia and the safe and dignified return of the IDPs and refugees will be held on March 4, 2011.


Information on the meeting between Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Grigol Vashadze and Director General of Democracy and Political Af...

On 23 February 2011, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Grigol Vashadze met with Director General of Democracy and Political Affairs of the Council of Europe Jean-Louis Laurens.


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia concerning February 12, 2011 so called local elections conducted by the Proxy regime...

On February 12th 2011 the Proxy regime operating in Russian occupied region of Abkhazia, Georgia conducted so called local elections. Considering the fact that as a result of ethnic cleansing executed in Abkhazia, Georgia the overwhelming majority of local population was expelled from the places of ...


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia over the statement made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation...

On February 1, 2011 the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation made yet another statement, which purposefully attempts to downplay the importance of the non-use of force pledge made by the President of Georgia on November 23, 2010 in the European Parliament and later reinforced in the...


Georgia approved the Council of Europe Framework Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for Society

  On 4 February 2011, Mamuka Jgenti, Permanent Representative of Georgia to the Council of Europe deposited at the Council of Europe the instrument of approval by Georgia of the Council of Europe Framework Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for Society.    


PACE elects its President and Vice-Presidents

On 24 January, 2011 the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) re-elected Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu as its President. PACE also elected its 20 Vice-Presidents, among them is the head of Georgian Delegation to the PACE Petre Tsiskarishvili.


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on the terrorist act that took place in Moscow

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia mourns the victims of the terrorist act that took place at the Domodedovo airport in Moscow, on 24 January 2011, and killed tens of people and left over hundred - injured.



European Court of Human Rights struck out 1,549 cases filed against Georgia regarding 2008 Russia-Georgia war

On 10 January 2011, European Court of Human Rights, circulated information regarding its decision to strike out of the list of pending cases 1,549 applications filed against Georgia, regarding August 2008 Russia-Georgia war.


Newly appointed Permanent Representative of Georgia to the Council of Europe Mamuka Jgenti presented his credentials to the Secretary Genera...

On 10 January 2011, the newly appointed Permanent Representative of Georgia to the Council of Europe Mamuka Jgenti presented his credentials to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland.



Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on the military exercises held by the Russian occupation troops in the district of A...

Since Russia's aggression that took place in August 2008 and the resulting occupation of the Georgian territories, Russia has been grossly violating the major norms and principles of international law as well as the undertaken bilateral and multilateral international commitments including all paragr...


Chair of PACE Monitoring Committee to visit Georgia and Russia

Dick Marty (Switzerland, ALDE), Chair of the Monitoring Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe (PACE), will travel to Moscow and Tbilisi on 20-21 December to prepare an upcoming hearing on the current situation with regard to the “consequences of the war between Georgia a...



Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on the 14th round of the Geneva Discussions

Fourteenth round of the Geneva talks was held on December 16, 2010 where the issues of security and stability in Georgia's occupied Abkhazia and Tskhinvali regions and the safe and dignified return of the IDPs and refugees to the places of their habitual residence were discussed.


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on the new instance of widespread deprivation of housing and land property in the oc...

On 7 December 2010, proxy leader of Tskhinvali Region, Eduard Kokoity, adopted a "decree" that invalidates right of property of ethnic Georgian inhabitants of the occupied Akhalgori District. The property of ethnic Georgians, including the IDPs, shall be transferred to the proxy authorities.



Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on the deployment of additional military equipment on the occupied territories of Ge...

Based on the information posted on the official website of the Russian Ministry of Defence, additional troops were deployed on the Russian Federation's so-called fourth military base set up on Georgia's occupied territory - Tskhinvali Region. The troops were furnished with new military armaments and...


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on the deployment of additional military equipment on the occupied territories of Ge...

Based on the information posted on the official website of the Russian Ministry of Defence, additional troops were deployed on the Russian Federation's so-called fourth military base set up on Georgia's occupied territory - Tskhinvali Region. The troops were furnished with new military armaments and...


Information on the 1099-th meeting of the Committee of Ministers' Deputies

On November 23, 2010, the 1099th meeting of the Committee of Ministers' Deputies discussed Council of Europe Secretary General's Second Consolidated Report on the Conflict in Georgia.



Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers – Turkey presents its priorities

Turkey has just taken over the chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe for the next six months.  


Georgia signed the Protocol amending the Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters

On 3 November 2010 Georgia signed the Protocol amending the Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters (CETS No. 208).  


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on the 13th round of the Geneva Discussions

Thirteenth round of the Geneva talks was held on October 14, 2010 where the issues of security and stability in Georgia's occupied Abkhazia and Tskhinvali regions and the safe and dignified return of the IDPs and refugees to the places of their habitual residence were discussed.





Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes report on Georgia

The Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) on 21st September 2010 has published the report on its 4th periodic visit to Georgia, carried out in February 2010. The report has been made public at the request of the ...


Information on the meeting between the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Grigol Vashadze and Secretary-General of the Council of Europe...

On 21 September 2010, in the frames of the 65th session of the UN General Assembly, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Grigol Vashadze held a meeting with Secretary-General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland.


Information on the meeting held between Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Grigol Vashadze and member of the Parliamentary Assembly of t...

On 15 September 2010, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia hosted a meeting between Minister of Foreign Affairs Grigol Vashadze and member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Christos Pourgourides.  


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on the two years anniversary of so called recognition of ''independence'' of the occ...

Since the beginning of the 1990s, following the break-up of the Soviet Union and the restoration of Georgia's independence, Russia has been deliberately pursuing an aggressive policy directed against the Georgian state, which aimed at first impairing and disintegrating the Georgian State and then su...


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on the restoration of maritime traffic between Russia and occupied Abkhazia, Georgia

Russian news agencies reported that on 17 August 2010 Russia restored maritime traffic with occupied Abkhazia, Georgia.


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on the deployment by the Russian Federation of S-300 anti-aircraft missile system on...

On 11 August 2010 commander of the Russian air forces Alexander Zelin announced on the deployment by the Russian Federation of S-300 anti-aircraft missile system on the territory of occupied Abkhazia, Georgia.  


Statement of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Georgia on the visit of President of Russia D. Medvedev to occupied Sokhumi with violation ...

On 8 August 2010, President of Russia D. Medvedev, with violation of the national frontier of Georgia, visited occupied Sokhumi at the second anniversary of the open and full-scale aggression that Russia begun against Georgia on 7 August 2008.


Information regarding the 9th Meeting of the Coordination Council of ''Baku-Tbilisi-Kars'' project and the second meeting of the Trilateral ...

The 9th Meeting of the Coordination Council of "Baku-Tbilisi-Kars" project and the second meeting of the Trilateral Coordination Council were held on August 2-3, 2010, in Baku, at the level of Ministers responsible for Transport.


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on the 12th round of the Geneva Discussions

Twelfth round of the Geneva talks was held on July 26-27, 2010 where the issues of security and stability in Georgia's occupied Abkhazia and Tskhinvali regions and the safe and dignified return of the IDPs and refugees to the places of their habitual residence were discussed.


Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Grigol Vashadze met with Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland and Chairman of the Co...

On 2 July 2010, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Grigol Vashadze met with Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland and Chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe Antonio Milošoski.


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on the armed attack against a Georgian police station at the Pichori-Ganmukhuri sect...

On 1 July 2010, at dawn, an armed attack was carried out against a Georgian police station at the Pichori-Ganmukhuri section of the occupational line. Georgian policemen came under fire at the time of patrolling in the vicinity of the police station. The shoot-out involved several types of guns and ...


Georgia to deposit with the Secretary General the Instrument of Approval

In July 2010, Ambassador Zurab Tchiaberashvili, Permanent Representative of Georgia to the Council of Europe will deposit the Instrument of Approval of the European Landscape Convention with the Secretary General Jagland of the Council of Europe.


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on the visit of CoE leadership to Georgia

On 2-3 July 2010, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia will be hosting the leadership of the Council of Europe. During the official visit Council of Europe Secretary General, HE Thorbjorn Jagland and the Chairman of the Committee of Ministers, HE Antonio Miloshoski will meet with the Minister ...


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on the visit of the Council of Europe leadership to Georgia

On 2-3 July 2010, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia will be hosting the leadership of the Council of Europe. During the official visit Council of Europe Secretary General, HE Thorbjorn Jagland and the Chairman of the Committee of Ministers, HE Antonio Miloshoski will meet with the Minister ...


Georgian signs CoE Consular Convention

On 25 June 2010, Zurab Tchiaberashvili, Permanent Representative of Georgia to the Council of Europe signed with the Secretary General of the Council of Europe the European Convention on Consular Functions (ETS 061).


CoE leadership to visit Georgia

The Chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe and the Secretary General of the Council of Europe to visit Georgia on 2-3 July 2010. The meetings will be held with the highest Georgian authorities.


Council of Europe European Diplomas: Tbilisi is on the 2010 honours list

On 23 June 2010, the President of the Committee on the Environment, Agriculture and Local and Regional Affairs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and the Chairman of the Sub-Committee on the Europe Prize awarded Tbilisi, together with other 17 prize-winning municipaliti...



Georgia to sign CoE Convention on Consular Functions

In June 2010, Permanent Representative of Georgia to the Council of Europe is to sign with the Secretary General of the Council of Europe the European Convention on Consular Functions (ETS 061).


CM Resolution on the protection of national minorities in Georgia

ON 15 June 2010, the Rapporteur Group on Human Rights (GR-H) of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe is expected to conclude its work on the draft Resolution on the Protection of National Minorities in Georgia and further transmitt it for the adoption to the Committee of Ministers' De...


PACE Committee's meeting to be held in Georgia

The PACE Committee of Legal Affairs and Human Rights is expected to hold its autumn (September) meeting in Georgia.


PACE President to visit Georgia

On 15-16 June 2010, the PACE President is to visit Georgia. PACE President will visit Tbilisi and Batumi and hold meetings with the Georgian authorities, representatives of opposition parties, civil society, diplomatic corps and media.


ECRI report on Georgia

On 9 June 2010, the Committee of Ministers' Deputies of the Council of Europe is to formally transmitt to the Georgian authorities the 3rd report on Georgia recently adopted by the European Commission against racism and intolerance (ECRI). The Georgia authorities plan to immediately declare the doc...


Electoral laws of Georgia, Moldova and Montenegro, new Constitution of Kyrgyzstan – the Venice Commission meets in plenary

On Saturday 5 June, the Venice Commission celebrates its 20th anniversary in the presence of the Chairman-in-Office of the Committee of Ministers, the Secretary General, the Deputy Secretary General and the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe as well as heads of states, ...


Information on the adoption of the Resolution on the Situation in Georgia by the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania

On 1 June 2010 the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania passed a Resolution on the Situation in Georgia. The Republic of Lithuania as a member state of the European Union, UN, OSCE and other international organisations openly condemned Russian aggression against Georgia and the occupation of Georgia...


Venice Commission

On 4 June 2010, the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe is to adopt opinion on the electoral code of Georgia.


Reform of European Court of Human Rights: Protocol No.14 enters into force

Protocol No. 14 to the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, which aims to make the European Court of Human Rights more efficient, enters into force tomorrow.


Georgian local elections mark evident progress, but significant shortcomings remain to be addressed

Yesterday’s municipal elections in Georgia marked evident progress towards meeting international standards, but significant shortcomings remain to be addressed, international observers from the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR) and the Council of Europe&rsqu...


Günther Krug: ''Municipal elections in Georgia show considerable democratic progress''

''The 30 May municipal elections have shown that Georgia has made considerable progress in respect of democracy, the rule of law and local self-government,'' Congress Vice-President Günther Krug stated at the press conference, on 31 May in Tbilisi.


Human rights in the North Caucasus: the most serious situation in the geographical area of the Council of Europe

The situation in the North Caucasus region, particularly the Chechen Republic, Ingushetia and Dagestan, is currently “the most serious and delicate situation” from the angle of protecting human rights and affirming the rule of law in the whole geographic area covered by the Council of Eu...


Council of Europe Congress to observe local elections in Georgia

A delegation of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe will observe local elections in Georgia, including the first direct elections of the Mayor of Tbilisi, on 30 May 2010.  On 27 and 28 May the delegation will meet with representatives of government and electo...


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia over the actions carried out recently against Georgian citizens by the Russian occup...

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia expresses its deep concern over the actions carried out recently against Georgian citizens by the Russian occupation troops and the Tskhinvali proxy regime under their control. On 19 May 2010, Vakhtang Kokochishvili, 26 suffered bodily injuries as a result ...


Information on the 120th Ministerial Meeting of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe held in Strasbourg on 11 May 2010

On 11 May 2010, Deputy Foreign Minister of Georgia David Jalagania participated in the 120th ministerial meeting of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe held in Strasbourg. The Georgian delegation also included Director of International Organisations Department of the Ministry of Fore...




Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on the decision of the Georgian delegation to PACE to refrain from participating in ...

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia fully endorses the decision of the Georgian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) to refrain from participating in any decision-making process within this European forum, which threatens to damage the credibility of the Co...


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on the visit of the PACE co–rapporteur to Moscow

 On 20 of April 2010 Mr David Wilshire, the Co-rapporteur of the Monitoring Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe held a meeting with Mr Borys Chochiev, the "Representative of the Republic of South Ossetia on post-conflict settlement" in the so called "Embassy of the ...


Statement of the Permanent Representation of Georgia to the Council of Europe (14 April 2010, Strasbourg)

On 15 January 2010, while welcoming the long-awaited steps finally taken by the Russian Federation towards the ratification of Protocol 14 to the ECHR, the Georgian Foreign Ministry mentioned in its official statement that “During these past years, Georgia was urging the Russian Federation t...


Visit of co-rapporteurs of the PACE Monitoring Committee to Georgia

On 12 April 2010, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia hosted a meeting between Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Alexandre Nalbandov and co-rapporteurs of the Monitoring Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Mátyás Eörsi (Hungar...


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on the tragic death of the President of the Republic of Poland

On behalf of the Government of Georgia and the Georgian people, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia expresses its deepest sympathy, and conveys its condolences to the entire Polish nation in regard with the tragic accident near Smolensk causing the death of the President of the Republic of Po...


Safeguarding media freedom in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine – Conference in Tbilisi

Date: 15-16 April 2010 Location: Tbilisi Marriott Hotel, 13 Rustaveli Av., Tbilisi (Georgia) Organised by the Council of Europe, in the framework of the 2009-2010 Swiss chairmanship of its Committee of Ministers Description: Public officials, parliamentarians, media professionals and representati...


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on the treaty on the creation of a joint military base signed between Russia and the...

The treaty on the creation of a joint military base was signed between Russia and the so-called "Republic of South Ossetia" in Moscow, on 7 April 2010. The treaty shall be valid for 49 years with possibility of extension for 15 more years. The analogous treaty between Russia and the so-called "Repub...


Committee of Ministers' Deputies of the Council of Europe adopted decision on the consequences of the Russia-Georgia War

On 26 March 2010, at their 1080th meeting in Strasbourg, the Committee of Ministers' Deputies of the Council of Europe discussed the proposals of the Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland regarding the modalities of his reporting to the Committee of Ministers on the consequences of the Russia-G...


Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia met with the representatives of the Diplomatic Missions of the Council of Europe member states...

On 25 March 2010, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Alexander Nalbandov held a meeting with the representatives of the Diplomatic Missions of the Council of Europe member states accredited in Georgia.




Information for the Press

From 26 to 28 February, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights visited Georgia to pursue his efforts towards the release of detainees and the clarification of the fate of persons missing during and after the August 2008 Russian invasion in Georgia.


Information on the meeting held between the representatives of the Georgian Authorities and the international organisations

    On 4 March 2010 a high-level meeting was held between the officials of the executive and legislative authorities of Georgia and the representatives of the Council of Europe, European Union, OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities, UN High Commissioner for Refuge...



Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on the resolution adopted by the State Duma of Russia marking the 200th anniversary ...

  On 17 February 2010, the State Duma of Russia adopted a resolution marking the 200th anniversary of "Russia's patronage over Abkhazia". Russia and created by it proxy regimes try to justify somehow the criminal acts that Russia carried out and continues to carry out against the state of Geor...


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia concerning the possible withdrawal of the Russian Branch of World Wildlife Fund from...

Russian Branch of World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has announced that it might stop cooperating with the "Olympstroy" (Russian State Corporation which manages most of Sochi 2014 Olympic's constructions) within the framework of the Coordination Council, created to provide ecological maintenance of the Sochi...


Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia met with Vice-Chairman of the Danish Parliamentary Delegation to PACE

On 15 February 2010 Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Alexandre Nalbandov met with Vice-Chairman of the Danish Parliamentary Delegation to PACE Mogens Jensen.


Future of the European Court of Human Rights-Ministers from the 47 states to meet in Interlaken (Switzerland)

Strasbourg, 09.02.2010 – The future of the European Court of Human Rights will take centre-stage when human rights ministers from the 47 member states of the Council of Europe gather on 18 and 19 February at the Casino Kursaal in Interlaken.


EU welcomes the State Strategy of Georgia on the Occupied Territories: Engagement through Cooperation

On 4 February 2010, the EU made a statement on Georgia at the OSCE Permanent Council Meeting and welcomed the State Strategy of Georgia on the Occupied Territories: Engagement through Co-operation.


The State Strategy on the Occupied Territories of Georgia gains backing in the Council of Europe

At the 1076th meeting of Ministers' Deputies of the Council of Europe, held on 3 February 2010, Georgia's Deputy Prime Minister and State Minister for Reintegration Temur Yakobashvili presented to the decision-making body of the Organisation the recently adopted "State Strategy of the Government of ...


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the abduction of a resident of Chiatura by representatives of the Tskhinvali puppet regime

On 31 January 2010, near the village of Nikozi, Malkhaz Akhvlediani, a resident of Chiatura was kidnapped by representatives of the Tskhinvali puppet regime and charged with illegally crossing the so-called border.


The State Strategy on the Occupied Territories to be presented in the Council of Europe

On 2-3 February 2010, Mr Temur Yakobashvili, Georgia’s Deputy Prime Minister and the State Minister for Reintegration will be visiting Strasbourg. On 3 February, at the 1076th meeting of Ministers’ Deputies, Minister Yakobashvili will present to the decision-making body of the Orga...


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on the Ninth Round of the Geneva Discussions held on 28 January 2010

Ninth round of the Geneva talks was held on January 28, 2010 where the issues of security and stability in Georgia's occupied Abkhazia and Tskhinvali region and the return of refugees and IDPs to the places of their habitual residence were discussed. Meetings of the two working groups were held, in ...


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on the Ninth Round of the Geneva Discussions held on 28 January 2010

Ninth round of the Geneva talks was held on January 28, 2010 where the issues of security and stability in Georgia's occupied Abkhazia and Tskhinvali region and the return of refugees and IDPs to the places of their habitual residence were discussed. Meetings of the two working groups were held, in ...


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on the initial proposals of the CoE Secretary General for the reform of the Organisa...

On 20 January, 2010 Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland presented to member states in Strasbourg initial proposals to reform the Organisation and make it more flexible and relevant to the challenges confronting Europe. These proposals also aim to consolidate the role ...


Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Grigol Vashadze met with the Chairperson of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers Micheline ...

On 16 January 2010, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Grigol Vashadze met with the Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland Micheline Calmy-Rey, who was visiting Georgia in the capacity of a Chairperson of the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers.


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on the decision of the State Duma of the Russian Federation to approve the ratificat...

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia welcomes the decision of the State Duma of the Russian Federation to approve the ratification of Protocol 14 to the European Convention on Human Rights. This will pave the way to the entry into force of the said Protocol and will contribute to the increase ...


Chairperson of the Committee of Ministers to visit Georgia

On 15-17 January 2010 Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland to Georgia Micheline Calmy-Rey will pay an official visit to Georgia. Micheline Calmy-Rey will carry out this visit in the capacity as chairperson of the CoE Committee of Ministers.


CoE Secretary General: 12 December ”elections” were neither legal nor legitimate.

The Permanent Representation of Georgia to the Council of Europe received a 7 January letter of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, in which Thorbjørn Jagland emphasises that the so called “elections”, which took place on 12 December 2009 in Abkhazia, Georgia were neit...




Committee of Ministers publishes decisions on the execution of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights

Strasbourg, 08.12.2009 – The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe concluded on 3 December 2009 its fourth special human rights meeting devoted to the supervision of the execution of the judgments of the European Court of Human Rights. The decisions adopted at the meeting in some 26 ...


First Eastern Partnership Ministerial, Brussels, 8 December 2009

On 8 December 2009, the first Eastern Partnership (EaP) Ministerial was held in Brussels. The meeting was chaired by Mr. Carl Bildt, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sweden, EU Presidency. Leaders of foreign policy services from the EU Member States and the EaP partner countries took part in the ...


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia expresses its deep condolences over the tragic death of seven military servicemen

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia expresses its deep condolences over the tragic deaths of seven military servicemen and wounding and injuring of six soldiers of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Turkey on Monday, December 7, 2009 in the city of Reşadiye, Tokat Province of the Republic of...


Information on the visits of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia to Vatican and Berne (the Swiss Confederation)

  On 9-14 December 2009, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Grigol Vashadze will visit Vatican and Berne.


Statement by Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland and Chairperson of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of E...

Strasbourg, 03.12.2009 - “We welcome the release of two of the four Georgian teenagers held in Tskhinvali by the de facto authorities in the Georgian region of South Ossetia and their safe return to their families. At the same time we emphasise the absolute necessity to release the remaining t...



The Council of Europe adopts its 2010 budgets

Strasbourg, 26.11.2009 – The Council of Europe Committee of Ministers has just adopted the organisation’s budgets for the year 2010. The Ordinary Budget amounts to € 218 million. Member states’ contributions amount to € 211 million. The contribution of Georgia to th...


Information for the Press

For the exemplary conduct of official functions and deepening the co-operation between Georgia and the Council of Europe, HE Grigol Vashadze, Foreign Minister of Georgia signed on 24 November the Order expressing the gratitude to Ambassador Zurab Tchiaberashvili, Permanent Representative of Georgia ...


Deputy Minister of Foreign of Georgia met with Special Representative of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe to Georgia

On 26 November 2009, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Alexandre Nalbandov met with Special Representative of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe to Georgia Boris Wodz, at the latter's request.



High level delegation meets the CoE SG and deposits instrument of ratification of the Bern Convention

On 19 November, Mr Mikheil Machavariani, First Deputy Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia and Mr David Tkeshelashvili, Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia met Thorbjorn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe.


PACE rapporteurs call for immediate release of Georgian teenagers held in Tskhinvali

Strasbourg, 18.11.2009 - The two co-rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) for the war between Georgia and Russia today called on the de facto authorities in Tskhinvali to release without delay the four Georgian teenagers arrested on 4 November 2009.


High level delegation meets the CoE SG and deposits instrument of ratification of the Bern Convention

On 19 November, Mr Mikheil Machavariani, First Deputy Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia and Mr David Tkeshelashvili, Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia met Thorbjorn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe.


Elections at the European Court of Human Rights

Today, President Jean-Paul Costa (French) was re-elected as President of the European Court of Human Rights for three years. Judges Bratza (British) and Tulkens (Belgian) were re-elected respectively Vice-President of the Court and President of the Second Section for three years.


Call for immediate release of teenagers in South Ossetia, Georgia

Statement by Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland and Chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, Samuel Žbogar  Strasbourg, 16.11.2009 - “We are deeply concerned about the prolonged detention of teenagers by the de facto authorities o...


Information on the visit of the high-level delegation to the Council of Europe

On 17-21 November, the high-level Georgian delegation will visit the Council of Europe. The delegation includes Mr Mikheil Machavariani, First Deputy Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia, Mr David Tkeshelashvili, Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia; Mr Vano Khukhunaishvil...


AGO Group to visit Armenia and Azerbaijan

The Ago Group of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, which monitors the state of implementation of CoE related commitments by Armenia and Azerbaijan, will visit two countries on 20-25 November 2009. Ambassador Zurab Tchiaberashvili, Permanent Representative of Georgia to the Council...


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on the 8th Round of the Geneva Discussions Held on 11 November 2009.

The Permanent Representation of Georgia has distributed the following Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Georgia among the national delegations and the major administrative entities of the Council of Europe Secretariat: The Eighth round of the Geneva Talks was held on 11 November 200...


Council of Europe – Switzerland takes over from Slovenia as Chair of the Committee of Ministers

Switzerland is to take over the Chair of the Committee of Ministers from Slovenia during a meeting to be held in Strasbourg on Wednesday 18 November. Under the joint chairmanship of Samuel Žbogar, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Slovenia, and Micheline Calmy-Rey, Head of the Swiss Federal Department...


Comment of the Press and Information Department on the article of Russian Deputy Foreign Minister G. Karasin published by Izvestia Newspaper...

Question: How would you assess the article of Russian Deputy Foreign Minister G. Karasin "Transcaucasia in the Geneva Format" published by Izvestia Newspaper on 10 November 2009? Answer: In the very first paragraph of the article Mr. Karasin tries in its traditional manner to impose on readers the ...


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on the kidnapping of Georgian citizens on counts of illegal fishery

On 10 November 2009, in the territorial waters of Georgia, on the territory of Anaklia, in particular, Russian occupation troops kidnapped five citizens of Georgia on counts of illegal fishery. Russia continues its chain of extremely dangerous and sordid provocations which has recently acquired the...


Joint Briefing by Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Grigol Vashadze and Swiss Ambassador Olaf Skoog of the EU Political and Security Co...

Mr. Grigol Vashadze: Greetings! We have a very pleasant and needed visit of our colleagues from Brussels. The main topic of discussion is Georgia's maximum rsapprochement with the European Union and the agreements, which we will shortly sign or which we prepare for signing. Simplified visa reg...


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia has already made a statement on the kidnapping of Georgian children by the Tskhinvali proxy regime. http://www.mfa.gov.ge/index.php?lang_id=ENG&sec_id=59&info_id=11144


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on the kidnapping of four Georgian children

On 4 November 2009, at noon, schoolchildren: Giorgi Romelashvili (born in 1995), Aleko Sabanadze (born in 1995) , Viktor Buchukuri (born in 1993) and Levan Khmiadashvili (born in 1992) disappeared from the territory of the village of Tirdznisi. Based on the Russian media sources, the children are k...


Comment of the Press and Information Department on the UN Human Rights Committee's conclusions

Question: On 30 October 2009 the UN Human Rights Committee adopted recommendations on the state of human rights in Russia and, in particular, on the level of compliance with the provisions of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. How would you comment on the UN Human Rights Commi...


29th CoE-EU Quadripartite meeting

According to the Press-service of the Council of Europe, as Chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, the Slovenian Foreign Minister, Samuel Žbogar, participated on 27 October in Luxembourg in a quadripartite meeting between the European Union and the Council of Europe. The ag...


Georgia demands Russia the immediate release of the detained citizens of Georgia.

On 28 October 2009 Director of the Department of Relations with CIS Countries G. Chkheidze met with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Swiss Confederation to Georgia Lorenzo Amberg.


10th MEETING OF THE EU-GEORGIA COOPERATION COUNCIL

LUXEMBURG, 26 OCTOBER 2009 Press Release of the Georgian Delegation On Monday, 26 October 2009, the 10th EU-Georgia Cooperation Council was held in Luxembourg. The meeting was chaired by Mr Grigol Vashadze, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia. From the Georgian side, Mr. Giorgi Baramidze, Vice ...




Statement of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Georgia

On 2-3 October 2009, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation S. Lavrov paid a visit to Abkhazia, Georgia's territory occupied by Russia.



Foreign Minister of Georgia congratulates the newly elected Secretary General of the Council of Europe

On 29 September 2009, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe elected Thorbjørn Jagland (Norway) as Secretary General of the Organisation for a five-year term.


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on the PACE Resolution 'The war between Georgia and Russia: one year after'

On 29 September 2009, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe discussed and adopted the Resolution "The war between Georgia and Russia: one year after". The Resolution was adopted subsequent to the debates held this morning in the Assembly's hemicycle, where all the speakers, except th...



Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on the memorandum on cooperation in the field of communications between the Russian ...

Based on disseminated information, the Russian Federation and the proxy regime of Abkhazia signed on 28 September 2009 a memorandum on cooperation in the field of communications. According to the information and based on the memorandum the Russian Federation assigned to the proxy regime of Abkhazi...


Cultural event dedicated to the 10th anniversary of Georgia's accession to the Council of Europe

With the support of the Ministries of Culture and Foreign Affairs of Georgia, the Permanent Representation of Georgia to the Council of Europe organised a concert in Strasbourg’s Palais de la Musique et des Congrès.


Georgia remains GUAM chair until the end of 2009

On 25 September 2009 the Meeting of the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Organization for Democracy and Economic Development - GUAM was held in New York, within the General Debates of the UN General Assembly 64th Session. Mr. Grigol Vashadze, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia ...


Georgia comments on the Opinion of Advisory Committee on the FCNM

On 14 September 2009, the Permanent Representation of Georgia to the Council of Europe transmitted to Philippe Boillat, Director General of Human Rights and Legal Affairs of the Council of Europe the written comments of the Government of Georgia to the Opinion adopted on 19 March ...


Russian parliamentary delegation’s credentials challenged

A group of 72 members of PACE has requested the reconsideration of the credentials of the Russian delegation to the Assembly on the substantive grounds that Russia has persistently failed to honour its o...


Information for the Press on the 38th meeting of the Council of Europe Committee of Legal Advisers in Public International Law

Deputy Foreign Minister of Georgia Nino Kalandadze headed the Georgian delegation attending the 38th meeting of the Council of Europe Committee of Legal Advisers in Public International Law (CAHDI), held in Strasbourg on 10-11 September 2009.

Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on the recognition of the ‘independence' of Georgia's occupied Abkhazia and Tskhinva...

On 10 September 2009 Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez made a statement in Moscow that Venezuela will recognise the "independence" of Georgia's occupied regions of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali region.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia condemns this highly unfriendl...


Information on the criminal charges against Mehmet Coskun Ozturk, the captain of the cargo vessel ‘BUKET'

 

The Permanent Representation of Geoorgia to the Council of Europe has distributed the following information to the national delegations and CoE's major administrative entities:

On 16 August 2009 the Georgian coast guar...


The war between Georgia and Russia: one year on

In a draft resolution adopted yesterday in Paris, PACE Monitoring Committee strongly urges the Russian authorities, before the end of the year, to give unrestricted access to EU Monitors ...


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on the UN GA Resolution

The Permanent Representation of Georgia distributed among the national delegations the following statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia:

The 63rd plenary session of the UN General Assembly on 9th of September 2009 ad...


1064th meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies

At their 1064th meeting on 9 September 2009, the Ministers’ Deputies held an exchange of views with Mrs Corien Jonker, Chairperson of the Committee on Migration, Refugees and Population of the Parliamentary Assembly in the context of their agenda item concerning the Council of ...


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on the Russian side's decision to prevent the detention of vessels Illegally enterin...

Based on the media reports, the Russian side made a decision to instruct the Federal Security Service (FSB) coast guard to protect from detention, together with Abkhazia's so-called "border guards", the vessels illegally entering the so-called "Abkhazian territori...


Georgia deposits ECHR Protocol 14bis Instrument of Ratification

 

On 1 September 2009, at the seat of the Council of Europe, Zurab Tchiaberashvili, Permanent Representative of Georg...


Information for the Press

On 1 September 2009, Maud de BOER-BUQUICCHIO took on the functions of the Secertary General a.i. of the Council of Europe.

Zurab Tchiaberashvili, Permanent Representative of Georgia to the Council of Europe hold a meeting with the Acting Secretary Ge...


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on the 70th anniversary of the start of World War II

On 1 September 1939, Fascist Germany made an incursion into Poland and occupied its territory after a month of devastating fights.

This aggression led to the outbreak of the Second World War.

Comment of the Press and Information Department concerning the arrival of I. Luzhkov in occupied Tskhinvali

Question: How would you assess the arrival of I. Luzhkov in Tskhinvali in connection with the opening of the so-called micro-district ‘Moscow' on 31 August 2009?


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on another attack on Georgian policemen from the occupied territories of Georgia

According to the reports of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia, on 28 August 2009, at 01:00, a police checkpoint came under fire from the occupied territory of Georgia, in particular, from the village of Otobaia, Gali district. The Shooting from machine-g...


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on the recognition of the so-called independence of the proxy regimes set up by Russ...

On 26 August 2008 following the military aggression carried out against Georgia, occupation of the inalienable parts of the Georgian territory and ethnic cleansing conducted there and in gross violation of the universally recognised norms and principles o...


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on the transfer of the right to operate the Abkhaz section of the Georgian railways ...

On 24 August 2009, S. Bagapsh, leader of the proxy regime set up on the Russian-occupied Georgian territories, in Abkhazia in particular, gave an interview to Russian newspaper Vremja Novostej voicing the proxy regime'...


Information on Georgia's withdrawal from the CIS

On 18 August 2009, Permanent Representation of Georgia to the Council of Europe informed the CoE Secretariat on the completion of the process of Georgia's withdrawal from CIS. The Information Note below, published by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia,&nbs...


Comment of the Press and Information Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia concerning V. Putin's interview

Russia continues its campaign designed to damage Georgia's reputation in the eyes of the international community and to justify its own destructive and absolutely inadmissible actions.

On 12 August 2009, on the anniver...


Information for the Press

On 13 August 2009, the representatives of the Georgian diaspora in France and neighbouring German federal lands handed over to the Permanent Representation of Georgia the attached petition urging for immediate and unconditional implementation of the provisions of the 12 August ...


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on the continuous breach of the August 12, 2008 cease-fire agreement by the Russian ...

Permanent Representation of Georgia to the Council of Europe, officialy distributed to the national delegations of member states and major administrative entities of the Council of Europe the following Statement of the Ministry of Foreign&...


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia

The Permanent Representation of Georgia to the Council of Europe, officialy distributed to the national delegations of member states and major administrative entities of the Council of Europe the following ...


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia

On 12 August 2009, Permanent Representation of Georgia to the Council of Europe, officialy distributed to the national delegations of member states and major administrative entities of the Council of Europe the fo...


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia

The Permanent Representation of Georgia to the Council of Europe, officialy distributed to the national delegations of member states and major administrative entities of the Council of Europe the following 7 August Statement of the Ministr...


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia

On 7 August 2009, Permanent Representation of Georgia to the Council of Europe transmitted for the attention of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe the below presented Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, inter alia reflecting the rhetori...


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia

Based on the report of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia, on 3 August 2009 at 21:30 a Georgian police checkpoint located in the village of Plavismani came under fire from the Tskhinvali region currently under...


MFA Statement transmitted to the Secretary General Davis

On 31 July 2009, Permanent Representation of Georgia forwarded for the attention and possible reaction of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe the enclosed 30 July Statement of the Foreign Ministry of Georgia. The Statement in question,...


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia expresses its deep regret over the tragic crash of a Caspian Airlines aircraft on a Tehran-Yerevan flight that took place in the Qazvin province, northwest of Tehran, on 15 July 2009.


Freedom of assembly in Georgia: PACE co-rapporteurs welcome pledge to seek Council of Europe advice

The co-rapporteurs for Georgia of the Monitoring Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Matyas Eörsi (Hungary, ALDE) and Kastriot Islami (Albania, SOC), have welcomed the statement by the Speaker of the Georgian Parliament, David Bakradze, that the ...


Reactions on Medvedev's travel to Russian occupied region of Georgia

Permanent Representative of Georgia raised at the meeting of the Committee of Ministers' Deputies of the Council of Europe the issue of the "visit" of  D. Medvedev of Russia paid to Kremlin's proxy regime in Georgia's o...


1063rd meeting of the Committee of Ministers' Deputies

The Secretary General's farewell speech to the Ministers’ Deputies

''I am convinced that the Council of Europe needs fewer discussions and more decisions. Discussion, dialogue, debate and the exchange of views are very important, but they should end in a decision. As I have said many times, the Council of Europe should be a workshop – not a talk sh...


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia On the sixth round of the Geneva Discussions

Sixth round of the Geneva talks was held on 1 July 2009 where the issues of security and stability in Georgia's occupied Abkhazia and Tskhinvali Regions and the return of refugees and IDPs to the places of their residence were discussed. Meetings of the t...



29th Conference of European Ministers of Justice in Tromsø (18-19 June 2009)

The Ministers of Justice of the 47 Council of Europe member states are to discuss in Tromso, Norway on 18-19 June the ways of strengthening European co-operation with a view to more effective action against domestic violence, breaking the silence surrounding violence against wo...


Information on the meeting between Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia and Senator of the Polish Parliament, candidate for the pos...

On 11 June 2009, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Alexander Nalbandov held a meeting with Senator of the Polish Parliament and candidate for the post of Secretary General of the Council of Europe Wlodzimie...


1060th meeting of the Commiittee of Ministers' Deputies (Strasbourg, 10 June 2009)

At their 1060th meeting, the Ministers’ Deputies considered the activities for the development and consolidation of democratic stability in Serbia. In this context they held an exchange of views with the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Serbia, Mr Vuk Jeremić. The Deputies decid...


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on the agreement of cooperation concluded between the Russian national company Rosne...

 

 

Statement by the Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers about the so-called elections in South Ossetia, Georgia

The Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe closely followed the (so-called) "parliamentary elections" in South Ossetia, Georgia on Sunday 31 May 2009 and reiterates its full support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia...


Georgia authorises publication of the Second Round Compliance Report on Georgia adopted by the CoE Group of States Against Corruption (GRECO...

At its 42nd Plenary Meeting, GRECO adopted the Third Round Evaluation Reports on Albania, Belgium and Spain; the Joint First and Second Round Compliance Report on Ukraine; the Second Round Compliance Report on Georgia and finally, the Addenda to the Second Round Compliance Reports o...


Declaration by the Presidency on behalf of the European Union - report on the Council of Europe and the conflict in Georgia

Declaration on the Secretary General’s report on the Council of Europe and the conflict in Georgia – SG/Inf (2009)5.

The EU welcomes the report of the Secretary General on the activities for the promotion of Council of Europe values and standards following the conflict in G...


Georgia signs Protocol 14bis to the European Convention on Human Rights

On 27 May, Zurab Tchiaberashvili, Permanent Representative of Georgia to the Council of Europe signed Protocol 14bis to the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (CETS 204).

The Protocol was adopted at the Ministerial m...




Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia concerning Russia's decision to veto the OSCE presence in Georgia

On 13 May 2009, at the Preparatory Committee of the OSCE Russia vetoed the proposal of the OSCE Greek Chairmanship on the continuation of the OSCE presence in Georgia. This is an unfortunate end of many months of negotiations started by the Finnish Chairm...



Bilateral meetings held by the Georgian Foreign Minister at the sidelines of the 119th jubilee Ministerial Meeting of the Committee of Minis...

On 12 May 2009, at the sidelines of the 119th jubilee Ministerial Meeting of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe held in Madrid, Foreign Minister of Georgia Grigol Vashadze held bilateral meetings with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway Jonas Gahr ...


The commemorative stamps and envelopes were developed to mark 60th Anniversary of the Council of Europe

The commemorative stamps and envelopes on the occasion of 60th Anniversary of the Council of Europe and 50th Anniversary of the ECtHR were developed.

Below is the link to the newly launched Anniversary web-site, where digital versions of all stamps placed with the contacts of the rel...


Council of Europe Secretary General Terry Davis calls for calm in Georgia

Strasbourg, 07.05.2009, "I am very concerned about the situation in Georgia and the tense climate in the country at the moment.  

I appeal to everyone to act with restraint and responsibility. Politicians, whether they are in government or oppositio...




Statement by Spain’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Co-operation, Miguel Angel Moratinos, Chairman of the Committee of Ministers

Information on multilateral consultations held in Prague at the level of Deputy Ministers

On 7 April, in Prague, under the initiative of the Czech Republic as the current EU Presidency, multilateral informal consultations were held on the issues of Eastern Partnership. The meeting was attended by representatives of the six countries of East Partnership, Czech Republic, S...


Information on the Statement made by the the Czech Republic as the current EU Presidency concerning the opposition demonstration announced f...

On 7 April 2009 the Czech Republic as the current EU Presidency issued a statement concerning the opposition demonstration announced for 9 April 2009 in Tbilisi.

The European Union calls on all the parties concerned, including the Government of Georgia, the organisers, and t...


Georgian Foreing Ministry condolences over the devastating earthquake in South Italy

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia expresses its deep concern regarding the earthquake occurred in the morning of 6 April of 2009 in the south of Italy, in the city of Aquila of Abruzzo region.


Ministers' Deputies meeting

On 1 April 2009, the Ministers’ Deputies continued their consideration of the conflict in Georgia on the basis of a report submitted by the Secretary General. They agreed to resume their discussions at their 1055th meeting (22 April 2009), in the presence of the Secretary General. <...


PACE monitoring of Russia: ‘measurable progress’ but less than expected in key areas, say co-rapporteurs

Strasbourg, 31.03.2009 – Russia has made "measurable progress” in several areas in fulfilling its obligations to the Council of Europe, but this is "less important than we had hoped for and expected after a nearly five-year period”, especially on some key commitments, according to a...


PACE co-rapporteurs call for restraint and calm from all sides with regard to the planned protest rallies in Georgia

Strasbourg, 30.03.2009 - "It is essential for Georgia that the planned protest rallies on 9 April 2009 take place in a calm and peaceful manner without violence or provocations. This is in the best interest of both the opposition and the authorities and we call upon both sides for r...


Georgia-Russia: PACE President welcomes the dialogue instituted between the parliamentary delegations of the two countries

Strasbourg, 30.03.2009 – At the close of a meeting of the Ad hoc Committee of the Bureau of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in Valencia (Spain) today, its President, Lluís Maria de Puig, welcomed the dialogue that had been instituted between the Georgian a...


Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia met the co-rapporteurs on Georgia of the CoE Parliamentary Assembly Monitoring Committee

On 25 March 2009, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Minister of Foreign Affairs Grigol Vashadze held a meeting with co-rapporteurs on Georgia of the CoE Parliamentary Assembly Monitoring Committee Mathias Eorsi and Kastriot Isla...


PACE co-rapporteurs visit Georgia

Strasbourg, 25.03.2009 - Mხtyხs Eörsi (Hungary, ALDE) and Kastriot Islami (Albania, SOC), co-rapporteurs on Georgia for the Monitoring Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), today began a fact-finding visit to Tbilisi, finishing on Thursday evening,...


Göran Lindblad calls for public debate on the crimes of communism

Strasbourg, 20.03.2009 - "In 2006, PACE strongly condemned the massive human rights violations committed by totalitarian communist regimes and expressed sympathy, understanding and recognition for the victims of these crimes", Göran Lindblad (Sweden, EPP/CD), Chairperson of the PACE...


Adoption of the first Advisory Committee Opinion in respect of Georgia

Following a visit to Georgia in December 2008, the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities adopted its first cycle opinion on Georgia today. This Op...



Corien Jonker: ‘Humanitarian scars of South Ossetian conflict run deep’

Strasbourg, 16.03.2009 – "Following my visit to South Ossetia, I am greatly concerned by the humanitarian consequences of the war between Georgia and Russia, and the humanitarian scars left by...


Russia violates European Cultural Convention

Comment of the Press and Information Department on some statements of the chief of the "Rosokhranculture’ Service

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia meets with newly-appointed Special Representative of the Secretary General of the Council of E...

   

On 18 February 2009, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Alexander Nalbandov met Claudia Luciani, Direct...


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding the fourth round of Geneva talks (17-18 February 2009)

   

Fourth round of the Geneva talks was held on 17-18 February 2009. Deliberations of two working groups, on the secu...


Statement of Amb. Zurab Tchiaberashvili, Permanent Representative of Georgia at the 1048th Meeting of Minister’s Deputies (Strasbourg, 11 Fe...

Madam Chairperson,

Dear Colleagues,

On 6 February 2009, in accordance with Article 33 of the European Convention on Human Rights, Georgia lodged an inter-state application against the Russian Federation to the European Court of Human Rights.


Georgia completes the procedure of lodging the second interstate application against the Russian Federation to the European Court of Human ...

On 6 February, 2009, pursuant to the provisions of Article 33 of the European Convention on Human Rights, Georgia completed the procedure of lodging its second interstate application against the Russian Federation at the European Court of Human Rights.

The appl...


Statement of Mamuka Jgenti, Deputy Permanent Representative of Georgia, at the meeting of the Rapporteur Group on External Relations (GR-EXT...

(Agenda Item 2 - Co-operation with the OSCE: a) achievements of the Finnish OSCE CHairmanship b) Priorities of the Greek Chairmanship with the participation of Mr Janne Taalas, Director for Policy Planning and Research at the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Ambassador Lo...


Declaration of the Presidency of the European Union regarding the document distributed by the Russian Federation at the 1046th meeting of Co...

On 4 February2009, at the 1047th meeting of Ministers' Deputies the Representative of the Czech Republic, current Presidency of the EU made a Statement on behalf of the European Union regarding the document distributed by the Delegation of the Russian Federation at the last 1046th m...


Statement of Amb. Zurab Tchiaberashvili, at the 1047th Meeting of the Committee of Ministers' Deputies of the Council of Europe (4 February ...

Madam Chairperson,

Please allow me first to convey to you the Georgian delegation’s sincere appreciation for keeping the issue ...



Visit of the Minister of Justice of Georgia to the CoE

On 30 January 2009, Mr Zurab Adeishvili, Minister of Justice of Georgia is visiting the Council of Europe. During the visit, Minister Adeishvili will hold meetings with Mr Jean-Paul Costa, President of the European Court of Human Rights, Mr Philippe Boillat, Director General of Huma...


Opening of the judicial year of the European Court of Human Rights

The judicial year of the European Court of Human Rights will open on 30 January 2009, officially marking the start of the Strasbourg Court’s 50th anniversary year.

Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia

On 28 January 2009, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe at its first part of the 2009 Ordinary Session discussed the implementation by Russia and Georgia of the recommendations and demands made by the Assembly in the Resolution 1633 of Oc...


Information for the Press

Today, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe adopted the Resolution 1648(2009) and Recommendation 1857(2009) on the Humanitarian consequences of the war between Georgia and Russia.


Information for the Press

At the request of the Minister of Justice of Georgia, the Directorate General of Human Rights and Legal Affairs of the Council of Europe is organising a meeting on the draft Code of Criminal Procedure of Georgia.

The meeting will take place at the Co...


Information on the permission issued by the Government of Georgia to the Itera-Georgia Company to supply natural gas to the occupied territo...

 

Comment of the Permanent Representation of Georgia to the Council of Europe regarding the article published by Gazeta.ru on the visit of Tho...

In its article of 20 January on the visit of Thomas Hammarberg, Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights to the Russian Federation, Gazeta.ru "quoted” the Human Rights Commissioner as saying concerning the IDPs of Georgian ethnicity that "…There is a need to rebuild th...


Statement of Amb. Zurab Tchiaberashvili, at the 1046th Meeting of Ministers' Deputies (21 January 2009, Strasbourg)

Madam Chairperson,

Distinguished Ambassadors,

OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities, Knut Vollebaek was again rejected to visit breakaway South Ossetia. Mr. Vollebaek was denied to access Tskhinvali during his visit to Georgia in ...


Comment of the Press and Information Department on the forced Russian language instruction on the territory controlled by Russian occupation...

 

Information of the Permanent Representation of Georgia to the Council of Europe on the discussions held at the 1045th CMD meeting of 14 Janu...

The Information below is provided in addition to the distributed document (DD(2009)9) and at the request of national delegations, received subsequent to the discussion on the alleged gas blockade by Georgia of its region of South Ossetia initiated by the Russian Federation at the 10...


PACE's Presidential Committee to visit Moscow

Strasbourg, 16.01.2009 - The Presidential Committee of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE), led by its President, Lluís Maria de Puig, will visit Moscow on 19 January 2009 as part of the follow-up to the Assembly's resolution on the consequences of the war between Ge...


Statement of the Permanent Representation of Georgia to the Council of Europe on the procedure initiated between Georgia and the Russian Fed...

The Permanent Representation of Georgia to the Council of Europe welcomes the 14 January Declaration of the Czech Presidency on behalf of the European Union (see enclosed), which expresses concern about the Russia’s refusal to continue discussions over the legal dispute between Geor...


CoE Secretary General appointed his new Special Representative (SRSG) in Georgia

On 12 January 2009, CoE Secretary General Terry Davis informed the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia about the decision to appoint Borys Wodz as his Special Representative (SRSG) in Georgia. 


PACE co-rapporteurs concerned about the possibility of fresh hostilities

Strasbourg, 17.12.2008 - The two Monitoring Committee co-rapporteurs of the Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) on the consequences of the war between Russia and Georgia have expressed serious concern that the escalation of tensions and provocations along the administr...


Congress automn session debates on the consequences of the conflict between Georgia and Russia

On 2 December 2008, at its automn session the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe discussed "Local Consequences of the Conflict Between Georgia and Russia" (item 4 of the Agenda).

The debate included statements by Gigi Ugulava, M...



Council of Europe – Spain takes over from Sweden as Chair of the Committee of Ministers

Strasbourg, 25.11.2008 – Spain will take over from Sweden as Chair of the Committee of Ministers at a meeting on Thursday 27 November in...


Council of Europe – Spain takes over from Sweden as Chair of the Committee of Ministers

On 27 November in Strasbourg, Spain succeeded Sweden as Chair of the Committee of Ministers. Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt ...


The Council of Europe adopts its 2009 budgets

Strasbourg, 26.11.2008 – The Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers has just adopted the organisation’s budgets for the year 2009. 

The ordinary budget of the CoE for the year 2009 amounts to € 205 002 000, based on a zero real growth of member States’ contribu...


Congress Autumn Session: Consequences of the Georgian-Russian conflict and local democracy in Armenia, Belgium and Latvia among the highligh...

Strasbourg, 24.11.2008 – Local consequences of the Georgian-Russian conflict, non-appointment of three mayors (bourgmestres) in Belgium, the situation of non-Latvian speaking minorities in Latvia and local democracy in Armenia will be among the highlights of the Congress’ Autumn Ses...


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia regarding the incident near the Akhalgori District

 

Restrictions on movement into and from the conflict territories in Georgia a cause for great humanitarian concern

Strasbourg, 21.11.2008 – "Following my visit this week to the region of Abkhazia and the border district of South Ossetia, I am greatly concerned by the restrictions on movement into and from the conflict territories in Georgia and the great humanitarian concerns affecting the day-t...


1041st meeting of the Committee of Ministers – 19 November 2008

On 19 November 2008, the Committee of Ministers pursued its di...


Humanitarian consequences of the war between Georgia and Russia: visit to Georgia, including Abkhazia and South Ossetia

Strasbourg, 14.11.2008 – In the framework of the follow-up to Resolution 1633 (2008) on the consequences of the war between Georgia and Russia, Corien Jonker (Netherlands, EPP/CD), Chairperson of the Committee on Migration, Refugees and Population of the Parliamentary Assembly of th...


CoE-EU Quadripartite meeting, 10 November 2008 : Conclusions

Hammarberg visits Georgia to boost implementation of the six human rights and humanitarian principles

Strasbourg, 07.11.2008 – The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg, will visit Georgia from 12 to 14 November in order to review the current situation as regards the implementation of the six principles for urgent human rights and humanitarian protection...


The Congress Delegation assesses the elections to the Supreme Council of Adjara

Tbilisi, 04.11.2008 – "Polling day was calm and several recommendations by the Congress following the 2001 and 2004 Adjara elections have now been followed. However, reported irregularites show that a further consolidation of the democratic processes is necessary.” Günther Krug (Ger...


PACE President welcomes Georgian commitment to meet Assembly requirements

Strasbourg, 31.10.2008 – "I am heartened by the clear political will of the Georgian authorities to fully implement the requirements of the Assembly as expressed in Resolution 1633,” said Lluís Maria de Puig, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE...


Congress to observe elections of the Supreme Council of the Adjara Autonomous Republic (Georgia)

Strasbourg, 29.10.2008 – A delegation of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe will visit Georgia from 31 October to 4 November 2008, to observe elections of the Supreme Council of the Adjara Autonomous Republic, which will take place on 3 November....


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia

On 28 October 2008 S. Bagapsh, leader of the puppet regime on the territory controlled by the Russian occupation troops in Abkhazia, Georgia, president of the so-called republic of Abkhazia confirmed in an interview with Interfax Agency that additional units of the law enforcement a...


PACE’s Presidential Committee to visit Tbilisi

Strasbourg, 27.10.2008 - The Presidential Committee of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE), led by its President, Lluís Maria de Puig, will visit Tbilisi on 30 October 2008.

The visit is part of the follow-up...



1038th meeting of the Committee of Ministers – 15 October 2008

Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia regarding the international discussions held in Geneva

On 15 October 2008, Interna...


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia

on the press release issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation regarding withdrawal of Russian Armed Forces from Georgia

On 9 October 2008 the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs posted a press releas...



Cooperation between cities and regions, an alternative to conflict: Round Table in Brussels

Strasbourg, 09.10.2008 – "We must counter ethnic divide and confrontation with interaction and dialogue between communities, transcending national borders – especially in the Black Sea basin, which harbours four "frozen” conflicts but offers an en...