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

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.

The two discussed various topical issues concerning co-operation between Georgia and the Council of Europe, including the need to honour commitments undertaken before the Council of Europe.

Talking points also included Georgia-Russia relations: the Georgian Foreign Minister gave the President of PACE exhaustive information on the installation by Russian occupation troops of wire fences along the occupation line. Ms Panjikidze expressed her concern over the blatant violation of fundamental principles of international law and of provisions of the 12 August 2008 Ceasefire Agreement.

The two also discussed the grave situation with regard to human rights in Georgia's occupied regions, a situation further aggravated by the absence of international mechanisms in the conflict regions.

At the end of the meeting, both Ms Panjikidze and Mr Mignon expressed their hope that co-operation between Georgia and PACE would continue to be constructive and fruitful in the future.

29 May 2013

Press and Information Department