Georgia’s Foreign Minister meets UN deputy in Tbilisi

Georgia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs ( L) and the UN top official talked about the security challenges facing Georgia and the region. Photo by Georgia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs., 13 Apr 2016 - 14:38, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs hosted a United Nations (UN) top official in Tbilisi and discussed the security challenges facing Georgia and the region.

Yesterday Minister Mikheil Janelidze sat down with UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Jeffery Feldman. 

Topics discussed included Georgia’s and regional security issues, Russia’s aggressive actions in Georgia and the UN’s involvement in the peace-building process.

Janelidze said Georgia was concerned by Russia’s annexing policies in Georgia’s de facto regions of Abkahzia and Tskhinvali (South Ossetia). The two breakaway regions have been occupied since the Russia-Georgia war in 2008.

In this context Janelidze highlighted the unlawful treaties signed between the breakaway regions and Russia, which envisaged the integration of the occupied Georgian territories into Russia. He also condemned the recent claims by de facto Tskhinvali leadership about a referendum planned for August whether the region should join Russia or not. 

The officials stressed Russian actions on Georgian soil contradicted the UN’s and all international regulations and provoked threats for the whole region. 

Janelidze and Feltman appealed to Russia to meet its international obligations and August 12, 2008 ceasefire agreement with Georgia and support the notion to provide peace in the region. 

The officials stressed the importance of the Geneva International Discussions dedicated to Georgia’s territorial complications and praised the recent restoration of the Gali International Prevention and Response Mechanism (IPRM), which aimed to address security concerns and ensure protection of human rights in the occupied region of Abkazia and adjacent areas.