Ministers of Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova charged with territorial issues visit occupation line in Georgia

The Ukrainian and Moldovan ministers were familiarised with the situation at the scene. Photo: Ministry of Reconciliation press office., 21 Dec 2018 - 13:27, Tbilisi,Georgia

The State Minister for Reconciliation and Civic Equality of Georgia Ketevan Tsikhelashvili, Minister of Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine Vadym Chernysh and Deputy Prime – Minister of Moldova for Reintegration Christina Lesnik have visited the Georgian village of Odzisi in eastern Georgia, where they protested the Russian occupation in Georgia by standing in front of the barbed-wire fences.

Tsikhelashvili said that Russia-controlled so-called border guards illegally detain more people who are trying to cross the artificial boundaries to the rest of Georgia, than the reverse.

This means that the people living in the occupied Tskhinvali (South Ossetia) region vitally need contact with the rest of Georgia,” Tsikhaleshvili said.

Before visiting Odzisi the ministers signed a memorandum on mutual understanding and cooperation to strengthen and further develop cooperation in terms of conflict resolution and share experience in the field of peace building.

Tsikhelashvili said that all three countries still have similar problems - unresolved conflicts and occupied territories.

Consequently, the unification of efforts in the peaceful settlement of the conflict will make the work more effective. First of all it is linked to the improvement of human rights and humanitarian conditions.

It is very important that we have the support of our partners. It is also important that the countries with the same problems exchange more information, share experiences and help one another,” Tsikhalshvili said.

The Ministers of Ukraine and Moldova have already completed their visit to Georgia.