OSCE chairwoman Ann Linde visited Georgia earlier today and reaffirmed the OSCE’s ‘strong support’ to Georgia in resolving conflicts and strengthening institutions.
She has already met with Georgian Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani and the country’s civil society representatives.
On my way to #Georgia as @OSCE CiO. Will reaffirm the strong support of the #OSCE to Georgia in resolving conflicts and strengthening institutions - both areas in which women and civil society can play a key role. #OSCE2021SWE— Ann Linde (@AnnLinde) February 15, 2021
Linde, who is the Swedish FM, has stated that peaceful resolution of Russian-Georgian conflict is among the priorities of Sweden’s chairmanship of OSCE.
Grateful 2 my ???????? colleague & #OSCE CiO @AnnLinde 4 her yet another visit 2 ????????. Had an interesting exchange on t/ issues of vital importance, including conflict resolution. It is pivotal t/ issue of ????????'s sovereignty & territorial integrity 2 remain high on #OSCE agenda. pic.twitter.com/bLHwHs65O9— David Zalkaliani (@DZalkaliani) February 16, 2021
Zalkaliani stated that the occupation of Georgian territories by Russia poses security threats not only to Georgia but also to the whole of Europe.
Appreciate open conversation with #Georgian civil society on the conflicts in Georgia and South Caucasus, as well as women’s meaningful participation in peace processes. #WomenPeaceSecurity #WPS #OSCE2021SWE pic.twitter.com/4dwAn1mhmF— Ann Linde (@AnnLinde) February 16, 2021
He also mentioned Russia’s ‘provocative and destructive’ activities, including the illegal detention and conviction of Georgian citizens for ‘illegally crossing the border.’
Linde is scheduled to meet with the Georgian PM, president, parliament speaker and state minister for reconciliation and civil equality.