Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili on Wednesday told the Summits of Heads of State and Government of the Council of Europe the ruling Georgian Dream party Government was “doing everything” to ensure “continuous peace” in the country.
In his address to the event hosted in Iceland’s capital city of Reykjavík, Garibashvili said Georgians “know very well the price of war and the price of peace”.
We remember well the full-scale war we had with Russia in 2008. We had a very large loss in terms of lives, and 20 percent of our territories. We Georgians know very well the price of war and the price of peace”, the Government head told the Summit.
“After having regained our independence and gone through several wars, we realise the consequences of war, and therefore we value peace more. Our Government, since it’s been in power, has been doing everything to ensure that there is continuous peace in the country”, Garibashvili continued.
He also stressed his Government was “committed” to human rights and fundamental rights of democracy.
Today, we are facing one of the most important challenges in Europe - Russia's aggression in Ukraine - that violates the United Nations, Helsinki and other declarations. Georgia firmly supports the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine”, the Government head said.
The PM also highlighted the importance of multilateral cooperation on the backdrop of the current global challenges by saying “today's world is changing, the order is changing, and no country can find a way out of these difficulties alone”.
Therefore, we need unity and being together. Together we will be able to meet these goals. Democracies have faced many challenges in recent years. Despite these challenges, Georgia is strong and resilient, and our Government is committed to its commitments and core values that include equality, human rights, rule of law, and the development of a market economy in the country”, Garibashvili concluded.