The FINANCIAL — On the sidelines of the 24th OSCE Ministerial Council, a group of Georgia’s friends within OSCE held a brief meeting with Georgian Vice Prime Minister, Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze.
The Group of Georgia’s Friends includes the U.S., Canada, Great Britain, Sweden, Estonia, Lithuania, Romania and Poland. The Ministers reaffirmed their support for Georgia, including within the international organizations. The Georgian Foreign Minister thanked the Foreign Ministers of the Group of Georgia’s Friends for their support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, according to MFA of Georgia.
The Group of Georgia’s Friends plans to adopt a statement in support for Georgia within the framework of the 24th OSCE Ministerial Council as well.
According to Georgian First Deputy Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani, due to the absence of consensus because of Russia’s position, it was impossible for many years to adopt any statement on Georgia within the OSCE. David Zalkaliani said that it is very important that a format has been found enabling adoption of a document regarding Georgia. The document to be adopted this year will focus on the situation in Georgia’s occupied territories, as well as on Russia destructive policy and difficult human rights situation in the occupied regions. The statement will for the first time focus on Georgia’s progress in democratic and political reforms, as well as its European and Euro-Atlantic integration.