The FINANCIAL — On the sidelines of the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council, Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze held a meeting with United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein.
Mikheil Janelidze thanked the High Commissioner for his principled stance regarding the protection of human rights in Georgia’s occupied territories and for his appearance before the Human Rights Council in September 2016 where he spoke about the necessity of establishing the international monitoring mechanism in the occupied territories.
The sides spoke about the illegitimacy of holding a referendum on renaming the Tskhinvali region as the Republic of South Ossetia. They also focused on the possible closure of the so-called checkpoints along the occupation line in Abkhazia, which will further aggravate the already difficult humanitarian situation and represents a further step taken by Russia towards annexation of Georgia’s regions.
The Georgian Foreign Minister paid special attention to the Georgian government’s peace policy and to confidence-building measures between the war-torn communities. The importance of the international community’s active support was also highlighted, according to MFA of Georgia.
The High Commissioner thanked Georgia for constructive co-operation in the area of human rights and pledged to continue to further uphold Georgia’s interests in this regard. He highly appraised Georgia’s reforms in the area of human rights protection and democratic development. The Georgian Foreign Minister invited Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein to Georgia.