David Zalkaliani has discussed the situation in Georgia's occupied territories at the meeting with the PACE co-rapporteurs

07.11.2018, Tbilisi – The Georgian Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani held a meeting with Kerstin Lundgren and Titus Corlăţean, co-rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).
Discussions focused on the ongoing and already implemented reforms in Georgia.
The sides discussed the issues relating to relations between Georgia and the Council of Europe highlighting the importance of co-operation within the framework of both: the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers and the Parliamentary Assembly.

David Zalkaliani provided the co-rapporteurs with information on the difficult security, human rights and humanitarian situation in the occupied territories. Special attention was paid to consequences resulting from the installation of barbed wire fences and other artificial barriers across the occupation line, restrictions on free movement, prohibition of the native language education in both occupied regions and other human rights violations. The sides emphasized the illegal decision of the Russian occupation regime to start illegal installation of artificial barriers across the length of 1 kilometre in the village of Atotsi, Kareli Municipality.  

Special mention was made of the necessity of granting CoE monitoring mechanisms an access to the occupied territories. Talking points also included issues on the agenda of the Geneva International Discussions and Georgia’s commitments with respect to the Council of Europe.