The visit of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office provides yet another proof that Georgia is atop the OSCE agenda

1.02.2019, Tbilisi - The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, David Zalkaliani held a meeting with the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Miroslav Lajčák.
“Mr Lajčák’s visit is a clear proof of the close and friendly co-operation between the two countries. Besides, the Slovak Foreign Minister’s visit at the very beginning of the Chairmanship provides yet another proof that Georgia is atop the OSCE agenda” – the Georgian Foreign Minister, David Zalkaliani said at the joint press conference held with his Slovak counterpart, Miroslav Lajčák.
According to Zalkaliani, discussions during the meeting focused on the OSCE’s priorities and future plans during the Slovak Chairmanship. Special attention was paid to Russia’s steps towards the occupation and further annexation of Georgia’s occupied regions and the grave security and human rights situation on the ground. The sides focused on the necessity for Russia to comply with its international commitments, including those under the Ceasefire Agreement.  The need to make progress on the Geneva International Discussions aimed to improve the situation of the conflict-afflicted population, to facilitate the return of refugees and Internally Displaced Persons to the places of their origin and to ensure the implementation of the Ceasefire Agreement.  

The International Community has shown tremendous support for the peaceful resolution of the conflict over the past ten years. The only way to achieve lasting peace and stability is through the firm and consistent support of the international community” – Zalkaliani said.

According to the Georgian Foreign Minister, the OSCE together with its institutions is Georgia’s key partner in the democratization process, as is made clear by the OSCE/ODIHR’s active involvement in monitoring the elections, co-operation with the OSCE Representative on the Freedom of Media and with the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities.
The two ministers also highlighted the issues relating to bilateral and multilateral co-operation between Georgia and Slovakia and prospects for its future development.


 David Zalkaliani thanked the Slovak Minister of Foreign and European Affairs for the Slovak Government’s firm support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and for OSCE’s efforts aimed at strengthening the non-recognition policy with respect to Georgia’s occupied territories.