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Georgian strategy looking for sponsors2010-04-13 18:23
Georgia is reckoning upon the funding needed for the realization of the strategy in respect of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Tbilisi believes the document enjoys great support of the international organizations, so the foreign donors are going to be given complete control over the part of the projects. Will there be any volunteers to "invest" in the Georgian strategy?
According to the Georgian State Minister for Reintegration Temur Yakobashvili, Tbilisi has already presented the strategy to five international organizations: OSCE, UN, European Union and NATO. "The document has been taken positively", - the minister added.
Yakobashvili has stated that the first version of the plan of actions in the context of the strategy is going to be completed in April, while the final variant will have been developed by the end of July and the implementation will be started in September. The issue of sponsoring the plan of actions is being currently considered. The Georgian authorities are planning to allocate one part of means from the state budget for this year, while the other part is to be provided by sponsors.
"It would be unreasonable to discuss the amount to be allocated from the state budget, for it has not yet been determined. As to the sponsors, we are not aiming at a definite sum. We offer them projects and they decide whether to sponsor them. Some projects are to be sponsored only by the state; others will be sponsored jointly with the donors, while the third part of the projects will be financed by the donors only", - Yakobashvili is cited by Kavkazskiy Uzel.
At the beginning of the year, Georgia developed a plan of actions in the context of the adopted strategy in respect of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. The document deals with the relationship of the Georgian authorities with the people of the Transcaucasian republics and includes such issues as the education and the cultural connections and the people's diplomacy development. According to the officials' statements, the projected steps are necessary for the rapprochement between the nations living in the republics, both for the safe border crossing and economical interaction.
Despite the promises to settle the territorial problems purely by way of a dialogue, Abkhazia and South Ossetia are referred to in the Georgian supplement to the document as to the "occupied territories" controlled by the "puppet regimes".