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Georgian Foreign Ministry positively assesses EU report on fighting racism2010-06-11 12:26
The government of Georgia positively assesses the report on Georgia adopted by the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), adopted on April 28th and passed at the 1087th meeting of the Ministers' Deputies of the Council of Europe - Georgia Times correspondent.gt-en-newsitem-inside
The Ministry shares the concern stipulated in the report that "....the present state of affairs prevents ECRI from examining the situation of populations in the parts of Georgia which are not actually controlled by the Georgian authorities to whom the present report is addressed". The Report further emphasises that "in line with its mission, ECRI registers its deep concern at allegations that ethnic cleansing took place against ethnic Georgians in South Ossetia in the context of the August 2008 conflict. Furthermore, ECRI wishes to express its concern at allegations that ethnic Georgians living in the Gali region of Abkhazia are confronted with serious restrictions in receiving access to education in the mother tongue," the document, sprad by the Ministry, notes.
"The Ministry wishes to stress that during the next deliberations on the situation in Georgia, the ECRI, as well as other monitoring mechanisms of the Council of Europe should also examine the situation of the population living on the parts of the territory of Georgia that are referred as "occupied territories" in paragraph 51 of the Report," the statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs says.
Tbilisi hopes that CE structures will work effectively and make Russia give opportunity for monitoring in the territories.
The Foreign Ministry also hailed the mentioning of the government's new strategy towards Abkhazia and South Ossetia in the ECRI report.