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UN Deputy Secretary General visits Georgia

2013-05-16 12:58

On May 15, the Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Europe, Deputy Secretary General Sven Alkalaj arrived to Georgia on an official visit for the first time. According to the Georgian Foreign Ministry, the visit lasts until May 17, the IA Regnum reports.


As part of the visit, on May 15, Sven Alkalaj met with the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Tamar Beruchashvili. At the meeting they discussed the relationship between Georgia and the UNECE and the prospects for further cooperation in the fields of environment, economy, transport. They also discussed the projects in the framework of the European Neighbourhood Policy, the opportunities for regional and inter-regional cooperation.

During the visit, Sven Alkalaj is scheduled to meet with the Prime Minister of Georgia Bidzina Ivanishvili. He also intends to hold a meeting at the Ministries of Economy and Sustainable Development, Energy and Natural Resources, Environmental Protection and the National Statistics Office of Georgia.

Recall, on May 14, delegation of the PACE co-rapporteurs on Georgian-Russian relations arrived to Tbilisi. As stated by the member of the monitoring group, the PACE deputy Aandreas Herkel, prior to the visit to Georgia they visited Moscow and held talks with the Russian deputation.

"Moscow does not intend to recall its recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, which creates additional problems in the relations between the two countries. Europe recognizes the territorial integrity of Georgia and conducts a policy of non-recognition of these regions, and we are seeking for common ground between Georgia and Russia," said Aandreas Herkel. "We hope to find a common approach to problem solving and we are going to present our vision of the possible cooperation at the PACE session."


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