Georgian President to Address PACE Winter Session

Tomorrow, on January 28, Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili will address the winter session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), which is held in Strasbourg on January 27-31.

In her address, President Zurabishvili will speak of current developments in Georgia, including the human rights situation in its Russia-occupied Abkhazia and Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia.

Foreign Minister Davit Zalkaliani, who will address the Assembly later today as the Chair of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe (CoE), will speak of the priorities of the Georgian Presidency.

According to Minister Zalkaliani, he will have an opportunity to make remarks about the occupied regions “from the national position” as well. “However, I am limited with this organization’s statute as a chair country to cover the situation in occupied regions more widely,” FM Zalkaliani said.

He then noted that, nevertheless, the Georgian President will speak “from the national position” on the “grave humanitarian situation” in occupied regions, including the recent challenges in Akhalgori municipality, amid crossing point closure in her tomorrow’s address.

Georgia officially took over the six-month presidency of the Committee of Ministers from France on November 27. Its priorities include human rights and environmental protection, civil participation in decision-making process, child-friendly justice and strengthening democracy through education, culture and youth engagement.

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