Facebook Twitter Google+ Wordpress YouTube RSS Channel Newsletters

Women Can, Women Act, Women Change!




OSCE hopes to support conflict resolution, peacebuilding in Georgia

Category: IDP Georgia 

Austrian Foreign Minister and OSCE Chairman Sebastian Kurz has congratulated the Georgian people on yesterday’s historic vote to allow for visa-free travel to the Schengen Area.

As the representative of a European Union (EU) member state, I welcome this important step forward”, Kurz said during his official visit to Georgia.


With 553 votes in favour, 66 against and 28 abstaining, the European Parliament (EP) approved visa-free travel for Georgian citizens to most countries of the EU at a plenary session yesterday.


Meeting with Georgia’s Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze today Kurz said Georgia is now following a path which will strengthen and deepen Georgia-EU relations.

"We very much appreciate the strong and consecutive support of the Government of Austria towards Georgia’s territorial integrity and its Euro-integration process”, Minister Janelidze said.

Minister Janelidze thanked his Austrian counterpart for giving priority to Georgian issues on the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) agenda.

Discussing how OSCE could influence the peaceful regulation of the Georgia-Russian conflict, the ministers spoke about security, human rights and humanitarian problems that people are facing on the both sides of the Administrative Boundary Line (ABL).


Kurz believes Georgia should strengthen cooperation not only with the EU but with Russia as well to stand strong against the threat from radicalism and terrorism and contribute to building trust among the people.

"We should try to improve the lives of ordinary people”, Kurz said.


Kurz also believes the opening of an Austrian Embassy in Georgia last September will positively reflect on Georgian-Austrian cooperation in various areas including business.


Taking over the OSCE Chairmanship at the beginning of this year, Kurz said the organization could "provide all necessary tools for promoting de-escalation and enabling sustainable political solutions to the conflicts in the OSCE area”.







Later today Kurz visited Administrative Boundary Line (ABL) in the village of Ergneti, near Georgia's breakaway region of Tskhinvali (South Ossetia), where the regular meetings of Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism (IPRM) take place. He also met with Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) living in one of the nearby IDP settlements.



The IPRM was created in February 2009 as a result of the Geneva Discussions that followed the 2008 Russia-Georgia conflict in Georgia. The meetings were an opportunity to identify and discuss potential risks and follow-up of incidents and issues affecting the communities on a daily basis. The meetings were co-facilitated by the OSCE and the European Union Monitoring Mission (EUMM) in Georgia.



Tags: OSCE Sebastian Kurz IDP

Previous Page 




Beyond the Shelter

The youth exhibitions and installations

Women’s Fund in Georgia is honored to invite you to 2016 Kato Mikeladze Award Ceremony


Video archive

Research on Youth Views on Gender Equality


Gender policy

Three women vie to become next Paris mayor

With a nod from parliament, Greece gets first female president

Barack Obama: Women are better leaders than men


Photo archive

Swedish politicians visit in WIC



To end slavery, free 10,000 people a day for a decade, report says

Interpol rescues 85 children in Sudan trafficking ring

Mother Teresa India charity 'sold babies'


Hot Line

Tel.: 116 006

Consultation Hotline for victims of domestic violence

Tel.: 2 100 229

Consultation Hotline for victims of human trafficking

Tel.: 2 26 16 27

Hotline Anti-violence Network of Georgia (NGO)

ფემიციდი - ქალთა მიმართ ძალადობის მონიტორინგი
eXTReMe Tracker