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UN Ambassadors at the occupation line adjacent to Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia, May 8, 2018. Photo: Georgian Foreign Ministry

UN Ambassadors Visit Occupation Line, Meet Georgian Officials

Eight United Nations (UN) Permanent Representatives from Latin America, Africa and Asia, who are paying a visit to Georgia on May 5-12, met with Georgian leaders, and traveled to the occupation line near village Khurvaleti adjacent to Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia.

The group includes permanent representatives of Congo, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sri Lanka, Uruguay, Benin, Namibia, Saint Lucia, and Zambia to the United Nations. Similar visits, according to the Georgian Foreign Ministry, are held annually, and aim at “raising awareness on Georgia and developing bilateral ties with UN member states.”

“This is an excellent opportunity to touch base with Georgian authorities and discuss numerous issues of international agenda, both of Georgia as well as of international community,” Uruguay’s UN Ambassador Elbio Rosselli stated.

Georgia’s Permanent Representative to UN, Kaha Imnadze, who accompanied the delegation to the occupation line yesterday, underscored that through such visits the ambassadors are becoming familiar with Georgia’s reform achievements and its challenges.

“Naturally, we cannot sidestep the problem that we are facing concerning the occupied territories; and today, we are in Khurvaleti, where the ambassadors can see themselves the face of the Russian occupation,” Imnadze said.

UN Ambassadors met with Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze today, who informed them on Georgia’s foreign policy priorities, its reform agenda and the human rights and security situation in Abkhazia and Tskhinvali Region.

During the visit, Foreign diplomats met separately with President Giorgi Margvelashvili, Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili, and Parliament Speaker Irakli Kobakhidze.

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