On May 1, Georgian State Minister for Reconciliation and Civic Equality Ketevan Tsikhelashvili travelled to the village of Takhtisdziri of Kareli Municipality adjacent to Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia occupation line, where Russian occupying forces resumed “illegal borderization” some two weeks ago.
Georgian authorities “are trying to work actively through all of the channels,” including the International Committee of the Red Cross, to provide humanitarian help to the “most vulnerable people” in Akhalgori district and the rest of Tskhinvali Region, according to Georgian Minister overseeing Russian occupied regions.
Visited #occupation line to see the situation on the ground after #Russia's recent attempts of borderization. Met w/t locals in #Takhtisdziri, reaffirmed #GoG support & ensured that the state will continue to assist our citizens living near the dividing line#StayHome#StopCov pic.twitter.com/7oHO8pr1MZ
— Keti Tsikhelashvili (@TsikhelashviliK) May 1, 2020
Minister Tsikhelashvili stated that as of today, around 150 people from the occupied regions are in quarantine in Georgia proper, and that they also have access to free medical assistance for other health-related issues.
In her remarks, the State Minister slammed as “absurd” the accusations as if the Georgian government aims to deliberately spread COVID-19 in occupied territories.
Tsikhelashvili also denounced “constant attacks” against the Georgian Health Ministry’s Richard Lugar Center for Public Health Research.
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