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The President of Georgia met with the Presidency of the Council of Europe – Bulgaria’s Foreign Affairs Minister and Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe

The President of Georgia H.E. Giorgi Margvelashvili has met with the Presidency of the Council of Europe – Bulgaria’s Foreign Affairs Minister Mr. Daniel Mitov and Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe Mrs. Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, today.
 
The President of Georgia has expressed gratitude to the high representatives of the Council of Europe due to the decision of the Council of Europe's Committee of Deputy Ministers that deals with violations of the human rights in the occupied territories of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali region, and expressly obliges the Russian Federation to protect ethnic Georgian population there, in form of accessing education in Georgian language, also to protect the property, and movement across the administrative line.
 
It was outlined that significantly important is urgently to raise the Georgian thematic on the agenda of European Council and international community – Moreover, if the issue is related to the occupied territories, because as it is known neither OSCE, nor United Nations are not able to enter in the Georgian occupied regions.
 
The discussion was also focused on the 2016-2019 action plan of the Council of Europe that was proved by the Ministers of the Council of Europe's Committee on March 2016 following the consultations between the Georgian government and the Council of Europe. It aims to continue supporting Georgia in respect of the implementation the European Convention on Human Rights and case law at the national level, as well as to promote the country to bring the institutions and their activities in line with the standards of the Council of Europe. The delegation of the Council of Europe has noted that Georgia successfully fulfilled the previous action plan approved by the Council of Europe for Georgia. In turn, Georgian side reiterated the particular importance of this cooperation in the process of Georgia’s state institutions Europeanization and Democratization. 
 
During the meeting, the sides also discussed the pre-election environment, ongoing democratic reforms in our country, as well as the situation of Media, and Georgia’s commitments before the Council of Europe to fulfill the duties that have taken.
 
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