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European Union and Georgia hold their third Strategic Security Dialogue

26/10/2019 - 09:57
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The third high-level EU–Georgia Strategic Security Dialogue took place on 25 October 2019 in Tbilisi. The meeting reconfirmed both sides' strong interest in closer cooperation in foreign and security policy, in line with the EU-Georgia Association Agreement. The sides discussed the security and humanitarian situation in Georgian regions of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia, including the recent developments on the ground in relation with Russia, and stressed the importance of implementation of the EU-mediated 12 August 2008 ceasefire agreement. They exchanged views on a wide range of foreign policy issues, including the state of affairs and security challenges in the region.

The dialogue was co-chaired by the First Deputy Foreign Minister of Georgia Vakhtang Makharoblishvili and Deputy Secretary-General of the European External Action Service Jean-Christophe Belliard.

Deputy Secretary-General Belliard said:

"The EU and Georgia share the same commitment to international law and fundamental values, including democracy, rule of law, and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, which lay at the heart of the Eastern Partnership. Working together, enhancing our dialogue on strategic issues, we can make a difference not only for our citizens, but also on the wider international scene. The EU values the role of Georgia as an important partner in promoting security both regionally and internationally. EU firmly supports Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. The EU continues to remain committed to peaceful conflict resolution in Georgia."

First Deputy Foreign Minister Makharoblishvili said:

“This is a dialogue of two committed partners who work together to promote peace and security in our region and beyond. We reaffirmed readiness to join our efforts in strengthening our resilience to hybrid threats, to challenges like cyber threats or disinformation. We condemned intensified provocations in and around the occupied territories of Georgia, including the building of so-called posts of occupation forces close to the village of Chorchana, installation of artificial barriers along the occupation line in the villages of Atotsi and Gugutiantkari, and the lengthy closures of so-called crossing points. We once again raised the issue of “Otkhozoria-Tatunashvili List” and asked the EU to consider imposing the respective restrictions. Both sides emphasized the necessity of peaceful resolution of the Russia-Georgia conflict and, in this regard, underlined the importance of reaching tangible results in the Geneva International Discussions.”

Both sides once again highlighted the important role of the EU Monitoring Mission for peace and security in Georgia, and underlined the necessity of full implementation of its mandate. Further topics discussed included hybrid threats, including the role of strategic communications in this respect, and energy security. The dialogue provided an opportunity for the EU to brief the Georgian side about its upcoming security-related assistance. The sides acknowledged Georgia's contribution to the EU Common Security and Defence Policy, including through participation in EU-led crisis management operations, and explored ways to enhance cooperation in this field.

The meetings of the high-level EU–Georgia Strategic Security Dialogue are held once a year and cover issues of common interest in the field of foreign and security policy, including the CSDP.

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