The FINANCIAL -- Georgian Vice Prime Minister, Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze met with Head of the EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia Erik Høeg.
The sides spoke about the difficult security, human rights and humanitarian situation in the occupied territories. Mikheil Janelidze paid special attention to the Russian Federation’s steps taken towards annexation of Georgia’s Abkhazia and Tskhinvali regions, to the intensified military build-up, and to the installation of the barbed wire fences and artificial barriers along the occupation line that restricts the freedom of movement and poses a threat to the fundamental human rights. Mikheil Janelidze expressed his concern over the Russian Federation’s ethnic cleansing policy ongoing in the Abkhazian and Tskhinvali regions, including over the facts of deliberate destruction of Georgian houses in Eredvi.
The sides also discussed topics related to the government’s peace policy, the upcoming Geneva International Discussions and the need to intensify engagement and confidence-building efforts, according to MFA of Georgia.
Mikheil Janelidze underlined the effective functional cooperation between the EUMM and the Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, highlighting the importance of the Mission’s continuous monitoring activity, including by granting it an access to the occupied Abkhazia and Tskhinvali regions, as a stabilising factor on the ground.
Janelidze congratulated Høeg on his new position and expressed his commitment to future co-operation.