Friday, August 26, 2016


Georgian PM Calls For Tolerance, Respect For Human Rights

Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina IvanishviliGeorgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili
Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili
Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili

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Stuck In The Middle: Abkhazia's Ethnic Georgians Feel The Squeeze

The Georgian government of Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili is seeking to change the dynamic of Tbilisi's relationship with the breakaway region of Abkhazia. And the mostly ethnic-Georgian population of Abkhazia's Gali district is once again feeling the squeeze.
Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili has said that democracy, respect for human rights, EU and NATO membership, and the "de-occupation" of the breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia are essential elements of Georgia's independence.

Ivanishvili made the remarks on May 26 during a televised address to mark Georgia's Independence Day.

He said that Georgia must become stable and economically viable in order to win the hearts and minds of citizens in the breakaway regions.

In reference to a violent attack on May 17 against a gay-rights parade in the capital, Ivanishvili said: "I promise no one will be punished for being different, for free opinion and speech."

He added that Georgians should be dignified both in their traditions and in respecting the traditions of others.

Based on reporting by and Interfax

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