Georgia to create state agency on religious issues

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Tbilisi, Georgia, Feb.7

By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

A State Agency on Religious Issues will be created under the prime minister of Georgia.

The decision was adopted at the government's meeting on Feb.7.

The agency is a legal entity of the public law, State Minister for Reconciliation and Civic Equality Paata Zakareishvili told journalists. The provision about it has also been approved.

"Finally, the country will have a state structure that will pursue a policy in the sphere of religion. There was no such a structure until now," Zakareishvili said.

One of the functions of the agency will be the disposal of those funds which have been allocated in accordance to the decision of the government to compensate for damage to religious denominations, according to Zakareishvili.

"The agency will also focus on education and property issues. It will work under the prime minister, because we want it to have a high status. It is unknown who will head the agency. The decision on this issue will be adopted by the prime minister," Zakareishvili said.

Translated by L.Z.

Edited by C.N.

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