OSCE to continue environmental protection activity in Georgia

Politics Materials 27 June 2009 11:27 (UTC +04:00)

Georgia, Tbilisi, June 27 / Trend , N.Kirtzkhalia/

On June 27, Environment and Natural Resources Minister Goga Khachidze met with head of the OSCE mission in Georgia Terhi Hakala and officially bid farewell to her.

The OSCE will continue its activities in Georgia in the environmental field.

At the meeting, Hakala and Khachidze discussed prospects for close cooperation and consultation on various environmental projects.
"Aarhus Center in Georgia" which works on a joint initiative of the OSCE and the Ministry of Environment since 2005, continues its activity.

At the end of the meeting, Khachidze thanked Hakala for her activity and cooperation. "I regret the closure of the mission. But I hope the time will soon come when there will not be a third party between us and the European institutions. Projects on protection of the environment will continue. We have "Aarhus Center" and we will try to implement other projects without delay," he said.

Russia imposed veto on extension of the OSCE mission's activity term in Georgia. After a 17-year stay, the mission is leaving Georgia.