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EU special envoy arrives in Tbilisi on working visit

Politics Materials 28 January 2011 14:34
EU Special Representative for South Caucasus Peter Semneby has arrived on a working visit to Tbilisi from Sukhumi. As Semneby told journalists, he met with the de facto leadership of Abkhazia in Sukhumi.
EU special envoy arrives in Tbilisi on working visit

Georgia, Tbilisi, Jan.28 / Trend N. Kirtskhalia /

EU Special Representative for South Caucasus Peter Semneby has arrived on a working visit to Tbilisi from Sukhumi. As Semneby told journalists, he met with the de facto leadership of Abkhazia in Sukhumi.

"The EU continues the policy of the non-recognition of Georgia's separatist regions. However, we are looking for ways to establish a dialogue between Tbilisi and Sukhumi and certain work is underway in this direction," he said.

Today Semneby will meet with Georgian Parliamentary Speaker David Bakradze. He is also scheduled to meet with representatives of the parliamentary majority and opposition.

During the visit Semneby also intends to meet with representatives of the non-parliamentary opposition, and the civil and non-governmental sector.

Semneby will discuss Georgia and Russia's relations, the fulfillment of the ceasefire agreement by Moscow, as well as the state of democracy in Georgia and reforms.

Military actions were launched in the unrecognized republic of South Ossetia in August 2008. Georgian troops entered Tskhinvali, the capital of South Ossetia and later Russian troops occupied the city and drove the Georgian military back to Georgia. Russia recognized the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia on Aug. 1926 and established diplomatic relations with them on Sept. 9, 2008

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