Georgian delegation leaves for Vienna to attend OSCE PA winter session
Georgia, Tbilisi, Feb.23 / Trend N. Kirtskhalia /
A Georgian delegation left today for Vienna to attend the winter session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly on Feb. 24-25.
Parliamentary Vice Speaker Gigi Tsereteli, Parliamentary Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Akaki Minashvili and a representative of the parliamentary minority Dmitry Lordkipanidze have left for Austria.
As the head of the delegation, Tsereteli said the Georgian side will raise the issue of the restoration of the OSCE mission in Georgia.
"We will also discuss the situation in the occupied territories and in this context we will discuss the OSCE's role and the necessity to return this organization to Georgia," he said.
The agenda of the meeting not officially include the Georgian issue. However, according to preliminary information, Georgian MPs will make a statement in connection with the draft of the National Security Concept, the discussion of which started two days ago.
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. 26 and established diplomatic relations with them on Sept. 9, 2008.Georgia's autonomous regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia unilaterally declared independence from Georgia after the August 2008 war.