Determining EU Role in Settling Conflicts is Major Task within European Neighbourhood Policy: Ekaterina Tkeshelashvili

Georgia Materials 3 June 2008 16:20 (UTC +04:00)

Georgia, Tbilisi / corr. Trend N. Kirtskhalia / Determining the role of the European Union in settling conflicts in the Black Sea region is the most important task within European Neighbouring Policy, Ekaterina Tkelashvili, the foreign minister of Georgia stated in a press conference held in Wilton park 915. "This task will determine to what degree the activities of EU will be successful in the region," she said.

"It is doubtless that these conflicts can be the biggest obstacle for the future of EU-Black Sea Region relations. The conflicts sustained after the collapse of the Soviet Union are a blow to both the region and EU-Black Sea region partnership," the minister said.

Tkelashvili said that she hopes that this problem would be the key subject of discussions under such situation aggravated by Russia, during the visit of High Commissioner Havier Solana's visit to Georgia and during the Georgian President Mikhael Saakashvili and Russia President Dmitri Medvedev's meeting on 7 June.

"We think high of your ideas about the peaceful settlement of the conflict. The Georgian government is striving only for the peaceful settlement of the conflict," minister stated.

"I think that the initiative of our government is much more promising among the viewpoints on the stability in the region," the Georgian foreign minister said.

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