Georgian FM, OSCE High Commissioner discuss situation in occupied Georgian regions
Georgia, Tbilisi, Feb.23 /Trend, N. Kirtskhalia /
Georgian Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze and OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities Knut Vollebaek discussed the situation in the country's occupied regions and problems of national minorities during a meeting in Tbilisi.
Knut Vollebaek arrived in Georgia on a two-day visit on Wednesday.
As Georgian Foreign Ministry told Trend, during the conversation, Mr Vashadze thanked the High Commissioner for the OSCE Office's activity in Georgia.
During the visit, Mr Vollebaek will get familiar with the state of affairs in the protection of the rights of national minorities and receive information about the situation in the occupied Georgian territories - Abkhazia and Tskhinvali region.
During the visit, Mr Vollebaek will meet with President Mikheil Saakashvili and other members of the Georgian authorities.
Military actions were launched in the Georgian territory, South Ossetia on Aug.8 in 2008. Later the Russian troops occupied the Tskhinvali city and drove the Georgian military back. Russia recognized the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia in late August. In response, Tbilisi broke off diplomatic relations with Moscow and announced two unrecognized republics as the occupied territories.