Georgia hopes for consideration of certain issues in Geneva
Georgia, Tbilisi, Jan. 23 / Trend, N. Kirtskhalia /
The Georgian State Minister for Reintegration Paata Zakareishvili met with co-chairs of the OSCE Geneva talks - EU Special Representative Philippe Lefort, UN Special Representative Anti Turunen and OSCE Special Representative Andrey Deshitsa.
The meeting was also attended by the Deputy Minister of State Ketevan Tsikhelashvili.
The parties discussed the agenda for the next round of Geneva talks.
"It was a constructive working meeting. We presented our position to the co-chairs," Zakareishvili said.
He said despite the fact that Georgian members of the working group on humanitarian issues have not been given the opportunity to make their proposals, Georgia hopes that the 23rd round will be businesslike and present the opportunity to discuss "specific issues".
The 23rd round of the Geneva talks is scheduled for March 23-27.
The Geneva talks were convened after the armed conflict in Georgia in August, 2008 in accordance with the ceasefire agreement of August, 12.
Large scale military actions were launched in South Ossetia in Georgia on August 8, 2008. Later, Russian troops occupied Tskhinvali and expelled the Georgian military. Russia recognized the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia late in August. Tbilisi ended diplomatic relations with Moscow in response and has announced the two unrecognized republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia to be occupied territories.