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Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia

 

COMMUNIQUE OF THE MEETING OF THE CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEEE OF THE PRESIDENTS OF GEORGIA AND THE REPUBLIC OF POLAND

On July 26-29, 2008 in the framework of the Presidential Consulting Committee, the Representatives from Georgia and the Republic of Poland met in Batumi, Georgia.

The Committee highly appraised the level and scope of cooperation achieved and agreed to deepen and extend it further. The sides noted with appreciation the consistent and sustainable character of the Georgian-Polish relations.

The sides discussed the situation in Georgia and expressed their firm support to the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia within internationally recognized borders. The sides expressed concern with recent deterioration of overall political and security situation in the conflict zones, determined by unilateral actions undertaken by the Russian Federation, and called on the Russian Federation to avoid making steps that could further destabilize the situation in Georgia and the region. The sides emphasized urgent need for the de-escalation of overall situation.

The Committee emphasized the need to resolve the protracted conflicts in Abkhazia, Georgia and Tskhinvali Region/ South Ossetia, Georgia with reference to the inviolability of Georgia’s internationally recognized borders and in accordance with the basic principles of international law. The Republic of Poland reaffirmed its full support for the peaceful resolution of these conflicts as envisaged by the peace initiatives put forward by  President Mikheil Saakashvili as well as other peace initiatives, and declared to render Georgian Government its assistance in this regard. The Committee underlined the necessity of result-oriented and effective negotiation and peacekeeping formats, in which the European Union has substantial role including through confidence-building measures, economic rehabilitation and humanitarian assistance through increased presence on the ground. The sides expressed their conviction that this course of action will considerably strengthen international peace, security and stability, and lead to the lasting and full-scale regional cooperation.

Recalling the NATO Bucharest Summit Declaration, and considering the progress achieved by Georgia in the process of Intensified Dialogue with NATO on membership  aspirations, both sides underlined the importance of granting Georgia the NATO Membership Action Plan (MAP) at the December 2008 NATO Ministers’ meeting and reaffirmed its readiness to continue working until Georgia becomes full member of NATO.

The sides supported strengthening of EU-Georgia cooperation and stressed the need for trade liberalization (FTA) and economic relations as well as progress in facilitation of visa regime between the EU and Georgia in the near future.

The Committee held a panel discussion on the topic of European Neighborhood Policy- Eastern European dimension of EU: Eastern Partnership Initiative. The participants of the panel assessed that the initiative could further enhance Georgia’s cooperation with the European Union and with this view underlined the necessity to jointly explore this initiative with other concerned parties.

The Committee stressed the necessity of strategic cooperation between Georgia and the Republic of Poland on energy security issues in the context of bilateral cooperation and discussed issues related to participation of both States in the energy corridor Central Asia – South Caucasus – Europe.

The participants underlined vital importance of the interregional cooperation between both countries.

The sides reiterated interest to facilitate economic cooperation in spheres of investments, trade relations (including Georgian wine export), tourism, transport, as well as in other spheres of mutual interest. The Committee also tackled the issue of military and technical cooperation between Georgia and the Republic of Poland.

The Committee agreed to maintain consistent dialogue to ensure the implementation of common priorities outlined in this Communiqué. 

 

 
 

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