Mikheil Janelidze has participated in the OSCE informal ministerial meeting

 11.07.2017, Mauerbach - Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze participated in the OSCE informal ministerial meeting held in Mauerbach at the initiative of OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Sebastian Kurz.
The informal meeting was dedicated to security challenges in the OSCE area, conflicts, migration, terrorism, protection of human rights and protection of democracy.
During the meeting the Georgian Foreign Minister paid special attention to the Russian Federation’s aggressive actions against the OSCE participating states emphasizing that by occupation of Georgia’s territories and the Crimea, Russia grossly violates the principles of international law and such policy of Russia poses a threat to stability in Europe.  
Mikheil Janelidze provided the participants of the Ministerial Meeting with information on Russia’s recent provocative steps in Georgia’s occupied regions, including the so-called borderization process. The difficult humanitarian process in Georgia’s occupied regions was also highlighted.
 “The Russian Federation continues gradual absorption of Georgia’s occupied territories, accompanied with intensive illegal military build-up. This poses direct military threat to Georgia and jeopardizes the regional security environment.
Our concerns are further aggravated due to Moscow’s continuous refusal to reciprocate Georgia’s unilateral non-use of force pledge, as well as its decline at the Geneva Discussions to create international security arrangements on the ground.
Meanwhile, the human rights’ conditions in the occupied territories continue to degrade.  
 At the same time, occupying power tries to further isolate those regions from the rest of Georgia by continuing illegal process of so called “borderization.”  This process continues as we speak.”
The issue of Georgia’s occupation remains on the agenda of the OSCE as well as of its informal negotiations.