On February 20, 2018 Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies and the Embassy of Ukraine in Georgia jointly organized a roundtable meeting on “Deoccupation of Ukraine and Georgia: Role of the State, International Organizations, and Civil Society Institutions”. The event was dedicated to the fourth anniversary of the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation.
The event was aimed to hold a discussion with the engagement of the representatives of Georgian authorities, diplomatic missions, international organizations accredited in Georgia, non-governmental organizations and Mass-Media on the temporary occupation of the territories of Ukraine and Georgia- the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and certain areas of the Donetsk and Lugansk oblasts as well as of Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali region by Russian Federation.
The welcoming address was delivered by Ms. Ekaterine Metreveli, the President of Rondeli Foundation and H.E. Mr. Ihor Dolhov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to Georgia. The distinguished speakers included: Mr. Refat Chubarov, MP, the Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, H.E. Mr. Sozar Subari, the Minister of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Accommodation and Refugees of Georgia, H.E. Ms. Ketevan Tsikhelashvili, the State Minister of Georgia for Reconciliation and Civic Equality, H.E. Mr. Niels Scott, the UN Resident Coordinator United Nations Resident Coordinator, UNDP Resident representative and Mr. Shota Utiashvili, Senior Fellow at Rondeli Foundation.
The event participants discussed the current political and social environment in the occupied territories and discussed the possible international support of Ukraine’s and Georgia’s efforts for peaceful deoccupation of their territories as well as the role of international organizations including the human rights organizations and other civil society institutions.
The meeting was attended by the representatives of governmental and non-nongovernmental organizations diplomatic missions and international organizations as well as of the research institutions and Mass-Media. The event was followed by Q&A period between the speakers and participants.