South Caucasus challenges discussed at Munich Conference, Georgian FM says
South Caucasus challenges discussed at Munich Conference, Georgian FM says

Munich Security Conference was held in an unusual format this year, Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani stated, telling GPB First Channel that the situation around Ukraine was in focus and the world’s civilized society discussed the steps to de-escalate the tension.

“World leaders, foreign ministers, heads of think tanks, representatives of international organizations discussed the steps to be taken to de-escalate and prevent the worst-case scenario, which could lead to war, controversy, and completely jeopardize the international security system,” the minister said.

Zalkaliani noted that Georgia clearly expressed its position during the discussions. “The public saw our clear messages and solidarity with Ukraine, which was expressed not only in words and statements but also in the specific meeting that took place between me and my Ukrainian counterpart”, the minister said.

According to Davit Zalkaliani, despite the focus on Ukraine, MSC 2022 participants discussed the Georgian issue within the conference.

“The separate panel discussion talked about the challenges existing in the South Caucasus. It discussed the methods of dealing with these challenges, including a peace initiative of the Georgian Prime Minister. All our partners welcome this initiative,” Zalkaliani added.

The minister noted that NATO open-door policy stands. “Decisions made by NATO will not be revised. Our partners have already announced it,” Zalkaliani stated.