On October 7, 2020 Counsellor of the Permanent Mission of Georgia to the UN, Mr. Giorgi Mikeladze made a statement at the UNGA Six Committee (Agenda item 114 “Measures to eliminate international terrorism”) General Debate. In his statement Mr. Mikeladze underlined the importance of joint efforts of international community in addressing threat of terrorism and violent extremism, which amid COVID-19, created increasingly diverse and unpredictable security environment. International community requires strong and well-synchronized international cooperation and firm collective stance against global threat of terrorism.
The delegates of the six committee were informed that Georgia continues to pay significant attention to the prevention of radicalization in this regard. Georgia has substantially enhanced its counterterrorist legislation, including by adopting National Strategy on Fight against Terrorism and its Action Plan for 2019-2021.
Moreover, In order to prevent the transit movements of FTFs, particular attention is given to strengthening state border security, while all state customs and border-crossing points are strictly controlled.
In this respect, Mr. Mikeladze also referred to Russia-occupied regions of Georgia – Abkhazia and Tskhinvali, which are currently beyond central governments’ control and remain outside the national and international control and monitoring. That creates fertile ground for illicit activities, including activities related to terrorism.
In conclusion, the Georgian diplomat once again reiterated strong condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.