MINELRES: Georgia: Armenian-Meskhetian dialogue

MINELRES moderator minelres@lists.delfi.lv
Wed Jun 18 08:53:45 2003

Original sender: Marat Baratashvili <marat@geo.net.ge>

Armenians have met Meskhetians

Press-release of the Union of Georgian Repatriates

In May 2003 the Union of Georgian Repatriates (UGR) started the
realisation of the project called "Armenian-Meskhetian dialogue for
stability in Georgia". The project is carried out in cooperation with
the Armenian cultural-charitable Union "Akhaltsikhe is our Common
House". This is the second project of the UGR financed by special
Council of Europe Confidence-building Measure Programme. In 11-month
duration 5 training seminars will be held devoted to non-violent solving
of conflicts. The representative of Samtskhe-Javakheti Armenian
community and Meskhetian repatriates of Georgia will take part in

On June 10-12 the first training seminar took place in Tbilisi. 6
representatives of Armenian NGOs from Samtskhe-Javakheti and 6
representatives of Meskhetian NGOs of Georgia took part there.

The participants of the training had an opportunity to familiarise with
the theory and to practise in such subjects as the elements of the
effective communications, methods of the resolution of conflicts, search
of the non-violent decisions, competition, compromise, cooperation etc.
Most important - participants for the first time met people, within 3
days close have got acquainted with each other, and also with "alive"
Meskhetians, about which they had vague image till now.

All participants have noted a friendly and confidence atmosphere, and
also interest of all participants of training. They consider, that the
knowledge and skills received in the training will be useful for them
and will be applied in their further life. The participants highly have
estimated professional qualities of the trainers.

Other trainings are coming within the framework of the mentioned

Information about a course of the further realisation of the project
"Armenian-Meskhetian dialogue for stability in Georgia" will be given to
all interested persons.

Our contacts:

Phone: (995 32) 79 25 10
E-mail: marat@geo.net.ge