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Shared Societies in Georgia

Shared Societies in Georgia

September 26, 2014

Clem McCartney, the Policy and Content Co-ordinator of the Shared Societies Project, visited Georgia from 22 to 26 September. He met the Minister for Reconciliation and Civic Equality and other Ministers and Parliamentarians as well as diplomats, academics and members of NGOs.  He discussed the new Council for Religious Minorities and the situation of ethnic minorities across the country but mainly the discussions related to the breakaway entities of South Ossetia and Abkhazia and the minorities living there.

Photo Credit: Georgian Orthodox church, Armenian church and a mosque seen on this view over Tbilisi’s Old Town. Photo: Guram Muradov/Civil.ge

 

The present government wants to demonstrate its good will towards the Abkhaz and South Ossetians but their suspicions continue to be very deep and the situation is also complicated by the presence of Russian troops in the entities. He also spoke at a public discussion on the Scottish Referendum on independence and the lessons that Georgia might take from it on relating to minorities who seek separation. Georgia still faces many challenges in relation to building a shared society for all ethnic and religious groups and the ongoing conflicts in relation to South Ossetia and Georgia do not make it any easier to find the right way forward.

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  • Clem McCartneyResearch Consultant, Club of Madrid Shared Societies Project Policy and Content Coordinator

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