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23.12.2008

Appeal to the Presidents of Georgia and the Russian Federation

   

An appeal to begin direct negotiations to ensure a real ceasefire, safety for the civilian population,  and the possibility for those displaced to return to their homes launched at the Fifth international conference of journalists Gender and Media, War and Peace: Challenges and Overcoming

To the President of Georgia Mikhail Saakashvili

To the President of Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev

APPEAL

We, the initiative group,

Formed at the Fifth international conference of journalists Gender and Media, War and Peace: Challenges and Overcoming (Tbilisi, Dec 16-20, 2008),

appeal to the Presidents of the two countries demanding

DIRECT NEGOTIATIONS IN ORDER TO PROVIDE THE FOLLOWING:

  • a real CEASE-FIRE;
  • full restoration of DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS;
  • creation of the necessary CONDITIONS FOR RETURN of internally displaced persons;
  • SAFE conditions for the CIVILIAN POPULATION;
  • the right to FREE TRAVEL within the conflict zone;
  • communications channels and  INFORMATION EXCHANGE between the sides of the conflict;
  • terms for launching CIVIL MONITORING of the situation in the conflict zone and providing conditions for the activities of human rights international urgent action groups;
  • the creation of a UNIFIED STRUCTURE WORKING ON MISSING PEOPLE, prisoners of war, military personnel and civilians held by the sides in the conflict;
  • FREE ACCESS TO INFORMATION for mass-media, civil and human rights organizations.

INITIATIVE GROUP:
Luiza Pogosyan, Armenia.
Georgy Vanyan, Armenia.
Vladimir Khanas, Ukraine.
Galina Petriashvili, Georgia.
Dmitry Shevkunov, Russia.

APPEAL SUPPORTED BY:
Sevinj Mamedyarova, Azerbaijan.
Darejan Odilavadze, Georgia.
Diana Petriashvili, Georgia.
Nana Plieva, Georgia.
Svetlana Garashenko, Ukraine.
Tetytana Isaeva, Ukraine.
Evgeny Sukhoverkko, Russia.
Marina Lyakh, Russia.
Masja Novikova, Netherlands.
Tsitsino Djulukhidze, Georgia.
Roza Kukhalashvili, Georgia.
Tamar Balavadze, Georgia.
Katya Yurtaeva, Georgia.

Tatiana Baeva, Ukraine

Valentina Marjanishvili, Georgia

Natia Kuprashvili, Georgia

Almaz Kalet, Kyrgyzstan

Alma Bekturganova-Andersen, Denmark

Anna Uturgauri , Georgia

Alexander Avsajanishvili, Georgia Юлия Адельханова, Грузия

Marina Tabukashvili, Georgia

Anara Moldosheva, Kyrgyzstan

Nazira Raimkulova, Kyrgyzstan

Svetlana Shakirova, Kazakhstan

Tamuna Zarandia, Georgia

Galina Kuznetsova, Tynda, Russia

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