Germany and the regional conflicts in Georgia

Hubert Knirsch took up the appointment as German Ambassador to Georgia in September 2018. Previous to this he was head of the political section at the German Embassy in Moscow, Russian Federation, from 2014 to 2018. From 2011 to 2014 he served as the head of the division for international economic affairs at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin. Hubert Knirsch worked as the chief of the office of former Federal President Dr Richard von Weizsäcker also in Berlin from 2008 to 2011. His academic education includes studies of Social Sciences (1981-83) and Public Administration (1984-87) at Konstanz University and studies of Political Sciences at Institut d’Etudes Politiques Paris, France.

Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Tbilisi Office - South Caucasus Region hosted the public lecture by H.E. Hubert Knirsch, German Ambassador to Georgia: "Germany and the regional conflicts in Georgia"
Germany´s policy with respect to the territorial conflicts in Georgia is fully integrated into that of the EU. Over time, however, there have been a number of specific German contributions and initiatives aiming at transforming and resolving these conflicts.
Germans see similarities as well as important differences between the Georgian situation and the former division of their own country.
While fully supporting Georgia´s non-recognition policy vis-a-vis the aspirations of the de-facto authorities to statehood, Germany and the EU also want to do their part in engaging with the population living on the other side of the administrative boundary line.

Hubert Knirsh - Germany and the regional conflicts in Georgia - Heinrich Boell Foundation South Caucasus

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