Nino Burjanadze

Chairperson of Democratic Movement - United Georgia Party

1378098 443341925782625 58092166 nMrs. Burjanadze is the Chairperson of Democratic Movement - United Georgia Party.

In 1981 she graduated from the Faculty of Law at the Tbilisi State University. In 1990, she received a Ph.D. in International Law from the Moscow State University.

In 1995-2008 Mrs. Burjanadze was a Member of Parliament of Georgia; in 2001-2008 she was elected as the Chairperson of the Parliament.

In November 2003-January 2004 and November 2007-January 2008 she was the Interim President of Georgia.

In 2000-2008 Mrs. Burjanadze was the Vice-President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, and in 2001-2008 she was the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Black Sea Economic Co-operation.

 

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On 13 October, 2013, the Hayartun Center hosted a meeting with Ms. Nino Burjanazde, a Georgian Presidential Candidate and the Leader of the opposition movement Democratic Movement - United Georgia. At the meeting, Mrs. Burjanadze presented her electoral program and answered questions from the audience.

The meeting was attended by the leaders of Armenian non-governmental sector, politicians, and those interested in the Presidential Candidate’s program and its approach towards national minorities. Ms. Burjanadze presented an overview of the political developments during the last twenty years in Georgia focusing on challenges facing the country and steps taken by the government to deal with these issues. The presentation also touched upon Georgia’s foreign policy towards neighbouring states, social issues in the country, including healthcare reforms, the importance of ethnic minority integration, and the lack of knowledge of the state language.

Ms. Burjanadze underlined that the state should pay more attention to the national minorities in the country. This would help build trust among the residents of Georgia’s break-away regions, which, in turn, could contribute to the restoration of the country’s territorial integrity. Questions raised after the discussion focused on low representation of Georgian Armenians in public institutions, cases of discrimination against Georgian citizens of Armenian decent in foreign organizations operating in the country, and ratification of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages by Georgia, among others.

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