Guram Odisharia

Advisor to the Prime-Minister of GeorgiaOdisharia

Since 2014, Mr. Guram (Mirian) Odisharia has served as Advisor to the Prime-Minister of Georgia. From 2012 to 2014, Mr. Odisharia was the Minister of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia. In 2012, Mr. Odisharia was a Member of the Georgian Parliament. In 2005, Mr. Odisharia was the Coordinator and a Georgian representative of the Caucasian Forum, a union of the Caucasian non-governmental organizations.

Between 2002 and 2003, Mr. Odisharia was the Chairperson of the Board of the project called the “Restoration of Confidence between the Georgian and the Abkhazian Societies through the Caucasian Forum” funded by “International Alert,” a British international organization. Mr. Odisharia participated in numerous Georgian-Abkhazian and Caucasian meetings in the framework of public diplomacy. He is the author of numerous novels, stories, as well as non-fiction books and articles.

In 1975, Mr. Odisharia graduated from the Faculty of History and Philology at the Sokhumi University.

 

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On September 19, 2014, representatives of the Armenian community of Georgia met with Mr. Guram Odisharia, Advisor to the Prime-Minister of Georgia at Hayartun center. The meeting focused on Georgian policies concerning ethnic, linguistic and religious minorities and conflict regions within Georgia.

Representatives of the Armenian community highlighted issues related to the low level of participation of Georgian citizens of Armenian origin in the political life of the country as well as their factual discrimination in the field of their employment in governmental structures. Mr. Odisharia responded that the existing problems have to be solved jointly with participation of all the citizens of the country.

Georgian Armenians mentioned destruction of traces of the Armenian architecture and epigraphy in Georgia and attempts of falsification of the history committed by certain Georgian historians. They expressed dissatisfaction that churches confiscated from the Armenian Diocese during the Soviet period have not been restituted to the Armenian Diocese. Moreover, social-economic issues have equally been mentioned during the meeting.

During the meeting with Mr. Odisharia the roof of the Surb Minas Armenian church collapsed. Mr. Odisharia, upon request of the community representatives contacted the leadership of the State Agency for Cultural Preservation of Georgia, and after that representatives of the Agency visited the church and studied its condition. It should be mentioned that this church is an Armenian church confiscated from the Armenian Diocese during the Soviet period and has not been restituted to the Diocese after the restoration of the State independence of Georgia.

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