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Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Switzerland recognized Georgia as an independent state on 23 December 1991. In 1996, the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) and the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) opened a cooperation office in Tbilisi. In 1997, the Permanent Mission of Georgia to the international organizations in Geneva was also acknowledged as Georgia’s Embassy in Switzerland.

Switzerland strengthened its relations with Georgia with the opening of an Embassy in Tbilisi in June 2001. Political dialogue between Switzerland and Georgia has been conducted on a regular basis since 2004.

On 8 August 2008, an armed conflict broke out between Georgia, on the one side, and the Russian Federation, Abkhazia, and South Ossetia, on the other. When the Russian Federation decided on 26 August 2008 to recognize the secessionist regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent States, Georgia retaliated by immediately breaking off diplomatic relations. For this reason, in early 2009, upon the request of both States, Switzerland took over the representation of the diplomatic and consular interests of the Russian Federation in Tbilisi, and, conversely, those of Georgia in Moscow.

Switzerland is present in Georgia through the conduct of various humanitarian aid projects and through technical cooperation. Further to the outbreak of the August 2008 conflict, Switzerland participated in the international humanitarian relief effort in the crisis region.

LEPL Archive of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia


The Archive Administration of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia consolidates three major archives of the 20th Century of Georgia: the Archive of the Ministry of State Security (KGB), the Archive of Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Archive of the former Central Committee of Communist Party of Georgian. It has three cellars, where more than two million archival files are stored.



Heinrich Böll Foundation


The Heinrich Böll Foundation, affiliated with the Green Party of Germany, is a legally independent political foundation. The regional office for the South Caucasus was opened in 2003. Its main objective is to contribute to the forming of free, fair and tolerant societies in the region. Therefore it supports and facilitates cooperation of individuals and organizations throughout the region who, based on the principle values of human rights, search for the change of undemocratic and intolerant attitudes in societies and politics, for the transformation of ethno-political and territorial conflicts into the direction of fair and non-violent solutions and for the sustainable development of people and communities. The Foundation encourages critical public debate to make processes of decision-making democratic and transparent.



The National Security Archive


The National Security Archive is an independent non-governmental research institute and library located at The George Washington University, the Archive collects and publishes declassified documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. The Archive also serves as a repository of government records on a wide range of topics pertaining to the national security, foreign, intelligence, and economic policies of the United States.

3, A. Griboedov  Street
0108. Tbilisi, Georgia
Phone: +995 32 2  921514