State Ministry for Reconciliation and Civic Equality of Georgia
The State Ministry for Reconciliation and Civic Equality (Georgian: შერიგებისა და სამოქალაქო თანასწორობის საკითხებში სახელმწიფო მინისტრის აპარატი) is a governmental agency within the Cabinet of Georgia in charge of coordination and monitoring of activities undertaken towards Georgian–Ossetian and Georgian–Abkhazian conflict resolution, generating new peace initiatives and reintegrating the conflict regions and their population with the rest of Georgia. The ministry was established in 2008 and it was known as the State Ministry for Reintegration until 2014. Incumbent minister is Ketevan Tsikhelashvili.
The office was established on January 24, 2008 by Presidential Decree No. 33 effectively replacing State Ministry on Conflict Resolution Issues. On February 8, 2008, office of the minister was created and all of its statutes approved by Resolution No. 23. Its first minister Temur Iakobashvili was appointed on January 31, 2008.
After establishment of the agency, Georgian officials proposed a peace format "3+1" (Russia, North Ossetia–Alania, separatist authorities of South Ossetia and Georgia) through "2+2+2" format, where conflict resolution negotiations would be held in three levels. The first level was proposed to include local leaders of the Tskhinvali separatist authorities and Dmitry Sanakoyev's Provisional Administrative Entity of South Ossetia. The second level was to include Russian and Georgia as international legal parties to the conflict and the third level was to involve OSCE and the EU as neutral international mediating parties. Both Russia and South Ossetian separatist authorities rejected the proposal. On January 1, 2014, the ministry was renamed into the State Ministry for Reconciliation and Civic Equality with the declared aim of easing engagement with Abkhazia and South Ossetia