Paata Zakareishvili changes title to Minister of Reconciliation and Civil Equality from January 1, 2014. (Interpressnews.)

TBILISI, DFWatch–The Georgian government has decided to change the name of the Reintegration Ministry into the Ministry of Reconciliation and Civil Equality.

The name change will come into force on January 1, 2014. The minister who heads the renamed ministry, Paata Zakareishvili, said after a government session on Friday that the new name is more neutral.

He says that current name of the ministry often was subject of criticism and interrupted relations with the breakaway regions Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

Zakareishvili also said he had been requesting to change the name of the ministry for more than a year, but ex-President Mikheil Saakashvili never signed the document.

“There are two directions at the ministry – conflicts and integration of ethnical minorities,” he explained.

“Reconciliation will apply to solving conflicts, while civil equality will refer to our citizens who have problems with integration.”