Statement by the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the political situation in Georgia
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania is concerned about the recent political situation in Georgia. Parliament's decision to waive the legal immunity of Nika Melia, the leader of the main opposition party, the United National Movement, and the possible arrest of the politician reduces the possibility of dialogue between the ruling party and the opposition, raising questions about selective justice and the rule of law in the country.
We regret that Georgia’s political leaders have so far not taken every opportunity to resolve their differences over last autumn's parliamentary elections. We encourage Georgia’s authorities and the opposition to refrain from actions that might lead to further stalemate and division of society, also to refrain from possible use of force against citizens. Further escalation of the situation will only damage the country's future prospects. We are convinced that Georgia needs authorities with the capacity to take important decisions in the interests of the people, both in the light of recent challenges and in the context of implementation of reforms under the European Union and Georgia Association Agreement.
“We call on our partners in Georgia to step away from the red lines, take advantage of the opportunity to de-escalate the situation and look for ways to normalise the situation, as well as to return to constructive political dialogue,” said the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis.
29 April 2021 (Transcript of the speech, exactly as it was delivered)
Dear representatives of the media, dear friends, – thank you for coming.
I’ve had very intensive few days in Tbilisi and I would like to thank the Georgian leadership, the oppositinion, NGOs for a very open and frank discussions during our meetings.
We, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania express serious concerns over the political situation developing in Georgia and urge all political forces to act with restraint, de-escalate the situation and seek constructive solution in the interest of Georgia and all its citizens. We stress the critical importance of the rule of law and political dialogue in order to resolve the current crisis.
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