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Bildt and Sikorski encourage Georgia’s EU integration

by | Oct 23, 2013
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Radoslaw Sikorski, Foreign Minister of Poland, Bidzina Ivanishvili, Prime Minister of Georgia, and Carl Bildt, Foreign Minister of Sweden. (Ivanishvili’s Facebook page.)

TBILISI, DFWatch–Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili on Wednesday met with the foreign ministers of Sweden and Poland. The meeting was closed to the media, but a joint press conference was held afterward.

The PM said the guests were interested in the ongoing political and legal issues in the country.

“I explained the situation here to them and observed differences in our views. The only difference is [that] they know less [about] the current reality in Georgia,” he said, adding that the guests also asked about his views regarding Russia.

“The Vilnius summit is our first challenge, which I think we are ready for,” the PM continued. “They are interested in us getting as much as possible of what we expect in November.”

Radoslaw Sikorski, Poland’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, said that he is confident that Georgia will initialize the Association Agreement with the EU at the upcoming summit and next year sign it, which means that Georgia will be ‘truly implementing European law’ like the other countries.

He said that now he is standing next to a person who voluntarily agreed to leave the post of prime minister, which is ‘unprecedented’ in politics.

“We are here knowing that within about a month many things will change, not just the personalities of Georgia’s president and prime minister, but also Georgia’s constitution, transforming Georgia into a cabinet parliamentary democracy,” he said.

He also said that what Georgia can best do on the way of implementation of the Association Agreement, is to continue its modernization and avoid the perception of politically motivated justice.

Both he and Carl Bildt, Foreign Affairs Minister of Sweden, believe that the election campaign in Georgia so far fully meets European standards.

“You are now heading to the Vilnius summit of the European Partnership, where you will in parallel together with Moldova, initialize the Association Agreement with the EU and the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement,” Bildt said.

“It will begin to open up a new chapter in the development of your country and of your economy that is going to be of supreme significance in the years ahead. But this is only the beginning. Then we will procede to the signing of its implementation and the ratification and the eyes of the EU will be upon you.”



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