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Hillary Clinton comments on detentions

by | Nov 30, 2012

TBILISI, DFWatch — Georgia’s opposition National Movement party is reacting to statements made by U.S Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during a visit by Georgia’s Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze to the US.

“We are very much supportive of the peaceful transition to power that occurred as a result of this election by the new government, and we do hope that everything that is done with respect to prosecuting any potential wrongdoers is done transparently in accord with due process and the rule of law as is befitting of the Georgia dream and the aspirations and sensitivities of the Georgian people.”

Her comments were related to the recent detentions of political and military officials in Georgia, which some see as vengeance or political persecution.

Minority representatives perceived Clinton’s quote as calling for Georgian Dream to avoid political game and political persecution.

“Let’s see how adequate new government will be,” Pavle Kublashivli from the minority National Movement party said, adding that the Secretary of State was talking about the investigation of the former Interior Minister, the Head of the General Headquarters and other former government officials.

Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili today commented Clinton’s statement as well, saying that Georgia has the same position regarding the current detentions as she has; that the process should be transparent.

“We think the same and we do the same. So there was nothing special in Hillary Clinton’s statement,” he said on Friday.

Maia Panjikidze, who continues her visit to the US, told journalists that everyone says the criminal cases should be investigated, but the transparency of the process is very important.



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