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OSCE delegation held closed door meetings

by | May 8, 2013

TBILISI, DFWatch–Parliamentarians from the coalition of Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili and the National Movement (UNM) party of President Saakashvili on Tuesday met with a delegation from the OSCE to discuss current events in Georgia, foreign policy and other topics.

The meetings were closed to the media, but Bidzina Gujabidze, a member of parliament from the governing Georgian Dream coalition, told journalists afterward that the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly delegation had questions about the court system in Georgia and that they seemed misinformed about the situation of judges.

“They had false information that judges are being persecuted,” he said, and continued saying that the coalition MPs explained to guests that there is an ongoing court reform in the country and judges aren’t under threat.

“We also spoke about employment. Economic growth has already started and significant improvements are expected for fall,” he added.

Other parliamentarians noted that during the meeting they also talked about labor code, unemployment, the economic situation in the country and foreign relations.

UNM’s representatives said that during the meeting with the opposition there was a discussion about the attitudes of the government to the opposition, the political situation in the country, human rights and economy.

“The important thing is that our western colleagues had objective information from Georgia. Our goal is not to give false information, but we want to report only good about Georgia, but the government should give us an opportunity to report good news,” Gigi Tsereteli from the UNM said after the meeting.

The OSCE delegation arrived on Tuesday and is chaired by Wolfgang Grossruck, President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. Before wrapping up their visit on May 9, the guests will meet with the President, Prime Minister, Speaker of Parliament, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Reintegration.



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