TBILISI, DFWatch – Georgia may restrict Russian observers from attending the parliamentary elections in October.
If a new law proposal is passed, any country that wants to send observers must first express its support for Georgia’s sovereignty.
Russia has recognized two of Georgia’s regions as independent countries and deployed its military there.
A further requirement for being allowed to observe elections in Georgia will be a more general support for basic human rights and respect for Georgian legislation.
The aim of the law is to keep away observers that might have a conflict of interest or some kind of agenda. Observers should be politically impartial, head of parliament’s judiciary committee told journalists.
Pavle Kublashvili said Russia might be planning to send observers to Georgia to destabilize the situation.
He says if a state doesn’t recognize Georgia’s sovereignty and legislation and has occupied its territories, then it is clear what motivation this country will have when participating in the election process.
Parliament elections are scheduled in October but the exact date isn’t yet set. Georgian authorities even warned against another war with Russia in fall after it became known that the Russian Federation plans to hold military exercises inside the Georgian breakaway regions in September.
Kavkaz 2012 will for the first time take place in Abkhazia and South Ossetia, as well as at a Russian military base inside Armenia.