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Maia Panjikidze. (Interpressnews.)

TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia’s Association Agreement with the EU will be initiated by Deputy Foreign Minister Davit Zalkaliani during the Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius November 28-29.

Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze said this on Monday. The text of the agreement, she said, is 1 000 pages and each page must be signed. The process will last about three hours.

There will be a five-member delegation from Georgia, but only Zalkaliani’s name is known. It is not yet decided who will be the rest four.

Panjikidze said there were many people participating in the process of negotiations wishing to be in the delegation.

“An Association Agreement is a huge document. I don’t think that anyone will read it except experts and people engaged in the process. That’s why we agreed with the EU to prepare a shorter version and translate it into Georgian which will be accessible for the wider society,” she said.

The Georgian delegation will be headed by Giorgi Margvelashvili, who will be inaugurated less than two weeks before the summit.