Estonia expresses concern over Georgian political crisis
Foreign minister Eva-Maria Liimets (Center) stressed the importance of rule of law and democratic processes to the foreign minister of Georgia David Zalkaliani during a discussion about the country's escalating political crisis.
"I expressed my concerns regarding the ongoing events in Tbilisi," Liimets said in a statement on Tuesday. "I also stressed the critical importance of respecting the rule of law and democratic processes, calling all sides to show restraint and continue holding dialogue."
During the discussion, Zalkaliani gave Liimets his view on the situation in the country.
Liimets reaffirmed Estonia's unwavering support for Georgia's territorial integrity as well as for Georgia's ambitions of Euro-Atlantic integration. "In my view, to solve the crisis in accordance with democratic principles, it is of utmost importance that Georgia continues to pursue the Euro-Atlantic path chosen by the people of Georgia."
Good conversation with my GEcolleague @DZalkaliani. Reiterated EE's support for #Georgia's territorial integrity & Euro-Atlantic aspirations. Stressed the critical importance of the rule of law & political dialogue in order to solve the current crisis.— Eva-Maria Liimets (@eliimets) February 23, 2021
Chairman of the Riigikogu's Foreign Affairs Committee Marko Mihkelson (Reform) also said he was concerned about the situation on Twitter and wrote: "This is a critical moment for the democracy in Georgia."
Deep concern about developments in #Georgia. Storming opposition offices and arresting opposition leaders are incompatible with aspirations which Georgian Goverment claims it has. This is a critical moment for the democracy in Georgia.— Marko Mihkelson (@markomihkelson) February 23, 2021
The political crisis in Georgia started after disputed parliamentary elections in October 2020. The situation deteriorated on the morning of February 23 when the opposition party United National Movement (UNM) leader Nika Melia was arrested at the party headquarters.
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