Seimas adopted a resolution on Georgia’s European integration
Press release, 23 March 2023
The Seimas, having regard to the firm aspiration of the people of Georgia to integrate into the European Union and NATO, Lithuania’s strong support for the country’s European and Euro-Atlantic integration and the ambitious reforms being pursued by Georgia, calls on the Georgian authorities to refrain from any controversial legislative and other initiatives that restrict human rights and freedom of expression, limit civil society activities and are detrimental to Georgia’s accession to the EU and NATO.
The Lithuanian Parliament appreciates the progress made by Georgia on the path of European and Euro-Atlantic integration and urges not to divert from it.
The Resolution recalls the attempt to adopt the controversial ‘foreign agents’ law, which sparked mass public protests, notes that the sentencing of Nika Gvaramia, the director of the pro-opposition TV channel Mtavari, on 16 May 2022 raises serious questions as to the independence of the judicial procedure, points out that the health condition of former Georgian President and Ukrainian citizen Mikheil Saakashvili, who has been detained since October 2021, remains severe and life-threatening.
The adopted Resolution encourages all political forces in Georgia to return to the implementation of the provisions of the EU- and US-mediated agreement of 19 April 2021 as a significant basis for Georgia’s further aspirations for integration into the EU and NATO.
At the same time, the Lithuanian Parliament invited the Government of Georgia to join the sanctions imposed by the Western community on the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus and to ensure the proper and strict implementation of these sanctions, as well as to support Ukraine in its fight against Russia’s aggression as it is fighting not only for its own security and freedom but also for the security and freedom of the entire region.
The document calls on the Georgian authorities to immediately initiate decisions on the transfer of Ukrainian citizen Mikheil Saakashvili to a medical facility in Ukraine, an EU Member State or the United States of America, enabling him to receive proper medical treatment.
The Resolution was adopted unanimously by 114 votes in favour. The initiators of the Resolution were Emanuelis Zingeris, Raimundas Lopata, Jigimantas Pavilionis, Arminas Lydeka, Marius Matijošaitis, Audronius Ažubalis, Antanas Vinkus.
Rimas Rudaitis, Adviser, Press Office,
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