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Georgia organizes a surprise holiday for Lithuania2011-01-14 15:18
Unlike other Baltic states Lithuania can't boast of immaculate relations with Georgia in 2010. Mikheil Saakashvili was particularly distressed over Lithuania's bridging the gap with the Russian Federation. In view of this Dalya Gribauskayte even rejected the invitation to celebrate Sakartvelo Independence Day with Georgians. This year Mishiko won't let his allies go so easily. On January 13 he is set to celebrate Lithuania Independence Day.
Remarkably, Lithuania was the first republic to secede from the Soviet Union upon the decision of the Supreme Council of the republic on March 11, 1990. The date became the day of restoration of statehood. Sovereignty was proclaimed on April 18, 1989 and the republic became de-jure independent on September 6, 1991. It is a secret why chairman of Georgian parliament David Bakradze and Lithuanian ambassador Jonas Paslauskas will lay wreaths at the memorial in connection with the 20th anniversary of the republic's independence. But January 13 is the Freedom Defenders Day in Lithuania.
Whatever the case, it seems both sides decided to demonstrate mutual friendship and loyalty in such an exotic way. Last year Vilnius forgot about its close ties with Tbilisi taking an active part in deportation of Georgians from the European Union to their historic motherland. An EU airplane with illegal migrants that took off in Warsaw belonged to Lithuanian airlines since the republic had offered the lowest price for the charter flight to Georgia.
Besides, goods turnover between two states was advancing so-so. Among Sakartvelo's one hundred and fifty partners Lithuania was ranked fifty-second that is why President Dalia Gribauskayte announced immediate strengthening of economic relations last September. She remarked that Georgia had certainly made considerable progress in pursuing necessary reforms and market liberalization. Nonetheless, the recommendation was to focus on administrative potential. Only valid progress in this sphere will help Georgia approach a free trade treaty with the European Union.
"Lithuania keeps consistently supporting successful realization of structural political and economic reforms in Georgia. Lithuania is ready to share its experience in European integration with your country. Joint projects that promote cooperation in specific areas of economy could help Georgia implement European standards and norms as well as consolidate relations with Lithuania", - the words of the Lithuanian leader are quoted in the press.