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Opposition requests the West to assist establishment of democracy in Georgia2009-08-05 16:14
The Western countries must help Georgia in establishment of the true democracy in the country, believes Levan Gachechiladze, one of the Georgian opposition leaders - RIA Novosti.gt-en-newsitem-inside
Today the Financial Times published his response to the newspaper's article about the results of Joseph Biden's visit to Georgia and his assurances of the U.S. support for Tbilisi and repelling threats from the Russian side.
"However, Mr Biden did not give a carte blanche to the Georgian government, and signalled that there was still much to be done to deepen democracy in Georgia", Gachechiladze poited.
He reminded that in his speech delivered in the Parliament in July, Biden mentioned several challenges Georgia had to go through on its way to democracy. Among these - balance of all the constitutional branches of power; transparency and accountability of the government; development of independent and professional mass media; peaceful shift of power.
"The Opposition has said that we need the help of the US to push the "restart button on democracy," Gachechiladze addressed.
"Ultimately it is up to the people of Georgia to deliver on those challenges, but we will need support from our friends and allies abroad to meet the "Biden tests" for our president. We hope that the international pressure for change in Georgia from the US government, and from the UK, will be maintained in the coming months now that the excitement of Mr Biden's visit has died down," the opposition leader concluded.