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Georgian opposition’s petition handed to U.S. representatives2011-04-27 17:28
U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Tina Kaidanow who is presently in Tbilisi received a special petition calling on the U.S. Administration to put pressure on the Georgian authorities in order to hold democratic elections in the country. As was reported by Novosti Georgia, the petition was filed by the Georgian Academy public organization and a number of Georgian NGOs.gt-en-newsitem-inside
"In 2003, the majority of people welcomed the Rose Revolution with great hopes and expectations but instead, a facade democracy and an antidemocratic system have been formed in the country within the last seven years", - the petition goes.
"Creation of a free electoral environment is impossible without the relevant pressure on the Georgian authorities... there is a risk of revolutionary development of the processes, which will be ruinous for our country", - the authors of the document believe.
"We hope that the international community and, primarily, the U.S. government will use all the resources to persuade the Georgian authorities of the necessity of holding elections in a emocratic way", - the oppositionists' petition goes.
Today, the fourth round of the work group's negotiations on the democratic issues started in Georgia in the context of the USA and Georgia Strategic Cooperation Charter. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Tina Kaidanow and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labour Kathleen Fitzpatrick arrived in Tbilisi to take part in it.