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Ashton stands for negotiations on free trade with the EU in Georgia2011-09-30 13:40
On the eve, the EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy Ashton met with Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili at the summit of "Eastern Partnership" in Warsaw. As reported by Trend, the EU representative at the meeting expressed support for the early commencement of negotiations on free trade with Georgia.
"The High Commissioner also said that the EU remains committed to the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia and will defend this position. This policy will be pursued in relation to third countries and the EU will require partner countries to implement it" - explained Georgian Ambassador to the EU Salome Samadashvili in an interview after the meeting in Warsaw.
Ashton also said that "the EU will continue a consistent policy of not recognizing of breakaway regions of Georgia", added Samadashvili.
"Ashton has congratulated the President of Georgia with the reforms being undertaken in implementing the project on free trade, and expressed confidence that talks between Georgia and the EU on this issue will begin in the near future" - said the ambassador further.
Recall the previous day, in the ongoing summit in Warsaw, head of the Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski reported that during the EU summit on "Eastern Partnership" they must announce to launch negotiations on economic integration between the European Union with Moldova and Georgia.
"We have an agreed document of the EU's economic integration with Ukraine" - he recalled. "Tomorrow we will announce the start of negotiations with Moldova and Georgia on economic integration" - added Sikrosky.
"We have a declaration, which gives countries members of "partnership" more than Poland got when we entered the EU, - Sikorski said about the document to be presented at the summit. - This declaration will recognize European ambitions of these countries, calling them European neighbors". "In accordance with the Treaty of Rome and the Copenhagen agreement, if these state fulfill the criteria, they may apply for membership in the EU" - said the Minister.
"We'll also announce the easier conditions of entry into the visa-free zone for 76 million citizens of "Eastern Partnership" - added Sikorski.
"In practice, we have removed the entry on "longterm" perspective for visa-free regime, which will enter into force as soon as the member states of initiatives fulfill technical conditions" - he explained.
"The European Union allocates one billion euro to 200 programs related to border management, energy efficiency, officials' education, the fight against corruption and respect for the environment" - said the Polish minister of foreign affairs.