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Nickolay Mladenov: Georgia is continuing on its path to the EU and NATO

13 December 2012 News

“After the successful elections at the start of October, Georgia now must consolidate democratic institutions and maintain the rule of law. I am pleased that we have heard from everyone that there is a consensus in Georgian society on accession to the EU and NATO,” Bulgarian Foreign Minister Nickolay Mladenov said in Tbilisi during the tour of the South Caucasus by delegations from Bulgaria, Sweden and Poland. Minister Mladenov described the visit as an expression of friendship towards the Georgian people, because it is united in its desire to integrate into Europe and, in a constructive way, to achieve a solution regarding the occupied territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia and to normalise relations with Russia.

“Transparency and the lawfulness of judicial decisions will be key, because we want good news to come out of Georgia,” the Bulgarian Foreign Minister said in response to allegations of the government politicizing the judicial process.

“Bulgaria is a neighbour of Georgia, across the Black Sea, and Tbilisi’s second trading partner in the European Union. For that reason we will continue to support our Georgian friends and share with them our experience of transition,” Minister Mladenov said.

Together with colleagues from Sweden and Poland, he held talks with President Mikheil Saakashvili, Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze and Defence Minister Irakli Alasania. Later today there will be meetings with the President of Parliament, David Usupashvili, Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili and the Georgian Patriarch.

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