Baltic states have 'serious questions' about democracy in Georgia

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The Foreign Ministers of Latvia, Estonia an Lithuania on March 8 issued a brief statement on events in Georgia, where mass demonstrations have taken place against what demonstrators say are repressive new laws, and police and demonstrators have clashed.

"The first reading of the law on foreign agents passed by the Georgian parliament raises serious questions about the prospects of democracy in Georgia. We call on the Parliament of Georgia to responsibly assess the real interests of the country and refrain from decisions that may undermine aspirations of Georgia’s people to live in a democratic country which is advancing towards the EU and NATO," said Edgars Rinkēvičs (Latvia), Urmas Reinsalu (Estonia) and Gabrielius Landsbergis (Lithuania). 

The Ministers added: "We call on the Government of Georgia to respect the right of people to a peaceful protest."

 

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