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Statement of the Congress Monitoring Committee on the current political situation in Georgia

Following the meeting of the Congress Monitoring Committee, which was held in Tbilisi (Georgia) on 3 July 2013, the President of the Committee Lars O Molin, expressed his committee’s concern regarding the current political situation in Georgia. ''The legal proceedings instituted against local elected representatives today is a cause for deep concern for our committee,'' he underlined. ''The number of proceedings, the manner in which they have been conducted, the repeated summonses are such that they have impeded the normal functioning of these local authorities. Since the courts have not yet ruled on this issue, the members of the Committee call upon the government to respect the rights of local politicians.'' The Congress is engaged in monitoring the commitments by Georgia with regard to its ratification of the European Charter of Local Self-Government. A report and a recommendation were adopted at the Congress session in March 2013. The Georgian Government is to define, in the coming months, the scope of the reform that it intends to implement as regards local democracy. ''In this framework, the Congress is ready to engage in a political post-monitoring dialogue in order to clarify, with all stakeholders, the conditions for the implementation of its recommendations adopted in March 2013. The government authorities have expressed their readiness to cooperate in this regard, which is a positive sign''”, declared Lars O. Molin

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