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2021.03.05 16:19

Lithuanian and EU ministers set up group to mediate in Georgia crisis

BNS2021.03.05 16:19

EU foreign ministers are setting up a "mediator group" to help Georgia resolve its political crisis, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis has said.

Asked whether he was planning to pay a visit to Georgia, Landsbergis said a bigger EU delegation could be going to the Caucasus country enmeshed in a political crisis.

“There are plans [to go to Georgia], we are now looking into whether such a visit would be beneficial. A mediator group from foreign ministers is being set up, and it would definitely include more than one country,” Landsbergis told reporters on Friday.

“I believe it would be important to send a signal to Georgia not only from Lithuania [...], it should be a European signal, because we are talking about Georgia's continued European and Transatlantic integration,” he said.

Georgia has been in the midst of a deepening political crisis, sparked by last year's parliamentary election which the opposition has denounced as rigged.

Last month's arrest of Nika Melia, leader of the largest opposition party United National Movement (UNM), further exacerbated the tensions and sparked mass anti-government protests.

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