France, Strasbourg / corr Trend A.Maharramli / The European Union (EU) is concerned about the developments in Georgia, Benita-Ferrero Waldner, the EU Commissar on foreign relations, said to a planetary meeting of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, on 14 November. She condemned the actions by the security forces during the dispersal of mass protests, use of force and closure of private television channels. She necessitated the conduct of an independent investigation to clarify these issues.
"Moreover, we are concerned about the emergency situation and restriction of the freedom of press. The cancellation of rights, specified in the Constitution, closure of radio and television channels are cruel measures, which fall short of democratic values providing a basis for relations between the EU and Georgia. Georgia has undertaken an obligation to respect these values," she said.
At the same time Waldner called on the forces in Georgia to carry out political struggle on the basis of democratic principles and through talks.
The issue related to the situation in Georgia will be included on the agenda of the next meeting of the EU Council of Ministers.