Georgia, Tbilisi / Тrend corr N. Kirtskhalia / The events in Georgia will not affect the country's relations with the European Union (EU), the EU Special Representative in South Caucasus Pieter Semneby said at a briefing in Tbilisi on 16 November.
"As soon as we make sure that presidential elections in Georgia have taken place legitimately, we will intensify our relationships with Georgia. For EU Georgia is an important partner and friend, as EU is for Georgia," Semneby said.
"European Neighbourhood Policy applied with respect to South Caucasus countries is long-term and is still in force...Europe is very interested in solution of all fundamental problems in Georgia, which recently occurred in the country, and is ready to assist Georgia in this connection. We are interested in restoration of political life in the country and are glad the state of emergency has been lifted. Together with Georgian authorities we are searching for a way out of the situation," Semneby said.
"First off all we advise the Government to focus on strengthening of media protection system, for which responsibility of both sides is important," he said.