U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State meets with Georgian opposition and experts
Georgia, Tbilisi, May 13 / Trend, N.Kirtskhalia /
Non-parliamentary opposition of Georgia protested the holding of pre-election surveys by the U.S. institutions at the meeting with Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Tina Kaidanow. Leader of the Party "Georgia's Way" Salome Zurabishvili said after meeting with Kaidanow.
Kaidanow's meeting with representatives of opposition parties and experts was held at the U.S. Embassy behind closed doors. Kaidanow, as well as representatives of the U.S. Embassy made no comments.
According to Zurabishvili, holding such surveys has negative impact on the election situation in Georgia. "Despite numerous promises, the election environment in the country is unprejudiced, but we intend to win the local elections," she said.
Zurabishvili at the elections support the candidate of the "Alliance for Georgia" Irakli Alasaniya.
Meanwhile, the representative of the parliamentary opposition, Vice-Speaker Levan Vephvadze expressed satisfaction with the U.S. position and the efforts of this country to improve the electoral environment.
"We expressed our gratitude to the U.S. for the efforts to ensure a competitive pre-election situation in Georgia," Vephvadze said, expressing his satisfaction with these research institutions.
According to Gogi Khutsishvili, Director of the Caucasian Institute for Peace, experts discussed with Kaidanow issues of regional security, the Georgian-Russian relations and the U.S. role in ensuring security in Georgia.