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Georgian opposition politician discusses situation in Georgia in U.S. State Department

Politics Materials 28 July 2011 20:31
Former Georgian ambassador to the UN, the leader of the opposition party "Our Georgia - Free Democrats" Irakli Alasania discussed political situation in Georgia with the newly appointed U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary Eric Rubin in Washington. As the party said, Alasania, in particular, discussed the electoral situation in Georgia.
Georgian opposition politician discusses situation in Georgia in U.S. State Department

Georgia, Tbilisi, July 28/ Trend , N. Kirtskhalia /
Former Georgian ambassador to the UN, the leader of the opposition party "Our Georgia - Free Democrats" Irakli Alasania discussed political situation in Georgia with the newly appointed U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary Eric Rubin in Washington. As the party said, Alasania, in particular, discussed the electoral situation in Georgia.
"The sides discussed reforming the electoral system, which, despite assurances of the authorities, has not been carried out," the party said.
Alasania said, reforming of electoral system is necessary to be completed so that any Georgian citizen was able to vote for the party they choose and not to be subjected to pressure. "Reform is not completed, and negotiations should continue," he said.
The Georgian authorities stated that all necessary changes are coordinated with the opposition, and they will be approved. Meanwhile, in negotiations with the authorities drove only two out of eight parties negotiating with authorities agreed with the authorities' proposal.
During his working visit to the United States Alasania will hold a series of meetings, including in the State Department and National Security Council.
In particular, Alasania will meet with representatives of the U.S. State Department and National Security Council, with Senators John McCain and Joe Lieberman, as well as NGO representatives.
"The main topic of discussion at the meetings will be forthcoming elections in Georgia. In addition, he will touch upon the authorities' pressure on media outlets, including the case of photographers," the party said.
Alasania's visit to the U.S. will last for five days.

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