EU concerned about pre election "political tensions" in Georgia
Georgia, Tbilisi, June 28 /Trend N.Kirtzkhalia/
The EU increasingly concerned about the growing political tension and polarization before the parliamentary elections in Georgia, European Commissioner for the European Neighbourhood Policy and enlargement, Stefan Fule said after meeting with Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili in Brussels on Thursday.
"The parliamentary elections in October and presidential elections in 2013 will be an important test for Georgia's democracy, and we call on all political forces to respect the electoral process and to ensure free and fair vote." Fule said "I am confident that the elections in the first place will be (competition) between political programs and ideas."
He also said that the EU is watching very carefully the issues around the media environment.
Fule also noted the progress made by Georgia in terms of modernization and reform in a press release, and said that the EU will continue to support this in the Eastern Partnership.
"It is also clear that Georgia needs to take further steps and to continue this path of modernization and strengthening of democracy," Fule said.