Poland will not tolerate violation of Georgian border: official
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Violation of Georgia’s borders will not be tolerated by Poland, which Tbilisi can count on as a future non-permanent member of the UN security council, Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski has said.
Witold Waszczykowski, Mikheil Janelidze and Margot Wallström. Photo: PAP/Leszek Szymański.
Waszczykowski spoke during a visit to Georgia where he met Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström, who echoed the Polish official’s sentiments, and Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze.
Poland is set to serve as a non-permanent member of the UN security council in 2018-2019.
Waszczykowski also said that a summit of the Eastern Partnership on 24 November would maintain its offer of ever closer Georgian-European Union ties.
The Eastern Partnership, an initiative by Poland and Sweden, was launched in 2009 to forge closer political and economic ties between the EU and its eastern neighbours.
Waszczykowski said: “Of course we would prefer to offer you prospective full European Union membership … but that it not possible right now,” adding that the bloc was in a “complicated” situation.
Waszczykowski also said the European Union appreciated Georgian reform efforts which would make the country “more similar to member states".
Wallström pointed to Georgian successes in the fight against corruption. She said she expected more progress on judicial reform, political equality, and freedom of the press, and that she hoped deals to bring Georgia closer to the single market would be signed.
In August 2008, a war erupted between Georgia and Russia when, according to Moscow, Tbilisi tried to regain rebel South Ossetia by force.
While in Georgia, Waszczykowski and Wallström were scheduled to visit the regional field office in Mtskheta, eastern Georgia, of the European Union’s Monitoring Mission which oversees regional stability. (vb/pk)