James Appathurai on LIBE Committee decision

Published in Politics
Tuesday, 06 September 2016 15:00

The International cooperators wait for high standard elections – this statement was made by the NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia James Appathurai. According to him, the visit of NATO Secretary General means this.
“The main massage of international cooperators is their support. They recognize the contribution which was made by Georgia including military involvement. They want to discuss the progress made in the frames of existing package. They wait for political discussions with President, Prime Minister, Parliament, Non Governmental Sector, Civic Society,”- James Appathurai said. 

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