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Monitoring co-rapporteurs to visit Georgia

Michael Aastrup Jensen (Denmark, ALDE) and Boriss Cilevičs (Latvia, SOC) co-rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on the honouring of obligations and commitments by Georgia, will undertake a fact-finding visit to the country from 13 to 15 January.

Discussions will focus, in particular, on political developments after the elections, constitutional reform, reform of the justice system, follow-up to the report by UN expert and former Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Thomas Hammarberg (highlighting alleged miscarriages of justice, allegations of violations of property rights, pressure on local officials and opposition activists, prosecution of former government officials) and minority issues.

In Tbilisi they are due to meet the President of the Republic, the Speaker of Parliament, the Prime Minister, the Foreign and Justice Ministers, the Minister of Internal Affairs, and the State Minister for Reconciliation and Civil Equality.

Talks are also scheduled with representatives of the political factions in parliament and representatives of judicial authorities and civil society.

The co-rapporteurs will give a press conference on Wednesday 15 January at 7 pm (place to be confirmed).