RECOMMENDATIONS AND ASSESSMENTS FROM EUROPEAN PERLIAMENT
24 November, 2011
RECOMMENDATIONS AND ASSESSMENTS FROM EUROPEAN PERLIAMENT

Gigi Tsereteli, a member of Majorities believes that the issue of restoring Bidzina Ivanishvili’s citizenship may be solved positively.

‘The President may even restore Bidzina Ivanishvili’s citizenship’- declared Gigi Tsereteli, a majority member. We contacted him for an interview regarding the visit of our Patriarch to Russia and other issues.

 

G.T. – One can’t but agree with the Patriarch’s decl

aration that every Georgian who was born in Georgia has the right to be its citizen; but for each particular case there is a law that regulates the conditions of granting citizenship. This issue will be solved in accordance with the Georgian legislation.

Q. – Is political resolution of this issue possible?

G.T. – Besides Ivanishvili, citizenship of 800 other people was automatically annulled because they received citizenship of another country. Ivanishvili must act in accordance with the existing procedures. While the current law isn’t changed he has to address the President of Georgia who is authorized to solve this issue.

Q. – According to the available information, Ivanishvili will address the President in the nearest future. Is there a legislative or even moral basis for refusing him?

G.T. – I can’t make definite forecast but this issue could be solved positively.

Q. – How would you assess the resolution of the European Parliament and the fact evading the issue regarding Bidzina Ivanishvili?

G.T. – I think we received good recommendations and assessments regarding the on-going reforms in Georgia and deepening of the process. It pertains with freedom of speech, democracy, political pluralism. Thus, in this important political-socio-economic context inclusion of a particular name or a specification of a practical interest would look as an alien body.

Q. – How do you assess the Patriarch’s visit to Russia?

G.T. – His Holiness and Beatitude is one of the figures who stresses that Georgia cannot and won’t tolerate losing of its territories. I’m sure each of his meetings with the Russian side starts and ends with this issue.

Q. – Among ‘National Movement’ representatives and supporters who used to receive monthly aid from Ivanishvili, Nana Aleksandria (famous Georgian chess-player, mother of Giga Bokeria, Secretary of Security Council of Georgia) was the only person who publicly declared about rejecting the grant. What is your opinion about this?

G.T. – It’s up to an individual person what to accept and what to reject. But there is difference whether you take the grant from a philanthropist or a person participating in a political game as it may become an issue of political speculations.

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