President of the Republic of Lithuania President of the Republic of Lithuania

Joint Declaration by the Presidents of Lithuania and Georgia in support for Georgia’s Sovereignty, Territorial Integrity, European and Euro-Atlantic Integration

2021-06-11

Highlighting the unique character of the long-standing friendship and special relations between the Republic of Lithuania and Georgia, encompassing strong political dialogue, active economic and cultural relations, as well as close people-to-people ties,

Reaffirming commitment to strong partnership, based on shared values and common principles, to the benefit of both of countries and peoples,

Noting Lithuania`s unequivocal support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, within its internationally recognized borders, European and Euro-Atlantic integration, valuable support for Georgia`s ambitious reform process,

Taking into account constantly deteriorating security, humanitarian and human rights situation in Georgian regions of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia occupied by the Russian Federation,

Having regard to the Constitution of Georgia, which binds the constitutional entities by an obligation to undertake all measures to achieve full integration of Georgia into the EU and NATO;

Having regard to the EU-Georgia Association Agreement, including the DCFTA, which entered into force on the 1st of July 2016, acknowledging European aspirations and European choice of Georgia,

Noting that pursuant to Article 49 of the Treaty on European Union, Georgia as any European state, which respects the values referred to in Article 2 of the Treaty and is committed to promoting them may apply to become a member of the Union if all conditions and obligations are met,

Noting the pledge of the Georgian Government to apply for EU membership in 2024,

Recalling 2008 NATO Bucharest Summit decision stating that Georgia will become a member of NATO,

Noting that Georgia is one of the Alliance’s closest operational partners, and an Enhanced Opportunities Partner,

Stressing overwhelming support among general public and political parties of Georgia to EU integration and NATO membership goal,

the President of the Republic of Lithuania and the President of Georgia

  • Acknowledged the special relationship between the Republic of Lithuania and Georgia;
  • Stressed the necessity of de-occupation of the Georgian regions of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia and implementation of the EU-mediated 12 August 2008 Ceasefire Agreement by the Russian Federation;
  • Emphasized the necessity of peaceful resolution of Russia-Georgia conflict based on the fundamental principles of international law, stressing the necessity of safe and dignified return of IDPs and refuges, expelled as a result of ethnic cleansing to their homes;
  • Welcomed Georgia’s progress on its European path, including the implementation of the AA/DCFTA;
  • Reaffirmed that the AA/DCFTA constitute a blueprint for reforms facilitating further gradual integration of Georgia with the EU, including its Internal Market;
  • Underlined the critical importance of enhanced EU – Georgia connectivity initiatives;
  • Welcomed the establishment of the “Associated Trio” as an initiative of Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine to join forces to advance their integration with the EU;
  • Stressed the crucial need to continue the reform path, especially stepping up reforms in the justice sector, in particular measures to strengthen the independence and accountability of the judiciary, as well as in democracy consolidation, including electoral reforms;
  • Agreed that upcoming EaP Summit must solidify mutual commitments, secure EaP policy’s strategic direction and ensure EaP partner-oriented motivating result. It must also strengthen the Eastern Partnership with a forward-looking agenda that will respond to the commitments, ambitions and capabilities of each Partner, especially the aspirations of the Associated countries, based on principles of differentiation, along with inclusivity and more for more;
  • Welcomed the progress achieved by Georgia on its Euro-Atlantic integration path. The use of integration mechanisms, such as NATO-Georgia Commission (NGC), Annual National Programme (ANP) and Substantial NATO-Georgia Package (SNGP) will bring Georgia closer to NATO;
  • Emphasized Georgia’s steadfast support for NATO’s operations and missions, noting that these efforts along with Georgia’s participation in EU led operations, demonstrate Georgia’s commitment and capability to contribute to Euro-Atlantic security;
  • Agreed to strengthen joint efforts in order to move forward Georgia’s NATO integration process with the aim of final implementation of the Bucharest Summit decision.

Signed in Tbilisi on the 11th of June 2021, in the English language.

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