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Lithuania supports Georgia's participation in the EU Eastern Partnership Programme


Wednesday, September 23, New York - President of the Republic of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė met with the President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili who is also attending the United Nations General Assembly session in New York. In the meeting, the two Presidents discussed Georgia's cooperation with Lithuania in the context of integration to the European Union, and the relations between Georgia and Russia.

The President of Lithuania underlined that the EU was currently preparing to start negotiations for Association Agreements with South Caucasian countries, including for deep free trade agreements with the EU. According to President Grybauskaitė, Georgia faces a difficult task of doing its homework, particularly of setting up an institutional framework for coordinating negotiations with the EU, carrying out urgent legislative reforms, and enhancing administrative capacities of the country. The President said she believed the EU Eastern Partnership Programme might become an efficient instrument for Georgia in achieving the goals sought.

President Saakashvili thanked Lithuania for support in developing democracy: over the previous and the current years Georgia has implemented or is still implementing over one and a half million litas worth of projects in the field of the rights of the child, regional cooperation, health care, and building democratic society.

Tomorrow, September 24, President Grybauskaitė will address the UN General Assembly on the theme "Effective Responses to Global Crises: Strengthening Multilateralism and Dialogue among Civilisations for International Peace, Security and Development".

The President will also attend lunch hosted by the U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton for global women leaders and deliver a speech at the discussion hosted by the Presidents of Liberia and Finland on peace and security through women's leadership.

The President of Lithuania will open a high-level meeting of the Community of Democracies organised by Lithuania which holds presidency of this organisation in 2009-2011.

The President comes back to Vilnius on Saturday.

Press Service of the President

Last updated 2009.09.23 23:12