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Diplomat: Poland May Change ‘Forms’ of Show of Support to Georgia
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 7 Sep.'10 / 14:37

Under the new leadership Poland may change “forms and style” of showing support to Georgia, but there will be “no fundamental change” in relations between the two countries, Konstantine Kavtaradze, Georgia’s ambassador to Poland, said on September 7.

President of Poland, Bronisław Komorowski, said in an interview with the Polish newspaper, Rzeczpospolita, in August that Tbilisi could not count on his support as much as it did during his predecessor Lech Kaczyński. "I won't go abroad just because the president of Georgia wants me to," Komorowski was quoted.
 
“Compared to the policy of support towards Georgia existing during Kaczyński’s presidency, now there might be change in forms and style of expressing this support, but fundamental, strategic relations probably will not change,” Konstantine Kavtaradze, Georgia’s ambassador to Poland, told reporters in Tbilisi.

In the same newspaper interview, President Komorowski also said that that Warsaw would remain support of Georgia’s territorial integrity. He criticized Russia’s military built-up in Georgia’s breakaway regions saying that such move was “undesirable from the point of view of stabilizing the region.” “But this applies to both players, including Georgians,” he added.

The Georgian ambassador said that he believed there would not be “fundamental changes” in Poland’s stance because of three key factors; one, he said, was related to Poland’s constitution, under which foreign policy is under the Polish government.

“As you are aware, during the visits of Polish PM [Donald Tusk] to Georgia in March and then of Polish Foreign Minister [Radoslaw Sikorski in July], they have both expressed unambiguous support towards Georgia,” Konstantine Kavtaradze said.

The second factor, he said, was that President Komorowski himself had expressed support towards Georgia for number of times, while serving as speaker of the parliament. “There was a resolution by the Polish parliament in 2008 in support of Georgia, which was passed with the initiative of Komorowski,” Kavtaradze said.

“And the third factor is solidarity of the Polish society [towards Georgia],” he said. “All these [factors] allow us to state that strategic relations between Poland and Georgia will continue.”

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