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FM: PM Ivanishvili to Offer NATO to Monitor Probe into Ex-Officials' Case
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 13 Nov.'12 / 01:27

PM Bidzina Ivanishvili will offer NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, to send a team to Georgia that would monitor ongoing investigation into criminal charges brought against former defense minister and two former senior army commanders, Georgia's Foreign Minister, Maia Panjikidze, said on November 12.

Panjikidze, who accompanies PM Ivanishvili on his visit to Brussels, made the remarks after NATO Secretary General said on November 12 in Prague that he was "extremely concerned about the development we have seen since [the elections], not least related to recent arrests of political opponents in Georgia.”

"We have a meeting [with NATO Secretary General] on November 14 and we will respond to all the question. All the developments surrounding this issue will be fully transparent. That's the message Mr. Ivanishvili voiced during the meetings [with EU officials] here today and he also said that we are ready to [receive] a NATO team - if NATO has such practice, which will monitor closely and study how the investigation is ongoing," Georgia's foreign minister said.

PM Ivanishvili said in an interview with Channel 9 TV from Brussels late on November 12, that "real chance of joining NATO emerged after we came into power."

Ivanishvili said that NATO Secretary General's remarks were "normal and very good".

He said that there would be no selective justice in Georgia. "I will assure Mr. Rasmussen about it when we meet" on November 14, Ivanishvili said."And I will offer him to set up some kind of a working group, which will follow these developments, which the previous authorities are now trying to portray as a political retribution and injustice."

Ivanishvili also said that the fact in itself that "we had to arrest chief of army staff was alarming." "That's a shame for the country," he added.

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