Foreign diplomats concerned by special operation at UNM office, call on Georgian gov't  to start negotiations

  • Police used tear gas in the room where Melia was gathered with his supporters, however before starting the special operation they evacuated the UNM office. Photo: IPN.

Agenda.ge, 23 Feb 2021 - 14:16, Tbilisi,Georgia

Foreign diplomats and politicians have expressed concern over the special operation of Georgian police which stormed the United National Movement office this morning to arrest its chair Nika Melia.

Police used tear gas in the room where Melia was gathered with his supporters, however before starting the special operation they evacuated the UNM office, where party leaders and opposition parties' representatives had been protecting Melia for several days.

In response to these events US Congressman Adam Kinzinger called on the government to 'stand down from this dramatic action'. 

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis posted on his Twitter account that 'violence is not the way to resolve political disagreements'.

Lithuanian Ambassador to Georgia Andrius Kalindra called for 'restraint on all sides for the sake of the future of Georgia'.

Ambassador of Great Britain to Georgia Mark Clayton said that 'violence and chaos in Tbilisi are the last thing Georgia needs right now'.

Estonian Foreign Ministry stated:

Member of the European Parliament Rasa Jukneviciene urged political leaders in Georgia to start negotiations.

MEP  Urmas Paet said:

Anders Fogh Rasmussen, former Secretary General of NATO and former PM of Denmark posted:

Michael Carpenter, Managing Director of the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagemen expressed hope that 'cooler heads will prevail and the situation can still be de-escalated'.

Former US Ambassador to Georgia Ian Kelly posted:

Former Minister of Defence and former Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevicius posted:

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