A resolution of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on Friday welcomed the progress made by Georgia in honouring its obligations and commitments taken up as part of its membership in the body.
While the document acknowledged the progress made in the process, it also encouraged all political forces in the country to address the remaining recommendations and concerns and expressed concern about the “extreme” political polarisation in the country.
It said the polarisation affected “stakeholder participation in the reforms needed for further democratic consolidation and Euro-Atlantic integration of the country”.
The Assembly urged the Georgian authorities to implement a “thorough, independent evaluation of its reforms of the judiciary” with a view to guiding future reforms to ensure a genuine independent judiciary in the country.
The document also reiterated its “full support” for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognised borders, and its concern and condemnation of the “illegal occupation and creeping annexation” by Russia of the Georgian regions of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali (South Ossetia).
The resolution also encouraged the Georgian authorities to address the European Union recommendations outlined last year so that “it can be given the candidate status for European Union membership that it rightfully aspires to”.