Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia has released a special statement regarding the invitation of International Observers from the International Organizations and Partner States for the 2013 Presidential Elections:
`Early in July, 2013, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Ms. Maia Panjikidze extended the official invitations to a number of international organizations to observe the October 27, 2013 presidential elections, such as the OSCE Office of Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, Council of Europe, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, NATO Parliamentary Assembly, European Parliament, GUAM Parliamentary Assembly, Parliamentary Assembly of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation and League of Arab States.
In addition to the letters, conveyed to the international organizations, the Minister of Foreign Affairs sent official invitations to the relevant non-governmental institutions, such as the National Democratic Institute, the International Republican Institute and the U.S. Helsinki Commission.
Individual Member States of the EU, NATO, GUAM, as well as other partner States were also invited to send observers to the 27 October presidential election.
In the invitation letters, Georgia once again underlines the importance of holding transparent, free and fair elections in accordance with the international standards and reaffirms its readiness to fully support the international observers to ensure effectiveness of their activity,` the statement says.