To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what resources (a) the Government, (b) the EU, (c) the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe and (d) other international institutions have provided for monitoring the forthcoming elections in Georgia; and if he will make a statement.
Georgia has invited Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) observers to monitor the May elections, which will be a key test of Georgia's democratic credentials. We welcome this invitation: the presence of OSCE monitors will help increase transparency. The UK, our EU partners and other OSCE participating states are considering how best to support the OSCE's call for up to 30 long-term and 350 short-term observers. In addition, our embassy plans to observe the elections in close coordination with other missions and local civil society organisations.