Georgian Citizens on Arrival to Kyiv

2005 2005-09-06T10:00:00+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

The arrival of the Kmara activists Luka Tsuladze and Giorgi Kandelaki from Minsk to Kyiv became a considerable political event in the Ukraine. The press-conference that was dedicated to it was opened by Vladyslav Kaskiv, leader of the organization Pora and one of Viktor Yushchenko’s advisors. The Ukrainian participants of the press conference promised to do everything possible for democratization of Belarus and the Georgian activists promised that those who ordered their arrest would be imprisoned as well.
Givi Targamadze, the chair of the Georgian Parliament's Defense and Security Committee called the events in Minsk a rescue operation. He also stated that even representatives of Ukrainian Mediterranean Airlines took an unprecedented step and delayed one of their flights for 1,5 hours so that Giorgi Kandelaki and Luka Tsuladze could get onboard, because their stay could result in some other provocation, staged by Belarusian authorities.
-- This is a victory of both Georgian and Ukrainian diplomacy, -- Mr. Targamadze stated. In his interview to RFE/RL Giorgi Kandelaki stated that he would maintain contacts with his Belarusian friends and will come to Minsk as soon as he would be able to, because his passport contains no seals that prohibit entrance to Belarus. He also promised to pay off those who arrested him.
Luka Tsuladze thusly evaluated the situation in Belarus:
-- Everybody is afraid. The air gets more tense, but, to my mind, everything will end well their. We hope for it.