After signing the Statute of the Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine Inter-Parliamentary Assembly, the Speaker of Georgian Parliament, H.E. Irakli Kobakhidze, the Speaker of Moldovan Parliament, H.E. Andrian Candu and the Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, H.E. Andriy Parubiy held the joint press-conference.
According to Mr. Kobakhidze, it is important that cooperation of three countries is now of an institutional nature.
“Our countries share serious historical relations and the historical basis for further enhancement or our relations. Thus, it was important to make our cooperation of the institutional nature through set up of the joint Assembly. I am glad that we have finally signed our decision on set up of the joint Parliamentary Assembly: the Parliaments of Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine made the decision on establishment of the joint Parliamentary Assembly – the idea we have jointly considered a year ago at the joint meeting of the Speakers of three Parliaments. That joint meeting was followed with numerous high rank meetings with our participation to ultimately formulate the decision and today we Tbilisi gladly hosts the event for final registration of set-up of the Parliamentary Assembly and the first discussions in this format”.
Three countries share the historical basis to enhance their relations and it was important to make this cooperation of institutional nature. The Speaker underlined that Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine share common goals and challenges. “Our countries share serious historical relations and the historical basis for further enhancement of our relations. These are historical relations between our people and it was important to make this cooperation of institutional nature through the joint Assembly. We share common challenges and common goals and it facilitates to enhancement of our close cooperation. Our common challenges are related to territorial integrity as well. We also share the common and primary goal to develop our countries and ensure European future. In this regard, it is important to enhance cooperation between three countries facilitated with the decision we made today and facilitated with set-up of the Parliamentary Assembly”.
The Speaker thanked his Ukrainian and Moldavian counterparts – Andrian Candu and Andriy Parubiy.
“I would like to express my particular gratitude to my counterparts - Andriy Parubiy, who was the first to start speaking about formation of our institutional cooperation; and Andrian Candu who was initially so enthusiastic about the initiative and his enthusiasm served as the basis to make the decision on set up of the Parliamentary Assembly. I believe that our cooperation will be intensive and result-oriented as guaranteed under historical links between our people, historical friendship between our countries and naturally, our responsibility towards our people”.
According to Mr. Candu, set-up of the Assembly was the step forward to lead all three countries to greater success. “We managed to realize the idea we discussed in Chisinau and in Kiev later and now, we are in Tbilisi officially signing the Statute constituting the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly and holding the first session. This ceremony is based on the idea so necessary for all three countries as we share common experience and common challenges and we all are the EaP member states, we all signed EUAA and DCFTA and we all achieved success in reforming. At the same time, we share common challenges related to security in the region, namely territorial security of our countries, energy independence and the threats we encounter in cyber-security sphere, as well as disinformation problem. This platform will allow us sharing our experience and finding solutions of how to ensure security of all three countries to accelerate our EU integration. I would like to underline support of EU, namely MEPs, experts and officials, as well as USA to our countries. At the meeting in Washington we have discussed these issues and I hope that our endeavor will serve the step forward for our greater future success”.
Mr. Parubiy stated that the parties took the long way to signing the Statute. “The first meeting was held in Warsaw and we instantly envisioned the need of not periodic but institutional cooperation between our countries. Ukraine holds respective experience. We have already set up the Poland, Ukraine and Lithuanian Inter-Parliamentary Assembly. Today, we put the foundation to our relations and make the first steps. I believe we have a lot of tasks ahead”.
At the meeting in Washington, the parties touched upon set-up of the uniform strategic center against the hybrid aggression which poses the greatest threat.
“It is coordination of our efforts against all threats. It is not the military threat only, not the occupation only but cyber-security, informative security and human security. We know that when we are to discuss these issues with our partners in Europe and USA in unison, our voice will be stronger. This is our goal as we all share common history. According to Mr. Kobakhidze, we share common challenges and common future and if we speak in unison, I believe our voice will better reach our partners. I believe that together, we will faster achieve our strategic goal – EU integration.
Together, we accomplish the EaP program, undertake complicated reforms. We shall also hold the joint consultations to support each other not with the sense of competition but with the sense of cooperation and support on EU integration path. I believe that we will effective pass this road”.