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Communique in support of countries’ territorial integrity to be agreed in Riga — Merkel

May 22, 2015, 10:58 UTC+3 RIGA
"For Ukraine and Georgia it’s also important that we now have an understanding on the transition to a visa-free regime," Merkel said
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel

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RIGA, May 22. /TASS/. A communique stressing the importance of respecting the territorial integrity of countries will be agreed following the Eastern Partnership summit in Riga, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday on arrival at the summit’s plenary session in the Latvian capital. In addition to that, it has been agreed that the European Commission will evaluate the prospects of introducing a visa-free regime for Georgia and Ukraine at the end of the year.

"The consultations in Riga are proceeding in a harmonious fashion, and we will be able to coordinate the joint communique, which will stress, above all, that the territorial integrity of each country must be protected," she told reporters, adding that this was a common stand shared by the Eastern Partnership countries."

"For Ukraine and Georgia it’s also important that we now have an understanding on the transition to a visa-free regime," Merkel said. She noted "the countries had to implement a number of measures."

"The commissions will analyze once again at the end of the year whether the implementation of these measures was proceeding successfully , and if so, the prospect of a visa-free regime will be outlined," she added.

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