Parliaments of Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova start unification into Assembly
Speaker of Ukrainian Parliament Andriy Parubiy, his Georgian counterpart Irakli Kobahidze and that from Moldova, Andrian Candu, on Saturday signed off a statement on the establishment of the Interparliamentary Assembly.
The signing ceremony took place in Kyiv within the framework of the Second Inter-Parliamentary Conference "Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine: Strengthening the Interparliamentary Component of Regional and Security Cooperation, While Developing Interaction with the EU and NATO," according to an UNIAN correspondent.
In a statement voiced before the signing, Parubiy said that today the heads of the parliaments declare their intention and proclaim the creation of the Interparliamentary Assembly. At the same time, he noted, the setting up of the Assembly is not a one-stage move, because this decision has yet to be approved by the working groups elected by each parliament.
"But the first step should be taken - the proclamation of the Interparliamentary Assembly … We started our meeting in Chisinau, continue it in Ukraine, and will be able to hold it in Tbilisi, Georgia, where there will already be an official, formal creation of this Interparliamentary Assembly," said the Rada Speaker.
He opined that the platform would provide a wide range of new opportunities for cooperation and interaction between the three countries.
"We have a wonderful experience of the Ukraine-Poland-Lithuania Interparliamentary Assembly, where many wonderful ideas have arisen, such as the idea of a [new] Marshall Plan, and I am convinced that the Ukraine-Georgia-Moldova Interparliamentary Assembly will become a wonderful platform," Parubiy said.
According to the chairman of the Verkhovna Rada, he dreams that one day a joint meeting of the these two Assemblies will take place, which will demonstrate that "the Baltic-Black Sea belt is Europe's shield which today defends values and protects the entire civilized world."
In turn, Irakli Kobahidze and Andrian Candu, stressed the common security challenges their countries are facing together with Ukraine.
"There is a historic event today. We've just signed a declaration on the establishment of an interparliamentary assembly between Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine," Kobakhidze said, adding that the three countries have much in common.
According to Kobakhidze, the creation of the Assembly will promote deeper cooperation between the states in many areas.
"Our three countries have much in common in the historical plane, but today they face a common fight against the common aggressor, and today we are announcing serious intentions to deepen cooperation and continue cooperation in many areas," the head of the Georgian parliament said.
Moldova's Candu echoed his Georgian counterpart, stating that Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia were facing almost identical challenges.
"It is very important for our countries to exchange experience, knowledge, to seek solutions that would be useful not only for one country, but for all countries together," he said.
Candu also stressed that the three countries are facing a common threat.
"There are occupied territories in Donbas and the occupied territories in Georgia, and this threat comes from the Russian Federation. We have common challenges, common threats coming from the Russian Federation, in particular, we can talk about cyberattacks, information wars," he said.
The Chairman of the Moldovan Parliament expressed the opinion that coordinating efforts against common challenges and threats could help resolve a number of pressing issues.