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European Rebuke a "Severe Blow" to Georgia; Less So to Azerbaijan

The European Parliament issued an unusual rebuke to Georgia, along with a less unusual one to Azerbaijan, as Brussels expressed its consternation over the apparent kidnapping of a dissident Azerbaijani journalist in Tbilisi.

The EU lawmakers issued a statement on June 14 condemning the kidnapping of the journalist, Afghan Mukhtarli, called on the Azerbaijani authorities to release Mukhtarli and drop all the charges against him, and urged Tbilisi to conduct a serious investigation into the possible role of Georgian security services in the operation.

The resolution saves its strongest condemnation for Azerbaijan, but pulls no punches against Georgia. The criticism of Georgia is particularly dramatic given Tbilisi's eagerness to curry favor with Brussels; it was just months ago that Georgian officials were lining up to thank European Parliament members for approving visa-free status to the EU for Georgian citizens. 

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European Rebuke a "Severe Blow" to Georgia; Less So to Azerbaijan

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