Georgia celebrates Independence Day

US President and American politicians&# 160; sent their congratulations&# 160; Georgian people

Georgia celebrates Independence Day

Georgia marks the 29th anniversary of the restoration of state independence on May 26.
This year, festive events have been canceled in the country due to the threat of the spread of the new coronavirus infection COVID-19. Government representatives spent this day with the servicemen at the Vaziani military base, located near Tbilisi.
“Congratulations on Independence Day. Today is unusual May 26th. The public does not have the opportunity to fully participate in the celebration together with the Defense Forces. This is due to the particular crisis we are still in. Despite this situation, standing next to the armed forces, we note the importance of this day for Georgia. We must always remember that the guarantor of Georgia’s independence is our Defense Forces, as well as a strong and cohesive society, ”said Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili in her congratulatory address.
In turn, the Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Gakharia congratulated the citizens of Georgia, including the “Abkhaz and Ossetian brothers” on May 26, “with great faith that together we can build our country, create a successful state.”.
“We must all understand that the struggle for Georgia’s independence and unity is not over yet. The goal of all of us is to unite the country, but we all understand that we must achieve this goal peacefully, “the Georgian prime minister said..
Background
The celebration of Independence Day on May 26 is associated with the First Democratic Republic, which lasted only two and a half years (1918-1921). It was on this day in 1918 that the democratic government of Georgia proclaimed the country’s independence..
In 1921, the Georgian SSR was formed, in 1922 it became part of the USSR, first as part of the Transcaucasian Socialist Federative Soviet Republic, from 1936 to 1991 – as a union republic.
On April 9, 1991, based on the results of a national referendum, the Supreme Council of Georgia adopted the Act on the Restoration of State Independence, which proclaimed the Act of Independence of 1918 and the Constitution of 1921 valid..
Congratulations from international leaders
Heads of world states congratulated Georgia on the holiday, including the President, Vice President and Secretary of State of the United States, American Senators and Congressmen.
US President Donald Trump in his message notes Georgia’s contribution to international security, including the NATO mission in Afghanistan. The letter also states that the United States supports the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia within its internationally recognized borders, and that the United States will continue to support Georgia in its quest to join NATO..

Georgia celebrates Independence Day

“Our partnership continues. We are working together to fight the unprecedented COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. We also strongly support the democratic and economic development of Georgia, which is an important factor given the choice of the Georgian people for Euro-Atlantic integration. I look forward to working with you further to help Georgia consolidate democratic institutions and strengthen political pluralism, the rule of law, which is the backbone of the independence of the judiciary, as well as economic diversification. From the bottom of my heart I congratulate the Georgians, I wish you well-being, a fruitful and secure future, ”Trump said in his letter to the Georgian Prime Minister..
The road to independence
Head of the Center for the Study of Security and International Relations Nika Chitadze believes that, in general, the path that Georgia chose was difficult before gaining independence and remains difficult to this day. At the same time, the political scientist says, the majority of Georgian citizens are more focused on problems and rarely recognize the results achieved over the past period. In this context, Chitadze quotes the words of the German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer: “We rarely think about what we have, but we always worry about what we do not have.” According to the political scientist, at least on Independence Day, it is good to remember that today, as a result of the struggle that lasted for centuries, Georgia gained statehood.
For example, says Chitadze, about five thousand nations live on our planet, although there are only 200 states on the political map (of which 193 are UN members), and among them is the Georgian state..
The expert notes that the Georgians, quite understandably, are experiencing the fact of Russian occupation, although according to the political scientist, if today 17.9% of the territory of Georgia is occupied, then until 1991, 100% of the Georgian territory was under occupation for more than two centuries..
Also, the political scientist recalls, throughout its three-thousand-year history, Georgia as a single state existed for only three centuries, and after 1466, when the country split into three kingdoms and five principalities, Georgia, with the exception of the First Republic (1918-1921), in for five centuries was neither a single nor independent.

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At the same time, before gaining real independence, Georgia still has a long way to go, the political scientist believes..
“Georgia will achieve real independence only when every citizen of this country frees himself from the“ soviet ”expectation that someone owes him something, and that he will receive something from someone, and realizes that no one but him he himself will not forge happiness for him and that every citizen is the architect of his own fate and the fate of the state, “Chitadze summed up.
According to Tina Khidasheli from the NGO “Civil Idea”, after, as a result of the struggle of many generations, Georgia finally managed to become an independent country, it has not yet been able to form as a “full-fledged democratic state”, which with its high standards can guarantee the achievement of the main foreign policy tasks, those. integration into NATO and the EU.
“The independence of Georgia is the result of the work and efforts of different generations. Yes, many mistakes have been made, there have been many victories, and despite the fact that we are not yet a full-fledged democracy, the main thing, perhaps, is that we do not lose the ability to get back on our feet after a fall. This means that we will move forward and this is encouraging, ”Khidasheli said..

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