Saakashvili awards Havel highest Georgian honor
Ex-Czech president Václav Havel says he hopes Georgia regains control of breakaway regions, calls for more access to EU institutions
by Tom Jones
© RFEFormer Czech president Václav Havel now holds the highest Georgian state honor — the Order of Saint George
President Mikheil Saakashvili of Georgia, in Prague to attend the three-day Forum 2000 conference, on Monday awarded former Czech president Václav Havel his country’s highest state honor — the Order of Saint George. Accepting the award in the Georgian embassy, Havel said he hoped Georgia would return to the country’s official borders soon without bloodshed.
According to the Czech News Agency (ČTK), Havel called for Georgia to be given open access to all EU institutions and the right to decide its choose its defense allegiance without outside pressure. This was a clear call for Georgia to be allowed to join NATO and for Russia not to pressure the former Soviet state to do otherwise.