Prime Minister of Georgia paid tribute to the memory of Eduard Shevardnadze

© Photo : Georgia-News/ Alexander Imedashvili Shevardnadze. Archive photoPrime Minister of Georgia paid tribute to the memory of Eduard Shevardnadze© Photo : Georgia-news/ Alexander Imedashvili

Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili noted successes in strengthening the statehood of the second President Eduard Shevardnadze, who on Thursday would have turned 90 years old.

«Georgian politics and state figure Eduard Shevardnadze would have turned 90 years old. His political career has been associated with a very complex era. Eduard Shevardnadze has taken steps that have created the opportunity to develop a real independence and statehood of Georgia,» Kvirikashvili wrote on his page on the social network Facebook.

The Prime Minister noted that during the presidency of Shevardnadze, Georgia became a member of the Council of Europe, connected with his name and Georgia’s membership in the world trade organization, as well as such important projects as Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan, Baku-Supsa, Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum and the OSCE summit in 1999 in Istanbul. With the name of Eduard Shevardnadze connected officially announced at the November NATO summit in 2002 in Prague, the desire of countries to join the Alliance.

«Eduard Shevardnadze was an important representative of the world politicians of the XX century, played a major role in ending the cold war, the destruction of the Berlin wall and the establishment of a new world order. His name will remain among the world’s great politicians,» — said the Georgian Prime Minister.

Eduard Shevardnadze was born January 25, 1928 in the village of Mamati Langusage district (Guria) of the Georgian Soviet socialist Republic (now Georgia) in the family of a teacher. In 1972 he was appointed first Secretary of the Communist party of Georgia. From 1985 to 1991 — member of the Politburo of the CPSU Central Committee, Minister of foreign Affairs of the USSR. In 1995, Shevardnadze was elected President of Georgia in the course of the popular vote. In November 2003 during the «rose revolution» that took place in Georgia because of the disagreement of the opposition forces with the results of the elections to the Parliament, Shevardnadze was asked to leave the post of President of Georgia. He resigned. The seventh of July, 2014 at the age of 86 after a long illness former President of Georgia died.