"I want to tell you one thing: We are collectively responsible before our countries," Saakashvili said. "We are all responsible for spreading democracy throughout the world, starting with Belarus, whose people deserve freedom."
In an editorial column published in yesterday's edition of "The Washington Post," Saakashvili urges new European democracies to join forces with a view to extending the rule of liberty throughout the former Soviet Union and beyond.
In Saakashvili's words, one of the priority tasks of what he calls a new "Yalta conference" -- in reference to the agreement that led to Europe's division after World War II -- should be to press for liberty in Belarus, in particular through expanded support for President Alyaksandr Lukashenka's opposition.
The Georgian parliament a few weeks ago adopted a resolution expressing support for democratic changes in Belarus.
"Encouraging The Oppositions"