Commenting on the violence in Tbilisi in the early hours of 26 May he said:
“I was saddened to hear of violence on the streets of Tbilisi yesterday and the deaths of two Georgian citizens. Whilst there is a place for legal protest and demonstrations in any democracy, there can be no place for violence. I hope that all will renounce such actions. I encourage the Georgian Government to investigate fully the events of the past 24 hours.”
Two Georgian citizens are reported killed, and a number required hospital treatment.