Labour Party's Natelashvili says he did his utmost to hold back opposition from capitulating to Ambassador Degnan at the first round of talks
Labour Party's Natelashvili says he did his utmost to hold back opposition from capitulating to Ambassador Degnan at the first round of talks

“Those who have signed Charles Michel’s document longed for joining the parliament from the very first round of talks,” Labour Party leader Shalva Natelashvili told TV Pirveli.

Shalva Natelashvili believes those four representatives of the Lelo party would now cosy up doing nothing.

“If Bidzina Ivanishvili’s criminal ruthless, cruel, intolerant regime that makes not a single compromise so that it does not become a precedent, is not destroyed. If this common opposition format did not last for five months, we would not have reached these results. The document acknowledged that new elections were to be held, although it was linked to the local elections and the existence of political prisoners. We would hardly get this result otherwise. Instead, the political leaders would have been arrested, including Mamuka Khazaradze and Japaridze. They were scared of the opposition front, as Okruashvili and Ugulava would hardly be released from prison otherwise. We should have carried this historic achievement through. Winning a month-and-a-half war of nerves meant new elections, the release of political prisoners,” Natelashvili said.

Natelashvili says he did his utmost to hold his opposition colleagues back from giving in to the US Ambassador at the very first round of negotiations.

“I was doing my utmost to hold back my colleagues, almost physically, from capitulating to Kelly Degnan at the very first round. I was a bogey-man at those negotiations. Everyone looked at me with great suspicion. As soon as the conversation touched entering the parliament in exchange for carrying out judicial reform, I was standing up and saying something to thwart these plans. Eventually, it got to the point when they skipped me from the meetings and wrote the document. I saw it in the post factum. Those who have now signed Charles Michel’s document have been longing for the parliament seats from the very first round of negotiations. Khazaradze-Japaridze is interested in their banking affairs. They were not born politicians. Girchi is interested in smoking weed and sowing it,” Natelashvili said.

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