US Senators urge Georgian stakeholders for prompt implementation of EU-brokered compromise paper 
US Senators urge Georgian stakeholders for prompt implementation of EU-brokered compromise paper 

US Senators Ronald Johnson, Jeanne Shaheen, and Jim Risch submitted a resolution to the Senate urging all parties in Georgia to seek prompt implementation of the EU-brokered agreement signed on April 19, 2021, and reaffirming the support of the Senate for Georgia, the territorial integrity of Georgia, and the aspirations of Georgians to join the Euro-Atlantic community.

The resolution calls on the Georgian Dream, United National Movement, and the other parties elected to the Parliament of Georgia to fully implement the compromise proposed by the European Council President.

It urges all elected MPs to take up their seats in parliament and begin working on the challenges facing Georgia with no further delay, including consequences of the COVID–19 pandemic, a weakened economy, and challenging regional dynamics.

The resolution further calls on the Government of Georgia to institute systemic reforms, developed through an inclusive and transparent consultation process with stakeholders, to ensure that the judicial system is impartial and independent and not used for political or partisan ends, including by fully adopting and implementing the recommendations of the European Commission for Democracy through Law (commonly 15 known as the Venice Commission) and other experts; calls on the Government of Georgia to institute inclusively and transparently developed systemic electoral reforms to address the underlying causes of the political impasse and avoid a recurrence of such a crisis, including by fully adopting and implementing the recommendations of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE/ODIHR); recognizes that the political situation in Georgia has been exacerbated by the efforts of the Russian Federation to sow chaos throughout Georgia, including the illegally occupied territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia; expresses concern that impediments to strengthening Georgia’s democratic institutions and processes will slow its progress toward achieving its aspiration of Euro-Atlantic integration and strengthening its economy, and could result in conditions placed on United States assistance to Georgia; emphasizes that the United States supports a more robust democracy in Georgia, with governing institutions that demonstrate integrity, checks and balances, transparency, the capacity to counter Russian and other malign influence, and the ability to achieve the Euro-Atlantic aspirations of the people of Georgia.

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