“We are looking with the hope that the political crisis will end soon and the political leaders of the ruling party and opposition could deal with the questions that are really important to Georgia,” MEP Marina Kaljurand from the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament told GPB regarding the EU-mediated negotiations between the government and opposition.
According to her, European Council President’s personal envoy for Georgian negotiations Christian Danielsson regularly briefs MEPs about the political process in Georgia.
“We had the last briefing with Mr Danielsson about a week ago. Mr Danielsson regularly reaches out to the members of the European Parliament and briefs us about the process going on. Unfortunately, so far, the two rounds of his visits are not a broad success, but my understanding is that the mediation is not over. There are efforts going on under the leadership of the US and EU ambassadors in Tbilisi at the moment. I understand that the political parties are still looking for a compromise. So the mediation process is not over. I think that from the European Parliament perspective, of course, we are looking with the hope that the political crisis will end soon. The political leaders of the ruling party and opposition could come together, could find a solution, because it will mean that their life can return to a normal route and deal with the questions that are really important to Georgia and its pandemic and everything. There are much more important questions on the agenda at the moment,” the MEP declared.
Georgian opposition parties that won seats in the Georgian Parliament of the 10th Convocation believe the 2020 parliamentary elections were a fraud. They have been demanding repeat parliamentary elections and the release of the United National Movement Chair, Nika Melia, and the co-founder of the TV channel Mtavari Arkhi Giorgi Rurua.
The second EU-mediated attempt to solve political crises in Georgia failed earlier this week. EU mediator Christian Danielsson said he proposed a solution that puts the country’s interest first to the parties, but none of the political actors agreed on the solution.