MEP Rasa Juknevičienė: Non-fulfillment of the agreement to be disaster
MEP Rasa Juknevičienė: Non-fulfillment of the agreement to be disaster

“The agreement is the beginning of new situation, new drive in Georgia, with less hate speeches and more cooperation among political groups, Rasa Juknevičienė, a member of the European Parliament from Estonia said.

The MEP held a meeting with Leaders of the opposition Lelo for Georgia party, who departed for Brussels, Belgium, with an official visit.

Rasa Juknevičienė said the MEPs were glad that the largest part of the opposition parties signed a compromise agreement. She said Georgia needed strong, real and not silent opposition.

According to the MEP, Georgia was in its “teenage ages” of its independence and statehood, and turbulences were natural for it, added by economic and social problems. However, now it was not the time to look into the past or talk about responsibilities. Georgia needed to use this momentum.

“It will be a disaster if this document is not implemented. I hope it will not happen. I even do not imagine such scenario. The ruling party, I hope, understands, first of all, their responsibility. They have all instruments in their hands. Now it is up to them not to give up and not to disappoint high-ranking politicians from the European Union. I do not even remember in the history that Georgia was on such high focus of the European Union,” Rasa Juknevičienė stated.

Rasa Juknevičienė said the issue of Nika Melia (Chairman of the opposition UNM party) was important. She expressed hope that the ruling party and the opposition, together with support of the European Union would find a solution. “I hope that in the nearest future Melia will be free and the UNM will join the parliament,” the MEP said.

The Georgian political parties signed A way ahead for Georgia, a compromise document submitted to the parties by the European Council President Charles Michel, at the Orbeliani Palace on April 19.

The United National Movement (UNM) did not sign the compromise document prepared by the European Council President Charles Michel.

Members of the biggest opposition party said the parliament, joined by some opposition representatives via signing the compromise paper, does not express the political will of the Georgian citizens’ majority, but an instrument of usurpation of power by oligarch Ivanishvili through falsification and violence. They believe it is immoral to join the legislature while the UNM Chair Nika Melia is behind bars.