“I think the resolution is possible if the parties put Georgia’s interests first,” US Ambassador to Georgia Kelly Degnan told journalists at the Georgian parliament.
“We are looking forward to continuing our close cooperation with the Georgian government, civil society, the media, all those who are working hard to help Georgia get through this likely to be a very challenging year. The vote yesterday was an opportunity that would allow the parties a little bit more time to bridge their differences if they can. I think the resolution is possible if the parties put Georgia’s interests first,” Kelly Degnan declared.
US Ambassador accentuated that the Georgian people said in many polls that they are worried about jobs, high prices, poverty. They also said they want members of parliament to work together in parliament.
“I hope that the parties will keep that in mind. If the parties’ leaders put the country’s interests first, listen to what voters are telling them is important to them, which are jobs and high prices and poverty and economic impact of Covid-19. I think that urgency of those issues will encourage the parties to reach a compromise, find a solution and get into parliament to start working. It is very much up to the party leaders. We are just here to provide a neutral forum for them to come together and discuss what the possibilities are,” Degnan declared.
The US Ambassador added that diplomats are open and available to all the parties, civil society, other stakeholders who want to see this situation resolved quickly and soon “because serious issues are facing all countries due to Covid-19”.