The US and all EU Ambassadors to Georgia, on Wednesday, met with Georgian Parliament Speaker Shalva Papuashvili over the draft law on foreign agents, tabled by the People’s Power movement.
US Ambassador Kelly Degnan believes Georgia doesn’t need this law.
“The real question here is what is in Georgia’s interests. It’s clear that Georgia doesn’t need either of these versions. It doesn’t need this law. And it’s also clear that anyone voting for either of these versions will be directly responsible for jeopardizing Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic future. The UN, the US, the EU, the Council of Europe, numerous member states, friends of Georgia from around the world have all weighed in to urge the government, and parliament, not to proceed with this proposal,” she stated.
Ambassador Degnan believes “this proposal will stop Georgian organizations and groups that are trying to help Georgians, Georgians in need, Georgians who are trying to improve their communities, Georgians who are working for that shared goal of a secured, prosperous democracy.”
“All of the work that Georgia’s friends have been doing with Georgian groups for the past 30 years is jeopardized by a proposal and initiative that Georgia doesn’t need. So my question is why proceed? What is the real aim of this goal? What is the real purpose behind pursuing legislation that Georgia doesn’t need, and that will be responsible for jeopardizing Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic future, that the majority of Georgians have made very clear is their choice and their priority,” she stressed.