Georgia: Renew Europe calls for political dialogue, the only way to solve the current crisis
The Renew Europe Group in the European Parliament calls on all political forces in Georgia to fully engage in political dialogue in order to find a peaceful solution to the current crisis, triggered by the arrest of Nikanor Melia, Chairperson of the United National Movement - the largest opposition party in the country.
During today’s plenary debate on the situation in Georgia, initiated by our Group, we welcomed the EU’s support and, mediation offered so far to Tbilisi and we urged all parties to put the interests of the Georgian people first by playing a constructive role in finding a common ground.
Renew Europe MEP Urmas Paet (Estonian Reform Party), Vice-Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee, who asked for today’s plenary debate, said:
“I have followed the developments in Georgia with deep concern. Instead of using force to resolve disagreements, there needs to be proper dialogue to end the political polarization. I welcome the EU's efforts to mediate the dialogue as it is of key importance that Georgia continues on the European path and strengthens its democracy. It is of great essence that all the political actors now commit to finding a solution and to overcome these tensions. We stand with the Georgian people.”
Renew Europe Group MEP, Petras Auštrevičius (Lithuanian Liberal Movement) member of the Delegation to the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly, added:
“Such a severe political crisis as we witness in Georgia can only be solved by goodwill-based involvement, compromise, and full adherence to any agreement reached on both sides. Georgian political leaders must understand that citizen’s trust in government and public institutions, the independent judiciary and media, and the need for inclusive-power sharing are key prerequisites for Georgia's European aspirations.”
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