US Department of State urges all Georgian opposition parties to sign EU proposal

Three Georgian opposition parties have not signed the EU proposal so far. The US has urged them to sign the agreement. Photo: AP., 21 Apr 2021 - 12:38, Tbilisi,Georgia

The US Department of State has urged the remaining opposition parties and individual MPs to sign the EU-mediated agreement to resolve the political tension in Georgia which began after the October 2020 parliamentary elections. 

US Department of State Spokesman Ned Price stated yesterday that the proposal by the European Council President Charles Michel called for a ‘significant compromise by all parties.’ 

It also called for political courage and dedication to the Georgian people to continue building democratic institutions and strengthening the rule of law. This is an important agreement and its implementation will be equally important,” Price said. 

The proposal by European Council President Michel released on April 18 covers electoral and justice reforms, offers a pardon for all violations and convictions stemming from the 19-21 June 2019 protests and the conduct of repeat parliamentary elections in 2022 if the ruling party fails to receive at least 43 per cent of votes in this year’s municipal elections. 

The ruling Georgian Dream party, six opposition parties and individual opposition MPs have signed the agreement so far. 

The United National Movement opposition party, European Georgia and Labour Party have not signed the agreement so far.