US Senators, Congressmen welcome UNM’s signing of EU-mediated agreement, but say the step is ‘belated’

Senator Jim Risch says that the UNM should have signed the agreement in April 2021., 03 Sep 2021 - 11:16, Tbilisi,Georgia

US Senator Jim Risch and Congressmen Adam Kinzinger and Gerry Connolly have welcomed the decision of Georgia's largest opposition party, the United National Movement (UNM), to sign the April 2021 EU-mediated agreement after several months of refusing to do so. 

However, Risch was cited by Voice of America as saying that the UNM’s decision is ‘at least belated’ and that the party’s more than four-month hesitation encouraged the ruling Georgia Dream (GD) to withdraw from the agreement in July of this year. 

Kinzinger and Connolly, who also co-chair the House Georgia Caucus, say that the UNM’s step to join the agreement will discharge political tension in the country. 

They said that they will proceed with their calls on all Georgia political parties to stand united on issues which are important for state development. 

The Georgian Dream (GD) party withdrew from the agreement ‘because the main opposition, the UNM, refused to join the agreement, while other opposition parties were constantly violating it.’