Quitting a governmental posts is sabotage against the country, PM says

“Georgia’s policy is irreversible,” Garibahsvili confirmed. Photo by PM's Press Office
Agenda.ge, 05 Nov 2014 - 18:57, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgia’s Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili is calling statements of three former high officials who left their duties this week – one was dismissed and two resigned - as "totally irresponsible” and their actions of quitting their duties could be seen as "sabotage” against country.

Garibashvili believed the allegations made by dismissed Defence Minister Irakli Alasania and resigned Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze and State Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Alex Petriashvili, about so-called ‘threats’ of changing Georgia’s European and Euro-Atlantic future was against the country’s interests.

"Georgia’s policy is irreversible,” Garibahsvili confirmed.

On Tuesday night before Garibashvili dismissed Defence Minister Irakli Alasania, he [Alasania] criticized the arrests of several Ministry officials and said they were politically motivated and called it an "attack on Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic choice”.

"The government … stands on its way towards European and Euro-Atlantic integration, this direction is firm, there is no other way to swerve from this direction,” PM Garibashvili said at a press briefing today.

"This is the choice and firm will of our citizens. No one is able to undertake European orientation of our country. Speculation by the people’s choice is unjustifiable and unacceptable,” Garibashvili said.

He stressed that statements by members of the political party Free Democrats, which is led by Alasania, posed a threat to the Georgian state and its European choice.

"It must be clear for society that the announcements are voiced by one political party [Free Democrats] members. They are making a choice between the individual and the state. As well as expressing solidarity with each other,” he noted.

The Prime Minister was confident that hampering an investigation by political motives was inadmissible.

The Prosecutor’s Office filed two criminal charges relating to the Ministry of Defence and general staff of the Georgian Armed Forces (GAF) for allegedly misspending 4.1 million GEL state funds.

"In 2012 the people gave the trust mandate to Bidzina Ivanishvili - Georgian Dream for European integration and values stated by us. This was not a merit of a particular politician or a political team and no one can use this trust for their own political scores," Garibashvili said.

He believed the country was strong, and its institutions were working accurately and he would not allow any harm come to the country's interests.