The US Embassy in Georgia has responded to the ruling party’s exit from the EU-mediated agreement and stated that ‘Washington is growing increasingly alarmed about repeated setbacks to Georgia’s democratic future.’
The ruling Georgian Dream party announced yesterday that the agreement initiated by the European Council President Charles Michel ‘completed its mission’ and left the agreement.
The statement published by the embassy reads that Georgian Dream’s decision ‘disturbed and exasperated’ the US, noting that the agreement was established ‘through six months of difficult but collaborative negotiations.’
MPs from at least six of nine elected parties signed the Agreement and pledged to work together in good faith to reduce the deep polarisation that is impeding Georgia’s democratic progress,” says the statement.
The embassy also states that all the signatories should be accountable for their commitment to the agreement, underscoring that the Georgian Dream’s decision raises questions about the ruling party’s commitment to democratic goals and ‘creates more political instability for the country.’
U.S. Embassy Statement on Georgian Dream’s Withdrawal from April 19th Agreementhttps://t.co/dWSSp5iXus— U.S. Embassy Tbilisi (@usingeo) July 29, 2021
The statement underlined the importance of judicial, constitutional, and electoral reforms implementation and stated that ‘timely progress in implementing these reforms is the most responsible way to end Georgia’s cycle of political crises.’
The announcement also highlighted that the political instability in Georgia ‘only benefits those trying to undermine Georgia’s success as a stable, prosperous democracy.’
The US embassy in Georgia called on all political parties to work together and fulfil the commitments on which they agreed.
Some opposition parties claimed that they might boycott the upcoming local municipal elections due to Georgian Dream’s recent decision to annul the agreement.
Libertarian opposition leader Zurab Japaridze has left the parliament following the ruling party’s exit from April 19 agreement.