MEP Marina Kaljurand has stated that Georgian political parties should accept the results of the upcoming municipal elections if the OSCE/ODIHR recognises the legitimacy of the race.
In an interview with the Georgian bureau of Voice of America (VOA), Kaljurand also said that the European Parliament expects ‘free, fair and open elections’ to be held in Georgia on October 2.
Georgia has been experiencing a political crisis for a year now. The country needs stability, the country needs clear political leadership, and as I see it, the country needs a clear policy of transatlantic and European integration,” Kaljurand said.
She also touched upon the issue of the political crisis caused by the parliamentary election 2020 and stated that ‘unfortunately, I do not see any signs of improvement in the political situation during this one year.’
European Council President Charles Michel initiated the agreement between the ruling and opposition parties back in April to resolve the political standoff.
Kaljurand said that the EU-mediated agreement ‘has not disappeared,’ noting that ‘we expect the fulfilment of its terms and conditions from all political parties.’
MEP Kaljurand also discussed the alleged leaked files on clerics, politicians, journalists and foreign diplomats from the State Security Service (SSS) which surfaced on September 13 and stated that the EU ‘is now awaiting further clarification on who is behind all this.’
The European Union will take appropriate measures in this regard and urges the Georgian government to find the culprits and bring them to justice,” stated Kaljurand.
The Georgian government needs to find out what happened because Georgia is a democracy and the government needs to respond to such a breach of democracy,” she added.
The European Parliament as well as the OSCE/ODIHR will observe October 2 municipal elections in Georgia.
A total of 71 local and 33 international organisations will observe the elections.