EU-mediated talks between Georgian political parties end without result

  • EU mediator in the talks between the ruling Georgian Dream party and the opposition, Christian Danielsson, has left for Brussels. Photo: Delegation of the EU to BiH., 19 Mar 2021 - 11:07, Tbilisi,Georgia

EU-mediated talks between the ruling Georgian Dream party and opposition on the issues of repeat parliamentary elections and the release of two opposition representatives have ended without a result and mediator Christian Danielsson has left for Brussels earlier today. 

Danielsson, who was sent to Georgia by European Council President Charles Michel on March 12, had spent a week in Georgia, more than scheduled, to help the parties come to an agreement. 

The last meeting yesterday lasted more than nine hours. However, the political tension in the country which began following the October 2020 parliamentary elections has not been resolved. 

Danielsson stated earlier today that solving the crisis would have helped the parties to focus on ‘vital issues’ such as the coronavirus pandemic and its social and political results, as well as the country’s security and its Euro-Atlantic intentions. 

Kobakhidze said that opposition's demands were illegitimate. Photo: Irakli Kobakhidze's Facebook page. 

He stated that the parties were able to come to an agreement on several points. However, there were topics both parties have refused to make concessions on. 

Danielsson stated that he will inform Michel regarding the process and the result of the negotiations. 

The ruling Georgian Dream party and the opposition have traded accusations. 

Head of the Georgian Dream ruling party Irakli Kobakhidze has stated that the opposition has raised ‘two ultimatums which were absolutely illegitimate, against justice and against state interests.’ 

It was obvious they wished to disrupt the talks,” Kobakhidze said. 

Parliament Speaker Archil Talakvadze said that ‘the opposition's attitude is as follows: we will not recognise the election results until we win the elections. It is impossible to come to an agreement when one party has such an attitude.’ 

Opposition has plans to take to the street again. Photo: Nino Alavidze/ 

The ruling party said that the EU has reiterated that the 2020 elections were ‘free and competitive’ and the opposition’s demands for repeat elections ‘had no legal grounds.’ 

As for the release of Melia and Rurua, the ruling party says that the issues are ‘up to the court and not to the government.’ 

The opposition says that the ruling party ‘has disrupted the talks and closed a door to Europe.’ 

The ruling party has refused to make any concessions. We were unable to completely agree on none of the issues,” leader of European Georgia opposition party Giga Bokeria has stated. 

He said that the opposition will continue ‘peaceful rallies’ to make the government fulfil their demands.