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“Europe will not have endless offers” – Kaliverand

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An open discussion was held on the statement of the MEPs about Georgia. At the online meeting, MEP Marina Kaliorand spoke about the fruitless negotiations between the government and the opposition. The MEP said that “Europe will not have endless offers for its high-level visits and mediation.”

After the fruitless talks, Calurand spoke about the statement made by the MEPs, as well as the responsibilities of the parties involved in the talks, the Georgian government and the opposition.

Yes, we expect the first step from the ruling party, but others should respect it and follow it “

“The main factor is that we criticized all the political leaders involved in Georgian mediation in the statement, because the EU cannot end mediation, the EU can not agree on a compromise, Ambassador Danielson can not decide the future of Georgia – all this must be done by Georgians. Yes, of course, the focus is primarily on the ruling party and you expect a little more from them than from others, but that does not mean that the opposition should not respect and put forward positions, guarantees, respect and devotion to what the government is doing. So it has to be a balanced process, with commitments on both sides – yes, we expect the ruling party to take the first step, but others have to respect it and follow it, “Kaliurand said.

The MEP says that the current events in the country, the current political crisis, the future of Georgia-EU relations. At the same time, the MEP says that Georgia should no longer expect more commitment from the EU than it has already shown – this is a personal commitment of President Michel, explains Kaliorand.

“This is a much broader issue – we are talking about the future of Georgia-EU relations, high aspirations for the future of transatlantic cooperation and the future of Georgia.

Europe will not have endless offers for its high-level visits and its mediation – you should not expect more dedication than it does now. This is a personal commitment of President Charles Michel, there will be no more than that.

I know it all sounds like a slogan, but it ‘s true. The Eastern Partnership is not on the agenda in the European Parliament and in the European Union – believe me, we have many other important issues: pandemics, migration, economic crisis, etc. It is unfortunate, but lately we have been considering the Eastern Partnership when something bad happens or crises start. Europe is tired, Europe is exhausted from the Eastern Partnership, so Europe will not have endless offers for its high-level visits and its mediation – you should not expect more dedication than it does now. This is a personal commitment of President Charles Michel, there will be no more than that. Therefore, I think it is important for the Georgian people to understand how much Europe is involved in the process and to be faithful to it and to make decisions based on it.

As for the principle of conditionality, I must be honest: all political groups have agreed that it is time for the principle of conditionality. “If we support reforms in Georgia, if we support Georgia’s path and integration and do not see political allegiance on the part of Georgia, then it is time to impose conditionality,” he said.

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