Monday, March 1, 2021

“I hope the candidate for Prime Minister and the next government will be able to stop these difficult processes” – Zurabishvili

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“It is necessary to immediately de-escalate the situation and defuse the tension, which first of all needs a real constructive dialogue” – this is how the President of Georgia responds to the current events in the country.

Salome Zurabishvili released a statement a few minutes ago. The President hopes that the candidate for Prime Minister and the next government will be able to stop the difficult processes in the country.

“I hope the candidate for prime minister and the next government will be able to stop these difficult processes and not allow anyone to put their political ambitions above the interests of the country and endanger the country’s institutions, which are the cornerstone of a democratic and legal state,” the presidential administration said in a statement.

In the same statement, the President expressed readiness to support all forms of dialogue if it is conducted constructively.

“In my experience, I am ready to support all forms of dialogue, but I am convinced that the policy of concession is justified only if both sides are ready for a constructive dialogue and not when the concession is perceived as a weakness, or even more so when it can be seen as victory. Also, constructive dialogue is opposed to the imposition of preconditions and the radicalization of processes.

“As a guarantor of the independence, sovereignty, Europeanness, democratic development and stability of this country, I stand in the interests of the country and all its citizens and I believe that with the peace and development of the country, all winners will remain,” said the President.

According to Salome Zurabishvili, it is known that she met with the representatives of the diplomatic corps throughout the day. According to the President, the situation was discussed in detail with the ambassadors.

The President emphasizes the polarization and tension in the country. Says respecting election results and acknowledging defeat is a cornerstone of democracy.

“Unfortunately, polarization, tension and controversy are growing in the country day by day. Questioning the legitimately known election results, using all forms of disobedience, inciting public and social protests are aimed at weakening and destabilizing the country.

This can lead to dire consequences, a loss of public confidence in democratic institutions, not only for us, but also for setting a crushing precedent for democracies stronger than us. Respecting the election result and acknowledging the loss is the cornerstone of democracy! “The rejection of these democratic principles only suits those forces, inside and outside the country, who put their political ambitions above the country’s interests and who perceive Georgia as a threat to Georgia’s stability and democracy in the region,” Salome Zurabishvili said in a statement.

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