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Opposition and authorities of Georgia acquainted themselves with the statement of the USA and the EU2009-05-26 14:30
Representatives of authorities and opposition acquainted themselves with the joint statement of the USA and the EU, expressing the appeal for both sides to stop confrontation and start negotiations, Novost-Gruzia.gt-en-newsitem-inside
"The dialog must be not demonstrative, but real. Till the authorities do not recognize the existence of crisis in the country, there will be no dialog", said Levan Gachechiladze, the United Opposition leader.
"The statement defines very important and precise, unambiguous points. First, everything must be conducted in the framework of the Constitution, and the elections must be held in the period, defined by the Constitution," said Pavle Kublashvili, the United National Movement [ruling party] representative.
According to the acting Constitution, next presidential elections will be conducted in 2013.
"This statement again highlights that their [opposition] actions must be peaceful, and also underline that out opponents must pay more time to the systematic changes that were offered, and I hope that discussion of systematic and constitutional changes will surely be continued ", Kublashvili said.
Akaki Minashvili, the head of the parliamentary committee for foreign relations claimed that all the political groups must start unconditional dialog on new reforms.
"We offered our opponents a very wide and all-embracing list of issues the work on which must be continued, reforming of which must continue, and these reforms must be implemented with wide participation, and our radical opposition's joining is of great importance", he said.
At the same time he mentioned that "the opposition surely has the right to express the protest, it is a democratic process, but expressing the protest must be within the frames defined by international principles and Georgian legislation".
Today's joint statement, spread by the U.S. Department of State says: "The United States and the European Union urge Georgia's government and opposition to end the current stalemate on the streets and begin negotiations immediately and without preconditions on a new program of reforms to invigorate Georgia's democracy".