We have not given up on the effort to persuade, urge the Government not to proceed with this legislation, said US Ambassador to Georgia, Kelly Degnan.
According to her, the United States, UN and the EU, the Council of Europe, many friends of Georgia have all expressed concerns about this legislation that will likely stigmatize civil society and silence independent media and dissenting voices, just as similar legislation has done in Russia and other countries like Russia.
“So we are urging the Parliament to reconsider this legislation. It is not necessary. There is ample transparency regarding how foreign assistance is used here. This legislation will surely have the devastating impact of stopping Georgian organizations and groups who are doing good work to help other Georgians throughout this country. This legislation is not needed. We urge the Parliament to please reconsider, to withdraw this legislation, it is not necessary and it is not in Georgia’s best interest”, said the Ambassador.