“Our goal, and also one of the 12 points, is depolarization, which is mainly caused by the radicalization of the opposition. Therefore, I think that everyone who considers themselves as a friend of the Georgian people should be focused on not supporting the radical agenda,” said the Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia Shalva Papuashvili at the plenary session.
Papuashvili made this comment in response to opposition MPs’ criticism regarding him not attending the “Slava Ukraini” conference that is held in Tbilisi.
He emphasized that giving the platform to radical groups is what renews and makes radicalism a norm, which ultimately hurts the Georgian people.
“At this conference, including on the panels, there are representatives of radical political groups who have thrown out the mandates of the parliament, still do not recognize the legitimacy of the parliament, still talk about regime change, and among them, they call on you to throw away the mandates given to you by the people – this is a typical radical agenda and gives radical groups a platform and a chance to voice their intentions.
“My responsibility to the Georgian people, as the chairman of the parliament, is not to encourage the radical agenda, which is why I chose not to attend the conference,” Papuashvili said.