“Today is not the time for division – it is the time for unification,” – PM Garibashvili
Following the arrest of UNM Chairman Nika Melia, Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili calls on the opposition to open a dialogue.
He pointed out that “Now is not the time for division, but for unification,” adding that the country has no time to lose.
“Georgia is facing challenges of the utmost importance today. The pandemic has further complicated the already difficult economic and social situation of our country and our people. We are also facing significant geopolitical challenges, as well as foreign policy goals.
“We must all unite around these goals and challenges, regardless of our political beliefs and views.
“One hundred years after the loss of the independence of the First Republic of Georgia and the Sovietization of Georgia, we must once again remember that the state and its independence are the greatest achievements for every one of us. Our statehood is also a necessary condition for Georgia’s Western integration. Therefore, protecting the state and its laws is a duty and a responsibility shared by each and every one of us.
“The Ministry of Internal Affairs enforced a law, which was a necessary condition for the reduction of radicalism in politics and the establishment of fair relations.
“The people’s reaction to the enforcement of the law has confirmed that the rule of law is the main priority for the Georgian public. However, we are not counting the number of people gathered for the demonstration. Every citizen of our country is precious to us.
“Today, now that the law has been enforced and the state has taken its due place, I would like to call on all political forces who hold the country dear to open a real and earnest dialog and to talk not about what divides us, but about what must unite us.
“Against the backdrop of the challenges facing the country, it is time for dialogue, not confrontation. I propose that all reasonable opposition forces enter Parliament, so that we may use the country’s legislature as the main platform for discussion. As I mentioned yesterday, we are ready for real dialog at any time and in any format.
“Together, we must ensure the consolidation of our statehood and independence, the further strengthening of the democratic system, the overcoming of social and economic problems, and Georgia’s integration into the European Union and NATO.
“Our country has no time to lose.
“Today is not the time for division – it is the time for unification.
“May God be our protector!,” the newly appointed PM stated.