Sergo Chikhladze: The opposition is on standby
It is clear that if a political agreement is reached between the government and the opposition, all parties, and not a few, as someone suggests, will take a decision and continue to work in parliament. But it is necessary to understand well that without negotiations, none of the political parties will enter parliament. If Mr. Talakvadze says that Georgian Dream is ready for negotiations, as well as for a rational compromise and has appropriate proposals, we welcome this and do everything in our power to ensure the success of the negotiations.
I believe that there is no alternative to dialogue. The opposition, the government and our partners are calling for this. The initiation of unconstitutional laws, attacks on the opposition and so on did not find support from our Western partners. They received very tough and clear answers from US ambassadors, EU ambassadors, European parliamentarians, American senators. Since then, the rhetoric of the government has changed, with the exception of such odious personalities as, for example, Irakli Kobakhidze, but this is rather an exception. I hope that among the members of “Georgian Dream” there will be reasonable people who will understand the messages of the West and appreciate the real complexity of the situation. They will see that the situation has reached an impasse, and this is primarily bad for the country. They will also understand that the government has more of the responsibility because it has more leverage over the situation. The opposition is on standby. We are ready for negotiations, bilateral concessions and agreements. We welcome if the government takes action. I am confident that these negotiations will continue in January, although it will not be easy, it may take some time. Do not expect one meeting, even in the fifth round of negotiations, to decide everything, but negotiations must continue.
With regard to protest on the street, protests with peaceful processions, demonstrations or rallies are prohibited only in dictatorial countries. This is a normal part of the process. If there was opposition in parliament, would street processions and demonstrations be banned ?! This is the wrong way of putting the question on the part of the government. All methods permitted by law can be used by both the authorities and the opposition.
Sergo Chikhladze, GSAC