Congressmen Kinzinger, Connolly send letter to Georgian PM
17 December, 2019
Congressmen Kinzinger, Connolly send letter to Georgian PM
Georgians want a government of, for and by the people, want a government that is more aligned with the West and they aspire to join NATO and the European Union. That is why many have taken to the streets to peacefully express their concerns, only to be met by violent thugs, co-chairs of the U.S. Congressional Georgia Caucus Adam Kinzinger and Gerald E. Connolly said in a letter sent to Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia.

In the letter the U.S. Congressmen
expressed their “growing concern” about Georgian government’s recent decision to backtrack on its key promise of proportional polls from 2020, as well as the reports of violence against peaceful protestors.

„Georgians want a government of, for and by the people, want a government that is more aligned with the West and they aspire to join NATO and the European Union. That is why many have taken to the streets to peacefully express their concerns, only to be met by violent thugs. While any government has the right to use lawful and proportionate force against violent unrest, democracies must respect the right of citizens to use peaceful means to express their views, the news that hundreds of protestors, journalists, and political opposition leaders have been injured – and even hospitalized – by reportedly government-sanctioned violence is appalling,” the letter reads.

The congressmen underline that Georgia has been reliable and strategic partner of the U.S. for almost thirty years, they noted that the U.S. House of Representatives recently demonstrated its commitment to Georgia by passing the Georgia Support Act, that asserts the United States’ continued support for the independence and sovereignty of Georgia, as well as reaffirms U.S. opposition to Russian aggression in the region.

“It is now the Georgian government’s turn to follow through with its commitment to the Georgian people. We look forward to working with you to ensure that Georgia’s democracy only grows stronger in the years to come,” the letter reads.

“Georgia has been reliable and strategic partner of the U.S. for almost thirty years, they noted that the U.S. House of Representatives recently demonstrated its commitment to Georgia by passing the Georgia Support Act, that asserts the United States’ continued support for the independence and sovereignty of Georgia, as well as reaffirms U.S. opposition to Russian aggression in the region. It is now the Georgian government’s turn to follow through with its commitment to the Georgian people. We look forward to working with you to ensure that Georgia’s democracy only grows stronger in the years to come,” the letter reads.

The two Congressmen also noted that since declaring independence in 1991, Georgia has developed a strong democratic foundation and demonstrated a commitment to democratic values, including free and fair elections.

“That is why we were shocked to hear about the collapse of promised reforms in the Georgia Parliament to move to a proportional electoral system. Georgia has been working on these reforms for years with the European Union and the Venice Commission. This commitment was made not only to the international community, but most importantly to the Georgian people. It is our hope that Georgian officials will resume negotiations immediately and pass this important reform package,” the Congressmen said in a letter of December 13.

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