POLITICS
"One More Political Prisoner Is Still Waiting To Be Released"-McAllister
20 May, 2020
The MEPs expressed their opinions about the political situation in Georgia at the discussion of the report on the implementation of the Association Agreement between the EU and Georgia. MEP David McAllister stated he welcomed the release of Gigi Ugulava and Irakli Okruashvili but there is one political prisoner in Georgia, who is still waiting to be released.

“I would like to underline that I also welcome the release of political prisoners [in Georgia] on May 15, this is an important
aspect for implementation of the March 8 political agreement, but one political prisoner – Giorgi Rurua- is still waiting to be released. I would like to ask: what we are doing to make sure that now all political prisoners are being released as agreed on March 8.”

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The major challenge for Georgia will be October Parliamentary elections to have in a free and transparent way, MEP Andrius Kubilius said.

“I would like to praise the recent steps taken by the President of Georgia that allow us to see the perspective of full implementation of the agreement between the government and the opposition,” Andrius Kubilius said.

He stressed the role of the facilitators in reaching the agreement.

“I would like to stress the role the facilitators played in the agreement, including EU Ambassador Carl Harzell and this is how the EU can help countries, which have some political crisis,” the MEP said.

According to him, Georgia can become an exemplary European partner country for the EU.

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In addition, MEP Sven Mixer stated that President Salome Zurabishvili's pardon of the last week should allow political forces to meet the terms of the March 8 agreement.

"I believe that Salome Zurabishvili's decision to pardon two opposition politicians paves way for easing the political tensions. Of course, there are other steps that need to be taken to ensure the impartiality of the judiciary, but I believe that the presidential pardon of the last week should allow the political forces to move on the full implementation of the March 8 agreement,” MEP Sven Mixer said.

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