Norland asks Margvelashvili - How he will take on skeptics in Washington regarding Georgia’s obsession with the past
08 October, 2014
“When your first visit to Washington is scheduled, how will you take on some of the skeptics who are still in Washington that wonder whether Georgia’s still obsessed with past and not the future?’’ - The U.S. Ambassador asked Giorgi Margvelashvili who responded, by saying that in this respect, we are facing a challenge.
“I think in this respect we are facing a couple of challenge. The challenge is there and we all acknowledge the challenge. We are seeing that our dearest friends in Europe and the U.S. who really have done a lot for our country are concerned with what is happening in Georgian politics and are concerned about the specific cases of prosecution of the previous government officials. My response to this issue is that first, I am really concerned about that, the second, I think that we have to give our society a possibility to overcome this in a very open discussion and to improve our democratic standards. If we attempt to dictate to the courts and the prosecution on how they should behave, we will not achieve a higher level of democracy. It should be done internally and civil society should play a bigger role in this’’ - Giorgi Margvelashvili said.
As per the President of Georgia, the second truth is that law enforcer agencies should do their business and discuss the cases not from a political point of view.