Khatia Dekanoidze: I can confirm: it causes some concern among the partners that the opposition is sending mixed messages regarding candidate status

I can confirm: it causes some concern among the partners that the opposition is sending mixed messages regarding candidate status - it is a big mistake to say that granting the status will strengthen Georgian Dream! - Khatia Dekanoidze, a deputy of Eurooptimists, said in the Parliament.

According to Dekanoidze, at the crucial moment, it is important for everyone to confirm together that Georgia and the Georgian people deserve to receive the status, and in this regard, a unified message should be heard by our partners.

"The issue of granting candidate status to Georgia has entered a critical phase. Very soon - in November, the assessment will be published and in December, a final decision will be made on it.

Currently, no decision has been made regarding Georgia at this stage, because there is a mixed attitude in the partner countries. What our Western partners are talking about, first of all, is the anti-Western propaganda of Georgian Dre­am, failure to implement the recommendations of the European Commission, which is the responsibility of Georgian Dre­am.

If Georgia is granted the status, it will happen due to two very important factors - this is a geopolitical factor, because it is unimaginable for our partners that we will remain alone face to face with Russia. Second - these are the citizens of Georgia and the Georgian people, who proved once again in March that they deserve to receive the status. Of course, this will be a new impetus for our country.

I can confirm: it causes some concern among the partners that the opposition is sending mixed messages regarding candidate status. When we were talking with our partners, Khatuna Samnidze and I were together...

Granting candidate status to the country is not an internal matter of any party. This is a matter of strengthening the country, so it is important that a unified message be sent from Georgia. If someone has different opinions, it should be said openly and publicly.

90% of the population of Georgia wants European integration, and if granting status will strengthen anyone or anything, it is our country. It is a very big mistake to say that granting candidate status will strengthen Georgian Dre­am. On the contrary, it will strengthen Georgia, the pro-Western forces and the citizens of this country", said MP Khatia Dekanoidze.

For information, the Chairwoman of the Republican Party, Khatuna Samnidze, said on PalitraNews TV yesterday that there are people in the ranks of the opposition who talk behind closed doors with European partners about the fact that Georgia's EU membership candidate status should be postponed and it should be granted to the country after the 2024 elections. As Samnidze noted, she called on her opposition colleagues to stop spreading damaging messages about Georgia's candidate status.

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