Former Georgian Dream MPs issue a statement. According to them, the American Embassy submitted a written document to the Parliament of Georgia a couple of days ago on judicial reform, which additionally supports their conclusion that all the efforts of the Embassy are aimed at weakening state institutions and strengthening the radical opposition.
In addition, it is noted that the document submitted by the Embassy to the Parliament of Georgia contains a number of problematic and absurd instructions.
"A couple of days ago, the American Embassy submitted a written document to the Parliament of Georgia on judicial reform, which additionally confirms our conclusion that all the efforts of the Embassy are aimed at weakening state institutions and strengthening the radical opposition.
Let's start with the fact that the word "must" is used 60 times in the document, while the Embassy makes "recommendations" to the Parliament on specific issues only 9 times. Even this fact shows a completely disrespectful and harsh attitude towards the sovereignty and state institutions of Georgia. Such a document cannot be called "recommendations", but only "instructions", which, unfortunately, reminds us of the Soviet past and evokes the corresponding grave associations.
Of course, the Embassy can express opinions about Georgian legislation. However, an embassy operating in a sovereign state and imbued with respect for sovereignty should limit itself to the aspect of justice in making recommendations, and in no case should interfere with expediency. In particular, the embassy can say that this or that norm of the legislation is unfair, but how to change the just norms, the embassy should not give itself the right to say that, under the conditions of respect for the sovereignty of Georgia.
Unfortunately, during the past years, a vicious practice was established, when embassy representatives sat directly in working groups and participated in the law-making process. Such practice is completely unacceptable in a sovereign state, no matter how strategic the partnership between the two states is. We will do our best to prevent this kind of practice in the future and laws, in accordance with the principles of democracy and people's sovereignty, will be written only by the representatives of the state institutions that have been given the appropriate legitimacy based on the Constitution of Georgia.
Since the word about the Constitution was mentioned, we note here that the Embassy requests the Parliament of Georgia to change five constitutional norms. In addition, we are talking about norms that have already been evaluated as fair and flawless by the Venice Commission. This is also a manifestation of disrespectful and harsh attitude towards the state. The stability of the Constitution is one of the main pillars of the stability of the state. When the Embassy is constantly trying to force the Parliament of Georgia to introduce changes in the Constitution of Georgia, this once again makes us think that weakening the stability of the state is a kind of self-goal for the Embassy," the statement said.