Statement on 3+3 Format

Statement on 3+3 Format

access_time2021-10-20 18:05:35

Members of the political party “European Socialists” believe that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's initiative 3+3 for joint regional cooperation between the countries of the Caucasus - Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia, Turkey and Iran - is crucial.

"Participation in regional projects ensures the immediate socio-economic and infrastructural development of the state, which guarantees its strength and political stability," - the political party declared in a statement.           

We cannot change the region, the geographical location of the country, nor can we choose neighbors. We used to live and will live next to our neighbors. Changing this data is only possible virtually, digitally. We have the mind to pursue a pragmatic, realistic and good-neighborly policy in the vital interests of the country, which will ensure the security, safety of the country and well-being of the citizens and also will be the precondition for our neighbors to feel comfortable and focused on good neighborly relations.

The offer we have received from NATO member - our partner country - says a lot. It, in its entirety, goes beyond regional interests and can become a good experience and roadmap for solving other regional problems as well. Such a proposal is unprecedented in the last two decades and all participants can use it to their advantage. This is an initiative that is largely conditioned by the recent reasonable, upfront neighborhood policy of the Georgian government, taking into account our geopolitical location.

It is a unique opportunity to defend our interests collectively in this format and to carry out vital tasks, to speak one by one if necessary, which is really necessary, but various forces oppose it in every way. Today, with this proposal, new opportunities emerge. However, opponents of this opportunity have already appeared, both at home and abroad. They act in an orchestrated manner, make completely baseless arguments and do not pursue the interests of the country.

We believe that the time has come for the government to act pragmatically to save the country. If we miss this chance, we may not have a moment like this anymore and the country will be beyond everything. This will be the final doom for the state.

As for the various statements and the pressure of some forces on the government - in their language - "bullying", these forces are one political force scattered in different parties, selling since 2003 under the banner of democracy and destroying the country, which culminated in the 2008 war. They have been dreaming of returning to power since 2012, and to implement this utopian idea, they are ready to repeat the scenario of the 2003 coup, they go for everything, from sabotage to the assassination of a man. This is clearly evidenced by the events of the current year. The actions of these political groups are destructive, anti-state, unconstitutional and do not fit into any framework of action of political parties. The government, therefore, must show the probity necessary to maintain the constitutional order, must take all measures to avoid a repeat of the 2003 coup scenario. They should not be allowed to put purposeful pressure on the government so that it does not make the right and adequate decisions to get the country out of the impasse. In this impasse, the country found itself as a result of their efforts.

We believe that the government will resist the actions of these destructive forces that want to plunge the country into the abyss. It is time to act in the interests of Georgia, including to consider participating in a regional project. This will undoubtedly contribute to the political-economic, social development of our country and will contribute to the establishment of a worthy place for Georgia in the region.

We do hope that the Government of Georgia will take an in-depth look at this important initiative and make an adequate decision in the interests of the country.

Statement on 3+3 Format

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