Georgian Non-Parliamentary Opposition to Force President to Retire

Georgia, Tbilisi, Dec. 17 / corr. Trend N. Kirtskhalia / Representatives of non-parliamentary opposition, who had a meeting with Matthew Brayza, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State, stressed that opposition in unified democratic front intended to force the state power to retire amicably.

David Usupashvili, leader of Republican Party, made this statement after the meeting. The meeting also mulled issues, which led the country to its present condition, he said. "We stressed that neither Washington nor Tbilisi wanted the present situation in Georgia," Usupashvili said.

During the meeting representatives of opposition stressed that they intended to fight actively to get public assistance, David Gamkrelidze, leader of New Right Party, said. Position and support of new administration of the United States rendered to Georgia won't be changed," he said. He hoped that position of new U.S. President-elect will be changed towards current support to Saakashvili's.

Besides political issues, changes in Georgian government were also discussed. In particular, opinion of opposition sounded ideas regarding inadmissible appointment of Bacho Akhalay to the post of deputy defense minister, Gamkrelidze said. "Opposition was also interested in the U.S. role in the further development of Georgian defense capacity," leader of New Right Party said.

The U.S. support and cooperation with White House are very important but the matter that "Georgian voters and people decide who is to rule the country, but not Washington," Levan Gachechiladze, leader of united opposition, said after the meeting. Opposition also raised issues on independence of legal system and freedom of press at the meeting with U.S diplomat.

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