Georgian president, PM to reconciliate through dialogue

2013-02-10 21:49:45 GMT2013-02-11 05:49:45(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

TBILISI, Feb. 10 (Xinhua) -- Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili on Sunday condemned the incident occurred before Friday's delivery of the presidential annual state-of-the-nation address at the national library in Tbilisi.

"I would like to denounce unconditionally and unequivocally the incident of violence that broke out on the territory adjacent to the public library," said Ivanishvili, adding "Popular protest, as a right guaranteed by the constitution, must be expressed only in a non-violent manner and in compliance with law."

However, he noted that if President Mikheil Saakashvili had apologized earlier to the Georgian people for the mistakes he and his government had made throughout the years, some complications could have been avoided. The president also admitted during his speech that "the people rightfully stripped them off their power as a result of the parliamentary elections last year."

The prime minister also quoted the president as saying that his political team was ready to support the ruling coalition Georgian Dream-initiated constitutional amendment of limiting the presidential powers.

"We anticipate the parliamentary minority to confirm this ( presidential) statement, shortly after which the parliament will vote on this draft," Ivanishvili noted.

The parliamentary majority has proposed a constitutional amendment limiting the president's power to dissolve the government without the authorization of the parliament.

"After the adoption of the draft law, we will be ready to hear his opinion with due diligence and coordinate our positions in the process of deliberations on relevant draft laws with the participation of international and Georgian experts," the prime minister added.

The prime minister reiterated that he is "willing to maintain relations with the president and his political team in full compliance with the constitution and the principle of the rule of law."

In response to Ivanishvili's comments, President Saakashvili on Sunday welcome via his website "the fact that the prime minister stopped calling for destruction of the (opposition) United National Movement and offered to dialogue with my team and the parliamentary opposition."

"I am inviting... the prime minister and his team to have a real dialogue with me and my team on a series of legislative issues. We can sit down as soon as Monday and discuss such topics as constitutional amendments and other important initiatives that require consensus, as well as on ways to ensure practically a peaceful cohabitation between the various institutions that are key to the Georgian democracy," said the Georgian president.

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