Parliamentary Opposition Determined To Continue Boycott

The boycott will be terminated only if the ruling faction and the government of Georgia stop conducting their wilful political course that causes fair indignation of all parts of society, Mamuka Katsitadze, member of the Right Opposition told Prime-News.

According to him, the Right Opposition and the Democratic Front factions will not attend the plenary session by any means, but it does not mean that the opposition will leave the ruling faction alone and let it conduct its activities comfortably.

Mamuka Katsitadze also said that the opposition parties would join their forces to use all means of peaceful protests provided by the Constitution to curb the wilful policy of the government within the ongoing boycott.

The Right Opposition and the Democratic Front factions of the Parliament of Georgia started to boycott the plenary sessions of the Parliament after the Friday decision of the Parliament to suspend MP Valeri Gelashvili, member of the Republican Party from his duty and respectively deprive him of immunity for alleged illegal business activities.

As Prime-News was told, the press conference on Hague International Criminal Court as the International Legal Mean for Inquiry of Crimes Committed in Abkhazia will be held in the News international press center.

Gogi Khutsishvili, head of the International Center for Conflicts and Negotiations, Ana Dolidze, Chairwoman of the Georgian Young Lawyers Association and Shorena Lortkipanidze, Coordinator of the coalition will be the reporters at the press conference.

The members of the coalition will express their points of view on start of legal proceedings in the International Court and their strategy in that regard.

The Coalition of the NGOs for Support of International Court was set up in Georgia at the end of 2004.

The members of the Coalition are International Center for Conflicts and Negotiations, GYLA, Documentation and Information Center for human Rights, International Crime Research Center and Caucasian Institute for Peace, Democracy and Development (CIPDD)

According to the representatives of the press and public relations, two drunken men with knives arrived close the office and broke the mirrors of rear vision of the car of Shalva Natelashvili, party leader. Later they tried to enter the office and were cursing the party and its officials.

The representatives of the Party had to call to the police that detained the criminals.

There are grounded suspicions that the detainees are the lukewarm of the ruling Nationalist Movement Party, the party officials say.

Tbilisi. April 03 (Prime-News) – The opposition factions of the Parliament of Georgia will hold a meeting on Monday to define means for their boycotting of the work of the Parliament.
The boycott was a result of the decision of the ruling party, swept by the majority of votes on Friday, to suspend MP Valeri Gelashvili from the Republican Party from his duties and deprive him of immunity for alleged illegal business activities.

The opposition MPs claimed that they were suffering external pressure and it was mindless to work in the Parliament.

The major part of the opposition MPs say that their boycott will be used with regard to the plenary sessions but they will continue cooperation for elaboration of the particular issues on legislative acts.

They also plan to forward a set of demands to the government. In case of fulfilment of the demands, the opposition says it will continue its work in the Parliament.