TBILISI, Oct. 14 (Xinhua) -- The Georgian prime minister has told a local television that Georgia should not act impulsively because saying no to the Sochi Winter Olympic Games is the easiest thing to do.
Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili made the remark while taking a local television interview.
Asked about the recent campaign in the South Caucasus country about arousing public awareness on boycott, the prime minister said: "We should end living with impulses. We made a statement ( on participation); I personally took part in drafting that statement and that's my position. We will do nothing that might be insulting for our country and we will act in dignity.
"We will say no to participation in the Olympics if need be. We have time to say no; that's the easiest way."
Some college students on Sunday lined streets of several cities and towns in Georgia to protest recent developments - a 2008 Russian military pilot taking part in the Olympic torch relay in Moscow and setting up of barbed wire fences in South Ossetia.
Some Georgian non-governmental organizations have called upon the Georgian public to protest against such developments and they have started an online petition aimed at gathering as many signatures as possible for boycotting the Sochi games.
The Transparency International Georgia and The International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy, both based in Tbilisi, have been orchestrating the campaign since Oct. 8 and their online petition has so far collected an alleged signature by 9,000 Georgians.
Some music bands threw open-air protest concerts in Tbilisi on Sunday as well.
The prime minister has suggested that some behind the campaign are affiliated with the previous ruling party of the country.
But the prime minister did express his concern by saying that the Georgians should not change their minds by the day.
"We do not want to act like saying no today and then saying yes and then again no. Let's wait how events will unfold.
"If before the Olympics we have a perception that our participation would be insulting, then of course we will not take part," the prime minister said.