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Saakashvili and Alasania dream of a date2009-04-15 17:45
Alliance for Georgia's pull-back on the common appeal for the president's resignation did not prove true. Irakli Alasania, the association leader is ready for a meeting with Mikheil Saakashvili in order to determine the date of early presidential election. The authorities have no fear to discuss this issue - they prepared the answer long ago. Lengthy negotiations are in store.
After the meeting with the EU Special Envoy to South Caucasus Peter Semneby one of "moderate" participants of the April actions - Irakli Alasania chairing Alliance for Georgia expressed his will to start negotiations with the authorities outside live broadcast. He specified that activists who "have people's trust" could be present at the meeting with Saakashvili.
Alasania promised to listen to the position of the government and demand early presidential elections once again. However some non-governmental newspapers immediately disseminated the statement made by David Saganelidze, one of the New Rights leaders within the Alliance. According to him the opposition can withdraw the appeal for president's resignation provided the authorities fulfill several conditions. This is practically unfeasible with the current authorities but the idea to stop struggling for Saakashvili's resignation is no more inappropriate judging by Saganelidze.
Georgia Times tried to investigate the real position of this political association. Alasania's teammate Zurab Abashidze said he had heard nothing about Saganelidze's statement and that the opposition's main objective was to unseat the president and "there is no possibility to step back". Abashidze also specified that the "dialogue with the authorities" should not be considered a search for a compromise. "We will simply exchange ideas as there can be no dialogue when there is no trust between negotiators", - Georgia's ex Ambassador to Russia emphasized. To the question of GeorgiaTimes reporter about the reaction of the leaders of the opposition to the president's postponement of reelection till the end of the year (as was suggested by Georgy Tsagareishvili, a deputy of the parliamentary minority), Abashidze made no reply. He remarked only that this should be a coordinated decision of all leaders of the opposition.
Apart from Alliance for Georgia ex Prime Minister Zurab Nogaideli and his fellow members of For Fair Georgia party might join the negotiations. Recently the politician gave up further participation in opposition rallies.
However common protestors in Rustaveli Avenue are not likely to welcome negotiations with the authorities. When Irakli Alasania announced that at the demonstration on Saturday the crowd started humming with discontent. Levan Gachechiladze, the leader of United Opposition came to lend a hand. "In his typically expressive way he cried out to the resentful crowd: "We are not crazy, there is just one crazy man in this country. And we know that Georgia relies on us, so we mustn't reject the dialogue with the authorities", - Gazeta describes.