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David Bakradze’s secret veche2009-04-30 17:58
European diplomats are again calling the Georgian opposition and the country leaders to the negotiating table. However, the street confrontation never moved off dead center. A new target for criticism is the Speaker of Parliament David Bakradze, who declares to have held negotiations with the leaders of some oppositional parties.
Terry Davis, Secretary General of the CE, is trying to convince the Georgian politicians that the Parliament is a much more suitable place for problem solving than the street. "The current situation in Georgia between the opposition and government must be settled by means of negotiations. All the questions raised by the opposition should be addressed in the Parliament. I do not understand why the oppositional deputies have withdrawn from their mandates. I do not think one can settle anything in the street. I just cannot see how they are going to oppose from the street", - the Georgian media are quoting Terry Davis.
The opposition gave the French diplomat's observations hostile reception. After the French Ambassador to Georgia Eric Fournier declared that a meeting with the country leaders at a hotel instead of in the Parliament blocked by ward-cages is inadmissible, the opposition made a decision to establish a special group to contact with the diplomatic corps. The group comrised Irakli Alasania, Nino Burjanadze, Kakha Kukava and Salome Zurabishvili. According to Day.az, members of the group provide the diplomatic corps with complete information on the action progress and the future plans of the opposition, as well as on provocative acts against their supporters.
As explained by oppositionists, the list of provocative acts is growing like a weed. Some accusations evoke a smile: throwing packages of water at the protesters, "bombing" the ward-cages with packages filled with fecal matter. It would not be that funny if it were not that sad. Both the opposition and government have not yet made a single step towards each other.
The authorities suggest there is a certain part of society standing behind each of the opposition leaders. That is why the government does not want this part of society to develop a feeling of being marginalized and pushed into the corner. It would be generally bad for the political stability of the country. Accordingly, the authorities want to offer the opposition a way out of the dead-end situation it is now facing. As their representatives stated, they cannot make out the purpose of the "prison ward action", which seems to have no effect, yet has brought the people participating in the action into discredit.
Moreover, Mikhail Saakashvili's supporters have started to talk about an opportunity to establish new oppositional parties in Georgia that would be more constructive and less radically disposed. Vice-Speaker of Parliament Gigi Tsereteli has told the journalists that he leaves open the possibility that such parties will comprise those representatives of the ruling party that are unsatisfied with the government's political policy. At the same time, Gigi Tsereteli supposes that the constructive opposition will also include part of the current oppositional range. In the Vice-Speaker's opinion, the radical opposition has no future, while the constructive opposition is going to gain much more supporters.