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The Georgian opposition is taught to behave in an English manner2009-05-04 10:14
The Georgian opposition promised to continue rallies and protest actions in the coming May. Leader of Alliance for Georgia leaves open the possibility of a meeting with the Georgian government. A tendency for a compromise is scarcely noticeable, and the opposition already started to talk about a new wave of protests.
The possibility of a dialogue between the authorities and the opposition started to outline more distinctly after the national Repentance prayer that sounded on April, 28 in all the Georgian churches on the initiative of Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia the Second. Both Mikhail Saakashvili and Irakli Alasania, whom many see as the leader of the whole oppositional range, expressed their willingness to negotiate.
The day following the seemingly fateful repentance, leader of the Alliance for Georgia Irakli Alasania declared that the opposition has got enough arguments to persuade the authorities to call an early presidential election. "We have already listened to Mikhail Saakashvili's crisis management plan. But we have our own vision of the situation. If the meeting with the government takes place, I am sure we will be able to persuade him to call an early presidential election and to explain why this is the only way for the country to manage the political crisis. We have got enough arguments to prove that", - Alasania told the journalists. At the same time, according to Irakli Alasania, though the meeting with the current country government is quite possible, the protest actions are still going to be continued both before and after the meeting. On the same day, the opposition leaders held a meeting with the public representatives to establish a joint council.
One of the leaders of Alliance for Georgia David Gamkrelidze addressed the civil society representatives that had gathered at Courtyard by Marriott hotel with an appropriate initiative. According to Gamkrelidze, the council is going to search for the ways of managing the political crisis in the country. As the leader of Freethinking House Mamuka Areshidze said before the meeting, it was to be held earlier to make the publicity aware of the opposition's resources and its future plans. "If the oppositional rate is so high, the authorities should start thinking and sit down to the negotiating table together with the public representatives and opposition", - the Georgian media are quoting Areshidze.
Although both sides have been talking about the necessity of a dialogue for four weeks running, the situation still remains at the point of a declaration. During the meeting with the public representatives David Gamkrelidze himself stated that the Patriarch did not express any desire to act as a mediator between the opposing parties. "In the course of yesterday's meeting, Catholicos-Patriarch did not express any intention of mediation between the political forces. He was just interested in the opposition's plans in the process of the power change and called on us to build any future decisions on love for the country and its interests", - GHN is quoting Gamkrelidze.
In its turn, leader of Movement for United Georgia Eka Beselia declared that the subject of ceasing the protest actions was never touched upon during the meeting with the Patriarch. "The point at issue was that it is necessary to reach a national consensus, though we noticed that it is going to be the next step; before that, Mikhail Saakashvili has to resign. Should he do so, the rest of the parties will reach a national consensus", - Beselia stated in her interview to the journalists.