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Saakashvili is trying to manipulate Themis2009-05-13 14:52
During the meeting with the oppositional leaders demanding his resignation, President of Georgia Mikhail Saakashvili proposed to announce a moratorium on all the administrative offences committed by people in the course of the protest actions. European diplomats are in favor of Saakashvili's proposal but the human rights defenders treat it as the authorities' attempt to avoid responsibility, calling to maintain the supremacy of law.
The meeting between the Georgian president and the oppositional leaders that took place on May, 11 did not have any tangible effect. The opposition is again preparing new protest actions. It is still unclear whether the oppositionists are going to agree to Saakashvili's proposal and start co-operative work on the Constitution amendments. On May, 12, general secretary of Movement for the United Georgia Eka Beselia, on behalf of "The April 9 Committee", which comprises the leaders of non-parliament opposition, stated that all the Committee member-parties believe Saakashvili's resignation and the early presidential election to be the only way for the country to manage the crisis. According to her, establishing a special group that would work on constitutional
reforms will not diffuse the situation in the country; instead, it may heighten tensions. As Beselia underlined, the authorities are deliberately trying to pile on the pressure. "I feel that the government is deliberately aggravating the process", - the Georgian media are quoting Eka Beselia's speech.
Meanwhile, even the radical oppositionists are pondering over Saakashvili's proposal. At any rate, according to the Georgian media, the office of Nino Burjanadze's party held consultations on the matter all through May, 12.
As to another Saakashvili's proposal, the announcement of moratorium on the investigation of the administrative offences committed by the oppositionists, it has not been yet commented upon. Well, this seems to be quite clear. No one has announced any validity terms for such moratorium. Thus, it turns out that the authorities may at any suitable moment unfreeze all the affairs against the oppositionists. Besides, if the authorities mean any administrative offences on the part of the opposition, the latter, vice versa, is bringing similar charges in respect of the current government.
European diplomats were quite optimistic about the newly-started dialogue between the opposition and Saakashvili. For example, the EU Special Representative in the South Caucasus Piter Semnebi considered the meeting between President of Georgia Mikhail Saakashvili and the non-parliament opposition representatives to be "a good sign". This was stated by Piter Semnebi in Stockholm in his on-air interview to Rustavi-2. "The political confrontation in Tbilisian streets should shift to the negotiating table", - Piter Semnebi underlined. He expressed hope that "the first meeting will be soon followed by others". "I hope that the priority issues in negotiations will be those relating to the elections and Constitution, as well as the freedom of mass media. It would be good for both sides to speculate upon the results they might achieve", - Piter Semnebi said, stressing the fact that the proposals made by the Georgian president and addressed to the opposition are fully in line with the EU recommendations.