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Georgia between democracy and stability2009-05-19 19:28
Georgian authorities and the implacable opposition cannot find common ground in spite of certain steps made toward a dialogue. On May 17 EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus Peter Semneby had a meeting with some opposition leaders though he is not entrusted with an official role of a mediator. On May 18 it was the turn of public members to speak to the opposition leaders. After the talk with Semneby opposition leaders stated the authorities must make real steps to demonstrate their readiness for a real dialogue. After the closed-door meeting with public members of the Georgian academy in the Chess Palace a special statement was adopted. Journalists were not allowed to the meeting. As was
explained "we are expecting an open-hearted talk without posing".
The final statement adopted in the end is basically the opposition's action plan. It was disseminated by all news agencies. "On the one hand it's incisive but peaceful street actions, on the other - talks with the leaders", the document reads. The endurance of people "expressing their protest against illegal, unfair and misanthropic regime in Georgia" is also highlighted in the document.
The main demand the authors of the statement advance is Mikheil Saakashvili's resignation and new presidential and parliamentary elections. The call for solidarity between opposition leaders is also mentioned in the statement. As GHN reports Temur Naneishvili of the Georgian Academy said: "All opposition leaders must act unanimously. It is wrong when a group tries a dialogue and another group goes to a protest action. They all must stick together and act team-wise". This is exactly what the Georgian opposition desperately lacks - unanimity. According to the expert this is the reason why the ranks of protesters get thinner. Some leaders advocate radical measures and are ready to stand to the bitter end while others agree to continue the dialogue.
Country leaders suggest holding another round of talks before May 26 on the same five clauses they put on the agenda on May 11 when the meeting with 4 opposition leaders took place: establishment of a committee on amendments to the constitution with members of political parties to join it; joint elaboration of an election code and a judicial reform; cooperation in various organs of state power; appointment of opposition members to the Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) board of trustees.
It was the moment of schism in the ranks of the opposition that had got together with so much pain. Two negotiators - Zurabishvili and Gachechiladze keep pushing radical demands and use bad words to insult the authorities. Alasania and Shartava initially were not against the dialogue. And Alasania as a professional diplomat is trying to mitigate differences. "It's good we can speak about the meeting again. I repeatedly confirm my wish to continue the dialogue with the authorities", - Alasania told the journalists, RIA Novosti reports.
At the same time Alasania believes the elaboration of a new Constitution must become part of the political agreements with the current authorities in line with early elections in the country. Another leader of Alliance for Georgia, David Berdzenishvili, a Republican believes the opposition has almost completed its reply to the proposals of authorities Saakashvili announced on May 11. "There are a few details to define", - Berdzenishvili told Civil.Ge on May 18.