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Europeans lost in labyrinths of Georgian confrontation2009-05-22 22:29
The Europeans are again trying to bring the uncompromising Georgian politicians to the conference table. EU's Special Representative in South Caucasus Piter Semnebi has held another meeting with the opposition's representatives. As a result, the radical opposition accused the authorities of a complete army collapse and the people's defender asked Semnebi for his assistance in investigating the facts of human rights violation...
The meeting with Semnebi held at Tbilisi Marriott hotel was visited by leader of Democratic Movement - United Georgia Nino Burjanadze, head of Way of Georgia Salome Zurabishvili and chairman of the Republican Party David Usupashvili. However, a compromise decision enabling to continue the dialogue with the authorities that had started on May, 11 was never found. As Zurabishvili stated after the meeting, the authorities are ruining the country's economy. Nino Burjanadze drew everyone's attention to the media being suppressed by the authorities and unable to speak the truth. She has also mentioned the customs having arrested the mobile television unit that was bought in Turkey in order to expand the Maestro TV broadcasting range. In his turn, Semnebi
underlined that he had attentively listened to the oppositional representatives and summarized: "I see the dialogue between the opposing sides as the only way out of the situation that could help maintaining long-term stability in Georgia", - he is quoted by Trend.
Judging by the current situation in Georgia, the proposal to resume negotiations sounds more like a voice in the desert. Forty days after the start of the confrontation, the contradiction has only been aggravating. Thus, during the meeting with Semnebi, the people's defender of Georgia Sozar Subari appealed to the EU's Special Representative with an urgent request to provide assistance in investigating the facts of human rights violation, GHN reports.
According to Subari, only the international community may press the country government into starting an investigation of the numerous facts of human rights violation. Ombudsman of Georgia has also announced the list of cases of derogation from the citizens' rights.
In the meantime, while the oppositionists appeal to the opinion of the old Europe, the authorities seem to be counting on assistance from overseas. On the same day that the oppositionists met with Semnebi, the Georgian Ambassador to the USA Batu Kutelia informed the Georgian media that at the credential letters handover ceremony in Washington President of the USA Brack Obama assured that America is going to continue to support Georgia.
What kind of relationship is the current USA president going to have with Georgia in future? There are many versions and guesses on the matter but no one is so far able to give a definite answer. One may only acknowledge that the United States have no strong desire to interfere in the domestic problems of a friendly country, though they have got nothing against dealing with the trusted partners, for example, Saakashvili's team. According to IA GHN, the USA Ambassador to Georgia John Teft during the press-conference at the USA Embassy stated that all the problems should be settled by way of a dialogue only. As the Ambassador underlined, he personally, as well as the USA government, is in favour of Saakashvili's proposal of a dialogue that he has made to the opposition in order to settle all the issues. However, Teft was careful to mention at the same time that "we understand they have different positions which cannot be reconciled in one meeting". John Teft said that was just the same viewpoint that the USA government had held by before April, 9. He has confirmed it and found it necessary to point out that it has remained unchanged.