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The anti-crisis USA Ambassador will arrive in Georgia in August2009-06-22 21:21
A new USA Ambassador is going to arrive in Georgia. At the end of last week, the White House took a decision to change the head of the diplomatic mission in Tbilisi. The current American Ambassador John Teft will be replaced by his namesake John Bass. However, the latter should be first approved of by Senate. In any case, the decision as to the replacement of Washington's diplomatic envoy has already been taken. The New Rights representative Mamuka Katsitadze is sharing his impression of this news.
Lately, John Teft has been constantly criticized by the oppositional leaders. Following his French colleague, the American Ambassador, has openly reproved of the Georgian opposition's actions near the parliament, when the young radicals threw eggs and bottles at the delegates, which resulted in a scuffle with the guards. The USA Embassy disseminated a statement asserting that "such actions went over the line between the free expression of ideas and the criminal actions".
Teft was calling the parties for a dialogue. However, the Georgian opposition hailed accusations on the American ambassador, accusing him of being loyal not to the country but to the authorities. The USA Ambassador to Georgia John Teft is inadequate in the context of the current situation in Georgia, the Alliance for Georgia representative, one of the leaders of the New Rights political union Mamuka Katsitadze stated about a week ago. "Why do the USA and the international organizations keep silent when the authorities are firing rubber bullets at the people so that the participants of a peaceful action lose their vision?" - Katsitadze was asking, perplexed.
Katsitadze ended his passionate speech with expressing hope that "in the nearest future, the new USA administration representative to Georgia will behave in a more adequate way". So, is it that the White House has at last caught the voice of the opposition, which has been protesting against the regime for three months running, still being unable to gain the world community's support? Partly yes, Tbilisi is sure.
In his conversation with the GeorgiaTimes journalist, Mamuka Katsitadze who has criticized Teft said: "The fact that the actions taken by the former USA Ambassador to Georgia were nonobjective, deserving criticism on the part of the opposition and the Georgian people is one thing. However, the change of ambassador was not the administration's response to the criticism. Teft's tenure was expiring in September, so the staff changes were inevitable". The politician also underlines that John Teft is the last representative of the Bush administration in Georgia. According to political logics, this change had been predetermined. Katsitadze said the USA president's main message was his remark that "it is time for changes". According to our interlocutor, the new ambassador will be the conductor of that very new policy of the current administration.