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08.08.08: subtleties of Spiegel’s interpretation2009-09-22 21:32
For the second time, the German periodical has anticipated the official conclusions made by the European Commission for Investigation of Reasons of the Caucasian war. According to the sources of the magazine in Brussels, it will be Georgia and, partially, Russia that will be admitted responsible for the conflict. GeorgiaTimes asked the Georgian experts whether Spiegel's statements are close to reality and what consequences may be entailed by the publication of unflattering conclusions made by Heidi Tagliavini's commission.
The moment of truth is coming. Next week, International Commission for Investigation of the August events under the guidance of Heidi Tagliavini is going to announce the results of its almost ten-month investigation. It will be the UN Secretary General Pan Gi Moon who is going to be the first to study them.
Tagliavini intended to complete the work on the report by the end of July. However, she announced that she needed extra time in the context of receiving "new materials". Now the text of the report is ready; no wonder some of its provisions leaked to the press. The German Spiegel made a second publication for the last two months saying that the responsibility for initiating military actions was placed by the commission upon Tbilisi. At the same time, according to the periodical, Russia is also partially admitted by the Europeans as guilty of escalating the conflict and providing a disproportionate reaction to the Georgian attack on Tskhinval.
"The report publication is going to cause much argument about who should be responsible for the war. President of Georgia Mikhail Saakashvili has already complained that "some idiots say we started the war". Tbilisi is worried that the report may diminish Georgia's chances to join NATO in the nearest future", - Inosmi.ru is interpreting the conclusions made by Spiegel.
Let us remind you that after the first publication by the German magazine, which stated that the facts did not say for Georgia, Head of the Commission Heidi Tagliavini cut short the early gossip and agreed neither to confirm, nor to refute the sensation. Spiegel also cited one of the commission members, the retired Colonel of the British Army Christopher Langton who said: "Georgia's dream is shattered and the country has got no one to blame for it but itself".
Before this episode, the scandal around the commission activity was caused by a statement made by Minister for Reintegration Temur Yakobashvili. He accused several experts of bias, suspecting them of being sponsored by Russian Gazprom. A similar explanation was provided by the Georgian authorities in respect of the article published by Spiegel.
The second publication of accusations against Tbilisi is regarded by the Georgian independent political experts neither as an incident, nor as paid journalism. As Ramaz Sakvarelidze stated in his interview to GeorgiaTimes, the report will hardly be too "categorical in respect of Georgia"; still, Georgia's harmful role is going to be underlined. "I believe the report will outline the modern European attitude to these matters and will provide a balanced picture. Yes, Georgia has made mistakes but there had been provocative acts on the Russian part before", - the expert thinks. He doubts whether the commission will oppose its position to the general opinion of Europe.