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Will the Americans answer for Rose Revolution?2009-10-15 22:57
The Georgian opposition is calling for the help of the White House. This time, it is the Georgian Laborites who are reckoning upon Washington's assistance. Not only do they demand bringing Saakashvili to justice but also making relevant American officials accountable for Rose Revolution. Meanwhile, one of the encouragers of the "young Georgian democrats" Senator John McCain is starting off for Tbilisi.
The Laborites were always liberal of critics both against the government and the American friends of the "young Georgian democrats". This is one of the oldest oppositional parties in the country. According to its supporters, if the US and Russia had not interfered into domestic processes in Georgia and had allowed Shevardnadze stay the remaining year they would have got huge chances to win the next year election.
It is fair to say that the party has got a sound social base; it has won the council election in 1998 and the local election in Tbilisi in June. However, it did not get into the parliament for it failed to clear the 7 percent barrier. Now the party is in opposition again, being one of those few who are trying to keep the foreign policy balance. For instance, leader of the Laborite party of Georgia Shalva Natelashvili is planning to visit Washington and Moscow in the nearest future.
He is calling upon the presidents of the USA and Russia to cancel the decision on the legal recognition of Kosovo, Abkhazia and South Ossetia. One may only try to guess the way Moscow negotiations with the Laborite will be held.
So far, Natelashvili is asking the US President Barack Obama to "appoint a special public prosecutor for holding liable those American officials and activists who planned and realized the 2003 Rose Revolution in Georgia and protected the current government". This was mentioned in Natelashvili's statement recently revealed Tbilisi.
He believes that "those actions taken by Washington officials and activists negatively affected the US image". According to him, "Georgia has already sent the materials bearing evidence of the George Bush administration high-ranking activists' participation in Rose Revolution to the White House, Congress and the US State Department".
It should be noted that the American emphasis in Rose Revolution was never concealed. That is why the current pro-western anti-Russian line of policy of the Georgian government was predefined in November 2003.
However, it was Mr. Ivanov who arrived to Georgia during Rose Revolution, calmed down the raging crowd, helped remove Shevardnadze and then took away leader of Adzharia Aslan Abashidze. The whole story rather resembles a political paradox.
Anyway, today the Georgian opposition does not conceal the fact that the situation in Georgia pretty much depends on the White House. As soon as the European experts came to a conclusion that Georgia started firing first last August, the Georgian opposition resumed its activity, Laborites taking the most radical position.
International Secretary of the Laborite party Nestan Kirtadze stated recently that President of Georgia Mikhail Saakashvili must be accounted military criminal and be court-martialed in The Hague basing on the final decision rendered by the European Union independent commission.
However, another oppositionist Mamuka Giorgadze from The People's Party supported Mikhail Nikolaevitch. He believes that "this step will inevitably backfire on the future generations".