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What should rebellious Georgians beware?

2009-10-29 16:25

4418.jpegThere is just little time left before the 6th anniversary of the Rose Revolution celebrated on November 23 as the birthday of young democracy. However over this time the image of the "beacon of democracy" has considerably decayed. Well, let's not digress for it turns out there is no national security concept in the country. Sounds somewhat paradoxical but it's a fact.


November is near, but the Georgian opposition fails to dare any decisive steps or even present an action plan. In a word things are moving by a familiar scenario described by Ivan Krylov, the fable writer and his French predecessor Jean de La Fontaine: no matter how hard you try buddies you're no good for becoming presidents.

Nonetheless the opposition is not going to give in. A few days ago Nino Burdzhanadze, leader of now radical Democratic Movement - United Georgia presented her view of the national security concept.

At first glance Mrs. Burdzhanadze said nothing new. Like the ruling team and her opposition colleagues she repeatedly highlighted that the main priorities are restoration, consolidation and protection of the country's sovereignty and territorial integrity, and creation of a state that will comply with international commitments and provide security.

Even a casual observer familiar with the political situation will soon lay his hands on his head and like Georgian citizens exclaim: "Hey, dear Sirs, you keep telling about restoration of territorial integrity, but let at least one of you say how this can be done!". Nino Anzorovna's concept gives no reply.

The only novelty in the document is that the current authorities are considered a threat factor. According to her gradually Georgia stops being a subject of the international relations turning into an object and losing its influence in the region. But the primary hazard for the country, as she thinks, is the authorities that put their interests above the interests of the state.

Her concept, the analysis of today's situation and the recommendations for the country's further development, was assisted by experts. "The country must be based on democratic values and the democratic reforms must be not only for façade. Our major goal is to make our country a reliable partner and to be stable, that will provide the fulfillment of the international obligations deriving from its security and safety,"- Burdzhanadze is quoted on GHN.

Though the concept Burdzhanadze proposes might seem insufficiently valid it has been approved by the expert community of Georgia. Ramaz Sakvarelidze, a Georgian politologist, agrees with the national security principles it contains remarking though that the concept "was not developed in detail"

"It's important that not only external threats but also internal challenges are mentioned in the concept. This is a necessary warning since it's wrong to be oriented on external threats only when the country's internal position is not determined", - the politologist told GHN.

Nino Burdzhanadze promised she would consider all remarks of the experts after they got an idea of her concept. But the core of the issue is not whether Burdzhanadze will follow the opinion of Georgian specialists but if she will be able to work through these missing details. Since it's known that the devil is in the details.

The expert community thinks there is no security concept in Georgia. Another Georgian expert Irakli Sesiashvili remarked: "It is necessary that the whole country - not specific parties - had a security concept". As Georgian media report, Sesiashvili made this statement at the presentation of Burdzhanadze's national security concept.

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