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Is Tbilisi going to soften statements?

2009-12-25 17:06

4973.jpegThe poisonous talks about the "occupation" and "criminal puppets" prevent the Georgian government from getting out of the deadlock it has driven itself into. This was at last realized in Rustaveli avenue. Now the Georgians are going to avoid any harsh statements in respect of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Well, that is the right thing to do, indeed. However, will this be enough to regain the trust of the neighboring nations?

Serious disputes were started yesterday in the parliament building in Rustaveli avenue, where the government's new strategy in respect of Abkhazia and South Ossetia was discussed.


The sticking point was the "soft" terms the authors had to use. The document contains no "criminal puppet regimes of Kokoity and Bagapsh", that is, the clichés dinned by the politicians into the ears of the Georgian people. It was suggested that the term "occupation" should be avoided as well.

This caused dissatisfaction of the aggressively-minded part of the delegates. They believe that should the Abkhaz and South-Ossetian government be called "supervising administrations" according to the strategy, it will create grounds for legitimizing the states that are not recognized by Georgia.

State Minister for Reintegration Temur Yakobashvili had to explain that the international experts do not recommend using insulting definitions in respect of those with whom one is going to settle relationship.

"When we speak about any occupied territories, for instance, about performing infrastructure works there, there must be a person with whom the Georgian party will be able to hold efficient negotiations. If we call a person a puppet, it is impossible to talk about any projects with him", - Yakobashvili explained.

The minister suggested that the delegates should invent an international legal term to replace such wording as "supervising administration". So far, the document developed on 9 pages under the title of "Cooperation by way of involvement" does not cover the issues related to the republics' status.

However, it contains a small proviso that any discussion on the matter should be started after the withdrawal of the Russian troops "in the context of peaceful negotiations" and bringing back the forcibly displaced persons, reports. Yakobashvili admits that "occupation" is not the right definition for a document of this kind.

By the way, "occupation" is becoming out of fashion not only in Georgia. Recently, President of Latvia Valdis Zatlers suggested avoiding the use of the word "occupant", for it prevents the Latvian community from unification and avoiding discrimination between nationalities. Today, it became known that the Japanese textbooks published this year no longer refer to the Kuril Islands as to "occupied".

These countries have also come to the conclusion that in the modern world the issues should be settled by way of negotiations and that the harsh and unjust labels do not contribute to achieving consensus.

Nevertheless, the Georgian strategy project still contains some passages about the inviolability of "Georgia's territorial integrity and sovereignty", pursuing the policy of non-recognition, the necessity of ceasing the process of "occupation on Russia's part and the purpose of complete de-occupation of these regions".

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