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Northern wind of changes2010-03-26 23:06
Georgia is a country of paradoxes: old likings can suddenly turn into open disfavor, moods and political preferences are equally changeable like springtime weather. Endless phases of political crisis over 20 years after the perestroika, regular change of country leaders and Georgian-Russian relations just prove that. Ex brotherly republic that once worshipped love and friendship with Russia has been labeling its neighbor as a foe and an aggressor of late making the overseas empire a friend and a partner. But the morning sun never lasts a day for this country, an enigma to many. Georgian politicians more often speak about the need to set up a dialogue with Russia. There are more and more
opposition figures who think so. In the meantime Tbilisi residents demand renaming George Bush street.
This is not about cardinal changes, no way. Experts and analysis highlight that Georgia will hardly forgive August 2008 events - pain and hard feelings are there to stay in the hearts of people. However they are tired of confrontation with Russia realizing it won't do the country any good: neither desired territorial integrity, nor stability for growth, nor long wanted well-being.
Today Levan Gachechiladze, a leader of Georgian opposition heading Defend Georgia movement, a loud critic of Russia, told about necessity to start discussing settlement of Georgian-Russian relations with Russia. In an interview with Kvela Siakhle (All News) newspaper (Tbilisi) Gachechiladze said: "I believe the dialogue with Russia on settlement of Georgian-Russian relations is necessary, though I disagree with Zurab Nogaideli on many points referring to the forms of restoration of relations with Russia".
Lately Gachechiladze has been actively criticized for dialogue with Zurab Nogaideli, For Fair Georgia leader, who is boycotted or ignored by the opposition for his six visits to Moscow over the last half year and meetings with representatives of Russian authorities. "We must be pragmatic and realize that it will be hard to solve Georgia's problems without normal ties with the Russian Federation. It will also be difficult to unite the country so I believe it necessary to start the dialogue with Russia without any preconditions and ultimatums on both sides" since, as he added, "any conditions for the start of dialogue with Russia will be useless and will result in no dialogue at all".
Nino Burdzhanadze, Democratic Movement - United Georgia leader sticks to a similar position. She too went to Moscow a short time ago. However Levan Gachechiladze's sudden drift to the north was unexpected. Today Soso Tsiskarishvili, a Georgian politologist stated that Gachechiladze must make a choice between Nogaideli and Irakli Alasania (Alliance for Georgia leader who diplomatically ignores the question of his Moscow visit and champions Georgia's integration with the West - author). The politologist believes that long thinking and uncertainty spoil Gachechiladze's image who must be quick to decide for himself which side he will support at the election.
In the meantime, Gachechiladze who hasn't chosen between two leaders, had a change of heart to Russia stating today that Russia will not interfere in Georgia's domestic affairs. Answering the question of journalists if Russia can favor the revolutionary scenario in Georgia he said "he sees no opportunities for the external forces to take part in Georgia's internal processes". According to him this is the right of Georgian people to choose the "way of revolution" when no other choice is left. As Levan Gachechiladze said falsified results of May30 local election can trigger a revolutionary scenario remarking that people of Georgia must give Mikheil Saakashvili no chance to "plunge the country into the abyss of war".