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Parliamentary investigators will hear the speaker2008-11-26 09:23
On 24th November the latest session of the commission to study the August events is taking place in Tbilisi. It will hear parliamentary representative David Bakradze and Minister for Economic Development Ekaterina Sharashidze.
The legitimate "leaders" of Abkhazia and South Ossetia have already reported to the commission. The chairman of the Abkhazian government-in-exile Malkhaz Akhishbaia was shown the door almost straight away. He clearly had nothing to do with the August events. And he has not been to Abkhazia for about fifteen years.
The involvement of the head of the "temporary administration of South Ossetia" Dmitry Sanakoev looked potentially more serious. Until August his structure controlled about a quarter of the republic's territory. Admittedly, now Sanakoev shares the ultimate prize with Akhishbaia for being the greatest political clown. And therefore he began to come out with admissions befitting this status.
"The Tskinvali authorities approached me several times and offered me large sums of money to return there, because they recognised that it was a waste to allow a man of such rank to leave Tskinvali," said Sanakoev. He said that the Georgian peacekeepers' positions came under fire on 2nd August. "On 1st and 2nd August Georgian peacekeepers were killed in Avnevi, and it was from that moment on that the situation, which reached its culmination on 7th August, began to escalate once more."
He noted that between 10th and 11th August 17,000 people left the territory "controlled by the separatists. Our administration was in the village of Kurta, we weren't preparing for an evacuation and it was only on 7th August that we began the systematic withdrawal of the population." Mr. Sanakoev expressed his total conviction that the Georgian authorities did everything they possibly could to solve the problem peacefully.
The latest revelations from the "man of such rank" have been viewed unambiguously by Tskhinvali. Ossetian radio and television have made the following comment about Sanakoev: "He is a worm who you just can't do anything about". On 28th November President Saakashvili himself will be invited before the parliamentary commission. There are plans to broadcast the hearing live on Georgian television. Speaker David Bakradze explained that "the work done by this commission is creating a new chapter in the history of Georgian parliamentarism".
However, the country's population is of a different opinion. In any case, according to the results of a recent survey undertaken by the Tbilisi weekly Kviris palitra, 46.4 percent of respondents have a negative view of the commission's work. Only 12 percent responded positively.
The opposition has been entirely disparaging about it. The leader of the Labour party Shalva Natelashvili said: