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Vashadze plunges into diplomatic struggle

2011-09-28 10:53

Vashadze plunges into diplomatic struggle. 22685.jpegGeorgian Foreign Ministry is fearless, like Hercules Strangling the Nemean lion. And he is once again plunging into the thick of the diplomatic struggle over South Ossetia and Abkhazia. To spite his colleagues, who were able to achive another recognition (from the state of Tuvalu which has recently received financial assistance from Tbilisi), Vashadze first time going on a tour of Oceania. In New Zealand, Australia and Fiji, he will do his utmost to make these countries to support the "territorial


integrity" of Georgia.

Georgian flirting with Tuvalu, slowly sinking into the Pacific Ocean, have been unsuccessful. Last year's graft on the part of Mikhail Saakashvili did not have the desired effect. Representatives of the island nation in the UN General Assembly pledged to support a resolution on refugees in exchange for Caucasus' generosity, but twelve thousand dollars, given to Tuvaluans by American and European political elites, apparently, was not enough. Director of the Institute of Political Studies and a State Duma deputy Sergey Markov suggested that Mishiko is not the first or the last, who is trying to get the votes of small countries for cash.

And so "prudent" Georgia got return blow. Tuvalu suddenly became the sixth country to recognize independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia followed by Russia, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Nauru and Vanuatu. And on Sunday it became learned that in addition it wants to establish diplomatic relations with Moscow. Despite the ardent patriotism of Mr. Grigol Vashadze, he can not even become a weighty political figure neither inside Sakartvelo, nor abroad. All that Georgian Foreign Ministry can boast - is his own wife, a famous ballerina Nino Ananiashvili. With regard to merit, then Vashadze should to learn from Sergey Lavrov, who has an unlimited arsenal of diplomatic tools to successfully lobby for the interests of the Kremlin.

"It's hard to understand the psychological motives of dwarf states. We are monitoring the situation and our response will be adequate to a final outcome" - nervously said Georgian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs David Jalagania. But just two weeks ago, Georgian Foreign Ministry cheerfully reported to the media that, thanks to an active policy advice and high-level visits, he was able to prevent the "domino effect" in recognition of independence of former enclaves in several countries.

But Vashadze and his team are not going to surrender. Having lost all influence in Polynesia, Tbilisi decided to coax Oceania. Georgia will not waste its time on the archipelago, slowly but surely disappearing from the map. For the first time Sakartvelo's diplomats went on tour, during which they are planning to visit Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. It is doubtful that the Georgian government is able to achieve excellent results in this field, given that all three countries are under the British Crown, and, therefore, are the same subjects of Elizabeth II, like Tuvalu is.

Besides everything, Australia, which is one of the advanced industrialized countries, does not need charity of the tiny Caucasian republic. And to hobnob with dubious "beacon of democracy" is clearly not to her liking, what was demonstrated last year: Tbilisi appealed to Canberra with a request to support its military sphere and was denied. Then-Foreign Minister of Australia Stephen Smith said that his country was not interested in this option, but he could provide humanitarian aid to residents affected by the ethnic conflict in South Ossetia.

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