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Saakashvili and Gimpu: a wine pair of political lightweights2010-07-28 18:58
Acting President of Moldavia Mihai Gimpu will visit Georgia this August. This seems to be a true chance to display the union of souls. Of course, a meeting with Moldavian children at the patriots' camp is just a pretext: the two statesmen just need to unburden themselves and solve the practical issue of how to get on with life.
President of Georgia Mikhail Saakashvili ordered to send a rescue team and humanitarian supplies to Moldova, as well as to build several houses there and bring 120 children from the regions damaged by the flood to rest in Anaklia. "I want to thank President Saakashvili and the whole Georgia for staying by our side in the hardest times. We have a saying: a friend in need is a friend indeed", - Gimpu said. According to him, "the government and people of Moldova have clearly determined who is a friend and who is not".
"Who is not" must surely mean Russia. As for the presidents, their problems are much alike, for instance, the issue of territories and republics. How can one attack Trans-Dniester and bomb South Ossetia when the UN International Court, which is one of the main United Nations bodies, officially stated that each nation and people have got the right of self-determination that goes in line with the standards of international law?
So far, the court's decision concerns only Kosovo. It looks like prevalence of the states' territorial integrity principle over the nations' right of self-determination is no longer that unshakable. The statement made by UN International Court President Hisashi Owada about "the absence of ban on proclaiming independence in the international law" opens way to independence for many nations fighting for equal rights and freedoms and speaking out against genocide, oppressions and infringement on the part of titular nations.
One can suppose that during the meeting, leaders of Georgia and Moldavia will talk about separatism, its support on the part of Moscow and UN's principle mistake.
Can the establishment of Trans-Dniester, Abkhazia and South Ossetia be characterized as separatism? Of course, not. The people in the republics voted at the referendum for staying within the USSR. Thus, it would be nonsense to refer to those who did not wish their state to collapse as separatists. If UN always carried on such policy it would help avoid thousands of victims and genocide in various world regions.
Thus, the decision taken by the Hague International Court not only legalizes Russia's recognition of South Ossetia and Abkhazia but allows Trans-Dniester to demand recognition of sovereignty as well.
The decision of UN Court is going to be discussed by politicians and experts worldwide for a long time. However, one can say that July 22 became the dividing ridge when the nations' right of self-determination became prevailing in the world practice, having put the frontiers inviolability principle on the back burner.
It is interesting the way political lightweights find each other and imitate each other's actions. Within less than a year of ruling, the 58-year-old Gimpu, just like Saakashvili, managed to earn fame far beyond his own country, primarily due to his harsh anti-communist speeches and deeds.
He supported the forming of the historians commission that was engaged in estimating the "damage" caused to Moldavia by "Soviet occupation". Ultimately, the former brotherly republic charged Russia 27 billion dollars.