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Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs launches blackmail campaign2010-11-04 17:31
Georgian deputy FM Nino Kalandadze recently made a statement that can be interpreted as the Foreign Ministry's actual refusal to defend rights of citizens outside the country. At a meeting with the journalists she informed that the Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises citizens of the country to "refrain from illegal actions abroad". It sounds like a logical and quite obvious recommendation.
Still, Kalandadze's message is this: some Georgian citizens must not rely on help from Sakartvelo's diplomats. "There is a certain diplomatic resource we use in these cases, but this resource can be exhausted and we won't be able to help them... Besides, in view of illegal border-crossing the law in said countries is rather rigid, which makes it very difficult for the Georgian diplomacy to protect their citizens", - the deputy FM emphasized.
The formal pretext for Kalandadze's statement that practically overdoes eccentricity of her boss was the incident involving a Georgian citizen in Egypt. According to one of the versions, the man and a group of illegal migrants were trying to get to Israel through Egypt in search for a better life. For unknown reasons the man and his guide started a clash that ended in the death of the latter. However, the murderer was acquitted, his actions considered as self-defense.
Apparently, Georgian diplomats were bearing in mind another scandal over two Georgian women accused of illegal drug trafficking in Malaysia. On the whole, stories featuring Sakartvelo citizens in criminal news in various countries become rather common.
Not too good intentions of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia to renounce the country's citizens abroad have hidden meanings. No doubt, official Tbilisi is worried that the migration starts looking more like mass breakout, not exodus.
By the way that very man who killed his guide, if rumors can be trusted, had a sound reason to want to go to Israel for a job: before that he had been kept by Egyptian slave traders. Apparently, unemployment in Georgia has reached a point when people of the country choose African criminals to escape Mikheil Saakashvili regime. Instead of improving the catastrophic life conditions of Georgian people, the country's leaders apply exceptional methods of intimidation. Like if you refuse to champion Rose Revolution ideas - ok, don't. But if anything happens, get out of it by yourselves.
Georgian citizens' place in their homeland won't be empty. Country leaders have already replaced them for South African migrant workers and a bunch of English "teachers". There is a unique situation now in Georgia: with incredible unemployment rate country citizens are subject to open discrimination when hired for work. The authorities are absolutely indifferent to the qualification of the invitees as well as their moral make-up. They are valuable to Saakashvili regime for their dog's loyalty supported by rich financial infeed from Washington.
Kalandadze's statement is quite in line with the recent initiatives launched by the Georgian officials who keep taking the country still farther away from the image of "young democracy". The concept of Freedom Charter, scandal over "Russian spies", mass arrests of pro-opposition businessmen... And finally the refusal to provide diplomatic help to some citizens abroad.