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WikiLeaks revealing Georgia’s secrets to NATO2010-12-29 19:14
Wikileaks materials are very popular in Georgia. You bet: that's another chance to grit one's teeth, let one's bile out and, ultimately, feel sorry for oneself. This time, Tbilisi seized upon the information that France was ready to "make a positive sign" to Georgia at the NATO summit in Bucharest, though it spoke against providing the Membership Action Plan to the republic. GeorgiaTimes correspondent tried to make out what kind of a sign was meant.
According to the Georgian media that are actively discussing Wikileaks' latest documents, France expressed serious concern about Sakartvelo's problems, its arguing with Russia and glowing conflicts with Abkhazia and South Ossetia at the North-Atlantic Alliance summit in April 2008, which was a tragic one for Georgia. At the same time, official Paris allegedly considered the opportunity of granting a special status in NATO to Georgia and the cancellation of the visa regime with European Union.
One should feel like asking: if France was really so much worried about Georgia's fate why has the fact become known only now? And what were the reasons for Tbilisi to attain just slight facilitation of rules of travelling to EU countries for the Georgian citizens in the context of the Eastern Partnership initiative?
In the same year of 2008, it was Nicolas Sarkozy who became the initiator of a six-item cease-fire agreement between Georgia and Russia. The French leader is still making Tbilisi a hint that it would be good to sign a document on the non-use of force with Abkhazia and South Ossetia, but nothing more. Besides, the Georgian diplomats have already damaged their relationship with the French colleagues to a great extent: just remember the complaints about the possible selling of Mistral helicopters to RF and the scandalous utterances of the former State Minister for Reintegration Temur Yakobashvili who gave lectures to Sarkozy.
However, for Georgia, any reference to the republic in the context of NATO is taken as a proof of international support. Besides, Tbilisi seems to forget that the country has got neither a status in the alliance, nor a membership action plan; that the West is not much fond of the Georgian leader after the conclusions made by Heidi Tagliavini's commission that named Mikheil Saakashvili as the initiator of the August conflict and that the new administration of the White House prefers dealing with Russia. It is true that NATO communication offices are opened in the Georgian capital but these are just consolation prizes and a sweet pill for Mikheil Saakashvili. The republic in its present state is very far from entering the bloc, which fact cannot be changed by any Wikileaks documents.
As is underlined by Georgian politicians, there are several reasons for that. Firstly, the North-Atlantic Alliance has set up certain conditions for the country's government concerning democratic transformations, including the issues of legal proceedings and respect for human rights. "NATO won't make any definite steps in respect of Tbilisi until these issues are settled", - says head of the Center of Strategic Investigations of the Caucasus Mamuka Areshidze. The second reason, in his opinion, is the so-called factor of Russia, that is, the "reload" process and, finally, Georgia's territorial problems.