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European “spy” kicked away from Abkhazia2011-02-07 18:41
It was suggested to President of Abkhazia Sergey Bagapsh that he should declare EU Spokesman in the South Caucasus persona non grata. Aruaa ("Warriors") oppositional movement is afraid lest Peter Semneby might drag Abkhazia into Georgia by hook or by crook, while simpletons from the republic's MFA will not even notice it. While the opposition is criticizing the government's foreign policy, the latter is increasing activity in European direction. Yesterday, Head of the EU Monitoring Mission Hansjörg Haber came back from his three-day trip to Abkhazia.
According to Head of Abkhaz MFA Maxim Gvinjia, the European guest came to the country as a tourist. Head of the European Union Monitoring Mission in Georgia decided to spend a couple of days in Sukhum to have a rest from his uneasy job. In all appearances, his Sukhum trip agenda consisted practically of visits to local restaurants in Gvinjia's company. Naturally, the high persons could not avoid talking about work.
We did not inquire about the restaurant Gvinjia invited Haber to but one can easily suppose that it was San-Remo located on Sukhum quay. For some reason, high guests from Europe are taken there, while guests from Russia are brought to Akiafurta restaurant located on the opposite side of the same building, which name can be translated as "a rush spot". It was this facility where local officials and the so-called tourist from European Union had a conversation on how to settle the Georgian-Abkhaz relationship.
The visit of the head of the European Monitoring Mission to Abkhazia was quite unexpected and very democratically arranged. After another Galsky meeting on incidents prevention, Haber simply got into the car of Deputy of the Abkhaz Parliament Ruslan Kishmaria and went to Ilori first where he examined a disputable church and then to Sukhum. Seriously speaking, Haber's only chance to visit Abkhazia was to do it informally.
Maxim Gvinjia stated the clearest position on the matter in his interview to Echo of Caucasus. "The core problem why we cannot receive him formally is that the mandate of the mission he is heading covers Georgia and we do not want his official visit, should he come here this way, look as if the European monitoring commission also extends its mandate to Abkhazia. Can you imagine how an official visit could be interpreted not only by the European Union but by Georgia as well?!" - Gvinjia said.
Hardly did Haber get into a jeep to leave Sukhum when the Abkhaz opposition started whipping the "European vector" of the Abkhaz authorities' policy. Aruaa movement did not know about the chief observer's visit then, so it is not mentioned in the text. However, his boss, European Union's Spokesman in the South Caucasus Peter Semneby should better read this statement. The oppositionists demand that President Sergey Bagapsh announce Semneby persona non grata and never let him into the republic.
Why this vote of non-confidence? The point is that Semneby in the course of his visit stated the continuation of the European policy of "not recognition but involvement". The opposition started worrying lest Sembeny might involve Abkhazia into Georgia and suggested simply prohibiting him to enter the republic so as he did not tempt the people.