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Tbilisi diplomats killing poverty-stricken Georgia2011-02-17 17:30
It is a well-known fact that Georgian political elite lives in some mythical reality having nothing in common with the people's sufferings and hopes. While Saakashvili is obsessed by United Caucasus and increases military contingent in Afghanistan, the country's economy is balancing on the verge of collapse. Judging by the recent interview given by Deputy Foreign Minister of Georgia Tornike Gordadze to a French diplomatic portal, Tbilisi politicians are eager to continue battering in nails into a coffin of their country's economy.
One of these days, Tornike Gordadze answered the questions of Scientific Director of Prague Institute of Foreign and Strategic Relations Verluise. An interview with a Georgian diplomat was published by a specialized electronic reporter diploveb.com. According to the published text, official Tbilisi is ready to bury some branches of the Georgian economy in its strive after the illusive membership in the European Union. There is an impression that Brussels officials are much more concerned about the common Georgians' interests than those of Georgia.
In his interview, Mr. Gordadze complained to the French political expert that the European Commission creates obstacles to Georgia in acquiring the status of an associated member of the European Union. Besides, Brussels takes time to start negotiations with Tbilisi on the terms of signing a free trade agreement between EU and Georgia. "We haven't started considering the free trade issues yet. European Union is impeding the process, while in our opinion, we have fulfilled all the preconditions set forth in 2008. Since then, the European Union has much tightened its requirements, which fact, of course, complicates their fulfillment", - deputy foreign minister stated.
In the opinion of the Tbilisi diplomat, such negligence on the part of Brussels officials may conceal the Kremlin's resistance. He believes that they associate the problem of forming a free trade zone with Georgia with Russia's membership in the World Trade Organization.
"They in Georgia fear that the problem with the start of negotiations on the free trade regime might be connected with Russia's entrance in WTO. We hope that this opinion is ungrounded, for these two issues have got nothing in common and any association will be regarded as purely political", - Mr. Gordadze underlined.
Tbilisi's anti-Russian paranoia is widely known. Georgian politicians are eager to find Moscow's intrigues even in solar eclipses, which fact has been restated by Tornike Gordadze. In a couple of phrases he pointed at the true reasons of the Brussels functionaries' passivity in the matter of liberalization of the trade relationship with his country, which lie in the Georgian economy's total unreadiness for the rigid conditions of the European General market. But even that did not prevent Georgia from blaming the northern neighbour for its problems. "Negotiations between Georgia and European Union will bring many positive results but one has to consider potential difficulties. With our Labour and Agricultural Code, which are seriously competed by Turkey today, we fear lest our economy may fall to pieces if we are not attentive enough", - the diplomat told Pierre Verluise.
However, Tbilisi seems to be unembarrassed by the possible crash of its own economy. "Despite that, we will be ready to take great risks if we get an agreement to enter in European Union even if it takes time", - Mr. Gordadze added.