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Cryptogram of Tbilisi’s non-recognition

2011-04-15 14:20

Cryptogram of Tbilisi’s non-recognition. 15927.jpegNo matter how hard Tbilisi tried to deny the appearance of two new independent republics, Abkhazia and South Ossetia, the history cannot be turned back. European Union and other grand players of the global politics are actively setting up relations with Sukhum and Tskhinval. Against their background, Georgia's aggressive rhetoric lacks sense and it's high time it was replaced by a constructive dialogue, which idea is gradually taking shape even in the heads of the most stubborn opponents of the


former autonomies' sovereignty. And now Minister for Reintegration Eka Tkeshelashvili has also started talking about the "contacts expansion".

So long as the massive many-year propaganda against Abkhazia and South Ossetia required too big a political resource, Saakashvili's fellow countrymen will hardly forgive his regime such capitulation, though they've got used to the fact that their leader's non-competence and self-assuredness constantly makes him retreat. The open recognition of Sukhum and Tskhinval's sovereignty will give up his political future for lost.

Thus, Georgian authorities decided to place their main stake on the non-government organizations and business circles in the process of settling relationship with former autonomies, even if it so far informal. This was stated by State Minister for Reintegration Eka Tkeshelashvili in an interview to Pirweli agency. According to the official, the government is working on the measures on expanding contacts between Georgia, Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Russia. 'The government not only knows about these negotiations; moreover, it is thinking of expanding informal talks. We wish to develop close informal contacts", - the official underlined.

Let us leave aside the question why the activity of non-government organizations in Georgia is supervised by the government. The fact that the country's top officials have admitted the hopelessness of further attempts to ignore the independent status of Abkhazia and South Ossetia that will never agree to Tbilisi's power over them is very important in itself. 

Tbilisi elite had to change its uncompromising position for the reason of the evident readiness to recognize Sukhum and Tskhinval's sovereignty demonstrated by the European Union states, as well as by Israel and Turkey.

A week ago, European Parliament, which has adopted a relevant resolution called European Neighbourhood Policy Report, has called on the Old World's governments to "intensify the dialogue with the de-facto existing administrations of the non-recognized South-Caucasian states", i.e. with Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Nagorny Karabakh.

The fact that this document reflects Europe's objective intention to build bilateral relationship with the former Georgian autonomies without Tbilisi's participation is confirmed by a visit paid by the German business delegation yesterday to Sukhum. German businessmen were met personally by Abkhaz President Sergey Bagapsh. The businessmen expressed interest in the development of the trade infrastructure and rubbish recycling and winter tourist industries in the territory of the republic. The Abkhaz leader ordered the government to set up a workgroup for studying the Germans' proposals.

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