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Europe shelved Mishiko2011-05-23 11:31
Georgia wants the European Union to act as a mediator between itself and Russia. But before the mechanisms of Moscow-Tbilisi interaction are defined, Europeans decided to encourage a productive dialogue between Sakartvelo's authorities and the opposition. The sticking point is the electoral legislation, for Mikhail Saakashvili and his government are not interested in changing anything. On the other hand, EU is rapidly reconsidering its attitude towards the split-off republics, Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Considering the situation, the Georgian leader will have to sacrifice something in prejudice of his interests.
sacrifice something in prejudice of his interests.
Europe has been trying to organize negotiations between the oppositional leaders and Mikhail Saakashvili since last November but the idea has fallen on its face, for the current government's opponents proposed to change the principle of composing the parliament according to a majority voting and proportional system and hold elections by biometrical passports, which is absolutely inadmissible for Mikhail Nikolozovich and his supporters.
In April, it was decided to revive the process, which event was associated with the following special statement made by Europeans: "European Union welcomes the dialogue on Electoral Code between the government and the opposition and welcomes the civil society's participation in the process. Reforming of Electoral Code is a valuable step on the way of realizing one's European aspirations. We hope the results of negotiations will be acceptable not only for both parties and will comply with OSCE's and Venice Commission's recommendations but will also help build confidence between all the parties. European Union will again closely watch the negotiations and any other process related to the electoral reform".
As we can see from the document, EU mediators had nothing new to say, having limited themselves to declarative functions. And that's clear: the United States have made quite a mess in the Caucasus; the Georgian electorate's confidence in the American protégé is fading away, so Europeans take time to step on the same rake, perfectly understanding that an operation on forcing the opposition and the current regime to peace may simply fail.
At the beginning of the year, Nino Burjanadze met with European Union's Ambassador to Georgia Philipp Dimitrov who immediately inquired after the life of people in the Caucasian republic. The answer was impressive: he was given photo and video materials documentarily confirming the fact of lawlessness and terror committed by the Georgian authorities. Naturally, the European spokesman preferred to cast down his eyes and get down to more significant things. He told the world of the Georgian government's struggle with criminality.
European Union held a research, which results exceeded the world community's expectations. 98 percent of Georgians who took part in the poll said they felt safe in the territory of Georgia and Tbilisi. Thus, the current regime's success is simply amazing. However, it remained an enigma who the respondents were. Perhaps, if the researchers had dropped in a couple of prisons and talked to the prisoners of conscience and political prisoners, the results of the social poll would have been absolutely different. But who cares for truth when one has to draw out the settlement of the political situation in the country for as long as possible?