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Out of Baku into the fire2011-08-03 12:35
Mikhail Saakashvili has never been good at diplomatic nuances despite an orator's artistry and talent that nature has bestowed on him. Unfortunately, the current Georgian leader lacks political merits. That is why he allows such conduct and statements that alienate the whole countries from him and his state. A bright example of such clumsy behavior is the Georgian president's recent utterances in respect of "unity" of Baku and Tbilisi.
"Georgia and Azerbaijan must stand for each other taking into account our geographic position and common history. We share common views and have got strong connections. I am sure that our unity, kind relationship and common success will help our countries to create a better future. Both of our states have got serious problems in connection with the unsettled conflicts and each opponent of Azerbaijan and Georgia is an enemy to both of our states. Our power lies with our unity and these are not mere words; this is reality... We are absolutely convinced that these relations will encourage stability and regional development. I am sure that this will be the beginning of the great partnership, friendship and brotherhood", - the head of the Caucasian republic said in his
interview to The Business Year.
Unfortunately, as with many other of Saakashvili's initiatives, any "stability" in the region connected with these statements is out of the question. So far, it is unclear whether Baku believes him. It is most probable that the Georgian president's statements won't cause any special reaction there, for he is not taken seriously after the last-year "confederative" affair. Thus, he should not reckon upon the Georgian elite's ardent love, especially that the most radical representatives of the country's political establishment still remind Mikhail Nikolozovitch of his probable Armenian origin.
In Armenia, though, his words produced an effect of an exploded bomb, which splinters are still flying around the country's information space, causing irreversible damage to the relationship between the country that has won the Rose Revolution and Yerevan. The people who are not accustomed to the Georgian leader's hypocrisy are deeply resentful, for not so long ago, Tbilisi made loud statements about the desire to cooperate with the Armenian state in all possible spheres. Saakashvili, as well as his ministers, has many times stated the necessity of strengthening connections with his Caucasian neighbours. Now they have actually been declared Georgia's enemies. In all appearances, head of Foreign Ministry of the republic Grigol Vashadze and his associates will have to handle the consequences of another failure of their patron, for the loud slogans about Tbilisi's leadership in the Caucasus should also be grounded by relevant actions.
As for negative consequences, they were not long to follow. Armenian politicians and public activists have already demanded that their government respond to the openly aggressive statements of the Georgian president, for even with their openly populist nature, they may do a lot of harm to the already complicated situation with Nagorny Karabakh, though, in recent years, the price of Saakashvili's words has devaluated more than Zimbabwean dollar, for the majority of the Caucasian activists have realized long ago that his behavior is dictated by his immediate interests.
There is an impression sometimes that the governors believe themselves to be in some vacuum without radio, television, Internet or any other means of disseminating information. There were cases when the statements of the Georgian ruling establishment regarding various global problems contradicted the words uttered a bit earlier.