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Childishness of the Georgian government2013-02-18 21:12
The parties of Ivanishvili and Saakashvili are discussing the foreign policy of the country. "United National Movement" demands to introduce into the Constitution a point about the invariability of the course to join NATO and the EU; the "Georgian Dream" proposes to make this point in the preamble of the Basic Law. Georgian experts have called this initiative "childishness", since the adoption of the law on the state level indicates the political immaturity of the country. Do the analysts consider the change of the foreign policy of Georgia possible?
Political opposition in Georgia has affected foreign policy. Parliamentary minority demands to fix the immutability foreign policy of Georgia in the law. The main points of the project proposed by the "United National Movement" are the focus on joining NATO and the EU, refusal from the CIS and non-recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
"Nationals" started speaking of the need for a special law after the media had spread information about "some contacts" between the officials of Russia and Georgia over a possible return of the country into the CIS. At first, Saakashvili's party demanded to fix the course on joining the European institutions in a special law, and then the plans changed. Now the "Nationals" want to fix the foreign policy of the country in the Constitution.
"We believe there is a risk of a change of Georgia's foreign policy course", MP from the "United National Movement" David Darchiashvili told GeorgiaTimes. "This can be judged by the campaign of the coalition "Georgian Dream", as well as by the statements by the Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili. In our opinion, it is necessary to record a relevant point in the Constitution. The head of the parliamentary minority David Bakradze and the Chairman of Parliament David Usupashvili have already held consultations, and we hope for a positive outcome of the dialogue", Darchiashvili said.
This issue plays into the hands of the President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili. An appeal to this topic occurs at a time when the "Georgian Dream" of Ivanishvili demands to remove from the Constitution the point, according to which the President can appoint Cabinet of Ministers of Georgia. Saakashvili does not mind, but in exchange he demands to approve the legislative initiative of his party. And at the same time, he wants to rehabilitate himself in the public eye after his defeat on the 1st of October 2012, by showing how important are the "European values" for the former ruling party.
"Of course, the actions of Saakashvili contain the elements of political blackmail", expert on political issues Georgi Khutsishvili told GeorgiaTimes. "I think that this question was raised artificially. In fact, there is no real risk that Georgia changes foreign policy course. "National Movement" proposes to introduce into the Constitution a point about the invariability of the course of the country, but usually the Constitution doesn't indicate such provisions. This can be expressed in the preamble to the Constitution. We must also bear in mind that the political realities of the world are changing. Imagine that in a few years Georgia decides that committment to the joining the EU is futile, or the European Union ceases the adoption of new members.
What should we do if the Constitution states that Georgia should become the EU member? To give up this course? Therefore, in the preamble we can specify that we are building a European state and want to be part of Europe, not of specific organizations. Saakashvili's party initiative reminds me of preventive medicine for a disease", said Khutsishvili.