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A day to consider for Georgians2009-04-09 13:31
Before a large-scale rally in Georgia near-authority politicians are desperately trying to find remaining loopholes for a compromise with opposition. Half measures for the parliamentary majority and attempts to attract Patriarch Ilia II were brought into play. But the protestors are implacable. Tbilisians are left to rely on tulips reminding of April 9 1989 events and actors mocking at the strugglers for official posts.
Georgy Tsagareishvili, a Strong Georgia faction member from parliamentary minority turned out to be an intermediary between the rebellious opposition and authorities. On April 7 he suggested inviting Patriarch and journalists to join the negotiations, GHN reports. "The dialogue must start with a blank sheet without an ultimatum and attract leaders of all political parties including Mikheil Saakashvili We all must show our ability to dialogue without foreign mediators, - Tsagareishvili stated. His words were addressed to both president and 9 April supporters. The deputy advised the president not to hide his head in the sand and urged street politicians to withdraw their ultimatum on Saakashvili's resignation.
Ilia II whose participation according to Tsagareishvili is indispensible, is morally prepared for political talks. On the Annunciation Day during the festive liturgy in Saint Trinity Cathedral he called on the congregation to listen to each other to achieve peace and quiet in the country.
The dialogue with a blank sheet is not the only initiative of the Strong Georgia representative. Tsagareishvili also proposed to start a long impeachment procedure and hold a referendum on early elections. He as the head of parliamentary committee on procedures was given the idea to impeach the president by Labor party members. And a vaguely formulated referendum on "early presidential election not later than January 2010" is his own compromise invention.
However Jondi Bagaturia, a Kartuli Dasi deputy, advised Tsagareishvili to specify which of the proposals - a referendum, impeachment or starting the dialogue with a blank sheet - he stood for.
In order to dissociate himself from the authorities a bit Tsagareishvili proposes half-measures not forgetting to criticize the government. Recently he called proposals on reinforcement of public authorities "delayed and inadequate". "The authorities remember about changes only when it is too late", - he commented on Chairman of Parliament David Bakradze's words.