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Sinless confrontation2009-04-30 17:51
On April 28 the Georgian politicians were summoned to church for repentance by Ilia II. After the nation-wide prayer of repentance the Catholicos Patriarch met with the opposition leaders. And though today the authorities and opposition were as close to dialogue as ever, the protest rallies go on.
The opposition leaders and officials repented in different churches. Saakashvili went to Saint Trinity Cathedral. After the nation-wide prayer of repentance composed by Ilia II himself he delivered a speech. "Like any of you, like a mortal, like a citizen of this country I must repeat the patriarch's words pronounced of himself: I am the most sinful of all the sinful, - Georgian media quote Saakashvili. - I want everyone to be free from hatred as it's the worst thing in Georgia". According to Saakashvili there are no unsolvable issues that couldn't be settled with the opposition: "We will never fight against each other and we will solve all issues in a discussion, without hatred or aggression with due consideration of the opponent's opinion".
The opposition leaders came to Kashveti and Sioni for the prayer of repentance. Irakli Alasania, the Alliance for Georgia leader, came to Saint Trinity Cathedral where Mikheil Nikolaevich was repenting. "I was going to that place. Today is the day of forgiveness, - he told the journalists, - when the Patriarch called for everyone to stand together, it is a step towards the consolidation of the country and society. Today we must forget political differences and as the Patriarch said we must pray all together on the Day of Forgiveness". Alasania added: "The opposition is ready for the meeting, for the dialogue looking forward to the ideas of the authorities about the ways out of the crisis". After the prayer of repentance ex teammates, now rivals - Mikheil Saakashvili and Irakli Alasania - shook hands for the first time over a long period.
After the 6-o'clock prayer Catholicos-Patriarch of all Georgia Ilia II met with the opposition leaders. Before the meeting the radical opposition leaders stated they would favor Ilia II's mediation between the opposition and authorities. "The Patriarch will define the subject of today's meeting. We will take into account Ilia II's recommendations and if the Patriarch decides to act as a mediator we are ready for the dialogue", - the statements of radicals are quoted by Georgian media.
After the meeting, that as many in Tbilisi believe must be critical, the oppositionists made their comments. Movement for United Georgia Secretary General Eka Beselia said: "We agreed on peaceful continuation of our political actions without violence for the sake of our country's interests.