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Are Saakashvili and UN no longer friends?2009-06-08 20:35
While the United Nations Security Council is discussing the opportunity of continuing its observers' work in Abkhazia and Georgia, the official Tbilisi is openly complaining about UN's actions. Recently, President Saakshvili gave rigid comments on the efficiency of the Organization's monitoring mission last August. There is evidently a reason for that.
"I saw the UN mission vanishing within 10 minutes as soon as the armor approached Inguri, - MIGnews is quoting the Georgian leader. - That is why, no UN mission that will disappear and abandon the whole of our people is not worth yielding our territorial rights". In the opinion of Mikhail Saakashvili, Moscow is still Tbilisi's main enemy allegedly wanting "Georgia to cease existing".
Thus, it turns out that the ranks of Tbilisi's ill-wishers were joined by UN. However, that was quite predictable. As is known, in the middle of May, the UN Secretary General Pan Gi Moon submitted his report on the situation in the South Caucasus. In the document, Secretary General rounded out rough corners that had been impeding the constructive discussion of further work conducted by the UN observers in the area of the Georgian-Abkhazian conflict. Without mentioning Abkhazia's belonging to Georgia, Pan Gi Moon obtained Moscow's and Sukhum's approval for discussing a new mission mandate, being simultaneously criticized by Tbilisi.
Georgia's Permanent Representative to UN Alexander Lomaya has precariously stated that the Secretary General's report was supposedly made under Russia's pressure. The Georgian Ambassador to New-York was reminded of the elements of diplomacy, his statement being attributed to as "an utterly irrelevant" one. In Georgia, this shameful episode caused the opposition's indignation. And now it is head of the Georgian state that started criticizing the United Nations Organization. What is to become of it?
It is interesting to mention that while accusing UN, Mikhail Saakashvili said: "I have communicated with the USA administration leaders, with the president of France and many of the European ministers, and I would like to say that within the last few days we have received such kind of support from UN that we have never experienced for 16 years". What did the Georgian leader mean? Is it that the country-members of the organization have turned against Pan Gi Moon? Or, is it that Saakashvili feels certain warranties and support of his territorial ambitions in EU's and the USA's reassurances? It all sounds very strange. Perhaps, counting upon his Western protectors, the Georgian leader decided to address UN in the manner of ultimatums: "We have already said that we have not the slightest intention to give up the status of our territory; that is our principal position".