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Georgia: a status-quo as before2009-07-08 09:22
The Georgians have been closely watching the meeting of the RF president Dmitri Medvedev and the USA President Barack Obama. All in all, the future of this small country, which has interposed in the confrontation between the two states either by accident, or by innocence, or out of the Caucasian ambitions, depends upon this meeting. Despite of the politicians' abundant comments upon the two leaders' meeting, the forecast of the experts seems to be most probable: after the meeting of Obama and Medvedev, a status-quo will be maintained in respect of Georgia as before.
Practically all the Georgian politicians, from President Saakashvili to the oppositional representatives, felt obliged to comment upon the recent meeting between Obama and Medvedev. The significance of this meeting for Georgia is clear from the following example. Yesterday, I called my acquaintance in Tbilisi; it was her son, a second-grader, who answered the phone. The first words I heard were: "I know Obama has arrived in your country today. Are they (Obama and Medvedev) doing OK?" I assured the seven-year-old politician that everything was all right. However, I cannot blame myself for cunning: the experts, analysts, politicians and journalists give a truly positive assessment of the presidents' conversation.
President Saakashvili even made a special statement from Vilnius, where he took part in the events on the occasion of Lithuania's Millennium. "All these months we have been hearing from some people, as well as from our fellow countrymen who are ignorantly repeating a Russian propagandistic lie, that Georgia is isolated, that it has left the support of the West and the democratic world due to its government. And now, as you see, the only matter to be underlined as the basic difference between Russia and the USA was the matter of Georgia's territorial integrity; the USA voiced its undoubted support (of Georgia), having enthusiastically defended the Georgian territorial integrity and the peace in Georgia at the first meeting where any discrepancies are generally avoided", Civi.ge is quoting the traditionally emotional statement made by the Georgian leader.
The next one to welcome Obama's statement in support of the "Georgian territorial integrity" was the parliamentary opposition. According to the member of the Christian-Democratic Movement (CDM) fraction Nikoloz Laliashvili, the voicing of support of Georgia at such an important meeting bears great significance. "However, I am not as optimistic as to believe that Russia will change its opinion in respect of Abkhazia and South Ossetia in a day or two", - Laliashvili said. He also expressed his opinion that despite all these facts Russia will have to make concessions anyway, as the Georgian media report.