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Why Temur Yakobashvili took offence at Sergey Bagapsh

2009-09-04 15:38

3861.jpegGeorgia's Vice Prime Minister, State Minister for Reintegration Temur Yakobashvili is ready to resort to international organizations in case any actions against Georgian sailors are taken by the Abkhaz authorities. This is official Tbilisi's reaction to Abkhaz leader Sergey Bagapsh's statement promising to destroy Georgian ships "trespassing on Abkhazian waters". This is a repetition of the hoary scenario frequently used by official Tbilisi: provocation-reaction-appeal to the world community.


It has to be specifically highlighted that official Tbilisi always acts as the "offended side". The inherent talent allows Georgians to fit well into this stage image. They do it so well that even the media that constantly oppose persistent Georgian propaganda for the sake of objectivity have to explain - it is believed in Georgia etc.

Remarkably no Georgian media or any Georgian statesman has tried to get the idea of their opponents also for the sake of objectivity. This is the root of all problems. Official Tbilisi doesn't want to understand anyone waiting for the only thing - for the whole world to accept their position.

This incident is not an exception. After last August events when Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili decided to solve the problem by force the stale ethnic conflict led to the nascence of two new subjects of international law. Instead of analyzing the situation and wondering why two nations refused to belong to the unique Georgian family the Tbilisian politicians chose the line of least resistance by placing all blame onto Russia that guaranteed Abkhazians and South Ossetians their right to self-determination. Though Georgians themselves have been raising their statehood since 1990s unwilling to live under one roof with Russian nations. They believe it's ok. While it's not ok for Abkhazians and South Ossetians.

Surely it's a delicate issue. Each side has its own arguments that touch the most painful heart strings. And elephant's grace in a china shop is no good here. But this is the grace with which Tbilisi champions its "lawful" positions not recognizing the new republics and referring to the virtual "integrity" of its state. They adopt the "law on occupied territories" to detain all vessels sailing to the "Abkhaz region".

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