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Opposition flunks Security Council session

2009-10-13 14:19

4248.jpegA widely advertised meeting between Saakashvili and opposition leaders was aborted. Media reported that at the extended session of the National Security Council Saakashvili and non-parliamentary opposition would discuss strategy towards Abkhazia and South Ossetia that the Georgian authorities denominate as "occupied territories". However before the meeting the opposition backtracked from the meeting. GeorgiaTimes correspondent has tried to find out why.


Georgian media have already informed that Saakashvili had a meeting with several opposition leaders. Eka Tkeshelashvili, Georgia's Security Council secretary assured the opponents that the authorities were ready to make certain concessions and consider the Security Council (SC) reorganization issue.

This initiative was proposed by the Christian Democratic movement of the parliamentary opposition. Naturally nobody welcomed radicals at the SC meeting. Supposedly the oppositionists that agreed to take part in the NSC session in August would have come again.

Lately the dialogue between this part of non-parliamentary opposition and the country's leadership has intensified. That's why statements on the coming meeting looked realistic. But Georgia is an unpredictable country. No analyst would contradict that.

The time of the meeting was getting closer and it was getting clear that the opposition was not going to be appeasable this time. At first the conservatives stated they didn't want to take part in "political shows".

"As for the issues to be considered at today's session, including Abkhazia and South Ossetia, Georgian society, Abkhazians and Ossetians have all lost trust in the current government", - Dzidziguri specified.

On behalf of his party he called on all opposition forces to stay away from the SC sessions, as it will only serve to prolongation of Saakashvili regime. Leaders of other opposition parties traditionally deaf to each other displayed enviable unanimity this time.

Petre Mamradze, parliamentary deputy of Zurab Nogaideli's Movement For Fair Georgia who was among the participants at the first meeting, came down with criticism of the suggested agenda stating he would not attend this meeting. He called the extended session of NSC "a PR move and an imitation of democracy", - reports.

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