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Peculiar features of Georgian establishment2009-10-15 16:51
Georgian opposition reiterates necessity of dialogue with Russia. Keeping the pose official Tbilisi also understands that permanent war with Moscow (real, virtual or diplomatic) is at any rate pointless. The question is this: how productive will the opposition's initiative be?..
Alliance for Georgia leader Irakli Alasania has finally promulgated his program guidelines. There were no alternative proposals to the president's Economic Freedom Act to drive the country out of crisis.
Maybe the opposition agrees with the country's PM believing that the crisis in Georgia is over. Probably the politicians will start thinking about economy a bit later, as usual. Or maybe in a cheerful reply to the question how about the crisis in your country my Tbilisi acquaintances are right saying "What crisis? We've been in crisis for the past 20 years. How can we feel about it..."
Anyway Georgia has established a tradition: economy is secondary, politics are primary. And in the program presented by the opposition leader who is considered Mikheil Nikolayevich's main rival by many, economy is mentioned in passing while main emphasis is put on politics.
As VZGLYAD newspaper reports the main clauses of the program Alasania presented in All news newspaper are these: "Our main task is to build a democratic and economically powerful state in territories under our control, to follow European values, to start direct dialogue with Abkhazians and Ossetians simultaneously pressing for non-recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia in the international arena".
According to the oppositionist "we need to restore relations with Russia, to negotiate step by step". "This all is impossible with the country's current authorities", - Alasania said. - Their resources are depleted".
It is appropriate to note that in spite of loud headlines in the press on promulgation of the program by almost number one rated opposition association, there are practically no novelties in the Alliance program.
Over the recent time only a lazy man in Georgia hasn't spoken about the need to establish dialogue with Russia. Irakli Alasania himself made this statement immediately upon joining the opposition eight months ago. Probably there will be fresh proposals in the program in a month's time...
For now practically all leaders of opposition parties - and there are almost twenty of them - promise to restore relations with Russia in their speeches now and then. Literally a few weeks ago For Fair Georgia movement leader Zurab Nogaideli promised to present specific mechanisms to settle Georgian-Russian relations.