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Opposition Waiting for American Support2009-11-18 16:31
Though Georgian opposition leaders regularly speak of a need to restore contacts with Moscow, their main hopes are still linked with Washington. There is hardly a single person who would not have visited the Department of State for consultations. In spite of a quiet political autumn, the oppositionists are attacking their American friends with appeals to influence Saakashvili who has lost the image of a democrat. Will they hear the voice of Georgian politicians on the banks of the Potomak?
Today Salome Zurabishvili, ex Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, has left for a one-week visit to Washington. According to Interfax, she is going to Washington to discuss the steps that could be made by the USA to support free mass media in Georgia, to revitalize the domestic political situation and to discuss threats that can arise in the Caucasus due to the errors committed by the Georgian authorities.
It is difficult to say so far if the promised accusations against Mikhail Saakashvili will be made in Washington. Last week Salome Zurabishvili accused the Georgian authorities of systematic confrontation with Russia.
In her words, the Georgian authorities have developed a new strategy of confrontation with the Northern neighbour. «There have been several closed meetings on how to agitate the situation in the North Caucasus», she said in the «All News» newspaper. «Part of this strategy is the creation of an all-Caucasian TV and the talks on the Pankiss gorge», stressed Zurabishvili.
The ex head of the Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs promised to inform the American authorities of this fact, for them to «stop the Georgian leaders who irritate Russia every day, even if with verbal provocations». Salome Zurabishvili noted that today's Georgian authorities need a constant confrontation with Russia to maintain the country leadership.
While Salome Zurabishvili was flying over the ocean in a Boeing, in Tbilisi her colleagues conducted negotiations with some representatives of the American Department of State.
The latter have also been frequent visitors of Tbilisi lately. Either they have really liked this beautiful city, or they have found the spicy Georgian cuisine to their taste, or, maybe, they are just mixing business with pleasure: while enjoying the local charms and delicacies, they are following the experiment: how "democracy" is striking root in the Caucasus.