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What Georgian opposition has in store for Moscow2010-01-26 23:20
Leaders of Georgian opposition regularly remind of necessity to restore relations with Moscow. These calls started to appear in the heat of the domestic political crisis last spring. The initiatives for normalization of relations with the northern neighbor were put forward by Laborists, Nino Burdzhanadze (Democratic Movement - United Georgia leader), Irakli Alasania (leader of Alliance for Georgia) and Gubaz Sanikidze of the National Forum. However, as GeorgiaTimes correspondent found out, the situation is more complicated than it seems to be at first sight.
At least opposition colleagues of Zurab Nogaideli, Fair Georgia party leader who has been to Moscow three times already, are not in a hurry to follow suit. The opponents to the authorities don't want to be nicknamed Kremlin agents and Georgia's traitors as dissidents are frequently denominated in Georgia. By all appearances the opposition, politicians at least, whose names are well known (the opponents to authorities failed to get united) are not ready to reject the anti-Kremlin card so expertly played by Saakashvili and various propaganda resources of the ruling majority.
At least a recent statement by Russian FM Sergey Lavrov on his readiness to listen to all political forces of Georgia willing to set up a dialogue with Moscow has been quite a stir.
Leaders of opposition parties hurriedly presented their pros and cons. It is fair to say that Nogaideli's statement about "Georgian opposition figures queuing to be received in Moscow" is not totally right.
However, Caucasus is a delicate matter: it is not always clear to what extent words are true to facts. Besides politicians very often change their positions and convictions. In this way or another today Georgian political figures show more readiness to dialogue with their Russian colleagues. Still, hope for a breakthrough in this direction is scarce.
Salome Zurabishvili, Way of Georgia party leader believes a visit to Moscow and dialogue between Georgian opposition leaders and Kremlin representatives as inappropriate, GHN reports.
As Zurabishvili stated at a press conference Moscow is not a place for opposition figures and the way to power has nothing to do with visits to Moscow but only via elections.
"Moscow is not a place for the opposition particularly without people's mandate. The way to power must not go through Moscow, this is elections. A dialogue with the authorities of the country that occupy our territories is impossible", - Zurabishvili stated.