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Saakashvili reporting and laughing2010-02-27 22:30
Recently Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili delivered his annual report in parliament emphasizing that the policy of European integration shall not be altered and promising to liberalize the country's economy and hold model local elections in May. Despite the president's promises, during debates the parliamentarians accused him of power usurpation and detachment from real problems in the country.
In his annual address to the parliament the Georgian leader traditionally spoke about Russia. In Saakashvili's opinion it is "the Russian intervention" as well as the global financial crisis and springtime protest actions that made year 2009 so hard, Caucasian Knot reports.
Nonetheless Mikheil Nikolayevich said that despite heavy conditions Georgia's integration into NATO and European Union remains a top priority of the policy he is pursuing. "Our policy is to protect civilization and democracy values wherever they be - in Iraq or Afghanistan". - Rosbalt quotes. - This won't be an easy way, full of obstacles but we will all remember where we are and where we are aiming at and what the dream of our ancestors was".
Referring to the dreams of ancestors Saakashvili plays cunning. Hardly would people that are now gone approve of the current social and economic situation in the country as well as the aggressiveness of current regime. Besides, people that are living in Georgia now, seem disillusioned with the president's idйe fixe on the republic's integration into the North Atlantic alliance. As we know according to a public opinion poll carried out by Maestro TV in July only 42% citizens favor the country leadership's intention to get integrated into NATO. Meanwhile 55% respondents are against accession. Regardless of this public sentiment Saakashvili keeps promoting Georgia for Western partners. In late January he came forward with the initiative to offer the USA the country's territory as a base for NATO blows on Taliban. "I am ready to lend sea ports of the country for NATO ships and airports for refueling and technical maintenance of military and transport aircrafts of the alliance", - the president said. Apparently making these generous offers the Georgian leader was led by personal considerations only, not the "dreams of ancestors". Back to the report now.