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Has Mishiko been warned?2010-03-05 17:17
One of these days, the US Vice President Joseph Biden has had a telephone conversation with President of Georgia Mikhail Saakashvili. In the course of the talk, Saakashvili confirmed the support of Georgia's territorial integrity and sovereignty. At the same time, the American leader touched upon the issue of the democratic reforms in Georgia and expressed the desire to see an open, transparent and free electoral process. It looks like the White House is going to watch the local elections in the republic thoroughly this May.
The US new vice president is rather well-acquainted with Georgia and its leader. While being a senator, Biden visited Georgia last August to back Saakashvili in the hardest times when his hopes were frustrated after the unsuccessful adventure that took the lives of the South-Ossetians and the Russian peacemakers. Moreover, the allocation of the US' donor assistance to the amount of one billiard dollars is considered to be Biden's another merit. Saakashvili expressed his gratitude to Joseph many times, remembering that this politician recognized the November 2007 crisis to be the result of "external interference".
Being in the new office, Biden visited Tbilisi last July. The vice president called upon the Georgian authorities to undertake every effort to achieve the balance between all the power branches. At the same time, he said that the mass media should be truly independent and provide the people with veritable information. "Democracy will become real only when the court becomes independent and the political processes go on in parliament, not in the streets", - Biden said.
It is notable that during the meetings with the opposition, the US Vice President promised that he would not interfere into the domestic processes of Georgia, having specifically underlined that one should not expect any assistance from Washington if no democratic reforms are carried out in the country and if there is no democracy here.
However, there have been little changes in the republic since Biden's visit. The Georgian courts are still independent from the authorities and the prosecutor's office; the freedom of media is out of the question: the persecution of political prisoners is obvious. The brightest example of the latter is the story with the arrest and the framed-up accusations against the son of the first president of Georgia Tsotne Gamsakhurdia who is said to be "the president's personal prisoner" in the republic.