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Saakashvili’ eight2010-03-09 16:24
Georgia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs reports on diplomatic relations established with 8 states over the last year: Liberia, Botswana, Brunei, the Dominican Republic, Cape Verde, the Marshall Islands, Peru and St Lucia. Does Georgia plan to open its official representations there? The question is why Georgia needs to make friends with the states above.
Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs started making international friendships immediately after New Year's holidays by setting up diplomatic relations with Botswana and Peru on January 15. Peru's Foreign Ministry's official communiqué highlighted that the establishment of top-level relations is aimed at strengthening ties of friendship and cooperation between nations and governments of both countries in political, economic and cultural spheres. "The agreement is aimed at strengthening Peru's ties in Eurasian region with the country in South Caucasus whose economy is based on extraction of minerals, tourism and agriculture", - the document states.
Two weeks later similar treaties were signed with the Dominican Republic and Cape Verde. In February Tbilisi made friends with St Lucia and the Marshall Islands promising to enhance bilateral relations in compliance with fundamental norms of international law - recognition of territorial integrity, inviolability of borders, non-interference in internal affairs and sovereign equality of rights. In March Georgia set up diplomatic relations with two more states - Brunei and Liberia.
It will be remembered that once Georgia severely criticized Nauru's recognition of Abkhazia's and South Ossetia's independence. Official Tbilisi considered this a ridiculous event calling it "a failure of Russian diplomacy". Nauru was described rather humiliatingly. Shota Malashkhia, head of parliament's interim committee for restoration of territorial integrity ironically said: "This is not even a state with only 14,000 people living there. This is not their first act: they recognized Taiwan and Kosovo too".
At the same time the Georgian side gladly enters into diplomatic relations with the Marshall Islands populated by 63,000 people on 181 square kms (vs Nauru's 21 km). This must be a colossal difference for Tbilisi.
The situation with Liberia is rather ambiguous. The point is that once Georgia called Venezuela a non-democratic state and Hugo Chavez - an outcast and a dictator. Apparently Liberia's democracy with two civil wars over 1989-2003 and hundreds of thousands victims is more viable for Tbilisi.
Thus Georgia is willingly makes friends with micro-states and politically shaky regimes condemning similar steps on the part of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.