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Europe to Georgia: do not provoke a war2010-03-18 23:38
European Union is moving closer to Georgia at its own risk. An agreement on visa regime facilitation has been reached already, and the negotiations on the association agreement are being prepared at the moment. The tricks of the Georgian players, such as the Imedi broadcast about Russia's supposed attack, are not at all beneficial for the image of the European partners. Head of European Commission Josй Manuel Barroso called upon Prime Minister Nika Gilauri to prevent the country from any actions that could aggravate the situation.
The meeting between Barroso and Gilauri (see photo) was held in Brussels. As a rule, the Georgian delegation receives material and ideological support there and learns about the new sunny prospects. However, this time it was criticized for the tricks of the Imedi TV channel and "modeling" another war that kept the whole country on toes.
"I would like Georgia to withhold from any actions that could lead to increasing the tension in the region, - the head of the European Commission stated. - I am very much worried about the joke played with the audience".
Georgian Prime Minister admitted that it "was not the best thing" on the part of Imedi to air a piece like that. According to him, an investigation is going to be held on the matter but the prime minister tried to justify himself beforehand: the government holds no control over the private TV company.
Everyone pretended to believe him. Right after the November 2007 events when the Imedi channel supporting the demonstrators was destroyed the television company lost its independence. At first it was just shut down, while after the death of its owner, the disgraced Georgian businessman Badri Patarkatsishvili it was sold to the Arabian investors with violation of the legal heirs' rights. The new owners often proved their loyalty to the authorities using the informational policy of the channel aimed against the opposition.
The Imedi broadcast about Russia's attack and the murder of Saakashvili was created with the participation of the government structures. This fact was confirmed by two audio records of the telephone conversations published at the Magpie website registered in Great Britain. One of the records shows head of the TV company Georgiy Arveladze assuring one of his employees that the president was well aware of the whole affair. The other one shows Saakashvili explaining to one of the ministers after the broadcasting of the TV sensation that the only mistake was the absence of the warning titles.