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Unwanted guests2010-03-25 10:02
The spokesmen of Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) have held official meetings in the Georgian capital. One of them, Hungarian diplomat Matias Yorsh expressed his approval of the Georgian strategy concerning the "occupied territories". However, Yorsh's personality is ambiguously appraised by the Georgian people. For instance, part of the opposition accused him of corruptness and subjectivity. Are the accusations of the displeased Georgians addressed at the PACE spokesman fair?
Matias Yorsh is well acquainted with Georgia. He headed the PACE monitoring delegation during the latest special presidential elections after the authorities broke up the oppositional meeting in November 2007. With his participation, the elections were admitted "to be meeting the democratic standards" despite the opposition's protests. The unbending Laborites were very much displeased then and stated that it was Matias Yorsh who was the "legitimator" of the elections stolen by the Georgian authorities. They demanded that EU should withdraw Yorsh from Georgia.
However, he attended the parliamentary elections that were held in May 2008. Despite the fact that the ruling party received 80 percent of the deputy seats in the supreme legislative body of the country, Matias Yorsh stated that the parliamentary elections in Georgia went on better than the presidential ones.
The Hungarian diplomat visited Tbilisi last year. In his statement, Yorsh noted that he arrived in Georgia to see into the current situation and that is why he was holding meetings with the representatives of both the government and the opposition. "We would like to learn the opposition's idea of the country's future, - he said, - in this aspect, it would be interesting to listen to the leader of the oppositional party. We learnt about their strategy and the methods of struggling selected by each of the powers".
This time, PACE spokesman is again visiting the Georgian capital in the same rank of the member of the Assembly monitoring committee. On arriving in Tbilisi, Yorsh stated that he and his colleague Kastriot Islami are intended to get acquainted with the situation in advance of the local elections that will be held in May and with the preparation process, as well as to meet with the political parties, IA Trend reports.