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CIS will lose Georgia2008-10-24 14:46
Georgia will stop its CIS membership on August 18 2009, stated Nauriz Aydarov, Deputy Chairman of the CIS executive committee - CIS Executive Secretary on Thursday at the fifteenth conference of the Commonwealth Education Ministers in Astana.
Technically secession from the Commonwealth is made a year after a state files an application. Such a Note of Georgia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs was submitted to the CIS executive committee on August 18 2008. Such a decision was taken by Tbilisi in connection with the conflict in South Ossetia.
Then Mikhail Saakashvili appealed to Ukraine and other countries to leave the organization in which Russia is dominating and declared that Georgia was already on the way.
"Ukraine is obviously not ready to secede from the CIS and will not do it", - ascertained a State Duma deputy and Director of the Institute for the Countries of the CIS Konstantin Zatulin. He believes Georgia's secession will not lead to the withdrawal of other member states from the organization. It is noteworthy that on September 11 Abkhazia President Sergey Bagapsh stated that the republic was ready to join the CIS. The Declaration on foundation of the Commonwealth was signed up in December 1991 by the leaders of 11 states - Azerbaijan, Armenia, Byelorussia, Kazakhstan, Kirghizia, Moldavia, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Ukraine.
The CIS executive committee has already initiated necessary activities connected with Georgia's secession procedure in compliance with Article 9 of the CIS Statute.
It will be remembered that Tbilisi's accession to the CIS was executed in December 1993 following ex president of Georgia Edward Shevarnadze's address.
This is how Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov commented on the decision of Georgia's authorities: "Georgia's withdrawal from the CIS shall not have any negative effect on the Commonwealth as in recent years its participation has been aimed at the erosion of the CIS.
" At the meeting of the Council of the CIS Ministers of the Interior in Sochi Sergey Lebedev, the CIS executive secretary was milder in expressing his point of view. He thinks Georgia's secession cannot be considered a blow to the Commonwealth though it has been regretted by most member states.
There are various opinions heard in Tbilisi. Ex Prime Minister Zurab Nogaideli says that withdrawal from the CIS will affect the country's economy in a negative way. In reply the Chairman of the People's Front Nodar Natadze called Nogaideli a traitor to the motherland. "Who voted for the CIS must be either in jail or in hell. The earth must burn under his feet! There's no place for such people in politics", - said Natadze.