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Tbilisi wants reconciliation. But at what expense?2008-11-20 09:43
"Tbilisi is ready to patch up a comprehensive relationship with Russia, - Georgia's Minister of Economy Ekaterina Sharashidze stated. On November 18 the minister arrived in Rome at the conference on economic problems of South Caucasus. "We are always ready to improve our relations - she stated. - Nevertheless it is difficult to speak about the dialogue. It is necessary that Russia pull the troops out of the Georgian territory - from the buffer zones and South Ossetia and Abkhazia". In other words Tbilisi turns out to be the first to extend a hand of friendship to Moscow provided it pretends that there are no independent Abkhaszia and South Ossetia and the invasion of
Tskhinval was just a little misunderstanding. Readiness to negotiate with Moscow was declared not only by Sharashidze. Chairman of Parliament David Bakradze also spoke about peacefulness maintaining the principle equally dear to the supreme, legislative and executive power of Georgia at the same time. "We favor the negotiation process and believe that the existing problems must be solved in this format only. We are willing to be totally flexible and to take into account the interests of all parties, - Bakradze stated. - But the final result of these negotiations must not prejudice Georgia's territorial integrity". Tbilisi's position is simply impressive: it willingly accepts the negotiations and is up to initiate them but on condition they make Abkhazia and South Ossetia return under the
Georgian governance. Such peace initiatives have only one goal - to show off before potential allies. Who will accept it?... It was probably this doubt that overwhelmed the leader of the parliamentary minority Giorgy Targamadze who was criticizing Georgia's Foreign Office for PR-passivity on the same day.
"The country's reputation in the eyes of the world community is being tarnished day after day, - Targamadze stated. - Against this background the inertness of our foreign office is absolutely unclear. One of the important parts of the war that Georgia is pursuing is the information war. At the time of the events in Tskhinval and for about a month thereafter Georgia was a distinct winner. For the past two weeks the balance has been expressly changing and we see no active steps from our side. Georgia must not permit a radical change in the public opinion harmful for the country".
The failure in the information war was best described by the pro-governmental site Georgia online. In the first half of October there appeared an article entitled "Russia imposed its truth on the West". It reads that Russia has spent USD 12 mln on propaganda. Georgia does not have such money and that is why nobody believes in groundless accusations like "Russia bombed its own peacemakers".