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Kitsmarishvili: the 2008 August events emerged from 20042008-11-26 16:21
The causes of the August war has to be sought for in the events of 2004, in the actions and decisions of the Georgian government, - ex ambassador to the Russian Federation Erosy Kitsmarishvili stated at the session of the interim committee of the Georgian parliament for investigation of the August events this Tuesday.
The session was very tense and lasted for over 3 hours. Before the start the deputies advised Kitsmarishvili to keep his political statements back for TV and press conferences and reveal facts only. The ex ambassador's replies were repeatedly interrupted by the long comments and lengthy questions of the deputies arousing the protest of the respondent.
These remarks were repeated continually throughout the session though Kitsmarishvili ascertained that he was telling only about the events and talks in which he took part personally.
As Kitsmarishvili observed the first mistake of Georgia's revolutionary government was committed in early 2004 when Zurab Abashidze, the ambassador of Georgia to the Russian Federation at that time was recalled. He was replaced by Saakashvili's team member Kote Kemularia.
"Subsequent rotation of ambassadors of Georgia to Russia had a regular six-month interval, - Kitsmarishvili remarked.
As he says the attempts at settling the relations between Georgia and Russia were numerous and one of them was the meeting between Saakashvili and Putin in the organization of which Kitsmarishvili took part as Georgia's president special envoy.
"Following this meeting Saakashvili and Okruashvili that were present told me (I was not a participant) that Putin was not ready to solve the Abkhazian issue yet but agreed to start large-scale talks on South Ossetian conflict settlement", - Kitsmarishvili stated remarking that the events in Adzharia afterwards (he meant the Rose revolution and Aslan Abashidze's expulsion) gave Russia a chance for resumption of bargaining around the conflicts in Georgia. According to his information in August the Georgian government started dealing with South Ossetia, i.e. reasoning Kokoyty into ceding power to Georgia's central governance for a certain amount of a few million dollars.
These negotiations with Kokoyty as Kitsmarishvili says were led by Irakly Okruashvili then. The talks continued during the joint hunting at the presidential residence Shavnabada. But they were terminated after Georgia's government's reinforced "struggle" against smuggling, undermining roads and invading high mountainous areas in Tskhinval region.