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Georgian parliamentary opposition demands further interrogations of officials2008-12-02 16:42
Georgia's interim parliamentary commission for investigation of the August events has actually brought the hearings of the country's government officials to a close after the speech of Georgia's president Mikheil Saakashvili and by the end of December must reveal the statement that will answer two main questions: who started the war and on what grounds?
Representatives of the parliamentary majority believe that the commission has enough valid reasons to make a faultless statement but the opposition deputies do not share this point of view.
For instance the representative of the Christian and Democratic movement in the commission Levan Vepkhvadze thinks that rounding up hearings of the officials - current or former - is impossible as the commission has not interrogated Georgia's Permanent Representative to the UN Irakly Alasanya and Georgia's ex ambassador to Russia Irakly Chubinishvili yet. The opposition also requires to be invited to the sessions of independent commission of war experts in order to hear their opinion on the causes of the war, the development of military operations and the mistakes committed by the government.
The thing is that Georgia's ex ambassador to the Russian Federation Erosy Kitsmarishvili in his scandalous speech at the commission session last week accused the Georgian government of being the first to start the military actions and yielding to the organized provocation. According to him the Georgian leaders were getting ready to the war while he had warned of the inadmissibility to start the military operation as Russia would have surely responded to it. Kitsmarishvili emphasized that his position had been supported by the current ambassador of Georgia to the UN Irakly Alasanya and Georgia's ex ambassador to Russia Irakly Chubinishvili.
The opposition believes that the commission must necessarily give a hearing to Chubinishvili and Alasanya and if their presence at the session turns out impossible (presently both of them are out of Georgia) at least demand their written response to a number of questions.
Parliamentary opposition would also like to listen to ex speaker of Georgia's Parliament Nino Burdzhanadze in connection with the August events.
As for independent war experts their declarations in the Georgian mass media were characterized by tough criticism against the Georgian parliament after August. It is interesting that the experts criticized the authorities not only for the start of the war but for a chaotic military operation without a definite plan and an unreasonably rapid surrender.