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Chinese ceremonies from Georgian prime minister2010-11-01 19:18
The second person in Tbilisi hierarchy Nika Gilauri goes on dangling the amazing advantages of the Georgian economy before the Chinese's eyes. During yesterday's meeting, Georgian prime minister tried beckoning local businessmen with the prospect of owning the Georgian gas transmission system. Gilauri promised that before the new year, the equity of the North-South Georgian cross-country gas line connecting Armenian gas-supply system to Russian gas-distributing systems will be offered at the stock exchange.
Earlier, the transit system was one of Sakartvelo's strategic enterprises and was not subject to privatization. However, in summer, local parliamentarians excluded the gas pipeline from the sacred list, thus causing strong displeasure of Nicoloz Gilauri who is now luring the Chinese into Georgian gas network. During the parliamentary discussion of the draft law on removing privatization immunity from the North-South gas pipeline, he stated that in case of urgency several years later, five or ten percent of stock of the Oil-and-gas corporation, the owner of the strategic pipeline, might be sold but the control stock should anyway be possessed by the state. And now it has hardly been several months that Gilauri, the opponent of privatization, is acting as a
Removing cross-country pipeline from the list of state assets being non-subject to transference into private hands caused strong anxiety not only among the Georgian opposition, whose fear of the total buying-up of the Georgian economy by Russian business sometimes becomes paranoiac; it was also Yerevan, which gas-supply fully depends on the pipeline put up for sale. The possible acquisition of the gas pipeline by Azerbaijan, Sakartvelo's strategic ally, is a sheer nightmare for Armenian establishment. "There is a real possibility of Azerbaijan buying the pipeline stock, which is very dangerous without settling the Karabakh conflict", - political expert from Yerevan Stepan Grigoryan shared his apprehensions with Regnum agency. - Azerbaijan will use the pipeline as an instrument to press upon our country".