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David Bakradze’s bluff in Warsaw2010-11-13 10:47
Today is the first day of NATO Parliamentary Assembly's autumn session in Warsaw. The Georgian delegation is chaired by speaker of parliament David Bakradze. Parliamentarians from Sakartvelo are hopeful that their colleagues from the alliance won't ignore Tbilisi problems.
"The Georgian issue is among major points on the agenda and I think a resolution in support for Georgia will be adopted", - Bakradze assured before going to Warsaw. "The situation in Georgia, Georgia-NATO cooperation and continued Russian aggression will be discussed at the Parliamentary Assembly". - David Bakradze told Rosbalt news agency. - It is very important that the Assembly plans to adopt a resolution on Georgia. I hope the text will be acceptable to the Georgian side".
According to him, the Georgian issue will be a central topic of the forum in Warsaw. Georgi Gabashvili, a representative of Georgian parliament's majority explains what decisions Tbilisi delegates expect from NATO lawmakers.
"I hope the document will feature a well-defined call for deoccupation of Georgian territories as well as reference to ethnic cleansings among Georgian population in conflict zones and a call for revocation of Abkhazia's and South Ossetia's recognition that contradicts international norms", - the deputy stated.
Hopes are hopes. Still, there is no confidence that NATO Parliamentary assembly's resolution on Georgia, if adopted, will be strictly pro-Georgian. On the contrary, as Ramaz Sakvarelidze, a politologist from Tbilisi fears, reconsideration of NATO Bucharest summit may be proposed.
"Western states and NATO do their best to show to the Russian side that support for Georgia is not aimed against Russia. A resolution on the situation in Georgia, if adopted, will be correct toward Russia as much as possible", - Ramaz Sakvarelidze told GeorgiaTimes correspondent.
This opinion seems to be right to agree with. There is much at stake for the North Atlantic Alliance now. It's senseless to irritate Kremlin in run-up to Russia-NATO summit in Lisbon where cooperation between the alliance and the Russian side in Afghanistan will be legally formalized. This topic will be an important issue at the Warsaw assembly of NATO parliamentarians too. Representatives of Russian State Duma and the Federation Council came to the capital of Poland to attend debates with Viktor Zavarzin, chair of State Duma Committee for Defense, at the head of the delegation.