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Will Interim Committee be replaced by Commission of Inquiry2008-12-12 14:43
Interim committee of Georgia's parliament for investigation of the August events is summing up results of its activity with the final judgment to be made public within next ten days.
As stated by one of the committee members Georgy Gabashvili the judgment will be comprehensive and will include not only the August events direct analysis but the prior period starting from March 2008 too.
For the period of its operation the committee give hearing to 22 officials the last being Georgia's President Mikheil Saakashvili. He made a statement which was a surprise to many that he personally had ordered to initiate the military operation in the direction of Tskhinval. Saakashvili also explained that he had had no other options as the lives of peaceful population of Georgian and Ossetian villages had been under continuous threat.
The most scandalous was the committee session hosting ex ambassador of Georgia to Russia Erosi Kitsmarishvili. The hearing of Kitsmarishvili was hot and almost nearly turned into a physical confrontation. He directly accused Saakashvili's government of deliberate preparation to the war and aggravation of relations with Russia.
The parliamentary opposition represented in the committee thinks that the parliament must not put a full stop on pronouncement of the judgment on August events. Accordingly "Christians and Democrats" fraction member Levan Vepkhadze states it's wise to set up an inquiry commission endowed with wider powers than the interim parliamentary committee that will investigate the August events and the preceding period in detail.
"We will wait for a judgment delivered by the EU initiated special international committee chaired by Heidi Tagliavini. And then we'll come forward with a proposal to create an interim commission of inquiry in the parliament". - Vepkhadze noted.