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Europe keeps investigating the August events2008-12-16 14:57
Heidi Tagliavini, Head of the EU Investigation Mission into the Georgia-Ossetia Conflict in August 2008, has come to Tbilisi. She is going to meet with Georgia's Foreign, Defense and Interior Ministers and have their reports on the August events.
A meeting with the Head of the Mission is also planned by the parliamentary commission for investigation of the August events. As the chairman of the commission in the Georgian parliament Paata Davitaya stated they are going to provide Heidi Tagliavini with all information and facts that the Georgian commission has collected for the time of its operation.
"We are ready for cooperation with the Mission. The Georgian party has all proofs of Russian aggression and we hope the Mission will soon give an unprejudiced account", - Givi Targamadze, a representative of the parliamentary defense and security commission stated commenting on Tagliavini's visit.
Readiness to cooperate with the International mission for investigation of the August events was expressed by Georgia's Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze a day before Tagliavini's arrival in Tbilisi.
The International Mission for investigation of the August events chaired by Heidi Tagliavini started its work in early December. Before going to Tbilisi it visited Moscow. The Mission whose budget amounts to EURO 1,6 mln must report on the course of the August events at the end of July 2009.
As for the interim commission of Georgia's parliament for investigation of the August events it has finished hearings of the country's governmental officials and at the end of December must deliver its final report on major issues: who initiated the war and on what grounds.
The commission's activity has been evaluated controversially in the Georgia society. According to the opinion poll conducted by "Kviris palitra" weekly in late November 46,4% of respondents out of Georgian citizens are not satisfied with the commission's work. 12,3% were positive about its activity. And 41,3% gave no answer. 413 people took part in the poll.
The parliamentary majority believes that the commission has solid grounds to make a conclusion but the oppositional deputies do not share this position. According to some of them it was premature to finish hearings of the officials. The opposition also demanded presence of independent war experts at the commission sessions in order to have their opinion on the reasons of the war, the course of the military actions and the mistakes committed by the government.