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Refugees afraid of Subeliani bringing gifts

2011-01-14 17:57

12319.jpegIn the gravest state of the Georgian economy that has developed thanks to adventurism and inefficiency of the current regime in power any step taken by government is interpreted as trivial self-promotion. Today, another such action was held by minister for refugees from the occupied territories and resettlement Koba Subeliani. The official handed to 109 families living in Beliashvili Street in Tblisi extracts from the public register confirming the gratuitous transfer of their apartments.


According to Koba Subeliani, in the aggregate, 10 000 refugee families became owners of their apartments in the capital, while on a national scale, 22 thousand families came into possession of dwellings.

"We've handed the extract from the register to 109 refugee families in Digomski residential area; they have become residents of Tbilisi now. There are 10 000 refugee families in the capital; up to 40 thousand people already own their dwelling. They will live in Tbilisi until they return to Abkhazia", - minister for refugees described the care the government is taking of its people.

A fine gesture, indeed. Just the one that is appreciated in the Caucasus; a wide and generous one.  Why then the refugees demand removing Koba Subeliani from office, as has become known at the end of last year, if he grants shelter to the dispossessed with a wide sweep of his hand? Why such ingratitude and a strong desire to bite the feeding hand?

Obviously, it's because such display of incredible generosity is nothing but a gesture meant for TV cameras. One can hardly think of a different interpretation considering the policy pursued by Subeliani's administration last December. He sent notifications to 22 localities in Tbilisi populated by refugees demanding that they move from the occupied apartments within 10 days. In case of insubordination the people who lost their homes in consequence of Saakashvili's adventurous military campaign in August 2008 were threatened with forcible eviction. Only due to international organizations' interference the expulsion of refugees was suspended until January 15.

Georgian politicians seem to be least interested in the future of their people; the only thing they care about is the West's opinion of them. That is why Secretary General of The People's Party Alexander Shalamberidze advised the 109 lucky families to have no illusions. "Everyone in Georgia knows about the meetings that have been held for a month because of the refugees eviction from their apartments, so it's important for Subeliani and government to show to the West that they take great care of refugees.

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