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Parliament heatedly discusses the commission’s conclusion2008-12-22 09:47
Parliamentary deputy Dzhondi Bagaturia has protested against the conclusions made by the temporary parliamentary commission studying the August events and proposed a motion of no-confidence in the commission's work.
As Bagaturia said at the plenary session of parliament organized to discuss the commission's conclusions, the document presented by the commission says nothing about the negative processes that took place in the defence sector and which led to the awful consequences that Georgia endured in August.
The deputy explained that he had in mind the inexpedient expenditure of billions on the defence sector, and after a comment by the parliamentary speaker he clarified that squandering within the defence ministry took place when it was headed by Irakli Okurashvili. The parliamentary speaker David Bakradze ironically thanked the deputy for reminding them of this.
Bagaturia noted that the inability of the defence sector to function was a result of the high level of corruption in the defence ministry, but the commission did not examine this issue at all. The deputy thinks that the commission said nothing about the responsibility of officials in the foreign ministry and other state structures.
He also reproached the chairman of the commission Paata Davitaya for not allowing Georgia's former ambassador to Russia Erosi Kitsmarishvili to finish testifying.
"I have no particular liking for Kitsmarishvili, but when he is trying to put across his point of view, to pass on important information, and he is interrupted live on air, this is unacceptable," said Bagaturia.
In response Paata Davitaya said that Kitsmarishvili left the commission session on his own accord and nobody broke him off.
Other members of the commission Dmitry Lortkipandize and Levan Vepkhvadze expressed doubt that Bagaturia had actually even read the commission's conclusions. "The commission's conclusions clearly talk about what Bagaturia has just said. He needs to read the document carefully," recommended Vepkhvadze.
Bagaturia left the chamber in protest, and deputies supposed that by doing this he was trying to earn himself some political points.