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A meeting in Cyprus: business “splitting the bottle” three ways2011-03-14 13:33
Georgian oligarch Gogi Topadze told the media about the details of a recent meeting of businessmen from Georgia, Abkhazia and South Ossetia in Cyprus. He said that all the participants confirmed the importance of cooperation despite political obstacles. The Beer King, as Topadze is called in Georgia, is the only one who ventured to share the information publicly. That's understandable. There are enough of those in all three countries whoestimate such business negotiations as treachery of one's motherland. But reasonable people perfectly understand that it's high time to draw new contours of the economical map of Transcaucasia.
According to Topadze, three businessmen came from Abkhazia, three from Georgia and one from South Ossetia. He said that even such a small company was enough to set up a rather fruitful dialogue. Perhaps, the owner of Kazbegi trademark wanted to flatter himself by telling the media that he was invited to the meeting by businessmen from Abkhazia. But we know for sure that it was held in the context of one of the projects aimed at creating tools of trust between the conflicting parties.
Participants of negotiations are so far not ready to reveal the essence of the talk. That's quite understandable. In their countries, there are many people who start rending clothes in a fit of patriotism when they get to know about the meetings of their fellow countrymen with enemies.
As was found out by GeorgiaTimes correspondent, these negotiations had no specific purpose. The 2008 war ruined all connections between Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Georgia. And now international organizations are trying to mend previous contacts, and it is much easier to revive them against the background of a Mediterranean landscape.