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Opposition not happy about ambassadors2008-12-29 13:56
At the extraordinary plenary session on December 26 Georgia's parliament approved candidates to the posts of ambassadors to a number of countries and international organizations.
The parliamentary opposition deputies spoke out against the presented candidates. They were especially critical about ex Secretary of Security Council Alexander Lomaya and ex Deputy Defense Minister Batu Kutelia. Lomaya was presented for the position of Ambassador to the UN, Kutelia is going to the USA.
In reply to the positive evaluation of Georgian diplomacy by Vice Speaker of Parliament Mikhail Machavariani a member of Christian Democrats fraction Georgy Targamadze stated that Georgia had lost in the August war, and it was wrong to refer to Georgia's success - especially in the context of its diplomatic service.
According to Georgy Targamadze the interim parliamentary committee for investigation of the August events was particularly discontent about the work of the Security Council and the Defense Ministry and on this basis the appointment of two ex high ranking officials of the said authorities to diplomatic posts is inappropriate, the opposition believes.
This statement was supported by a member of parliamentary minority Levan Vepkhadze saying that the assignment of the Security Council and Defense Ministry ex officials to diplomatic posts suggests the government's inconsistency in matters of diplomacy.
In spite of the opposition protests the parliament backed the president's appointment of the two ambassadors. Merab Antadze became Georgia's ambassador to GUAM, Batu Kutelia - to the USA, Canada and Mexico, Alexander Lomaya - to the UN, Tariel Lebanidze - to Turkey, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mamuka Kudava - to France, Portugal, Monaco and UNESCO, Gela Charkviani - to the International naval organization, Grigol Katamadze - to Ukraine, Georgy Badridze - to Great Britain and Ireland, Carlo Sikharulidze - to China.