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Caucasus in grip of African passions2011-10-24 11:35
While Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili is meeting with his Estonian friends and enjoys words of support in his Euro-Atlantic aspirations and the return of bygone "territorial integrity", the opposition of the republic seriously admits Georgia's inability to join NATO and probable repetition of the North African scenario in Georgia. As Irakli Alasania, Georgia's former UN envoy, presently leader of Free Democrats party, states, Saakashvili's irresponsible policies may trigger a revolution.
At times there is an impression that Georgian leader Mikheil Saakashvili spends more time abroad. And his basic activity at home is receiving guests. The country had little time to calm down after French president Nicolas Sarkozy's visit and now it's Estonian FM Urmas Paet coming.
Mishiko has always been on marvelous terms with Tallinn. No wonder: Georgia and Estonia are pulled together by the virus of Russophobia. Besides, Estonians consider Georgians as their "trainees" on the way to NATO and the European Union. Naturally, the Georgian leader has heard all he wanted to from his guest. "The international community must support Georgia's "territorial integrity" and pursue the policy of non-recognition with regard to the country's "occupied territories", - Paet said. According to the diplomat, Estonia supports Georgia's cooperation with NATO as well as the idea of granting a MAP (Membership Action Plan) to Georgia. Saakashvili, clearly enough, thanked his guest for support.
Most probably, the meeting between Saakashvili and Paet was broadcast on all channels. Yet, people of Georgia, tired of demagogy of their leader, don't see the benefit. As recent polls demonstrate, Georgians are more concerned about unemployment and poverty than Sakartrvelo's accession into NATO and the European Union. Day after day statements of the local oppositionists get more and more radical.
For instance, head of Free Democrats party Irakli Alasania emphasized that if Mikheil Saakashvili hampers public activities and the opposition with his repressive machine, and unless a competitive pre-election environment is created and TV media continue to be utterly biased, the polarized population will naturally go onto the streets again. "This will be the start of processes like we saw in North Africa. I don't want to make direct comparisons and this is my task to prevent any such possibility, but Saakashvili may trigger that. That is why it's highly important to understand everything", - he is quoted by Georgia and World newspaper.