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Ivanishvili in action

2011-11-21 20:07

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At a press conference for representatives of regional mass media Bidzina Ivanishvili told about measures he plans to take if his political movement wins the coming parliamentary election. He highlights normalization of relations with Russia as his crucial task.


The oppositional billionaire discussed many things at his conference mentioning that consolidation of regions poorly managed by Saakashvili's government has led to complete isolation of a number of villages whose problems are left unresolved. He also spoke about his intention to call on the head of the state to reinstate him as a Georgian citizen with all support of common people, public organizations and Catholicos Patriarch Ilia II himself. As well as prospects of cooperation with Nino Burdzhanadze. His key point was the problem of reconciliation with Russia.

"Our first task will be to return Georgian produce to the Russian market", - the businessman said. - This market was shut down for Georgian farmers before August 2008 largely as a result of non-diplomatic and unrestrained statements made by president Mikheil Saakashvili. As long as Saakashvili governs Georgia, it is impossible to make it up with Russia. Yet, even after the change of regime this will be difficult. Tough negotiations are in store for us".

Bidzina Ivanishvili also spoke about Abkhazia and South Ossetia acknowledging that the dialogue with Sukhum and Tskhinval should be held at an interstate level.

"We must involve our brothers from Abkhazia and Ossetia in political process. We must find a way to hold talks at a state level, and we must start setting our relations with Russia right. This is not an easy task, and we must handle that", - the billionaire remarked.

In view of the events of August 2008 journalists were particularly interested why Ivanishvili-owned Kartu foundation was not engaged in active help to the victims of the five-day war. The businessman, who avoided publicity for a long time, explained that the reason was Saakashvili regime's desire to gain points on people's tragedy.

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