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Georgia attracts South Ossetia and Abkhazia2012-10-18 14:59
New government of Georgia will apply peaceful policy towards South Ossetia and Abkhazia and try to create democratic Georgian state attractive for them, said a well-known political scientist and specialist in conflict resolution Paata Zakareishvili, submitted by the "Georgian Dream" for the post of Minister of Reintegration of Georgia.
"We must apply only peaceful means, which may lead to the establishment of contacts. The Abkhazians and Ossetians should have a choice - what Georgia and what Russia offer them security and development. I think Georgia has a chance to show them quite a different reality and completely different perspective in three to four years", Zakareishvili said.
Unlike many Georgian politicians Paata Zakareishvili recognizes that Georgia is also responsible for past conflicts with the breakaway republics.
"Abkhazians and Ossetians did shed blood, fighting with the Georgians", said the future minister. "But they did not shed their blood in vain, they shed their blood for the sake of something. We must offer them this something for which they have shed blood - their safety, their prosperity, sustainable development, security of their children, the guarantee of their identity. We must learn their fears, concerns and needs and satisfy them. If they are calmly and even proudly take Russian passports, and even overpay for them, why should not they take Georgian passport, if we offer them great opportunities for development? We need to be sensitive, flexible, and we have to have strategic patience, we should not be offended if they do not react in time".
According to Zakareishvili, the authoritarian regime of president Mikheil Saakashvili, whic was a threat to the Abkhaz and Ossetians, is disappearing.
"The state, which threatened the Abkhazians and Ossetians, also threatened the Georgians. So the Georgians refused such a state. And if we do not build this state together with Abkhazians and Ossetians, then we certainly must show them that this is another state different from the state they were afraid of", Zakareishvili said.
Prior to the approval of the new government and consultations with other ministries Zakareishvili declined to talk about specific steps he would offer to settle the conflict. "The most important thing - we must pose no threat for them", he said, according to the RIA Novosti.