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Saakashvili is humbugging PACE2013-01-22 14:30
Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has spoken at the winter session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. It was dedicated to Georgia's integration into Euro-Atlantic space and its relationships with Russia. During his speech Saakashvili advised one of the Russian delegates to wear glasses to look closely at the map of Georgia. Russians did not remain in debt and invited the Assembly to investigate violations of human rights in Georgia during his presidency.
This was the last Saakashvili's speech in the PACE in the rank of the president: next presidential election will be held in Georgia in October this, but Saakashvili, who has twice been the president, won't be able to run.
Speaking from the podium of the PACE, Saakashvili told about the reforms, the fight against corruption and the Euro-Atlantic choice of Georgia. He called the main achievement of Georgian democracy the peaceful transfer of power. "The best step I consider the fact that on the basis of the exit polls I accepted the election results. Previously, no power in Georgia did like that", Saakashvili said. "Of course, I was disappointed with the election results, but I was proud that the change of power in the country took place through election", said the president.
A considerable part of the president's speech was devoted to the Georgia-Russia issues, and Saakashvili advised Moscow "to give up imperial ambitions", the News-Georgia reported.
In turn, the head of the Russian delegation to PACE Alexei Pushkov asked the president of Georgia how could he comment on the "numerous violations of human rights in his country, including the torture of prisoners". Answering him, Saakashvili said that he "welcomes the fact that in Russia the human rights are being constantly and fully observed". "Maybe we could learn this from you", the president of Georgia said.
At the same time, he noted that in many ways Georgia is already far ahead of Russia. "I am proud that we have moved from a state of lawlessness and high level of crime, which, according to the independent international experts, has five times declined in recent years", he said.
He also said that in regard of corruption Georgia took the 80th position, higher than Russia in the international rankings. "In terms of the business climate we are at the 9th place and we are significantly ahead of Russia in this regard; our country, as noted in recent years, undergoes rapid economic and GDP growth", said Saakashvili, the Interfax reported.