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If only the Inguri hydro-electric plant could be surrendered…2009-03-16 17:57
Georgia is discussing frustration of talks with InterRAO on maintenance of the Inguri hydro electric plant. The opposition is again objecting to a bilateral memorandum. The president seems greatly tempted to yield to it over the issue but the electric power will not operate on the oppositional steam only.
Inter RAO was surprised to hear Paata Davitaya's statement. Boris Zverev, the head of PR service ascertained Kommersant radio that the company was pursuing consultations with Tbilisi. On the Georgian side the Vice Speaker's information was contradicted by Energy Minister Alexander Khetaguri.
It will be remembered that on March 11 Davitaya added frustration of talks with Inter RAO UES to the merits of the opposition. "Our activity made the Georgian side analyze and provoked alarm on the part of Russia, - "We ourselves" opposition movement leader was quoted by Business Georgia . "Not only wasn't the contract executed, its elaboration has not even been started yet", - Davitaya assured. Last night on March 12 Lasha Zhvania, Minister for Economic Development, confirmed that the contract elaboration had not been initiated yet. "The process is simply suspended", - he specified on the website above.
The fact that the talks were not going smoothly was clear during by the republic's Prime Minister Nika Gilauri's speech before the students of Georgian Institute of Public Affairs. Nosy fellows were interested to learn details of the December agreement with Inter RAO but they were interrupted by the head of the government: "Many people were able to take a look at the memorandum which led to no further elaboration of the agreement". Nevertheless Gilauri assumed the document would be executed in a few months' time, as day.az reports.
It should be acknowledged that in conditions of harsh criticism and threats of power overthrow president Mikheil Saakashvili apparently does not want to enrage the opposition. And the question of cooperation with the Russian company for the opponents of the government is like a red cloth for a bull.
Yesterday the Christian and Democratic party reminded that the law "On occupied territories" was subject to amendments that would limit the right of the government to issue permits to Russian companies operating in Georgia. According to Christian Democrats first of all these amendments are aimed at Inter RAO's withdrawal from operation of the hydro electric plant, as Rosbalt reports. Earlier the Conservative Party stated that it would file a lawsuit against the Energy Ministry for the blackout of the memorandum as it is contrary to the national interests, the party believes.