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Bryza’s trip to Tbilisi to dot all the «i»s2009-03-17 12:49
Last weekend Georgia welcomed US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Matthew Bryza. He met with the country leaders and representatives of the opposition in Tbilisi.
It took Matthew Bryza two days of his stay in the capital of Georgia to disappoint and then inspire the country's opposition forces. It all began at the meeting with the Chairman of Georgian Parliament David Bakradze where as civil.ge reports the American diplomat remarked: "Active dialogue between Georgian authorities and the opposition will help strengthen Georgian democracy, which is the highest interest of ours here in this part of the world and get ready for the next round of elections scheduled for 2013".
Bryza's statement was taken with indignation by Georgian oppositionists who had apparently set certain hopes on the American diplomat's visit. His words were interpreted as support of the current authorities and a negative attitude towards early elections that the "discordants" aim at.
The next day Bryza had a meeting with the oppositionists who asked him to be more detailed on the statements he had made. The American diplomat specified: "What I said is just a reflection of the fact that the presidential elections are planned for 2013, - he is quoted by ITAR-TASS. - We have no way or no right to judge which date is a proper date; that's a decision that only the people of Georgia can take. This is what the Georgian political elite is working on... It is important for the people to have an opportunity to express their opinion and criticize the government or the opposition freely. This is what is now going on in Georgia now, and this is democracy".
An interesting turn of events, isn't it? It seemed that even the discouraged opposition had not hoped to hear such words as "people" from Bryza. And he speaks about unrest in the country as a manifestation of democracy adding: "We do hope that April events will refill the people and the opposition with hopes making the authorities and politically neutral people get down to very serious work that is still in store for them to enhance democracy".
Well, for the opposition Bryza's words mean that the United States are not going to apply titanic efforts to support the current president. Everything is in the hands of the people. It is noteworthy that the diplomat found time for personal meetings with the leading oppositionists.
"Speaking to me Bryza said that it was up to the Georgians to decide what elections should be held, the USA will not interfere, it is absolutely natural, - "Democratic movement - for United Georgia" leader Nino Burdzhanadze is quoted by civil.ge.