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Saakashvili seeks support in Brussels

2009-03-24 18:12

1/0/6/2106.jpegMarch 22 was the last day of the international political forum with Mikheil Saakashvili as well as Irakli Alasania and Salome Zurabishvili on behalf of the opposition taking part in it. One of the sessions - "Six months after the Georgian-Russian war" was fully devoted to Georgia.


According to Georgian media the session was closed to the press. It is known that Mikheil Saakashvili was answering questions from politicians, businessmen and experts for more than an hour. According to GHN the president's main theses were these: "We have done our best to avoid war", "No one can change our country's borders by force", "We are a European country and we actively collaborate with the European Union analyzing consequences of Russia's actions together". As expected, Saakashvili went to Brussels for support. Judging by official evaluations of the Georgian side he is satisfied with the forum results. "For the first time Georgia gets engaged in relations with Europe organizationally, - his words on the country's adherence to Eastern Partnership

scheme are quoted by Interfax. - We could not dream of it a year ago. Georgia will have free trade with the European Union; visa-free regime will be introduced". «Nabucco» gas line is also comforting for the president's soul. According to Saakashvili this project will enhance Georgia's strategic role tenfold "as Europe's main gas line will pass through the Georgian territory". By tradition he paid attention to Russia remarking: "It is clear what country spent lots of money to hamper implementation of the project but in spite of this the project is approved".

Temur Yakobashvili, state minister for reintegration, supports the president in evaluation of the Brussels meetings: "There is no cooling down of interest in Georgia, - Rosbalt is quoting. - A lot of sympathy towards our country and quite a negative attitude to Russia were expressed at the forum".

There is an impression today's Georgian officials have nothing to think about out of the context of relations with Russia. Even the dialogue with the European Union. Looks like a fixed idea. It's good that the oppositionists present at the Brussels forum were able to tell about the situation in Georgia in different terms.

"The forum was very important as the opposition was present there and we had a chance to meet practically all leaders including Sweden's Foreign Minister and representatives of the European Union, - Irakli Alasania told Rosbalt. - At the meeting there was readiness that Georgia must pursue democracy".

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