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Matthew Bryza’s express visit to Tbilisi2009-03-27 11:59
While Georgian authorities are accusing opposition of an armed coup d'état in preparation on March 25 the republic welcomed US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Matthew Bryza. He met with Nino Burdzhanadze and Irakli Alasania, the leaders of opposition in Tbilisi.
"We discussed current political situation in Georgia and April 9 issue, - Bryza is quoted by Rosbalt. - We have been friends with Nino Burdzhanadze and Irakli Alasania for a long time. For many years we have been working together on democracy promotion in Georgia. Both have made a significant contribution to this deed. Everyone has the right to peaceful protest, but violence must be avoided.
It will be remarked the American diplomat arrived in the Georgian capital almost at night. It looks like this visit was not on Bryza's agenda. But the recent events in the country's political life have updated the schedule of Deputy Assistant Secretary of State. At the meeting between the American diplomat and the leaders of opposition US Ambassador to Georgia John Tefft and Deputy Foreign Minister of the republic Giga Bokeria were present.
"In connection with the recent events the USA have a few recommendations. This is not our country, this is your country and we favor its democratic development, - Bryza continued. - But we are following the situation hoping that the Georgian people will pursue democracy in the country and will be able to invoke their rights".
The words of the American diplomat did not add clarity to the purpose of his visit. Like a week ago Bryza keeps telling about preservation of democracy in any turn of events. However now he is more focused on peaceful expression of will by all opponents to the current regime.
"There is much work to be done on the Election Code, judicial reform and other issues", - Bryza said at the meeting. Now that the opposition is preparing large-scale countrywide rallies pressing for Saakashvili's resignation and early presidential election, the American diplomat is speaking about documents stipulating fair elections and an independent court. This is not accidental, apparently.
It will be remembered that now Georgia is in the middle of a real political scandal. According to Vesti the authorities have already detained a dozen members of For Salvation of Georgia and Democratic Movement - United Georgia opposition parties. The savers are charged with preparation of a coup d'état, the democrats - with illegal acquisition of arms.
Leaders of opposition call the Interior Ministry's actions a provocation considering the accusations to be framed up.