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Brussels calls for dialogue between opposition and chief policeman of Georgia2009-03-30 12:54
PACE monitoring co-rapporteurs wound up their two-day visit to Georgia with a final press conference giving a series of recommendations to the opposition and the government.
Mátyás Eörsi thinks it appropriate to start the dialogue between opposition and Georgian Interior Minister Vano Merabishvili or other Ministry officials. According to him the dialogue must be focused on provision of security during a large-scale rally scheduled by the opposition for April 9. Eörsi believes the start of this dialogue will help to restore trust between authorities and opposition.
The rapporteur from the Council of Europe promised to raise the issue of presence of international monitors at the April 9 action remarking that the mission format should be defined as the Council of Europe had never submitted monitors to such events. Mátyás Eörsi expressed hope that the 9 April rally would be peaceful and will not result in subsequent aggravation of the situation in the country.
Though the topic of incriminating evidence actively presented by the Interior Ministry in the form of video and audio records was another main issue of Eörsi's and Islami's meetings with the oppositionists at the final press conference the European rapporteurs only wished that the investigation into the case were as impartial and transparent as possible.
He also touched upon Georgia's implementation of commitments to the Council of Europe and other international organizations including those undertaken following the August war noting that Georgia unlike Russia was scrupulous in complying with its commitments.
Mátyás Eörsi's recommendations turned out unacceptable for the Georgian non-parliamentary opposition. Most part of oppositional forces considers the dialogue with Vano Merabishvili inappropriate and impossible. The opposition states there is only one topic to be discussed with Vano Merabishvili and other government representatives - i.e. irrevocable resignation of Mikheil Saakashvili and his government.
According to the oppositional leaders Mátyás Eörsi's recommendations deserve little trust as he is one of the co-originators of the regime ruling in Georgia and one of the supporters of falsification of elections held in the country in recent years.
"Mátyás Eörsi is one of the lobbyists of Saakashvili's regime - he is quite satisfied with this regime and the level of "democracy" in Georgia. What Eörsi proposes is ridiculous", - the leader of Conservative Party of Georgia Zviad Dzidziguri believes.