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Georgia’s current “Caesar” is not happy with “the things that are Caesar's”23.07.2009 | 14:37
Catholicos Patriarch Ilia II is coming back to Georgia after medical treatment in Germany on July 31, Trend News reports. According to the Patriarchate he is still on preventive treatment. By the time of Georgia's most reputable figure's arrival the president pointed to the bounds the Patriarchate must not step over in his speech before parliament. First of all it's about relations with Russia that Saakashvili officially positions as an "enemy".
Speaking in parliament of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili kept repeating that "Georgia has no way back - only forward with new reforms, reforms and reforms again. The only way out of the current situation is to deepen democratic reforms".
Opposition believes the reforms Mikheil Nikolozovich proposes are imitation, for the most part, in order to lay a bit of "powder" on the shabby façade of the Georgian democracy that leaves the "autocratic regime" almost unconcealed.
"His speech was a powerful PR action in the run up to the US Vice President's visit. Apparently he wants to maintain his image of a democrat, and the rhetoric about the new stage of reforms is meant for the West", - independent expert David Avalishvili remarked.
However even in his "PR action" the Georgian president couldn't but mention his "personal enemy", the source of all troubles.
Comparing himself to Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin who as he believes wouldn't take part in parliamentary discussions and explain his policies to the deputies, Saakashvili tried to parade his wit. "Hardly would Putin start listening to criticism in the middle of the night, - the Georgian president said. - He would simply start shooting Iskander rockets or use polonium as a poison out of anger. Our main answer to Putin is not that I will cling to power after 2013 but that he couldn't achieve his primary goal - to change power in Georgia before 2013".
Calling Russia "the most vicious enemy" Saakashvili attacked Georgian scholars and culture figures for their intention to preserve ties with Russia. "They are our enemies, and we will be enemies to them".
In an oratory fit Mikheil Nikolozovich seized the occasion to expostulate the Georgian Orthodox Church by saying among other things: "Surely we want people of Georgia and Russia to be close to each other, to have no mistrust and enmity between the countries, but it will not happen as a result of continuous and sometimes senseless talks about unique faith and dialogue of cultures".
Obviously referring to "the senseless talks" Mikheil Nikolozovich implied meetings and conversations of the Georgian Patriarchate delegation with Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Cyril and Russia's Deputy FM Grigory Karasin.
It will be remembered that on invitation of Holy Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Cyril and on Holy Catholicos Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II's blessing at the end of June and in early July Moscow was greeting a delegation of the Georgian Orthodox Church led by Chairman of Foreign Department of Georgian Patriarchate Metropolitan of Zugdidi and Tsaish Gerasim (Sharashenidze).
Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Cyril expressed his opinion that centuries-long ties between Russian and Georgian Orthodox Churches would contribute to settlement of perturbed relations between Russia and Georgia. The opinion of His Holiness Cyril was shared by Metropolitan of Zugdidi and Tsaish Gerasim who was in charge of the Georgian Orthodox Church delegation. According to him now "the only relations left between or states are inter-church relations". The representative of the Georgian side called to preserve these relations and remind people of both countries that Georgia and Russia were connected by common faith.
Summing up the meeting between Patriarch Cyril and the delegation of the Georgian Orthodox Church Archbishop Illarion noted that Russian and Georgian Churches were "connected by centuries-long relations that can't be altered because of a political situation".
"Political events may have influence on current and future events, of a few years from now, - Archbishop Illarion underlined, - and relations between Russian and Georgian Orthodox Churches have been developing for a thousand years already and they are in no way directly connected with what is happening on the political field".
In follow-up of the meeting the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs remarked that "at the talks it was emphasized that in the complicated situation we have in interstate relations of both countries now the Russian-Georgian culture and humanitarian ties between Churches keep being an important path to preserve traditions of friendship and mutual understanding between the nations".
The President of Georgia who views himself as an Orthodox Christian has a negative attitude to all that. "Relations between two counties will become normal after Russian troops leave occupied territories of Georgia", - the Georgian leader emphasized categorically denying "the way of continuous and sometimes senseless talks about unique faith".