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Saakashvili’s dreams with non-verbal elements

21.07.2010  |  08:41

6420.jpegOn July 5, Mikhail Saakashvili was heaping praises upon the U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and showed her his apartment, while on July 18, he was stroking the shoulder of the first lady of Azerbaijan Mehriban Aliyeva admiring her astonishing beauty. Being lavish of flattery, he remembered, however, that business was before pleasure: he held a working meeting with President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and remained perfectly content with the dialogue. According to Saakashvili, the meeting resulted in a decision to set up confederative relationship. As


is known, confederacy is a very delicate and rare form of the state which mostly leads to splitting or uniting into a federation. What are Mikhail Saakashvili's grand plans? Expert on economical matters Georgiy Khukhashvili and political analyst Ramaz Sakvarelidze shared their opinions with GeorgiaTimes correspondent.

 "Our friendship has stood the test of time... Azerbaijan never hesitated to stand by Georgia in most strategic and essential issues. This is not just strategic partnership, this is true brotherhood... We are each other's continuation. We are part of one and the same organism, so what is painful for Azerbaijan is painful for us as well...", - Mikhail Saakashvili happily reported at the joint press-conference.

What part of a single organism does the Georgian president think Ilham Aliyev to be and what body organ would Saakashvili himself like to be? Is it possible that, talking about common pain, Georgian leader wants to contaminate this single organism whit his anti-Russian viruses? At present, Azerbaijan has got no diseases, preferring to develop healthy productive relations with the partners. "I am glad there are Azerbaijani investors working among the Georgian ones. They mainly implement projects in the power sector... Practically all the issues have been settled between us. I believe that Baku and Tbilisi will continue cooperating so long as we have got perfect coordination", - Azerbaijani president underlined after the meeting without mentioning any confederacy.

Experts also took Georgian president's statement skeptically:

- Let us say that the statement about confederacy is rather a political one; it stresses the fact that the countries are very close. I do not think there is anyone as stupid as to speak about real confederacy. It is simply impossible, and there are many reasons for that. A confederacy should be somehow consolidated at least at the level of values, at the defensive strategy and foreign policy level. I believe the two countries differ much in these parameters; they also differ in terms of temperament, political risks and even at the mental level. Today's Georgian authorities could venture such a confederacy but Azerbaijan would hardly do that. It requires too many changes in Georgia, - Giorgiy Khukhashivili assured.

Political analyst Ramaz Sakvarelidze shares his point of view:

- I heard the speech but the intonation and other nonverbal elements allow me think that the statement was metaphoric. Relations between Azerbaijan and Georgia are expected to be strong enough to set up a confederacy. Well, it is looks like Caucasian love for metaphors has played its role here. Whatever Georgia might expect, Azerbaijan will scarcely agree to a proposal like that. The reason is simple: in terms of economy, Azerbaijan represents a strong party possessing petrodollars that ensure life activity in a more efficient way than Georgia with its absence of resources. On the other hand, Azerbaijan has got its own complicated problem to which it often refers with a threat of military actions (the Nagorny Karabakh problem - author's note). Considering the situation, it seems rather unreasonable to make any patronizing gestures in respect of any other state no matter how close it is.

Well, he that has ears to hear, let him hear but the Georgian president seems to hear only his own secret melody everywhere. That is, perhaps, why the quite innocent statement of the Azerbaijani leader inspired Saakashvili with a new idea of using Azerbaijan as an ally in his struggle for energy resources supply bypassing Russian Federation.

According to the experts, after setting up a common geopolitical axis, both countries may function within Europe's unified energy security system but in this case Azerbaijan and Georgia become mutually dependent, though capable of playing the role of buffer zones to carry energy resources from the east to the West through. The countries have got no more global functions:


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