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Saakashvili: a benefit performance27.09.2010 | 18:46
Today, Mikheil Saakashvili got an opportunity to speak from the UN rostrum. It evidently took the Georgian leader much time and effort to prepare for his speech. Mishiko honestly tried to position himself as the main strategist in the South Caucasus by presenting the model of a peaceful and united Caucasus to the world. However, the role of a peacemaker failed, for he could not help delivering an ultimatum. Saakashvili suggested that Moscow should join regional modernization, having made a comic threat that in case of refusal, the transformation will go on without Russia's participation.
President of Sakartvelo began his speech in the UN elegantly and smoothly. "Since the times of Pushkin, Lermontov and Tolstoy, Caucasian mountains have been the symbol of wildness and paradox, - Saakashvili stated. - Today, everyone is interested in turning the strategic region, the crossroad of civilizations, into a more stable and successful one".
Well, Mishiko's PR agents may be given the highest mark with a small minus, so long as dwelling upon the problems of the South Caucasus, Saakashvili again descended to pleading for aid. "Help us ensure peace in Georgia and our region, - he appealed to the West. - We, Georgians, know well how frozen conflicts can grow into a hot confrontation. If the international community provides its open support, then, long-term peace will be established in the Caucasus, I am sure".
Afterwards, the Georgian leader proceeded to making open complaints. He said that the Caucasians had been hoping they would be protected by neighboring empires; however, seeking other countries' protection led to annexation and assimilation. "In 2008, thousands of tanks and armored personnel carriers crossed the Caucasian mountains, bringing destruction, death and hatred... But if all neighbors take each other's hands, if millions of common people stand up shoulder to shoulder like the mountains of the Caucasus, no power will be able to break the spiritual chain of those who waken from their sleep", - at this point, a tear should have stolen down the president's cheek.
Mikheil Nikolayevitch appealed to the "evil power" as well. Before thousands of cameras, he clumsily threw Russian into a dilemma: either you take part in the regional transformation, or the transformation will go on without you. "We all want the initial way of having Russia as a partner, not as an enemy, - GHN is quoting. - We desire as strongly as no one else to see a Russia guided by UN principles on the grounds of international law".
Well, there are some questions to you, Mr. Saakashvili. Firstly, why don't you take an interest in the opinion of the recognized Abkhazia and South Ossetia as to the loudly declared pseudo-transformation of the Caucasus? Secondly, the president of Georgia should look into the UN bylaws, which implies the nations' right of self-determination. And, finally, it is not Mishiko who should dwell upon the fulfillment of international standards and conventions. Having given the command about the night bombardment of Tskninval, the head of Sakartvelo broke all the possible political and even human rules.
However, if we put aside Saakashvili's slips, there is an impression that the Georgian president tries to imitate Russian leader Dmitry Medvedev. As is known, it was him who offered the European safety treaty to the West but he did it with dignity, without any requests or attempts of persuasion, while Mishiko even failed to outline his conception concerning a small region.
GeorgiaTimes correspondent asked expert of Institute of Strategic Assessment and Analysis Sergey Demidenko to comment upon Saakashvili's speech in UN. He said that the Georgian president has got no conception, for one can talk about a clear idea only when there are definite facts instead of general phrases. "Even if there were a definite point, the situation in the Caucasus does not allow any peaceful regional-scale initiatives, - he added. - For instance, discrepancies between Armenia and Azerbaijan cannot be possibly resolved".
Demidenko believes that by making such statements in UN, Saakashvili is trying to strengthen his image that was shattered significantly after the break-up of peaceful protest actions in 2007. "That's a kind of a PR move aimed at a definite result, - the expert says. - Saakashvili is trying to show that he has got something for to the world, that he is carrying on active policy and is capable not only of hysterical speeches in respect of Russia but that he has also got a clearly-determined and well-balanced foreign policy conception. But that's not true".
By the way, Head of the Georgian MFA Grigol Vashadze has already mentioned today that the United States are intended to consider the ideas voiced by Mikheil Saakashvili from the UN rostrum. I wonder, what have the strategists from the Hill found in Mishiko's verbiage?