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Georgia to document “external enemy”16.02.2011 | 20:58
Georgia suddenly started thinking of its own security. Today, Security Council of the republic together with the parliament starts working on a new framework directly naming Sakartvelo's main "external enemy". There is no necessity to remind whom Tbilisi accuses of the "occupation" and other fantastic sins. Another point is that the government is going to involve the country's opposition in the discussion of the questionable document. Ideas of the republic's government hiding behind safety concern were discussed by GeorgiaTimes correspondent and Georgian parliamentarian Petre Mamradze.
There is an impression that representatives of the current Georgian regime have made up their mind to introduce the term "occupation" into all state and international documents. Such desired mentioning of Russian pseudo-aggression in PACE and European Parliament's resolutions is like balm for the official Tbilisi. Perhaps, one day, "Moscow's hand" will figure in the country's main document, the Constitution, but so far it was decided to mention the northern neighbour in Georgia's national security framework.
"The document should clearly state that Russia is Georgia's enemy", - says Deputy Chairman of the republic's Parliament Paata Davitaya. His words are repeated by Chairman of Parliamentary Committee for Foreign Relations Akaky Minashvili. "The "occupation" of the Georgian territories by Russia is the main challenge for Georgia's safety, - he is cited by VZGLYAD. - We shall respond with our political and economic development and safety systems enhancement".
It looks like only Mr. Minashvili knows how to include the country's economic development into national safety framework. Instead, there is another reason to pick at Moscow. By the way, the government is planning to involve the republic's opposition into this pleasant statement. Today, the parliament is going to discuss the framework and Speaker David Bakradze has already called on the objectors to take part in the debate. "Safety framework is a live document to be permanently updated considering the situation inside and outside the country, as well as the possible threats. It is very important that one of the main roles in the process be played by the parliament", - he remarked, having added that a consensus of political forces in respect of the document is required.
Leader of parliamentary minority Georgy Targamadze and leader of the Strong Georgia fraction Gia Tortladze have already expressed their opinion. So far, the rest of objectors are keeping silent but considering the major oppositionists' desire to set up a dialogue with Russia, Speaker Bakradze should hardly expect anything positive. Even if Nino Burjanadze or Irakly Alasania express their opinion on the framework it will hardly be in favour or Mikheil Saakashvili and his team.
Still, it's quite possible that Secretary of the Security Council Georgy Bokeria will take out another trump card from his sleeve, that is, American republicans' recent proposal to locate ABM defense systems in Georgia. Georgian community split in the course of the discussion. Someone calls it an extra irritating factor for Teheran; others view ABM systems as new guarantees of the country's safety. By the way, former president of the country Eduard Sevardnadze took the side of the latter this week. "Of course, there is a danger in case American-Iranian relations are aggravated but I believe that locating an ABM radar is not the worst decision of the Georgian government", - he stated.
GeorgiaTimes correspondent asked Petre Mamradze about the future discussion of the new safety framework and possible amendments to the document.
- What kind of objectives does the Georgian government pursue when mentioning the republic's supposed enemies in the framework?
- Mikheil Saakashvili and his associates put their pathological vanity not only above the country's national interests but also opposed it against Georgia. They prefer shouting about de-occupation and putting up PR-actions instead of working quietly on a dialogue with the Abkhaz and Ossetians and the return of refugees. Just look at the way the West, the USA and NATO countries are acting in their relationship with Russia: here is partnership with Moscow. Against this background, Georgian government is seeking for any reason to irritate Moscow. But such policy in respect of the North Caucasus, which is considered independently of RF Center and the First Caucasian TV Channel, offends even American political experts who reveal what the diplomats say at the closed meetings, I mean, that Tbilisi's worst enemy would never do what President Saakashvili is doing. Thus, it's impossible to find a reasonable explanation to the initiatives of the regime.
- Will the opposition members take part in today's discussions?
- I am sure they won't even offer me that. By the way, last time when I wanted to speak at the debate I was never given the floor. The government has got an absolutely tamed opposition, which actively helps the regime to keep the face and imitate democracy. The framework will surely be agreed with them.
- There is a lot of talking about the location of ABM radars in Georgia. Will the Security Council discuss the matter, in your opinion?