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Sakartvelo’s ambitions above national safety22.02.2011 | 21:41
Georgia continues discussing the republic's national safety framework. As was expected, the project submitted to the parliament describes the pseudo-occupation of the Georgian territories by Russia and the possible military confrontation in the region. The document seems to be doubtful also because some of its provisions simply contradict each other. Famous Russian expert, head of the Caucasian Department at the Institute of CIS Countries Felix Stanevsky shared his opinion of the framework with GeorgiaTimes.
Incredible as it may seem but the main values of the national safety framework project are sovereignty and "territorial integrity", as well as democracy and supremacy of law. Only one of the mentioned items corresponds to reality.
Firstly, Georgia bade farewell to its "territorial integrity" in 2008 when the armour destroyed the remnants of the Ossetians and the Abkhaz' trust in Saakashvili's extravagant regime. Of course, Mishiko never gave up his attempts to regain the "lost territories" but instead of trying to converse with his neighbours he is only turning Sukhum and Tskhinval against himself with his speeches on the "puppet authorities".
Secondly, a lot has been said about the supremacy of law in Georgia. The governors of the republic are painting a beautiful picture for the West, an oasis of democracy in the vast territory of the Caucasus. In real life, the entire legislative system is under the government's control, which fact has been mentioned by the Georgian opposition to the international organizations for several years.
What national security are we talking about? Tbilisi will never solve its problems by calling Russia "the main enemy" and at the same time talking about the attempts to mend relations with Moscow basing "on the principles of good neighbourhood and equality of rights", as well as by the attempts to state their desire to set up a peaceful environment in the region by canceling visas for the citizens of the North-Caucasian republics and launching propagandistic TV channels. Here is another example. The document especially stresses the supreme role of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). But why does Saakashvili need an external observer if the Georgian president is talking about being ready to resume a dialogue with his neighbours and solve all the disputable issues peacefully?
GeorgiaTimes correspondent talked to Head of the Caucasian Department at the Institute of CIS Countries Felix Stanevsky about what kind of objectives Tbilisi pursuits in reality by promoting such frameworks. The expert underlined that Georgia's line of policy that is hostile to Russia is currently activated in every direction, including the issues related to the Kuril Islands where we can see Georgia's strange and strong activity, though it is very far from these islands, and the issues related to the neighbouring Abkhazia and the North Caucasus. "Georgia is trying to aggravate relationship with Russia in all the directions, without missing a single chance", - our interlocutor says.
In Stanevsky's opinion, Georgia's national safety framework is aimed at generalizing the past experience and turning it into a perspective plan of development in this direction in future relationship with Russia.
"Unfortunately, Tbilisi does not follow the way of building normal relations with Moscow, - political expert underlined. - Using the support of the West that does not understand that it is playing with fire, Georgian party tries to aggravate the situation in every way in the whole of the region, for there is no hope for a peaceful outcome of the so-called strategy of "involving Abkhazia and South Ossetia via cooperation". Georgian authorities play cunning when they say this is a peaceful strategy. They have already demonstrated their failure to set up a peaceful dialogue with the Abkhaz or the Ossetians".
According to the head of the Caucasian Department at the Institute of CIS Countries, the framework project is utterly hostile in respect of Russia. "Georgia acts as a teaser and a bully, a small country constantly creating tension in the Caucasus, - Felix Stanevsky said. - It concerns not only Russia but all the countries surrounding Georgia. Tbilisi has got problems with many countries, including Armenia and Azerbaijan because the Georgian political elite is unable to come to an agreement by virtue of some excessive emotionality"
Despite the weak points of the project, Georgian parliament is planning to adopt the national safety framework in the context of the current spring session. Considering Tbilisi's aggressive rhetoric in respect of Moscow, one can be sure the document will be passed.