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Georgia jealous of West’s contacts with neighbours14.04.2011 | 21:38
Official Tbilisi feels extremely nervous about Abkhazia and South Ossetia's gradual acquisition of a status of equal partners in the international community. Georgian government is strongly irritated by the fact that western allies descend to communication with Tskhinval and Sukhum representatives and, moreover, initiate it. Naturally, the promoters of a notorious term "territorial integrity" in the power corridors and pro-governmental media start seeking various explanations of the foreign states' interest to two independent republics. The discrepancy between these fantasies and reality was discussed by GeorgiaTimes correspondent with Head of Abkhaz MFA Maxim Gvindzhia and RSO Ambassador to Russia Dmitry Medoyev.
of the foreign states' interest to two independent republics. The discrepancy between these fantasies and reality was discussed by GeorgiaTimes correspondent with Head of Abkhaz MFA Maxim Gvindzhia and RSO Ambassador to Russia Dmitry Medoyev.
European Parliament's recent resolution defining the necessity of activating relationship with representatives of Transdniestria, Nagorny Karabakh, South Ossetia and Abkhazia caused obvious discontent in Tbilisi. Georgian authorities had not expected such a blow from western partners, for they have got used to a much warmer attitude on Brussels and Washington's part, including in the issue of Tskhinval and Sukhum's sovereignty. But the "carrot" time is evidently over. Mikhail Saakashvili's regime failed to fulfill the main task of depriving Russia of its influence in the Caucasus. That is why Europe and the USA gradually change their behaviour to more rational, without caring much for dear Mishiko's psychic health.
In Abkhazia and South Ossetia, attempts to set up contacts are taken with cautious optimism. It is basically impossible to demand that local politicians immediately fling into the arms of representatives of the European and American elites. The memory of whose side the West took in the bloody August-2008 days is still strong. Still, relationship is gradually improving, and, for instance, Heidi Tagliavini's report much contributed to it. When this document was published, Sukhum and Tskhinval stopped looking on Europe as Saakashvili's most loyal friend and started considering the necessity of a dialogue.
As for Georgia, its reaction to the western countries' attempts to settle connections with Abkhazia and South Ossetia resembles that of an aging mistress of some rich "patron" who was suddenly dropped after a long romantic trip about southern seas. Georgian politicians seem to be possessed by disappointment, perplexity and misunderstanding followed by a nervous breakdown. In order to conceal their resent they are trying to somehow depreciate the meaning of various international contacts between the diplomats, businessmen, sportsmen and cultural activists of the two republics. Moreover, they are making attempts to present this process as authorized by official Tbilisi: Sukhum and Tskhinval representatives' connections with the West may help tear them apart from Russia. This framework denying any laws of logic, politics and diplomacy, is completed by a rather astonishing conclusion: a possible break with Moscow simply must bring Abkhazia and South Ossetia back under the caring guidance of the Georgian authorities.
Such suppositions cause nothing but irony among the politicians of the territories that were recognized in 2008. As was stated by Abkhaz Foreign Minister Maxim Gvindzhia in an interview to GeorgiaTimes correspondent, Sukhum's contacts with other states constitute no threat for Russian-Abkhaz relationship. "That's common international life. We do not even discuss the insinuation about a break with Russia. Russia is our brotherly nation and Russian people are brotherly people. The country is our strategic ally; we've got strong relations, which are reflected, among all, in many bilateral treaties, - he underlined. - Of course, we are ready to develop relationship with all countries, including our neighbours. We are working for development".
According to Maxim Gvindzhia, it makes the prospect of further recognition of the republic's sovereignty by the world community significantly closer. "These are not only diplomatic and political contacts; these are also economic contacts that profoundly improve our country's investment attractiveness", - head of the Abkhaz foreign policy administration underlined.
In his turn, South-Ossetian Ambassador to Russia Dmitry Medoyev underlined that his country is carrying on independent foreign policy, just like any recognized subject of the international law. "And that's natural, for we are working for the expansion and strengthening of connections with other states and will follow this line", - he stated in an interview to GeorgiaTimes.
At the same time, Medoyev expressed assuredness that the republic's external contacts won't affect Moscow and Tskhinval's friendly relations. "For South Ossetia, Russia is the major partner, and a historically and spiritually close country. No statements on Tbilisi's part will prevent the strengthening and further development of bilateral contacts between our states", - South-Ossetian ambassador is sure.