Saakashvili terrorizes Europe08.06.2011 | 11:33
Geneva is hosting another round of talks on security in stability in Transcaucasia attended by representatives of Georgia, South Ossetia and Abkhazia and mediated by Russia, the USA and a number of international organizations. Official Tbilisi - good at accusing Moscow, Sukhum and Tskhinval for preparation of pseudo-terrorist acts for the whole last week - has declared readiness to complain about its "evil" neighbors to the West. GeorgiaTimes correspondent discussed efforts of Sakartvelo diplomats with Ruslan Harabua, leading expert of Caucasus department at the Institute of CIS countries.
Obsessive spy scare Saakashvili and his team are seized with continues to get worse every day. Last week the Georgian ministry of interior was proud to announce that the department's officers suppressed an attempted terrorist act. The core of the sensation is that explosive substance was found on two residents of Gal district detained in Samegrelo locality. "They confessed after a while that the terrorist act had been ordered by Russian special services. The Georgian ministry of interior knows the names of these people: Igor Vlasov and Sergey Kuzmin", - a source in law-enforcement bodies said.
Just recently a Badri Gogiashvili was detained. As alleged, he had been recruited by representatives of Russian special services and planned to plant an explosion device near a representative office of some national or international organization in Tbilisi. Gogiashvili's primary target "was supposed to be" NATO's office in the capital of Georgia.
As usual, Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili is the only one who knows truth in this clumsy show with several acts. In an interview with The New Times the Georgian leader highlighted: we have irrefutable evidence that sabotage units of Russia's Main Intelligence Directorate have been preparing terrorist attacks in the territory of Georgia.
It is not incidental that Mishiko chose a well-established Western newspaper as a media tribune right before the start of another round of Geneva talks on security and stability in Transcaucasia. As we know, the European Union has long been pressing for the access to the territory of Abkhazia and South Ossetia for monitors. Besides, Saakashvili might want to distract the world's attention from barbarous events of May 26 resulting in a number of deaths.
The trouble is that every attempt to accuse Russia of evil plans makes Tbilisi still more predictable. Now again, in the run-up to the dialogue in Geneva, the Georgian ministry of interior 's statement sounds like old news. "The first question to be raised at the talks will be Russia's preparation and planning of terrorist acts in the territory of Georgia and that it must be stopped. It is impossible to hold a dialogue on security between two states when one side is planning explosions", - deputy FM Sergi Kapanadze said. Nino Kalandadze, another Georgian diplomat, agrees with her colleague. She says Georgia will discuss access of international monitors to Abkhazia and South Ossetia. "Security issues are becoming a priority", - she added.
Curiously enough, stories on "exploits" of security forces are not assessed positively in Georgia For instance, Irakli Sesiashvili, a well-known expert, believes that the Interior Ministry's frequent statements on Russia preparing terrorist acts in the territory of the country have a bad effect on Georgia's image. "Georgia is trying to become a tourist destination, and if our special services and our TV continue to report on such facts, this will badly affect the tourist image of Georgia and investors who would like to work in Georgia", - he says.
Thus, fairytales on Abkhaz and South Ossetian terrorists do harm to Saakashvili himself. GeorgiaTimes correspondent asked Ruslan Harabua whether the West will believe his stories or not. The politologist believes that information about terrorist acts is Georgia's serious opportunity to press for establishment of tight control over Transcaucasian republics. "It's Georgia's primary concern", - Harabua says. - In my view, these "terrorist acts" are invented in order to obtain international support".
Evaluating prospects of this round of talks in Geneva, our interlocutor emphasized that any progress is unlikely. "Unfortunately, presently this dialogue has no future", - the leading expert of the Caucasus department at the Institute of CIS countries said. - Presently, the situation is in a deep dead-end that will not be overcome in the near future".