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On the Day of Repentance Saakashvili called for opposition to forget about hatred2009-04-29 12:13
On the Day of Repentance Mikheil Saakashvili, the President of Georgia, called for opposition to forget about confrontation, aggression and hatred and start dialog for the good of the country. Yesterday, in the Holy Trinity Cathedral, he delivered a speech right after the Patriarch's repentance prayer, and called for both the government and the opposition to repent.gt-en-newsitem-inside
"Your holiness, my compatriots; as one of you I am obliged to repeat the words which his holiness has said: among all sinners I am first," Saakashvili said.
The Georgian leader didn't explain what sins he repents, but called for everyone to step above pride, get free of hatred, confrontation and rivalry.
"We should never be ashamed of looking each other into the eyes; we should never be ashamed of shaking hands with each other after our remarks, because our offences, our personal jealousy, our personal ambitions - all these are of tenth-rate and is nothing compared with our major task, about which the Patriarch has spoken - to sacrifice for our country, to love our country, to do our best for better future of our country, for unification of our country", the President said.
He mentioned that every person can have its own opinion different from other people's one, and that he and his government may disagree with many radical demands. He underlined that however contradictory these opinions are, love for the Motherland and for each other must be above it. "Aggression and hatred will only destroy our small country. Today it is time when Georgians should learn how to stand above ourselves and how to reach out our hands to each other despite differences," the president said and highlighted he will be ready to resume dialog next day.
He named the topics of the dialog: how to help people, how to overcome need and hardships existing in the country, how to unite Georgia and how to "stand together in front of the enemy, who stays 40 kilometers away from Tbilisi and aims its cannons against us".
"We differ from each other, we do not agree with each other, we have different opinions about the policy and future of our country, still we are not and will never be the enemies of each other, we are not and will never be enemies, deadly opponents to each other, we will never take arms against each other and we will always settle all the issues through a dialogue, without hatred and aggression and in the situation, wherein we take into consideration the position of the other side", he said.
After that Saakashvili came up to Irakli Alasania, the Alliance for Georgia leader, and shook his hand.