Georgian leader called Europe a mirage
Mikheil Saakashvili, the president of Georgia, told about Caucasus, Europe and peace prospects from the tribune of the European Parliament with his usual eloquence - GHN.
"I am humbled by the immense honor that your invitation signifies for my country and I would like to thank the Presidency of the Parliament and all the political groups for this opportunity. I came here to deliver a message of hope and to make a solemn pledge. I came here to affirm that peace-a just and lasting peace-is possible in my region, and that we need Europe to contribute to it," he said.
To his audience he told that over centuries Caucasus was a "a geopolitical mystery, a beguiling paradox" : people and their souls were free, but governments created artificial barriers.
He added it's "a region where individuals and souls were free, but where citizens were oppressed; where cultures were tolerant, but where governments created artificial divisions; where people never ceased to feel deeply Europeans, but where walls erected by Empires turned Europe into a faraway mirage, where men and women were striving for peace, but where wars seemed unavoidable".