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Saakashvili remembering Putin’s promise2011-01-14 17:32
In the course of his visit to U.S., President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili delivered a speech at a conference held at the famous American Enterprise Institute, Novosti-Georgia reports. He spoke of the economical situation in Georgia and corruption control and touched upon the sore point - relationship with Russia.gt-en-newsitem-inside
Saakashvili underlined once again that Georgia is rapidly growing economically and boasted of being frequently consulted by the officials from the post-Soviet countries.
"Georgia is a country that managed to achieve a double economic growth indicator over the last several years", - Saakashvili reported.
He also explained why the country is governed by young people, many of whom may be called competent in the issues they deal with.
"We are a young country; we've got young ministers, journalists... The main point is that we are trying to set up meritocracy, which is a large element of a mental revolution. This is difficult but when we achieve our goal it will surely be appreciated", - Saakashvili stated.
As for relationship with Russia, which the Georgian president could not fail to mention, Saakashvili made it clear that this is a very tender point for Tbilisi and for him personally.
"Yesterday, I had a conversation with a relatively new member of Congress who was not aware of the details of the current situation. I explained to him that 20% of the Georgian territory and two thirds of the Georgian seacoast are occupied. Artillery systems located near our capital are pointed at us; our enemy would not recognize our frontiers and is not going to fulfill the cease-fire agreement, threatening to hang me "by certain parts of the body". And this man asked how it is possible that you've escaped and still exist", - Georgian president said.