John Bass: Georgia is still waiting for democratic reforms
An extensive report of the U.S. Ambassador to Georgia John Bass on the overall situation in this country and its development prospects, which was sent to Washington, appeared on the Internet - on the pages of notorious site Wikileaks. As reported by Trend citing materials of the report released by the network, the government and the majority of the population of Georgia is still eager to join NATO and the EU. According to Bass, Mikhail Saakashvili continues to implement measures aimed at strengthening the position of Georgia in the West. In particular, he suggested that U.S. and NATO to carry out logistics services in the territory of Georgia.
In addition, according to Bass, the Georgian plan of transfer of troops to Afghanistan is another example of the fact that Saakashvili is resolute in his attitude to lead Sakartvelo to the West.
The Ambassador said in his report that the Georgians are considering participation in the Afghan operation as a tribute to joining NATO. "We need to show the Georgians that we appreciate all their efforts, and at the same time to convey to the Georgians the hidden message that it is not enough and it requires appropriate action on the part of the public" - said ambassador in his report.
As to the "disputed" territories, John Bass noted "maturity" of positions of the official authorities of Georgia. They are more inclined to think that their integration into Georgia is not possible by force.
"The main question is how do actual rulers of these territories control their fate, or Russia controls everything?" - Asks in his report Bass.
American diplomat touches the internal situation in Georgia in his report.
"President Saakashvili agreed to the direct election of mayor of Tbilisi, by which he gave the opposition an opportunity to control this important position in the city. Though, strenght impact of government on mass-media (even direct control) seriously complicates the task of opposition" - says Bass.
In the report, Ambassador said that Georgian citizens are still waiting when the government starts a new wave of democratic reforms in the country. Saakashvili had promised to start it in 2008, sums up the American ambassador to Georgia.