Burjanadze: Sarkozy still remembers the humiliation from Georgian authorities
According to Georgian opposition leader of "Democratic Movement", ex-parliament speaker Nino Burjanadze, Nicolas Sarkozy's visit is unlikely to be a turning point in relations between Georgia and France ... At least for the reason that the head of France remembers those insults which he heard from Georgian authorities. As reported by GHN, Burjanadze expressed this view in an interview with reporters, commenting the impending visit of Mr. Sarkozy to Sakartvelo. The authorities of Georgia once again inflate significance of this visit, but it will not bring any changes, said Burjanadze.
"Why isn't it so significant for Azerbaijan and Armenia? It's all a lie! Sarkozy arrives not only in Georgia, but also in Armenia and Azerbaijan. There won't be any turning point. This visit is important for Sarkozy himself, as he played really important role for Georgia during the August war, and his visit once again underlines this. Overall, visit of French President is important for Georgia, but it will not bring any breakthrough in relations between Georgia and the European Union. If blessing of Christ will fall on Saakashvili after Sarkozy's visit, he will reborn and suddenly decide to restore democratic institutions and court, free media and business and will put the country on a real path to democracy and will begin building a real democracy, this really can contribute to serious progress in relations between Georgia and European Union, but I do not think that, despite my great respect for Sarkozy, he has a magical power", said Burjanadze.
"He has no such illusions himself. He knows where he goes. I'm sorry but I have to remind our society that Saakashvili called Sarkozy grafter. He said that Sarkozy has taken a bribe, and a deal on Mistral was trade the Georgian interests - in politics they do not forgive such things. Sarkozy also remembers how Yushchenko and Kaczynski asked Saakashvili not to sign under agreement without territorial security and how president of Georgia said that he urgently must sign it because the Russian authorities will leave me. Despite Yushchenko and Kaczynski's requirement, he agreed to sign and withdrew the item which later gave the basis for negotiations. The arrival of Sarkozy would be a victory for Georgian diplomacy in that case, if French president arrived in Georgia with a one- or two-day visit. By the way, he will stay at night in Armenia and for diplomacy it also has its value. Sarkozy's visit is more serious gesture towards Armenia than to Georgia", said Burjanadze.