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Competing versions of Georgian events heard in Brussels

by | Feb 27, 2013

TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili accuses the Ivanishvili government of failing to adopt a common document with EU, while it  accuses him of  telling lies.

Tuesday, during a meeting with TV reporters, the president said that for the first time in history, a common document between the EU and Georgia failed to be adopted due to resistance from the Georgian delegation.

“We couldn’t even dream about such type of document a few years ago. We weren’t even on EU’s radar, but this year we achieved that EU adopted a strategy for Georgia and Moldova for this year’s Vilnius summit,” he said. “This means that in the future we could have been reviewed as potential members of EU.”

The president thinks this document was important for the country because Georgia could appear in a more secure and perspective environment.

“As I understand, Georgia’s parliamentary delegation blocked it. If we earlier heard the prime minister’s say phrases like ‘we repelled the attack from the EU’, this has now become a practice in relations with EU in Brussels,” Mikheil Saakashvili remarked.

The text of recommendations on Georgia wasn’t agreed in Brussels. Saakashvili’s UNM Party and the European People’s Party demanded to write in the text about the events on February 8 at the National Library (http://dfwatch.net/three-detained-after-fridays-violence-34810) and to raise the issue of the responsibility of the policemen, who were mobilized at the library that day, while the president was supposed to address the nation from inside the library, but his party members and supporters were attacked by people rallying outside.

The text of the document wasn’t agreed, because members of the Greens in the European Parliament and the Socialists Party didn’t agree, as well as representatives of the Georgian Dream coalition, to write such an article in the recommendations document.

Tina Khidasheli, one of the Georgian Dream coalition leaders, said they agreed on every issue except two. She said there were demands to write direct accusations into this document, making it look as if the ruling coalition is pressuring parliamentarians from the UNM, and also to write that the police didn’t react to the events on February 8.

“Naturally we didn’t agree with this, and the good thing is that not only us, but other factions and members of the European parliament didn’t agree as well,” she explained.

Khidasheli accused the president of lying in his recent statements.

“The proposals of our opposition colleagues, which due to the facts were just lies, weren’t successful. That’s all,” Tina Khidasheli wrote on her Facebook page, as she isn’t currently in Georgia.

She said this document wasn’t very important to the country and it was only interest for the Saakashvili’s party.

“Kandelaki [a member of parliament for Saakashvili’s UNM party] demanded that we and members of the European parliament said that there is pressure on MPs, as if this is recognized and true facts, and then condemn it,” she wrote.

Khidasheli noted that there were held a number of meetings with the Georgian delegation in Brussels and she wants to assure everyone that “the road to success is open, and it is important to be calm and everything will be alright.”

 



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