TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia’s President Mikheil Saakashvili has criticized Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili for remarks he made regarding two breakaway regions in a speech in Strasbourg Tuesday.
Mr Ivanishvili, who was speaking at a session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), said that Georgia has made many mistakes in regards of people in breakaway Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
Saakashvili said that the PM didn’t have to say this.
“He shouldn’t play with the issues on territorial integrity as it is an issue of the future. We can damage things so that we never will be able to fix them in the future,” Saakashvili said just a few minutes after the PM had finished answering questions at the end of his speech at the PACE session.
The president says that when a person will ill intent towards the country asks whether Georgia committed aggression against Abkhaz and Ossetian people, a Georgian leader should not say that the country made many mistakes in the past.
“This is not the answer which the world wants to hear from us,” he added.
The president thinks the country should defend its own positions, as no-one will do it except Georgians.
The president reminded the PM that Kosovo and Abkhazia are absolutely incomparable cases.
While responding to one of the questions PM said that Kosovo has allowed many international observers on its territory, while Abkhazia and South Ossetia do not allow observers and that’s why it will be hard for them to get representatives in the Council of Europe.
“Only Russians can do such a comparison, but no well-thinking good politician in Europe, and moreover, Georgian politician,” the president said. “Any type of drawing a parallel between Abkhazia and Kosovo is absolutely unacceptable.”