Fournier’s Words hint at Western Doubts
24 March, 2011
Fournier’s Words hint at Western Doubts

‘Governmental rigidity nudges us to the streets’


Dramatic parallel events unfolding in North Africa and Japan overshadowed the strict words of French Ambassador Eric Fournier addressed to the Georgian Authorities. Certainly, Georgian Authorities always paid much attention to Western views regarding them. This and other important issues were the topics of expert  Zaza  Piralishvili:

Q: Assistance of the European Union is a drop in the sea for Georgia. It turns out nothing has changed. Media is still not free. There is no Trade Union. Only a little progress of economy. It’s a disaster – French Ambassador Eric Fournier was saying in frustration after having heard the report of Open Society Georgia Foundation. To him, Georgia now surely resembles a neo-Bolshevik country. Could it be that he learned about the Georgian reality only now and only owing to that report?

A: It seems the French Government took a U-turn in its approach to the processes taking place in Georgia. Yet, I will try not to appear biased about the change. Wikileaks gives ample reasons to find many suspicious aspects in Nikola Sarkozy’s behavior following the August 2008 war. Naturally, the top French Diplomat in Georgia will most likely dilute those awkward moments by finding reasons to rebuke the Georgian Authorities, especially when those reasons stay for a long life.
The word Bolshevik can well characterize our Authorities who are sure that they are sole people sufficiently enlightened to see the truth – a parody of monopolistic rights on it. Total control of business, mass media, election resources and other areas is a sure sign of Bolshevik conspiracy. So, the diplomat did not really say anything new. All liable misfortunes result from such situation.
Saakashvili was a western project, a sort of a brand that denotes instrumentality of western politics in the post-Soviet countries. The west easily hooked up on the idea that Georgia was steered by a group of young and energetic people capable of modernizing the country with proper support of the west. Now, Fournier’s words are hinting at western doubts about Saakashvili’s regime.
If the Authorities further exacerbate conflict with public development trends, heavy confrontations will quickly ensue.

Q: If the Authorities confront them, the west will do away with them. This is the belief of the opposition today. Though, there are rifts in their ranks. Conflicting views on the regime - change abound. Given the circumstances, how real is the talk about changes?
A: It resembles a verbal argument on how to choose the right foot to kick a ball into the opponent’s goal. We have to do everything to turn away the thought of revolution in Georgia and deter any risk of permanent revolutions as the only means of changing the regime. Revolution is a tragedy for people. Nevertheless, today there are frequent statements that it is impossible to change the Government by means of elections.
It’s unwise to handle processes only from the viewpoint of either Authorities or the opposition. However grave the situation and depressed the people can be, it does not mean that election environment should not be improved. Once and for all, rational and fayr order must prevail in our political life. On the other hand, we cannot rule out that Governmental rigidity will nudge us to the streets and we’ll induce them to make cardinal concessions.

Q: Large protest rallies have been raging in the Armenian capital. Do you think Armenia is going to be a pioneer of transformation in the Caucasus?
A: Armenians face absolutely different circumstances. I have an impression that the country lives in the environment, which is reminiscent of the Soviet past.

Q: As Japan still scrambles to overcome multiple calamities, is not Georgia at least morally entitled to request the inspection of the nuclear plant in Armenia?
A: It is. If the nuclear plant carries health risks, on behalf of international community we are obliged to demand from Armenia to inform us about the situation in their nuclear plant.

 

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GJ Editor's comment
30 October, 2014
Male VS Female! There is nothing terribly new in this trivial juxtaposition – old, familiar and universally recognized. Only, we do not very well know and recognize the reasons of their confrontational unity.
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