‘TALK TO ME OR TO NOBODY ELSE’
08 September, 2011
‘TALK TO ME OR TO NOBODY ELSE’

Political scientist thinks that this formula in relation with Abkhazs has become outdated.

‘We mast realize that the formula ‘talk to me or nobody else’ is unacceptable for the progress. Mr. Ankvab (so-called President of Abkhazia) said even before the elections that he was ready for negotiations with Georgian authorities without any preconditions; whether Saakashvili would be in the government or not. This was a distinct and different note in the boring Russian boring tune regarding the Georgian issue; especially when it concerns negotiations’, said Soso Tsiskarishvili, a political scientist. Here is an interview with him.

Q. – As it was declared by the President of Georgia, last year 2 million tourists visited Georgia and this year their number was 3 million. Saakashvili hopes that this process will increase by geometric progression. How compatible are reality and prognoses?

S.T. – The ambition of a country to become a touristic center should be welcomed in case the responsibility of such pretension is correctly apprehended. We all know that our service sector does not correspond the expectation that Georgia will earn the title of a super-touristic country.

The word ‘million’ has become an easily pronounced word for our authorities. Maybe because they very easily, without much effort get and appropriate their own millions. There is not a single public lavatory along multi-kilometer beach of Ajara coast. Which tourist would go to a resort where he’d have to run from the beach to his home in order to satisfy his natural needs?

Tourism development shouldn’t begin with building fashionable ‘Sheraton’ and ‘Kempinski’ hotels but with arranging elementary infrastructure. It’s a well-known expression – if you want to know in what kind of a country you are, you should see a market, a cemetery and public lavatory. Introduction of new tax system for the resort zone dwellers made the rent higher and consequently decreased the number of local tourists. In order to make it a tourist country there is a lot more to be done. No falsehood can be hidden in tourism. It isn’t a sphere where one can achieve success by a front-end.

Q. – Last week elections ended in the self-proclaimed republic of Abkhazia. As declared by Leonid Lakerbaia, head of the winner candidate Aleksandr Ankvab’s headquarter, he doesn’t expect progress in Georgian-Abkhazian relations: ‘We see coexistence only in recognition’. Both sides should participate in the series of meetings of politicians and experts. However, one side considers that endless meetings make no sense; and the other side speaks about the necessity of establishing relations between the Abkhazs and Georgians. What is you opinion?

S.T. – No progress has been observed in our position. The same propositions have been voiced since 1990; the same terms are used when speaking about the puppet government hired by the invaders. Nothing will be achieved that way. I’m quite sure that the phrase of Georgian as well as of European and American terminology, referring to these territories as invaded and Russians – as invaders, is absolutely objective but permanently insulting the people living in Abkhazia will do no good either to Abkhazia or to Georgia.

We have to realize that the formula ‘talk to me or to nobody else’ is unacceptable for progress. Mr. Ankvab (so-called President of Abkhazia) said even before the elections that he was ready for negotiations with Georgian authorities without any preconditions; whether Saakashvili would be in the government or not. This was a distinct and different note in the boring Russian tune that had been voiced regarding the Georgian issue; especially when it concerns negotiations’.

The negotiations should be preceded by a dialogue between different layers of people, without discussing agreement and status. It should be the restoration of usual human relations that the Georgians and Abkhazs never found difficult to keep through centuries. First of all there is a big prospect for professional and youth ties, sports competitions as well. I don’t necessarily mean rugby where smashing of each other’s faces is allowed. At least let’s play chess with Abkhazs. I myself was a member of negotiation process and I consider the contacts established with the Abkhaz NGO sector as effective.

Naturally, it wasn’t easy but we achieved a result. The main thing is to select candidates for this process without involvement of the authorities. Everybody, even very radically minded people should have a chance to participate in these meetings. It’s important for both sides to realize that before discussing concrete issues they are ready for communicating with each other. Before we start thinking about brotherhood we should eliminate enmity. We should realize that we can live without fear and hate. Before thinking about something else we should at least live in normal neighborhood. But before we come to this position, Tbilisi as well as  Sukhumi, must admit that nothing can be achieved if we stick to our own positions.

Other Stories
Luka Kurtanidze may take MP's seat
Sportsman Luka Kurtanidze may become a Member of Parliament.
Both the Abashidze-Karasin format and line of communication will be maintained - Zurab Abashidze
According to Georgian Prime Minister's Special Representative for Relations with Russia Zurab Abashidze, Foreign Minister Beruchashvili explained that her words were misinterpreted by a journalist.
Will “BADASHVILI FOLLOW CHIKAIDZE”
IS THIS THE BEGINNING OF ANOTHER PURGE?
New Interior Minister under the political microscope
Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili conveys his full trust in the new minister. According to the PM, Gomelauri, who was Deputy Interior Minister until
Abashidze-Karasin dialogue suspended, trade relations continue - Tamar Beruchashvili
Georgia’s Foreign Minister has issued an explanation for her interview published by Radio Liberty. According to her, the journalists have misinterpreted her words.
Levan Varshalomidze appointed as Poroshenko’s advisor
Former head of the Adjarian government Levan Varshalomidze has been appointed as an advisor to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.
"Implementation of NATO- Georgia package is going well" - Alexander Vershbow
“NATO very strongly supports Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic aspirations. Georgia is a great partner to NATO and a great contributor to our operations, which makes Georgia an exporter of security.
“Georgia Needs a Terror List Mechanism!” - An Exclusive Interview with Israeli Ambassador Yuval Fuchs
Israeli Ambassador Yuval Fuchs is among the diplomats, who have always been vocal about the necessity for Georgia to have adequate counter-terrorism policy.
Mayor of Tbilisi welcomes a newborn daughter into the family
Family of Davit Narmania, Mayor of Tbilisi, has a new member - on January 28th, he became a father to a daughter named Elene. She was born at Davit Gagua Clinic, weighing 3.8kg and being 52 cm tall.
Restoration of justice will start in February - Bidzina Ivanishvili
According to former Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili, 1 billion GEL is needed to compensate the citizens who suffered at the hands of the previous government.
"Goodbye dinner" - James Appathurai takes time for a photo with Georgian diplomats
James Appathurai, NATO Secretary General's Special Representative for the South Caucasus and Central Asia, has posted a photo with former ambassador to NATO
Location for NATO-Georgia training center already selected
As Head of the Parliamentary Security Committee Irakli Sesiashvili told InterPressNews, the process of constructing a NATO-Georgia training center is not public information.
Meet Vakhtang Gomelauri, Georgia's new Minister of Internal Affairs
Vakhtang Gomelauri has officially been appointed Georgia’s Interior Minister. Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili presented him during a press-conference at the governmental administration.
Interior Minister of Georgia resigns
Minister of Internal Affairs Alexandre Chikaidze has submitted a letter of resignation to the Prime Minister.
We support the Prime Minister’s call for a prompt and thorough investigation of Iuri Vazagashvili’s case - U.S. Embassy
Ambassador Norland and the staff of the American Embassy were shocked to learn of the death of Iuri Vazagashvili, claimed the U.S. Embassy in response to a question
NGO-born Public Defender Nanuashvili's statements are inadequate - Levan Vasadze
Georgia does not have any development ideology, - said businessman Levan Vasadze in his interview with the “Kviris Palitra” paper.
Armenia applies UNESCO to recognize 450 churches in Georgia as Armenian
As Interfax reports, Armenia has applied UNESCO to recognize 450 churches located in Georgia as Armenian.
Removal of Free Democrats from high posts will not harm us - Irakli Alasania
Removal of members of Free Democrats from parliament’s high posts will be an interesting and important process, said Free Democrats' leader Irakli Alasania.
We have no reason to drop sanctions against Russia - Johannes Hann
“Some sanctions expire in March and others in June. So we will have to discuss the issue of extending them. If we do not discuss this issue, they will automatically be lifted.
EU-Georgia Association Agreement: Working today for a European tomorrow
Newly-appointed European Commissioner for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement, Johannes Hahn, will visit Georgia on the 15-17th of January. Georgian Journal offers
2020: A Prosperity Odyssey
The Social-economic Development Strategy of Georgia is a fantastic initiative with good intentions, high hopes and a comprehensive vision describing where the Georgian
Gia Getsadze to head Council of Reforms in Ukraine
Former Georgian government Representative, Gia Getsadze will head the Ukrainian Council of Reforms.
Time to hold our leaders accountable for each step they take
Millions took to the streets in France on Sunday to march in solidarity in response to the terror attacks that left 17 people dead in Paris.
“I am sure that the terror attacks will continue” (Exclusive)
“The current situation turns the entire French society into a bunch of losers.”
Other Stories
On the 27th of January, Tbilisi’s Mayor Davit Narmania was observing the process of cleaning an underground walkway near Tbilisi Concert Hall.
"We want to transform Georgia into real European state"
Irakli Gharibashvili, the Prime Minister of Georgia along with Eka Siradze-Delone, the ambassador of Georgia to France, were met by Francois Hollande at Elise’s palace,
Aside from the regular parish, the Christmas liturgy at Holy Trinity Cathedral was attended by politicians as well. The attending group of officials included representatives
The United States Embassy in Georgia has released a video that depicts its employees wishing Merry Christmas to the Georgian population and taking turns reciting
President Giorgi Margvelashvili recently helped a small girl who got lost find her mother. During a Christmas celebration at the President’s Avlabari residence, the girl got lost
The Georgian Dream Coalition and several cabinet members met with Ex Prime minister Bidzina Ivanishvili in the well known restaurant “Bagrationi”.
“Putin is the leader of a country with whom we need to renegotiate and reestablish relations” – such was the reply given by President Margvelashvili to a question
Politicians came to blows in the Georgian parliament on Boxing day over how they should decide the make-up of Georgian delegations
The speech delivered by parliamentary minority member Akaki Bobokhidze ended in a scuffle, provoked by his use of explicit language.
GEL Exchange
EUR
1
EUR
2.3342
UZS
1000
UZS
0.8438
GBP
1
GBP
3.1008
SEK
10
SEK
2.4875
February 2015
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28