“NDI’S ACTION IN GEORGIA IS CRIME!“
20 September, 2012
“NDI’S ACTION IN GEORGIA IS CRIME!“

 

`Georgians work for NDI but NDI’s American employees – for Saakashvili`

NDI’s activity in Georgia is questioned by official Washington, American experts and former NDI employees. We are presenting abridged interview with Gregory Minjeck, head of ‘Public strategy’, who in’90s was NDI representative and head of observers’ group in Georgia.

 

 

A. –  I’m amazed by current NDI office activity. Exactly this was the reason of our conflict. Whatever is done by NDI in Georgia, it doesn’t serve the aim of building democracy.

Whatever is done by Georgian NDI, it isn’t its business.

Q. – What’s NDI’s business?

A. – When Georgia’s Ambassador to France declares for the whole world to hear that illegal immigrants mustn’t participate in elections, it certainly is infringement of human rights. It’s NDI’s obligation to explain to Georgian Government that they are violating the rights of their own citizens in another country. Actually this is NDI’s duty but in reality they support Saakashvili in offence and mistakes. Sociological surveys (their quality is another issue) can easily be conducted by parties themselves. Current NDI acts against principles of democracy.

The questions asked and the methods of survey don’t correspond to the working rules of the organization. The questions are incorrectly composed. Conflict of interests is obvious and it’s punishable.

Q. – What do you mean by conflict of interests?

A. – For instance, when NDI employees and the former ones from organizations connected with NDI are included in the ruling party ballot list. In August I met the NDI management and asked them some questions, including the one connected with diasporas. To my amazement the head of NDI Georgian office answered that he wasn’t interested in diasporas!

Q. – Who are those Americans who work for Saakashvili?

A. – For example, Mark Mullen. I have accurate information that he was working for Saakashvili. Mark Mullen was head of NDI Georgian department. Up till now he is in Georgia, working for ‘Georgian Transparency’. Activity of NDI Georgian office is nothing else but undemocratic. I met Luis Navaro and asked him who he was and what he wanted. I asked him to specify how they carried out the survey and what were the tools and the answer I got was rather inadequate. I can’t go public through press but I can say that after speaking with Luis Navaro I angrily left the office. Our meeting was held in a very unfriendly environment. The NDI head office is already informed about its Georgian office activity.

 

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