Matthew Bryza: ‘Nobody is above the law, including Saakashvili’
03 February, 2014
Matthew Bryza: ‘Nobody is above the law, including Saakashvili’
Nobody is above the law, including Saakashvili, US former Assistant Secretary of State Matthew Bryza told the Kviris Palitra newspaper while commenting on the video footage showing preparations for the Mukhrovani special operation.
To the journalist’s question if it is possible for the responsibility of the former President to be raised or not, Bryza said: ‘It is necessary to hold a full investigation which will establish whether the law was violated or not’.
As for Saakashvili’s reputation and legacy at
this moment, Bryza said ‘there are different opinions about him’.
‘But in general, all agree that the Rose Revolution and the reforms that he carried out were of historic importance. Before Saakashvili, Georgia, as a state, almost did not exist. Saakashvili brought the country close to fulfillment of a dream - I mean the Bucharest Summit, where I still think that Georgia fully deserved getting MAP. On the other hand, people in the U.S. have different opinions about Saakashvili’s attempts to unite Georgia: one group, mainly Republicans, believe that the President did the right thing, because that was the desire of the Georgian people - united country and Euro-Atlantic future, while others, mainly the leftists, think that he hurried too much, was too aggressive and paid not enough attention to the Russian factor. However, the general consensus was the fact that Americans thought that Saakashvili’s actions were profitable and were in the US interests’, Bryza said.

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