Georgia, a republic of the former Soviet Union, wants the US administration to solve its territorial problem
Mikhail Saakashvili, the president of the former Soviet republic of Georgia (situated in the Northern Caucasus), returned to his pet subject at the end of the last week – the retrieval of the territorial integrity of Georgia. Mr. Saakashvili has already tried to do his best in expressing the views on the matter during his stay on the position of the Georgian president. A transcript of his speeches and statements regarding the issue would probably take hundreds of pages. However, things remain right where they started: Georgia is still at conflict relations with unrecognized republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
This time, however, the Georgian president has not formulated any new initiatives. To be more precise, the initiatives are expected to follow soon, in December of the current year, during the OSCE summit in Slovenia's capital, Ljubljana. Moreover, all points on the matter will be clarified by US officials, whereas Georgian politicians will stay aside from the problem.
President Saakashvili told in an interview with Reuters that he was counting on the USA's assistance in the recreation of the territorial integrity of his country. US diplomats are currently working on certain suggestions on the matter, which are expected to be exposed during the forthcoming OSCE summit in Slovenia. Mikhail Saakashvili did not give any specific details about the suggestions, although he did not miss a chance to say something scathing about Russia. Speaking about the USA's role in the regulation of Georgia's conflict with Abkhazia and South Ossetia, Saakashvili said: “It means that we will have someone at table to make Russia understand that peace will be good for everyone.”
According to the Georgian president, a military solution of the problem is out of the question. Indeed, Georgian officials do not feel tired to emphasize this opinion of theirs, although they continuingly escalate the intense situation in the conflict zone. The recent decree issued by the Georgian parliament pursuant the activity of Russian peacemakers in South Ossetia and Abkhazia can be a very good example of it.
The recent conflict between the Georgian parliament and the head of the country's Foreign Affairs Ministry, Salome Zurabishvili, which ended with the minister's resignation, was initiated because of the minister's excessive friendliness towards Russia. The former minister of foreign affairs could probably seem to be too Russia-friendly against the background of other statements that could be heard from the deputies of the Georgian parliament.
The former foreign affairs minister of Georgia had a limited influence on the establishment of the country's international politics. It goes without saying that the conflict with Abkhazia and South Ossetia can not be described as a purely internal Georgian matter. The president of Georgia has stressed this aspect out himself, when he released the statement about the upcoming suggestions from the US administration. Mikhail Saakashvili has confirmed his absolute helplessness: the incumbent Georgian government is unable to solve the problem of territorial integrity alone. They hope for Washington.