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Price of Tbilisi’s “Peaceful” Rhetoric

03.07.2008 17:57

The wish-wash of the Georgian authorities about their aspiration to resolve the conflicts with Abkhazia and South Ossetia peacefully today are often disproved by numerous facts demonstrating true intentions of Tbilisi. The fact that the Georgian rulers are adherent to the use of force is absolutely apparent

For example, let’s recall the words of Georgian ex-Defense Minister Irakli Okruashvili in his interview with TV Channel Imedi when he claimed that there was a plan to capture Tzhinvali. According to him, his statement in public that he will celebrate a New Year party in 2007 in the capital of South Ossetia, was not baseless. The ex-Minister said: “We had a detailed plan to return Tzinvali with minimum casualties in a small operation. The deadline was the spring of 2006. The plan was agreed by three-four persons, including Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili, me as the Defense Minister, Minister of Interior Vano Merabishvili and General Prosecutor Zurab Adeishvili.” It is well-known that this plan failed likewise the Tbilisi-prepared operation against Abkhazia this spring. Code-named Double Shot this operation provided for several prompt attacks on vital facilities of the Republic and its occupation within a few days.

But Tbilisi again claims: “"Nothing of the kind! We stand for peaceful solution of the problem!” But today few people believe these words. Many foreign journalists using the first-hand information obtained during their business trips to Abkhazia had an opportunity to satisfy themselves personally that the plans of this Blitzkrieg actually existed.

Florian Hassel, Chief of Moscow Bureau, German Newspaper Koelner Stadt-Anzeiger, reported quoting “a top-ranking Western military source” that by late April “Georgia has prepared to a large-scale military operation against Abkhazia and deployed 12,000 troops in Military Base Senaki”. Moreover, it was planned to draw Russian peacekeepers into the armed conflict. Hassel says: “A top-ranking Western military source advised me that the Georgian side will resort to various provocations against Russian peacekeepers in order to force them into combat activities”.

So, today serious observers are hardly ready to believe the “peaceful” rhetoric of Tbilisi. The true intentions of the Georgian authorities are confirmed with evidence, which is much more tangible than empty words.