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Compiled by Sopo Datishvili
Wednesday, February 4
Georgia to have a Spanish Embassy

Sakartvelos Respublika reports that Minister of Foreign Affairs Grigol Vashadze has declared his visit to Spain successful and fertile.

In a series of meetings future ties between the two countries, the situation in the Russian- occupied territories and the necessity of international monitoring there were discussed. The Spanish side also confirmed that there will soon be a Spanish Embassy in Georgia.

Holding elections will split the opposition

Political analyst Ramaz Sakvarelidze has commented on the National Forum’s new initiative in an interview with Akhali Taoba.

“The arguments of the National Forum should be taken into consideration. But they raise the question of whether there is any certain plan beyond these demands. I wish plans had been made before the initiative was announced. Society expects that the opposition will do something new. If this attempt appears destined to fail, this will cause hopelessness among people.

“We experts met the President and asked him if he is going to call new elections. He thinks that at such a time it is not reasonable to speak about this. But I think the President will call elections. He might compromise by holding Parliamentary elections but this won’t change anything and will create fissures in the opposition, as for some new elections will be profitable, others not.

“Theoretically a boycott will fail. The Government can itself create parties to run in elections. That’s why I think the opposition should have entered Parliament. The attempt to show that the Government has quashed all genuine opposition has not succeeded. There always will be political groups which can occupy the place of the opposition.

“It is obvious that the National Forum’s demands won’t make Saakashvili resign but November 7, when the opposition managed to create a serious political crisis, is often recalled. The negative reactions of international organizations to his actions are what mostly made Saakashvili resign then.”

Georgia ready for dialogue with Russia

Sakartvelos Respublika reports that Deputy Foreign Minister of Georgia Davit Jalaghonia has said that the Georgian side is ready for constructive dialogue with Russia oriented on results.

“Georgia doesn’t have diplomatic ties with Russia any more but this time we have been the initiator of relationship restoration. The country has always been ready for constructive dialogue with Russia, before and since the war, but three conditions are needed for this: the acknowledgment of Georgia’s independence, sovereignty and territorial unity”, said Jalaghonia.