Clinton criticises Russia in Georgia trip

U.S. Secretary of State Clinton warned Georgia not to give Moscow any excuse to take its war in the south Caucasus nation in August 2008.

Clinton criticises Russia in Georgia trip


U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned Georgia on Monday not to give Moscow any excuse to take its war in the south Caucasus nation in August 2008.

Clinton repeated the U.S. rejection of what she called Russia's "invasion and ... ongoing occupation" of South Ossetia and said diplomatic efforts to resolve the dispute had to be intensified.

But she also suggested the solution might ultimately be to strengthen Georgian economic, judicial and political systems, thereby giving people in South Ossetia and Abkhazia, another separatist region, a reason to want to be part of Georgia.

"The more Georgia can deal with its own problems, the stronger the case becomes," Clinton told a meeting of Georgian women leaders in the capital Tbilisi. "That is the greatest answer. That is the rebuke that no one can dispute."

During the 2008 war, Russia crushed a Georgian assault on the breakaway Georgian region of South Ossetia, launched after days of clashes between Georgian and rebel forces and years of tension between Moscow and Tbilisi.

Making her final stop on a five-nation tour of the former Soviet bloc, Clinton sought to reassure Georgia of U.S. support despite the rapprochement with Moscow.

Russia's war with Georgia caused the worst rift with the West since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. It also led some U.S. officials to question Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili's judgement and the wisdom of his warm embrace by the administration of former U.S. President George W. Bush.

Civil liberties

Before meeting Saakashvili, Clinton said: "I would strongly urge that Georgia not be baited or provoked into any action that would give any excuse to the Russians to take any further aggressive movements."

Several women at the meeting offered sharp criticism of Saakashvili's record on human rights and civil liberties.

Tina Khidasheli of the opposition Republican party said Saakashvili appeared to have taken the Bush administration's description of his country as a "beacon of democracy" as a green light to move against his opponents.

"We have seen tens of thousands of people beaten in the streets. We have seen people killed in the streets. We have seen arbitrary killings, arbitrary detentions. We have seen stolen elections. We have seen stolen media outlets," she said.

"My question here is very simple: is there any democracy agenda within the United States government for Georgia? A real one -- not the one that we have seen during the Bush times that was, 'well we know what Saakashvili does but he's our guy'."

Clinton replied: "Our view is that Georgia has made extraordinary progress and has demonstrated resilience in the face of very difficult circumstances, but of course we raise issues -- whether it's a criminal code or an independent judiciary or a free media.

"The United States supports the Georgian people, we support Georgian democracy and we are going to do everything we can to further those values."


Güncelleme Tarihi: 05 Temmuz 2010, 17:02
Syed Suhail Khalid
Syed Suhail Khalid - 12 yıl Önce

USA has a kind of democracy which permits children to carry guns(especially in the state of Arizona)to schools and also to take their parents to court if they are hit by them.But Georgian culture is where parents are of paramount importance to their children.So what will Georgia do with the USA kind of democracy?I am sure that it will not need it.

And mind you Georgia,USA is 'supporting'you only to use you as a bait against Russia.This isn't a real good support.This is only a support which only an untrustworthy nation can give you.The real support can be had by you only from Russia,China,India,Brazil and a host of other Asian and African and Latin American nations.So Georgia will do very well to patch up with Russia,recognise the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia and sign various trade agreements with these countries,help poor countries in oil exploration and form joint ventures with them.This is the only way forward to peace and progress.USA's support will suck you dry.Iraq,Afghanistan,Colombia and the many African nations are proofs of USA hypodermic support and friendship.