At UN, Georgia Denies Ukrainian Backing, Longs for
NATO and Dismisses Hanging Threats
Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of
Inner City Press at the UN: News Analysis
November 18 -- Asked about reports
that Russia's Vladimir Putin said in August that he wanted to hang
president Mikheil Saakashvili by his testicles, Georgia's Ambassador to
the UN Irakli
Alasania told Inner City Press that Putin's quote "speaks for
itself." Video here,
from Minute 12:12.
just might. But ten days after OSCE monitors were quoted that Georgia
the August war in South Ossetia and Abkhazia, Alasania would only say
that it should be investigated. After
the press conference, he told reporters that this was no change at all
previous denials that Georgia started it.
above the UN briefing room in the Delegates' Dining Room, two senior
representatives the next day told a more nuanced story. Of the threat
hanging, they encouraged Inner City Press to "ask the question of the
French at the stakeout," saying "there might be more to it than has
been reported." They said that at least the first stage of the second
round of meetings
Geneva had gone well. "You have to start somewhere," they said.
a second round of questions from Inner City Press was asked about
involvement by Ukrainian troops in Georgia's August actions. Alasania
groundless, saying it was similar to those who said the "war was waged
help one candidate here" in the United States. "We have good
neighborly relations with the Ukraine," Alasania said, going one
(the) too far. Video here,
from Minute 21:01.
Georgia's Alasania, putting the "the" in
Ukraine, projecting 2d ACABQ run
In response to Inner City Press' question about the U.S.
from supporting immediate NATO membership, Alasania said it might take
Not as long as the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, noted one
FYROM has sued Greece for blocking them in NATO.
Press has asked Ambassador Alasania about attacks on media freedom in
He said the country was trying to do better, that the question should
be put to
"NGOs on the ground, I have not been on the ground for two years
now." Video here,
Inner City Press asked Alasania if Georgia will trying again to
Russia from the Eastern European States seat on the UN's Advisory
Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions.
Alasania said, "Probably, sure, why
Footnote: at the
same Delegates' Lounge reception
at which the two Georgian representatives told Inner City Press about
Geneva meeting, several Ambassadors spoke about ACABQ and the UN's
(budget) committee, predicting that in January when Sudan takes the
helm of the
Group of 77 and China, these will become forums for daily questioning
Ki-moon. Oversight can't hurt.
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