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Saakashvili Slams 'Ideological War' On Georgia

Georgian President Saakashvili said Georgia has a great future (file photo) (ITAR-TASS) March 9, 2006 - Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili today blamed what he described as "well-funded and influential forces" for allegedly waging an "ideological war" against his country.

Addressing a two-day regional conference in Tbilisi, Saakashvili claimed that the aim of this war is to blacken Georgia's reputation by portraying it as an "unstable, dangerous, unreliable, un-European, uncivilized, and uncultured" country.

Saakashvili did not refer to any specific countries, organizations, or individuals.

He said that, contrary to the image these forces are seeking to project, Georgia is emerging from international isolation and has a "great future."

The Georgian president made those remarks before representatives of the Community of Democratic Choice (CDD), a regional forum that includes Georgia, Ukraine, Moldova, Romania, Slovenia, Macedonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia.

The CDD was set up on December 2, 2005, in Kyiv. Not all its members were represented at the Tbilisi meeting, which also included observers from Turkey, the United States, and the European Union.

(Civil Georgia, Imedi TV)

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