Last quote by Mikheil Saakashvili
Mikheil Saakashvili quotes
It is evident that the Georgian Dream coalition has secured a majority.There are deep differences between us, and we think their views are completely wrong. But democracy works through the majority of Georgians making a decision, and we respect this greatly.
Georgia will never go back! It will not be dragged back under any pressure, under any dirty money from the North, under any fright of military exercises, direct military invasion in case there are mass-scale disturbances, in case there are militias emerging as they are menacing us – it is not going to work!
These vast regions are without inhabitants. The only reason that people cannot return to their homes is because Russian troops are stationed there. Russian troops are there to consolidate their position resulting from the ethnic cleansing that was carried out. This is clear. We cannot call it anything else. I mean, what else can we call it? Military tourism?
Our choice is irreversible. We decided to join the free world, Europe and the North Atlantic Alliance. This was supported by the Georgian people, overwhelmingly in a referendum, a free poll, and nothing is going to reverse it.
I want to make our conceptual discussion more concrete, to turn ideas into goals, to set timeframes for these goals to speed up the important processes we have started. But the door will remain open for the leaders of opposition, for any political forces who respect the legitimate way of doing things.
I think today, yesterday, part of the Georgian population raised their voices. We listened and we heard. I want therefore to respond. I want to again reiterate our offer of a dialogue on strengthening our democratic institutions and I want to say that we mean it, this offer is real.
Georgia is here, and here it will stay. Those people who wish we would disappear will be defeated in the end. We must come together, and continue our struggle because it is just.
He and his democratically elected government can count on the continued support and assistance of the United States.
I am very proud of my people because we have all the nation standing all over Georgia, holding hands around Russian checkpoints, all over the roads, all over every major city and village.
I expect Europe not to give up in the face of a dirty, unceremonious attempt of agression and occupation. I expect the beginning of a big movement to neutralise and curb this evil force. A movement which will make people who are responsible for these evil acts answer for them.
This is as unjustified as Stalin's attack on Finland, or the Nazi occupation of Europe. It is against international law and is a challenge to the world.
We need to rebuild [the] military. We need to make them stronger. We need to have this country defend [itself]. We need new people trained and we need new equipment. And we will work very closely with the US to get all of this.
We are seeing the broadening of the zone of occupation. I hope President Medvedev respects and honours his own signature and withdraws his forces from those urban areas where they entered totally illegally as part of this intervention.
Right now Russian troops physically control around one third of my country. We are talking about more than a thousand armour. We are talking about numerous air force detatchments but we are also talking about thousands of thousands of irregulars that the Russian brought in.
This is about killing the freedom and independence of this country and scaring all the others around us. Well, I think our message to them is, no matter what they do, no matter how much they bomb us, no matter how they want to cripple us and undermine us, we are not going to give up our freedom and Georgia will never surrender.
We are leaving the CIS for good and propose that other countries leave this body, run by Russia.
I offer you autonomy and self-government for South Ossetia, under international guarantee, according to international law, by which I mean autonomy corresponding to the standards of the European Union.
Yesterday it was Ukraine, today it is Georgia, tomorrow it might get anywhere where Russia sells its gas and electricity, basically what happened is totally outrageous and we are dealing with an outrageous blackmail on the part of people who do not want to behave in a civilised and human way.