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Eduard Shevardnadze
January 25, 1928 -
Category: Politician

But on second thought, after I decreed the state of emergency, I came to the conclusion that that was impossible to achieve without bloodshed because the street protesters were full of anger and nearly out of control. This is why I thought we needed to find another way out.


I don't want to go down in history as a man who allowed blood to be shed.


I believe that with the help of foreign countries - and under that condition only, because they have no other source of financing - the new government may temporarily extricate Georgia from the current situation.


I don't plan to return. I have a lot of unresolved things to do.


I'm sure that was the right step, even though, formally speaking, it may seem disadvantageous for a president to resign. But, looking into what is happening today and what is going to happen in the future, I think history will show I made the right decision.


As for myself, I was never against Russia.


We also have a real opportunity to join NATO.


No Georgian has the right to evade or neglect his duties and responsibilities.


It is absolutely impossible to settle the debts to pensioners, teachers, and others. The country hasn't got enough money to do so.


When I came back to power, Georgia was completely isolated on the international stage.


Even the pyramids might one day disappear, but not the Palestinians longing for their homeland.


The external world is committed to helping Georgia settle its problems.


I was a member of the Politburo for seven years, a foreign minister.


But the Americans have no extra money. They have their own problems. They can provide financial assistance for two, three, four, or six months at most.


Zhvania was the general secretary of the organisation which I founded, the Citizens' Union. It was the biggest organisation and came first in all elections, and Zhvania was the leader.


Now, the entire world community recognizes Georgia. We are members of the United Nations and the Council of Europe. Everything is being prepared so that we will soon enter the European Union.


I am not responsible for the actions of Saakashvili and even for those of Gamsakhurdia.


But eradicating corruption is not enough to sustain a country.


They're making a song and dance because that serves their immediate interests. But what will happen tomorrow? They will have to pay salaries and pensions.


You know, to address crowds and make promises does not require very much brains.


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