- He said compromise - the worst enemy of reforms.
Georgia’s success in building a modern state in the Caucasus region is “the greatest nightmare” for “our ill-wishers”, President Saakashvili said on November 14.
He said Georgians had in “genes this longing for creating the modern state"
“For them [referring to Russia] Georgians are the most independent-minded people… who are now creating the state, which is more affective and successful state than theirs – that is the greatest nightmare they can ever imagine,” Saakashvili said.
“If Georgia managed to do that, the entire Caucasus will also be able to do that – that’s the greatest catastrophe they [Russia] can [imagine],” he added.
Saakashvili was speaking in Kvareli in eastern region of Kakheti, before a group of World Bank and IFC senior staff, which was in Georgia for its internal training purposes.
He said Georgia’s reforms were a success story, because it was driven not by an individual leader, but by the entire team of strongly motivated leaders.
“We are saying that we are European, democratic Singapore. Singapore – it was one leader’s success story. In case of Georgia it is not a success story of a separate individual leader; Georgia is a galaxy of leaders,” he said.
Asked what the difference between Georgia and Ukraine after their Rose and Orange revolutions, respectively, was in respect of reforms, Saakashvili responded: “Difference with Ukraine is that we have not made any compromises.”
“Compromises are the worst that can happen to reforms… We have carried out reforms simultaneously into all directions without making compromises and wherever we made compromises, personally I then regretted about it,” Saakashvili said.