Nearly a week after a crackdown on opposition protests in Tbilisi, the international community has started to deliver its assessments of how Georgia, the former Soviet Union's reform prodigy, is handling its ongoing political crisis. The findings are far from rosy, but nevertheless remain upbeat.
A steady stream of senior envoys from the United States, the European Union, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe have all emphasized the same themes: The need to revoke the state of emergency introduced by President Mikheil Saakashvili on November 7 and to restore all independent broadcast media operations. [For background see the Eurasia Insight archive].
For now, the Georgian government appears more inclined to take action on the state of emergency, a measure, approved by parliament on November 9, that officials have indicated would soon be lifted.
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Elizabeth Owen is EurasiaNets Caucasus news editor in Tbilisi.