One of the opposition leaders, Salome Zurabishvili, left the meeting with NATO Ambassadors as a protest.
Zurabishvili gave several reasons for this action. The main one was that the meeting was attended by only four out of the 26 Ambassadors and not Scheffer himself. “Scheffer found time to meet the Parliamentary opposition and hear about the country’s problems from them. However he now finds a meeting at the university more important than this one,” she said.
Zurabishvili declared that she didn’t want to sit and speak with the Ambassadors alongside representatives of the pseudo-opposition, which had already met the delegation in Parliament. “Scheffer doesn’t want to listen to the real opposition. The Parliamentary opposition is the same as the Government nowadays. I will stand by fighters for Georgia even against Scheffer. He was wrong yesterday when he called the opposition in Georgia “radical.” In reality we aren’t radical. The Government must realize once and for all that it must sit with the real opposition at the negotiating table,”she stressed.