CUNNING Ex-USSR Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze
Both, ex-President, Eduard Shevardnadze
and incumbent President, Mikheil Saakashvili, were invited to the inaugural
For our story, however, the big event was the "Rose Revolution" of 2003, which deposed President Eduard Shevardnadze
after parliamentary elections that independent observers found riddled with fraud.
There was then a similar arrangement for the US Secretary of State and his Soviet counterpart, Eduard Shevardnadze
. Resistance leaders were furious that they were excluded from the Geneva talks.
Yet when a new government led by former Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze
came to power in 1995, it quickly canceled all previous energy contracts in order to make deals with larger, multinational companies.
In the audience were United States Secretary of State George Shultz and Soviet Foreign Secretary Eduard Shevardnadze
, who negotiated much of the treaty.
As a result, President Eduard Shevardnadze
was forced to resign on November 23, 2003, after he had attempted to open a new session of parliament.
Georgia's American-backed "Rose Revolution" in 2003 overthrew autocrat and Soviet holdover Eduard Shevardnadze
and replaced him with Mikheil Saakashvili, a staunch American ally.
Since its independence from the Soviet Union, Georgia has been facing many difficulties: first, there was civil unrest and economic crises, then came a Revolution in 2003, when then President of Georgia, Eduard Shevardnadze
was ousted from power; and, finally, the unresolved secessionist conflicts in Abkhazia and South Ossetia; Russia's allied regions.
He also helped fund Georgia's "rose revolution" that brought down president Eduard Shevardnadze
and swept Mr Saakashvili to power.
The Rose Revolution toppled a blindsided Eduard Shevardnadze
in Georgia and replaced him with a 36-year-old former New York lawyer.