Publication: Monitor Volume: 3 Issue: 236

Georgian president Eduard Shevardnadze has been awarded the Richard Nixon prize by the U.S.-based Nixon Center for Peace and Freedom. The Center’s board and award committee, chaired by former secretary of state Henry Kissinger, highlighted Shevardnadze’s "merits in reshaping the former Soviet Union’s foreign policy and in building an independent Georgia." (International agencies, December 17) The award implicitly underscores Shevardnadze’s title to Western appreciation for facilitating, as Soviet foreign minister, the demise of the Warsaw Pact and the unification of Germany. That contribution is recognized in Washington and Bonn, but has not yet been matched by official political support for the restoration of Georgia’s territorial integrity.

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