|The Georgian Parliament in Rustaveli / DDohler, Flickr|
[Journalist aks] about impoverished children who are intrusively begging in Tbilisi, grabbing passers-by by their legs. [Saakashvili asnwers:] "They are gypsies, we tried to put them in orphanages. We attempted to negotiate with gypsy barons. But it is difficult to have a deal with them. In France, they were given money for deportation - they all returned. But you won't see our refugees and the poor. They all are settled down."
I also asked - without any success - the same question to people I met in Tbilisi – why police didn't chase away those gypsy children from the prime spot of not only Tbilisi, but also of Georgia.
Now Saakashvili himself says it is impossible.
Though his last two sentences ("But you won't see our refugees and the poor. They all are settled down.") – I would dare to say they are not true. If you walk along the streets of central Tbilisi – there are plenty of poor people who are begging – all old men and women and all Georgian.