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Eduard Amvrosiyevich Shevardnadze
ედუარდ ამბროსის ძე შევარდნაძე
2nd President of Georgia
In office
26 November 1995 â€“ 23 November 2003
Preceded by Position restored;
himself as the Head of State of Georgia
Succeeded by Nino Burjanadze (acting)
Chairman of Parliament
In office
6 November 1992 â€“ 26 November 1995
(Chairman of the Parliament from 4 November 1992)
Preceded by Position established;
himself as the Chairman of the State Council of Georgia
Succeeded by Position abolished;
Zurab Zhvania as the Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia
Chairman of the State Council of Georgia
In office
10 March 1992 â€“ 4 November 1992
Preceded by Position established; Military Council as the interim head of state
Succeeded by Position abolished; himself as the Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Soviet Union
In office
19 November 1991 â€“ 26 December 1991
Premier Ivan Silayev
Preceded by Boris Pankin
Succeeded by Position abolished
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Soviet Union
In office
2 July 1985 â€“ 20 December 1990
Premier Nikolai Tikhonov
Nikolai Ryzhkov
Preceded by Andrei Gromyko
Succeeded by Aleksandr Bessmertnykh
First Secretary of the Georgian Communist Party
In office
29 September 1972 â€“ 6 July 1985
Preceded by Vasil Mzhavanadze
Succeeded by Jumber Patiashvili
Full member of the 26th, 27th Politburo
In office
1 July 1985 â€“ 14 July 1990
Personal details
Born (1928-01-25)25 January 1928
Mamati, Guria, Georgian SSR, Soviet Union
Died 7 July 2014(2014-07-07) (aged 86)
Tblisi, Georgia
Nationality Soviet (1928–1991) and Georgian (1991–2014)
Political party Communist Party of the Soviet Union
(1948-1991)
Independent
(1991-1995)
Union of Citizens of Georgia
(1995-2003)
Spouse(s) Nanuli Shevardnadze
Children 2
Religion Georgian Orthodox Church
Awards

Military service
Service/branch MVD
Years of service 1964–72
Rank Major General
Commands Ministry of Public Order of the Georgian SSR (1965-68)
Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Georgian SSR (1968-72)

Prospects of normalizing our relations with Russia look good.
But we cannot rely on foreign help indefinitely.
I was a member of the Politburo for seven years, a foreign minister.
But eradicating corruption is not enough to sustain a country.
I don't want to go down in history as a man who allowed blood to be shed.
Eduard Shevardnadze
Even the pyramids might one day disappear, but not the Palestinians longing for their homeland.
Eduard Shevardnadze
The external world is committed to helping Georgia settle its problems.
I believe politicians should always remain realistic.
But on second thought, after I decreed the state of emergency, I came to the conclusion that that was impossible to achieve without bloodshed because the street protesters were full of anger and nearly out of control. This is why I thought we needed to find another way out.
Eduard Shevardnadze
Zhvania was the general secretary of the organisation which I founded, the Citizens' Union. It was the biggest organisation and came first in all elections, and Zhvania was the leader.
Eduard Shevardnadze
I don't plan to return. I have a lot of unresolved things to do.
I am not responsible for the actions of Saakashvili and even for those of Gamsakhurdia.
Eduard Shevardnadze
As for myself, I was never against Russia.
To sum up, what has been our policy? We looked for and found friends all throughout the world.
Eduard Shevardnadze
Germany is determined to provide substantial help. So are the Netherlands and other states. But a day will come when we have to count on our own resources.
Eduard Shevardnadze
You know, to address crowds and make promises does not require very much brains.
Eduard Shevardnadze
They're making a song and dance because that serves their immediate interests. But what will happen tomorrow? They will have to pay salaries and pensions.
Eduard Shevardnadze
I couldn't stand the idea of bloodshed, casualties.
I believe that with the help of foreign countries – and under that condition only, because they have no other source of financing – the new government may temporarily extricate Georgia from the current situation.
Eduard Shevardnadze
True, other countries are helping us. Germany is determined to provide substantial help. So are the Netherlands and other states. But a day will come when we have to count on our own resources.
Eduard Shevardnadze
But the Americans have no extra money. They have their own problems. They can provide financial assistance for two, three, four, or six months at most.
Eduard Shevardnadze
You know in the West they support realistic forces.
In my life I have always found ways of dealing with a situation.
I'm sure that was the right step, even though, formally speaking, it may seem disadvantageous for a president to resign. But, looking into what is happening today and what is going to happen in the future, I think history will show I made the right decision.
Eduard Shevardnadze
Now, the entire world community recognizes Georgia. We are members of the United Nations and the Council of Europe. Everything is being prepared so that we will soon enter the European Union.
Eduard Shevardnadze
It is absolutely impossible to settle the debts to pensioners, teachers, and others. The country hasn't got enough money to do so.
Eduard Shevardnadze
No Georgian has the right to evade or neglect his duties and responsibilities.
Eduard Shevardnadze
I think my resignation was the only way to avoid bloodshed.
Corruption has its own motivations, and one has to thoroughly study that phenomenon and eliminate the foundations that allow corruption to exist.
Eduard Shevardnadze
When I came back to power, Georgia was completely isolated on the international stage.
Eduard Shevardnadze

I think my resignation was the only way to avoid bloodshed.
We also have a real opportunity to join NATO.