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Everyone satisfied with Peace Mission: the battle goes on2009-10-01 17:14
At last we have got it. The Mission of Truth, that is, the International Commission under the aegis of EU headed by Heidi Tagliavini has published a report on the last year war with Georgia. The Commission adopted a Solomon's decision, having criticized both Tbilisi and Moscow for launching a war in Tbilisi. The Russian and Georgian politicians immediately started interpreting the report conclusions in their favor. GeorgiTimes tried to make out the possible political consequences of the report.
Russia and Georgia are sorting out their relationship solely on the international grounds; thus, the position of the Europeans might play the decisive role in the uneven confrontation of the two neighboring countries. Besides, the situation was aggravated by numerous delays: the report was to be revealed in July but the commission managed to submit the results only by the end of September.
The Russian and Georgia politicians immediately started interpreting the report in their favor. The unique character of the situation is that both Russia and Georgia are "generally satisfied" with the revealed document.
Yet, both the parties expressed dissatisfaction as to certain conclusions made by the European experts.
For instance, the Georgian government headed by Mikhail Saakashvili is disappointed with the fact that the report does not confirm the Georgian version about the attack against South Ossetia being a response to the Russian troops' intrusion. The experts did not find any convincing legal grounds for the Georgian attack. However, referring to the statements of the report, Georgia keeps pressing upon the fact that Russia escalated the conflict and violated the international law.
As to Moscow, it does not agree with the statement that Russia had been pulling in troops to the borders prior to military actions and used disproportionate force afterwards. The politicians are exultant: at last, the Europeans are convinced that it was Saakashvili who started the affair.
Let us remind you that the general conclusion of the multi-paged report goes as follows: Georgia started the conflict, while Russia had provoked it and excessively used it afterwards.
So long as the Europeans followed an aphorism that "no one is right or guilty in a war", political consequences of the report remain unclear.
The opinions on the matter vary. The experts seem to share the only idea that the EU report on the conflict in Georgia has triggered another PR-war. One can easily see the fairness of such statement while looking through today media's reports.
American periodical The Post says that if, according to the commission's report, it was Georgia who launched the war it will be "the last nail to be battered in Mikhail Saakashvili's political coffin".
The European analysts believe that as soon as the report was disclosed Georgia lost its chance to join the North-Atlantic alliance: "In the short term, Georgia has got no chance to join NATO. This is the result of the report presented by the International Commission for Investigation of Reasons of the South-Ossetian conflict. Saakashvili and his government have been deceiving European Union and their Western friends by providing false information; thus, as long as Saakashvili stays in power, Georgia should give up its ambitious plans to become part of the West", - radio station Voice of Russia is citing German expert Alexander Rar.
American newspaper The Wall Street Journal also believes that the report may "disrupt the Georgian president's attempts to gain the West's support".