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European PACE super activity

2009-10-05 09:27

4159.jpegDuring a session in Strasbourg, PACE confirmed the full powers of the Russian delegation. Georgia, which triggered the issue of dispossessing Russia of its voting rights in the organization, intends to raise the same issue once again in half a year. The experts are sure that the Europeans have chosen the way of super activists, i.e. the people striving after renovations. Are they ready to turn the international organization rostrum into a permanent site for sorting out relationship between Moscow and Tbilisi?


The voting held by Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), which determined the future of the Russian delegation, is the primary topic of today's media reports. "When the full powers of the RF delegation in PACE were discussed, common sense and facts prevailed over the unwillingness of some European parliamentarians to go into the essence of the conflict that took place in August 2008", - the Russian media are citing Speaker of the State Duma Boris Gryzlov.

This time, Georgia has lost the battle in the international arena, while Russia is rejoicing its victory.

However, the outcome of the yesterday's voting had been predetermined.

On September 30, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe adopted a resolution as to "War between Georgia and Russia: a year later". The parliamentarians were rather strict with Russia.

Yet, before that, the monitoring commission came to the following conclusion: despite the fact that Russia failed to fulfill at least one demand of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe related to the consequences of the Russian-Georgian last year war, PACE should not cancel the full powers of the Russian delegation.

The experts believe that the European delegates followed the principle of "silence is better than a poor dialogue". The European spokesmen underlined that "when you throw someone out of the dialogue there is little chance that you will ever come to any agreement with him", radio Svoboda (Freedom) reports.

Thus, according to News Time, despite of the fact that originally the Georgian initiative was supported by 72 delegates it was actually voted for by 35 people, which is twice as less. 88 delegates stood for maintaining Russia's full powers.

The periodical reminds that the Assembly comprises 318 parliamentarians, though many of them refused to attend the voting to avoid interference into the Russian-Georgia confrontation.

However, according to member of the Georgian delegation in PACE Georgiy Targamadze, 40 percent of delegates are ready to apply sanctions against Russia, and Georgia will raise the issue of Russia's fulfillment of its obligations at the future sessions.

Former President of Georgia Eduard Shevardnadze is not sure whether the persistence of his young successors will be a success. "The fact that Russia was not dispossessed of its voting rights in PACE is quite normal and explainable, - Eduard Amvrosievitch stated in his talk with the journalists. - Russia is a great country possessing much gas, oil, wood and other natural resources, and the EC countries are not inclined to mar relationship with Russia. It does not mean that the Western countries approve of Russia's actions and that they are never going to change their attitude towards Georgia".

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