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German expert: the West recognizes Abkhazia. Is it possible?2009-10-07 17:47
Experts, politicians and journalists are still crossing swords commenting upon the report published by the Commission for Investigation of the Georgian conflict. Each of the parties interprets Heidi Tagliavini's conclusions for its own benefit. A little oil was poured on flames by a German human rights defender Otto Luchterhandt who took part in the work of the commission. Before that, he had stated that the West is going to recognize the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia in future. The probability of such forecast was assessed by the Russian and Georgian experts.
A German human rights defender Otto Luchterhandt advises Europe to change its position in respect of the former Georgian autonomies. "The recognition of Abkhazia's independence by the European countries contrary to the current policy of neglect would not enhance the process of its integration with Russia but would contribute to lowering the tension in the region", - Kavkazskiy Uzel is citing the expert.
The human rights defender leaves open the possibility that in the nearest future, the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia will be recognized by the Western states. However, in the opinion of Otto Luchterhandt, the situation with Tskhinval is more complicated because of its direct proximity to North Ossetia, which is part of Russia, Inopressa reports referring to Der Standart.
It should also be noted that the EU countries and the USA have more than once stated that they support Georgia's territorial integrity. Immediately after the report publication, "the truth missions" in Washington assured that the Georgian-American relationship will remain the same.
Well, what might make the White House change its opinion, then? Tbilisi is sure that the US' position is unchangeable, and Otto Luchterhandt is considered to be the satellite of the Russian Gazprom.
The Georgian media have already published such heading as: "A German member of Tagliavini's commission received a large sum from Gazprom".
In February, when the European commission started its work on investigating the reasons of the war in the Caucasus, the official Tbilisi was striving after the dismissal of the mentioned Otto Luchterhandt, as well as an employee of the British International Strategic Studies Institute Christopher Langton.
Before the commission was established, they had outlined their positions as to the August war in their works, which was different from the Georgian version.
Chairman of the Georgian Parliament Defense Committee Givi Targamadze stated then that two of the Commission members "already knew" that the war was started by Georgia. He supposed that their position could affect the final report.
Eight months later, the European experts published the report and admitted that is was Georgia who fired first in August.
However, Europe is obviously not going to reconsider its positions as to the international law and keep proclaiming Georgia's territorial integrity. The US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton promised recently that the US is going to take every effort to prevent the global recognition of independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
Meanwhile, Moscow is sure that Sukhum and Tskhinval will soon celebrate another victory. Following Russia, Nicaragua and Venezuela, it can be recognized by Bolivia, Ecuador and Cuba.
A rather odious Russian analyst Alexander Dugin in a recent interview with one of the Georgian newspapers stated the following: