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EU observers knock on the doors of Abkhazia and South Ossetia

2008-11-10 17:17

"The mandate of EU observers' mission comprises all Georgia including conflict regions, - EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus Peter Semneby stated on November 7.

He is echoed by the Head of EU mission in Georgia Hansberg Haber.


1/4/0/40.jpeg"Admittance of EU observers to the internal territories of the self-proclaimed regions must not be "unacceptable" as the authorities put it, - the German diplomat said. EU mission is armless and civil. We cannot and do not want to force our way through. Our observers' task is to knock on the doors and ask to be let in Abkhazia and South Ossetia. That is why our patrol approaches Russian, Abkhazian and South Ossetian posts along the administrative border. We are friendly with the personnel and try to form contacts and make our mandate clear".

The mission remembered about cooperation after another portion of events at the Georgian-Abkhazian border. We have already written that the group of EU observers entered the territory of Abkhazia illegally and tried to "monitor" the construction of the Russian military base in Perevi village. The military ward caught the mission doing it. Strangely but the ward did not want to hear anything of the EU mandate and chased the observers back to Georgia with scandal. The next day however they managed to find their way into the village again, photograph the construction in progress and escape before the arrival of the ward.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs of Abkhazia Sergey Shamba stated that "the unsanctioned entrance" of the EU observers to the republic was "unacceptable". And he explained once again that the UN mandate covered Georgia. So let the observers stay there and not raid into the republics that have been de facto independent for already 15 years".

He was unexpectedly supported by a deputy of Europarliament from Latvia Tatyana Zhdanok that sent an open letter to the Council of Europe.

It reads that the deputies of Seym, the representatives of the opposition party "For Human Rights in United Latvia" went to South Ossetia at the end of October. And on return they began asking unpleasant questions. The worst is this - where exactly are EU observers? The deputy mission had not found any on the border between South Ossetia and Georgia for the several days of their stay. In connection with this a question arises: is the Council of Europe going to guarantee the security of Tskhinval city and does it assume a responsibility of possible renewal of military operations?

The Council of Europe simply brushed the letter off. In Riga Zhdanok was repeatedly accused of espionage. In favor of Russia or Israel. Here it is preferred to scold the aggressive Kremlin. And the conference "United and indivisible Europe" that took place in Riga was not an exception.

It turns out that the Balts are not satisfied with weekend scolding. On Thursday in Tallinn a forum called "Open Society" opened under the slogan "The European Union and Russia - what will future bring?". George Soros, Estonia's President Toomas Hendrik Ilves and the father of Kosovo's independence Martti Ahtisaari are among the guests. The continuing weeping was not accidental there.

The Council of Europe however was deaf to the Balts too. On November 6 the European Commission spoke in favor of renewal of negotiations with Russia on the new partnership agreement. It is emphasized in the report that "the European Union does not agree with the situation in Georgia but is also interested in finding a common language with Russia".

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