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Geneva: 11-0

2010-06-09 11:00

6141.jpegToday, the situation at the diplomatic front is rather agitated. The eleventh round of negotiations on security and stability in the Caucasus was held in Geneva and this round is obviously not the last one. Representatives from Russia, Georgia, Abkhazia, South Ossetia and the USA were traditionally involved in the discussion. One of the most urgent issues of the agenda besides the traditional ones concerning the safety and humanitarian problems was the issue of aggravation of the situation in the Galskiy region of Abkhazia after the terrorist acts committed on June 1 and 3.


The governing body of the foreign policy administration of Abkhazia has got grounds to expect the international community to come out with its assessment of the situation in Georgia. "The terrorist acts in the Galskiy region that took the lives of two citizens of Abkhazia were committed by the Georgian special services through connivance of the plenty of international organizations working in Georgia", - Foreign Minister of Abkhazia Maxim Gvindzhia stated. The Abkhaz are aiming to settle the conflict situations and are interested in developing and adjusting the mechanisms of response and prevention of the incidents similar to those that took place at the beginning of June. On its part, Russian MIA regards the development of "legally binding agreements on the

non-use of force" as the basic task for Geneva meetings.

In its turn, the Georgian party has got a much more aggressive attitude. For instance, in his interview to the Georgian television, head of the Georgian delegation, Deputy Foreign Minister of Georgia Georgiy Bokeria has stated that "in the course of the meeting, we are primarily going to raise the issue of liberating our citizens that were illegally detained in Tskhinvalskiy region. Besides, we demand ceasing the terror against the people moving through the zone of the occupied regions of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali". It looks like it will take a long time to come to a constructive dialogue. This fact has been also stated by Rector of the Tbilisian Diplomatic Academy Soso Tsintsadze. "We have to go on participating in the absolutely hopeless Geneva meetings not because we want to. A break-through of the Caucasian situation is possible only at the level of the leading world capitals and leaders". He also underlined that "there is a game going on in Geneva as to who will be the first to give up and run away, and this first runaway will be criticized for disrupting the whole process".

Considering the fact that the Russian party makes the corner-stone of the issue of signing an agreement on the non-use of force by all the negotiations parties, the situation can obviously be characterized as stalemate, as long as the Georgian party is ready to sign such an agreement with everyone except Abkhazia and South Ossetia. According to State Minister of Georgia for Reintegration Temur Yakobashvili, "there is absolutely no problem in signing an agreement on the non-use of force with Russia. But Russia wants us to sign it with the authorities in Sukhumi and Tskhinvali. We see no legal basis for that because there are no such states". Now, that is the sticking point: Moscow is not ready to leave Abkhazia and South Ossetia out of the signing process, for that would actually mean giving up the position that has been occupied by the Russian government within the last two years. In its turn, Tbilisi is not going to sign an agreement with the young republics because the world community would regard it as the recognition of their independence and the abandonment of earlier claims.

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