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Saakashvili setting up Geneva blind alley2010-08-04 16:01
International politics holds plenty of examples of endless negotiations when neither party agreed to concessions. Still, there are paradoxes as well, such as an unpunished aggressor and a bleeding victim conducting negotiations under international control.
South Ossetia gets down to negotiating table with the regime of Saakashvili who once sent artillery and armor against peaceful citizens. Does not it sound like a paradox? However, there is so much bloodshed in the world that in case of South Ossetia, the world community decided to drag on further conflict escalation not via direct negotiations but through a discussion.
This is not an obligatory step but a restraining one, for it is the discussion of an issue or a group of related issues by competent persons with a purpose of taking a mutually acceptable decision. The discussion is a sort of a dispute and represents a series of assertions voiced by participants in turn. Well, this seems to be a philosophic and precise wording which, however, does not fit the case.
Another round of Geneva discussions on Transcaucasian safety and stability held on July 27 revealed the absence of constructiveness in Georgia's position. These guys have only got revenge on their minds and a belief that the West will help them.
Geneva discussions have been held since October 2008 on the basis of Russian and French presidents' agreements achieved after the tragic events of August 2008 in South Ossetia. Delegations from Abkhazia, Georgia, RF, USA, South Ossetia, as well as EU, UN and OSCE representatives, take equal part in Geneva meetings.
The previous meetings resulted in a single document containing proposals on incidents preventing and settlement mechanisms in Georgia, Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Let us remind you that Medvedev-Sarkozy plan of settling the military conflict in Georgia in August 2008 adopted during Russian and French presidents' meeting on August 14 was signed in the Kremlin by presidents of Abkhazia and South Ossetia at the meeting with Medvedev, by Georgian president on August 15 and by Russian President Dmitriy Medvedev on August 16.
On September 8, 2008, after many-hour negotiations between Medvedev and Sarkozy, the Plan was modified and a number of updates were immediately declared to come into force.
The plan included six items: No use of force. Complete termination of any military actions. Provide free access to humanitarian supplies. Bring Georgian armed forces back to their permanent disposition. Draw RF armed forces back to the line preceding military actions. Create international warranties of stability and safety in Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
However, Georgia is looking for its own niche, enjoying the role of the humiliated and pressed. Preparing another provocative act and questioning the very notion of justice is the main principle of Saakashvili's policy.
"The latest round of Geneva discussions has shown that Georgian policemen are still notable for their nonconstructivity and stubborn unwillingness to seek practical ways for strengthening peace and safety in the region. The UN General Assembly draft resolution on refugees' status and internally displaced persons in Abkhazia and South Ossetia recently submitted by Georgia should also be viewed in this context. This demonstrative action of Tbilisi's has had a negative affect on the environment of the meeting in Geneva (humanitarian group primarily) and does not seem to encourage the general normalization of the situation in Transcaucasia", - that was the way our MFA characterized Georgia's position.