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Court of Hague: a loyalty test2010-09-14 17:18
Today the UN's international court in Hague starts considering Georgia's lawsuit against Russia in which Tbilisi is seriously accusing Moscow of "ethnic cleansings" and violation of the convention on liquidation of all forms of racial discrimination. The Georgian side looks decisive inviting the world's best-qualified lawyers. The paradox of the situation is described in a saying "Stop thief!" with the thief yelling the loudest.
Mister Saakashvili keeps ascribing his sins onto Russia. Failing to subdue Ossetians with his most severe methods, the Georgian regime accuses his northern neighbor of the ethnic cleansing for the whole world to see.
The action against Russia was brought more than two years ago - on August 12, the signing day of the well-known Medvedev-Sarkozy plan. It is unclear whether Georgians were preparing the accusation before the nighttime attack on Tskhinval or whether local lawyers managed to gather all necessary evidence and present a sound letter to the International Court right during hostilities.
Sakartvelo is showing off their evidence trying to bring Russia liable for discrimination of the Georgian population assisted by Abkhaz and South Ossetian authorities since 1990. Moreover, as deputy FM Nino Kalandadze stated, Russia allegedly continues ethnic cleansings in the "occupied" territories of the republic.
Georgia's accusation sounds even more awkward considering that the republic is represented by foreign lawyers for the lawsuit. These are James Crawford, Philippe Sands, Paul Reichler and Payam Akhavani. Is Tbilisi so unsure of its strength as to hire foreign specialists?
As strange as it may be, in the run-up to the hearings the Russian side reacted to voices from Georgia more than calmly. According to the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Tbilisi launched an essentially artificial lawsuit aimed at distracting people from gross violation of international law by Georgia, RIA Novosti reports. It is believed in Smolenskaya square: the whole story is a sheer abuse of legal proceedings confirmed by a number of well-based legal arguments and giving grounds for a positive verdict the International Court is likely to award to Russia.
According to Konstantin Kosachev, head of State Duma International Affairs Committee, in this situation Georgian authorities should abandon geopolitical considerations and focus on people's interests, which, actually is the basic responsibility of any government. "For the time being Georgian authorities show no responsibility at all", - the diplomat emphasized.
According to the lawsuit regulations, Russia will be first to take the floor reminding the court and the Western community of over 2,500 lawsuits to European legal instances from South Ossetian citizens affected by hostilities in Tskhinval in August 2008. Many of these people lost their relatives during those hard five days. It should also be remembered that a criminal case launched against Georgia by the Russian Prosecutor General's Office Committee of Inquiry amounts to 380 (!) volumes already. The committee has documentary evidence of 162 deaths among South Ossetian citizens and 48 deaths of Russian militaries including 10 peace keepers.