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OSCE summit: Moscow suggesting, Tbilisi giving lectures2010-12-02 19:16
The summit of Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has opened today in Astana, where it is planned to discuss possible ways out of a deep crisis. President of Russia Dmitri Medvedev has already stated that, to avoid the reoccurrence of events of August 2008, one has got to develop common principles of conflict settlement for all the states, while the Georgian party again came out with "an old song" in Kazakhstan.
"The main thing, perhaps, is the development of the common principles of conflict settlement that should be adhered to in all the crisis situations, not in single cases", - Dmitri Medvedev believes. In the opinion of the Russian leader, such principles include the non-use of force, reaching a consensus by the parties, respect for the agreed negotiation and peacemaking formats, as well as ensuring the rights of those who got into the conflict zone. Russian president also underlined that such issues should be settled absolutely peacefully, for the application of military force, such as was used by Georgian government in respect of South Ossetia in August 2008, is absolutely inadmissible.
Dmitri Medvedev's words have elicited a positive response from his colleagues. According to Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel, in August 2008, OSCE faced a serious trust crisis. Suffice it to say that this viewpoint is shared by many other leaders of OSCE countries.
Indeed, the August failure of the organization responsible for peace and stability in Europe became a punch on the nose for all the officials who for some reason decided that their area of activity was limited to preparing and delivering fine speeches. South Ossetia's repeated attempts to tell Vienna about militarization on the part of Georgia were fruitless.
Moreover, further turn of events cast doubt upon the impartiality of the mission observers in the Caucasus. According to the South-Ossetian side, OSCE representatives left the territory of the republic (that is, their area of responsibility) several hours before the Georgian military aggression started.
"While raising the issue of increasing the number of military observers in the conflict zone and demanding more extensive powers for themselves, they knew perfectly well of the amount of live force and military equipment gathering near the South-Ossetian borders", - leader of South Ossetia Eduard Kokoity underlined in due time.
An investigation carried out by the international committee for finding out the reasons of the Georgian-Russian conflict showed that the war was launched by Georgia. However, that time, in August, the international community, which is generally much scrupulous about the matters of Kosovo Albanians' expression of will, unanimously took the aggressor's side, having for some reason accused the only country that defended the small nation from vanishing of the "non-proportional use of force".
Why then Germany and France that have recognized Kosovo's independence still consider Abkhazia and South Ossetia to be Georgian territories? Dmitri Medvedev clearly outlined the reasons of the crisis: conflict settlement principles should be adhered to in all the crisis situations but not in single cases. Things won't move off dead center for as long as OSCE pursues a double-standard policy.