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PACE tired of Sakartvelo2011-01-26 22:49
Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe was devised as a platform for dialogues and cooperation, where each participant has the right of expressing his mind freely on any matter but it was not devised for Georgian politicians. PACE's winter session was opened yesterday and there were hardly any doubts that Tbilisi delegates would again turn the session into a battlefield, having practically paralyzed the work of the Assembly.
Such behaviour forces Moscow to look for new methods of coming to an understanding with Georgia. One of them may be a forum of Georgian and Russian politicians that Russian State Duma's delegate to PACE Sergey Markov is planning to organize in Sochi.
Georgian parliamentarians successfully imposed anti-Russian resolutions upon the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe until last spring. The situation took a sharp turn when Head of the EU International Independent Commission on investigating the circumstances of the conflict in South Ossetia Heidi Tagliavini declared that the war in South Ossetia was launched by Georgia. At the session in June, PACE Monitoring Commission tried to close the political part of the Russian-Georgian file but lacked just one vote.
Despite the Georgian guests' active resistance, PACE's leaders are determined to switch the problem of Moscow and Tbilisi's relationship onto humanitarian track, though it will be a difficult task considering the military-like attitude and irreconcilability of the Georgian parliamentarians. Long before the start of the current session, Chairman of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Mevlut Chavushoglu confessed that the session was going to be "very animated".
"I believe PACE should focus on the humanitarian aspect, while political issues should be discussed at Geneva talks, - that's how Chavushoglu characterized the approach of the Assembly's management to the problem of Russian-Georgian relationship. - We must primarily handle the issues of living conditions, human rights and the future of the people who really suffered in the conflicts. If we act unanimously and in coordination with each other we will achieve definite results in the humanitarian issues related to the war consequences".
Another evidence of the official Tbilisi's incapability to give up confrontation despite Mikheil Saakashvili's peaceful statements was the reaction of the Georgian delegates to the participation of representatives of the Georgian oppositional parties in the current PACE session - leader of The People's Party Koba Davitashvili and Chairman of the Free Georgia movement Kakha Kukava. They had to turn to the Russian delegation to receive an invitation to Strasbourg and state their opinion of the situation in the country that differs much from an official one. There is evidently no use in calling on their own parliamentarians; Saakashvili's regime will stand no nonconformity.
"We are going to provide information on Georgian political prisoners, political terror and the situation with refugees. As for foreign policy issues, the main priorities for us are the problems of the so-called frozen conflicts and relations between Georgia and Russia", - Kakha Kukava stated.