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Tbilisi confesses of political masochism2011-02-02 12:18
Instead of drawing conclusions that aggressive rhetoric against Russia has no sense, Georgia keeps consoling itself in self-deception thinking that any failure can be turned into an advantage. Last week the European parliament unambiguously informed official Tbilisi that the topic of Abkhazia's and South Ossetia's "occupation" is closed. With a slap on the face, Sakartvelo strategists have chosen a strange way to maintain appearance: they state they asked PACE for this "favor".
Tbilisi was the first to consider modification of PACE's Georgian-Russian file format as most unacceptable. And it's understood: over the past two years the assembly made categorical demands calling Russia to revoke Abkhazia's and South Ossetia's recognition and pull out troops from the Transcaucasian republic. What Georgia is still concerned with is perpetual discussion of the "occupation" topic.
Not long ago the European parliament acknowledged invalidity of their conclusions and unanimously brought consideration of events in South Caucasus down from a separate report to the so-called country monitoring level. According to confessions in the back rooms - discussion of this topic at every session has no sense, and PACE chair Mevlyut Chavishoglu stated that the assembly should focus on the humanitarian component while political issues must be discussed at Geneva talks.
Georgian politologists were the first to beat the alarm. According to them, the Council of Europe literally disclaims responsibility for settling the Russian-Georgian conflict and seems to be run out of resources. But isn't solution of humanitarian issues the right path that can take both states to consensus over some aspects at least?
Naturally, Moscow realizes that PACE's decision to shut down the document is a step forward. However, after the session in Strasbourg Tbilisi is taking a break interrupted by Mamuka Zhgentia, Georgia's Envoy to the Council of Europe reiterating Georgia's official position that Russia must comply with the requirements of previously adopted resolutions.
In lack of a well-defined position of the ministry of foreign affairs of the republic on the issue, Georgian parliamentarians had to fill in the information vacuum. They attacked by deciding to set up an ad-hoc committee tasked "to control Russia's compliance with PACE's three resolutions". "The fact that resolutions remain in force mean that Georgia has support of the European community that understands necessity of deoccupation of the occupied lands and return of refugees", - Petre Tsiskarishvili, head of the majority faction exclaimed.
Either it was the deputies' optimism that had effect on the ministry of foreign affairs, or they understood that putting a good face on the matter is essential but deputy FM Nino Kalandadze came forward with a curious statement: the decision to close the Georgian-Russian file was taken at Georgia's request!
"The Council of Europe divided arguments of the Georgian side, - the deputy FM said. - We favor all adopted resolutions on the results of the Russian-Georgian war and we don't consider it necessary that the format must continue. This issue does not need additional consideration since the Council of Europe has a clear stand on the issue".