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Tbilisi-Geneva: distance growing

2011-04-14 12:47

Tbilisi-Geneva: Distance Growing. 15865.jpegIt has turned out that Tbilisi can interpret even quite unambiguous declarations of the General Secretary of the UN in its own way. In his interview to one of the Russian information agencies Pan Gi Mun stressed the importance of the Geneva negotiations related to the security and stability in the Caucasus. But several Georgian mass media came out with not too optimistic titles. One wonders involuntarily: does Georgia require maybe the only current site of negotiations with the representatives of Abkhazia and South Ossetia?


"The Geneva process gives a good opportunity for consultations related to the consolidation of peace and stability, the General Secretary is cited by RIA Novosti. - It may be difficult to expect a full resolution of the issue, but we have managed to agree upon a mechanism of incident prevention which works quite well". According to Pan Gi Mun, 15 rounds of discussions have led to concrete results, so he would like to discuss how the platform of these negotiations can be used as fully as possible.

The positive tone of the General Secretary's statement would seem quite positive. However, some electronic mass media of Georgia published several titles à la "General Secretary of the UN does Not Believe in the Capacity of the Geneva Format to Solve Georgian Issues". It is difficult to say where exactly the Georgian journalists discerned Pan Gi Mun's doubts regarding the viability of Swiss discussions. Yes, he did not exclude that full resolution can be hardly expected. But the key objective of the Geneva negotiations is to find answers to topical questions with the participation of diplomats from Georgia, Abkhazia and South Ossetia, as well as of international mediators, such Russia, the USA, the EU and some other organizations. Including the UN. It is evident that, when Tbilisi, Tskhinvali and Sukhumi manage to find a common language and, probably, to sign some agreements, it will be the turn of new negotiation sites and their creation is just a question of time. When there is a will there is a way.

Of course, the Geneva meetings did not come up to the expectations. For the two and a half years of the existence of the discussions the key achievements were the agreements on several negotiations in Gal and Ergneti as part of a mechanism of prevention and reaction to frontier incidents. The main problem is that Georgian diplomats have always assumed the old reality and had no intention to sign any documents with their Ossetian and Abkhazian colleagues, believing that it would have meant their acknowledgement of the independence of the Transcaucasian republics.

The representatives of Abkhazia and South Ossetia are extremely interested in sitting down at the negotiating table with Georgia. It is exactly in Gal and, until recently, in Ergneti that it was possible to discuss the problems of the near-border population that has difficulties adapting to the current situation. And lately Tbilisi has become showing strange negativism with regard to its neighbours. Thus, a "corner of the NATO information center in Georgia" was opened in a secondary school of the Ergenti village was opened in March. And the leader of the "center" Tengiz Gogotishvili said with pride that Ergneti, as any other Georgian village is a "NATO zone".

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