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European Union to Recharge the Caucasus2011-06-22 21:20
In March the position of the special representative of the EU in the South Caucasus was abrogated. Peter Semneby terminated his mandate and went away due to the "frozen conflicts". However, Georgia is still a tasty morsel for many geopolitical players that would not like to drop the levers of influence of their own free will. On the first day of the school-year the post of the European delegate in the region will be revived. Will the new diplomat be able to influence the resolution of Sakartvelo's territorial problems?
The EU used to repeat over and over again how important is the "territorial integrity" of Georgia for it, but quite unexpectedly the European delegate in the South Caucasus Peter Semneby became a frequent guest in Sukhumi. Probably, the simmering conflict between the partially recognized republics and official Tbilisi supposed advanced examination of the "Abkhazian and South Ossetian problem". But, most probably, it was in Abkhazia that Brussels tried to find those excuses that would let Brussels involve the "separatists" in an active dialogue with the international community. And then recognize their sovereignty on the sly, de facto.
But then something unforeseen happened. Wishing to resolve everything offstage, a superior EU representative for foreign affairs and security, Vice President of the European Union Catherine Ashton admitted an incredible gaffe: a leak of information on the imminent deposition of Mr. Semneby. It became evident that the European Union is still interested in conflicts in the South Caucasus. The special representative post has existed since 2003, and its abolition became a certain psychological message for Georgia, for the whole region and for its neighbours. So far the obligations are shared between Pierre Morel, an employee of the external service in Brussels, and the head of the EU mission in Tbilisi Philip Dimitrov, which means quite a disunited structure. So a new special representative will hurry to the region at the beginning of September.
"The region has some issues deserving meticulous attention of the special representative. I hope that the recovery of the position will play an important role in their resolution. This will also increase the level of communication between the heads, which is also very important", - noted Peter Semneby. Of course. Ahead of the Russia-EU summit the European Parliament adopted an interesting resolution that concerned Georgia's interests, too. Sakartvelo's authorities who have been dancing to the pipe of their Western puppeteers since 2004 are still waiting until all their works deserve reactive gratitude. Tbilisi is still dreaming that Europe and the United States of America will jointly expose Moscow to ostracism and will apply some economic sanctions to it, blocking its access to the World Trade Organization forever.
But things are still where they started. Russia, as usual, leaves the declarations of Georgia without any comments, the West expresses its support to Mikhail Saakashvili but shakes his hand somewhat squeamishly and sends its diplomats to the partially recognized Caucasian states more and more often. The Vice Speaker of the South Ossetian Parliament Yuri Dzittsoity has urged the European Parliament to open their eyes wider and read between the lines of the documents provided by official Tbilisi more than once: "They... still can't understand that some great geopolitical changes happened on the map of Transcaucasia, and this fact must be accepted somehow".