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Abkhazia’s principles of dialogue with the West2009-04-08 19:24
Sukhum was the second to react to the NATO declaration adopted after the Jubilee summit. Abkhaz Ministry of Foreign Affairs came forward with an official statement.
The declaration adopted at the NATO summit in Strasbourg on support for Georgia's territorial integrity is a year late at a minimum and arouses certain bewilderment of the Abkhazian side; - OSinform quotes the text of the statement. - The problem is that international intermediaries keep sticking to the principle of Georgia's territorial integrity and ignore objective circumstances pursuing the policy of return of territories that are subjects of international law to Georgia".
It will be reminded that at the jubilee summit the member states signed a declaration expressing concern over the situation in South Caucasus, called for peaceful conflict resolution and confirmed their respect for Georgia's territorial integrity advising Russia to reconsider its decision on recognition of Abkhazia's and South Ossetia's independence. Besides NATO didn't trouble much over wording and any political correctness at all.
"We call for a new mandate for the OSCE Mission to Georgia as well as for unimpeded access for UN, EU, and OSCE observers throughout all of Georgia, including the regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia", - the declaration text is presented by GHN.
Russia's reaction to the document was extremely harsh. Dmitry Rogozin, Russia's Envoy to NATO advised the alliance to define its priorities promising that the dialogue at the coming Russia-NATO Council meeting would not be an easy one.
Sukhum added: "...Standing for maintenance of the international presence in the territory of Abkhazia we keep insisting on necessity to adopt a new UN mandate with the UN having been the main international intermediary in the zone of Georgian-Abkhazian conflict for 15 years", - the statement of the Abkhaz Foreign Ministry goes. The Ministry also emphasizes: the EU and OSCE mandate cover the territory of Georgia and neither Abkhazia nor South Ossetia are part of it any more. Considering this the representatives of European organizations must do the monitoring directly in Georgia "when threats to the security regime and escalation of the conflict in the region emanate from it".
Indeed why was it decided in the West that Abkhazia and South Ossetia needed monitors of all three international missions? One is quite enough provided their duties are performed in good faith.