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Sukhum offers rebuff to Vollebaek2009-04-17 17:27
Abkhaz Foreign Ministry has offered an extremely harsh reaction to OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities Knut Vollebaek's statements on discrimination of Georgians in Gali district on April 14. According to official Sukhum the diplomat's words are groundless and biased.
"At the time when Georgia is facing a new turn of political tension inside the country such statements sound in line with the Georgian authorities' policy of dissemination of false information on the situation in Abkhazia in order to distract attention of Georgians and international community from processes inside Georgia, - Apsnypress IA quotes the statement. - Moreover only the OSCE's complete support for Georgia made the mission extension in South Ossetia and Abkhazia impossible". The message also emphasizes that Knut Vollebaek's statements are based on "fictitious facts and do not reflect the real situation in Gali district".
This is how Sukhum made it clear that it wouldn't keep silent anymore. The young republic is simply tired of displaying political correctness to certain representatives of the international organizations that virtually have become vehicles of the hegemonistic aspirations of the clan ruling in Tbilisi. Obviously guided by purely personal assumptions Europe is more attentive to the claims of Georgian side ignoring Abkhazia's and South Ossetia's arguments. Against this background the OSCE's desire to be omnipresent in South Caucasus in spite of complete discredit of its mission's activity last August is quite puzzling.
"OSCE representatives and in particular the High Commissioner on National Minorities as well as other international intermediaries in the Georgian-Abkhazian and Georgian-Ossetian conflicts have proved their helplessness and incompetence in solving conflict prevention problems", - Abkhazian Foreign Ministry remarks.
It looks like Europe has not drawn conclusions from the August tragedy. It is especially evident in Vollebaek's biased presentation of the situation in Gali district according to which the population has limited right of education in the native language, is forced into the Abkhaz army and has no freedom of movement. Though according to the Abkhaz Foreign Ministry nobody is in a hurry to solve the problems in Gali district except for Abkhazians themselves.
"The OSCE knows that the Abkhaz side in its desire to find constructive solutions to the problems of education in Georgian language in Gali district schools has trained a group of education experts that are supposed to solve this issue with the Georgian expert group.