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PACE: situation in Caucasus. Humanitarian aspect2009-04-29 17:47
April 27: the spring PACE session opened in Strasbourg with the situation in South Caucasus being a major topic of discussions of the European parliamentarians. Initially the whole Wednesday was scheduled for that issue but at the PACE Bureau session it was resolved to reduce the discussion to three hours.
This is the comment of Konstantin Kosachev chairing the RF State Duma Committee on International Affairs on the bureau's decision: "The Council of Europe must focus on humanitarian and not political aspect of this problem i.e. to discuss interstate relations and the conflict itself", - ITAR-TASS quotes. According to the leader of the Russian delegation "the process is going ahead in the right direction". At the session the issue of political evaluation of the South Caucasian problem will be discussed in a general debate. "In our view this approach reflects the change of PACE's position in comparison with the winter session when the text of the prepared resolution on this issue underwent a number of radical last-minute modifications changing the sense of the
resolution", - Kosachev noted. He also doesn't believe it impossible that the discussion will be tough expressing readiness to maintain Russia's stand.
It will be remarked that the new resolution "On consequences of the Russian-Georgian war" will be adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly after the report of PACE Representative for Migration, Refugees and Population Korien Jonker. According to Konstantin Kosachev humanitarian, not political consequences will be the point of discussion.
"Now it is most important to help the people in the conflict zone, protect their interests and ensure their security, - he emphasized. - We are in favor of the humanitarian discussion on the issue helping the rapporteurs on site and hoping that sooner or later we'll agree on the mutually acceptable statements though now we are only starting to formulate them".
"The new statements" were first mentioned for PACE early in April when at the visiting session of the Assembly on the results of Russian-Georgian negotiations it was decided to invite representatives of Abkhazia and South Ossetia to the spring session. "They will first of all be able to express their point of view on the August 2008 events, - Regnum IA quoted First Deputy of the Committee on International Affairs Leonid Slutsky, - and this is a great achievement for the Russian delegation".
Another meaningful event for Tskhinval and Sukhum in April was Korien Jonker's report.