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UN: impartiality test2009-05-05 17:54
Abkhazia's participation in the next round of Geneva talks planned for May 18-19 will depend on the UN report on the situation in the region. It was stated by Abkhaz Foreign Minister Sergey Shamba after the meeting with co-chairmen of discussions Pierre Morel, Johan Verbeke and Harlampos Hristopulos.
"If the UN takes into account the new situation and gets somewhat closer to the reality we will continue to take part in Geneva talks, - RIA Novosti quotes Sergey Shamba. - The UN Secretary General's report must contain the proposals made by the Abkhaz side and Abkhazia must not be defined as part of Georgia. Neither should the UN mission be called "UN Monitoring Mission to Georgia".
Ban Ki-moon's report will be delivered on May 15 as a starting point for the UN mandate modification in South Caucasus. As is known in February Sukhum agreed to its technical extension till June 15 as the UN representatives had promised to work out a new mandate version in compliance with the current geopolitical situation in South Caucasus and to rename the mission accordingly. "Considering prospects of coordination of a new mandate with regard to our proposals and remarks based on a new political reality Abkhazia agrees to the UN Mission's mandate extension in compliance with the Security Council's resolution project", - Sergey Shamba said then. Russia's Envoy to the UN Vitaly Churkin stated the resolution did not have "any references to Georgia's territorial integrity" then.
Thus the UN's position in February made it possible to hope for continuation of the UN monitors' work in Abkhazia. In 10-days' time it will be clear whether the politically correct tonality is preserved in New York or the UN will join the OSCE and EU that guided by lucrative objectives obstinately promote Tbilisi's interests in South Caucasus.
By the way according to the alphabetical schedule of rotation the country to chair the UN Security Council will be Russia which is good for impartial tonality of the discussions on the mission mandate extension in this new republic. However as stated by Zurab Kachkachishvili, director of MFA political department Georgia is not expecting "additional complications" connected with Russia's presidency. "Russia will be able to influence procedural issues but it will not alter the alignment of forces in the Security Council significantly", - Novosti Gruzia reports.
Strictly speaking nobody relies on "a new alignment of forces" in the United Nations.