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South Caucasus seeks new guarantees of peace2009-05-06 15:54
Georgia keeps enhancing its military presence on borders with Abkhazia and South Ossetia. In this connection Moscow calls on Tbilisi to sign a new treaty on non-use of force in South Caucasus as stated by Russia's UN Envoy Vitaly Churkin on May 4.
"The situation in the territories adjacent to South Ossetia and Abkhazia remains unstable, - RIA Novosti quotes. - Regardless of the EU observers present there the Georgian side carries out regular provocations". According to Vitaly Churkin's information there is Georgian armor and around two and a half thousand servicemen concentrated in the districts close to the South Ossetian border. The similar situation is on the Georgian-Abkhazian border - GRAD rocket-launchers and trench mortars were seen there, two thousand soldiers of Army Special Forces are deployed there.
"The unpredictable situation in the zones near South Ossetian and Abkhazian borders needs additional measures for stabilization and provision of supremacy of law", - Churkin emphasized.
Speaking about "supremacy of law": on May 4 NATO and EU states accused Russia of violation of "Medvedev-Sarkozy plan" specifying that the treaty on border control with Abkhazia and South Ossetia was not in the long-term interests of peace and security in South Caucasus. However nobody mentioned the state of affairs on the other side of the borders - in Georgia. Though it seems the peacekeeping missions in Georgia must be the first to know about the movements of armor. At the latest PACE session the Assembly's expert Mátyás EÖRSI involuntarily gave his European colleagues away in his casual reference to the concentration of the Georgian forces on the borders with new republics. A question arises: why are the OSCE and EU staying in Georgia if they fail to perform their direct duties - to monitor the situation? However strange it may be they are yearning to get to Abkhazia and South Ossetia on the pretext of "provision of peace and stability in the region".
Vitaly Churkin insists on execution of a legally binding agreement on non-use of force in South Caucasus. Before the August events Russia had told about the necessity of such a document. However Georgia had rejected the idea. Now Tbilisi is again keeping silent referring to the Medvedev-Sarkozy plan, and UN, EU and OSCE missions. Violations of the peacekeeping plan of the Russian and French presidents by Georgia were mentioned many times before and the efficiency of the so-called peacekeeping missions displayed itself last August.