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Western diplomats failed to behave as such in South Ossetia2009-05-06 17:09
The visit of the Genevan negotiations co-chairmen to Tskhinval scheduled for May, 5 has been disrupted by the EU, OSCE and UN representatives. This fact was reported by Special Envoy of the South-Ossetian President for post-conflict settlement Boris Chochiev.
The scandalous story with Pierre Morel, Johan Verbeke and Kharalampos Khristopulos broke out when an official letter was submitted to MFA of South Ossetia, stating the intention of the EU, OSCE and UN representatives to arrive in Tskhinval in order to discuss the preparation of another meeting in Geneva with the Republic government. The South-Ossetian Foreign Policy Administration gave its consent, pointing out that it would provide the visitors with transport. As Boris Chochiev reported to the republican Ministry of Press and Mass Communications, "Again we have stressed our position that the transport of OSCE and other international organizations that do not have their representative offices in South Ossetia cannot possibly travel within our territory".
According to Chochiev, this question has already been discussed with Morel during his last visit to Tskhinval on May, 31 and the parties have reached the essential agreement.
However, a month later the situation repeated. Morel and company again tried to get to Tskhinval from the Tbilisian side by the OSCE jeeps as if having forgotten their promises. The Ossetians turned to have a better memory and reminded the co-chairmen of their conditions, which, by the way, were based upon the standards of international law. "We will be glad to meet them taking into account that the visit has been planned on their request and providing they accept our conditions. But if they do not agree to our conditions and do not come we are not going to make a tragedy of it", - Boris Chochiev stated the day before the event.
"I had a telephone conversation with the EU Ambassador Pierre Morel, - Special Envoy of the South-Ossetian President says. - He had been informed of the fact that the South-Ossetian party would under no circumstances allow the European Union, OSCE and UN representatives to enter its territory by the transport provided by the OSCE mission military observers in Georgia. I stressed once again that the mission have always covered up the Georgian government's criminal activity and is responsible for the events that happened in August 2008". During the telephone conversation with Morel Chochiev also reported that the South-Ossetian representatives were ready to meet the co-chairmen delegation at the state boundary. However, the EU diplomat declared that it was impossible for them to agree to such conditions.