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OSCE hostaged by Tbilisi’s ambitions

2009-05-15 13:22

2717.jpegRussia's alleged veto on extension of the OSCE's mission in Georgia was disproved in Moscow as some media report. According to the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs the decision has not been taken yet, a tough discussion is underway. So what's the intrigue?


"From the very beginning Russia has been advocating continuation of the OSCE's activities in Georgia and South Ossetia, - Russia's OSCE Envoy Anvar Azimov is quoted by RIA Novosti. - However the scheme we got from our Western partners based on the assumption that nothing has changed and nothing has happened since the Georgian aggression is not in line with the new international legal and political realities".

According to New Region the authors of the updated mandate of the OSCE have eliminated any reference to Georgia and South Ossetia removing some contradictions between Tskhinval and Tbilisi. According to Rosbalt the new plan stipulates deployment of 22 monitors in Karaleti village and 8 in Tskhinval. It is believed that the updated mandate will be valid through the end of this year and can be prolonged if needed. However the OSCE keeps insisting on the unique HQ in Georgia and the right of the monitors to unhampered movement between Georgia and South Ossetia. Neither South Ossetia, nor Russia accepts that.

"Recently the OSCE has had numerous consultations on the format and mode of its presence in Georgia, - Anvar Azimov continues. - We don't mind monitors operating on both sides of the border. But the scheme our main partners suggest is simply unviable as it will definitely be rejected by the Ossetians. What we really would like is efficiency and practical usefulness of the OSCE's field missions".

The Russian side keeps proposing a compromise option stipulating that the mission's experts must coordinate border crossing with the South Ossetian authorities and report on their movements. However it is no good for European parliamentarians. That is why the third attempt to "save" the OSCE mission in South Ossetia is collapsing.

In spite of reassuring information disseminated by Reuters agency a while ago the organization will not make concessions to the new republic repeatedly trying to shove the idea of "the mission's unique representation" through. Virtually it means the continuation of "the OSCE Mission in Georgia" in the territory а South Ossetia with a cunning trick - lack of geographical reference.

The status of the mission - not its name - is the point. After all if the West is unwilling to recognize new reality in South Caucasus officially it should at least accept the de-facto state of things. There's no two ways about it.

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