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Geneva losing points in Caucasus2009-05-19 19:30
The fifth round of negotiations on settlement and stabilization in Caucasus began in Geneva on May 18 with only part of participants present to discuss exact proposals.
"First of all we must sign legally binding agreements on non-use of force between Georgia and South Ossetia and Georgia and Abkhazia; - it was stated in the Russian Foreign Ministry before the start of the talks. - It is necessary to create reliable security regimes on the borders of these states to ensure Georgia's full and consistent compliance with the Medvedev-Sarkozy agreement". The Russian side considers it equally important to impose an interstate embargo on supplies of offensive arms to Georgia, Voice of Russia RGRK reports, - as Tbilisi is again trying to get the "breakaway territories" back by force. The concentration of Georgian armed forces on borders with Abkhazia and South Ossetia confirms that.
Tskhinval supports Moscow's stand. According to Regnum IA South Ossetia will present a non-use of force memorandum in Geneva. "At the time of the last round of Geneva discussions South Ossetia received understanding that before solving humanitarian issues and problems of refugees we must be sure that Georgia will not treacherously attack our country again", - Boris Chochiev, RSO President's Plenipotentiary for post-conflict settlement is quoted by Interfax.
It became known that the Abkhazian delegation would not come to Geneva on May 18 having a valid excuse. "From the beginning we associated our participation in the Geneva discussions with the UN's approach to our republic's status; - RIA Novosti quotes Abkhaz Foreign Minister Sergey Shamba. - In the past, when the status was not recognized the UN Secretary General's annual reports on the situation in Abkhazia referred to Georgia-Abkhazia. This time we agreed that on May 15 when the report was promulgated we would get it, though we haven't got it yet. Now we are assured we'll have it on May 18, the day of discussions. However considering the time difference the discussions will be over and we will not have the report yet. We see explicit deceit in that". According to Sergey Shamba this is not only about timing of Ban Ki-moon's report but its content too: "If we could get the report on time and it contained reference to Abkhazia as part of Georgia we would forego our participation in the Geneva talks anyway".
There is still some probability that the delegation from Sukhum will take part in the talks on May 19.
According to Regnum IA the Abkhazians will go to Geneva provided there are changes in the report presentation at the UN HQ in New York.