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All in the hands of the UN Security Council2009-05-29 13:32
On May 27 UN Secretary General's Special Envoy Johan Verbeke presented Ban Ki-moon's report on South Caucasus to the UN Security Council. Vitaly Churkin heading the Russian delegation reported the document might become the basis for the future resolution on the UN mission's new mandate in Georgia and Abkhazia.
"Recommendations for update of the UN mission's mandate in Georgia and Abkhazia stipulated in Secretary General Ban Ki Moon's report are a good basis for a discussion at the Security Council in view of the new resolution to be worked out on the issue, - RIA Novosti quotes. - This does not necessarily mean every proposal will be adopted without changes". According to Russia's UN Envoy the Secretary General's report has "an inadequate presentation of Georgian army's provocative activities in the areas adjacent to Abkhazia", and the activities of Russian military forces are exaggerated. "In view of this we have explained what stabilization role the Russian armed forces have in the region, under what agreements they operate emphasizing that Russia will pursue
its stabilization policy in the region", - Churkin noted.
The Russian diplomat also placed special emphasis on the fact that the Secretary General's report "has nothing that would contradict to the new political reality in Transcaucasia or challenge the status of Abkhazia and consequently South Ossetia as independent sovereign states". Churkin also called on his UN colleagues not to limit the situation in South Caucasus to "a thin line of the territory along the Abkhaz-Georgian border" but consider it in the context of an extreme political instability in Georgia and "an adventurous drift of the Georgian leaders". Lately Russia and Western politicians have repeatedly used this description of Saakashvili's regime. In the meantime official Tbilisi keeps blaming Russia all the time. Like now for instance. Hardly had the Security Council session ended when Georgia's UN Envoy Alexander Lomaya accused Russia of "the political blackmail against the UN». Moreover the Georgian diplomat called the UN Secretary General's report a "considerable step back", GHN reports. However later in the day an official statement from the Georgian Foreign Ministry was presented specifying that "Georgia would like to see a strong UN mission in the region with powerful monitoring and police functions that would be able to set order, supremacy of law and peace, ensure human rights protection and would keep the international community informed".