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Tagliavini’s mission at Tbilisian stage of investigation2009-06-03 15:56
Representatives of the independent EU mission for investigation of the circumstances of the August conflict have recently visited Sukhum. On June 3 international experts led by Heidi Tagliavini set about the next stage of their investigation.
There is little time left before summing up the results of the investigation of facts that caused the August conflict in 2008 leading to aggravation of the situation in Abkhazia - Heidi Tagliavini must present the statement by the end of July, Trend IA reports. On May 29-31 the experts were in Abkhazia to see Upper Kodory Valley.
Abkhaz Deputy Defense Minister Garri Kupalba told Apsnypress IA the mission had also been to Levy Ptysh, Genrsvish, Azhara, Mramba and Chkhalta localities. "The members of the commission were shown the sites formerly occupied by the Georgian units and could see for themselves that contrary to the assertions of the Georgian authorities troops units of over 3000 servicemen - not the police units - had been deployed there", - Kupalba said. The experts were also given workbooks and other documents of the Georgian army deployed at these bases. The representatives of the independent mission also met with the local residents, Caucasian Knot reports. According to Garri Kupalba the locals told the experts about a lot of their neighbors willing to return to their
homes with the Georgian authorities hampering them.
The EU delegation also met with Abkhaz Foreign Minister Sergey Shamba who reminded that Sukhum had long been urging for execution of a document on international security guarantees and non-resumption of hostilities with Georgia. "The document has been under elaboration since the Yalta meeting in 2001 - the work on it being complicated by difficult conditions - but in spite of differences in December 2005 the parties prepared a coordinated contract draft to be signed at the summit level", - Shamba is quoted on Caucasian Knot. - However the entrance of Georgian troops in Upper Kodory Valley in July 2006 cancelled all prior agreements and the negotiating process was interrupted. In these conditions the Abkhaz side kept making various proposals in order to resolve the situation in a peaceful way but they were rejected by the Georgian side". It was Georgian leaders' refusal to solve the current problems peacefully that according to Sergey Shamba led to the open aggression in South Ossetia and escalation of tension in Abkhazia.
The Abkhaz FM believes the effective security guarantees and favorable conditions for economic development were provided to the republic only after Russia's recognition of Abkhazia's independence and execution of the Treaty on friendship, cooperation and mutual assistance.