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Moment of truth for UN mission in Caucasus2009-06-03 22:39
UN Security Council will discuss the mission mandate extension in Georgia and Abkhazia on June 12 and three days later the adoption of the relevant resolution is planned, Baki Ilkin, the current chairman of the Security Council for this month stated on June 2.
"We have not had consultations on the issue yet; - Ilkin is quoted by UN News center. - But we hope the resolution will mainly be based on the General Secretary's report. This is one of the issues that will require numerous consultations among the Council member states".
Ban Ki-moon's report mentioned by the Turkish Plenipotentiary is a real possibility to continue activities of the UN mission in the region for Moscow and Sukhum. Recently Russia's UN Envoy Vitaly Churkin remarked the document "is an important step forward with regard to the registration of political dynamics in Transcaucasia". "In the first place the report title is modified, - Rossyiskaya Gazeta quotes. - Secondly the Secretary General suggests renaming former "UN Monitoring Mission" into "UN Stabilization Mission" which is more in line with the tasks of the current phase in the region. The main thing now is to provide a reliable security system that would not allow repetition of Georgia's aggression against its neighbors. According to Vitaly Churkin the
future resolution must contain non-use of force provisions. "The relevance of this principle is especially high considering concentration of Georgian forces on the borders with Abkhazia and South Ossetia", - he concluded.
This was Vitaly Churkin's reply to Deputy Foreign Minister of Georgia Giga Bokeria who recently spoke about the necessity to deploy international peacekeeping forces in Abkhazia and South Ossetia. The fact is Russia was never against the UN's and OSCE's presence in the region. Moscow suggests that the international organizations consider the situation in view of the new geopolitical situation that developed after the Georgian troops' failure in Tskhinval in August 2008. However the West does not only refuse to accept Abkhazia's and South Ossetia's right to independence but draws no proper conclusions from the five-day war while the tragedy was a convincing demonstration of the international missions' inefficiency in the region. It became clear that the UN and OSCE representatives must not only watch movements of the military equipment but provide stability in South Caucasus - only peacekeeping functions can justify their presence there.