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Karasin has thrown OSCE into a dilemma2009-06-05 17:16
A meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Permanent Board has been held in Vienna. Grigori Krasin, Deputy Head of Russian MFA, who spoke at the meeting, called upon his colleagues to continue consulting on the future of the organization's observation mission in Georgia and South Ossetia.
"The statement of the Greek chairmanship about the interruption of consultations on the new OSCE mission mandate in the South Caucasus sounds excessively categorical", - RIA Novosti is quoting the Russian diplomat. Grigori Karasin suggested reviewing the Russian project on the observers' work, which implies forming two monitoring groups and the alignment of practical parameters of their work on both sides of the boundary "with due consideration of the receiving parties' opinions, that means not only Tbilisi but Tskhinval as well". According to Deputy Head of the Russian MFA, OSCE is insisting upon Russia trying to "settle the status issues" via a proposal like this. "Besides, the Greek decision draft about the only OSCE office in Tbilisi is executed on the
basis of an unreal supposition of the territorial integrity of Georgia, - Grigori Karasin says. - Either we want to jointly approve the continuation of the OSCE observers work, or we are going to remain hostages to a dead-end politicized situation having no logical way out".
The truth is that OSCE is currently thrown into a dilemma: either to gratify Tbilisi's territorial ambitions and finally leave the region, or take up an equally remote position in respect of both the confronting parties and remain in South Caucasus for the sake of stability. As to the reproaches addressed to Russia, which has located its border-guards in the young republics, this step, according to Karasin, is not only the matter of amicable assistance to Abkhazia and South Ossetia but a matter of maintaining strategic safety of the Southern RF boundaries. "We are just aiming at the clearly defined order in the frontier zone, - he underlined. - Moreover, the benefits of locating Russian border-guards are obvious: it ensures control over the drugs traffic, arms smuggling and organized crime, as well as the general law enforcement".
According to the Russian diplomat, the servicemen's presence in the region is legal and is subject to the international law standards, pursuant to the Treaty of friendship, cooperation and mutual assistance signed with Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Nevertheless, the official Tbilisi prefers to represent Russia as "the main enemy" in the eyes of the West, without thinking of mending relationship with the young republics. Besides, the Georgia's partners fully share Mikhail Saakashvili's position and willingly agree to military cooperation.