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Is UN going to be consistent in its approach?2009-06-10 17:27
The official Sukhum keeps insisting that the Security Council should refrain from referring to the "territorial integrity of Georgia" when developing the new UN mission mandate in the South Caucasus. This was reported on May, 9 by Secretary of Security Council of Abkhazia Stanislav Lakoba.
"The last report made by UN Secretary General on 18 May 2009 contained certain changes as to the document form, while its essence and contents remained unchanged, - Lakoba is quoted by ITAR-TASS. - The fact that this report had been earlier called "On situation in Abkhazia, Georgia" and now it is called "Secretary General's report submitted according to resolutions 1808, 1839 and 1866 of Security Council" is regarded as positive. Officially, that is true. However, the resolutions referred to in the report contain references to Georgia's territorial integrity".
According to Stanislav Lakoba, now Abkhazia is going to face the moment of truth; should references to those resolutions remain in place it will mean that the republic will be regarded as part of Georgia for another 15-20 years in legal terms, no matter whether the fact is going to be veiled this way or another. "In this case we would better give up the UN mission, for we cannot seek its activity in the republic by all means. Should it allow the same obscure wording such as "the UN's stabilizing mission", or just "the UN mission" instead of a clear definition and refer to those resolutions again, there is no reason to prolong this mission in the territory of Abkhazia".
The suspicious attitude of the Abkhazian party on the eve of discussing its future mission in the Caucasus with the UN Security Council is quite understandable. The point is that the previous resolutions on the situation in the region and the relevant technical prolongations of the mandate were executed with reference to the Moscow agreement between Georgia and Abkhazia on cessation of fire and disunion of forces dated 1994. As is known, last August Georgia violated the agreement and cancelled it safely afterwards. "Georgia organized a military base in the upper part of Kodorsk gorge to ensure further occupation of Abkhazia, - Kavkazski Uzel quoted Head of Abkhazan MFA Sergey Shamba. - Unfortunately, despite Georgia's multiple grave violations of the Moscow agreement, the international middlemen never criticized the Georgian authorities".