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Mission of Discord2009-06-16 16:59
The peacemaking mission of the UN in the South Caucasian region stopped its activity today. It remained there for about sixteen years. Should we dramatize the situation excessively?
The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has made a statement running that the previous mandate of the UN mission has practically ceased its existence due to the Georgian aggression against South Ossetia last August.
That's why Western diplomats' complaints about the supposed responsibility of Moscow for the mission termination because of its veto put on the UN draft resolution on the extension of the UN observers' mission in Georgia in the Security Council, thus flaring up the tensions in this region, are absolutely groundless.
If someone wants to strain the situation in the region, this is the regime of Mikhail Saakashvili who, according to the Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, has committed a crime against South Ossetians. Tbilisi can appeal to the global community as much as he wants, but the territorial integrity of Georgia was destroyed by its voluntaristic leaders. And the so-called «five-day war» unleashed by Saakashvili's regime during the night of 8 August 2008, when the Georgian troops attacked South Ossetia and reduced part of its capital Tskhinvali to ruins, gave up for lost Georgia's attempts to return the previously unrecognized Abkhazia and South Ossetia by force.
As Dmitry Medvedev said in his recent interview to Chinese journalists, «Russia's decision to recognize South Ossetia and Abkhazia is irrevocable: «Now we are rendering aid to the two new states: both economical, humanitarian and military & technical one and we will go on doing it, regardless if somebody likes it or not. We have made our decision by ourselves, without counting on anyone's support in it because it was our human or even moral duty in this situation».
Of course, Saakashvili's regime is doing its best to discredit Moscow's position with regard to peacekeeping in Transcaucasia. The UN mission became the latest target for such discrediting.
In spite of the position of the General Secretary of the organization Pan Ghi Mun who did not mention the appurtenance of Abkhazia to Georgia in his report, the so-called group of Georgia's friends managed to convince Western countries to support the resolution confirming «the territorial integrity of Georgia». Let us remind you that «the group of new friends of Georgia» was created in February'2005 at the initiative of Georgia and it comprises the Baltic countries, Ukraine, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Poland, Bulgaria and Rumania.