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The UN mission send-off in a Georgian manner2009-06-18 22:50
The UN mission's future was decided upon the day before, when during the Security Council session, Russia imposed a veto upon the draft resolution on technical prolongation of the UN mission mandate in Transcaucasia. However, recently the diplomatic battles have been intensified. There is a paradox: Moscow is talking about the victory of its diplomacy, while Tbilisi is asserting quite the opposite, promising to get round the Russian veto. What is in store for the Caucasus now that the international organization's activities have come to a dead end? The GeorgiaTimes reporter tried to catch the voice from Tbilisi.
President of Georgia estimated the decisions relating to the UN mission as the victory of the Georgian diplomacy. As Saakashvili has stated, "Of course, UN is not the body that would allow Georgia prove its rightness, as long as Russia has got the right to impose a veto upon any promising initiatives in UN; still, the fact that it has got nothing in return can be regarded as the victory of our diplomacy".
The president's team followed him in making abundant loud statements. For instance, Minister of Reintegration Temur Yakobashvili said that now everyone may see that it is not Abkhazia but Russia that Georgia is having a conflict with. He said also that now the responsibility for the situation in the region is fully placed upon Russia. Let us remind you that the Russian foreign administration has disseminated a statement saying that Russia is placing responsibility for the termination of the UN mission activities in Transcaucasia upon the Western states.
However, the diplomats have no intention to discuss who is to blame. The RF permanent representative to UN expressed his regret about the Western partners having rejected Russia's proposal as to prolonging the mission. The Western diplomats are also expressing their regret as to closing the mission in Georgia and Abkhazia. Well, and what about the situation in the unstable region? One may only say that passions ran high in Tbilisi as soon as the UN Security Council session was over.