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New reasons for expanding the EU mission “powers”

2009-06-22 22:34

3125.jpegLast weekend at the Georgian-Abkhazian border was unquiet: an anti-tank mine exploded under an ambulance car escorting the EU observers patrol; after that, the Georgian party reported a fire attack at the police post and the Kavkasioni electric power line tower being blown up. The incidents happened in the context of Tbilisi exaggerating the idea of expanding the EU mission powers in the Caucasus. Did it happen only by chance?


In consequence of the ambulance car explosion on June, 21 the driver died and the doctor was badly wounded and taken to hospital, as Interfax reports. The EU mission representatives remained safe. According to official information, the car exploded several hundreds meters of the Galski region of Abkhazia, which is joined by the village of Muzhava. Since 2008, this area has been under the EU observers' direct supervision. The European Union mission made an immediate reply to the incident. "I would like to state clearly, - Head of Mission Hans Yorg Haber stated, - that any attack at our unarmed observers while they are performing their duty is absolutely inadmissible", - Interfax reports. Haber demanded that Tbilisi and Sukhum should carry out an investigation

and take relevant measures in order to eliminate "aggressive actions of this kind" in future. Alongside with that, Head of the European Union mission in the Caucasus expressed his readiness to meet the Georgian and Abkhazian representatives in person to provide assistance in the investigation".

Haber's appeal was immediately responded to by the Abkhazian party. The Abkhazian President's Authorized Envoy to the Galski region Ruslan Kishmaria announced that Abkhazia has got nothing to do with the escort car explosion. He called it another "provocative act". "This was needed to accuse the Abkhazian party and the Russian troops located in the territory of the republic of an act of terrorism", - Kishmaria underlined. He recommended looking for the guilty "at the place of the explosion".

Unfortunately, that was not the end of the story. On June, 22, the Rustavi-2 TV company reported firing at the Georgian police post near the same village of Muzhava. According to the TV company, the firing came from the Abkhazan territory. Eventually, no one was hurt; but an explosion resulted in damaging the Kavkasioni electric power line tower, which is a strategic object for Georgia. The point is that this 500 kw tower was supplying electric energy to Turkey. The Abkhazian party called those reports sheer insinuations.

Tbilisi is traditionally accusing Mocsow and Sukhum of all the incidents.

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