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PACE: Tbilisi to do Moscow an unexpected favor2009-06-26 20:49
Georgians are again trying to debar the Russian delegation from voting at PACE. Last autumn they didn't manage that. This year the Europeans can vote for sanctions against Russians. The question is who loses more. Russia is seriously thinking whether this PACE is necessary to it at all. The majority of Russian society believes they don't need it that much. So Tbilisi might do Moscow an unexpected favor.
David Darchiashvili, chairman of the parliamentary committee on European integration of Georgia puzzled the Russian media with a petition against the Russian delegation at PACE being prepared. As he said Georgia had completed collection of signatures under the proposal to divest the Russian representatives of the authorities at the Assembly. There are even more supporters of this sanctions than needed under the PACE rules, i.e. over 20 persons, Darchiashvili remarked. "The rules, principles have been violated... The issue is raised as Russia has failed to comply with both PACE resolutions - of October and of January", - he specified.
Last autumn European parliamentarians placed all responsibility for the consequences of the August events on Russia urging to revoke recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. The Europeans also called for access of international monitors and non-deployment of Russian military bases there. Before this resolution was presented 24 PACE members demanded that the Russian delegation be divested of its right to vote. The result of the voting was that 114 parliamentarians backed confirmation of powers of the Russians, 20 were against it and 10 abstained.
In January the voting wasn't held but the tonality of discussion around the Caucasus issue remained the same. PACE stated Georgia had complied almost with all recommendations of the Assembly while Russia - only with some. It seemed the European parliamentarians agreed with that in April when they cut the discussion of the issue from one day to three hours. And at the latest session which is to end today Abkhazia and South Ossetia issue was not on the agenda. Probably this is the reason why the Georgian delegation decided to heat up interest to the situation around their country.
As Nikolay Silaev, expert of the Center of Caucasus Studies with the Moscow State Institute for International Relations, told Rosbalt "the Georgian delegation does what it is supposed to do". "I think this time its efforts will be vain", - he added. All the more the European Union will be at a disadvantage quarrelling with Russia, Maxim Minaev, head expert of the Center for Political Conjuncture of Russia told VZGLYAD newspaper.