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OSCE to become self-critical?2009-07-02 16:25
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) shall apply best efforts to maintain the monitoring mission in South Caucasus whose mandate expired on June 30. It was stated by the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Dora Bakoyannis (see photo) on her trip round the Caucasian region.
"We well revive the OSCE mission in Georgia, - VZGLYAD newspaper quotes. - This was one of our main goals when we were given chairmanship - to agree on a new mandate. Unfortunately we failed, that's why the mission is pulled out. We came forward with the suggestions and if we see a possibility to sign a new agreement, we will resume talks. We are not giving up".
Bakoyannis' statement was the first official comment of the OSCE after its mission had to wrap up its operations on June 30. As is known the Russian side repeatedly called on OSCE partners to continue consultations on the mission's new mandate offering its initiatives to create two offices - in Tskhinval and in Tbilisi. However Georgia supported by some OSCE members rejected the proposals. Curiously enough all this was set against the Georgian rhetoric that the OSCE mission's presence was mandatory in the Caucasus. But the proposals made by official Tbilisi are far from a compromise. The OSCE officers were supposed to be conferred police functions and have access "to the whole territory of Georgia", i.e. as Georgian strategists thought to South Ossetia too. Naturally neither Tskhinval nor Moscow that recognized the republic's independence could accept such "proposals".
Now the OSCE has two ways - either back Georgia's virtual territorial integrity or work on the mission's updated mandate. By the way the first option has already led to withdrawal of the OSCE monitors from the Caucasus. But is it possible to reconsider the situation for the sake of common interests and choose the second way?
Now Dora Bakoyannis says one of the OSCE's major goals is an open and sincere dialogue on the future security architecture. "Most colleagues agreed we must respect the interests of other OSCE members and create a better dialogue mechanism in the future", - the organization's Chairperson-in-Office remarked. - And we will do that". Well, the words of Greek Foreign Minister sound encouraging. Though it's been a long time since Russia started advancing the initiative of new security architecture in Europe.