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Gali Without Politics2009-07-15 23:05
The meeting of representatives of Georgia, Abkhazia, Russia, the UN and the European Union has taken place. It can be referred to bureaucratic procedures without which no business is done in the modern world. They discussed some technical issues, but they can play an important role in the life of people on both parts of the Abkhazian and Georgian border.
Many considered the agreement on creating a mechanism for the prevention of incidents in conflict zones to be nearly the only achievement of the Geneva negotiations. The solution to the political brain-twister on how to reconcile Georgia with the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia is unlikely to be found in the nearest future. While both the conflicting parties and international representatives are trying to arrange the safety of peaceful residents на in the border territories.
However, the meeting was dedicated to technical issues, and «no other issues» were discussed, said Maxim Gvindzhia, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of Abkhazia afterwards. He said the participants agreed to meet once every two weeks. The nearest meeting is appointed for 28 July in the Gali office of the ex UN mission.
«These meetings are aimed at the prevention and investigation of incidents happening on the border between Abkhazia and Georgia», reminded Gvindzhia once again. Starting from the beginning of this year several cars have been blown up, several attempts at the murder of some officials and security agents have been made. On the other side of the border not everything has been quiet, either: there rang out some explosions for which the Georgian authorities blamed Abkhazians. Both countries waited until the long-announced mechanism of incident prevention would start working.
A spicy moment of today's negotiations was the format of UN participation, whose observers had to leave Abkhazia after Russia had put a veto on the extension of the wrongly formulated mandate. But no problems arose. «The UN mission mandate expired on 15 June, but the UN will preside within this pentalateral mechanism of incident prevention», informed Gvindzhia. At that meeting Russia was represented by some officials of the embassy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Border Directorate. The Abkhazian delegation was headed by the authorized representative of the President in the region Ruslan Kishmaria.
The Abkhazian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Shamba had called these negotiations a «control» meeting.