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No American replacement in the EU mission in the Caucasus

2009-07-27 22:47

"Abkhazia will never allow any European Union representatives within its territory, for the EU countries have more than once stated their unwillingness to recognize the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, and they impose pressure upon those who is considering the issue of recognizing these two republics, - Minister of Foreign Affairs of Abkhazia Sergey Shamba stated recently in his interview to RBK. - This fact demonstrates an utterly unfriendly attitude towards out republic, so we shall not agree to their presence". According to head of the Abkhazian MFA, the EU observers should be located and carry out their mission in the Georgian regions adjoining the borders of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. "Our border is safely guarded by the joint Abkhazian and

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Russian military troops, so the European Union observers are not going to get here without our content", - he added. However, Sukhum's firm position should not be interpreted as an instrument of pressing upon the international society. Abkhazia is ready to conduct a dialogue with EU on equal terms, without the latter treating it as Georgia's "appendix". Moscow is holding by the same opinion. "We are not pleading anyone to recognize Abkhazia and South Ossetia by all means, - RIA Novosti is quoting Deputy Head of MFA of Russia Grigori Krasin. - If the countries are not ready to do that, it is their own choice".

In the opinion of the Russian diplomat, the time will soon show that the two new Transcaucasian states need international recognition and support, that they have proved it by their soundness. "However, this process needs time. We hope that in the last months, owing to Russia's effort as well, the people living in South Ossetia and Abkhazia have been feeling much safer than during the last 10-15 years".

Unfortunately, there are few in Brussels who are interested in the objective advantages of the two republics' independence. Last week, the Georgian media reported some information that the EU is supposedly ready to sign the Medvedev-Sarkozi plan, involving the US experts into the mission in the South Caucasus. However, the US state department has already made and official statement that EU is "brilliantly coping with its responsibilities" and the mission mandate is set by European Union, as IA Regnum reports.

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