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South Caucasus: time will make it plain

2009-08-10 16:19

3606.jpegGradual alienation between the West and Mikheil Saakashvili and the rise of Abkhazia's and South Ossetia's statehood are natural processes that would sooner or later have begun. In the meantime the future of the Caucasus greatly depends on the actions the USA, NATO and Europe will take toward the new republics. According to Russia's EU Envoy Vladimir Chizhov it's time for the West to start direct contacts with Sukhum and Tskhinval.


"If the European Union wants to play a certain role in settlement it must make contact with all sides, including Abkhaz and South Ossetian sides, - Vesti TV quotes. - There have been several Geneva rounds with equal participation of Abkhazia and South Ossetia as well as the EU's co-chairmanship in the process being guaranteed". According to Chizhov direct communication has begun: some EU structures have already started dealing with the local authorities. "I believe this process will continue", - he summed up.

RSO President Edward Kokoyty is also sure that the West will gradually acknowledge his republic's right of sovereignty. "We are not going to force recognition, but we are in close contact with Middle East, Africa and certainly the CIS countries", - he told Trud newspaper. - I'm convinced in the near future other states will recognize us too. It's an inevitable process". Kokoyty reminded of European and Latin American observers' acknowledgement that the latest parliamentary elections were conducted on a high level meaning that South Ossetia's statehood, though young, "handicaps the democracy in Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova with their permanent political crises". According to Kokoyty the aforementioned countries should learn democracy from South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

By the way, expectations of Vladimir Chizhov and Edward Kokoyty can come true in the near future as there are enough of indirect confirmations of the Russia's EU Envoy's words. This is what The Guardian (GB) writes: "The west should not be in competition with Russia over whose influence holds sway in the Caucasus, - translates. - This much Barack Obama has realised. They should work together, avoiding the hot-button issues of sovereignty and ethnicity. The EU should help all the states of the region form an economic union with each other, based not on bullying but geography, language and mutual interest".

Another proof of Chizhov's rightness is the EU Special Envoy Peter Semneby's recent trip to Sukhum. At the meeting with President Sergey Bagapsh he emphasized that for the European Union Abkhazia was not a blind spot or a black hole. "We are not indifferent to the things that take place here, to the concerns of people living here", - Semneby said then.

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