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Khristopulos did not reach Tskhinval. So far?2009-08-12 22:30
Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe continues seeking the ways to retain its presence in the Caucasus. However, despite the words of the organization Chairperson Dora Bakoyannis about the OSCE's vital role in the region, its representatives, in the opinion of Tskhinval, continue to be stuck in the past. South Ossetia has been disappointed at the failed visit of Bakoyannis' authorized delegate Kharalampos Khristopulos and the "transport matter" that has been raised again.
The OSCE mission completed its work in the South Caucasus in June. Since then, South Ossetia, Georgia and Russia have more than once stated that the international presence in the unquiet region should not be limited by the European Union observers. Tskhinval and Moscow were calling upon the West to treat South Ossetia as an independent state, while Tbilisi was standing for the observers' same work in the republic as in the territory of Georgia. As to OSCE, it seemed to take a break, and it was not without reason.
Last week, Chairperson of the organization Dora Bakoyannis, while commenting upon the aggravated situation at the Georgian-South-Ossetian border, underlined that OSCE is still trying to find a decision that would lead to establishing a sound representative office in Georgia. "We hope that despite the current difficulties we will be able to come to an agreement as to the format of our work, - IA Regnum quoted. - The OSCE chairmanship proposal in respect of the mandate remains vital. Such presence is as necessary as never. I have spoken about it many times and I will say again: the OSCE's presence in the region must be enhanced instead of being diminished". According to Bakoyannis, "in an unstable and delicate situation like this, OSCE is going to help establish long-lasting peace and security for the sake of everyone's well-being".
Bakoyannis' good intentions were soon confirmed by a prolonged tour made by the special representative of Greece (which is heading OSCE) for conflict settlement Kharalampos Khristopulos. On August, 5, he met with Deputy Head of the Russian MFA Grigori Karasin in Moscow and, according to the administration press service, discussed the growing tension in the Caucasus on the eve of the August events anniversary, as well as the incident prevention mechanism and another round of the Genevan discussions.
After that, Khristopulos went to Tbilisi.