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Tskhinval is against the OSCE new office in Tbilisi2009-08-14 23:50
Special Representative of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Kharalampos Khristopulos has recently discussed the opportunity of opening the OSCE Georgian office in Tbilisi. As is known, this initiative was brought forward by the acting Chairperson of OSCE Dora Bakoyannis who insists upon continuing the organization activities in Georgia. However, the situation is unsatisfactory for the South-Ossetian party, in whose opinion, OSCE will not be able to maintain neutral position, having got an office in Georgia. Besides, it looks like the fears of Tskhnival are well-grounded.
The OSCE's representative office in Georgia was first mentioned after the Georgian capital was visited by the Special Representative of Greece (which is currently heading OSCE) for Conflict Settlement Kharalampos Khristopulos. On August, 10, after a meeting with the guest, Head of the Internal Relations Department Sergi Kapanadze reported that the main topic of the discussion was the OSCE representative office in Tbilisi, as the Commersant newspaper informs.
It appears that Khristopulos was going to discuss the opportunity of opening an office in Tbilisi with the authorities of South Ossetia but, due to strange circumstances, he never reached Tskhinval. Perhaps, it was the problem of transport, indeed; or, the Greek had foreseen that such OSCE initiative would not be welcomed by the young republic. And he was quite right.
Tskhinval reacted rather sharply to the new ideas of Vienna. "If Mr. Khristopulos is going to establish a so-called office in Tbilisi, then, South Ossetia will reconsider the question of cooperation with him, - IA Regnum is quoting the president's ambassador for post-conflict settlement Boris Chochiev. - Until now, we have been cooperating with him in the context of Genevan discussions as with the OSCE chairman's special representative. However, there will be nothing to talk about if he becomes the OSCE chairman's special representative in the territory of another state". According to Chochiev, the matter of participation of this office in Genevan discussions may also arise in future, for its members are going to represent the office in Georgia. "We want to warn the OSCE chairman, the special representative and the co-chairpersons of Genevan discussions that if this initiative is realized it will be a serious blow upon negotiations, including the incident preventing mechanism", - the ambassador underlined.
Chochiev's words are mostly true. In Geneva, such international organizations as UN and OSCE are acting as co-chairpersons, as well as mediators between Georgia, Abkhazia and South Ossetia.