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Johan Verbeke wants to change the discussion format2009-09-24 00:05
As GeorgiaTimes was told by MFA of Abkhazia, the recently announced meeting of the Abkhazian President Sergey Bagapsh with the UN co-chairman of the discussions in Geneva Johan Verbeke took place on Sunday. This was a private meeting, so the details did not leak to the press. It is most likely that the discussion was again focused upon Georgia and Europe's demands to Abkhazia and the response claims of Sukhum. Yesterday, the five-party meeting in Gali, which was reported to GeorgiaTimes by Bagapsh's authorized representative in Galskiy region Ruslan Kishmaria, brought no result either.
When the UN General Assembly adopted the fantastic resolution as to the Georgian refugees return to Abkhazia and South Ossetia Johan Berveke opposed his opinion to this document. He stated that GA's decision might differ from the position of the entire United Nations Organization. He had not the least intention to criticize the resolution and even said that it "will help us to settle the issue of the return of refugees". "The issue of refugees return is generally considered by various organizations and each one has got its own view and attitude towards the problem", - he stated, obviously meaning that the UN will prepare a separate kind of plan on repatriating the Georgians.
On September 17, the Georgians and the European co-chairmen of the discussions in Geneva got a downright "no" from the Abkhazians and Ossetians in respect of recommendations from the UN GA resolution. After that, Verbeke stated that it was time to change the format of the discussions and promised to develop a plan by the next meeting scheduled for November 11. Perhaps, his ideas became the subject of the discussion at the Sunday meeting with Sergey Bagapsh.
Before that, it was the scanty results of a regular meeting in Gali that cast doubt upon the efficiency of the incident prevention mechanism suggested in Geneva.
After negotiations, head of the informational and analytic department of the Georgian MIA Shota Utiashvili stated that there was some progress only in one issue, that is, the issue of the movement of schoolchildren who reside in the Galskiy region of Abkhazia but, for some reason, go to school to Georgia. Negotiator from Tbilisi thought that now schoolchildren would be allowed to move freely to the neighboring Zugdidskiy region.