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Resolution as a reproach to Russia2009-09-30 17:27
Today in Strasbourg the issue of extension of powers of the Russian delegation at the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) will be settled. Its consideration was proposed by Georgia "in view of Moscow's position on South Ossetia and Abkhazia". Earlier Tbilisi had achieved adoption of a resolution with new requirements for Moscow in follow up to the discussion of the War Between Georgia and Russia: a year on report. However the amendments on possible sanctions for default were not approved. Last night the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly adopted a resolution on "War between Georgia and Russia: a year on" report forcing Russia to give unrestricted access to international monitors to
South Ossetia and Abkhazia, Interfax reports. These two republics are not considered as independent states by the PACE deputies.
There is deep concern in the document that Sukhum and Tskhinval "compel" ethnic Georgians to accept Abkhaz and South Ossetian citizenship. There is a reminder of the need to bring the refugees that are denominated "internally displaced persons" back to their homes.
On advice of the authors of the report the PACE calls to get back to investigation of gross violations of human rights and humanitarian law committed in the course of the war, as well as in its aftermath.
"The Assembly condemns Russia and the de facto authorities of South Ossetia for not having brought resolutely to a halt and seriously investigated the ethnic cleansing of ethnic Georgians that by all accounts took place in South Ossetia during and after the war", - the document runs.
As an amendment there was a proposal that Russia should submit a new draft law that would allow operational use of Russian military forces outside of Russia to the Venice Commission. Russia will then be bound to fully implement any recommendation of the Venice Commission with regard to this law.
Another amendment is adopted stipulating the Council of Europe's monitoring of the Geneva consultations on security and stability in the Caucasus.
Nevertheless Russia was not asked to revoke its decision on recognition of South Ossetia's and Abkhazia's independence. Another amendment was also renounced: "in case Russia does not meet the Assembly's requirements the issue of contestation of Russian delegation's authorities should be raised at the Assembly session in January when the Assembly might decide to submit a request on Russia's membership suspension in the Council of Europe committee of ministers".