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New strokes to Caucasus peace “draft”

2009-10-22 15:00

4345.jpegRecently Pierre Morel, Johan Verbeke and Harlampos Hristopulos (see photo) co-chairing the EU, UN and OSCE mediated Geneva talks have been on a visit to Sukhum and Tskhinval. The participants of multi-lateral negotiations are getting ready for the 8th round of discussions on security in Transcaucasia to be held in Geneva on November 11. The main subject will be the draft agreement on non-use of force discussed behind closed doors yesterday.

To greet the guests in Sukhum there were participants of bimonthly negotiations in Geneva - RA President's advisor on foreign policy Vyacheslav Chirikba and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Maxim Gvinjia.


The Geneva process co-chairmen presented their draft agreement on non-use of force between Abkhazia and Georgia. The journalists were not allowed at the meeting that went on for two hours. After the meeting EU special representative Pierre Morel was pleased with the consultations remarking though that "there is still a lot of work to do before the preplanned Geneva session".

Special Representative of the UN Secretary General Johan Verbeke also looked content. "We worked on the basis of the document prepared by the co-chairmen of the Geneva discussions. It's really great we could go though clause after clause with our Abkhaz colleagues. No doubt it is part of a broader consultation process. We will continue consultations with the South Ossetian and Georgian sides", - he specified.

The Abkhazians didn't get into much detail of the "draft of the future agreement" as Vyacheslav Chirikba called it either. According to the advisor to the Abkhaz president it was a clause-by-clause discussion of the draft. "I hope the sides have a clear idea of the positions and now we will prepare our proposals for the next round of Geneva consultations", - was the only thing Chirikba said.

It will be remembered that on October 5 after the personal meeting between Abkhaz FM Sergey Shamba and Verbeke the minister was disappointed by the first draft.

"A superficial attitude to the non-use of force agreement draft was a disappointment to me. I see the Georgian side really believes that the Peace Agreement should be signed between Russia and Georgia. I'm afraid we will face the problems that we have had for 16 years when issues become clustered and it's impossible to agree on any of them", - Shamba specified, VZGLYAD reports.

Recently the adjustment of the "draft agreement" continued in South Ossetia. This time the international delegation didn't mind going there in the cars of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees mission in the Russian Federation.

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