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Peace not guaranteed in Geneva2009-11-12 15:09
Agreeing to differ - this is a not pleasing result of the eighth round of Geneva talks. After they were over the UN, EU and OSCE mediators stated the discussions were going the right way and the situation in the region had stabilized. Russia and South Ossetia contradicted saying Georgia was preparing a new aggression. Tbilisi retaliated accusing Moscow of no progress in negotiations. So only UN, EU and OSCE monitors seem to be satisfied with the debates.
The main issue was elaboration of a non-aggression agreement as well as some basic suggestions on security "architecture". Though there was no progress UN Special Representative for Georgia Johan Verbeke remarked at a press conference that on the whole the discussants were going "the right way", ITAR-TASS reports.
EU SR for the crisis in Georgia Pierre Morel called today's consultations "sessions of deeper understanding" noting that "non-use of force issues and security agreements are the core of the problem".
Indeed, the negotiators stumbled over this keystone without the agreement even being discussed. It was new principles of security provision that Europe proposed.
As Russian Deputy FM Grigory Karasin explains "the parties disagreed on many aspects since the modes of implementing these agreements from the Georgian, South Ossetian and Abkhaz sides are too different".
Georgia does not consider Abkhazia and South Ossetia as "parties" to the conflict and or to the agreement in preparation. According to the head of the Georgian delegation Giorgy Bokeria, deputy FM, Russia blocked preparation of the peace agreement rejecting new proposals on security mechanism and demanding a two-month period to work out comments.
The Georgian delegation was in favor of the document presented by the co-chairmen.
"Russia pressed for a non-use of force document. But when a new architecture started to emerge, with non-use of force as its component, it turned out Russia doesn't really want it", - Bokeria specified.
The Georgian delegates called the attention of Europeans to the problems along the boundary with new states unrecognized by Tbilisi referring to the "tyranny" of Russian border guards in Abkhazia that was recently disproved.
As well as the so-called "kidnapped children" who as the Ossetian side testified were caught in Tskinval having grenades.