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«Georgian Matter» in PACE is No More Urgent2009-11-23 22:54
The participants of the January session of the Parliament Assembly of the Council of Europe will not discuss the information report on the «War between Russian and Georgia» that Georgia insisted on so much.
The PACE Monitoring Committee did not approve the suggestion of the Georgian delegation that the participants of the January session of the Assembly should discuss the issue of the conflict between Georgia and Russia that happened in August'2008. This was reported to RIA Novosti by the First Deputy of the Chief of the State Duma Committee for International Affairs Leonid Slutsky after the session of the PACE monitoring committee.
«Slowly but steadily the PACE is starting to puzzle out the essence of what happened in South Ossetia and to swing towards common sense», stressed the First Deputy of the State Duma Committee. Thus, according to Leonid Slutsky, it is hardly probable that the Russia and Georgia case will be discussed during the January session, its discussion will be transferred to the level of profile committees and Assembly Board.
As is known, the PACE started paying careful attention to the situation in the area of the Georgian and South Ossetian conflict as soon as the last gunshots of the five-day war died out.
Last October in Strasburg they discussed this issue for the first time for three days during the autumn session of the PACE. As a result of the discussion, the Assembly did not support the suggestion of the most radical parliament members to deprive the Russian delegation of the voting right for its participation in the August events.
However, this January and April the relations between Russia and Georgia were discussed again. In June the European Parliament made a pause, but in October they returned to last year's events. One more time by majority vote the Assembly did not support the suggestion of the Georgian delegation that Russians should be deprived of their voting right.
During the October session Georgia's attempt to unleash war right on the PACE site went down like a lead balloon. Though some deputies, mostly from ex Soviet countries, tried to deprive the Russian delegation of its authorities, most parliamentarians did not support this move. What followed was the report of Tagliavini's committee in which Georgia was called initiator of that war.
The report of independent EU experts in which Georgia was finally clearly called aggressor came pat to the occasion. As a result just 35 deputies supported the initiative of depriving Russia of its voting right, though initially there were over seventy «marginal voters» of this kind.