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PACE. A second try?2010-01-22 23:14
January 25 is the start of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly winter session. At the time of the autumn session the Assembly voted down the proposal by radical parliamentarians to strip Russia of its voting right for involvement in the August events. The issue is likely to be brought up again.
It will be remembered that last October PACE reaffirmed the Russian delegation's credentials that Georgia had wanted to suspend. The majority of European parliamentarians among those present agreed to confirm Russia's powers in the Assembly. In September the Georgian delegation proposed PACE to deny Russia the voting right and 72 parliamentarians voted affirmatively with 20 votes being the minimum. It was emphasized in the Assembly that Russian delegation's retention of powers will allow Russian authorities to start a substantial dialogue in order to cover all issues highlighted in the Assembly's resolutions on consequences of the war between Georgia and Russia.
Konstantin Kosachev chairing the Russian delegation in PACE thinks that repetition at the winter session is possible saying that "destructive attempts of the Georgian delegation to "push" discussion on the situation in South Caucasus as well as new contestation of the Russian delegation's rights at last moment" might resume in January. Kosachev underlines that it's hard to make predictions expressing certainty that "the destructive line will not be supported by most of the assembly's members like before".
Georgy Gabashvili, a member of the Georgian delegation in the Assembly stated that Georgia's delegation in PACE will continue drawing the organization's attention to Russia's failure to comply with its resolutions. "We will call attention to Moscow's non-compliance with the resolutions and it's a matter of time and political tactics - not strategy - how this will be technically done and what procedures will be applied", - he noted.
PACE expert reports on compliance with the resolutions on consequences of the war between Georgia and Russia underscore Russia's failure to comply with most demands. According to the West Moscow must fulfill all clauses of the ceasefire agreement of August 12 2008 signed by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and French President Nicolas Sarkozy, and give international monitors access to Abkhazia and South Ossetia.