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Parliamentary Assembly Intrigue

2010-01-27 17:45

5187.jpegAfter grievous events of August 2008 the Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) turned out to be a place for settling differences between Russia and Georgia. Recently it was reported that Mevlьt Зavusoglu from Turkey is appointed as PACE's new president. His loyalty to Moscow is not a secret. The intrigue is that PACE's current vice president is Peter Tsiskarishvili, leader of Georgian parliamentary majority. This alignment of forces only proves that fact that worldwide confrontation between Russia and little Georgia will continue. PACE, as one of the Council of Europe's two major charter bodies involuntarily became a sort of mediator in endless squabbling between Russia and


Georgia. The Georgian delegation made several attempts to strip Russia of its voting right in the organization. Two months after the five-day war, in October 2008, at PACE autumn session the European parliamentarians discussed this issue for three days. Then PACE deputies voted down the initiative of their Georgian colleagues to challenge Russia's credentials for its involvement in August events.

The issue was brought up again in 2009. In October 2009 the Assembly confirmed Russia's credentials after fervent debates and certain claims against Russia. Tbilisi couldn't calm down. In October Georgy Targamadze of the Georgian delegation stated that 40% of the deputies were ready to apply sanctions against Russia while Georgia would raise the issue of Russia's compliance with its obligation at the sessions to come.

Edward Shevarnadze, Georgia's shrewd ex president was right. As early as last year Shevarnadze expressed doubts that persistence of his young successors would prove a success. "The fact that Russia preserves its voting right can be easily explained and it's normal", - Edward Amvrosyevich remarked in an interview. - Russia is a great country, it has a lot of gas, wood, oil and other natural resources. The EU countries don't want to ruin relations with it. It doesn't mean that all Russia's actions are approved in the West and that Europe's attitude to Georgia won't change".

At the first 2010 session PACE skipped the issue of relations between quarrelling neighbors - Russia and Georgia. As media report the issue will be raised at the coming sessions. However at the level of fractions vice-speaker of Georgian parliament Paata Davitaya presented his report for PACE. According to him at the fraction session it was emphasized that Russia does not comply with PACE resolutions that condemn Russia's criminal acts and stipulate certain requirements.

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