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OSCE is willing to come back2010-03-10 23:01
Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) is contemplating upon the return of its peacemaking mission to the South Caucasus. This was stated by Head of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Joгo Soares who is currently staying in Georgia. According to him, the issue of resuming the observers' work is going to be discussed in the course of the PA OSCE session that is going to be held in Oslo. What kind of decision are the European parliamentarians going to make?
The western peacemakers that are part of the OSCE mission were present in the South Caucasus in 1992-2009. As is known, the armed conflicts between the Georgian Army detachments and the Ossetian militia men were ceased at the end of the last century after the signing of the Sochi agreement on the principles of settling a conflict between Presidents of Russia and Georgia Boris Eltsyn and Eduard Shevardnadze. The mixed peacemaking forces composed of three battalions and the OSCE observers' mission entered the conflict zone in order to set apart the confronting parties.
Before the August 2008 events, the authorities of South Ossetia used to say that the mission was not always objective and that it tried to distance itself from solving important problems. "In violation of the agreements, the Georgian armed troops are present in the territory of the republic; they are terrorizing the people, while the OSCE mission keeps silent", - President Eduard Kokoity said in 2007. As the further events showed, the international observers did not make relevant conclusions, which led to human losses.
Moreover, according to the South-Ossetian party representatives, the OSCE missioners left the territory of South Ossetia several hours before the aggression. "They knew perfectly well and were well informed about the amount of manpower and war equipment gathered near our borders", - Kokoity assured the international diplomats after the tragic events in 2008. According to him, the observers "stood up in silence and left the conflict zone".
Such neutrality made the people of the republic lose faith in the missioners' efficiency. However, after OSCE fell in the estimation of the South-Ossetians, the organization made attempts to prolong the mandate in the Caucasus, mentioning South Ossetia as part of Georgia. Russia, which recognized the independence of the republics, could not agree to a step like that; since 1 January 2009 the mission switched to the rollback mode and on June 30, the organization terminated its work in the Caucasus.