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Next stop at OSCE2010-03-17 15:18
On March 19 Georgia shall present a new strategy on Abkhazia and South Ossetia to OSCE. Official Tbilisi relies on the organization's support in realization of the document and "application of OSCE approaches in its final draft". Earlier Georgian representatives presented the strategy to the UN, EU and NATO that gave the green light to the initiative. Will the document endure fourth stage of approval from the West?
Georgia worked out an action plan under the ratified strategy on Abkhazia and South Ossetia earlier this year. The document deals with the attitude of Georgian authorities to people of Abkhazia and South Ossetia focusing on such crucial issues as education, development of cultural ties and people's diplomacy. According to official statements, these steps are necessary for rapprochement between nations living in the republic to ensure safe border crossing as well as economic interaction between Georgia, Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
However, despite promises to settle down territorial issues exclusively by way of dialogue, young Transcaucasian republics are denominated as "occupied territories" controlled by "puppet regimes" in the Georgian annex to the document.
The young republics treat Georgia's strategy skeptically, to put it mildly. Abkhaz leader Sergey Bagapsh stated: Sukhum is not going to study the document believing it a bribe to Gal district residents".
Boris Chochiev, RSO president's plenipotentiary for post-conflict settlement thinks the document has nothing to do with this Transcaucasian republic. "Most probably, the Georgian side appeals to "alternative governments" of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. This is a plan that has nothing to do with the real situation. I think the document was not created in Georgia just like the Clear Field plan. I thinks it's a PR move and money laundering", - Chochiev believes.
Though Sukhum and Tskhinval give a thumbs-down to the Georgian strategy it is well received in the West. In February the document was reviewed and approved by the UN. Georgia's UN Envoy Alexander Lomaya was quick to inform: the organization's approval is due to the state's well-defined intention to cooperate with "its" citizens in the republics. "The UN's role in realization of this document is forming now", - the diplomat remarked.
A month later Georgia's strategy was approved in the EU. Catherine Ashton, vice president of the European Commission, favors Georgia's decisiveness to settle the conflict peacefully, with diplomatic efforts calling Tbilisi to hold consultations with all interested parties to prepare an action plan for the strategy fulfillment.