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EuroParliament in search of conflict resolution2008-10-29 11:13
The situation in the Caucasus which as you know was quite of strain grew even worse after the August events in South Ossetia having an immediate effect on Russia-EU relationships. That is why European Parliament appeals to the State Duma deputies to enforce the dialogue in order to settle down the situation in the Caucasus.
So On Friday, October 24 within the walls of the State Duma a meeting of the Working Group of Russia-EU Parliamentary Cooperation Committee (KPS) was held. The Russian party was led by Andrey Klimov, a KPS co-chairman, deputy Chairman of the Duma Committee for International Affairs. Various aspects of South Ossetia crisis were the subject of discussion. The words pronounced by Ria Oomen-Ruijten (the Netherlands), the Head of European Parliament Delegation for Communication with Russia, at the beginning of the talk are worth mentioning: "If we break the dialogue we risk losing trust in each other". Andrey Klimov strongly agreed with this emphasizing necessity of contact intensification with the European community on the issue in question. "After the August
events in the Caucasus, - he said, - Mr. Kosachev (Head of the State Duma Committee for International Affairs) and I receive twice as many delegations and hear voices that make us go on with the dialogue".
The importance of the held meeting is all the more vital considering that soon, on November 14 in France there will take place a Russia-EU summit with leaders of 20 world's biggest countries participating in it. And the next day they all are supposed to meet in the USA to discuss issues in connection with the world financial crisis.
Klimov points out that the State Duma deputies have accumulated a lot of questions to their colleagues in European Parliament since the September statement on the situation in the Caucasus accepted by the Parliament relied on unilateral information. The representative of Russia also drew the attention of the sitters to the fact that in that document there were "very odd deviations" if compared with the statement on Kosovo independence which was once approved by the same European Parliament.
The statement of Ria Oomen-Ruijten mentioned above sounds somewhat suspicious: "We have to find a political resolution of this conflict". Then she made her idea clearer by saying that "the form of Russia's way of recognizing Abkhazia and South Ossetia does not contribute to the achievement of this task and the postponement of this issue discussion is simply inadmissible".