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Medvedev assigned ambassadors to the Transcaucasian republics2008-10-29 11:17
Hitherto Elbrus Kargiev was CIS Department Principal Counselor in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Russia and before that he worked in Tskhinval government.
Ambassador in Abkhazia Semen Grigoriev too used to work in CIS Department in MID.
At the meeting with the diplomats President of the Russian Federation Medvedev asked them to share their plans for future work and warned them about complexity of their task. "You start your work in quite a hard moment: these are young countries where a lot is to be done even from the point of view of statehood of new subjects", - Russia's leader specified.
On the previous day Georgia's Parliament unanimously passed the law "On occupied territories". According to the deputies' explanations it determines legal regime in Abkhazia and South Ossetia. The objective of the law is to limit the right of property, entrepreneurial activity and freedom of movement there. Any administration acting on the "occupied territories" is declared illegitimate unless it is established under the rules of Georgia's legislation.
According to Georgia's Parliament Legal Committee Chairman Pavel Kublashvili's statement this regulation is intended "to limit Russia's illegal actions". David Bakradze, the Speaker, asserted: "With this law we fight lawlessness".
However, Sukhum and Tskhinval simply neglected this new legislative initiative of the Georgian authorities and did not put any restrictions on themselves. It looks like the parliament could equally determine legal regime on New Caledonia Island.
Even Tbilisi's promises of appropriation-in-aid did not take effect on both the republics. Georgia's Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Grigol Vashadze said that the funds obtained from the world community were meant for everyone and would be distributed among all regions of the country. A certain amount has fallen to Abkhazia and South Ossetia. As explained by Vashadze, the funds given out by the donor countries will be addressed to help refugees, to restore economy and support Abkhazia's and South Ossetia's banking sector. The major difficulty preventing it is Sukhum's and Tskhinval's point-blank refusal to use this money.
"So long as the territories remain occupied it is impossible to define a specific scope and terms of delivery of assistance, noted Deputy Minister. - And it is difficult to say to what extent these regions can be rehabilitated as until recently the Russian party has refused to let humanitarian aid pass there.