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PACE: Prejudice or Objectivity?2010-04-21 19:12
The Russian delegation in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe counts on an objective report on the Russian and Georgian case. According to the Deputy Chief of the Russian delegation in the PACE Leonid Slutsky, Moscow hopes that the approach will be as objective as possible, not deliberately partial. Will the diplomat's expectations be met?
Slutsky noted that Russia is not expecting the Assembly resolution to be pro-Russian, but invoked the Georgian delegation to constructive co-operation if not in the political, then at least in the humanitarian field. «We have been ready for this for a long time already, but Georgians do not want any contact», cites IA Regnum.
The Russian diplomat made this statement as a result of his meeting with one of the Assembly reporters on the Russian and Georgian case David Wilshire who have already been to Georgia and this week has arrived in Moscow. This report will set the tome of the discussion of the South Caucasus issues during the spring session of the Assembly.
As is known, the South Ossetian conflict subject has not quit the PACE agenda since October'2008. For the six months that passed after the August events the Assembly managed to approve two draft resolutions in which it condemned Russia's recognition of the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, urging to cancel this solution and «fully respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia, as well as the inviolability of its frontiers». Strict formulas were dictated to the Transcaucasian republics: to immediately cease provocations and attacks from South Ossetia and Abkhazia. At the same time the Assembly's appeal to Tbilisi was quite softer: the PACE just invoked Georgians to observe the agreement for the non-use of force (the Medvedev and Sarkozy plan) and bring all troops back to the positions they had occupied before the conflict.
The same scenario was repeated at the spring session. The European parliamentarians spoke out again for the unacceptability of Russia's position regarding the recognition of the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, and the PACE expert Luc Van den Brande who presented his report stated that most requirements of the Assembly contained in the second resolution «On the Consequences of the War between Russia and Georgia» were not met by the Russian part.