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New meeting conditions are made up in Tbilisi2008-11-01 10:48
Georgia realized how deficient the rejection of the first negotiations with South Ossetia and Abkhazia was. And now a vision of consensus is created but on conditions that neither Abkhazians nor Ossetians accept.
"The authorities in Tbilisi are ready for the informal meeting with Sukhum and Tskhinval representatives but on condition of compliance with certain terms, - Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Georgy Bokerya informed the journalists on Tuesday, October 28. - Georgia is ready to meet the representatives of de-facto authorities of South Ossetia and Abkhazia on condition that the representatives of legitimate authorities of these regions will also be present".
"Legitimate authorities" stand for "alternative governments" of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.
As Bokeria explains Georgia is not going to sabotage negotiations on security and stability issues in the Transcaucasia planned in Geneva on November 18 and will not demand modification of their format recognizing the participation of delegations from Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
As we know the first attempt at organizing Russian-Georgian negotiations in Geneva on October 15 after the war in August ended in failure. There were two plenary sessions of discussions but the representatives of Abkhazia and South Ossetia were not invited to the first one. That is why the Russian delegation in compliance with the positions determined earlier withdrew.
While the second extended session required presence of all the parties concerned - OSCE, UN, EU, South Ossetia, Abkhazia, Russia, Georgia and the USA representatives. Then the Georgian delegation backed out. Now both Moscow and Tbilisi are accusing each other of the breakdown of the prearranged dialogue. Tbilisi is afraid that the absence of "alternative government" leader Sanakoev (see photo) will be taken as "Sanakoev project" failure that has cost a huge lot of money and time. On Georgia's insistence discussion must be held this way: we dialog with Russia while Kokoyty negotiates with Sanakoev.
Accordingly Georgia's authorities are sticking to a destructive line trying to impose presence of Sanakoev. Only one conclusion can be made: they are trying to belittle the status of South Ossetia President Edward Kokoyty.