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PACE will do without resolutions2010-04-27 15:05
PACE spring session has started in Strasbourg with the Russian-Georgian relations after August 2008 conflict in Caucasus as a key topic for European parliamentarians this week. In particular, the assembly will soon get back to consideration of the report on consequences of the war between Russia and Georgia.
The PACE session was preceded by an extraordinary session of the monitoring committee that brought no accord over the report draft on the consequences of the war in Caucasus between European parliamentarians.
Konstantin Kosachev , head of Russian delegation to PACE, chairman of State Duma International Affairs Committee, informed that the report draft was the only issue discussed at the session. The meeting was held behind closed doors. Kosachev didn't reveal details of the discussion and the decision that was taken. He also emphasized crucial difference in opinions that hampered adoption of a unique version of the coming report.
According to the Russian diplomat, this situation is rather unusual for PACE and what was discussed at the monitoring committee meeting will be brought up at the Bureau session. "This is where the final decision will be taken on the format and the documents for the discussion that is preliminarily scheduled for Wednesday with Heidi Tagliavini in charge of the EU mission investigating into the conflict in South Ossetia to take part in it", - the head of the Russian delegation said.
Later it emerged that the PACE Bureau had decided to hold only a general discussion on Russian-Georgian relations on Wednesday. The report on consequences of the war between Georgia and Russia will be discussed without adoption of any specific document in follow up to the discussion. Explaining this decision the head of the Russian delegation said that two completely opposite report drafts had been presented to the profile committee session forcing the PACE Bureau to forego discussion of a final draft and organize a 1,5-hour (not 2-hour as planned) discussion instead. Commenting on the assembly's decision the head of the RF delegation remarked that PACE is changing the "tonality of judgment".
The Georgian side referred PACE's rejection to hear resolution on the results of the Georgian-Russian conflict to the position of David Wilshire, a member of the assembly's monitoring group. According to Georgian deputy FM minister Nino Kalandadze the assembly believes examination of the resolution draft as inappropriate since positions of monitoring committee members Matias Yorsh and David Wilshire are "drastically different". "The PACE suspects that Wilshire might act on behalf of the Kremlin", - she concluded.