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A scapegoat for PACE

2010-04-28 14:21

5913.jpegCouncil of Europe Parliamentary Assembly pursues discussion of 2008 Russian-Georgian conflict still failing to adopt a resolution on ways to overcome consequences of the five-day war since conclusions and judgments made by two co-rapporteurs - Matias Yorsh and David Wilshire delivering their speech on the issue today - are completely opposite. Besides, PACE accuses the British diplomat of provoking Georgia.


It seems David Wilshire will make history of debates over PACE's Russian-Georgian dossier during the assembly's 2010 spring session. The Brit who was bold enough to meet representatives of South Ossetia at the time of report preparation has received admonition - not only from Tbilisi.

Recently PACE president Movlud Chavushoglu stated that Wilshire had paid a visit to South Ossetian embassy in Moscow on his own initiative and his actions can in no way reflect the Council of Europe's position. According to Chavushoglu, the assembly respects sovereignty of Georgia, the organization's member state, reports.

Matias Yorsh, the other co-rapporteur from the monitoring committee called Wilshire's act "a grave mistake" and "a provocation against Georgia and the Council of Europe" also regretting that because of his colleague's actions the text of the report on consequences of the Russian-Georgian war had not been agreed upon. "David Wilshire's impartiality is now doubted so the document was taken off the PACE agenda", - Yorsh added.

Mr. Yorsh's concept of impartiality is rather curious. In his part of the document the rapporteur on Georgia suggests that PACE express deep regret over Russia's failure to meet the assembly's demands, and welcome the fact that Georgia has complied with most of Strasbourg's requirements.

Most probably Wilshire - who abandoned the dead-end routine the assembly is stuck in demanding that Russia revoke Abkhazia's and South Ossetia's recognition - will receive more admonitions. Still it was he who advised the European parliamentarians not to insist that the conflicting sides comply with the terms they are not ready to agree to. "This will hardly contribute to positive progress and might jeopardize continuation of general debates over sad events of August 2008 in the assembly", - he remarks in the document.

It seems PACE refuses to tackle real issues connected with the consequences of the August events that affected lives of people in Caucasus. It is not at all impossible that during the spring session the assembly will repeatedly reproach Russia for recognizing the Transcaucasian republics and will underscore necessity to provide access to international monitors to "all Georgian territory".

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