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PACE stuporized2010-04-29 20:43
Strasbourg: PACE has held a debate on 2008 Georgian-Russian conflict and its consequences that looked more like a mosaic of various opinions. The Georgian side made another statement on "occupation" of its territories, Russia called the assembly to reconsider approaches to conflict settlement and Heidi Tagliavini, ex EU mission's leader investigating into the conflict recommended that Moscow and Tbilisi stop looking for culprits.
Investigation into the conflict in South Caucasus during PACE's spring session had a form of free discussion requiring no specific resolutions after the assembly's co-rapporteurs David Wilshire and Matias Jorsh presented their totally opposite views.
The Hungarian underlined that if Russian peacekeepers had been replaced by European ones the tragedy in South Ossetia could have been avoided. Jorsh remarked that as a result of the war Georgia had "lost part of its territory", trust and reputation but Russia too was not a winner in terms of reputation. "Abkhazians also consider themselves the losing party. They can't travel abroad, neither can they go to study to other countries", - the co-rapporteur remarked thinking that "public debate will be of no use - Russia and Georgia must start direct talks.
David Wilshire, the second co-rapporteur emphasized that if the assembly does not take necessary measures, there will be more frozen conflicts in future as a result. In order to settle the Russian-Georgian conflict he calls to lay aside the assembly's earlier resolutions on conflicts between Armenia and Azerbaijan or the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, still unrecognized. "I call everyone to look into the future, not the past. We must put all our efforts to what is really achievable". - Wilshire highlighted.
Explaining the reasons of different approaches to the conflict in Caucasus Matias Jorsh underscored that his conceptual approaches are totally different from Wilshire's. "What is good to Wilshire - acceptance of a new reality as he says - is morally unacceptable to me". The Hungarian parliamentarian also pointed to some forces in PACE that deliberately appointed two people that have an entirely different view of the conflict as co-rapporteurs on the Russian-Georgian war.
Jorsh's ambiguous statement was his "good-bye" to the assembly. On May 19 he will be substituted by a new co-rapporteur after failing to be reelected to Hungarian parliament. His current mandate as a co-rapporteur expires next month, RIA Novosti reports.