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PACE: Ice Broken Up2010-05-03 11:10
The Russian delegation has finally got through to the hearts of the European parliamentarians. They have started looking at the Georgian conflict not only from the Georgian point of view. After the presentation of the two polar opposite opinions on the situation the Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov explained why it came to war. Together with the arguments of the conflict investigation committee and with the report of the British David Wilshire the Russian theses made PACE investigate the problem more thoroughly.
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe brought up to vote the question of depriving the Russian delegation of its voting right several times after the South Ossetian war. Each time Russia threatened to leave that «talkfest» if such a decision was taken.
The PACE carried two resolutions prescribing that Russia should withdraw its troops, give access to European observers and let the refugees return to Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
Russia held its ground, consequently convincing Europeans of the fault of the Georgian government. And finally it achieved some reconsideration of the approaches to the resolution of this issue.
This time instead of any resolutions the PACE just decided to hold a discussion, inviting two reporters: the Hungarian Mathias Yorsh and the British David Wilshire who see the situation in two different ways. Yorsh insists on return to the status quo ante bellum, Wilshire urges to acknowledge the real facts.
Neither the first nor the second report won the majority of votes. The new summarizing report will be presented in autumn, and Yorsh cannot be its co-author, as the period of his PACE authority has expired.
Of course, the European parliamentarians still had a lot of unpleasant questions to the Russian delegation. But the Head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov answered in such a manner to make it clear that the truth is on the side of Moscow.