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European Parliament understood Tagliavini in a Georgian manner2010-05-21 17:19
The disputable report made by the European Commission for Investigation of the August events in the Caucasus has been adopted by the European Council parliamentarians. From the very beginning, Georgia and Russia interpreted it in their favor. Having approved of the investigation together with the conclusion about the Georgian aggression, the EU delegates decided to pass an anti-Russian resolution.
The 2008 war was presented by Georgia as Russia's attack and the Georgian army's forced defense. Guided by Heidi Tagliavini, European Commission established a contrary fact: it was Tbilisi that was the fist to deliver a massive attack at Tskhinval. That is why, since the very morning on August 8, the Georgian media were loudly reporting the establishment of the constitutional order in South Ossetia instead of reporting a war with Russia.
Tagliavini totally denied the version of Georgia being an innocent victim. However, the people of the country never got to know that. The representatives of the Ossetian non-governmental organizations had to reveal the truth to their colleagues in Tbilisi during their meetings.
The Georgian authorities managed to make this trick due to the partial presentation of the report. The facts that pointed at the mistakes made by the country's government were skipped by the officials who simultaneously exaggerated Russia's blame.
Yesterday, European Parliament considered the report and approved of it together with the conclusion that Georgia was the first to attack. However, the resolution about the necessity of the EU strategy for South Caucasus adopted in Strasbourg again contains demands to Russia which PACE tried to avoid as certainly impossible.
For instance, the European parliamentarians stand for the expansion of the EU mission and the access of its observers to South Ossetia and Abkhazia. They reminded that such provision is included into the cease-fire agreement of Medvedev-Sarkozy. The same document bound Moscow over withdrawing its troops back to the line they had been located before August 8, 2008.
However, Russia no longer complies with the document. It has recognized Abkhazia and South Ossetia as independent on the day the document was signed. The bilateral agreements on military cooperation and military bases location came into force. Basing on these documents, Moscow is acting in the context of the international law, for which the recognition of the republics by just one world country is enough.