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Geneva: we had a talk but the problems remain2008-11-20 15:41
The start of the second round of international negotiations on Transcaucasia was scheduled on November 18 in Geneva's Palace of Nations. However on technical grounds the session was deferred to the next day. Eventually this place was the arena of the world diplomacy's another failure.
The conference was preceded by a heap of hard statements.
It was supposed from the very beginning that Russia, Georgia and the USA would be the official participants. In addition to them the role of arbiters was taken up by three international organizations - the EU, UN and OSCE. But until recently the Abkhazians and Ossetians rejected participation in the Geneva consultations having no official status. However last Friday Tshukhum and Tskhinval representatives stated that they had received official invitations from the organizers as participating parties. Tbilisi burst into a torrent of exposures in reply. "I have no information on assigning an official status to the Abkhazian party, - State Minister for Reintegration Temur Yakobishvili announced to the journalists. However this information reached the Chairman of
Parliamentary Committee for European integration David Darchiashvili. He said the following: "Official invitation of Sukhumi and Tskhinval separatist representatives does not stand for their international recognition".
It does not matter that much to Tbilisi. Georgian leaders continued to insist on not allowing the representatives of the new Transcaucasian states to the plenary sessions. Georgia wanted to see its marionettes Malkhaz Akishbay and Dmitry Sanakoev in the role of legitimate representatives. Once again they were fished out of Tbilisi's Chess Palace and brought to the meeting. Though it was perfectly clear to Tbilisi that the Abkhazian and Ossetian delegations might bang the door as soon as they saw these very people. In the Caucasus it is great dishonor even to sit next to a traitor. The last talks gave no results specifically due to this - scandalously the parties began to find out who represented whom and who betrayed whom. Then all of them without exception went out in protest.
"The situation with the discussion format was not clear even to the participants, - the leading analyst of the Tbilisian Center of development and cooperation Paata Zakareishvili explains. - The Georgian delegation was deliberately supplemented by the persons irritating Abkhazians and Ossetians. On this basis the only conclusion is that the Georgian delegation went there for the meeting breakdown".