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Again PACE. Again the file...2010-06-22 14:24
It seems the Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe (PACE) decided to stop discussions on the five-day war between Georgia and Russia that have been on for one year and a half. In the run-up to the assembly's summer session an unnamed source in PACE administration informs that the future of the Georgian-Russian file will be determined at the monitoring committee session with Moscow relying on Strasbourg's common sense and closure of discussions on South Caucasus.
Today is the start of PACE's summer session in Strasbourg. Remarkably, the discussion of Georgian-Russian file, a hit of the assembly, now falls by the wayside. Moreover, as the unnamed source in PACE administration reports, on Wednesday the future of this document will be defined.
The Russian side believes that the 5-day war discussion is no more up-to-date. According to Konstantin Kosachyev, head of State Duma foreign committee, the Russian-Georgian file will be closed at the current PACE session. "PACE has two approaches to discuss Russian-Georgian relations after the August conflict in 2008", - he said. - The first one is to discuss the issue at every session and prepare resolutions and reports. According to the second approach, there is understanding that the discussion must be finished, as well as preparation of reports on Moscow-Tbilisi relations". The diplomat is convinced that the second approach will be supported better and there are grounds to believe it will prevail after all.
The conflict in South Ossetia has been on the PACE agenda since October 2008. Half a year after the tragic August events the assembly presented a resolution draft condemning Russia's recognition of Abkhazia's and South Ossetia's independence demanding revocation of the decision and "full respect of Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity as well as inviolability of its borders". The Transcaucasian republics faced harsh statements too: South Ossetia and Abkhazia were urged to immediately stop provocations and assaults. The Assembly's appeal to Georgia was much milder with PACE calling to stick to the ceasefire agreement (Medvedev-Sarkozy plan) and pull out the troops to pre-war positions.