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Wednesday, 20 June 2018


Who ties EU observers’ hands?

2008-12-05 09:33

9/1/4/914.jpegThe meeting was officially linked to the Geneva talks though only one issue was on the agenda. The Russian militaries were trying to coordinate the procedure of operational communications with the EU monitoring mission.

"The talk initiated in Geneva will continue in Ergneti on December 2. Its target is to work out an interaction plan for the EUMM and contingent allocated in the buffer zones", - Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin stated in his interview with "Izvestia".


As it is said - the topic is ripe. It seems the work of observers was no good for everybody - Russia, Georgia, South Ossetia and Abkhazia. According to the Medvedev-Sarcozy agreement the EU representatives substituted the Russian troops in the former buffer zone in early October. It will be remembered that it was created around Abkhazia and South Ossetia with 10-20 km penetration into the Georgian territory.

The EU undertook to secure peace and quiet in the area at its risk. For now the situation is far from quiet. The EU representatives are not seen either. The journalists' attempts to find the EUMM in the former buffer zone were usually a failure. So the conducted meeting was an attempt to persuade the EU to live up to its undertakings.

"It is to the benefit of all, - Georgy Karasin explained. - It is obvious that for efficient work of EU observers active cooperation as well as interaction and information exchange with both Russian militaries in the region and local law-enforcement agencies is required".

Poor interaction has become especially acute following the shots heard again recently on the boundary between Georgia and South Ossetia. According to Karasin new concentration of the Georgian army units is seen in near-border territories.

"Georgian militaries and heavy armament arrive at these districts. Their objectives arouse a lot of doubts and suspicions. 4 compounds at the Georgian-South Ossetian border have been set up with 500 policemen, 24 watch posts have been equipped and this is far beyond the present covenants. New fortifications are being made up. Close to Leninogori district of South Ossetia a new Georgian military base is being constructed.

Here however all Russia's claims got stuck on the Medvedev-Sarkozy plan which stipulates that the Georgian police units may be present in the former buffer zone and its number is not specified.

The EU observers almost did not deny fooling around. They found quite a strange explanation to this:

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