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PACE memorandum needs revision2008-12-22 13:01
Paris hosted PACE committee's visiting session on the honoring of obligations and commitments by member states of the Council of Europe. The co-rapporteurs on Moscow and Tbilisi commitments - Luc van den Brande and Mátyás Eörsi - presented a draft memorandum on South Caucasus.
The memorandum content is confidential. However some of its provisions were reflected in an information report published on PACE official site. It states that Russia has not yet fulfilled a significant number of the Assembly's crucial requirements without specification. "A lot of requirements that are not connected with Abkhazia's and South Ossetia's status and that do not have an effect on this issue are meant".
In the meantime the co-rapporteurs noted that Georgia too "has fulfilled many but not all requirements" of the assembly according to the resolution adopted by PACE at the autumn session, RIA-Novosti reports.
They also touch upon new initiatives regarding the Georgian-Russian conflict. In particular, Luc van den Brande and Eörsi consider it necessary to allow access of the EU and OSCE monitors to Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
Considering the general situation in the region they have expressed serious concern that the escalation of tensions and provocations along the administrative borders could lead to "renewed clashes or an outbreak of hostilities".
The co-rapporteurs called upon Russia to "put an immediate halt to the looting, pillaging and ethnic cleansing taking place in South Ossetia". Again it is unknown what is implied and what facts it is based upon.
According to a Duma deputy and the Russian delegation member to the Assembly Dmitry Vyatkin the memorandum content is not quite adequate.
"The memorandum itself is not a direct threat to Russia; - Vyatkin is quoted by RIA-Novosti. - On the other hand it is unbalanced and does not reflect the full image of what is going on in South Ossetia. The document needs considerable revision. Modifications are a must"
According to the Chairman of Duma Committee on international affairs Leonid Slutsky the Assembly mission has already visited Tbilisi and "for now is guided by the facts presented by the Georgian side", - Regnum IA reports.
The resolution draft "has an explicit inclination to Georgia". "It was suggested that Russia's actions in South Ossetia should be named occupational but the Russian delegation managed to substitute this formulation by "military control", - he stated.