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OSCE in South Ossetia: an unasked guest2011-07-13 16:44
Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe is trying to return to the Caucasus. It has acquired ambiguous reputation here: for years, its officers have been working hard on setting up peace in the region but in fact, they must have served the interests of certain states. Today, OSCE officers are not welcome in South Ossetia and the organization itself has gained the image of a pro-Georgian structure, its employees being accused of inhuman treatment of the local citizens.
It has become known yesterday that OSCE has appointed a new envoy of the organization in the Caucasus. It is a citizen of Portugal Joao Soares. This diplomat twice held the post of the head of OSCE Parliamentary Assembly and is known as an expert of the Caucasus. His candidature was approved after consultations with the government of Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan.
The envoy commented on his appointment in a bright and intricate diplomatic manner: "I am looking forward to an opportunity of using this time so that we could start increasing OSCE's efficiency and build a dialogue with the parliaments and other democratic institutes in those places where democracy is rather a new experiment", - he underlined.
But we would like to notice that the Portuguese is very unlucky. He will not only have to increase the efficiency of his organization but to draw its reputation out of a deep pit. OSCE had been known as not an unbiased organization and the one that forgot the principle of neutrality. However, during the war in South Ossetia in 2008, its officers revealed their "human face".
Now the new Caucasian ambassador will have to respond something to the Ossetians.
Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe is a true old-timer in the Caucasus and many of its officers know the city of Tskhinval like the palm of their hand. The office of the organization has been working here since the early 90s. Ossetians were very displeased at the fact that the diplomats openly sympathized with Tbilisi but were tolerant, considering the presence of an international organization important.