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WTO recognized Sukhum and Tskhinval2011-11-08 13:51
November 3, in Geneva, next round of negotiations on the terms of Russia's accession into the World Trade Organization started. It seems that after months of fruitless debate, it finally brings the long-awaited fruits.
Swiss President Micheline Calmy-Rey, mediating in the talks, has arranged with both sides, that goods turnover at the borders of Abkhazia and South Ossetia will be controlled by independent observers. Thus, Moscow will not cede sovereignty of Sukhum and Tskhinval, but Tbilisi will be able to save face. And after a week, a bilateral agreement may be signed.
"We have agreed within our principle position", said the head of Russian delegation Maxim Medvedkov. The head of the Georgian delegation, Deputy Foreign Minister of Transcaucasian republic Sergei Kapanadze told in an interview which specific arrangements have been made.
The monitoring all turnover of goods at Georgian, Abkhazian and South Ossetian sections of the Russian border will be implemented by an independent private company, which neutral Switzerland will select. Thus, the status of these lines is considered equal - Interstate. Control of the goods at Russian, Abkhaz and South Ossetian sections of Georgian state border will be arranged on the same grounds. That is, in the event of signing, the agreement would make non-membership of Abkhazia and South Ossetia neither to Russia nor to Georgia the fact of international law, which fully corresponds to Moscow's position.
The full sovereignty of Sukhum and Tskhinval in the territories of the relevant Republics is confirmed by the fact that international observers will be at the outer side of the border. It is also important that the independent nature of the customs monitoring will allow avoiding the tensions and potential conflicts that could arise if the cargo at one side would be controlled by representatives who are in strained relations with Georgia, and at another - Russia, Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
November 3, in Geneva, next round of talks between Russian and Georgian delegations started. And, given their mood, there is ground to hope that it will be the last. "We welcome the decision by Russia. Now we're going to Geneva for a meeting on November 10, where a definitive agreement can be signed", Sergey Kapanadze responded to the words of Maxim Medvedkov.