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Corien Jonker under a hail of Tskhinval arguments

2009-03-16 12:16

9/9/1/1991.jpegOn 13 March Tskhinval welcomed Corien Jonker, Chairperson of Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe (PACE) Committee on Migration, Refugees and Population. There are meetings with South Ossetian officials and a visit to Akhalgori district on her agenda.


According to the information reported by RIA Novosti with reference to an unnamed source to PACE Jonker will discuss implementation of the assembly resolution "On humanitarian consequences of the war between Georgia and Russia" adopted in January with the representatives of the republic. Generally speaking, the title of the document sounds quite accusatory towards the actions of the Russian side during the August events not mentioning PACE's official position demanding Russia's cancellation of recognition of South Ossetia's and Abkhazia's independence. That is why Jonker's visit to Tskhinval is taken with cautiousness.

"PACE repeatedly demonstrated its negligence; - Osinform is quoting Vice Speaker of the republic's parliament Yuri Zitsoyty. - We would like to hope that now the assembly will be impartial in covering the events in South Ossetia in strict compliance with internal logic. If PACE representatives are capable of it, we will be glad to receive them anytime and at any level".

Indeed why should the Ossetians rely on the assembly that called Russia the stirrer-up of the August events and that keeps referring to the South Ossetian authorities as "de facto"? All the more this winter as Nezavisimaya Gazeta wrote Jonker was "extremely concerned about safety of ethnic Georgians in Abkhazia - in Gali district and Kodori Valley - as well as of Georgians living in South Ossetia" "highly appreciating" Tbilisi's actions to mitigate humanitarian consequences of the conflict and completely omitting the South Ossetian refugees.

Apparently at the coming meetings South Ossetian representatives will puzzle Corien Jonker with the question of return of their citizens to the territory of the republic. Especially those who are still in Georgia. It will be remembered that according to Rosbalt report as of March 11 three citizens of South Ossetia that had disappeared last October "were discovered" in one of the Georgian prisons. According to David Sanakoev, Plenipotentiary Representative on Human Rights by the President of the RSO, they were found by representatives of Sozar Subari, the Georgian ombudsman. Sanakoev also remarked that earlier the Georgian side had repeatedly denied the fact of the Ossetians being detained by the Georgian law-enforcement authorities, making an official statement at the Geneva talks. Now it looks like it's Corien Jonker who will deal with the tricky situation.

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