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Greece passed Georgia proposals on OSCE mission prolongation2009-04-14 17:14
Georgios Chatzimikhelakis, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Greece to Georgia, a today's meeting with Alexander Nalbandov, the Deputy Foreign Minister of Georgia, officially passed the package of proposals on prolongation of the OSCE mission mandate, prepared by the Permanent Council of the Organization, Novosti-Gruzia reports alluding to the Department of information and Press of the Foreign Ministry of Georgia.gt-en-newsitem-inside
The project of proposals on prospective of the OSCE activities was worked out by Greece, (the chair country of the OSCE), and was presented to all the Organization member countries.
"It was emphasized at the meeting that the Georgian and Greek sides recognize the necessity of extending the OSCE Mission in Georgia and express the readiness to cooperate constructively to achieve this goal, " the Foreign Ministry claims.
The OSCE mandate in Georgia, where this organization was working since 1992, expired on January 1st 2009 . On December 22nd, at the OSCE Permanent Council meeting, Russia refused to prolong the mandate, explaining that it contains the South Ossetian and Abkhazian components and therefore must be revised.
In February the 56 OSCE countries made a decision on prolongation of the OSCE military monitors in Georgia up to June 30th 2009.