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Abkhazia accuses OSCE in political bias2009-04-16 16:25
The statement off Knut Vollebaek, the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities, with estimation of the condition of ethnical Georgians in Gali district of Abkhazia, doesn't reflect the real situation in the district, stated the Foreign Ministry of Abkhzia - Interfax.gt-en-newsitem-inside
"The statement of the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities, in which he accuses Abkhazia in forced passport issuing, military draft and limited teaching in Georgian language in Gali district, is reasonless and biased. It is based on imaginary facts and doesn't reflect the true situation in Gali district", the statement of the Ministry claims.
The Ministry mentions that such statements are a kind of continuation of Georgia's policy on spreading false information about the situation in Abkhazia in order to distract attention of the Georgian and international community from the processes in Georgia.
The OSCE representatives, as well as other international mediators in Georgian-Abkhaz and Georgian-Ossetian conflict proved their helplessness and incompetence in solving urgent problems on conflict prevention, the Ministry underlines.
According to the document, the OSCE is acquainted with the efforts of the Abkhazian side on organizing teaching in Georgian language in schools of Gali district. In particular, Abkhazia prepared a group of education experts who were to solve the issue of teaching in Georgian with a Georgian expert group.
"However, the Georgian side claimed its unavailability to discuss the issue, and hasn't presented any specific proposals yet", the document says.
The Ministry also noted that the Georgian side hasn't complied with the main demand of Abkhazia in accordance with which all textbooks in Georgian must meet the standards of the ministry of education of Abkhazia.
The Foreign Ministry concludes that many experts continue politicizing the issue of teaching in Georgian language in Abkhazian schools. The ministry is sure that OSCE experts have a unilateral and biased position in this issue.