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Consultations on OSCE mission work on Caucasus reached a deadlock2009-05-14 11:39
Russia used its right for veto, blocked OSCE mission in Georgia prolongation, and demanded to open an independent mission in the territory of South Ossetia.gt-en-newsitem-inside
According to Anvar Azimov, the permanent representative of Russia to OSCE, consultations of the organization's monitoring operation in Caucasus reached deadlock and will be severed due to the "absence of consensus" - ITAR TASS. He added that at today's Permanent Council meeting the representative of the Greek chairmanship Пmust announce the suspension of the consultations, which has been held in the course of the recent 3-4 months. Greece hopes to raise the question at the higher political level in the near future.
"We are not to blame for the unlucky outcome of the talks," Azimov said. "Russia has been crusading for continuation of the presence of the OSCE both in Georgia and South Ossetia. Russia does not object either against work of observers on the two sides of the border."
"However, a scheme, suggested to us by Western partners and which is based on a premise that nothing has happened allegedly in the region after the act of Georgian aggression and nothing has changed, runs counter to the new international legal and political realities," he noted, -"It will not be viable, since it will not be accepted, above all, by South Ossetians, while we should like that OSCE presence in the field would work efficiently and would bring practical results."
OSCE monitors must leave Georgia and the zones adjacent to the conflict areas in Abkhazia and South Ossetia before June 30, unless Greece, the present-day chair country of OSCE, manages to reach agreement of all the 56 member countries, including Russia and Georgia.
Tskhinval, in its turn, stated that in its territory it will allow functioning of an independent mission only, subordinate to Vienna directly.