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Hammarberg for preserving of the international presence in Caucasus2009-05-15 17:17
Thomas Hammarberg, Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe campaigns for preserving the international presence in the area of Georgian- South Osetian conflict - RIA Novosti.gt-en-newsitem-inside
"All of the Commissioner's interlocutors without exception underlined the need for a continued international presence with a clear, substantive and meaningful mandate, which can provide security and humanitarian and human rights protection to the population. The Commissioner welcomed the decision to extend the UN mission mandate, and is firmly convinced that UN presence in the region will be required beyond 15 June 2009. The present should be used to continue constructive discussions to reach agreement on concrete tasks for the renewed UN presence," the report, issued today and published on his site, claims.
In early Novemember 2008 Hammarberg visited South Ossetia, and it was his 3rd visit to the region (previous ones in end august and in end September-early October). In a week after his visit to the region he called the humanitarian and human right situation in South Ossetia critical.