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Abkhazia may participate in Geneva Talks

2009-05-19 12:37

Abkhazia cannot rule out its participation in Geneva Talks in case the UN Secretary General's report by compromise is be presented. Unlike others, this report doesn't mention Abkhazia's belonging to Georgia - RIA Novosti.


"Decisions will be being made now", said Sergey Shamba, the foreign minister of Abkhazia. He added that the report was received at night by the Deputy Foreign minister Maxim Gvinjia. The official delegation of Abkhazia hasn't come to the talks, but some representatives of Abkhazia are there.

The UN Secretary General was to present the report on May 15, the main reason for delay was the unsolved question of the title. According to the diplomatic sources, the USA strongly insisted on mentioning Abkhazia's belonging to Georgia. The delay caused the suspension of Abkhazian, South Ossetian and Russian delegations at Geneva Talks.

The document is entitled "The Report of the Secretary General presented according to the resolutions of the Security Council 1808, 1839,1866". All the previous one were entitled "On the situation in Abkhazia, Georgia".

On Monday Sergey Lavrov claimed that the Russian delegation took a pause to May 19 hoping to get new data on this problem from Ban Ki-moon. On Monday the South Ossetian delegation left the sitting in Geneva.

On Saturday Sergey Shamba, the Foreign Minister of Abkhazia, stated that his country would not participate in the 5th round of the consultations of the situation in Caucasus until the UN Secretary General's report appears. He added that participation of Abkahzia in the discussions would also depend on the extent the report would "reflect the existing reality".

On February 13 2009 the UNSC adopted Resolution 1866, prolonging the UN mission in Georgia and Abkhazia region for 4 months. The resolution implies the possibility to change the mission format in accordance with Ban Ki-moon's proposals. It doesn't mention the territorial integrity of Georgia and no allusions to Abkhazia's belonging to Georgia, as it was in the previous UN documents.


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