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Georgia accused Russia of blackmailing the UN2009-05-28 10:50
Georgia accused Russia of blackmailing the UN Secretariat while preparing Ban Ki-moon's report on the renewed mandate for the mission in Caucasus, said Alexander Lomaya, Georgia's Permanent Representative to the UN - RIA Novosti.gt-en-newsitem-inside
"It is very unfortunate (and) alarming that the [UN] Secretariat submitted to the Russian blackmail", Lomaya said.
The UN Secretary General's report with proposals on renewing the mandate of the mission in the region of Georgia and Abkhazia was presented the UNSC on May 18th - with a three-day delay. For the first time the title of the report didn't mention Abkhazia's belonging to Georgia.
"They told him [Ban Ki-moon] that we [Russia] will veto the resolution," Lomaya told Reuters, citing a source in Ban Ki-moon's office. He declined to identify the source. The Georgian Permanent Representative mentioned that the Foreign Minister of Russia visited the UN headquarters in New York, and the Georgian side has reasons to suggest it was part of Russia's pressure on the Secretariat.
At the same time, he declined from answering the direct question: does he accuse the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and his Special Representative Johan Verbeke in personally acting under Russia's pressure. Lomaya condemned the Secreatary General's report and mentioned that both the title and the contents of the final version of the document differed much from the initial one.