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Russia declined Georgia’s accusations in blackmailing the UN2009-05-29 11:46
Vitaliy Churkin, the Permanent Representative of Russia to the UN, made a statement in which he declined the accusation of blackmailing Ban Ki-moon while preparing the report on the renewed mandate of the UN mission in Caucasus, drawn by his Georgian counterpart Alexander Lomaya.gt-en-newsitem-inside
"It is very unfortunate (and) alarming that the [UN] Secretariat submitted to the Russian blackmail", Lomaya said.
"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 on may 11th , and the Georgian side has reasons to suggest it was part of Russia's pressure on the Secretariat.
The report presented on May 18th was the first one, which title didn't mention Abkhazia's belonging to Georgia.
"I need no sources of information, as I was personally present at the meeting of minister [Lavrov] with the UN secretary general, which he [Lomaya] quotes and which took place on May 11," Churkin said.
"Russia did not threaten any veto in the process of drafting the report of the secretary general. It simply outlined its opinion on various aspects of the report or the headline, which it should have," Churkin said.
Lomaya's "claims are wrong in all respects" and his sources are unreliable, Churkin said, adding he supports the corresponding statement by the spokesperson of the UN Secretary General. - ITAR TASS.
The spokesperson said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon "spoke out against Georgia's claim that he was coerced by Russia into amending his recent report on the Caucasus nation."