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Russia set a veto on the UN mission in Caucasus2009-06-16 10:33
The UN mission in Georgia and Abkhazia stopped its work today at 8 a.m. [Moscow time] - past evening, at the UNSC sitting Russia set a veto on the draft resolution on technical prolongation of the mandate - RIA Novosti.gt-en-newsitem-inside
10 countries voted for prolongation, four [China, Vietnam, Libya and Uganda] abstained from voting, Russia has the right for veto, and voted contra. After the meeting Vitaliy Churkin, the Russian Permanent Representative to the UN said the process of curtailment will begin, and, according to the UN practices, it usually takes 3 months.
In February 2009 the mandate was prolonged for 4 months, and mission was called just the UN Mission, without any geographic definition.
The new project implied prolongation for 2 weeks, to June 30th 2009, and included allusion to the three latest UN resolutions on the topic, including resolution 1808, adopted on April 15th 2008 and confirming the territorial integrity of Georgia. The co-authors were Austria, Croatia, Germany, France, Turkey, great Britain and the USA.
The main dispute was connected with the allusions to the previous UNSC resolutions. Resolution 1808 was adopted before the events of August 2008. Moscow and Sokhumi are against such allusions, Tbilisi and countries supporting Georgia insist on their preservation.
Yesterday Russia proposed a compromise: technical prolongation to July 15th 2009, without allusions to resolutions confirming the territorial integrity of Georgia. Churkin noticed the UNSC draft resolution authors rejected it.
Washington's reaction on the Russian veto was quite predictable.