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Russian Foreign Ministry: situation in Caucasus demands review of Geneva Talks format2009-06-29 17:10
Situation in Caucasus and appearance of new realities in the region demand review of Geneva Talks format, the statement of the Russian Foreign Ministry says - RIA Novosti.gt-en-newsitem-inside
According to the Ministry, on the threshold of another round of the Talks (July 1st) Russia conducted detailed consultations with allies from Sokhumi and Tslhinval, and also with the EU representatives.
The document also mentions that in the course of the negotiations Russia will arise question of necessity to sign binding non-use of force accords between Georgia, Abkhazia, and South Ossetia.
The Ministry is convinced the world community must have strong guarantees the events of August 2008 will not be repeated.
The July meeting will be held in complicated conditions. Despite the constructive and transparent position of Russia in the favor of preservation of the OSCE and the UN field missions in Caucasus, Western partners and Georgia do everything possible to curtail the work of international monitors in this unquiet region", the message states.
According to the Ministry, the situation remains tense: Georgia continues maneuvers of its armed forces and police near the borders of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. "On the backdrop of the remaining domestic instability of Georgia, further aggravation of social and economical condition of its population, it threatens a new surge of tension", the Foreign inistry of Russia reports.