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Backing Georgian draft resolution can harm Geneva Talks2009-09-10 11:55
Backing the UN General Assembly resolution on refugees from Abkhazia and South Ossetia on Georgian draft can cause significant harm to Geneva talks, said Vitaliy Churkin, Russia's envoy to the UN - RIA Novosti.gt-en-newsitem-inside
Yesterday the UN General Assembly supported a Georgia-proposed draft resolution on refugees. 48 delegations voted for the resolution, 19 - against, 78 abstained from voting. Delegations of Kamerun and Butan stated their votes were misinterpreted at the board: "for" instead of abstained.
In particular, the draft stresses the need to work out a schedule of voluntary, secure and unhindered return of all displaced persons and refugees who suffered as a result of conflicts in Georgia to their homes. It also highlights the necessity to observe property rights of all the internally displaced persons and refugees aggrieved in conflicts in Georgia, and refrain from purchase of property by violating these rights.
The text of the draft also includes paragraphs recognizing Georgia's territorial integrity. But it's worthy noticing that the General Assembly's resolutions are not of obligatory character.
According to Churkin, "Backing this draft resolution can only distract from real political work and will in no way favor strengthening of trust between Georgia, Abkhazian and South Ossetian sides - the obligatory condition of solution, in particular of problems of refugees and internally displaced persons".
"Besides, our good will proposal to try to work on the text in order to find way to consensus, wasn't accepted. There were no attempts to consult Abkhaz and South Ossetian", he underlined. He added that results of voting showed that some countries still stick to double standards and politicized approaches to problems off Caucasus. "These are the countries which didn't allow to extend the UN mission mandate in the Security Council, and didn't let the world community hear the opinions of Abkhazian and South Ossetian sides", Churkin said.