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Hammarberg met with Kokoyty2009-11-30 17:03
Thomas Hammarberg, the CE Commissioner for Human Rights held meeting with South Ossetian leader, Eduard Kokoyty. The latter criticized the policy of double standards, applied by European structures to his region and Georgia - RosBalt.gt-en-newsitem-inside
He said that mistrust to European structures impedes effective work. "The methods you and Georgia offer, the exchange of people - these are medieval affairs. We are the modern civilized state, and we'll prove it to everyone."
He underlined that everyone, violating the laws of South Ossetia, must be responsible in accordance with its laws. Kokoyty also reminded of video footage with Georgian law enforcement bodies taunting Ossetian children, whose fate remains unknown.
"Even at Geneva talks everyone is avoiding the discussion of the topic, but we for some reasons hear the hysterics over the Georgian citizens, detained by law enforcement bodies in the territory of South Ossetia."
But he added that now they need to resist attitude, existing in Georgia. "It mustn't be turned into PR and farce. "
In his turn, Hammarberg said the he was one of few international representatives, understanding the situation well. He added he was being criticized, but saw it as the reaction to sticking to impartiality. In his view, that quality was very important, since much was being politicized, and many suffered.