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Georgia is ready to sign the non-aggression pact with Russia, not Abkhazia and SO2010-04-20 12:46
Georgia is ready to sign an agreement on the non-use of force in Transcaucasia; however, the agreement can be signed only with Russia excluding the participation of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.gt-en-newsitem-inside
This was stated one of these days by Foreign Minister of Georgia Grigol Vashadze during the press-conference in the UN Headquarters in New-York.
"We have got no problems in signing an agreement on the non-use of force with Russia. However, Russia wants us to sign it with the representatives of the regimes in Sukhum and Tskhinval. We see no legal basis for that, so long as they do not exist as states. The agreement as of August 12, 2008 already implies the non-use-of-force provision. Still, if Russia would like an extra document, Georgia is ready to sign the agreement on the non-use of force any moment", - RIA Novosti is citing Vashadze.
"If Russia wants another legal instrument - well, no problem. I could sign the treaty right now if Mr. Lavrov (Head of the Russian MFA) were here at the moment but I will not sign it with the representatives of these regimes or at the expense of Georgia's sovereignty", - Georgian minister added.
The minister said that since the very beginning of the discussions in Geneva, Tbilisi proposed to Moscow to sign an agreement specifying the non-use of force, the discrepancies and the intention to support stability in the region.
As was explained by Deputy Head of the Georgian delegation during the negotiations in Geneva Sergey Kapanadze, this document should, in the opinion of Tbilisi, include all the items of the agreement signed on August 12, 2008, "from the non-renewal of fire to the withdrawal of the forces of both the Russian Federation and Georgia".
The head of the Georgian MIA also stressed the absence of the general progress during the negotiations in Geneva, as well as of any progress in the settlement of a number of issues, such as the issue of refugees and displaced persons.